In an effort to get some miles onto Brigitta's (my '87 R80 Beemer) odometer, I rode her all the way to the Hugo State Wildlife Area. This was on Monday, May 16.
It would prove windier than expected, especially while moving at 75 mph eastbound on the I-70 Super Slab towards the town of Limon, CO! I had to go, several times, into "dancing in the winds" mode as gusts would hit me from the front right quarter mostly.
Still, got there OK, and discovered that a third of the SWA is now off limits, the southern third to be exact. Not reason found except a sign stating the road leading to the southern campsites was now closed to all but "authorized" traffic.
Incoming weather had clouded up what had started as bright blue skies; so the pictures taken didn't turn out.
I returned via CO Hwy 74 into Colorado Spring's eastern suburbs, through the small town of Black Forest and finally onto CO Hwy 83. A total of 256 miles ridden, and boy was I tired at the end of it! I'm thinking my days of long distance riding on motorcycles, whether two or three wheeled, are coming to an end.
The Sammy's new water pump continues to work fine. The new normal, in terms of the temperature gauge on its dash, is for the needle to slowly climb towards the midpoint as the engine warms up and stay there. No more going all the way to the 3/4 mark before then lowering to the middle and staying there for the rest of a drive.
I went to the RV storage yard with a small air compressor and blew out the water lines on the VRRV. We were expecting cold temperatures Friday/Saturday of this week you see. A very late Winter storm had caused a Winter Weather warning to be issued to the Front Range.
Update: not much snow accumulation resulted in the Front Range. Heavy, wet stuff that cause some tree damage as branches were overloaded and broken off.
Spent a lot of time cleaning off the dirt and crud that had built up due to the failing old water pump. Got a lot of dirt off the underside of the Sammy as well. Of course, in the midst of doing this, I "improved" the routing and securing of the plastic tubing used by the oil pressure gauge I'd recently mounted.
This "improvement" proved fatal to the gauge's continued presence inside the Sammy.
Yesterday, I was returning from a short drive and had backed the Sammy into the garage intending to work on installing a plastic sheet behind the driver compartment (beginnings of Windjammer Clone)
To my dismay, I saw a trail of oil on the driveway and into the cul-de-sac as well! Hastily shutting down the engine, I looked underneath the Sammy and there was oil pouring from the engine compartment and smoke was evident from burnt oil when I opened her hood. Dammit.
Yep, the oil tube had worked itself loose and had come to rest against the hot edge of the exhaust manifold shield. Melted of course, and had been spewing engine oil all over.
After unsuccessfully trying to replace the plastic tubing with brass tubing from a kit I'd prepurchased, I gave up and removed the oil pressure gauge and components. The sandwich oil filter adapter remains, but all four ports are sealed now. I'll probably remove the sandwich adapter next time I change the oil on the Sammy.
Needless to say, the spilled oil made quite the mess. I spent most of the evening and part of next morning cleaning things up both on the Sammy and the driveway.
I also spent some time this week learning how to use a steamer to "shape" a straw hat I'd bought years ago. What do you think?
Sunday, May 22
Spent most of the morning finishing the attachment of a homemade version of a Bestop Windjammer on the Sammy. It basically mostly seals off the driver/passenger compartment
In My opinion, the above clone actually does a better job of keeping the dust out than the actual Windjammer produced by Bestop. It's a much quieter ride now. The window is clear Plexiglas, and while a bit red-neck, the black Gorilla Tape should hold things secure.
Here's how she looks now, in Safari Top mode: