December 28, 2010

Extra Gas For Your Classic Bike

My future bride and I, packed for Sturgis

Back in 1999, I was planning my first major motorcycle trip.  This was to be a 10 day trip, starting in NC, heading north to IL, then over to SD, down to CO, back across to IL and finally home to NC. 

I was riding a 1996 Sportster at the time and had been told by numerous people that my 3.3 gallon tank was going to leave me stranded in the middle of the Badlands.  After thinking it over, I decided to carry some extra gas, just in case.  At the time, my only real option for carrying spare gas was in your standard 1 gallon square plastic tanks from the local Lawn and Garden Center. 

So I picked up a pair and crammed them in my saddlebags.  While technically this worked, the gas tanks stretched out my bags and used most of the available storage space.  Definitely not the best situation as space is already a premium on a Sportster.  The gas tanks did make the trip, although it turned out that gas stations were plentiful on the main highways and they were never even used.

Fast forward to present day and I find myself in the same situation.  Now I’m riding a 1964 Duo-Glide with the original factory three gallon tank.  My total range is even less than the Sportster, hovering under 100 miles per tank with a good tail wind.  My initial search for a spare gas container turned up the usual suspects.  There was still the 1 gallon Lawn and Garden gas tanks, but my rigid saddlebags do not accommodate them.  There are also MSR fuel bottles, but the largest size is only 20 oz and I don’t like the idea of the bottles bouncing and rolling around in my bags.  I have seen some leather harnesses that allow you to strap the MSR fuel bottles on your bike’s frame or crash guards, but these are expensive and you still are not carrying that much extra gas.

A couple weeks ago, the answer to my gas problem came to me while surfing the internet.  Somewhere I stumbled across a product called the Reda Gas Can, which was developed by Reda Innovations out of Orland Park, IL.  I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see this product.  It’s rare to find a new product that you can use on a vintage bike.  Sure they make plenty of new gadgets that would work on a vintage bike, but am I really going to mount a Garmin GPS and iPod on my Panhead…

Extra gasoline for my classic Harley

After contacting Reda Innovations, a new 1 Gallon Reda Gas Can was shipped to my door.  As you can see in More on Extra Gas For Your Classic Bike

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September 12, 2010

Images from the First Stop of the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

On Friday I was able to adjust my work schedule to allow for travel to Greenville, NC to meet up with the riders of the Cannonball Run at their first stop.  Arriving at the parking lot of the Hampton Inn around 4:00, I was just in time to see the bikes start rolling in after their first 150 mile run.  It was great to see some of the folks that frequent this site, including Buzz Kanter on his 1915 Harley Davidson.

I had a great time walking around the parking lot and talking to the riders and support team members.  What I found really cool was that even the support vehicles were classic bikes.  There were multiple Panheads and Knuckleheads outfitted with special sidecars that could pick up a broken down race bike and pilot.

Here’s some more pictures I took walking around the parking lot.  As you can see, there were a lot of great bikes.  If you can make it to one of the stops, it is well worth the trip.  Make sure to ask Dave Fusiak to crank up his 8 valve Harley. 

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August 25, 2010

Linkert Float Replacement and Adjustment 1964 Harley

After my first ride, I was feeling pretty good about my ‘64 Duo-Glide.  The bike ran great and any problems that I had were due to operator error.  Being my first attempt at using a manual advance system, there were a couple “hiccups” along the way. 

Since I had one successful ride under my belt, I planned to ride the Duo-Glide to work the rest of the week.  The next day, I pushed the bike outside and began going through the start up procedure.  As I got ready to do the two prime kicks, I noticed that gas was pouring out of the carburetor.  Hoping for a stuck float or dirty needle, I started removing parts.  Soon a variety of brackets, oil lines, nuts and More on Linkert Float Replacement and Adjustment 1964 Harley

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