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Winter Projects
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:49:33 pm »
So what's on your list this winter for upgrades?
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 09:38:17 pm »
Wheel bearing upgrade, hopefully some rear sets and maybe stage 2 zx9 cams and stronger springs. All while still riding lol

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Winter Projects - '96 1200 Bandit
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 02:56:01 am »
I'll be doing some maintenance to my '96 1200 Bandit that I brought with me from Japan when we moved to Germany last year. I'll be cleaning and rebuilding the carbs since they've never been serviced and the bike started running poorly on my way back from Denmark 6 weeks ago.  The front fork sliders are showing corrosion (from living most of its life next to Tokyo Bay I guess) and will be sanded smooth and repainted. As long as I'm in the area so to speak I'll also change the fork seals and take a look at the bushings.

I plan on bringing this bike to the US when we retire in the next few years.  Thanks to Dale (Gotgixers) who sold me a titled frame I'll be able to just reassemble my bike on the US titled frame and not fight the "importing a non-US spec vehicle" issue.
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 07:32:53 am »
Chris
How long have you been in the military and what is your current rank?
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 05:28:45 am »
Chris
How long have you been in the military and what is your current rank?
Darrell

Hi Darrell,

I can understand the confusion...it does seem like I've been overseas a long time.  You'd might be surprised at how many of us old Vietnam era guys are still overseas. 

I was active duty USAF from 12 Aug 71 to 01 Sep 95 and retired as a MSgt.  During those 24 years and 19 days I did nothing that was interesting, exciting or illegal.  I have lawyers who will back me up on that.  (Besides, the statute of limitations is in effect for most of that stuff.)

Before that I was a military dependent and can say the US military had me from the beginning since I was born in Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC.  Dad was USN in WW2, tried civilian life but didn't care for it, joined the Army in '46, left with the rest of the fliers when the USAF branched off and retired in '73 having served in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam and the Navy, Army, and Air Force.  I asked him once why he didn't join the USMC and complete the set but he laughed and said that even he wasn't that f-----g crazy.  As a kid I lived in Texas, Mississippi, Britain, Maryland, Japan, Hawaii, California, Maryland (again) and Britain (again) and graduated from Lakenheath American High School, Suffolk, UK in 1970. I spent the year after graduation being a hippy and running around Europe on Eurail passes.  Then my number in the draft came up...82.  Plan B was joining the AF.  Turned out I liked it.

(As it happened I was drafted anyway, in late 1972.  I was already in the USAF but the FBI eventually tracked me down and cornered me in my Squadron Commander's office. That's a funny story.)

Since leaving active duty I worked as an AF contractor at Columbus AFB MS for 6 years while going to school on the GI bill and getting a BA in History and a teaching certificate.  After that I was a teacher for the DoD dependent school system at Yokosuka Navy Base in Japan for 10 years and then transferred to Grafenwoehr Army Base and retired again at the end of the last school year.  I'm still here at Graf where my wife still works as a teacher.  Life really does move in circles...I'm a dependent again...my wife's.

So, one way or another, I worked for the DoD my entire working life...42 years.

My daughter Beth is carrying on the family tradition and is currently a SSgt in the USAF stationed at Nellis AFB out in Las Vegas, NV.  She recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.  A US Gov't sponsored trip to a war zone isn't something you wish for your little girl but she's a pro and I'm very proud of her.

Still serving...   :)

Chris


(My apologies to Deuce for cluttering up his thread with this off topic post.)
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 07:52:24 am »
I plan on going with a different power valve spring. Changing the exhaust, and maybe some new plastics.


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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 08:08:30 am »
Chris
Sounds like you had an interesting life. I was crazy enough to join the Marines and loved it until the war ended.  I missed the excitement of the Viet Nam days and sought it out in various ways most of my life. I rode with an outlaw motorcycle club, learned to scuba dive (gets exciting at nite and when sharks are around), I hunt bear and I work part time on a zipline. My wife also still works. We will probably travel more when she retires three years from now.
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 08:51:53 am »
Darrell,

We'll have to get together when I'm in the States and swap stories over a couple of cups of coffee.  It sounds like you have a few too.  :)

I'm sure you remember what the difference between a GI's war story and a fairy tale is...one starts "once upon a time" and the other starts, "this ain't no sh-t, I was there".

Take care,

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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 11:45:46 am »
Chris
Sounds good.  You movin to TN when you finally come back to the world?
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 04:54:59 pm »
Hi Darrell,

Yeah, the wife and I bought a place outside Maryville about seven years ago as our retirement home.  Thought about where to settle after being the complete military nomad and Texas, Florida, Washington State and Tennessee made the short list.  In the end we decided to move to where I liked riding my bike.  I'd been riding the Gap every summer when we'd come back to the US from Japan and it just made sense to settle where we liked to vacation even though there's no base close by for shopping and medical care.  So every summer we return to CONUS and live in our house for about 6-7 weeks.  When we retire it'll just mean we don't have to get back on an airplane at the end of the summer.  :)

Are you close to the Knoxville / Maryville area?

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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 04:58:37 pm »
I plan on going with a different power valve spring. Changing the exhaust, and maybe some new plastics.


Curt,

Sorry, I don't know what kind of bike you're working on.  The only bike I've ever owned with power valves is my old RG500 gamma.  What'cha got?

Chris
« Last Edit: November 22, 2013, 05:00:14 pm by Chris »
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2013, 05:00:53 pm »

Curt,

Sorry, I don't know what kind of bike you're working on.  What'cha got?

Chris

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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2013, 05:56:33 pm »
Chris
I am just outside of Newport, Tn. There are some nice country roads between Newport and Maryville. My buddy's sister lives in Maryville and is building a new house there. We get over that way a couple of times a year.
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2013, 09:02:26 am »
Yep, just my dirty bike and 4 wheeler.


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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2013, 02:59:59 pm »
Wheel bearing upgrade, hopefully some rear sets and maybe stage 2 zx9 cams and stronger springs. All while still riding lol

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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2014, 07:56:58 pm »
Well I removed the slim ballast hid. I put a silver star ultra back in it. And, I'm going to have to replace the front tire.
I guess that's about it.
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2014, 09:36:31 pm »
Just curious here.What didn't you like about the HID?
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2014, 10:09:16 pm »
The light itself was incredible. Problem was that it wasn't dependable. The slim ballast from ddm doesn't hold up. The older big ballast version has a reputation of lasting forever. Other brands might be better. But, the one I was running was hit and miss as to whether it would ignite.
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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2014, 05:33:04 pm »
For the sake of keeping this thread alive:
On the Harley:
Powder coat Rocker boxes/and Rims
New Tires

FZR600
Putting in new gear dogs for 2nd gear/shift forks/shift shaft/shift drum.
New tires
Euro style front fairing with light kit in it.  Blinkers and all.
New rear blinkers
New Paint/ Powder coat.  I haven't decided yet.

Honda Rebel 250
Yes new tires
Repaint Gas Tank
Rewire complete bike.
New chain and sprockets.
New blinkers.

Can everyone see the patterns here?  Just kidding it is all part of building and restoring bikes.  These are my personal bikes though, so not making any money on these builds.  Oh well they will be completely done and restored.
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Re: Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2014, 06:14:27 pm »
next winter project 240 mm wheel on bike

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Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2014, 06:44:46 pm »
That is friggin huge.  Way cool
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Re: Re: Winter Projects
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2014, 08:44:00 pm »
next winter project 240 mm wheel on bike

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Sounds pretty awesome!

I would like to put a driver's backrest and a hypercharger on mine. But, probably just a front tire...lol
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