So what do you think? Is it messy enough? I have been trying to think of ways to organize my garage a little better and I was thinking about a set of shop cabinets to go across that wall instead of a bunch of tool boxes and homemade work benches like it is now. Now don't get me wrong, I have enough space for everything but it just takes up too much space the way it is now. I seen a few things that may help me with my garage storage problem over at Car Guy Garage and I may look into buying some stuff over there. Some new cabinets may just make a difference and maybe it will only take up half the space.
Have you ever needed work done to your vehicle but were too busy at work to take off and get it done? Well C.A.R.S. gives you a convenient alternative to the normal visit to the garage. They offer engine service, repair, glass repair, some body and paint services, detailing, transmission and engine overhauls, and emergency services. This is a very convenient service designed to help you maximize the use of your time and also if you are an employer you can recommend this service to your employees to help prevent lost time. C.A.R.S. services the areas around Addison, Plano, Farmers Branch, and Dallas Texas. They have mobile service units that are designed to provide onsite full service to their clients at your location so that you can have your evenings and weekends to focus on the more important things in life; you, your family, and your friends. In today’s world, where we have so much to do and what seems like so little time to do it, a service like this would be something that comes in handy. Any time that you can reclaim a little time you should take advantage of it so check them out at Texas Corporate Auto Repair Service (C.A.R.S.) and tell me what you think. You never know, you they may help you find the time to pitch that ball with your kids.
I figured I would give everyone an update on my bike and what is happening with it right now
On Wednesday of last week (12 September) I took my motorcycle in to the local dealership. I have had problems with it missing and popping through the intake for some time now and after exhausting what I could do to it without opening it up or having a computer to diagnose it I broke down and took it in. I mean there is no way that I was planning to open it up when a warranty will pay for it but I am also very untrusting of dealerships. I have just heard too many horror stories. So I take it in and they say they are going to get back with me. Now the whole time they are being great about the whole thing and I appreciate what they have done this whole time. That evening I get a call and the tech tells me that it is a bad intake seal and that he is going to order the parts and that they should be in early the next week (he also is replacing the head because I broke off an exhaust stud all under warranty). So far, so good right? Well on Monday the 17th He calls me and he tells me that the parts have come in and he took the bike apart to replace the bad stuff and that is when he found it. He described it as a unusual cross hatch pattern. He says it looks like someone has tried to hone the cylinders out with a bad hone. Now this is weird because I purchased the bike as new and have never been into the engine. He tells me that he is going to call Harley and see if they are going to cover new cylinders and pistons and that he would get back to me.
The plot thickens!
He called me back the next day and told me that Harley would cover it and that my bill is still going to only be somewhere around $50 for my deductible. Now that is fine, and I appreciate the trouble that they are going through with it but what he tells me next has me kind of mad (not at him, but at the dealership where I got the bike). He tells me that both cylinders are more than 8 thousands over stock! Heck when people bore a cylinder they usually go 10 thousands or more. So for the next day and a half I am stewing and I head over there and see this for myself. Sure enough there is heavy cross hatching in the cylinder walls and come to find out the cylinders are actually 14 thousands out. The rings were the only things touching the cylinder walls. The pistons have a sort of black paint on them from the factory that wears off within the first 500 miles. Well my bike has over 10,000 on it and the paint on the pistons is untouched. I plan on contacting the selling dealership within the next day or so to find out what they were thinking.
So that is where it stands right now but now that I sit here and think about it, this all explains the amount of oil blow back that I was getting in my breather. Some had told me that it was normal so I had let it go. I guess you learn some stuff as you go. I may have a bike before the end of next week, lets hope so. I need to get back on the road in a big way.
Here is an article I found today. It seems the federal government (National Transportation Safety Board) is urging to states to adopt helmet laws. Where do you stand on helmet laws? Check out this article on factors to consider before buying a retro motorcycle helmet.
Here is an excerpt from the article;
Panel urges mandatory motorcycle helmets
By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- States should require motorcycle riders to wear proper helmets, government investigators urged Tuesday as part of several recommendations that seek to stem a steady rise in motorcycle deaths.
Read the rest here.
Head on over into the forums and talk about it or post a quick comment here (just click on comment below this article)
My dad came up this past weekend from Birmingham (Alabama) and we did a little riding and also visited the Open House that the local H-D dealer was hosting. They had some live band playing that didn't sound too bad. They also had some free food and a few vendors were trying to hawk thier stuff. The most disappointing thing about it though is that I was hoping to take a Street Glide for a test ride and all they were offering was Buells and V-Rods. Now they had plenty of bikes in the show room but I guess they were trying to push sales for those two models.
Anyways, I saw a nice pan there. I wouldn't mind having one someday.
After spending about 30 minutes there we went for a short little ride. We dodged a few clouds and were able to make it home dry just in time for me to put some Ribeyes on the grill for us.
All in all we had a good day and it was nice to have my bike back. This Wednesday I am going to put it into the shop and see what is wrong with it but it should be back in my hands before the weekend and the toy run at the local fairgrounds.
Until next time keep the shiny side up and as a brother used to say, "ride it like you stole it".
Starting today I am going to be trying to do an article every Friday on a different beer (mmmmm beer). Today our feature beer is Gouyasse. This is what the Belgians would call a blonde beer brewed in a town called Ath (pronounced ott). I spent three years working just a few miles from that town but didn't try the beer until I got back to the U.S.
The beer is 6% alchohol by volume ( a bit weak by Belgian standards but the blondes seem to be a little weaker than the darker beers). It has a light head that isn't as thick and doesn't seem to last as long a some others. The first taste was lightly sweet with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer just isn't as hearty as what I am used to but it still is a pleasant change from all of the dark beers that I seem to prefer.
So here are the ratings that I give it (all ratings are on a 10 point scale with 10 being the best);
Aroma; It doesn't smell much different from a Budweiser. Nothing special here and nothing to call home about.
Appearance; Coming out of the bottle it has a clean, golden look with a light head without too much carbonation. After it is poured it has a cloudy appearance. By far a better looking beer than it is.
Flavor; The flavor isn't great but it is a beer that you can sit down and enjoy for the sake of enjoying a beer.
Palate; This is where the bitterness factor comes in. This is by no means a real bitter beer but it does have a slight bite at the end.
Overall; Anything over an average of 5 I will drink again and this just barely makes the cut. Understand that I drink beer to enjoy the flavor and not the effect so it is important for me to enjoy it. If you find it in your local bar then try it, if you enjoy light colored beers you may find it to better than I did. Well that is all for now but until the next time drink responsibly and please don't drink and ride.