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Thursday & Saturday I spent time in the basement catching up on maintenance on our trike with the idea of getting an inspection this coming week. Trike's mostly been just "sitting" since 2016 except for a couple short rides in the yard, and I have run the carbs dry after each run session. I also pumped the treated gas out of the tank last year and again this Spring, replacing with fresh (used old gas as mower gas, mower liked it).


Anyway, checking records, oil & filter & over sized fuel filter (I rerouted the fuel lines, put the larger all metal filter under the rear of seat area but it has less than 1,xxx miles on it) were all changed just a few hundred miles ago, just before that last real ride in 2016. Coolant (it's Honda premix) is not much older either. I guess it was last week I changed brake & clutch DOT4, and I've been under her looking … but NO leaks. was maybe 2-3,xxx miles ago she got new timing belts, and front brake pads when I put the Avon on front in 2015. Did some waxing, etc. Checked gas cap, looks like a new one still (it's OEM).


Then I decided to have a look at the air filter, forgetting what a chore that can be. It has a K&N that was on it when we bought it, I cleaned & re-oiled it a few years ago. Surprised me that it was still pretty nice, still passed air, and I had forgotten how much metal was in the framework of it. Nice filter. I looked, got filter oil all over my hands, then reinstalled it. I realized then that I made a mistake removing all 7 screws, should have just backed the two on the far left & far right out part way, because putting them back in …. lost two in the dark depths below. Neither magnet nor flashlight helped. I had spares, but I worried about where those two went. Throttle is smooth, no sign of them near alternator area, so I guess they'll just fall out one day.


Just rambling here I guess, nothing really good to add. I did order some longer seat bolts (10) for like $9.xx that are SS and long enough that I can bevel or point the ends. Tires are all great, no low ones. She looks ready for ridin'.
 

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Sounds like you are ready to fire her up and ride. Not much room to access those screws you mentioned. You will probably see them when removing side panels
for other maintenance sometime. They won't hurt anything where they landed. Magnetizing a screwdriver can help. I use JIS screwdrivers. Sometimes I just slide my index finger down along the shank of the screwdriver and hold the screw to the driver until the screw is in the hole. Usually works good....!
 

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Sounds like you are ready to fire her up and ride. … etc …
I think so. I'm feeling "ready" anyway. Yesterday we went to our chapter meeting (last one at GC as they are closing, been meeting there for over 20 years) and it was good, even if we did 4 wheel it. :wink2:
I was using a finger alongside the screw driver that is some magnetized, but maybe not enough. I even bought a set of JIS drivers last year too & was using one. I might use air jet nozzle from below just to move them? I don't need them now, but would like to know where they went. I recall now that those two holes are unlined, just snug holes in plastic cover where as others were metal lined with a loose fit. I guess Honda meant that I should leave those screws threaded in the cover … and while I likely knew that years ago, I maybe forgot.

Oh well …. :) I'll know better next time!

Did notice that the rear tires are down to about 4/32nds across the middle so I'll be shopping for new ones. I put them on in 2005, got about 30K on them, no checking or cracking at all, look new except for tread depth. Don't need no hydroplaning. They were cheap "Lemans SR" RWL tires, P215/70R15 and I used them because they just looked good on the trike, and Lemans is almost Lehman like. Can't get them now, will have to find something else, like Firestone Indy 500s (same tire, different name, they may not be available either?) or maybe Cooper Radial GT in RWL? I may have to go to a total black wall, but I liked the RWL look. Oh well, gotta buy new tires for my '07 FX4 too, 275/55R20 and it needs 4 (likely to be near $7-800), so these two for the trike will seem cheap in comparison.


I might even drop back to a P205/70-15 or P215/65-15 just to maybe make for easier removal & install under the fenders. When new, the trike had P245/60R15 Dunlop Radial GT Qualifiers that were huge and a bear to deal with. Then I swapped to P215/70R15 to lighten tire weight yet maintain OD & overall effective gearing and they were easier to get under the fenders … until I added 1/2" spacers (&longer studs) to put the sidewalls back nearer the wheel opening (just for looks). Going to P205/70-15 or P215/65-15 will only slightly shorten the tire, and improve low speed "oooomph" I think, we almost never get on interstate anyway … and be easier to remove for service.
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Those tires look good on your Trike.

