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July 26th Edition
Come find The BIG RIDE 2 Bus on Main Street Saturday and Sunday!
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Grand Finale Week!
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of July 27-August 2, 2016
Wednesday 98h & m-sunny, Thursday 97h & p-cloudy, Friday 97h & m-sunny, Saturday 96h & m-sunny, Sunday 95h & 40% afternoon t-storms, Monday 93h & 60% afternoon t-storms, Tuesday 92h & p-cloudy (as per weather.com on 7/26/16)
See you in Chesnee!
Our Sandhills Mike from Fayetteville will be there. (See Part 3 of his bike rebuild story below!) Footloose and FancyFree will be there. Miss Gail, Paul (of Paul Pics,) and Caroline will be helping out at The BIG RIDE 2 Bus. Of course, Shaggy and his Kamikaze ride-in show will be there (that's from noon to 3 on Saturday but he'll be around both days!) I'd be willing to bet that Bub will show up and who knows what other TCR Storytellers might ride to Chesnee for Antique Bikes on Main this weekend.
Will you be there?
If you've not been, this event has been a labor of old-motorcycle-love by Dennis Harris and friends and the town of Chesnee. Their aim - to create a family street festival with the usual funnel cakes and farris wheel rides, crafty vendors and a community feeling ... along with some stunt team shows and a swap meet field. And, of course the centerpiece: to line Main Street with those cool old bikes we all wanna find forgotten in the corner of someone's barn, fix 'em up, and show 'em off.
Saturday is mostly swap meet time. It's pretty quiet in Chesnee on Saturday but come Sunday morning, there's the pitty-patter of little old engines puttering up to Main Street and the party gets cranked up for a hot time in the old town! And, believe me, it IS a hot time. This event is always the last weekend of July; smack dab in the middle of the hottest of hot spells so bring your coolest attitude and find some lemonade to quench your thirst. Where will you find lemonade? At The BIG RIDE 2 ... free to all subscribers! We'll have bottled water for sale too to help take the edge off.
Come see us!
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Royal Enfield ... Cleaned and Painted
I know it has been awhile since I updated my many fans on the progress of the Royal Enfield build. Well, if you have ever attempted this type of project, you know how difficult it can be with local brand (Harley) or an import (Honda, Triumph.) Triple that up when the bike was made in India 30+ years ago!
eBay and I are on first name basis now that I have had to order so much from India and Great Britian. As you can see from the pictures the new fenders have arrived and been installed.
The transmission has been rebuilt with a longer input shaft to accomodate the wider 13 HP motor.
At this time the engine shroud and handmade air induction grill are in the powder coater's shop, should be ready next week.
I secured a complete set of forks from India but they came with some problems. You may not know but the forks on this bike are threaded into the triple tree, and that's where the problem lies. The new forks are not well machined. The threads that go into the triple tree are not deep enough for the triple tree, they need to be "recut." I am not having much luck finding a "die" that's 34mmx 1.00 so I am using the originals to finish the build.
Other problems to deal with as the funds become available are the wheels. Brake shoes and their components are available but replacement rims and spokes not so much, and definately not local. I did manage to secure a wiring harness that should enable me to incorporate the electric start, but it is from a newer model bike and there will need to be some modifications made there also.
All in all, it is coming along.
For those of you who asked: no, I will not be bringing it to Chesnee, but I plan to be there both days!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an on-the-road series by Rebel Randi. We introduced her in the July 12th edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine. Just as her journey is uncharted and filled with unknowns, what will come in this column is yet to be seen by her or the rest of us. She is setting out with intention - to reconnect with her deeper self, to let go of the roles she has played so far, and to recreate who and where she will be. What better way to do that than to shed possessions and responsibilities and give in to a two-wheeled ride of transformation?
Lane Splitting and Filtering
Apparently the National Highway Safety Committee is considering endorsing lane splitting and filtering for motorcycles. Lane splitting is passing between two cars on the highway at a speed no greater than 15mph greater than the cars are going. Filtering is when a motorcycle is allowed to go between rows of stopped cars and filter to the head of the line, be it a stop sign or traffic light.
What do you think?
Should these changes be made? Why or why not?
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