This thing started right up after sittin' 3 1/2 months in the cold, with temps below freezing most of the time. I looked all over for the battery that goes in it. Not near the Battery Tender with the others - and then I realized I forgot to take it out ! Shit ! It's a 5+ year old acid-type battery, and it hasn't given up yet, since it had 12.2 volts and started the bike. It's life is helped by the Cycle Electric DG5000 and a steady 13.5 pretty much all the time. My 4 gallon tank is ready for fuel - and I'm ready for a road trip - but we should all be sittin' tight for now.
A guy needs about 6.5:1 Compression to run the total shit fuel produced by these places. (no offense to any ethanol workers our there) The "pot life" to that 86/87 is about 2 weeks and it's dead. My lawnmower didn't want to run with that crap...
I guess the reasoning was to keep the oil cooler and prevent the oil from gettin' all hot, and fried all over the top end as it was pumped up through the hot cylinders? You take those old panheads apart, and the non-detergent oil is burnt all over everything... It worked.
The Cedar River came up a bit with all the snow melt (in 2 days) - and now we're getting some heavy rain to wash all the salt and sand down the drain . . . I don't talk about it much, but the last 3 years, I've been into "fitness" and health and eating right and all that terrible crap. I sure feel a lot better, but it takes commitment for sure. I've been tryin' to dial in my new Fezzari bicycle - and with all these new Iowa trails everywhere - maybe get back out there and do some single-track?
It's like a Ferrari . . . But with ZZZZZZs . . . !
Hopefully, I'll be able to pack this thing up again this year - and ride someplace ? 1. We need to get through this virus deal - and 2. The weather needs to straighten out. I'm pretty sure #2 will happen eventually - but #1 will need everyone to work together, since all the fun things we do rely on other people to make them happen - and without everyone - it won't matter that you live in a rural farmhouse, or Montana wilderness . . . it's just gonna suck. So do your part - stay away from people for a bit, hole it at home, bust out Easyrider (and watch it again). Crack that old bottle of wine you 'been saving . . Call all your long lost relatives and friends you never talk to . . . and just hold-the-line for a month - and maybe it will all go away (along with your savings account)??
Hey, some of the best times of your life is when you had no money, but you had an Ironhead Sportster or a Honda 350 chopper - and all you did was ride ride ride - and your bed roll was it. You roughed it and didn't know any better. At least we still know how to do it if necessary.
Stay safe - and I'll try to post some most stuff to ward off boredom . . . -Noot