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(photo from Sandhill Mike's restoration story below)

April 19th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Sandhills Mike's Royal Restoration Part 2

Your Myrtle Beach Discount Card

The Rider Wave

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of April 20-26, 2016

Wednesday 79h & p-cloudy, Thursday 81h & m-cloudy, Friday 78h & 80% t-storms, Saturday 78h & 40% showers, Sunday 83h & sunny, Monday 90h & sunny, Tuesday 90h & p-cloudy (as per weather.com on 4/19/16)

I know they're out there somewhere, somewhere

The storytellers of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine are folks with full lives who choose to write about their Ride experiences as they can ... and sometimes their full lives garage their writing until time allows or their creative Muse returns. That's just how it is. But we do wonder where they've wandered off to sometimes. No worries - they'll wander back this way!

Here are some updates on our rowdy roaming ensemble of occasional writers and loyal riders ....

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Restoring my Royal Enfield

Part 2

Teardown and inspection

   The trouble with older rare bikes is generally finding parts. This project is a considerable challenge due to it's rarity. After many hours of internet searching, I found a specialty shop in England that does, on a regular basis, what I'm trying to do with this restoration: Pricepartmotorcycles.co.uk This website has all the parts I need but more importantly a knowable staff that has provided a great deal of help and expertise.

For this project, the importance of replacement parts cannot be overstated. The original motor had no brand name and internet research led to two different brands that are no longer in production. This bike came for India and this original motor was probably from a farm or commercial application.

After contacting Henry at Pricepartmotorcycles.co.uk, I decided to go the long way in this project with a complete motor replacement with the installation of a 456cc, 13 horsepower diesel moto. By choosing this route, I will need all new primary drive components and frame modifications. Yes there is going to be some welding involved.  As you can see in the pictures, the internals of the primary drive are long past due for replacement and not salvageable.

The transmission input shaft will need to be longer for this application, a new wiring harness to make electrical start available.
  Painting or powder-coating frame and fenders is desirable, but not required. Depending how far you want to take a resurrection/restoration is up to you.

A full restoration to original spec's is going to be expensive. A resurrection can go as far as you are willing to go or as far as your money will take you. Set a budget and time frame. As a guide you will run into something you did not expect, costs are higher then you planned, or a necessary part is not available.

For me right now, I have my project spread out all over the garage ready to clean and paint as needed.

Here's what some of you readers have said:

Dale shared, "There is (& has been) an unwritten code of conduct for many years pertaining to bikers from bikers for bikers.  As I taught it to my son back in the early 2000s when he began riding, it's what I came to know as the Biker's Code of Conduct.  I won't go into lengthy detail here on the entire checklist but it does include ALWAYS waving to any biker who you meet on the road, providing it is safe to do so AND ALWAYS stopping to help or offer assistance for any biker, regardless of what they ride when you run upon either a wreck in which they are involved or a mechanical breakdown.  Such help can include medical assistance to the extent you are qualified.
The Biker's Code of Conduct is meant to be for ALL RIDERS of ALL MAKES & MODELS regardless of their country or origin."

In his recent column, our Bub said, "Fancy Free asked us if we “WAVE’' and I do. Get a response probably 95% of the time.  I wave to all riders, why I once waved to Shaggy-----made his day.  Wave at bicycle riders, most moped riders [ they seldom wave back---they’re in shock that a real cycle rider would wave at them ].   Most of my non-responders are those that only wave at riders on their brand of bike or chopper riders.  Their loss, I’ve helped several of those types when their bike broke or dumped them."

Ok, the rest of us are too chicken to ask ....

but I'll bet you've wondered too - so Jerry asked!

Jerry asked the question that perhaps many of us have wondered ... "So, what does the point at the road one mean ???"

Taking a Riding Class

It's that time of the year again. It's nice outside and we all want to ride. Every year I recommend that bikers take a riding course to help knock off the cobwebs of not riding in the winter. It's a great class and it might help you stay alive. So how about it? Go to your local Harley dealer or your local community college and get signed up, after all, it's an investment in your life!

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