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    Quote Originally Posted by BoschZEV View Post
    I have to solve the logistics problem. This year's event taught me that a U-Haul truck carrying the minimal tools and spares that can be shipped to the start is sub-optimal. The sweet spot on the Cannonball seems to be something between that rented U-Haul and a full-size tour bus towing a two-story trailer (how did they even find places to park that rig??).

    As others before me have observed, I'm busy all the time and don't know how I was able to do anything before I retired.
    I feel like I hit the sweet spot with the old Sprinter van. Easy to park, hauls plenty, comfortable for the support crew. The one thing that I'm lacking is some sort of motorcycle lift or work platform. I'm tired of working on my knees in hotel parking lots. I have some ideas for that. Also, I my work lighting could be improved.

    Of course, you could always pull a Kelly Modlin / Doug Wothke and just ride the bike to the start, ride the Cannonball, and ride it home. That would be maximum fun for minimum investment. There should be a special award for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    I feel like I hit the sweet spot with the old Sprinter van.... The one thing that I'm lacking is some sort of motorcycle lift or work platform
    I can see where your van works well for a single rider, but I guess I'm thinking in terms of a two-person team. That said, the tour bus with two-story trailer was for a single rider...

    It's tough enough working on a bike after a full day on the road, but crawling around on your knees to do it makes it a lot worse. Even if all the other factors were under control, if the Norton Team hadn't kindly given my Ariel space on one of their lifts to replace its worn valve guide it would have been a nightmare -- not only because all the work had to take place at night -- to work on it. A lift and plenty of lights are like, ahem, night and day.

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    It's almost next year so I guess I should give this thread a jumpstart and get ready to start thinking about some post-cannonball work on Patience. I have been spending some time cleaning and organizing the moto-shed. It got pretty bad as a result of the pre-cannonball rush of activities, but it's looking pretty good at the moment. I could almost call it 'comfortable' or 'homey.'












    I did spend quite a bit of time cleaning up the Sunnen hone. It works great but was pretty grimey.












    I took the catch pan apart so I could clean it up in the parts washer. I drained the old honing oil out of the sump, removed the sludge traps, and cleaned it all out. I had 10 gallons of fresh oil shipped in from Michigan. The only part I had to replace was the 'stay-put' flexible hose for the oil. I'm happy to have found this hone with the dual (course and fine) controls and the two speed drive pulleys. Here's an after shot.






    That's about it for now. I'll get started on the Indian again soon, and post some pictures of that. Today I need to split some fire wood.






    Kevin

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    Your workshop is way too clean and uncluttered. Did you post those photos to make the rest of us feel bad?

    Happy New Year to you, and may 2019 find your workshop messier than it is now as you make progress on your projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoschZEV View Post
    Your workshop is way too clean and uncluttered. Did you post those photos to make the rest of us feel bad?

    Happy New Year to you, and may 2019 find your workshop messier than it is now as you make progress on your projects.
    That will happen Charles, I guarantee! ;-)

    Happy 2019 to you and yours.


    Kevin

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    Some pictures of yesterday's progress:










    Some newspaper clippings that my Aunt Alyce sent me from Belle Fourche, SD:










    More to come.




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    While I'm posting, someone had asked about the bushings I made for the rear swing arm. I'm happy to say that they held up very well. There's really nothing to report, other than there is no discernible wear or play in the nylatron bushings, and more importantly no discernible wear in the shaft which is an original Indian part. The last shaft I had wore terribly, with the original steel bushings. Here is a picture, for what it's worth:






    I also want to mention that I have signed up for Instagram. Magnetoman recommended it as a quick and easy way to share pictures, videos, and information, so I'm going to give it a try. If you want to follow me, I think you can find me by searching on 'Kevin Naser' or 'Meanderthal.man'




    It's supposed to be 50 degrees out today, I'm going to try to get a short ride in on the Guzzi.


    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    It's supposed to be 50 degrees out today, I'm going to try to get a short ride in on the Guzzi.
    I live where winters are a bit warmer than in Nebraska. When I read your post a few days ago I had just walked in from outside where it was 51 degrees at the time thanks to an unusual cold front. When I was shivering outside I had thought to myself there was no way I'd even consider riding a motorcycle when it was that frigid. Same temperature; different perspectives.

    I had completely missed it in the latest issue of 'The Antique Motorcycle', but thanks to someone mentioning it on another site I discovered I'm famous. Or, at least there's a picture of me working on my Ariel. The caption says I'm working on my timing chain, which I'm not, but I don't remember why I had the clutch off that night. As you know yourself, evening repairs blur together on the Cannonball...

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