Ridin' in the rain (just another day)

david f martin /

We didn't get the freezing rain last night that the weatherman warned us about, but it did rain... Got up this morning, the ground was wet, but it wasn't raining. So I decided to take the 'ped to work, rather than bother my little sister for a ride.

It was cold and soggy all day long, so I was stuck inside for lunch. I did buzz across the street for some coffee after doing a little more paint detail on the bike.

This bike is all decked out, with just about any accessory you'll ever see on a Harley (AND a cupholder with matching cup), extra tank, saddlebags, windshield and trunk, some big jewelry, all red and black and olive drab, rubber and chrome. This past weekend I put on a new front tire (rear tire should get here tomorrow, I hope), painted the fenders and the guard around the engine silver aluminum, did some black pinstriping... Looks like a rally bike! I love my bike...

One of our customers admired it on his way out the door... "Yup. Driving Under the Influence," he chuckled...

Shit. All the goodies, all this work... and it still looks like a damned moped. Oh well.

Anyway, I decided to ride it home in the drizzle, rather than bother my sister for a ride, and besides, I might wanna work on her some more this evening...

First observation: I need to treat the windshield with Rain-X.

Second observation... my already restrictive airfilter is even more restrictive when it gets water in it. The bike got slower and slower, even downhill. She kept 4-cycling, and I had to constantly flick the throttle to keep her going... By the time I got to the store near my house, I had to dismount and push her into the parking lot, out of the drizzle, barely running, cold and wet.

I removed the aircleaner and stashed it in a saddlebag. She started right up, but was revving so high that when I got on the seat, rear wheel contacted the ground, front wheel and kickstand both went up... Throttle eventually went back to normal. She had MUCH more power. Geez, what a difference! I guess I need to drill some holes in my aircleaner. Gotta make it look good, though.

david

Re: Ridin' in the rain (just another day)

You gotta post a pic of this ped

Re: Ridin' in the rain (just another day)

Ataristyle /

How much faster were you going w/ out the air cleaner opposed w/ the air cleaner on normal conditions?

Re: Ridin' in the rain (just another day)

david f martin /

The bike runs much faster without the aircleaner, but I don't want to run without it. BTW, this is a brand new aircleaner and element, totally stock.

david

Re: Ridin' in the rain (just another day)

Be careful of freezing rain. I learned the hard way. Water got into the cables ... they're shattered now (froze, then broke). I have to replace all four (clutch, front/rear brakes, throttle). So if you ride in the rain, be sure you get a chance to dry it off completely and store it where it's a bit warm.

Fixing a flat in the rain

david f martin /

Thanks, Miguel. So far, I haven't had to ride in freezing rain, and I always keep her inside when I'm not riding...

I drilled a couple hundred holes in my aircleaner last night with a dremel, making sure to drill on the correct side of the box, so as not to bypass the element. It made a big difference in the way the bike rode to work this morning. First of all, the engine sounds much "throatier". She's taking off better and 4-cycling less. Hard to say if it helped top end, since I disconnected the speedo awhile back (need to get inside of it, see why it is making so much noise)...

The real test was the trip home from work this evening. It wasn't raining hard, but it was definitely raining harder than last night. The rain did slow her down somewhat, and I took it a little easier than usual, since visibility thru the rain-soaked windshield was pretty poor...

The rear end of the bike seemed "mushy". I couldn't actually look down at my rear tire (saddlebags are in the way), but I attributed the mushy feeling to the water on the road. Besides, I really wanted to get home, and didn't feel like stopping to investigate.

Stopped at the store near my house to get some smokes. Got back on the bike and took off... Something was definitely not right. I stopped to check, and sure enough, the rear tire was flat.

This is the same tire I put 3 patches on the other day. I've got a tire ordered for it, but it won't get here till Thursday. I did pick up a couple of spare innertubes and a tire pump the other day, though.

I pushed the bike back under the shelter at the gas station. I couldn't find any nails or glass in the tire, but it was hard to tell, since the tire was all soggy and muddy. I tried to pump the tire back up, but it didn't seem to be holding air. So, I pulled the tube, put in the spare, and pumped it up with my new tire pump. I didn't bother to check the pressure with my guage, just made the tire stiff enough to get me home.

Anyway, I've got my soaked boots in front of the heater, soaked gloves hanging from the mirrors, soaked jacket hanging over the trunk. Got the rear tire pumped up to spec (the pump sucks... need to find a better one)...

And I thought living with a woman was tough.

david

Re: Fixing a flat in the rain

Reeperette /

You can get high-puncture-resistance tubes for that, but damned if I can remember exactly where...ask around, I know I've used em to good effect in the past.

-Ree

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Hey, we really reallyneed a picture of your moped. I'm still trying to figure out what "jewelry" looks like on a moped. ;-)

Either way, I think you must have one of the toughest looking rides out there. Post a pic on the forum so we can see it!

Re: Fixing a flat in the rain

david f martin /

Just asked a co-worker to bring his digital camera with him tomorrow... I have a pic, but its not current...

david

Re: Fixing a flat in the rain

You know living with a woman is a LOT tougher than a flat tire on a moped.

And you can take one of the old inner tubes and slit the center section out of it and use it as a liner to help protect the tube.

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