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  1. At the beginning of April, I rode my '07 Venture to KC to help my brother out after having back surgery. Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, I ended up leaving the bike in his barn and fly back home to San Jose. Fast forward a month and my son wrapped up his 1st year of college in St. Louis and wanted to drive home and see some of our National Parks along the way. We threw together a quick plan, made some reservations and my wife & I jumped on a plane to KC to pick up the bike and meet my son to start the journey. As it turned out, my wife never got on the bike with me as
  2. I can tell that the people that I have talked too on this forum are a bunch great people , who have a faith in God ...I do know that God looks after what belongs to him ..God has been good to me over and over again
  3. Heck with him, I’m still trying to figure out how my $12 has gotten so expensive. Between mods, maintenance, and rallies this place cost me a fortune. 🤣🤣🤣
  4. If I am not mistaken I think I know who the guy is. I ran into him one time while out riding and noticing he rode a venture I struck up what i intended to be a friendly conversation. It went fine until I mentioned Venture rider,, Man did I start getting an ear full and could not get out of there fast enough. I guess he was a member while we were a free member ship and I do remember chatting with him on the site a few times and for all intents and purposes he was an OK guy. But I guess he took a real offense when the dues were implemented and had no problem laying a supersize rant on me. I have
  5. cowpuc

    In Memory

    In memory and sincere gratitude for those who shed their blood and paid the ultimate price so we could live in freedom = THANK YOU!!! Puc
  6. In a moment of weakness 27 years ago today I exchanged rings and ate a cake so I got the bike out and we got in around 100 miles to celebrate today.
  7. Hello Forum. I was in need of some parts for my "new to me" RSV and Squidley stepped in with several parts that I needed to get my new ride detailed like I want it. He is a good honest man that shipped parts to me to inspect before I sent a check, it's rubber by the way, to pay for them. We have a lot of good members on this Forum and I am thankful I am geting to know some of them again. Steve.
  8. Before putting a new one on check to see if you have any oil leaks. If you do than replace it with an HD badge
  9. I will stand on this fact,,,, my rolling journal covering 6 MK1's beginning in 1987, covering +1,000,000 miles of Venture adVenture:
  10. Went with the 7 x 14 aluminum, with the wood floor. Decided to go with the wood floor 'cause the trailer I have now is 17 years old with original wood that's still in good shape and I sometimes get creative when trailering oddball stuff and end up building off of the floor, which means driving screws into it. I think the wood is a lot more forgiving of such mistreatment. Anyhoo, went and picked it up today. Thanks everyone for your input.....Always valued and sometimes even wise. 😃
  11. Just so you know,,,,,,,,this forum doesn't exist because it makes money, it is only here for us to help each other. If we fail in that then the forum is will soon become useless. That being said, the spinoff is that many of us became/become friends and so would drastically miss this forum, so in that way you are helping out a great deal more than you think.
  12. I finally got the chance to bleed my brakes and clutch last week on the SVTC. It is an ‘18, so it was time to replace the brake fluid. It took me more time trying to figure out how to remove the right front cowling (I think that is what it called) than actually bleed and replace the fluid. Everything went smooth as expected. My brake fluid is good for another 2 years. 😀 I got a few pics I took during my ordeal
  13. I personally like paying the $12. Keeps the riffraff out. (Somehow I made the cut 🤫). What I don’t see here that I see in just about every free car forum out there is endless bashing of ideas or questions. I don’t have to sift through 50 -100 posts looking for the three that may help me. I don’t see discouragement. I see genuine honest people with similar interests having a good time.
  14. I machined a lower out of solid brass, polished it up and my youngest boy purchased the rest of the parts online about 2 years ago and he has been chewing up lead for the last few years out in the Cali desert without any issues. I guess he will be able to mount it on his wall in his den without any issues finally! My father taught me the art of machining while smithing guns in our basement over 50 years ago, and if I can put my hands on a metal part, I can duplicate it! It has been tempting to get into the "business", but making motorcycle parts has kept my tree hugging wife a LOT happier. Alt
  15. BlueSky

