Tuesday, November 29, 2016

So Much Negativity

I don't see much to be positive about in this screenshot from this morning. Welcome to Fairbanks. We still don't have much snow yet. Actual snow depth on the ground may be 5" - 6" or so. We could really use a bit more to avoid frozen sewer and water pipes. It looks like it's going to be cold for a while.

We just arrived back home last night from our quick trip to PA. Since we wanted to arrive home before midnight, we had to return through Los Angeles. This made for more time in the air (more airline miles!). Maybe it'll be enough to bump me up to the next tier in Alaska Airlines loyalty program.

I stopped at College Coffeehouse this morning and was greeted with "Where's the bike?". It may be in the garage for a while as it probably won't be warm enough to ride (maybe +10°F) for a couple of months. Time to dig into some of those maintenance items...

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  1. That's way to far into the minuses ... Gotta have the snow for sure.

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    1. Way too many negative signs in that photo...

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  2. Saw the title....thought with dread: "Oh no, a political post".

    Glad to see it was instead about the brisk temperatures you're having up there. Hopefully you'll get the snow you need soon.

    BTW, are you not riding it because of the wear/tear of starting the engine once it's gotten so cold outside?

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    1. A political post!? Not me...

      I don't think that the Ural lubrication system circulates well enough when it's cold. Especially the rod bearings and maybe even the cam bearing and lobes. Those needed to be replaced. The main bearings were replaced "just because" but weren't worn like the rod bearings, cam lobes and cam bearings. There was also some scoring on the cylinder walls.

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    2. I see, so if I'm reading the above right, even when warmed up, just not enough oil circulating around (as much as a Ural engine "circulates" oil anyways) and excessive wear occurs?

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    3. My current thought is that even when the heads are nice and warm, the engine housing is still somewhat cold and the oil may not return as quick into the sump. That was one of the reasons that I picked up the deep sump pan last year.

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  3. Just keep all that negativity up there! ☃️ 😉

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    1. You can share some of that midnight sun next summer. :)

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  4. That type of negativity is awful! At the temperatures you ride in I would guess the motor would never reach operating temperatures. I'm reading on the Guzzi forums folks are covering their oil coolers to encourage warmer oil in locals where it is dropping only into the 50s.

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    1. Even at those temperatures, the heads and cylinders easily reach operating temperature. E.g. CHT > 380°F (temperature corrected). The crankcase is another story.

      The oil cooler should have a thermostat. On the BMW, the oil rarely gets warm enough to even get routed through the cooler.

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    2. The Guzzi doesn't have a thermostat as it is straight through design.

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  5. Yow! We'll probably see -29 here at some point but probably not until late January by which time we may have adapted a bit.

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    1. It's possible to get adapted to it? No matter what, it feels cold.

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  6. I'm getting cold just by looking at this temperature. Hand me the hot water bottle, and get me some steaming tea please.

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    1. Steaming tea does sound nice about now...

      Some locations have already seen -50°F (-46°C). We rarely see really cold temperatures. (Sounds like famous last words)

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  7. you can keep that sort of temp up there
    dont know how you put up with it like that

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    1. It's like anything else. I don't see how anyone puts up with hot. Cold is much easier to deal with.

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  8. Damn, I don't know if those low temps are worth the sunshine.

    Try and stay warm.

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  9. Wow, that's definitely too cold for me!!! you're like my husband saying he prefer cold weather on hot weather. He said when it's cold at least you can put more cloths, but when it's too hot ther is nothing you can do.
    Lori

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  10. So glad I'm here and not there. Heavens that's cccccold!!!

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    1. The weather guesser claimed that it should hit -40° later this week. But probably not...

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