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Posted on Sun, Feb 06, 2005 13:47

OK folks lets hear all your great tips to save $,time ,effort an give use more time in the saddle.>>I wil start, after washing your bike fire up the old leaf blower an blow dry the bike. I use to have to use three to four towels to get my bagger dry . Now only takes one. Here's another. Baby wipes, best thing since sliced bread. They work great to get grease off your hands after a road side repair.



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Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2005 19:07

xv920r write:
I keep an emergency $20 bill with my registration & insurance papers in the event I get 100 miles from home and forgot my wallet I also have an emergency partial roll of TP in a ziplock baggie

thats where the baby wipes come in handy.....clean your back side then your hands when your finished uncloging your tailpipe.....



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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 00:48

For those like me with older leather bags, I say drink a lot of coffee. I found that 2 of the larger plastic coffee cans with the plastic lids standing upright and 3 of the smaller ones laying on thier side will fit nicely in each bag. This will keep everything in your bags dry no matter how hard it rains. I still put important things like extra smokes, digital camera, etc in zip locks inside the cans, just as a safeguard.

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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2005 03:39

xv920r write:
I keep an emergency $20 bill with my registration & insurance papers in the event I get 100 miles from home and forgot my wallet I also have an emergency partial roll of TP in a ziplock baggie


xv920r, This is a good idea, but one time I was ridin' and we stopped at this casino. I spent all my ready cash and went for the twenty, well, I won the jackpot and cashed in on nine hundred bucks. So, I bought the bar a round and took my friends out to the buffet.

I go a hold of a bad piece of prime rib and on the way home, had to make a stop in the bushes just off the ditch on the side of the road. Geez, I used up the short roll pretty quick. Two miles up the road, I had to use my bandana. I tore it into strips and used it all up in the next 5 miles.

So, my advice is, take an extra bandana!



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Posted on Sun, Nov 27, 2005 22:10

I keep an emergency $20 bill with my registration & insurance papers in the event I get 100 miles from home and forgot my wallet I also have an emergency partial roll of TP in a ziplock baggie



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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2005 16:44

Mr Clean spot free car wash system and the leaf blower..... i never even have a towel outside when I wash. It takes me longer to coil the hose back up then it does to wash the Road King.
For those of you that still have an old shovel around like I do, the oil from the chain makes a huge mess. Go to the dollar store, get a bottle of awesome. spray it on, wait 10 min and rinse it off. that stuff cleans oil and grease like you cant imagine



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Posted on Sun, Oct 30, 2005 03:53

Hope these ideas help some one,a 35mm film canister holds a 1156 or 57 bulb.If the cahister is to big for a smaller bulb,a pice of sponge in the bottom with a lite oil will work.I used a small pistol case,put spare bulbs,elec.tape,zip ties,elec.tester,pice of wire,small tube of dieelec.grease and misc.small stuff to cure a small problem on the road.When i go on a trip it fits in my saddle bags nicly.
Hope these ideas help some one,a 35mm film canister holds a 1156 or 57 bulb.If the cahister is to big for a smaller bulb,a pice of sponge in the bottom with a lite oil will work.I used a small pistol case,put spare bulbs,elec.tape,zip ties,elec.tester,pice of wire,small tube of dieelec.grease and misc.small stuff to cure a small problem on the road.When i go on a trip it fits in my saddle bags nicly.



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Posted on Sat, Oct 29, 2005 12:21

Never I repet never put 60 weight in an evo or twin cam .. These newer motors will not lube properly with this oil! In an old shovel or pan it is fine but not in the newer bikes.
Never I repet never put 60 weight in an evo or twin cam .. These newer motors will not lube properly with this oil! In an old shovel or pan it is fine but not in the newer bikes.



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Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2005 15:59

softail1999 write:
Any suggestions for my blow-by problem.. Oil is dripping out of the Air cleaner.. Getting mighty messy on my pipes, seat and pants.. Someone suggested I re-route the breather tube from the air cleaner to a different filter placed under the oil tank.. And plugging the hole in the cleaner.. Was wondering if the solution is elsewhere??? May be the umbrella valves need replacing?.. I went back to the original stock oil filter, after hearing the newer improved ones are too restrictive.. Im running synthetic fluids also.. 99fxstc.. is the bike..

How many miles are on the bike?
If over 30000 try using 60 weight.
Another thing is dont add oil until the dip stick says ADD.
Some bike have a limit as to when this problem stops blowing the oil and yours may be one of them.
If it stops at the half way point on the dipstick leave it alone and see if stops. if it does then that is your engines best oil level.



