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  1. Eileen has been on my back for several weeks about a trike for HER. She finally wore me down so we went shopping. I wasn't really against it but just worry that her health will keep her from riding but she turned an old argument that I have used a few times about my bucket list right around on me. So, Eileen is now the rider of a 2017 Harely Freewheeler,. M8 107 engine. Pretty stock except for some custom grips and the luggage rack. 13,000 miles.
    8 points
  2. Playing with the Longer Ray5 10 Watt laser engraver and Rotary accessory today. I asked Freebird if I could use the VR logo on my travel cups and he graciously allowed it. The black cup was a PITA! I ended up masking the engravings off and shooting the cup with a rattle can as the clean up with acetone(alcohol wouldn't cut the shmutz) dulled the original finish horribly. The SS cup turned out quite nicely.
    6 points
  3. Update on the wife. She had the surgery on the 30 th and they got all of the cancer. Her lymph Knode's were clear but she will need some radiation treatments and goes for an appointment today to see how many she will need. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
    5 points
  4. Eileen and I managed to get a little ride in today. Only about 50 miles I think. All backroads as she is still learning. She’s going ok but still needs a lot more time in the seat and learning how to find neutral.
    4 points
  5. We took a ride yesterday our first for the year, I didn't realize how much I needed it until we were riding it was a windy day but 71 degrees and felt good. I wanted to ride before I changed the oil and hopefully I'll be able to tell if the T6 changes anything as far sounds coming from the motor. 70 miles of back roads and back home it was a good ride.
    4 points
  6. I called the Tinnitus Hotline the other day... No one answered - it just keeps ringing.
    4 points
  7. Like others here, due to age and health, I decided to downsize from my 2006 Royal Star Tour Deluxe to a Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650. Loosing over 300# is welcomed but I'm not thrilled about loosing the drive shaft for a chain. While this new bike is only rated for 47HP, many reviewers say that it has no problem cruising at 75mph. And smoothly too. Being an air/oil cooled parallel twin with screw and locknut valve adjusters, maintenance should be a breeze. Time will tell. It does come with a three-year, unlimited mile warranty. Still being winter here in the Denver area, I haven't ridden it much, but the few miles I have, have been enjoyable.
    4 points
  8. This week I met with RDawson and picked up one of his lift adapter w/ legs. First, he is a great guy and fabricator. Today, I was able to put the lift to use. It is extremely well made and simple to use. Since this was my first time to lift my RSV, it took a bit of gentle persuasion to get the rod thru the second tab on the underside of the bike. Once in, tap it thru and lift away. Bolt on the legs (perfect fit) and lower it onto the legs. It is now sitting rock steady and solidly elevated and ready for service. Thanks Ronnie. My only regret is not getting it sooner.
    4 points
  9. Oh. That will absolutely without a doubt be her responsibility. Maybe.
    3 points
  10. Well we picked up Eileen’s trike today. She had never ridden a trike and asked me to ride it home. It was about an hour away and mostly 75. - 80 MPH on the turnpike. Temperatures were in the mid to high 50’s so brisk but not cold. The bike rides nice. I was a bit concerned because Harley trikes all have solid rear axels. It wasn’t as smooth as the RSV trike but handled surprisingly well. It is a bit lighter trike than most and the M8 107 engine feels very strong. First time in years that road a bike without full upper fairing and lowers and it was very windy today. It has a big windshield but I still got a lot of wind. When we got it home, i got on my bike and with her on the trike, we went for a short ride. She loves it but was more than a bit nervous. It will take some time. Hopefully she will stick with it and get comfortable on it.
    3 points
  11. Well, God willing and the creek doesn't rise Eileen and I will be there. Just reserved a cabin at the Fin and Feathrr. Sure hope to see you all there.
