Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A new battery for Scarlett and lunchtime ride's views of Mount Evans

Went to start Scarlett's engine at around 9AM for a quick ride to snap some pics of Mount Evans while the conditions were clear....but when I pressed the starter button all I heard underneath the seat was a "klunk".


No lights whatsoever when the ignition switch was on, and I noticed the voltmeter (which is hooked up directly to the battery) would turn off.  It usually stays on (consuming very little energy).  Hmmm.

Removed the seat (minor PITA), swapped out each relay in turn with a new one.  Nada, no lights.

Finally thought to put a meter on the battery, it would register 12.6 volts with nothing on, then drop to 4.6 volts when I turned the ignition on.  Dammit.

So I removed the battery (another minor PITA), put it in Fiona's sidecar and rode to the local auto parts store.  It registered 4.5 volts at their store, so their tool couldn't test it.  But we both figured it was toast, $114 later, I was enroute home with a new battery, this time an AGM battery with 310 Cold Cranking Amps.

I installed the new battery, added cushioning pads under and behind and to one side of it.  Secured all the wiring that I loosened to do troubleshooting and Scarlett cranked right up at the hit of the starter button!  Sigh.

By now it was lunchtime and the usual hazy conditions had moved in with the temperature.  It had soared to 46°F (7°C) so no need for heated grips!  The sun was warm upon me as I rode to the same area I rode to yesterday.

The snow was gone from the roads, leaving just muddy conditions.

 Mount Evans

The battery had been replaced back in DEC of 2016 so it almost lasted me two years.  I guess I must be hard on batteries, perhaps stopping and starting too much while taking pictures.

Monday, November 12, 2018

23rd Anniversary and a Snow Ride

Today marks 23 years since my loving wife Martha and I got married at my parent's home in California.

Yes folks, she's put up with me for 23 years, the woman should be sainted!

Here's a pic of the happy day, what the photo doesn't show was the nervous tic I had on my right eye....

I am sad to report, I recently tried to put on the Dress Blues jacket I wore at the wedding, and it doesn't fit any more.  Go figure!

We woke to light snow here in the Metro Denver area, but by 9AM the skies were clear and the sun was out.  We had perhaps 3 inches of snow accumulation and naturally I hurried out to take pics before the snow all melted away.

It was a brisk 17°F (-8°C) as Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig and I rode out on snow-packed roads to the nearby ranching community where I hoped to find snow covered landscapes.

Sadly, the clouds were still hiding the mountains to the west so no views of the Rocky Mountains.  I did get nicely snow-packed/covered roads though and with the occasional slip and slide, meandered about for these pics:\

Temperatures had soared to 19°F (-7°C) by the time I turned Scarlett towards home, there was work to be done of course.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Sunrise in Penrose and Scarlett is back on the road!

Tuesday, November 6, Election Day.

Woke early as usual, and decided to capture the sunrise even though there wasn't a cloud in the sky.

A look at the secluded campsite, nice but
not very level.  

Martha had reported the washing machine had gone on the fritz.  So after a short hike nearby, I packed up and headed on home.

Based on the diagnostics, the CCU (the brains of the machine) isn't making a clicking noise when power is plugged in so it has to be replaced.  Given the fact that the washer and dryer are over 14 years old, and I'd been putting off the replacement of the rubber seal for the door....Martha and I decided to replace both units.

Best to do it now while I'm still employed eh?

Wednesday, November 7

While the talking heads and politically-incline populace either wailed and gnashed their teeth or jumped for joy depending on the votes; I replaced the failed u-joint on Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol.

It wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be but it still went pretty well.  I am sure if I did j-joint replacement often, I would be better at it but in the end its in place and spins freely.

New U-Joint or Cardan holding the two parts
of the drive shaft assembly together.

The above picture is to prove I'd pumped in new grease (red stuff) into the u-joint before installing it onto the motorcycle.

Took Scarlett out for a short test ride and am happy to write that she rode just fine, and the new u-joint stayed in place in spite of my ham-fisted mechanical skills.

Next up is Fiona, she needs new pushrod tube seals on her Beemer Engine.  I'm attending an Airhead Tech Day this Saturday to review the procedure of removing the heads to get at the seals.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Camping again at Boyd Lake State Park and later Boondocking again in Penrose

This past weekend, I drove the URRV towing Fiona, the '99 Bural with the Beemer engine to Boyd Lake State Park.  Martha was attending a nursing conference in nearby Loveland, CO so we decided to make it a camping weekend.

The weekend was cold and windy, not very enjoyable in terms of outside activities.

I did go riding out to Pinewood Reservoir as I did same time last year but no pictures really came out, I suggest you look at last year's post for pics if you wish.  LINK.

We did get a nice sunrise on Sunday:


While we did have a good time camping, I felt the need for more so after Martha left me to return home in her car, I headed south on the I-25 superslab, through the cesspool that is Denver, the secondary cesspool that is Colorado Springs and onto CO Hwy 115 towards Penrose, CO.

Monday, I rode back down to the spot I found in the earlier Penrose trip and got the one shot I missed the last time:

Instead of retracing my route along Fremont County Road 3 however, I continued westward on this road, negotiating about three technical spots in terms of road conditions but otherwise, not a bad road....just not maintained apparently!

After one wrong turn which ended up at a locked gate, I found County Road 3A and junctioned with US50 soon enough.

I road back towards town and got off at the turn for Skyline Drive to get some shots while there was little to no traffic, it being a Monday and all.

This viewpoint is near the big star installed by
the town at the top of the ridge.  That's Skyline
Drive as you look towards the North.

New campsite in Penrose BLM
Secluded but not very level.