Sunday, September 13, 2015

First Last Ride of the Season

Today was the "First Last Ride of the Season" for our local BMW group. Not a real large turnout due to the snow falling yesterday and continuing this morning. Just Steve's R100GS/PD, BobC's R100RT and me. The announced destination was Chena Hot Springs but a couple of us decided that it may be bit too foolish given that the temperature was right around freezing.

You may notice that I am riding the Beemer and not the Ural. This morning, the Ural started right up, and while idling, it backfired a couple of times and shut off. It won't start up again. I suspect that it is something with the ignition system as there is no spark from the plugs. It could be a variety of things possibly the interrupter for the hall sensor.

When I started the Beemer, it ran great then started to run on only one cylinder. Hmm, curious. After a few moments, I noticed that the petcocks were still closed. The Ural has an automatic, vacuum operated petcock so I'm no longer in the habit of turning them on (and off!).

We ended up just riding to a fellow airhead members home (BobK) and sat around his immaculate garage talking and enjoying his coffee.

This picture is from a several days ago. Dave, on the right, rode his Goldwing trike up from Tennessee and had just returned from the Arctic Circle. He was looking for car wash suggestions. He's had a few issues with the trike conversion but the most serious was the driveshaft separated at the spline between Watson Lake and Whitehorse. It required a very expensive tow into Whitehorse. Talking with him is George Rahn and David Rohwer.

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  1. bummer about the ural's ignition issues....besides checking the interrupter/hall sensor, check your grounds as well. Hope its something minor.

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    1. Yesterday, there were hints of a problem but I had chalked it up to the rain. I had rain problems in the past but didn't have any rain issues during my trip. I'm thinking that it's something with the hall sensor or interruptor as that was worked on in Salem.

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  2. Snow! Well, I am going tomorrow to the pool guy to schedule a closing. We bought one of those mesh safety covers so the closing is free, else I would do it.

    But snow is a long way away in Southern Ontario.

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    1. Snow actually "sticking" is still several weeks out.

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  3. A chilly ride. Hope the Ural issue isn't a major one. Doesn't it always seem to be something?

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    1. It was a cold rain and if we headed out towards Chena Hot Springs as planned, we would be slowly gaining elevation the whole way out.

      I haven't dug into the Ural yet and I hope that it isn't anything serious.

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  4. The BMW needed a bit of exercise anyway. The Ural, well, sounds like she's being finaky. Hope its an easy fix.

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    1. The BMW is in need of exercise. Especially after I went through the trouble of swapping tires. Quite a difference between the two rigs.

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