Clutch is done finally

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by Redshad, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Redshad

    Redshad Guest

    As some of you already know, the clutch in my fine V-star was on its last
    leg. I had ordered the parts a couple weeks back and Yamaha didnt order
    everything I needed so I had to wait almost another week for the other parts
    to come in. My wife and I were down in Canton, Tx at our country home and
    yesterday evening, Yamaha called and said that my parts were there.

    The wife and I got up early as usual and went and ate breakfast at a small
    cafe there in Canton. After we finished our breakfast we made a mad dash to
    Hurst, Tx to pick up my parts. We left the stealership and headed for
    Arlington to pick up the bike and tow it to Benbrook to Cycle Werks to have
    the clutch work done. On the way home, I saw another feller riding his
    motorcycle so I figured there aint no since in being a pussy so I rode it to
    Benbrook and had the wife follow me in the truck to haul me back home. It
    was sprinkling rain but nothing to bad. I put on my rain gear and full face
    helmet and off we went.

    I had called ahead of time to make sure that the guys at Cycle Werks were ok
    with me bringing my bike in today and they said to bring it on. When we
    arrived, I rode the bike into the shop and then walked out to the truck to
    retrieve the parts. The owner Scott and I were going over the parts list to
    make sure I had everything I needed and I did. That was a shocker. I figured
    for sure that Yamaha would have missed something and I would have to wait
    another week. The mechanic walked up to me and asked if I was going to wait
    on the bike or pick it up later. I asked him how long it was going to take
    and he said two hours. I didnt relize they were going to do the job today or
    I wouldnt have had my wife follow me out there.

    The wife and I had a couple hours to kill so we went to this old home
    cooking type cafe and ate lunch and had a piece of pie. Then we went into a
    travel trailer place to look around and kill some time in there showroom.
    Man I tell ya..travel trailers have really gotten fancy. Makes me want to
    sell mine and buy a new one but a Goldwing is first on the list of things to
    buy. We killed about a hour and a half so we drove by the shop just to check
    on the progress and the bike was finished and rolled up to the front. I paid
    the man a crisp new 100.00 bill and I was ready to hit the road.

    I got all my rain gear on and my helmet and headed for Arlington. It was
    rainging pretty good when I left Benbrook. I figured somewhere along the way
    it would let up but it didnt. It rained on me the whole ride home. When I
    hit I-20 and Greenoaks, it started comming down so hard that I could see the
    car in front of me. I took the next exit and got off the highway. From there
    I just took the side streets home.

    I know the clutch job make a big difference but the way it was raining I
    couldnt really give it a good testing. I did punch it a few times where I
    could and it did seem to pull a little harder than before. Maybe I can give
    it a run tommorow before the bad weather hits.

    Ride Safe,
    Redshad

    Louies version...Got my clutch fixed today..rained like hell..I am back
    home.
     
    Redshad, Jan 12, 2007
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  2. Redshad

    louie Guest

    You can't beat that - install while you stall.

    I ordered me some of those progressive springs a couple of days ago. Did you
    ask him about installation for me?
    Are you riding Sunday?


    ....louie
     
    louie, Jan 13, 2007
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  3. Redshad

    Redshad Guest

    I didnt ask him but I can call him tommorow and find out or we can go talk
    to him. Hes not very far from your house.

    I probably will be working Sunday. I will have to see what the inventory
    level is on Staurday. If it is low, I will take off.

    Redshad
     
    Redshad, Jan 13, 2007
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    louie Guest

    Damn RedShad, u r a bad MF'ker. I better get those tire chains on if we
    gonna ride Sunday. If u would watch Fox you would know the ice is gonna be 2
    inches thick. You're gonna think your clutch is worse than before. I guess
    if you can make it here, I'll try it.

    .....louie
     
    louie, Jan 13, 2007
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    Bill Walker Guest

    Gotta hand it to you.. That was determination.. There is no doubt in my
    mind.. the Green Vulcan would be sitting on the mexican's patio, all
    covered up and waiting for the weather to clear.

    Way to go, Redshad.. hmmm.. Who knows, when we finally get us some
    dry pavement again. you may not even want that Goldwing, the V-Star will
    be running so good.. Regards

    Bill Walker
     
    Bill Walker, Jan 13, 2007
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  6. Redshad

    Bill Walker Guest

    Sheesh.. both of you MF'kers are tooooooo "bad".. This old man is going to
    be
    sitting out all this cold stuff, till it clears. I've got cabin fever so
    bad, I'm even
    down to watching soap operas on the TV..

    Bill Walker
     
    Bill Walker, Jan 13, 2007
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    louie Guest

    Looking at the weather, if you come around I20, I don't think you'll hit ice
    till the County line.
    Meet up with RedShad, hold hands for stability, and come on. Hell, you got a
    windshield.
    I believe your fever will subside.

    ...louie
     
    louie, Jan 13, 2007
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    Bill Walker Guest

    <chuckle> As much as I'd like to visit with you and the Sheriff, I'll have
    to pass..
    This weather is just too nasty and unpredictable for old folks.. I'm still
    trying to
    figure out how to do that trip to Austin this month..

    We'll make up for all my time outs when this bad stuff clears out a bit..
    Regards

    Bill Walker
     
    Bill Walker, Jan 13, 2007
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    ShadowHawk Guest

    Louie,

    I installed Progressive front fork springs in my '82 Maxim - and it made a
    HUGE difference in the handling of the front end. The 'ole, tired, wore-
    out fork springs didn't have much "spring" left in them.

    Rex S.
    '82 Maxim 650
    '82 Seca 750
    And an '89 "Hardley Everruns" on the way.
     
