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  • Ahh, Cool is good!

    This week has been a real test of my A/C, It is 97 right now, and the truck has been running 24hr/day for 2 days now, Plenty of condensate running out of the evaporator housing..
    It is hard to keep a cab cool sitting on top of a hard working diesel and a large glass area. When Idling, even in 100 deg heat, the A/C is almost "too cool" ( I know a good problem to have) It is only taxed when running down the highway underload, then the heat radiating off the floor and "doghouse" is considerable.

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    CB89 - been about the same weather here just rains tossed in without proper notice? I did have to do some runs (usually not) highway (what's that?) A/C on my own both fine if nothing else just make it quiet from insane high speed traffic jams - a thing here.

    Used to do some motorcycle runs same roads YOUR condensate was a great reason NOT to follow YOU spitting at me or anyone was quite a treat @ even then high speed water drops sting! Laugh,
    Tom
    MetroWest, Boston

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    • #3
      Yeah, I used to ride, still have a Goldwing, but haven't been on it over 10 years. Once rode a Kawasaki S-2 (350cc 3 cyl two stroke) from Boston to Pittsburg and back in a long weekend!
      Condensate drains in cab floor above the wheel well and the fuel tank, and in front of the exhaust pipe. Running down the road most gets blown back on the hot pipe and vaporizes. Sitting I get around 2 drops a sec, which amounts to a lot of water when sitting.
      The thing that always scares me riding around semis is a tire blow-out. Scary enough in a car, but you are protected from flying tire casings, unlike a bike.

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      • #4
        I just fell into liking Honda bikes had the SL70 was a great miniature but real bike. On to a CB360T backwards an X?185 on/off road and a now seriously sought after 550 - FOUR- K series OMG had 55HP and weighed 500# do the math with a red line of about 11,000 without it complaining? IDK what they did in 1978 (new then) that it didn't explode from that?

        Yes - great HWY bike roads were good then too. As for debris at least you can avoid it if paying attention and did. No mishaps just got sick of them finally didn't just buy another forgetting how a June Bug at 80 MPH feels like a brick. Not my game so bought new so not just work on them all the time with a short season really don't waste it fixing one up.

        That Goldwing was incredible! Sat on one can see why so great but never drove one. Easy to go too fast on bikes without meaning to really?

        Tried (had to) the short trip from "Belchertown" MA back using the "Pike" as we call it. Cold rain! Yuk and nothing I had was warm enough. You'd hate this but would find the air gap behind the semi with trailer it's calm in just the right spot. Of course YOU (drivers) can't see you I would pull out and just wave I was so dang cold was going to die of it I think they understood?

        Have to love it I also had some REAL FINE cars would wonder when it was lousy out why the heck I ever wanted a bike screw the fuel they used despite twice "gas" doubled, the embargo of '73 and again around '78 both times had at least part time jobs at full service gas stations that were refilled at night most of the time never recall waiting in those endless lines of cars pumps never stopped pull ahead please to pay the cars behind you could be filling while you did that - OMG what a nightmare that was,

        Tom
        MetroWest, Boston

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        • #5
          The Kawasaki S-2 would pull the front wheel up at 45 Mph just by twitching the throttle open. It was scary bike and I can't imagine trying to control its big brother the H-3 750 two stroke. It was something like 75hp and light.
          The Goldwing on the other hand, will pull at low RPM but once you get it up in the powerband really moves. It is (or at least my old ('76) was slow off the line, I found out almost to my determent once, when a Buffalo tried to knock me over, it was faster than the bike until I got up around 25 Mph. I was in the Black Hills and unknown to me, they had just done the buffalo round-up on dirt bikes, horses and choppers, and the buffalo saw an opportunity to get even, and almost did!

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          • #6
            Laugh - I've been thru the Black Hills! In a car though. Picked up a classmate in Milw. on way to Denver then 3 of us share the gas was out of control worth that longer run also saw Mt. Rushmore we all agreed wouldn't go there just for that didn't cost that many miles.