I just put 4 new Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 (225/50R17) tires on my 2010 Honda Accord EX (961.50). Had 81,000 on the OEM Michelin's....!

Its possible you might get lucky and blow those screws loose from where they are resting.

We might be rare exceptions (using a tread depth gauge) to monitor tire wear.....!!

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Gauges? We don't need no stinking gauges!

If jou can still see some tread, jou are good to go. And if jour boot bounces off the tire when you kick it, jou have enough air.
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Where does the week go? Something everyday this week, and today is Thursday and due to circumstances beyond my control, still haven't gotten it done. Gonna be Friday (tomorrow) at best now, but Trike's ready. Hope my helmets fit still.

Got in a batch of 10 longer socket head SS bolts, took 4 and cut (1/2" longer than OEM) and pointed them (place bolt in drill press, use angle grinder with flap sanding disc to point) to make a set of some easier to insert seat bolts.

Never had an issue with the Vacuum Petcock, but looking last night, but considering that it is 1997 OEM … and I have a new unopened kit … and two spare working examples. I took a P2 short bit and cut 1/4" off hex end, it fits in a small 1/4 X 5/16 ratcheting battery wrench well and looks like I can access the lower screws with it so I'm inclined to service it with the kit. This winter, if all goes well, I will be doing another oil & filter change and I'll change cruise & sub filters as well as coolant.

Was very pleased last night when I turned the key on and LCD lit up perfectly. I keep reading of failures, but it's looking good. I replaced all of the dash lights a few years ago as some bulbs had died. Looked over records again, I see that I just changed oil & filter a few hundred miles ago with Delo 400LE 15W-40. I seen two timing belts hanging up and so I wondered …. looked and looks like they were just changed only 14,000 miles ago (Gates).

Today also, I recalled that I had an all plated brass Curtis key zip tied away under a rear fender. It was in a place that I had to lay on my back to reach, so I decided to move it. But then I decided if I'm moving it, why not just get another key for stashing, keep my current OEM pair (one is my use key, other is unmarked & unworn) on their interlocking key rings, and make a gas door knob with the all brass one. So I first determined that the key goes in deeper inignition than other places meaning that my new knob would not start the trike. For a knob, I settled on a plain black serrated cap off a old brake fluid bottle, it's like a cap off of a oil quart but a little shorter. I cleaned it well and removed the paper seal. I measured my key, made careful cuts and took the excess top part, fitted it to the cap innards, and soldered the key part at 90 degrees to it, then set it in the cap in JBWeld. Used up an already open set of JBWeld tubes. I left maybe 1/16" in the cap unfilled in case I need to fit it further by trimming, but in dry trials, it's right on the chrome accent surface.

I ordered two new keys from a fellow guaranteed to work using year, make, model, and key code, but they'll have rubber like top parts (brow he called it?). I'll zip tie one of them in a secret place (or toss into a soft covered compartment?), and maybe hang the other on a hook in the shop with a tag (after trying them).

I never imagined I'd be feeling like this just about taking the trike to town for an inspection, but it's just been so long (3 years) and so much has gone on …. it's strange. I've had it in the yard (near 3 acres) but that ain't "on the road". I know I'll be OK, but still, I wonder about that left foot's nerve damage from shingles & all.
 

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Those tires look good on your Trike.

I just put 4 new Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 (225/50R17) tires on my 2010 Honda Accord EX (961.50). Had 81,000 on the OEM Michelin's....!

Its possible you might get lucky and blow those screws loose from where they are resting.

We might be rare exceptions (using a tread depth gauge) to monitor tire wear.....!!

Dave
81,000 huh? WOW!
My truck I'm gonna be shopping for is a '07 Ford F150 with 275/55R20 Perelli Scorpion ATRs (I think), the OEM ones went over 52,xxx and I thought that was great (can recall when 40,xxx was almost unheard of). What's on it now still have good tread, but two on driver's side are showing cracks near the bead. I was thinking of Goodyear Wranglers. A buddy puit Michelins on his '11 F150, same size, he loves them. I was gonna shop Walmart, but that's not gonna happen now.

