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  1. Before you completely dismiss the kill switch, does the starter turn over but won't start, or is it all or nothing when you try to start it?
  2. I am not opposed to changes, but it seems to me we are throwing the baby out with the bath water. I think there are only 2 or 3 legs that are having a tough time getting riders. The legs East of Kansas City seem to be fairly well attended. The two legs between Kansas City and Denver/Castle Rock are tough recruit riders, it is a very sparse population out there. It is also my understanding that the leg across the desert is also tough.
  3. I don't understand this at all. Are we foregoing the baton pass? I know there was an idea floated to do this over a few weekends but isn't the idea to go across the country not just ride a given leg?
  4. Due to medical reasons I know I won't be riding until at least late February or more than likely March. I haven't ridden since August. I had a neighbor take the bike for a spin and fill the gas tank. Per several recommendations the oil was changed a couple of weeks ago and then idled the motor for about 10 minutes to circulate the new. All years past I changed on mileage due as I rode all winter.
  5. The way I would attempt to get it is how I was advised in similar circumstance. Drain the oil. Remove the primary cover, be sure to have a replacement gasket. Very good chance you will be able to remove the broken dipstick.
  6. Thanks to John for accepting my offer. I completed the purchase of the two items a few minutes ago. Can't wait for the Tootsie Roll to show up!
  7. If you're getting 45 MPG then I would guess you're running lean, which will mean running HOT.
  8. Click on the "Membership" tab at the top. Parts list is a drop down choice. Here is the link http://forums.thevmc.com/members/parts/default.asp
  9. Local hose shop can probably fix you up on Monday, not much help. For the short term, have you tried running the hose under the upper triple tree, that might get you by in the short term?
  10. I learned this lesson in 2004 on my first Vic, reset that trip meter at each fill up. Then like Tom said, plan on getting fuel around 125 miles.
  11. I led rides at two Demo days last year. I thought the Magnum handled as well or better than a stock XC. Something about it just fit me and my sense of balance. Can't afford to trade, but if I could, the Magnum would be on the short list of consideration. I don't think you have anything to be concerned with, I think it handles great!
  12. Sounds silly but it has happened to others too many times to count. When you shut off the motorcycle do you use kill switch or just the key? Make sure the switch is in the run position. Next I would be looking at the run switch itself, they rarely go bad, but it can happen. I had one on my TC that I had to take apart, clean the connections, and use some dilectic grease.
  13. If I looked at the calendar right, I will be joining this ride at lunch. Cruising into KC with the pack!
  14. Looks like all of you had a great time on Sunday. I know it was great seeing everyone Saturday evening.
  15. 12 oz bottle is more than plenty. You'll probably have about a half bottle leftover.
  16. I doubt you're doing anything wrong. I would go to the auto parts store and buy a tube of Permatex 2. Smear a little bit on the threads prior to putting back in. Just enough to fill the threads, it won't take much.
  17. You can buy the locks separately. I even know a dealer that has a set that weren't used by the original purchaser (guess who that dumbass was). The locks are about $40 if I remember correctly.
  18. If you're talking about the pigtail from the battery to connect a battery tender, I have never bothered to close the cap. The positive lead is covered with no danger of grounding to any metal.
  19. There is a micro switch under the clutch lever, mine used to stick once in awhile. Give it a check. You might give it a shot of WD-40, if you have that Scotland. Give it a shot, work the switch with your fingernail a few times after lubrication.
  20. Strange to me that it didn't turn over and start. I have had to do this a couple of times, but each time I did this I was rolling pretty good down the hill or from being pushed. Not trying to sound like smartass, but did you have it in 2nd? I always found this to be important, never had much luck bumping in 1st in either a car or on a motorcycle. I started a bike with an uncharged brand new battery about 3 years ago by getting it rolling really well, and having it in 2nd.
  21. I can do leg 7 captain if needed. Traditionally Spike has been the captain on this leg, but I am planning to ride and would be willing to captain if needed. Hotel and MITM dinner already planned. Hey, it can't possibly be any worse than last year; 3 riders lost and a bike down, can it?
  22. Tom and Pattie you've been wonderful friends for years. Bet you'll never forget lunch in Sharon Springs when you had to see my bruise!
  23. Two very free and easy things to check. There is a micro switch under the clutch lever, make sure it is working freely. Second is the neutral switch on the bottom of the motor on the right side, pretty much behind the front sprocket, make sure it is completely plugged in.
  24. Where the hell is the Ozards? JK SWMBO and I will be there for sure.
  25. If you're looking to use any cheap oil, I would use some non-synthetic truck diesel oil, i.e. Rotella, Delvo, etc. Don't worry about the first number 10W, 5W, 20W, etc., be sure the second number is 40, i.e. 15W-40. Then if the nice day presents itself you can still go riding being confident you have oil that doesn't have friction modifiers in the oil. This being said, my bike doesn't really ever go into winter storage in Kansas City. We'll usually have several days that are good for riding December through February. I just stay on my oil change routine which isn't due for another 2000 miles.
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