Saturday, September 13, 2014

Goldwing Alternator Trouble

52,500 miles

While riding in Georgia, North Carolina, & Tennessee, I noticed that my voltage was fluctuating a bit.  The day would typically begin at 14.2 volt.  After 30 min. or so of riding, the voltage would drop down to 13.5 volt.  I knew I could live with 13.5 volt since it was still charged my battery.

I still was riding the bike as is.  No big deal.  It's still charging.  BUT last week, the voltage meter began showing lower than 13.5.  That concerned me.

Last time when I was stranded due to the failed alternator, I pulled out the old alternator and reconditioned it.







All good!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scarver Seat Cover

My Scarver seat had crinkled when I bought it a few years ago. It never really bothered me, but I decided to re-cover it. I found this cover on Ebay - sold by comboguy.



The installation went smoothly.  The direction is included in the package and it was helpful.  The original seat cover is glued to the seat foam, so you HAVE TO cover it.

This is the way the bike came.




Here is the new cover.

And its back side.

Authentic Enduratex?  I guess it's made of some special seat cover material.




All you have to do is to align it and start using stable gun to staple it.  As directed, I used 5/16 size of staple.






And that's it.  It took about one hour to complete it.  Now I will test it in a week or two.  Before I test it, I need to replace the rear tire.....













Thursday, August 28, 2014

34,100 miles

My rear tire is showing the steel belt.  Time for a new rear tire.  Just ordered one from Amazon.


Last change was at 24,150 miles, so it lasted exactly 10,000 miles.  I think that's average.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Scarver Oil Change

34,000 miles... wow, I can't believe it.  It's been 3 years and 3 months since the purchase and I put about 28,000 miles on it.

I hit 34,000 last week during the commute.  She deserves an oil change.  As usual, go get the oil filter (kit with washers) from Gulf Coast BMW in South Houston.  $19.xx with sales tax.

I still had some Amsoil which my buddy John gave me.  I used 2.5 litter of that.

$20.00 for oil change is not bad, is it.  Next oil change will be at 40,000 miles - probably the end of 2014.

=)

Happy riding, everyone.

PS.  I do need to check the valve lash and change spark plug.  But I will wait to do that until next weekend - Labor Day weekend.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Georgia '14 - Day 3

Day 3
Ellijay, GA - Robbinsville, NC

We took an early morning ride from Ellijay to Robbinsville via Chalohala Skyway.  Unfortunately, it was a bit rainy and foggy, but we had a blast.

First we stopped at a drive-in.



Check out the price of a burger here - $2.15.  I haven't see price like this in long time.  I didn't order anything there, but I wonder what that burger is like.





Nice drizzly ride.


Still lots of fun!  We reached at the highest point of the skyway.



After our morning fun, we stopped at Lynn's Place to grab a bite. 

Then off to our camp site, Cheoah Point campground.


We had the reservation at site #23, but that site was completely trashed - dirty diapers in fire ring and other garbage!  So we decided to go take another site - #14.  It worked out GREAT.


Then a thunder storm came through our campground.  Everyone evacuated to under my tarp.  9 foot tarp with 3 guys under it.  ;-)

After the storm passed, we took off to Deals Gap Resort.  The resort is typically open until 7 pm, but because of the storm, it was already closed when we arrived at 5.  Bummer.

Back to our campsite, build fire, and dinner.




When I saw this Pad Thai package, I was so excited.  I get to have Thai food at the camp ground!  But the food was NASTY.  I ate it because I was hungry, but I threw away more than half of it.

We were tired.  As the sun set, so did we.














Saturday, August 02, 2014

Camry ATF Changed


Changed Camry transmission fluid with Valvoline Synthetic ATF.  Camry still running great.

As I was working on it, the driver side interior door handle broke.  AAARRRRGGGHHHH.  Switched it with the one from the rear.  Now I have to order another one from eBay.

Giddy up!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Georgia '14 - Day 2

Day 2

Jennings Ferry Campground => Ellijay, GA

Got up with the sun.  Overnight wasn't too humid.  It was down to about 75 degrees.


