Photos uploaded, Boneyard

September 12th, 2008 by Matt

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OK, I’ve uploaded the fullsize pix from the trip, check the ‘navigation’ sidebar for access to those.  The ‘ride pix’ page has a google map thingy that plots (most) of the pix against the map of the trip, though the times seem a bit off and some of the pix ended up in China for some reason :p

Also, I’ll probably end up kicking off another blog for the bike as soon as I can get started on it..  Here’s hoping beemerboneyard.com has a good flow of parts coming in…

There and Back Again

September 11th, 2008 by Matt

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OK, I’m now in my townhouse, typing on a real (laptop) keyboard, after a delightfully evil twisty ride thru Amish country at night (PA Rt. 896 from Lancaster to Newark, DE).

I’m not in any condition to actually think of anything, though there’s been plenty to see, and plenty to say.  I also have the full-size pix with GPS coding that I will upload as soon as I apply a buttload of pending updates that my poor Mac has accumulated whilst awaiting my return.

Also, if Tivo didn’t get that _Fringe_ request I put thru the remote scheduling site, I will be peeved, though I don’t think there’s anything left in the peeve gland..

4 states in one day

September 10th, 2008 by Matt

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So… Finally made it thru Illinnoying, I’ll never complain about the garden state pkwy again.. At least I found a White Castle..

Feelin Minnesota

September 9th, 2008 by Matt

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Well, made it out alive in the uhaul.. Got some sights in, and a Buffalo steak.. Now that I have a bit more room, I even picked up some goodies..

Pulled into Luverne. MN for the nite. Here’s some pix..

/shrug

September 8th, 2008 by Matt

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Well, I’ll be picking up the truck tomorrow and heading home.. I figure given 6-9 months I should be able to pick up the parts and tools to get Heidi back on her wheels… Not much to do in Sturgis without a working ride, but at least I found a good book back at Powells, _Declare_, by Tim Powers.. Imagine Le Carre during the cold war crossed with 1k1 Arabian Nights..

Doom

September 6th, 2008 by Matt

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Well the quote is in, soft quote of $5000, or roughly the price of a used one of the same year and model.. Guess my riding season is over for this year, and it looks like I’ll be uhauling it home.. OTOH I can try and get my wrenching skills up over the winter..

Initial guesstimate, delay

September 5th, 2008 by Matt

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Well, I finally got the bike in, looks like the final drive, brake assembly, and probably the spline shaft.. About $2500 in parts, unless it goes further up the driveshaft… They can only start working on it on Tuesday but at least they should have a firm estimate by late today or tomorrow .. This is turning into one expensive ass vacation..

Ugh

September 4th, 2008 by Matt

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This is gonna be expensive, and definitely won’t be back by Monday…

Fun & Excitement in Montana

September 3rd, 2008 by Matt

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Pretty uneventful ride until Bozeman, when I start feeling strangeness in the front end.. So of course as I pull in to check it out, sun showers… End up getting gas and using the pump shelter to swap out the alternator belt.. Go a bit further, and rear end feels squirrelly.. See some oily residue on the driveshaft, not sure if it’s brake fluid or what, but the ABS won’t pass its startup self check, so I’d assume it’s brake related.. (actually it looks like gear oil, will try adding some tomorrow)

Gonna try for the BMW in Sturgis tomorrow… Fun fun!!

Portland

September 1st, 2008 by Matt

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