8 Ball In The Wind

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tranny Issues

After going over the manuals, and talking to a few different wrenches I know, it seems I do need to pull the gearset out to make room to remove the sifter arm that the shift pawl is connected to.  That way I can replace the two springs I am having issues with.  So I am going to have to pull the drive pulley, and yes I need to remove the top tranny cover...(it is only on there to keep dust and bugs out) that way I can slip the shifter arm into the tranny without hitting the gears on the countershaft. 
I am just hoping I dont need to buy any bearings or bushings that I cant afford to get her back up and running.  Between working on Gypsy, looking for work, and trying to appeal my unemployment denial in Superior Court, I have been busier than a one legged ass kicker.  I am hoping to get something together before I lose the house completely...I just got notice last week I am in default on the mortgage.  So I wouldnt doubt if bankruptcy inst in the future.

See Ya on the road...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wont Be Long Now I Don't Think

Well, I pulled the primary and oil tank from the bike, and then popped off the cover on the top of the tranny.  It seems the shifter pawl spring, the bigger of the two, was broken.  I am trying to fix it without having to pull the entire gearset.  But I am having my doubts as to whether or not I'll be able to do it.  So I may end up having to sell some shit to come up with the cash for any seals and what not I might need.  Because cash is at a premium at the moment.
As most of you know, I havent been working since the end of November.  The wifes disability check has kept the lights and water, and phone bill paid, and that's about it.  Because I am still wrangling with unemployment over whether or not I was fired, I am not getting any unemployment money.  This past weekend, we got a letter from the mortgage company saying we were in default on the mortgage.  I was actually expecting it several months ago.
So basically, I am losing my home, and trying not to lose the bike.  So it is a good bet I may not be on here too much longer, unless something happens.  I desperately need to get back to work, and get somethings taken care of.
But, since I cant save the house, I am focussing on what I hopefully CAN do.  So I am working on the bike, and hoping I can keep it running so I have transportation back and forth to work when I find a job.  Because there just arent any around here.
I can see it wont be too long before shit hits the fan, and the world changes drastically.  I figure by then the wife will no longer live on "Da Nile".  She keeps talking about having get togethers over the holidays, and what not...and she is the one who knows what bills are paid and what aren't.  So I know it is just a front.
Anyway, going to get back out of here for now.  I'll keep you posted as to what is going on, when I know more.

See ya on the road sometime...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Ride To The "Dry Side"

Since my bike developed issues just two days before we were suppose to go on a week long ride to the "Dry Side" of Washington state, I had to borrow a Brothers bike.  It turned out the bars would work loose as I rode fighting the crosswinds, and by the second night it was straining my arthritic shoulder.  We finally put some cork between the bars and clamps to replace the other material we
had been using, and the bars didn't move nearly as much.  But the damage was done, and while fighting 50mph+ crosswinds it tore the muscles in my shoulder and I couldnt ride any farther.  The bike made it home, and so did I.  All in all, it was still a good ride, but next time I will take MY BIKE, not one I'm not used to riding...especially a solid wheeled, loose handlebarred bike in high crosswinds.  LOL

Anyway, here is a vid of the trip, and it was, as you can see a good ride.

Oh, and I think I have the issues with Gypsy figured out.  As soon as the parts come in, I will be replacing the shifter pawl springs.  I'll keep everyone posted on how it turns out.

See ya on the road sometime.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2 Days Before A Week Long Run, And...

A few of us made about a 200 mile round trip down to Love's Leathers in Ridgefield, Wa.  They had a nice band on a wonderful day...but on the way home...my clutch went out. 

After a 120 mile run home (without being able to shift below 4th gear) we trailered it to a Brothers shop and put it on the lift.

The clutch plates were toast, and it turns out the compensating sprocket needed to be replaced.   Just what I needed to have happen before I go with some friends on a 4 or 5 day ride through eastern Washington state.  So what was I going to do?  No ride, and no cash to get her fixed...Thank God for Brothers.  My Brother Dave loaned me his Fat Boy for the few days of the ride.

Thanks Dave...I hope you understand how much it means to me.

See ya on the road sometime.