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.

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.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Scarver Air Filter Changed

30,626 miles today.

Just a few work on the bike today.

Put the top case back on with Hyper-Lites under it.

Changed air filter.

Just saw the left wind screen stay triangle broken - eBay time.

Happy Riding

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Disappointed with ADVmonster Waterproof Voltmeter

I bought ADVmonster Waterproof Voltmeter in December 8th, 2012.  This unit was placed on my BMW F650CS - Scarver.

A few months later, one of the LED bar failed as seen below. (4/30/2013)

They sent me a replacement for the failed unit.

TODAY, it has been less than a year since the replacement, the unit FAILED again.
I rode in a heavy rain on my way home.  In the midst of the commute, the meter started to post 30 volts and the volt indication was jumping all over the place.

My first thought was that my voltage regulator was going out.  BUT if so, with 30 volts, certainly the fuse would have blown.

The second thought was that I got water in some unknown place and making the bike going crazy.  But again, if so, one of the fuse would have blown and I would see the result somewhere.

The only reason I can think of is that the voltmeter itself has gone bad.  Here is a video I took when I got home.

Here is another picture.  You can see some film like moisture (or something) inside the front cover.


I am so disappointed.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Scarver D.I.Y. Pannier Project: Summary

Here is the Summary of my project to this point.

I decided to make a D.I.Y. rack - hey it's ugly, but it works. (did I mention I have no welding skill?)

Here is my original idea of a rack.

That idea didn't last very long.

So I went to homedepot and bought a 1 inch square aluminum tube. Hey look, it fits perfectly into the passenger peg bracket.

From there, I tried many different ways of attaching panniers, but the best solution I came up with is to use Wal-mart cutting board and support it with 6mm threaded rod that fits into the rear triangle/fender. I bought a 1 meter 6mm threaded rod and cut them into four, then adjusted the length as I needed.

Then I found a threaded rod in my garage that would be perfect for the rear bracket.

Painted them black - just to make them look a bit less "hillbilly".

I thought about installing Pelican cases, but I'd rather spend that money in GAS to ride. So, for now, Husky Technician Box from Homedepot will do.
One of my concern was to place the case just right so that I can still fuel the bike. And I think I did it just right.

It's not perfect, but this will do the job.

I've attached Hyper-Lites, and looks like below at night. I REALLY need side marker lights.

That is it so far.  Come back here for more updates.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Scarver Side Case Project

Continuing to work on Scarver, attaching the side cases.  I think it's coming nicely.

Took a few photo this morning while commuting.  Here is what she looks like now.

One big concern I had was the fueling.  Since BMW F650's have the fuel tank under the seat, you have fuel it from the side.  This made putting panniers extra difficult with positioning them just right.  I think mine is still too tight, but I am going to live with it for now.

I am a bit concerned about the space between the cases and the rear side panels.  I think I can make it a bit narrower.

Looking down from the top.

I think this picture really shows that I can make it narrower.  Let's see what I can do.

This has been a lot of fun being creative and coming up with solutions.