So, I’ve said that my rear tire was a bit worn and should probably be replaced soon, right? Well, that finally happened today A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mom and Dad for an early birthday present that is my new rear tire
The pic above is a generic pic of the new rear tire on my bike that I grabbed from Rocky Mountain ATV’s website. They have a local dealership and distributor a bit north of me in Helper, UT. That’s where I had the tube swapped out a while back and also where I just bought this tire and had it installed. They’re awesome people who gave me wonderful service and were very quick as well
The tires I’ve had on my bike since I got it on the road have been Bridgestone Spitfires and they’ve been great. The reasons I chose to go with the Shinko were price and reviews. A new rear Spitfire would’ve been about $150 + tax and install. The Shinko was about $83 + tax and install. From what I’ve heard from people and read in reviews, the Shinko should have as good if not better traction and should go for about 70% to 85% of the miles the Spitfire. I think the price difference makes it worth going with the Shinko
Some of you may be wondering if I really needed to replace that rear tire and if it was really urgent. Well, the pic above shows the wear over most of the tire. I was OK with this when it was a mile each way to and from work with maybe a trip to Walmart which isn’t much farther than work. Yes, I did notice a loss of traction and it was especially entertaining when there was some water in the gutter or on the street! But I could get a few more miles out of it if it’s just local riding and I’m nice to it and ride carefully… :whistle:
So, what made me park it for a few weeks until I could get it replaced? Keep scrolling down for the answer…
See that section of cord that’s showing? The part where there’s NO rubber left at all? Yeah, that’s why I parked the bike until I could replace it. I might have been OK for a few more miles than just up the road to the shop to have the work done, but when it comes to motorcycle tires, you really do bet your ass and I wasn’t willing to wager my butt on a tire in this condition as that would’ve been more than a little :crazy:
Well, I think I’m going to go out for a ride to continue getting this tire scuffed in after I find something to eat It won’t be too long of a ride as I have stuff to do and the weather could turn truly nasty, but something is better than nothing! Have a great day, everyone
Neptunus Lex was one of the first blogs I ever read and followed. The title of the blog was also the nom de plume of the author. Capt. Carroll LeFon was a wonderful father to his daughters and his sons as well as a great husband to his wife.
He blogged under a pen name while still on active duty in the U.S. Navy and continued to do so until his passing. Capt. LeFon (Ret.) was lost at Fallon Naval Air Station in March of 2012 when the Kfir jet he was flying crashed as he was attempting to land in deplorable weather conditions. We are still waiting for the official accident report from the NTSB.
All of that said, there are many others (including Old AF Sarge at Chant du Depart) along with myself who remember Lex every day. We do, however, try to remember the good times more than the rest of the times. Lex’s birthday is one of those occasions.
Please join me in wishing Capt. LeFon a happy birthday today
We miss you, Lex
A buddy of mine sent me this. Funny and spot on!
I have had the tree huggers and vegans up to you know where………………
You know what’s amazing? A cop who has NO complaints against them in their personnel file Congrats on an awesome record, Deputy Simmons, and thank you for your service and your attitude
So, I needed to air up one of my car’s tires yesterday. I pulled out my cheap, tiny, $10 air compressor, hooked it up, and waited to see a change on my car’s tire pressure display. 15 min later, still no change. It’s supposed to air up a car tire in 14 minutes. I never did see a change. So what, you ask?
Well… Back at the beginning of August, I came out to find my rear motorcycle tire pretty much flat. I hooked up that same compressor and saw the same thing. I assumed that I’d run over something BIG or that there’d been a problem with the inner tube (yes, my motorcycle uses tubes due to the spoked wheels). I’ve been trying to come up with the $150 to $250 to replace the tire and tube, but we’ve been even shorter on money than usual for various reasons. My poor motorcycle has sat since then and I’ve endured a worsening case of P.M.S. (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome). I’d planned to replace that tire a couple of months from now, but you know how it goes.
Well, I took another look at things since I found out my compressor wasn’t working. I spent money I really didn’t want to and got a newer, slightly better compressor. It actually aired up the tire I checked the tire while rolling the bike forward and found something fairly minor that can be fixed pretty inexpensively I may even have it back on the road tomorrow or the day after!!! Yes, that rear tire is getting pretty worn and I’m going to replace it in a couple of months, but it’s not worn out just yet :wink:
I had a couple hours alone today while Cindy and Ember were out shopping, so I did some overdue maintenance while I had the chance. The oil’s been changed, the oil filter has been changed, and the final drive oil has been changed. I also lubed all the linkage for the rear brake and made sure all the lights and the horn still work. Thanks to my habit of running some Sea Foam and a decent battery, she started right up with no problem as well
I was going to flush the brake fluid, but the screws are kinda frozen and the heads started to strip. I’ll just have to get past that and that’ll be done soon. It’s nothing to really worry about right now – just preventive maintenance and a little early even. I’m also going to get the clutch and throttle cables lubed before too long
I CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD !!!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted and for that I apologize. Between lots of changes and being busy at work, being busy at home, being sick with a heck of a cold, and having writer’s block like crazy, I’ve kind of neglected this blog. Aside from my motorcycle still being out of action due to a flat tire, I do have a few new things to report. I’ll get the first one started now
I’d had plans on Saturday to go meet up with a bunch of other ham radio operators out in the desert, but alas, plans had to change. Cindy and Ember were both feeling really rather under the weather all morning long and I just didn’t want to leave them home alone. By the time people were feeling better it was close to 2:00 PM and I really wouldn’t have had much time with the guys. We headed down to Green River, UT for Melon Days instead
Thinking fair food really didn’t sound that good at the moment, we went into town and found a restaurant to have a late lunch at before we headed back over to the park where the festival was being held. There were all sorts of vendors and all the free watermelon you could eat I’ve never had watermelon this good. Green River, UT is known for it and now I see why Ember sure had a good time and we had a pretty good afternoon, too!
It’s getting a bit late, so I’m going to let the pics and captions do the rest of the talking
That’s all for now, but I’ll be back again soon! Have a great day everyone
I got my findings and determinations from The Department Of Veterans Affairs, Huntington WV Regional Center. I got my claim sent there when I reopened it in January of 2012. The LA Regional Center, where I actually live has the highest back log of returning wounded Vets from Iraq and Afghanistan than any other. There is also a large population of Desert Storm and Vietnam guys on the list there as well. I was outsourced.
The results, you might ask? I went from 30% to 60%. The rate for that is $1120 per month with spouse. I will be receiving both this disability and my Navy Retirement concurrently under the law enacted in 2004. There is a possibility of back pay to when I reopened the claim…………………………….Could pay off the Titan?!?!?!?!? Wait and see ya know.
I am watching Redeye and enjoying a Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale………………..may be more than one!
30 miles NW of California City……………………..This morning at 1150. Didn’t feel a thing………………………………………….
Storm to the East. We got wind and blowing sand and dirt. It sprinkled for a bit and that was all. Live in the Kern County Desert!
I’ve meant to post these pics for a while now, but I’ve just been really busy lately. This morning I wrote another quick post regarding my motorcycle and the work it needs right now. I thought it would be appropriate to remind everyone (myself included) why I like riding it as much as I do
I had to go to work down in Orangeville, UT for some training on a Wednesday and Thursday. I could’ve car pooled in a company car with someone else driving. Yeah, I think I’d rather have a root canal with no anesthesia while being forced to listen to a mix of Barack Obama’s greatest speeches and Justin Beiber, Hanson, and Joe Biden’s best firearms advice
Of course I took the bike
That’s probably all I have for today. Here’s hoping your day goes better than mine
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