    ShadowHawk, Jan 13, 2007
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    louie Guest

    I'm going to try them in my '02 Voyager. Other Voyager owners have written
    it was single best improvement to their bike. $60 shipped ...worth a try.

    ....louie
     
    louie, Jan 13, 2007
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    BJayKana Guest

    (ShadowHawk)
    Louie,
    I installed Progressive front fork springs in my '82 Maxim - and it made
    a HUGE difference in the handling of the front end. The 'ole, tired,
    wore- out fork springs didn't have much "spring" left in them.
    Rex S.
    '82 Maxim 650
    '82 Seca 750
    And an '89 "Hardley Everruns" on the way.




    Well I'd Imagine, on a '82 model(?)
    Them sprangs were only 25 years old!
    Even some Walmart sprangs wood've helped, rectum so? (RNGrin)

    B. Jay Kana--
    NETexas
    03Valk-&-98 Magna
    Have a Dandy Day--
     
    BJayKana, Jan 13, 2007
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    BJayKana Guest

    (Redshad)
    (in part below)
    ''I got all my rain gear on and my helmet and headed for Arlington. It
    was =rainging= pretty good when I left Benbrook. I figured somewhere
    along the way it would let up but it didnt. It rained on me the whole
    way.''






    What a rain, and when one is compelled to ride in one of those
    ''rainging'' ones, buddy, that is a serious ride. (chuckle)

    Red-Shad, I read all your fine report, and enjoyed it immensly. (I did)
    Glad you did it your way, not the short Louie version. (chuckle)

    If you do take a ride Sunday, be sure to post in detail about that
    ''adventurer'ous''
    ride, yeah buddy.

    Louie, did you get your motorcycle ''tire'' chains form JCWhitney?
    (chuckle agin)

    B. Jay Kana--
    NETexas
    03Valk-&-98 Magna
    Have a Dandy Day--
     
    BJayKana, Jan 13, 2007
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    louie Guest

    White's Auto

    ...louie
     
    louie, Jan 13, 2007
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    Bill Walker Guest

    I tried to order me some chains for the Green Vulcan.. Seems like
    there was some sort of problem with chains for my motorcycle.. hmmm..
    Something to do with drive belt conversions and the chains won't fit..

    Dammit, guess I'll just won't get to ride on any ice or snow, for a while..
    I sure hate it, when that happens..
     
    Bill Walker, Jan 13, 2007
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    Brian Walker Guest

    That's okay, since I converted my Shadow from shaft to chain drive, I
    am now able to take those extra chains and put them to good use....

    Just let me know...
     
    Brian Walker, Jan 14, 2007
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    BJayKana Guest

    I tried to order me some chains for the Green Vulcan.. Seems like there
    was some sort of problem with chains for my motorcycle.. hmmm..
    Something to do with drive belt conversions and the chains won't fit..
    Bill Walker)

    Daddy-- Dammit, guess I'll just won't get to ride on any ice or
    snow, for a while.. I sure hate it, when that happens..
    That's okay, since I converted my Shadow from shaft to chain drive, I am
    now able to take those extra chains and put them to good use....
    Just let me know... Brian.






    LOL, RN style, yeah a Good'un Brian.

    B. Jay Kana--
    NETexas
    03Valk-&-98 Magna
    Have a Dandy Day--
     
    BJayKana, Jan 15, 2007
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    Brian Walker Guest

    Yeah, that conversion from shaft to chain gave it about 40 horsepower
    more!

    Who'dve thunk it?
     
    Brian Walker, Jan 16, 2007
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    redshad Guest

    Damn..Maybe I should look into doing that to mine. If I convert to
    chain, I could be one of those riding wheelies down I-20. Think that
    would flip out some folks seeing a V-Star pass them just on the rear
    tire...Hmmmmmm.

    Redshad
     
    redshad, Jan 16, 2007
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    Bill Walker Guest

    With a good clutch in that thing.. it just might do a wheelie without
    doing anything else to it.. Even with that bad clutch, that sucker
    run with everything on the road.. lol Buddy Helscel said that you
    ride that thing like you just stole it..

    Bill Walker
     
    Bill Walker, Jan 16, 2007
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    BJayKana Guest


    ''Yeah, that conversion from shaft to chain gave it about 40 horsepower
    more!
    Who'dve thunk it? ''brian)



    It did? That's a lotta new HP?
    No'one switches from shaft to chain! <g>
    Just like my riding buddy Skunk, bought a pre-owned 1100 Shadow03 bike,
    and it had fairly loud pipes. (he didnt like 'em)
    One day he was at the local Honda Store, talking about getting rid' of
    the ''noisey pipes'', and Jim Ed told him ''Hail, man, I have hordes of
    new exhausts back there, that we take off brand new motorsikels, and
    will almost =give you a set= to fit yours''. They did, and Skunk got
    em' for $35. Jim Ed went on to say!
    ''Man, no-one changes from ''nice sounding pipes to ''quite pipes''? It
    is always the other way-a-round, ''he said!''
    So, Brian, you change from a non maintenence Shaft drive to a ''a chain
    drive, that constantly need maintenence''
    (Aint we all funny, what we wanna do with our own dern 'money and shit.)
    -chuckle-
    I'll have to pass this on, to my email buddies--''That I know a feller''
    who deliberately changed to a chain drive(!)
    I'll try to remember to tell Jim Ed too!
    Thanks for sharing. (friendlyGrin)

    B. Jay Kana--
    NETexas
    03Valk-&-98 Magna
    Have a Dandy Day--
     
    BJayKana, Jan 16, 2007
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