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Waiting on the new shocks to arrive. Have been looking at how to rebuild the old ones and there are two components - the upper spring with the associated seals etc, and the lower damper. Will be investigating this when I get west.

Have a metal on metal sound coming from the rear case. Looked at some old photos from the other bike and there is not a lot that can cause this. Only happens when idling. Checked the rotor bolt and it's tight. Have read and heard that a clutch stack can do this when it has been unused for a long time. In this case almost 5 years. I have been told that it may go away from regular use and oil changes. Will monitor this.

Today is a bike cleaning day, the chrome and aluminum parts. May get some grime off the FD.

Bike is looking good.

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The suspense is killing me. When do you hit the road with it?

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I'm like a good woman, keeping you on the hook until it's set! :music:

Should be doing a road trip to Toronto and Ottawa this weekend. Have to come back and do some work for Mom, stay for my sister's b'day and hope to be on the road heading west approximately 28 May as planned - route to be determined - weather may play a part in it.

Getting little items done such as freeing up the passenger foot boards so they do not need 2 men and a boy to put up/down. Lubed up the signal switch, new boot for the clutch MC push rod, replaced the marker lights on the headlamp. Starting to do some cleaning/polishing. Want to get a buffing wheel for the aluminum stuff. Can't let Gerry McGovern have the only shiny front forks.

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Toronto to Ottawa this weekend? What is your planned route and time line? Maybe we can meet for a coffee. I am off Friday Sat and Sunday. ( coffee and pie). Pm me if this could work. :good:

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Have the bike on the road. Went for a 200 Km ride yesterday, ran well, but the shocks are an issue. The air system is nice but I don't have time to do it justice. The shocks I ordered and put on are not robust enough for the weight of the bike. Have ordered a set of progressives as 5000 Kms with out good shocks will be a back injury waiting to happen. Upgrade of the shocks after 34 years and sitting for 5 years is not that bad.

For desertrefugee - got out and took some notable pictures of the ride yesterday. This area has a rich history in mining and is still an active area for such such as Kirkland Lake Gold and others. The Kerr Addison mine being one of the most notable in the area.

There is a memorial in Kirkland Lake to commemorate the memories of those who been lost to mining in the area:
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The small town of Earlton just south of where my family is has a 9 ton sculpture of the North American Bison. When it was first done, it was anatomically correct, but local folks campaigned to have it less correct and it was suitably neutered to accommodate the local wishes:
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Nice Ernest. That's a lot of dead miners. Arizona has a pretty extensive mining history - albeit shorter than points further east. I toured one of the old copper mines here once. Not a tour for the claustrophobic. Hats off to all those who did (and still do) pull rocks from deep underground.

Too bad about the buffalo.

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Earl the bison got the short end of the stick so to speak. Maybe size envy! :music:

Have had a small setback. When I came back from the ride on Thursday, shut the bike off and it would not start. Checked the system and found the starter solenoid had failed. No worries, ordered a new one, received yesterday, installed checked to ensure correct operation, and hooked into starter. Went to start the bike and the starter draw took the battery down to 5 VDC from 12.6 VDC. Not good. Did this twice to confirm my worst suspicion.

Took the starter off, had installed new exhaust studs and washers, new pieces make work so much easier. Took the end off the starter and the internals are burnt, could smell it without being up close, and very discoloured. Also found a field coil screw head missing that allowed the field coil to float in the casing, not good either. I think the loose field coil was impinging on the armature and this contributed to the starter failure.

My issue with this is that I bought this as a refurbished starter in January 2016, had it fail on me in June 2016, and had it repaired under warranty in August 2016. Since then, this is the only bike it has been installed on, and I cannot think of a reason for the field coil screw to fail.

Regardless, I will be ordering up another starter and get the bike back on the road. I'm glad I have the time in my schedule to absorb this hiccup. Rescheduled a few visits and will get some additional work done for my Mother earlier than expected.

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Good it failed there and not on the road. Push starting these is real work.

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Have you checked with local automotive electric rebuilders? Starter motors are pretty easy to rebuild for them.

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Have you checked with local automotive electric rebuilders? Starter motors are pretty easy to rebuild for them.


If this were a major centre I would, but here in the north of Ontario not a lot of places if any. I had talked to my brother about machine shops and there are none he knows of north of North Bay. The days of having parts rebuilt by local shops is quickly disappearing.

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You may have done this already - and I apologize if you have - but exactly how far north are we talking here? Based on your photos and trees still not leafed out in late May, it must really be "up there". Could you please post a pinned map or some coordinates, just for curiosity's sake?

Bummer about the starter.

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Yea - the starter is unexpected. Here are the coordinates of where I am now: 48.0977° N, 79.7152° W I'm some 589 Km (365 miles) north of Toronto.

The wind also changed direction and blew the ice back into the bay. Still not out of winter yet.

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