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Not REALLY a ride... just the preamble to a BIGGEE!

Over the last week or so I've been doing a few things to get the GREEN HORNET ready to roll... NORTH!

My plan is to leave early Friday to get to another "inmate's" place about 8.5 hours from here, just W of Prince George on Hwy 16, for 'burgers-n-beer'.

I KNEW I was going to install a fresh Tourance 150/70, change the oil/ filter - you know - the USUAL stuff, so I kicked-it-off by washing the bike Sunday. After I rolled it back into my garage I got ready to displace any water on the chain w/ WD40, but noticed something hanging down from it.

Got close, discovered it was part of an O-ring... ..., and knew it meant a new chain (which I had 'thoughtfully' brought back N from AZ in March...), as well as sprockets. The chain I then removed had ONLY had about 15,800 kms on it, and showed NO wear, but...WTH!

I'm serious about lubing my chains (WD40 only!), but not as much about keeping the bike spotless, so by the time I had changed them, my hands, jeans, tee-shirt, and floor as well as ALL the tools, were seriously BLACK, and I spent quite some time w/ a rag and paint thinner cleaning them up (my hands took... LONGER...!). I've had a rear-sprocket 'take-off' sold to me by an inmate here a few years ago, but as it was silvery, I got out the black rattle-can and gave it a couple of coats, but not till AFTER I went for a ride to buy the paint.

Pulling up to a parts-store I looked at my reflection - the low-beam was OUT!

Bought paint and an H7 bulb, then drove back home.

A neighbor asked if I would work w/ him to change-out two tires for him as well as the rear Tourance and sprocket for me, so he came over yesterday (Monday) at 10. By then I'd changed the headlight (put the hi-beam H7 bulb into the upper lo-beam, then the NEW H7 into the lower hi beam socket...), removed the rear wheel, sprocket and tire.

We got going on installing the new Tourance (thoughtfully left in the sun to heat-up), added Dyna-Beads, then rolled it to the side to 'do' his Ducati wheels/ tires. He had always done his tires working standing-up at a table, while I work on my knees on the floor, the wheel supported on 2x6s keeping the brake disc off the floor, using my weight to keep the tires' properly in the 'well' of the wheels. I don't know whether or not he sees any good in the way I do tires, but he MOSTLY did his two on the floor after watching/ helping me. ALSO we Dyna-Beaded his wheels too!

I 'touched-up' any scratches on my rim w/ some black and a small brush, torqued the sprocket bolts, installed the wheel, torqued it, THEN checked the alignment.

As it was SLIGHTLY off, I loosened the axle, made a very small adjustment (two 'flats') which got everything in-line, then re-torqued it all.

Had to go out for a bit this AM, and it was nice knowing that ALL I have left to do (BESIDES loading the bike Thursday...), is change the oil/ filter tomorrow.


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All good sir. Something great about the anticipation of a trip like that.

I have a more modest trip upcoming Sunday, maybe three nights gone with riding chums. I am hustling to get the Versys back together and actually running, so I can take her along.

As a precaution, I took some time this past weekend, and thought I better change oil in the Pacific Coast in case the 'Verse aint back together. The Coast never asks for much. A hot bath once in awhile and a sip of Techron and she's good.

I was using a large plastic coffee can and started the oil draining. I got distracted and walked away, forgetting that this bike's oil content will NOT FIT into one of these containers. The rest ended up on the floor.

I got a nice buzz from the Pine Sol, Simple Green and hot water.

Have a safe trip, pitchers or it didn't happen, right?
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Thanks guys. Outta here tomorrow EARLY (by 0700 hopefully), and into the "Silverfox09" place by late afternoon.

There WILL be pics..., but you gotta wait....

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Stayed overnight at my place and was up and on the road at 7:00 AM
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I see Ed is traveling light...

Is that a fashion violation to go "double green"?

(green outfit, green bike)


Glad you could get away Ed, safe travels.
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Thanks guys. Outta here tomorrow EARLY (by 0700 hopefully), and into the "Silverfox09" place by late afternoon.

There WILL be pics..., but you gotta wait....
Have a safe ride. The weather in Alaska and the Yukon is AMAZING right now. Get here quick before it changes. If you see a red 08 Versys with an Amsoil sticker on the tank stop and say hi. His name is Bernie, good people.


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Have a safe ride. The weather in Alaska and the Yukon is AMAZING right now. Get here quick before it changes. If you see a red 08 Versys with an Amsoil sticker on the tank stop and say hi. His name is Bernie, good people.
Camped in the site next to Bernie in Dawson, lots of chats! I'll start my ride report tomorrow, AFTER I catalog all the pics.

Jeff - I believe the GREEN HORNET will be written-off, which is why I didn't call at your place. Watch for the RIDE REPORT.
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Camped in the site next to Bernie in Dawson, lots of chats! I'll start my ride report tomorrow, AFTER I catalog all the pics.



Jeff - I believe the GREEN HORNET will be written-off, which is why I didn't call at your place. Watch for the RIDE REPORT.

What do you mean written off some one back over your bike?


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What do you mean written off some one back over your bike?...
Nope. Read my ride report, I'll get to the reason in a few more days of the ride.

Thanks again for your "burgers-n-beer" on the 12th...!

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