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I took mine out and replaced it with 2 steel plates and 1 friction plate I got from Parrothead. If it came apart your clutch hub is probably damaged too. At least you have extra parts.
If for some reason you can't get it fixed before you move, your more than welcome to stop at my place in Ohio, I have a lift and all the tools we would need to knock it out pretty quickly.

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A New Bike?


I have a Migraine. My migraines are not like they were when I was younger. Theyíve changed considerably. The one Iím currently in the middle of is a two parter. I had the visuals (Aura, bright jagged blinding light) a while ago, but the pain hasnít really started. Iítís building; I can feel it in the back of my skull and in my left eye, but it isnít bad yet. Maybe it wonít be too bad. I hope not.

Anyhow; I need to call the shop in an hour and a half and see if I can bring the Roadster over and work on the clutch. Iím not thinking nice thoughts about Harley Davidson engineering right now. I get that way whenever something goes wrong with one of my bikes. It doesnít matter what brand it is; I swear at the Engineering Department and the Bean Counters who push for a design thatís cheaper to manufacture. Iím probably being silly, but I think that a motorcycle should be as dependable as a car. (Right about now, some jackass is wanting to tell me I should get a Gold Wing. Gold wings break, too.)

Anyway, I started thinking about getting a new bike. The new Roadster has a bit of appeal. I like the upside down forks and longer shocks. It will go around corners better than my current bike, and the fuel injected engine will run better than the carbureted version on mine. However, I hate that bobbed rear fender, and Iíd have to change out the gas tank for the 4 1/2 gallon Custom tank.

I ride in all weather, and I really donít want a skunk stripe down my back every time it rains. If Harley only built a Superlow with the suspension and brakes of the Roadster, Iíd be very interested, and might even bite the bullet and get one. Then, all Iíd have to do is make a few changes to personalize it.

Oh well; I donít really want to get into easy monthly payments right now, anyhow.

The visuals came back. Usually, when that happens, the headache is a real bitch. The pain is increasing. Perfect. Now I can ride over to the shop and sort out the clutch with a head that feels like a rotten pumpkin. Thatís assuming that they have room for me to work on the bike.

I think Iíll be on a new bike when I ride up to Tuk next year. Iím not sure if itíll be a Sportster variant or an EBR. It will be one or the other. Nothing else seems to appeal. Well; maybe the XG 750 Street Rod; Iím drawn to that bike, for some unfathomable reason. Since the XGs arenít selling so well, I could get a deal on one. Weíll see.
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I agree 100%, why does the Sportster still come with a clutch bomb? Only one reason I know of is for profit. I expect Harley to be above this and beside this isn't profit for manufacturing cost it is profit for dealerships and parts. No excuse Harley!

I hope and pray your headache goes away.
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Real quick. I went to the shop and they gave me a lift. It was the spring plate. The broken rivets chewed up the friction plates, but did no damage to either the clutch hub or basket. I pulled out the clutch plates from the bad engine and put them in the bike. The clutch works beautifully now. The Migraine lasted nearly all day making the job a real trial of endurance.

However, the headache is on the wane and the Roadster is working right again. Life is good.
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Glad to hear it was an easy, inexpensive fix, did you put the other spring plate in, or did you eliminate it?
I hope the migraine goes away and you feel better.

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Glad to hear all went well!
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"For many years, I wore black T-shirts. They were mainly Harley shirts from various dealerships and they almost always had pockets, but they were black."

I always thought that black T-Shirts were a requirement of the old days when motorcycles leaked oil, were always dirty and required frequent maintenance usually on the side of the road. By wearing a black T-Shirt the grease, dirt and oil stains didn't show. Especially popular with Harley riders.
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Today is June 21st. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's the Summer Solstice - the Longest Day of the year and the official start of Summer! I hope everybody has a magnificent day!

(My sympathies go out to my friends and family in Australia, where it's the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Next December 21st, though, you guys can laugh at us when the situation is reversed.)
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Hit The Road, Jack


The truck is loaded and Iím heading out early in the morning. I hope to be home in Cheviot tomorrow evening. This move has been a stressful one for me. A lot of things did not go the way I was hoping they would. I didnít get the bedroom set that Tammy offered me. All the people who had said they would help me bailed out; then Tammy couldnít work from home on that day. So I regretfully had to give it a pass. I was fortunate in that someone who didnít volunteer showed up while I was loading the truck by myself, and he was a big help. When the two of us couldnít get the í78 Sportster up the ramp, he went and co-opted a friend of his who helped us with it and a couple of other heavy items.

I got everything from Fitchburg loaded by early afternoon, then drove to Hudson and loaded up the stuff here. As soon as I finish this Snippet, Iím going to take a shower and sack out. In the morning, Iíll get up and hit the road without having coffee here. Iíll get a cup from the gas station and drink it as I roll. I really hope that everything goes smoothly and all the drama is behind me. At least as far as the move is concerned.

Iím feeling a lot of mixed feelings. Iím happy that I have a house and that itís in a nice neighborhood. The people in Cincinnati are pretty friendly, and thatís good, too. But Iím really going to miss my friends in New England, and Iím going to miss the roads and all the familiar places. A friend asked me if I was feeling anxiety or anticipation about the move. The answer is both. In spite of the fact that Iíve done considerable traveling, and Iíve moved many times over the years, I still feel a little apprehensive, yet Iím really looking forward at the same time. Once Iím settled in, Iíll start feeling more comfortable.

Well; itís been building up to this for a while now, and itís what Iíve been wanting, so now I just have to put one foot in front of the other and do the Next Right Thing. And the Next Right Thing is to get up early and watch Hudson recede in the rear view mirror.

Itís time to go Home!
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Glad your move is upon you. You can always tramp back and visit Hudson and the places you loved there. It won't be long before your new home becomes as familiar. \

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