Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BBBC #3

This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

3. Today

I guess this is going to be "A Day In the Life Of" type post. Anything more would require someone with an imagination.

8:30am: The status of PBC video #52 switches from "private" to "public" which enables the "Share" option. This was originally recorded on Monday evening.



8:45am: I get the shortened URL off of the YouTube site for the PBC #52 video. I log into the PolarBearChallenge website to add a new video. I copy part of the YouTube description, the shortened URL and submit the video. I then do the same thing on the SovietSteeds.com website under the forum category "Rides". After all, I may as well get some additional mileage out of the video.

Usually, I then get ready to leave the house and ride for about 45 minutes or so to record the next PBC video but I think I'm done riding for a while. The Ural is not doing well and will be trailered down to the dealer in Delta Junction next Monday so Mickey can have a look and a listen. I heard a new sound from the engine yesterday and drained the oil and pulled the valve covers to have a look. I buttoned it back up so I can try and make a recording of the sound. I think it sounds like something rubbing while rotating. Pulling the clutch doesn't change the sound and though it could be my imagination, but I think I can hear a knock.

In the picture of the valve cover, you can see some of the aluminum shavings. By itself, I wouldn't be too concerned as there aren't chunks and there was very little steel on the drain plug magnet. It's the noise that has me concerned.

9:00 am: Outside in the garage rotating the engine by hand to check for anything unusual. I recorded the sound and spent a couple of minutes making this short video for your enjoyment. I added the still photos of the aluminum shavings in the oil drain pan and valve covers as YouTube doesn't seem to accept audio only files.



10:00 am: Headed for College Coffeehouse at the intersection of University Ave and College Rd. This has become a more regular thing since retiring. Before, I would stop by a couple of times per week.

Today, the others there were George, Sandra and Paul. Not too many of the "regulars".

12:00 pm: Today, being Wednesday, it's time for #MotoChat on Twitter. Today's topic is "Winter Motorcycle Dreams". If you have a Twitter account, feel free to join in. I kept on forgetting until I set a calendar reminder.

1:00 pm: Ran multiple errands (after I took off the plow). Then worked on this post.

2:20 pm: Peeled potatoes for a salad to take to a potluck dinner this evening.

2:30 pm: Walked the dogs.

2:45: Posted this blog post. I'll update later in case anything actually interesting happens.

Exciting day...



12 comments:

  1. Richard you had me laughing... no imagination... this from the guy who figured out how to power a GoPro and... Oh never mind... It's pointless... no imagination indeed.

    Oh I nailed that noise for you. Perfectly normal, sounds just like a 1973 Lada four door sedan.

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    1. Yep, no imagination would be a good way to describe me...

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  2. You DID have an exciting day. I just finished working.:-(

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    1. Working? I've heard of that... somewhere ... sometime...

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  3. Please keep us updated re whatever Mickey finds....how far is it from Fairbanks to his new place?

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    1. Delta is 100 miles towards Canada from Fairbanks. I'm not really sure here his shop is but Jed has been there a couple of times.

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    2. OK, not too bad I guess. I am 80 miles from my dealer in Ft Collins....beats trailering the rig to Anchorage eh?

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    3. Plus, I'd rather go to Delta than Anchorage.

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  4. I like the "day in the life of..." theme.

    Funny sounds coming from the Ural..... I think hearing of all the issues others have with them is what keeps Troubadour from owing one.

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    1. But then again, there are some that buy them again and again...

      Hopefully I'll find out what the mystery sound is on Monday.

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  5. Love reading your blog, keep up the posts! Thanks for the share!

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    1. Tell me why these comments aren't spam...

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