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466  General Category / Events / Re: Diner Destination for next Maine Ride on: March 11, 2009, 08:28:28 PM
   Another possible destination ruined by people who insist on wearing clothes.  :Smiley

http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/03/11/maine_pub_gets_dressing_down/

Mike
467  General Category / Events / Re: NE Motorcycle Beer Night -Thurs 12th MARCH 2009 - Olde Irish Ale House Dedham on: March 11, 2009, 08:16:42 PM
   What thuh...? I'll try to make it but it's the first day on the new job tomorrow and kinda short notice. You that thirsty Andy?

Mike
468  Selling and Buying / Sellers Remorse / Re: 76 CB 750 F Supersport - $2400 (Springfield) on: March 10, 2009, 04:29:48 PM
Hey Andy! Why don't you stop harassing people and plan the next beer night?   Wink Grin Grin Grin

Mike
469  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anyone recommend a place to get tires mounted? on: March 06, 2009, 01:00:49 PM
Hey Mike!!

Well, I should purchase such a hoss, but I'm putting on a surprise 50th for my bride in France in April, and I don't think I'll have enough left over for a new valve stem, forget a tire changer and balancer. Seriously, your idea is a good one, and I should consider it. Do you have any suggestions for what brand or model to get?

Aside for getting stuck in Memphis for 12 hours and then having to go to Atlanta to get to Austin, I had a great time. It was in the 60's and 70's and sunny. I didn't do any riding, but got to porch sit and play guitar with my oldest friend. I got the J.D. chronology down a bit better and will pass it on at the next burger night.

Is it Spring yet??
All best,
Ben

   Sorry I don't have any suggestions Ben. Usually when I'm onto buying something like that I do my research when I'm ready to buy. Sounds like a relaxing trip aside from the travel issues. Will you be bringing a time line chart as a presentation aid regarding the J.D. chronology? Grin Grin Grin

   Spring is coming this weekend I believe with temps in the 50/60's. I registered my bike yesterday. The goal now is to get it inspected before the damn movie starts or it may never happen. That would be last year all over again and I can't go through it another time.

See you soon, Mike
470  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anyone recommend a place to get tires mounted? on: March 05, 2009, 09:59:58 PM
   Jeebers Ben why don't you just suck it up and buy a tire changer and wheel balancer?  Seems like it would pay for itself in short order with all the bikes you have and the tires you go through with the Busa.  Grin Grin Grin

   I'm low tech right now. I wrestle tires onto the rims, it's really not that bad. I've been balancing with a jury rigged static system but I'm thinking of upgrading to an actual manufactured static balancer.  :Smiley

   I totally understand your desire to have the Busa wheels dynamically balanced.

Mike

P.S. How was Texas?
471  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Stupid vacuum! on: March 03, 2009, 07:28:02 PM
  As far as I know all of the T100's have the same system. Yes, the 4wd shift stick is mechanical in that it operates the transfer case mechanically. However, it also controls a solenoid which operates the vacuum switch to engage the front axle...mechanically.  :Smiley   

   See if you have two vacuum switches just under the wiper fluid bottle mounted on the inner fender. There will be a bunch of vacuum hoses coming and going there. If you have a different system than the one I have consider yourself a lucky man. If you have the same system...well you have my condolences because one day it will bite you in the ass.  Shocked

Mike
472  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Stupid vacuum! on: March 03, 2009, 02:51:48 PM
   When I changed out the switches I also installed manual hubs so that I can bypass the system if needs be. Needs be might be now. When I can crawl under the truck without freezing to the ground I can route a vacuum line direct to the front differential and engage/disengage with the hubs. For a more permanent solution I have to open up the differential and lock the slider in place. The original set-up on this truck has locked hubs with an axle connect/disconnect operated by the vacuum switches. I can also try to use the good switch from my originals but these things are welded to their brackets with rust. I also just found another used set on fleabay. Or...Peter, where is your truck parked at night?   Grin Grin Grin

Mike
473  General Category / General Discussion / Stupid vacuum! on: March 03, 2009, 02:14:41 PM
  Stupid vacuum sucks!  Angry Angry I went all last winter without 4wd in my truck because the vacuum switch that engages the 4wd crapped out and Toyota, in their infinite gouging greed, wants $400...yes that's no typo...400 stinkin' dollars for the 2 switch unit. I lucked out last fall and found a used set from a '90 4Runner on ebay. Oh yeah Toyota...eat my shorts 'cause I paid $10 plus shipping. Well, my luck ran out yesterday when I couldn't get into 4wd. Mothers all over Cape Ann were covering their children's ears when I let loose with a string of non-deleted expletives. This a the kind of engineering for engineering's sake that really bugs me. What at one time was a simple mechanical operation has turned into a vacuum switch which is operated electrically by moving a lever. THEN the 4wd engages....mechanically. WTF!!! Rube Goldberg couldn't have come up with anything more ridiculous!