Back in 1965 my Dad bought a new '65 Plymouth Satelite Station Wagon. He joined in with a bunch of fellow engineers at GE mobile radios, ordered Michelin X tires from France, Mom was livid for awhile, he took near new tires off the wagon. But they sure wore good, rode good, handled too he said. In 1968, we traded the '65 in on a new '68 Satelite Sport Wagon, 383-4bbl, factory tach, no clock, HD susp., trailer tow pack, dual exhaust, it was a beast. He removed it's new 8.55-14s (big tire then) and put Michelin X radials on it too and a set of Gabriel Silver E shocks, it would handle well for it's day.

Anyway, being this is a MC site, let me say the jury is still out on what I'll put on the trike's rear. With 4/32nds, I got awhile. Winter coming on too in a few short months.
Hah, I ain't got it inspected yet …. but the day is young yet.
 

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CrystalPistol....

My nephew (brothers son) is a Mopar type guy.

He has a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I convertible that he bought in 1974. He had it stored since around 1990. Four years ago he did a "ground up" restoration on it and installed a 1955 DeSoto Hemi engine. It runs great....!

He gave it to his daughter for a wedding gift. She was brought home from the hospital (when born) in that car.

The 383-4bbl engine is a good one.

I am very pleased with the performance and wear of the Michelin tires on my 2010 Honda Accord EX.

Keeping this motorcycle related, he also had a 1974 Honda CB750 K motorcycle (purchased new).

Dave
 

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65 Belvedere ragtop is a gorgeous car in my book. I used to think, and still think, 64 & 65 were great years.


Well, went and did a light check before taking it to insp. station, all good. I suited up, "Wife Unit" suited up, the sun shown, trike started and when I hit the horn button …. just pffffft, just the sound of the compressor running. It has really loud air horns, but just the one pair on right side (it had a set on each side when purchased, it would scare the bejesis out of us to hit the button and hear them both). Anyway, I had not tried the horn in my checks as I didn't want to alarm "Wife Unit" in house. The problem was quickly discovered, thin wall rubber hoses with cloth covering for air hoses was a loose fit on tee and one hose was even cracked. Well, there we are, engine running, heat on, and I had to unlock and go back in basement to rob better hose off other set hanging over bench. We both unsuited, shut the trike off, and soon I had a horn. Suited up, "Wife Unit" needed restroom, so off again. Then I discovered I had left my keys in basement, so then I'm off to the hiding spot for our extra key box. Finally, we get on the road, I got her inspected and filled tank with nearly 5 gallons 87 octane GASOLINE at the station, then we took a ride. Rode about 50 miles, stopped once to let a really long train pass, then as we are between RR track on right and creek on left, "Wife Unit" says "BEAR". I turn back, yep there goes bear headed to creek. Made another flip, come back by, there's bear in creek having a blast. We guessed he also had waited on that train to pass. We headed home, it was a good first outing in a long time.
 

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Awesomeness there.
Once you open the hood, very few will know the difference between a 1955 Firedome Hemi and the '60s street Hemi. All most will know is "that thing has a Hemi! I recall an uncle (long ago passed) had a '54 Dodge with one. I think it was like 331 cu in and even had a 2 barrel carb, but by golly, it was a Hemi! Was a boxy, homley looking car, something a vacuum cleaner sales man would have, but it had that Hemi. Another uncle had a '54 Hudson Hornet, once king of NASCAR they were, looked super, looked like a sportinman's car, but it just had a big old flathead 6 in line with 4spd dual range hydromatic. Even had a beautiful hood scoop, but NO Hemi.

I liked the boxy Dodge. Go figure?

I'll say this, couple hours in the sun today, humidity being as it ism, wearing the helmet, gloves & jacket. I was bushed this afternoon, fell asleep after we got home, only done 50+ miles on the trike. I was wiped out. Trike performed flawlessly (after horn fix), but I could tell that I was a little rusty. Was a time that the heat didn't bother me, but since the NH-DLBCL deal it gets to me. My new normal I rekon, (no complaint there, just an observation).


Take Care …… Les
 
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