Thursday, December 12, 2013
Shovel is waiting on top-end, Scout is getting new fuel lines and re-furbed fuel tanks. The fuel tanks in the Scout 80's are hidden behind a panel right in front of the rear wheels, inner fender basically. It's a pain in the ass to get them out, pounds of dirt in there and all the hardware is seized due to rust/grime. After awhile I just said screw it and deliberately snapped off the heads or ground them off. The tanks themselves are in decent shape, should be able to clean them up and re-install.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
So it's been awhile since I have posted anything here again, but that's the nature of my life this time of year. I fight fire for the USFS, and my schedule is nuts. 600+ hours of overtime is not uncommon at all in this line of work in 6 months or so. I have had nearly 1200 hours of overtime in 6 months in the past. Not sure what the normal person works, but I'm pretty sure it's nowhere near that much. That being said I don't do much but work and sleep during the summer. I decided somewhere in there that the FXRP is just not my style. I bought it thinking it would be a good commuter, and it would be. Solid bike, reliable, fast, good brakes, plenty of room to stowe gear etc. So I sold it recently to a guy that will take care of it appropriately. I have been sub consciously looking for another shovel FLH for quite awhile, and found exactly what I wanted. These bikes just sit right, and fit my 6'2" frame well. This particular bike is a 1970. Original everything, paint, pipes, and so on. 27,000 original miles. Never been cracked open, original top end as far as I can tell. The cylinders still have original silver paint. All electrical still functioning as it should. I kinda figured it needed a top end rebuild, just by the way it sounded. Lots of pop out of right pipe, not much out of left. Sounds like running on one cylinder etc. I did a compression test and front had 125# rear at 25#. Looks like I'll be doing a top end job. The plan is to just do what is needed and keep the original heads, jugs, etc. It's going to remain as it should, 74", no chopping anywhere, no painting, just hopefully update the heads for modern fuel, and run it. Check it out.