STUPID TOYOTA VACUUM SYSTEM SUCKS!!! Angry Angry Angry

   I feel only slightly better now...Mike
474  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: Anyone see a problem here? on: February 27, 2009, 03:14:03 PM
Look under the girl. It's not really a bike, but some demented homologation of a bike and a freight train. God, how can someone find removing the mobility from a motorcycle attractive? If you're lucky you can go fast on a straight section, but you can't turn. Two rear wheels can't help anything either except for increasing friction and inertia, stupid!

   Oh I see. I thought she was sitting on some kind of carnival ride.  Cheesy Cheesy

Mike
475  Motorcycle Stuff / Other Bikes / Re: Anyone see a problem here? on: February 24, 2009, 08:28:21 PM
   What are you guys talkin' about? I don't see a bike.

Mike
476  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Uncle Henry's on: February 20, 2009, 08:10:56 PM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
477  General Category / General Discussion / Re: meeting lastnight on: February 20, 2009, 08:08:23 PM
Hey all-  I'm glad I caught up with you before everyone went home, if only to weasel a free beer out of andy...

Turns out we got called back into the hospital in the middle of the night, and were with my dad when he quietly went...very peaceful, a gentle end to a long struggle.

Looking forward to some two-wheeled time- very theraputic, I've found...

See you all soon-   peter

   Hey Peter...sorry to hear about you dad. It's good that you were with him at the end and that it was peaceful for him. My thoughts are with you...

Mike
478  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Uncle Henry's on: February 20, 2009, 08:33:54 AM
  Chris they sell Uncle Henry's in Glostah. If you're in a hurry to shop for livestock(sheep) I can get one in the mail for you. Grin Grin

Mike
479  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: Boston makes it onto utube on: February 17, 2009, 08:14:46 PM
  Didn't watch the vid because I'm on dial-up but I swear I'm getting dsl this week. Shocked

  Alan...You were riding Rte. 1 into Chelsea every day? I DROVE that every day in my pick-up and THAT sucked. I hate driving in that kind of traffic and really wouldn't want to be riding in it. Hats off to you and your BIG balls. Grin Grin Grin

Mike
480  General Category / Events / Re: NE Motorcycle Beer Night - Wed or Thurs 18th or 19th Feb 2009 on: February 16, 2009, 08:51:35 AM
%^&*(, I'm going to have to pass as I'll be in Austin from the 18th through the 22nd.
You guys can make fun of me while I'm gone if you'd like.
Best to all,
Ben

hee hee hee Ben rides sissy bikes! Oooops...supposed to wait for beer night. Grin Grin

Hey Ben...I was in Austin late '77 to mid '78 with Jane. I know the city has changed a lot but it was a great place then. Oat Willies, Soap Creek Saloon, The Hole In the Wall, Barton Springs, Hippy Hollow, Liberty Lunch...ahhh sweet memories. Have fun down there and watch out for armadillos.

Mike

Hey Mike,

The guy I'm going to see lived with Ms. D in Wisconsin and when they first moved to Austin in 75 or 76. While this sounds sort of crass, you might have been next, although who knows? Grin
I go down to Austin pretty much every year now, after having not gone down since '77. I like the music and the kids, but I mostly just like hanging with my old friend. He and I have been buds for going on 50 years.

   Hmmm. Could be I met him in Wisconsin when I delivered her old '57 Plymouth to her out there with her sister and my friend Dan. That was a fun road trip. Jane had no idea that we were bringing her sister along so we managed to surprise her pretty good. I also have a fuzzy recollection of consuming mass quantities of beer and combustibles while out there...and smashing record albums. Good times Shocked Shocked  The fuzziness is preventing me from remembering who she was living with at the time. :Smiley As far as who was next...who could keep track. Wink Grin

Mike
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