I haven’t posted for awhile as I was visiting family on the east coast, but I’m back in West Texas and the 2008 - 2009 school year started at Presidio High School today.
We have a couple of iron-head Sportsters to work on and I’m looking forward to getting started.
I took the Knucklehead Special out Saturday and rode through the mountains to San Solomon Springs at Balmorea State Park, an enormous natural spring that was reworked into a huge swimming pool by the WPA during the 1930’s. I covered just under 200 miles of winding mountain roads at altitudes of 4 to 6 thousand feet. The weather was unusually cool for the Big Bend in August with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s F. The day was cloudy and I ran in light misting rain for about half of the way out and back. The iron-lunged Knuck loved it and ran cool, smooth, and powerful at 55 to 75 miles per hour. I’ve got 2,600 miles on the mill and the more it runs the smoother it gets.
I averaged 33 to 35 mpg with the CV Keihin on the 80” engine. I might be able to do better if I lean it out some, but it’s starting easily and making good power so I’m going to leave it as is for the time being. The engine starts in 1 or 2 kicks when cold or hot; I sometimes have to kick it through 5 or 6 time when it’s half warm, as when it’s been sitting a spell, but maybe I just haven’t figured out how much throttle it likes. I think some of the carb problems I had may have been due to the aftermarket tuner kit we installed. All of the parts in the carb at present are OEM and it is working great.
I’m planning on taking a few days off from school in October and riding the Knucklehead Special to the Smoke Out West III Chopperfest and Chopper Show put on by The Horse – Backstreet Chopper Magazine in Cottonwood, Arizona, on October 3rd and 4th. http://www.SmokeOutRally.com
Any of y’all planning to attend?
Anyhow, it’s good to be back and I’ve enjoyed reading about y’all’s summer adventures.
Later --- Randall