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1k service time...

Posted 08-11-2008 at 11:03 PM by brisk

I'm planning a ride out to eastern Washington and parts of Idaho with my friend Tom.

As of a few weeks ago we were all set to go this coming weekend when suddenly his bike (a Sporster 1200 Custom) blows (IIRC) a crank sensor and the ECM all at once (or so it was relayed to me). He managed to get it fixed pretty promptly by the guys at Eastside HD.

As soon as he gets his back, my bike's ODO rolls over the 1000 mark which means it's due for a full fluid flush, belt tensioning, and general fastener check. Yay.

Now, normally I'd do such maintenance myself, but since I don't want to take any chances with an upcoming 600 mile round-trip looming on the horizon, I figure it's worth paying the professionals to do it right. After all, while I know my way around cars, this is my first bike, and certainly my first Harley. Despite my mechanical bravado, I am still a n00b at riding them, let alone maintaining them.

Also, I don't have a bike stand/lift to speak of, so about as much fun with fluids as I can reliably tackle is an oil change. Anywho, I'm still a bit befuddled after checking the weather. No rain in sight, but guess what? This weekend is supposed to be another record-breaker temperature wise, specifically east of the mountains. 96F+

Why oh why do we always choose to ride on the hottest of the hot days?

Any recommendations on keeping cool when the sun is pouring down? I'm half tempted to suggest we shift our ride to either early, early morning (much as I dislike waking up before the sun) or to very late evening. Start around 6pm so the ride gets cooler as we get more fatigued. The only downside to that would be missing all the great scenery in the desert...

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    Gamuru's Avatar
    The trip sounds like a lot of fun. You can ride in the heat of the day. Just make sure you keep yourselves hydrated and wear your sunscreen protection. You'll get burned to a crisp without it.

    Your idea of splitting the ride isn't a bad one, either. Maybe you could take a long lunch break during the heat of the day?

    Have a great ride, whatever you decide.
    Posted 08-12-2008 at 04:56 AM by Gamuru Gamuru is offline
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    allpapajohn's Avatar
    Water, water, and more water. Drink it pour it over your jacket. Feels real good to soak the inside of your helmet with water too. Also make sure you have something with electrolytes. Gatorade or what ever you happen to like. Last trip we made we put the bottles of water and Gatorade in the freezer. Got up in the morning thew them in the saddle bags and off we went. By the end of the day we still had cold water.
    Posted 08-12-2008 at 07:39 AM by allpapajohn allpapajohn is offline
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    ckender's Avatar
    Get a bandana or some sort of thin cloth you can wrap around your neck/head (especially the neck). Wear it at all times while riding. In cold weather, it keeps the wind off. In hot weather, get it wet, and while you're riding, it acts like you're own personal A/C. Only way I've found to survive Eastern WA in the summer, especially since I won't do without my leathers.

    (1K? You need to get that bike out more. And you can do all the 1K work on the ground, don't need a stand.)
    Posted 08-12-2008 at 12:30 PM by ckender ckender is offline

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