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A couple shots from today’s ride   Leave a comment


The skies looked a lot more threatening than they wound up being today. I’ve been working hard on longer rides this spring and even though the skies didn’t want to cooperate today, I knew I had to head out and get some saddle time.

Here are a couple shots from today’s rides:

Everything starts with food – here’s the Tiger resting while I ate half of my breakfast:

The Tiger at Breakfast

A couple hours later, taking a break in a park and eating the rest of breakfast:

Tiger in the Park

There are all kinds of flowers out now:

Honeysuckle

Dogwood

I picked up a sandwich shortly after this stop and took it with me for a ride out into PA. I thought I might find another nice place to stop and eat it. After an hour or so  I took another break. I like to stop at this one pulloff – you can see it was pretty gloomy, but it only rained lightly a few times up to this point.

Another  pic looking to the right:

A little gloomy out today

I headed home to eat my lunch and took a break for a couple hours and then decided to finally button up the Bonneville from it’s new battery and take it out. The Bonneville hasn’t been out yet this season, so a fresh tank of gas was in order, along with a good long ride. I only stopped a couple times.

For Dinner:

Dinner with the Bonnie

Dinner with the Bonnie

On the side of the road. Now it was raining on and off and it was getting dark:

Bonnie break

Bonnie break

That’s it. Today’s rides started at about 10 this morning and ended at about 8:00pm with about 3 hours of breaks throughout the day. Good Stuff!!!

Posted May 14, 2011 by jeffkeith in Bonneville, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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New Pics   Leave a comment


Went out for a couple rides today. The morning ride was on the Tiger, afternoon on the MV.  New pics are in the gallery.

Chain Adjustment on the Tiger   Leave a comment


Aside from the instructions from the manufacturer, there are a million opinions about how to adjust a chain on a motorcycle. I did a short video on how I adjust my chain. Just to give credit where it’s due – the original method came from someone on the Tiger1050 forum.

Please note that working on or maintaining your own motorcycle can result in serious injury or death. If you’re not comfortable performing these tasks just go to a professional mechanic. If you have never worked on your bike before but are willing to give it a go, at least have a knowledgeable person around to help you and check your work!

Click the image below to go to my Smugmug gallery and see the video

A couple things I forgot to mention in the video:

  • When your chain is too tight you’ll probably hear more noise from the drivetrain. It’s better to have a chain that’s a little loose than too tight. A tight chain puts a lot of strain on the drivetrain, chain and sprockets and will result in premature wear.
  • Check the chain before riding when it’s “cold”. Temperature affects the slack in the chain.
  • Chains stretch quite a bit when they’re new. If you have a brand new bike or a brand new chain (and sprockets), check the chain more frequently. When new, the chain on my Tiger needed adjustment about every 300 miles until I got about 1500 miles on the bike. After that, I’ve only adjusted in around 3 times in the last 4000 miles.
  • Make sure you keep the chain clean and lubricated. If you’re traveling on roads with a lot of debris (sand, gravel, etc.), it will get on the chain and could damage an o-ring. You can see the o-rings by looking at the rear sprocket from the rear of the bike while rotating the tire by hand. If your chain is missing o-rings, replace it.
  • Chains wear out. Don’t use a spent chain! It can jump off the sprockets and jam the rear tire, it can hit you and do a lot of damage or it can leave you without power at the worst time. A $100 chain is a small price to pay for your and your passenger’s safety.

Posted April 26, 2010 by jeffkeith in Maintenance, Motorcycles, Tiger 1050, Triumph

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