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Posted on Thu, Jul 21, 2005 13:17

I have never before heard someone call a Harley a leaf blower. Somehow its seems to a have a nice ring to it. Harley (leafblower) Leafblower (Harley). I think i will call them that from now on. Harley(leafblower)Just about sums them up



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Posted on Tue, Jul 05, 2005 07:13


Ladyhwk750cc write:

Hey loco! I saw a bike already done that way this week at Bike Night at Hooters in New Castle, DE. It looked really cool. The guy dropped a heavy pocket knife on it from about two feet up and it didn't leave a scratch. He says it stays fairly clean too and is easy to wash. I like "low-maintenance"!



Hey ladyhwk, maybe I'll run into you at Hooters on a Bike Night sometime. I go quite a bit myself.



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Posted on Sun, Jul 03, 2005 18:28

Hmm Not many tips being posted???? Whats up???
Heres one... Being the lead rider mosty.. I ride with my Brites on and approaching intersections or parking lots where cars are entering the road I always flash my brites on and off several times... no matter what!!!!... You could be looking squarely in the eyes of a motorist and still they overlook you!!!!!.....

  


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Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 12:45

Riding Tip: A good place to get out of the rain while riding and if you dont want to either stop at a restaurant, under a bridge or even a gas station. I found Do it yourself car washing ports very handy.. You can pull right in and get yourself and the bike out of the rain. Always an empty port available especially in the rain..lol... And nowadays every little town has one usually on the main drag too...



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Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 12:21


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hddude45 write:
Justwannaride...yw.

Tinker,

the short answer is silicon lubricants in spray cans but i sent you a link with the long answers.




Thanks a ton HD. Worked like a charm, I tried it out in the driveway just to be sure.

I have 1 more tip that really isn't a tip, but more like common sense. It's always a good idea to try out travel tips close to home first, to make sure they work for you before you get out in the middle of nowhere and find out you misunderstood the tip, or that you're doing it wrong. It's always easier to accept failure when you only have a short walk home.


Tinker, yw. And amen to above.



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Posted on Tue, Jun 28, 2005 21:56


hddude45 write:
Justwannaride...yw.

Tinker,

the short answer is silicon lubricants in spray cans but i sent you a link with the long answers.




Thanks a ton HD. Worked like a charm, I tried it out in the driveway just to be sure.

I have 1 more tip that really isn't a tip, but more like common sense. It's always a good idea to try out travel tips close to home first, to make sure they work for you before you get out in the middle of nowhere and find out you misunderstood the tip, or that you're doing it wrong. It's always easier to accept failure when you only have a short walk home.



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Posted on Fri, Jun 24, 2005 13:36

Justwannaride...yw.

Tinker,

the short answer is silicon lubricants in spray cans but i sent you a link with the long answers.



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Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2005 22:48

If you're not riding a bagger and are tight for space, carry some 'Windex Wipes'instead of a can of spray, they're like baby wipes but soaked with windex. Cleans most stuff up real good and doesn't streak. Keep the package in a ziplock baggie though, because they will dry out after a few weeks if ya don't.

Also, a garbage bag makes a half-assed decent raincoat if you are caught without your gear. They will also keep you a little warmer if the weather turns cold suddenly and duct tape will keep them from flapping too much, just fold it over so it's tight and tape it down and make sure you fold towards your back or it becomes a parachute.

Does anyone have a tip for cleaning a chain on a long trip? I use kerosene at home, but it's a bit much to carry along just for when I want to lube the chain.



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Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2005 20:21


justwannaride write:
Bull, HDdude and softtail1999:

Thanx for the good tips. The Pledge got rid of very sticky bugs and made the saddle and bags shine.

As for attracting bees and wasps, their gonna end up with their stinger being the last thing to go thru their brain.

Don't forget a short piece of single strand copper wire. It can work for electrical or holding up parts that get too hot for tape (duct or electrical).

Ride on.


Your quite welcome "justwannaride" Hmm. one thing I dont have is that? I think... lol... Have to check my tool pack-Im a thinking.. I did purchase the "cruzetools" pack from J&P cycle.. Has most of everything you would need and room for more.. Heck many times on rides Im having to dig it up for wrenches, tape, ect.. None of my riding buddies even bothers with tools it seems as long as I'm around...lol.. One time We had to replace a suspension bolt on a softail which broke.. Without it We would have been in deep sh*it.. Always something going wrong on the long rides. Best to be prepared.... Helps to have the bags to hold it though... Ride safe!..

  


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Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2005 10:02


SuspendedLostBoys write:
djloops, I've found that letting the air our of tires works great when doing the slow-race, Win every time.


Ah ha, Always helps to hang with experience. Got any more bits of gold to share for winnin those rally games?



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Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2005 10:00

Norty,

I've never had the ones around here get attracted to it but then again they probably don't recognize orange or lemon as there are no citrus trees like that up here in the tundra.

Didn't notice them particularly attacking in Fla though either. Must be the California Bees.



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