    In Memory

    I've been watching a lot of utube videos lately about WWII and I'm amazed at the courage and sacrifices made to beat back the Japanese and Germans. So many young men willingly went on missions that they knew there was little chance of surviving. I can only hope that I would have had that level of courage. I served a tour in the USArmy in S. Korea but did not have to fight so I don't know. My respect and eternal gratefulness for these young men has no bounds.
  16. Hey Jason, Congrats on finding your clutch issue! This has been some journey. When you are ready to replace your clutch, just send me a PM and I will get you all the parts you will need to make that clutch system like new. Good luck with that repair, and like the Puckster, you seem to have a flair for bringing your repair story to life for the members of this forum. For years to come Jason, future members of the forum will turn to this thread and glean the knowledge that you have shared with us all. Thank you for that sharing of wisdom. Earl
  17. Firstly You need to be a seriously nasty and/or have an extremely bad attitude here to wear out your welcome. Secondly You cannot ask too many questions its not possible. This site thrives on sharing. Even those of us that know our way around these bikes fairly well and can solve most issues, still find ourselves learning new things and are always intrigued when a new puzzle presents itself because in the process of trying to solve the issue we are inadvertently adding to our own knowledge base so we can be even more helpful down the road. So carry on and don't be afraid to share the challe
  18. Venturerider Brothers and Sisters where has the time gone. It’s been almost 4 years since my original post. The 2000 miles I mentioned became 35,000 miles and my original repair finally failed last fall just prior to a trip to Southern Virginia. It failed again during the trip. I have had 3 premature failures that I know of. My shock and one of our members were repaired and had failed at about the same time. I had increased the fluid refill in both from 125ml to 150ml. That may have been the issue and I haven’t done that again. The other was a pinched O ring. To date I have replac
  19. Lots of media you start with friends and then start loosing them. Here you start with few or no friends and gain many.
  20. As a relative newcomer here, and someone who is new to working on motorcycles, the way I was not only accepted but encouraged and taught is unheard of on the internet, in my experience. I quickly learned to shun social media and do not regularly share my life experiences online other than through communications to friends and family - which grew immensely upon joining this group. God Bless all of you and your families!
  21. Last years lakeshore flooding created the PERFECT opportunity for off trail adVenture... While I did take the loving husband approach to walking Tips E-Bike over the cave ins she did do an amazing job riding the single track off trail dirt path thru the weeds that we followed to get around over 2 miles of unrideable bike trail on this adventure.. SOOOO MUCH FUN!! GET OUT AND RIDE!!
  22. Thanks so much for all your prayers. Im still in thunderbay hospital and still am numb from the chest down but today was my first official physo appointment and i think things went well. Im finding that my left knee is weak as jello and unless i can see my feet i really dont know where they are while standing. Talk about new experences! But God has been good to me. Hes allowed my wife to visit for four whole days when they originally told us a max of 2 hours once period due to covid restrictions. Found out my surgeon is a believer as well and was encouraging prayer to his patients. Met a retir
  23. Well, that's the least I could do considering all the help I've gotten here getting my girl running right & looking good! still working on those pics though.
  24. You will find this site becomes as much a family and friendship forum ( had to throw that second part in cuz not all family's get along ) as it is a motorcycle forum. That is why you will find members who started out owning Ventures but stayed even after switching machines to something other other than Ventures. Often times friendships get formed here on site that continue to grow off site. Now I will have to admit the jury is still out on @cowpucbut we are just such darned good folk we let him hang around anyway
  25. I was taught the kindness part in life , and I can personally tell you that it works ...I was always the smallest guy in the group and was constantly asked , when are you going to grow .So I always had to go that extra mile The experience bringing wisdom , that is something we keep on trying for .
  26. As far a training or teaching your kids, our policy was: We had no idea what life would hold for them, what kind of skills or mental makeup would be needed, for we had no handle on how the world would change during our or their lifetime. So we taught them to be kind, considerate, loving, caring and benevolent..... We tried to show them that there was lots more to life than just making money, but above all to realize that the only way to a much better and a truly perfect life would be to get to a place called Heaven, a place of eternal rest and peace. For that to happen they needed to realize t
  27. well as of fifteen min ago I sold my bike. I could get on it but there was no way I could get back off except fall off. Sad day for me but never going to get better. I will pop in still just not riding anymore.
  28. I have successfully used this simple method of checking for loose spokes on my motorcycles, bicycles for years and now finding myself doing the same on my E-bikes. This little trick came in VERY useful when racing Motocross, Enduros and Harescrambles on dirtbikes where the rear hub/spoke connection took major abuse but I also used it in my shop when swapping on different wheels on my Chopper builds. A simple slow spin (or not even spin at all, just go around and "tonk" on each spoke with a screw driver or other tool that could be used to make them "sing" worked fine too). Give it a try and see
  29. Wifey got me these for my birthday. I wanted some overpants style pants to commute to work and these seem to fit the bill with the liners removed and worn over jeans or slacks they’re comfortable. Hope to test them out tomorrow. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sedici-alexi-2-mesh-pants kids gave me a Venture rider guardian bell too!! also got a new shirt and hat from vacation
  30. I am mildly offended by that rambling on and on remark Puckster! I don't ramble, I communicate! (NOT Really LOL!) So, to answer Jason's question about why did this Cam Plate Fail, I think you are looking at two different issues here. The first being the design of the Cam Plate Assembly itself. And this is why Yamaha redesigned the assembly. The second issue I've seen is when a rider has difficulty getting the bike in first gear, (because they didn't downshift coming to a light or stop sign) Then while standing still and trying to get the bike into first gear they start stomping on the g
  31. And J telling the same story from 3 or 4 different directions and rambling on and on would have been a pretty good indicator that, as a newer member, he was already starting to pick up some bad habits that some of our clubs life long members have honed to perfection and we certainly would not want that to happen LOL. See what mean LOL
  32. In memory, honor, respect and awe, I close my eyes and bow my head for the pain of those who sacrificed their lives, their limbs and their loved ones for us. Forever and humbly in gratitude for them.
  33. Woody

