Sunday, May 5, 2019

Rebuilding my Choppers Engine

     On the way to Mexico, my chopper's engine began spewing oil out the air breather. I added more oil but it rapidly got worse and almost immediately emptied the oil tank. I hauled my motorcycle back 400 miles to Accurate Engineering in Dothan Alabama where my good friend, Berry Wardlaw agreed to give me a hand. As we pulled the engine apart, I found the culprit was a hole in the piston caused by an intake leak and incorrect timing. What I wasn't expecting was to see how well everything was performing in my motor. With over 120,000 miles on many of the parts in my engine, everything was doing very well until the piston failure. All my Feuling products, high volume oil pump, cam plate, Reaper cams, adjustable pushrods and Bee Hive valve springs, all only showe3d signs of normal wear. Anyone that knows me, knows that I ride my motorcycle anything BUT normal. I have ridden thousands of miles on dirt and gravel roads. I even rode 1000+ mile up and back down the Dalton Highway AKA The Haul Road AKA The Ice Road Truckers Road. I have also drag raced it at Rockingham and at Sturgis Dragway on numerous occasions.
    I just wanted to do a video explaining what I have and why I use the components that I do. I'll be posting more as I continue riding my chopper and hope to add another 100,000 + miles on my bike.
Here are a list of the parts I use-

                                                                       S&S Cycle

                                                          Spectro Oils of America   

                                                            Darkhorse Crankworks               

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Riding the coastal roads of Vietnam

   AH1 is the coastal highway of Vietnam. It isn't the most scenic and it is usually flat and straight. There are many trucks and buses and the speed is fast so it is incredibly dangerous. I was on it it make some time when I came across a tunnel that motorcycles were not allowed on. It detoured all bikes up and over the mountain then around some more, all with excellent views of the China Sea.

 The road curved up and down, hugging the mountains

  And when the road came back down, I was on the beach of Da Nang
  If you look closely at the top left, you will see The Bodhisattva of Mercy

 On the Son Tra Peninsula in DaNang, stands a 67 meter statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy. The statue construction has been recognized as the highest Bodhisattva of Mercy statue nationwide. It is 17 meters in diameter and has 17 floors. Each floor worships a different Buddha. The 17th floor has a flight of stairs that lead to the statue's head. It was completed in August 2010.
But now I'm riding back into the mountains and it is more of  " Business as Usual "

Friday, January 4, 2019

Getting Lost in Paradise

Just one of the days that I have spent getting lost in Vietnam
The views were spectacular everywhere I looked!
  I was using a map app on my smart phone and I decided to take a short cut.
I rode down the "shortcut" for hours
  I didn't question it too much as the views were getting better and better
    Then as I came around the corner, the road went straight into a lake. It looked like a boat ramp. I was forced to back track adding another several hours to the days ride.
When I finally got near my destination, I came across the reason my shortcut was underwater. The entire valley had been flooded by a powerplant dam. It wasn't my plan but sometimes life has a much better ideas than I do.