Weekly Update

Monday, August 19, 2013

Well, bike back in the shop. Trouble restarting when the engine and weather are hot. For those of you not regaled by my rant at bike night, here it is (again) in a nut shell. I bring my bike in to a good mechanic, after asking when he can work on it and being told, "For YOU, bring it right in". THEN, 2½ weeks later am told "we haven't had a chance to look at it".

Infuriating, if you had to go through this every time you needed work on your car, we would all be walking.

I have posted this rant on the Delphi Vulcan page and the Facebook Nomad Page, and have gotten dozens of replies with the same frustrating experiences. Most shops only have a couple of wrenches, and seem to prefer the fast turnaround of an easy job, like a tire change, to spending a few hours on a difficult diagnostic job or a clutch rebuild. This causes these bikes to get pushed in to the corner to "look at when I get a chance", in a week or four.

I have heard this from people who use a local small business bike shop as well as those who use dealerships.

The alternative, if you have the tools and the time, and the skill, wrench it yourself, as much as possible.

Joel "Doc" Kann
FO GRSCRC Chapter #70
Joel "Doc" Kann

This last week

Bike night at Village Deli – Frank, Tony, Bonnie S., Alain, Mike, Cindy "Boop", Bob, joined Bonnie "Belle" and me for good food, laughs, rants (mine) for a few hours. Later, Frank, Tony, the two Bonnies and I went to Goodberrys for some sweet carb load and more laughs.

Warrenton Ride (Sunday) - From Frank : Who needs Keebler? or CC Rider???

Rolled up to Handy Hugo... there was Kevin waiting for me... we sang praises about the new Indian Line up... (in 2 part harmony) and before long Tom Daniels from JCC showed up... not long afterwards Larry, Laura, and Scott from 5 points made the scene.

A short pre-ride briefing and we were off.

Not the most direct route, but that's expected when I'm in front... We arrived in Warrenton before noon, just as Cliff from JLC arrived. We lingered a bit in the parking lot as the doors do not open before noon, and we were a bit early.

No sooner were we seated, than Bill & Lynn from Tar River showed up. We made room, and they joined us for lunch, bringing the total to 5 chapters.

Food was pretty good... or at least no one was complaining... we ate, talked... laughed, all of the things one would expect.

After Lunch, Cliff, Bill and Lynn joined in a short ride to Gaston Lake. Bill & Lynn left us in Ebony, then Cliff said his good byes in Bracey.

Short day... just over 200 miles for me... more for the JCC, and 5P crowd.

No rain... a sprinkle or two... but NO RAIN... lots of good roads, and fellowship.

Check out the Chapter Forum or the Yahoo group from time to time to keep updated on current events and club news.

If you see an event you want to attend, and you think it might be fun to attend said event,with fellow riders... Please post something on either Yahoo, or Delphi forums. If I see it in time, I'll cross post on the other. The forums are great ways for YOU... to get to know your fellow members, and with luck, get someone to ride along.

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