Saturday, September 13, 2014

Post #1000

The Ural was out of commision for 24 hours while the glue was drying on the new heated grips so I took the Beemer out today. As you can see, I put the sidecar back on. The two rigs are distinctly different. There is more engine vibration with the Beemer, more clutch slipping is needed to get going as first gear isn't as low but it has much better acceleration. For those that care, the Beemer has a better (though not noisier) exhaust note. The Ural has a really noisy air intake and, currently, more wheel vibration but the steering is oh so much lighter with none of the low speed shimmy of the Beemer. I think that new tires are in order as the front and sidecar tires are really worn and that is the reason for the vibration.

The leaves are all changed and are starting to fall. But we are having a real warm spell with highs in the 70s (°F). I didn't ride the Beemer at all while the sidecar was detached beyond the test ride. I didn't remove the sidecar subframe and was afraid that it would scrape the ground on right turns. It hangs down pretty low. But only four bolts and the rig was back together again just as before. Maybe half an hour including the wiring.

I was able to remove the broken heated grip on the Ural with some carefully hand sawing. I didn't even nick the plastic throttle tube. The new heated grips came from Ural Northwest and were the same brand as the failed installation (ShowChrome). The diameter of the left handlebar is 22mm (as opposed to ⅞") and the throttle tube is exactly 1". The new grips matched both of these measurements and even when test fitting them, they were nice and snug. A perfect fit. BTW, I did test them before installation to make sure they both worked. The new grips also came with a handlebar mount for the controller so I moved the controller from my mini-dash to a spot near the left grip. The hardest part of the whole installation was getting the throttle lock re-installed on the new grip.

The Ural has a crossover on the gas tank which passes underneath the top tube of the frame. This makes removing the gas tank a very messy job as the crossover line needs to be disconected from the tank. I ordered a quick disconnect from Crawford Sales in SE Michigan. They also had a used throttle tube in case I wasn't able to salvage my old one. And they ship USPS! I removed the gas tank spilling gas in the process and installed the quick disconnect. When disconnected, both sides are shut off and you spill just a drop. Now it won't be a hassle to remove the tank for easy access to the wiring.

Also, based on the strong recommendation from the Anchorage based Ural expert, I removed the cat factory installed obstruction from the pipe between the exhaust header and the muffler. Especially after rejetting the carbs. The richer mixture could clog things up quickly. The right one was already pretty black. Plus, probably less back pressure.

When I started this blog, I had no idea that I would have ever reached 1000 posts. The first couple of hundred posts are now long gone as the services I was using (before Blogger) are now long gone. I didn't really expect Blogger to continue long once it was purchased by Google.

 

12 comments:

Trobairitz said...

Congrats on 1000 posts - that is quite an accomplishment. I don't know how you manage to post as often as you do, but I am glad you do.

I like the pic of the BMW. The yellow leaves make a nice backdrop.

VStar Lady said...

1000! That's quite a milestone. Enjoy your warm spell.

Learning to Golf said...

1,000 posts is quite the milestone. Congratulations.

I will bet your subframe would have drug as the one on Petunia did and I had to remove it. With the new baffles in Petunia she is quieter, but still has that throaty Harley sound. I happy with it being quieter.

I need to look into one of those quick disconnects for the exact same reason you did. Even with running the tank almost dry it spills more fuel than I want on on the garage floor and running all over. Also, happy for you that the grips worked out.

RichardM said...

I usually don't think about doing a post until I take a picture. Then the thought process starts. Some have many posts queued up with posting dates set well into the future. I'm not one of them.

I like the BMW with the Fall leaves as well.

RichardM said...

The warm spell has really been a surprise after all those sub-freezing mornings we had.

RichardM said...

Thank you! I had to consciously avoid leaning the bike too much to the right to avoid scraping. All that practice hanging off the seat came in handy!

I was really surprised to see the crossover tube. And am surprised to hear that it's common. It makes me wonder what were they thinking...

Dar said...

Happy 1K! That's quite an accomplishment! Glad you got the grip thing sorted out. We are having a gorgeous September and it has been sunny & hot.

RichardM said...

Thank you!

redlegsrides said...

so you removed the cat pipes or just their innards?

BMW HACKER said...

1000 posts....time flies doesn't it?

RichardM said...

It was recommended to just remove the innards.

RichardM said...

It doesn't seem like I've been doing this very long but I guess i have...