Done. Tired. More later.
Wow awesome views and roads today. Last part was long and hot. Hard to believe last day is here.
Wow tough day today. First got up and on the road before sunrise. Had to stop and change jets 2 or 3 times in the dark. Went from about 3500 to over 7000 ft in the cold and torrid wind. Slowed everyone down today but two strokes and smaller displacement bikes the most. Spent most of the day in 3rd gear. To top it off I broke my clutch cable and banged the crap out of my knuckles while changing it. Bike now really has my blood on it. Crazy ups and downs to come tomorrow.
Supposed to be resale hot and windy today (in the 100s) so decided to leave before sunrise. Found a bendy book light so I could read my gauges in the dark. In the end it was actually cool in the desert and only got warm at the end. First day I managed to stay mostly at 60 mph. Also had a stripped case bolt which may have been the cause of my oil leak (I hope). Long day tomorrow.
Butterfly committed suicide in my gas tank
Second flag after the day:
Much better run today. Moved the timing back to where it was and up jetted was able to go faster and hold onto second place. Next two days are tx. Expecting 100 degrees by the time we pull into Abeline.
Started off chilly this am had to put on my thermals and parka. Wind was not as bad as yesterday but still an issue. Never thought of Alabama as such a big timber state as many of the back roads were full of big logging tricks. Despite having to hold back on the throttle I still managed to hold onto second place. Sleep now.
Started the day off with some rain off and on all morning. Thankfully none of the forecasted thunderstorms. Let up in the afternoon but then the winds were strong the last 100 or so miles. Prolly spent a little too long at each checkpoint though. Still ended in second place for the day.
Well, one day before Guillermo and I load up the Element and head to Savannah. Bike is all setup and ready. Did a little cleaning Saturday of both fuel tanks after discovering the gas can I had used was filled with gas from draining some old tanks a while back, ending up with dirt in the lines. Didn’t want to have to stop every few hours to blow out the jets.
Let’s hope the weather in TX cooperates next week.
Also a shout out to 226 Vintage who is sending me a spare set of reeds, gaskets etc.
Hey, want to thank Scooter Shop in Orange for donating some consumables I will be needing along the way. Give Mick a call if you are in need of some hard to find scooter parts too!
I think this may work better. Lower and out of my back.
Ok, all hooked up, three way switch in. Now to get some gas in the spare and see if she runs.
Took the Allstate to Vegas and got some good runs in with it. Smokey as all hell though (elevation? running 3% still or both perhaps?). But ran really well just with a little bog. Easily kept up with the front of the pack on the rides. CHT stayed low, EGT was a little higher than I would like but still within safe limits. Probably do some runs at 2% imperical (Motul 800, single ester) see how it runs. Next step is the spare tank (pics soon).
So, using bits from two forks I ended up with one that will work. At the same time I went ahead and added an adjustable rear shock as well. Looks like it will do the job of keeping the can on the pipe from hitting the frame now. Next up will be the wiring of the cht/egt gauge. I may go ahead and spray that mount black while I am at it.
The front wheel is a bit off if you can’t tell. It’s rideable but not for a cannonball. Picked up a replacement fork last Saturday and should have it swapped out in the next day or two.
I probably won’t run the front rack on the cannonball.
Malossi 166 kit
Full circle crank
Malossi upgear kit
Motor converted to 8″
Read bad things regarding bearings on the lml motors do went ahead and replaced them all to be safe.
I have to finish dialing in the jetting but it’s getting close. Runs pretty good just rich. Haven’t gone full throttle yet but it really wants to go.
Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures of the frame as it was when I got it. It had a couple bad holes in the underside that needed patched first. Then I had all of these cans of school bus yellow paint (12) so decided to use them up on this project.
This page will chronicle my attempt at the Scooter Cannonball on my 1960 Vespa built specifically for this event.