Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Ural Farkles

This is as close to a sunny morning as we've had in a while. The Alaska Range isn't visible due to the clouds but nice crisp shadows. This was taken using an iPhone HDR app as the original photo looked very bland and monotone. This is at the same turnout at the university overlooking the farm.

It's almost time for the next service on the Ural but it can probably wait until the next round of travelling is done. L.A. and Barrow. How about that for contrasting locations? Not really a farkle since it isn't shiny but is functional, I added a headlight on/off switch. The switch is waterproof and is the black bump above the high beam light. It is connected into the wire running from the non-existent headlight switch on the right grip to the high-low switch on the left handgrip. All connection soldered with heat shrink tubing. I will probably leave the switch on all of the time but if I need more current from the battery in the winter, I like the idea of being able to turn off the headlight. And since I was in the headlight anyway, I fixed to shorted speedometer light that was tripping the fuse a couple of weeks back. It was a just a poorly made light socket that I bent into the proper shape to hold the bulb. The next task is getting the fog and driving lights installed on the sidecar.

Last Sunday evening, we took my step-son to dinner as he was up visiting from California for about five days. This is the cheese soup at the Silver Gulch made famous by an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network with Guy Fieri. I hadn't tried it before nor had I tried their hot wings before. Both were tasty though the cheese soup was a bit saltier than I like. But the best part of the meal was the pretzel roll.


redlegsrides said...

I like the headlight disabling switch, very discrete.

Trobairitz said...

Mmmm, that pretzel roll does look tasty.

Nice choice on the HDR for the first pic. It makes the blue of the Ural pop.

RichardM said...

The new switch sort of matches the trip odometer reset knob on the opposite side of the speedometer.

RichardM said...

I've been there when they've run out of pretzel rolls and it isn't pretty. They are really tasty.

Unknown said...


One more thing to add to my Fairbanks List, Pretzel Rolls and not so salty cheese soup.

I like the idea of shutting down your headlights. We have daytime running lights here (required by Law) but there is no relay when cold starting on a cold morning when you may need more AMPS

you've done a most excellent job of making the switch location appear like it came from the factory

bob: riding the wet coast

RichardM said...

The Silver Gulch is a good place to visit. It is where we have our monthly airhead get together. I, personally, like the idea of daytime running lights and have driven with my headlights on all the time since around 1973. I was originally planning on putting in a relay to shut off the headlight when the starter ran. But there be other times when you want the headlight off.

David Masse said...

Guy Fieri. Thank the dear lord more of his resto-picks aren't readily accessible. So far I've done the Tomahawk three times, and will try the Rosedale diner soon. The Rosedale is 500 kms, the Tomahawk more than 5,000 kms away. Those are fairly safe distances, yet I still find a way to succumb.

RichardM said...

Isn't there an app that shows you all of the places featured near your current location? He came to Fairbanks and made a 1 hr show going to six places (I think) all within about twenty miles of here. Some of my favorites and others that I've never heard of before.