    3 points
  12. I found out this summer that I had a disc in my back that had canted forward and was causing severe pain. I had 3 vertebrae fused in 2012 and this was the next one above. CT scan with contrast showed there was some damage on S1 in the lower pelvic region as well. Since I can't have an MRI, they decided to wait until they looked at it before they made a decision on what to do. They went through the stomach Monday and discovered the S1 vertebrae was deteriorated so badly they had to put a cage in it to support it. After doing the front, they went in the back to release some fusions and see what had to be done next. Thursday morning, I went back into surgery for the back fusions. Originally, they expected to fuse only one more vertebra, but discovered in Monday's surgery, that the 2nd one up required fusion too. So now I have 6 or 7 fusions and have been told it will be at least 6 months before I can do much of anything. The bad thing about this is I REALLY LOVE riding these Ventures. I had a Venture Trike and sold it this year feeling it just wasn't for me. I may look at a Honda or Harley trike spring of next year, but since I turn 69 this year, I'm really afraid that age has caught up with me. I am so thankful I had some time with this Venture crew and got to make a campout or two. Since I'm paid up for the year, I'll hang around and try to stay in touch when I can.. Probably come around and cause a little trouble some too. Steve
    3 points
  13. Good morning, Venture friends. My latest good news about my recovery. Yesterday was day 10 since my last surgery and I was able to have the staples removed from my back. To say it feels better is an understatement to the highest level. It seems they had put 44 staples in my back to close up a 10-inch incision. It felt like I had a board on my back when I leaned back on the couch. Recovery is going slow, but after looking at a picture of the Xray of the procedure, I am amazed that I was able to walk before the surgery. The doctor fused all the vertebra from S1 up to T12. I haven't talked to the doctor yet, but I am betting this is going to make a huge change in my lifestyle and ability to do a lot of things I love doing. For me, a good day in the spring or fall, is getting the chainsaw out and clearing tree limbs, shrubs and deadfall out of the overgrown areas of our property. So, it looks like this Spring is going to be an easy season on the chainsaw. I have always been very active, so it will be tough for me to not to be doing something. Maybe that is why the spine was in such bad shape??? ☹️. I am sure my lifestyle has changed dramatically. However, I am very blessed to be as healthy as I am. Steve.
    3 points
  14. Good afternoon friends. I am home from the hospital and my recovery is going well. Friday the crew told me I would have to go to an inhouse Rehab center because they had made so many changes to my lower spine. Monday the caseworker asked me what rehabs I would prefer so we mentioned a couple close to home we knew were good centers. Occupational PT came up to do an evaluation and before we were halfway through, I was told there were going to recommend that I go home for in-home rehab. The PT came in and he took me through a few procedures and said the same thing. I had back surgery several years ago, so I knew what some of the training was, so I worked on those over the weekend. I am so thankful that God blessed me and allowed me to recover so well. It was late when we finally got settled down, but I am so thankful to be feeling so well and able to get around as well as I can. Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers. Steve
    3 points
  15. OK...a bit late but we have a winner. The lucky witnner is Ragtop. Congratulations.
    3 points
  16. Good luck that's what we have and as far as us talking to each other they work good, sometimes on windy rides I have to get Trina to mute her mic because of the wind noise but all she does is say hey cardo mute microphone and it does. Or she pulls down her face shield and that works.
    2 points
  17. I think the units that can link up to 15 riders are the DMC ones. But if you don’t ride with a herd that all have helmet communication why buy more features than you need? The Packtalk Custom looks interesting in that you buy what you want and nothing else.
    2 points
  18. Yea, I know. I’ve been that way all my life. Guess I’m too old to change.
    2 points
  19. Thanks all for this!!
    2 points
  20. OK folks, the winner ofd the bell, patch, and decal is none other than Sleepy2. Congrats.
    2 points
  21. Looking forward to more good reports.
    2 points
  22. My Black Cherry Baby.
    2 points
  23. I have not put one on this bike yet
    2 points
  24. Behind the license plate you will find where the taillight and turn signals come together, you can tap into the needed circuits in there. The connections are bullet style single connectors. I do sell some special multi tap bullet adapters but if you are replacing the taillight all together you may not need those unless you want to retain the OEM turns. As far as the light bar under the trunk I sell those with a plug and play harness that taps in under the seat, with enough information about your light bar I am sure I can make a plug and play set up for that also. You check out this thread if you like. If you do not have this already here is the color codes for the rear lighting Tail = Blue Right turn = Green Left Turn = Brown Brake = Yellow Ground = Black Happy to help if I can.
    2 points
  25. My latest Venture, only had it about a week. Had my last one for 20 years, hope this one gives me as good service as last one.
    2 points
  26. No need to run off. We’ve ridden with about every make out there on VR trips. Sorry to hear about the back, got a few issues going on myself. They want to replace 4 discs with synthetics and do fusion, I’m putting it off until after the June rally, couldn’t let ‘em ruin my whole summer.