We said goodbye to the campground, looked for a quick gas in Eutaw, AL - pronounced like Utah.


From there, we hit I-20 and moved quickly to Birmingham, AL.  We were to stop at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.



It was an amazing place with lots of motorcycles and cars.  Many of them were my dream machines.

As we were leaving the museum, we asked the receptionist where to have lunch.  She suggested Rusty's BBQ in Leeds, AL, about 3 miles from the museum.

One of the best BBQ I've ever had.  What you see there is Pork BBQ plate with spicy beans and potato salad.  I also ordered a bit of ribs.  With a drink it came to about $18.00.  I thought that was pricy.

The forecast called for the rain all the way from there to our destination.  We prepared our gear to cope with that.  Stopped at Rainbow City for Gas and that was the only stop we really needed to make it to our friends house in Ellijay.

At the end of the day, we have ridden nearly 900 miles.  So today, we rode about 300 miles.





Monday, July 21, 2014

Georgia '14 - Day 1

A motorcycle trip to north western Georgia.

7/13 - Day 1



Two of us met at the Seabrook Market on HWY 146 at 6 am.  The sky was still dark and we were ready to rip some asphalt.  Trying to eat as much miles as possible, we decided to take I-10 from HWY146 to Iowa, LA.  Riding Interstate highway is my LEAST favorite way of riding motorcycle.  Even though it was early in the morning, cars and trailers are moving dangerously.  The purpose of Interstate is to get to the destination as fast as possible.  And drivers will posh their limit to accomplish that.

From Iowa, we took HWY165 to Alexandria.  Although this is a four lane highway, we were in much better environment.  Most of the cars on the road was local traffic.  Also, I love seeing the towns where people live.  I love to observe how people are living locally.


From Alexandria, we took HWY28 - a nice two lane highway.  The speed limit reduced down to 55MPH and our pace has decreased.  At the end of HWY28, I saw a rider pulled to the side, with helmet on the ground talking on the phone.  I always thought the helmet on the ground was a kind of distress signal among motorcyclists.  I asked if he was OK and he gave me the thumb up.

As we approached Natchez, MS, I know we were about to cross the mighty Mississippi river.

I've crossed Mississippi many times, but it was first time for me to cross on this route.  The size of the river amazes me every time I cross it.


We stopped at the Subway sandwich shop for a quick lunch.  Then moved onto the Natchez Trace Parkway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez_Trace_Parkway


This road is a nice lazy twisty road.  Traffic is light and we can really relax and enjoy the ride.  Along the way, there are many historical sites you can stop.  One of the stop we made was the Emerald Mound - a religious site for the native American Indians.


When we came across I-20, we've decided to go as far as we can until dark.  We, first, rode to Meridian, MS.  We drove to KOA, but did not like the environment in which it was located.  We pressed onto further east and found Jennings Ferry Camp Ground on Warrior Lake.

Jennings was a clean camp ground and there were a lot of sites available.  The host recommended site #51, right next to the restroom/shower.  John pitched his tent and I hang my hammock and went to sleep pretty quickly.

At the end, my GPS indicated that we rode 603 miles.  



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Goldwing Maintenance: Engine Oil/Filter, Final Drive, Anti-freeze

Getting ready for a big trip!

49,936 miles


Next OIL & Filter: 53,000 miles (used DELO 15W-40 this time)
Next Final Drive: 74,000 miles
Next Coolant: Summer 2016

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Replacing Left Windscreen Stay

As I mentioned during my last post, the left windscreen stay was broken.  Found ONE in eBay - got lucky.  NO, I did not pay full price.  Offered the seller $20.00 and we were both happy with that.


Since the seller was in Texas, it only took two days to get here - YAY!

Here is where it broke.

It's easy to see once removed from the bike.

Is it because I have over-sized screen?

The new-used one shows a bit of age, but it's functional.

Happy riding, everyone.