    In Memory

    ALL GAVE SOME AND SOME GAVE ALL and I am thankful to ALL my brothers and sisters
  34. larrydr

    In Memory

    I have never served , but I have family and friends who have ...When they come home we need to make sure all their needs are covered ...Some of the people come home needing a lot of help and we need to do our park for them ...And for those that do not come let us remember them , because they gave all they could .
  35. uncledj

    In Memory

    I've never served, but my Father served WWII in Italy, and my older brother is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam, and I often reflect on the fact that if Dad hadn't returned, I wouldn't be here, and if Lenny hadn't returned, my life would have been much different. He's been a powerful force in my formative years. Thanks, Dad and Lenny, and ALL Vets for your service and your sacrifice. Not just the USA, but the world would be less, had you not served.
  36. BMW

    In Memory

    To all who served and protected, past, present, and future. Thank you! Keep doing what you were trained to do! We Got Your Backs!💪👍
  37. Yea, thanks too all that step forwarded and took the oath instead of looking for an excuse not. A brave man only dies once a coward dies a thousand deaths.
  38. As far as tie-downs, I would bolt steel D rings through the cross frame braces and not give another thought to it.
  39. That was cold blooded Ben! but it was funny 😄
  40. You sure you didn't mean to say left lane is for passing. Last time I was in Germany I was told by my wife's uncle that on the Autobahn in Germany and Holland If a cop sees a vehicle has to pass you on the right your the one who gets the 600 euro ticket. Same hold s true if you stay put in the left most lane and refuse to move over for faster moving vehicles, it is required that you move right and get out of the way of the faster vehicle approaching from behind
  41. Regarding the dark oil...I read a recommendation here to add Seafoam into the crankcase, shortly before an oil change, to help break up any sludge. I now do that on my Venture and also on my other vehicles. I have a '98 F150 that mostly sits, sometimes weeks+ at a time. When I first added Seafoam about 50 miles before an oil change, I was shocked what kinda gunk was coming out when I drained the oil. Seems that the seafoam did loosen some stuff up in there. Also, when I change oil on the venture, I let it drain for at least 30 mins, put the plug back in then hop on the bike and lean i
  42. Thx for the thorough write-up, Puc. I'll admit it saved me some time searching the forums on "how to bleed a banjo bolt"! I will do the bleed & the rocking test. I'll have to do a little research on the clutch basket and once my posts meet the quota I can post some pics for y'alls inspection! Thx again, gentlemen. You've renewed my hopes in keeping the ole' girl!!!
  43. Something else to look at: the shaft going from the shifter to the shifting shaft that goes through the engine should be straight, it might be bent fro somebody trying to force a shift.
  44. You guys have been a real blessing to me esp lately. Keep up the good work guys ive really enjoyed reading the various posts and theres no end to how creative you guys are with the different projects. I like this site way more then any other ive been part of over the years and its thanks to guys like you.
  45. So true or the ability to walk away and give the steam build up in your head a chance to blow off before you turn a minor set back into a major disaster. Then come back after a few beers ......I mean after you cool down. My wife can sometimes be a savior here. When she sees I am starting to ride the edge, she will suddenly call me in for coffee and cake or pie (sorry no beer this time) than as we sit down she will begin to chatter away like a blue jay about anything that does not revolve around bikes or whatever I am working on and before you know it I am back in the garage with a bett
  46. Being a Puc is a blessing and a curse... I am certainly pleased the jury is still out @saddlebum and encourage them to stay that way... Juries and I never did get along well LOL
  47. There are quite a few Christians here, and some of the best people I know of.
  48. An easier way to test for the voltage drop. Attach the positive voltmeter lead to the battery positive. Use the negative lead to probe each connection as you follow the power from the battery positive on out. This way the meter will read the actual voltage drop so you do not have to do all the math. a reading of zero is perfect but not realistic. Wire has resistance and every connection will have some resistance, resistance causes voltage drop, the goal is to have the lowest number possible. As you move out from the battery and find a connection that has a big voltage drop, fix it and the
  49. This is true for any repair shop. If the repair bill is going to exceed the resale value of the machine the shop is taking a chance on getting reimbursed for parts and labor. At the truck shop I work at we do not refuse any vehicle but we do inform the customer of the costs they could be running into and if those costs exceed the value of the vehicle the customer is given the option to refuse any further expense or to pay all or a percentage of the possible cost involved in advance, with the understanding that because it is an older machine that once we get into it other issues could crop up
  50. Thank you, gentlemen for your input. Pulled up tonight and he already had it up on the center stand. Started immediately and purred without choke. Could have been lying through his teeth but said didn't burn oil, no oil leaks & reiterated the issues listed in the ad. He's been driving it to work regularly 80 miles each way on her and said he was still doing it up until last week. Appears to be very well maintained. Lotta cosmetic issues as can be expected but all things considered I'm pleased thus far with the $500 investment. Looking forward to taking the first cruise of many tomorrow! Th
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