            Too funny on a bike dealing with the Wild, Wild West! Hey, they win with any car or a truck as you know already! Deer the condenser killers here aren't safe either a little North of me add MOOSE to the game. Or is the "Meese?" Just don't run in front of me whatever you call them.

            Never rode the full dress luxo bikes like Goldwing and I thing both Kawi and Suzuki had one like imitating a police monster bike by Harley of course.

            The lift the wheel thing! Not for me even if they could. That 550-FOUR, and I weighed maybe 140 soaking wet blew thru 75 MPH in second at redline or so. Too must wind for me going lots faster plus now roads even some highways just trashed with plastic parts from cars then was exhaust systems that fell off!

            That and the 5 MPH bumpers weighed as much as some cars that were already rusting off whole things on even the Land Yacht cars not that old. I keep harping how rock salt is nasty and they've always used it here and way too much of it.

            Slow day here and a good thing for a change,
            Tom
            MetroWest, Boston

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            • #7
              My 1st choice for a bike is the two cyl BMW's. There used to be guy around Arlington/Summerville that had a RS with a sidecar that he road year around, I remember seeing him out in the middle of winter before the plows were out, the bike and sideacar slewing from side to side as he made his way thru the snow. I talked to the local BMW dealer and they stated he had over 500,000 miles on the bike!
              At one point I had a Japanese Knock-off of a RS500. Never got it roadable. I had the 350 S-2 Kawasaki and later I got a CL-350 Honda in trade for some work I did. Changed the rear sprocket to where it would just lope along at high way speed, but the cam bearings couldn't take the slower speed, the CL (and CB) twins used a plunger type oil pump and need speed to keep the top end lubed. Then I got the Goldwing, and rode it anytime the roads were clear and there was no chance of black ice. Late Feb to early Dec. Lay'ed it down once at low speed when I hit a patch of spilled diesel at the top of a ramp. It was a bear getting it back on its "feet". Not like the S-2 or CL. Wish I had kept the CL, it was a good knock around bike. when you just want to pull something from under a tarp and go for a quick ride. The Goldwing doesn't like to sit, so you have to clean out the small passages in carbs after it sits. The old CL would burn just about anything, once I put some paint thinner in it to get some gas in town!
              My '76 Goldwing is the last year you could still kickstart them. It is sitting warm and dry in the nose of a storage trailer. If I ever get out of trucking and have some time to call my own, I am going to get it going again, not much traffic out here, so would feel more comfortable than when I road in Chicago.
              I came across 8 moose one morning on the Golden Road. Hard to convey to a Midwestern how big a moose can be. It doesn't take much to cause a problem. I know a guy who was riding at night and got hit by a Pheasant, Knocked him clear off the bike, he never saw it but figured it out by the feathers everywhere! He said one moment he was enjoying the cool night air the next he was sliding on his back down the asphalt with no idea how it happened.

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              • #8
                You have lots more experience riding and knowing the bikes. I noticed others just parked or near me when here or there. The BMW with opposed "flat" two cyl was quiet like it was electric if I recall? Also just noticed the cylinder stuck out such that a serious turn/leaning might hit a cyl. head on ground?

                Oh yes - at speed a freaking bug is a weapon never mind birds up to huge animals. Moose like others don't move as fast or seem wary to get out of the way IDK but NH, Maine put signs up warning of them.

                Almost all critters and animals if time really don't want you or would leave if hearing you.

                Swap the subject to deer? They've become overpopulated in most of MA such that out plowing at night are no longer skiddish of people or a plow in my case. Just stop and let them cross almost funny giving YOU that look as if to say "Screw you we aren't done crossing yet" look. At least Deer and Bears (not so much here but just North of here) are mostly nocturnal. both can be blinded by headlights at leas the deer,
                Tom
                MetroWest, Boston

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