Thursday, May 5, 2016

Motorcycle Parking

Moto parking is once again available on campus. For some odd reason, the moto parking spaces are all dated May 1 through Sept 1. The weather has been decent though there still aren't very many bikes on the road (commuting). This morning, there was a brand new, nicely farkled F700GS here but he must've taken advantage of the beautiful weather for a lunchtime ride. There really aren't that many moto spots on campus and even though they are marked and have red painted curbs, cars still park in them all the time. In one of the moto parking areas next to campus security, one of their staff parks there all the time comfortable knowing that she won't get ticketed.

I spent the afternoon checking things over for the first "longish" trip since the engine overhaul. I have about 850 km on the engine since the rebuild and I'm starting to feel comfortable going at highway speeds. I changed the oil and filter and there was very little swarf on the magnetic drain plug. The oil still looked like new, with a little bit of aluminum powder floating on the surface of the drained oil. And there is a lot of oil. Refilling the engine took just shy of 3 quarts. Just about 50% more than the stock engine. I like the deep sump oil pan for the additional capacity. I also torqued the head bolts, adjusted the valves and checked the carb balance. All looks good. 

Tomorrow, JedR and I are heading down to the Denali Park area. I'm dropping off some physical mail to a family member. Doesn't that sound like a good reason for a ride? 

4 comments:

redlegsrides said...

Hope the weather is clear for views of Denali! Good to hear the engine is running well...

Trobairitz said...

Enjoy the ride. Looking forward to seeing the pics.

RichardM said...

Not very many pictures. Maybe I've been in AK too long. Everything kind of looks the same...

RichardM said...

No clear views of anything, after all this is Fairbanks...

The engine seems to be running well though the slight tendency to creep forward when idling in gear with the clutch disengaged still bothers me.