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Nice day you had down south, Keith. It has been dull and damp here in Anglesey but I got in my last ride of the year in yesterday so not so bad.
Happy New Year.
 

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Maybe later today, on the dirt bike.

 

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New Years ride

I’m stuck in town watching the wife’s kitty’s, but I did take a short grocery ride. I haven’t been on since my password was changed last year. I only have dial up internet at home and it’s so slow I could never get it straightened out. Our daughter got a new iPad from her husband for Christmas, so I got hers for Christmas.😀 I’m still learning how to use it, but so far its great!

The little 250 Is still doing great, with 125,431 mile’s on it. I would never have thought a little 250 would make that many miles without mechanical work. I check the valves every 10,000 miles, but have only had to change a shim on the exhaust valves a few times. Have never had to change a shim on the intake’s, but at the 120,000 mile check, both intakes were at .009”, so something has happened. The intakes have always been right on .007” until now. I ran short on time, so had to let it be for now, but I suspect a worn rocker arm bearing, since they both changed the same. The cam looked good, I’ll keep you informed when I get back to it. I’m still riding it every day, so it would be my fault if something goes bad, I’ve just been short on time.

The steering head bearings are quite notchy, have been for a long time, so I’m gonna have to tend to them too. I’m just too old and slow to keep up nowadays 😕 I’ll be 81 next month. I did do a foolish thing, but I just couldn’t resist it, in January of last year I saw an ad on Craigslist, for a 2014 NC700x for $4,000, with 4,151 miles on it and I had to have it. I knew it was too heavy for me, but I just couldn’t pass it up, I’m scared every time I ride it, but it sure is sweet😀 I passed the 16,000 mile mark, so I’ve checked the valves, no change, still at factory settings. Much easier to do than the 250 and only 1 throttle body, so no syncing to do.

I live in Julian CA and if it’s threatening rain or snow, I take the 250, I feel much safer on it! I won’t tell you how many mpg I’m getting, I don’t wanna make you sick😊

Take Care & ride safe,
Dan
 

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Hi Schroeder, yes that’s a lot of miles for a little 250 and not a single mechanical problem! My last BMW, a650 single, the CS, the belt drive one, went 222,000 miles before I sold it, but it wasn’t trouble free, although nothing really serious. The headlight Assembly would fall apart regularly, a $300 dollar unit, I had two replaced under warranty and after that I just kept patching them together.

The water pump seals would fail between 15 & 50,000 miles, Rotax used lip seals on both the oil side and the coolant side and of course the coolant side wore out in no time! The single side swing arm double row ball bearing failed regularly @ 70,000 miles. Other than those few things, it was a great bike, always got about 70 to 75 mpg. I replaced 3 belts & 1 rear sprocket in those miles, not too bad. I only had to replace 1 shim in all those miles and it was very easy to do, that engine used shim over bucket. All in all it was a very good bike.

In 1963 I rode a 50cc Kriedler Floret from Chicago to the west coast and down throughout Mexico, with no problems, 10,576 miles. I used a box of 8 spark plugs and had to decarbon the head, cylinder and muffler a number of times, no other problems! I had a brand new Bonneville at that time and I knew it wouldn’t make it!😀 Sad!
Take Care & ride safe,
Dan
 

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In 1963 I rode a 50cc Kriedler Floret from Chicago to the west coast and down throughout Mexico, with no problems, 10,576 miles. I used a box of 8 spark plugs and had to decarbon the head, cylinder and muffler a number of times, no other problems! I had a brand new Bonneville at that time and I knew it wouldn’t make it!😀 Sad!
Take Care & ride safe,
Dan
Amazing!

Way before my time (I was born in '63), but stories of trips like that on tiny cycles always make me wish I'd been riding during those days. Peter Egan (of Cycle World fame) has stories like that of riding a small bike (either a S90 or CB160 I think) cross country.

Something most of us can't imagine doing today.

I wish Kreidler was still around (and still German). I loved their road racing and LSR bikes from back in the day.
 

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Well it's going to be several months before I'll get my first motorcycle ride of the year in, but I did go for a short snowmobile ride with my daughter on New Years Eve morning ...



By the time the snow ended on New Years Day (started snowing late Sunday night) over 30" of fresh powder had fallen, making for a challenging ride...
 

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These aren't from this year, but it's about all we do on 2 wheels in the winter. The street bikes are prepped for storage when we hit December and stay there until it looks good in spring.

My 2 boys out on the lake. Both are making big changes this week. The oldest (#8) just graduated as a ME and is starting at Harley Davidson next week. The youngest (#12) has enlisted in the Marines and is leaving next week for Basic Training in California.







We like our little Honda 4-strokes for winter riding.
 

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............. The oldest (#8) just graduated as a ME and is starting at Harley Davidson next week..........
So will you be passing on any insights into what Harley Davidson will be offering in years to come? Although I don't think much will change in the foreseeable future, their customers don't like change very much.


I see the V-Rod series has been deleted, ostensibly due to non-compliance with Euro emissions regulations but I'm sure if those bikes had been bigger sellers Harley could have found a way to meet the regs.
 

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I think HD is in the process of changing things up. There are SO MANY HDs out there for sale, I can't imagine the market is very good for new ones. The typical HD owner is hanging up their chaps and selling their HOGs at this point most likely.

They may be looking for a total revamp with confirmed Adventure and Electric models. There have been photos floating around of a new small bike with a Street Tracker-look that would be produced in India.

He's just out of school, with no work experience in Engineering, but he does have almost 20 years riding motorcycles. I'm thinking they may be looking for a different engineering perspective to help with appealing to a completely new segment of riders.
 

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I'm not really up to speed with the UK market for used Harleys but it's rare here to see one being ridden by anyone under 60 years of age, so they need to broaden their appeal before their customer base literally dies off.

When I went to the UK Motorcycle Show in November I had a demo ride on an Indian Scout Bobber. That was a pleasant experience but I'd have to be very rich before buying something that impractical. The rear mudguard is so short that organisers were making everyone who rode that bike wear a fluorescent vest to keep the spray from the wet roads off the jackets they were loaning.
 

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I've been hearing that Wisconsin doesn't have much of a snow cover yet?
Not much.

Up nort a ways (60 mi from me) there is about 6 or 7" on the ground. In this area, after last weekend's 40F temps and rain, there's nothing at all.

Riding on wet packing snow is pretty good, even on a frozen lake. If it thaws and refreezes (in the woods) in spots it's a real challenge to stay upright.
 

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If these concepts are any indication, HD is definitely exploring completely new territory -

https://www.visordown.com/news/new-bikes/harley-davidson-pull-covers-two-whacky-e-bikes-ces
They'll have to try harder than that. Those concepts are streets behind the E-bikes currently on offer from established bicycle manufacturers.
It's hard to know what HD can do to escape being as type-cast as they are. BMW have been trying to wean their customers away from the flat twins for years with only limited success.
I think the logical next step for Harley will be to incorporate water cooling into their big twins but to disguise it as much as possible as Indian and Triumph have done.
 
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