    2 points
  27. I started out on a 650 Maxim, that popped great wheelies, but sounded like a screaming brat at highway speeds. Then went to an 89 Venture Royale. Put about 90k on it, sold it, and asked my Venture buddies to find me one of those Black Cherry bikes. Found 5, picked one with 17k, and still riding it, at about 95K.
    2 points
  28. I had the cam lifter failure on my 2018 Venture back on November 19th. Took it in to the dealer on December 7th for diagnostics. I spoke to my dealer on December 20th and they were writing the estimate for the warranty work and was already at $8,000.00. They have been back and forth with Yamaha trying to get the approval for the work. Yamaha keeps giving them the run around, the dealer thinks that it will eventually will be approved but know idea when. I already have three trips planned for the year on the bike so I have been looking to see if I can come across a deal to pick-up a back-up bike. I ended up finding a good deal on a 2009 Kawasaki Voyager so I pulled the trigger. Wanted something that was fuel injected so I wouldn't have to worry about the carbs if it didn't get ran a lot. This is the only picture I currently have of the bike so I figure I would at least post one.
    2 points
  29. Good for you and your wife! You can do a lot with them besides listening to music. The FM radio feature doesn’t do much for me since the antenna isn’t the best but you’ll get more phone calls and text messages than you want!! If you’re semi- literate with these things you can have your phone read texts and then reply using the voice to text feature.
    1 point
  30. Hoping for speedy recovery!!!
    1 point
  31. Spyder country. Does it help to post more than once?
    1 point
  32. YEEES,, we were about it speaking.
    1 point
  33. 1 point
  34. Here's is the prettiest one ever made.....LOL.
    1 point
  35. That's just awesome, keep depending on Him!
    1 point
  36. Glad to hear it went well.
    1 point
  37. thoughts n prayers sent up for you! hope all goes well!👍
    1 point
  38. Don't go, we are friends first and upper most, then we talk about bikes, or the lack there of. Don't matter if you arrive on 2 wheels, three wheels, or four wheels. Just don't ask us to change the tires on 18 wheels.
    1 point
  39. I picked this beauty up at a gun show this morning. G Force GFY-1 auto loader bull pup 12ga. We went to stock up on AR mags and couple other mags for the Tom Cat and Sub 2000. I had been wanting another auto loader to compliment my Savage 720. I was thinking maybe a Turkish made Beretta clone, then I saw these and the Tokarev version of the same gun. According to the dealer, G Force is an American owned company that manufactures the components in the U.S. and ships them to Turkey for assembly and imports the finished product. Somehow this is less expensive than assembling them in the U.S. Go figure.
    1 point
  40. congrats ragtop! it,ll be a great addition to the bike!👍
    1 point
  41. Congrats to @ragtop69gs!!
    1 point
  42. We typically prefer to tow the bike to any events, but didn't attend any this year. We usually tow with the Expedition. As it turns out, I bought a pair of used, loaded rear tires for my old (ancient) Ford backhoe. I drove up to Cleveland for them, and loaded them on the trailer and headed home. I was about to turn onto the freeway on ramp, but heard a "creak" I didn't understand, so I went to the gas station I saw just up the road to take a last look to be sure everything was ok, and as I turned into the station, the trailer hitch let go. Not something I'd expected. Had to have Lisa drive the pickup up (2hrs) so I could tow the trailer home. I ripped the hitch completely off and headed home. I climbed around under there, finding that the frame is solid, but that cheesy hitch (factory) had completely rusted through. Musta been made in China. I tried a few junkyards, but found that this is a common problem and replacements are really hard to find, 'cause they're all badly rusted. The aftermarket hitch manufacturers don't build them as "This vehicle comes with a factory hitch" Ford considers it part of the frame. SO....I had a piece of heavy channel laying around that looked like it would make a pretty good hitch, so that's what I did. I'll guarantee it's stronger than the factory one ever was.
    1 point
  43. Hello, Does anyone have a diagram of how the cruise control actuator, vacuum pump and solenoid all attach to the motor? I have a copy of the electrical wiring, but I cant find anything on how the mechanical parts fit in. Anything will help. Thank You!
    1 point
  44. Okay got a chance yesterday to get the new off of the Michelin Road Classic tire, Mike and Shirley came over and we enjoyed a 170 mile ride through some of Alabama's country side. I think I am going to like this tire we tried it out at all speeds and road conditions. Good friends and a good ride on a motorcycle equals a great day to be alive.
    1 point
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