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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #120 on: November 10, 2018, 07:13:17 pm »
Now that 738 has followed me home, I had to take her out for a shake-down run today. She's got a couple of the common but, easily fixed problems, including that front end shake when you loosen your grip on the bars. I hope the guy before me didn't think that was normal. I'll fix that either tonight or tomorrow. There's is some light pitting here and there but, she's in overall fine shape.

Anyway, took her to lunch, then across town to see long-time EH owner Doug Hoffelt at his shop. For those who don't know, Doug not only specializes in old Japanese bikes but, he's also equipped and ready to service Excelsior Hendersons on the west coast. In fact, he has a Green / Oyster waiting in the back for parts right now. Always good catching up with Doug.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #121 on: November 17, 2018, 08:42:50 am »
738 took a nice ride through the Angeles National Forest yesterday, on her way to the annual International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach California. Since I like to get there early and roam the parking lot looking at bikes, she got parking all the way up front where people could see her on the way in.

Yes, she attracts attention. I personally spoke to 8-10 different people who were either fascinated by the design (and shocked to learn the bike is 19 years old) or, they remembered the brand but, had never seen one in person.

I also ran into some old Excelsior Henderson family inside the show. More on that tomorrow...

I'm about to shower and head back for day two of the show. Saturday is always the big day.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #122 on: November 18, 2018, 01:33:41 pm »
738 crossed the Start / Finish line for the Long Beach Grand Prix on her way to day two at the International Motorcycle Show. A grounding / battery connection issue reared its head on the trip down so excuse the check engine light. She rolled 9998 coming into the parking lot.

I didn't wear any EH stuff on Friday night and still managed to run into original Excelsior-Henderson employees & owners, Mike Shell and Nick Trumbo. I returned on Saturday with a 1998 Sturgis shirt and my jacket for a photo op. It was great meeting Mike and even better catching up with Nick: Good people.

Thanks to the jacket, I also met Paul, another X owner who had many questions. He should be here shortly to change / update his registration.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #123 on: November 18, 2018, 04:50:48 pm »
Greg!! Glad you met up with Nick and Mike!! Good Folk....
Give Doug a Howdy Do from me … We are planning a West Coast meet up Fall 2019... FYI..
Now Greg... On a serious note.... Do you have an X problem?! I mean.. I should talk with me sitting on 9 X's right now... None the less... I see you are trying to catch up with me...
"Hello, I'm Jumper... I ride a Super X...".( the Group says Hi Jumper!) heheheh….

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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #124 on: November 19, 2018, 12:14:12 am »
Haha! No, I don’t have a problem. I haven’t bought every Super X that has crossed my path. Man, I passed up a blue/silver in the right condition maybe three years ago and was kicking myself ever since.

You’re just mad that you tried to buy this one 11 years ago.  ;D

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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #125 on: November 19, 2018, 11:08:48 pm »
As long as I'm sharing pics of where my Super X has been, 738 took her first tow truck ride Saturday night. Yeah, I left that part out.

On the way down to the show on Saturday, I started getting the flickering charge light and the occasional backfire. When this happened on the Deadwood, it was a bad ground in the electrical bay. I ignored it and figured I'd get to it on Sunday.

Well, it got worse and worse. I parked her and went into the show. When I came out, she wouldn't start. With the help of another rider, we push started her and I didn't drop it (stupid, stupid, stupid--should have called the truck, what if I dropped it?).

Took off for home: 94 miles. She went from bad to worse. I kept her going as long as possible. Made it 38 miles before she coasted to a stop. Waited 90 minutes on the freeway for the tow truck.

Sunday morning I found the problem: a poorly installed Battery Tender lead was sticking out where the swing-cage could poke and rub on it. The positive battery screw had backed almost completely out of the battery post and was shorting against the battery box. It alternated between that and the cable making intermittent contact. The post was destroyed on an otherwise usable battery.

Bought a new battery. Opened up the electrical bay anyway. Made a nice supplemental chassis ground jumper. Wired a new SAE lead into the master ground and the main circuit breaker. That won't happen again.

Remarkably: the charging system was unharmed. She's back on the road again, less than 24 hours later.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #126 on: November 30, 2018, 07:25:29 pm »
After her battery mishap in the last post, 738 hadn't actually been back out on the road. Today was a chilly but sunny low-50s day here in the So Cal desert. I pulled her outside about 1:00 PM and did my usual lunch run down to Santa Clarita for fish tacos. The weather warmed as I descended down toward Los Angeles. It was a good ten degrees warmer down there.

Lunch went quickly and I opted keep riding a bit more. I wandered out Sand Canyon to the Camp 9 Fire Suppression station and helipad above the San Fernando Valley to take a few pictures. The low winter sun, some patchy clouds and angle of the mountains made for some lousy pictures but, it was a nice ride nonetheless.

I meandered my way back toward home as the sun was setting. I realized I was probably going to just make Vasquez Rocks about sundown and that would make for a nice picture of the bike.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #127 on: December 01, 2018, 11:36:01 am »
yes indeed it did....
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #128 on: December 09, 2018, 02:29:00 pm »
It's not quite winter here in the southern California desert. Our winters aren't like what some of you get in the midwest but, in another few weeks, I'll be lucky to see 50F as a daytime high. Since the weather was forecast to peak at 56 yesterday, I took the opportunity for an afternoon ride.

Despite what most people think, there is scenery to be had in the desert. There are many beautiful, hidden valleys that traverse the landscape between the more commonly traveled highways.

738 went out for a shakedown ride on her brand new Dunlop American Elite tires. Combined with balancing beads in the tubes, the bike was ultra smooth on the road. I managed to do 210 miles in total after lunch and got home just after sunset.

The first shot was from US 395, just south of Red Mountain, looking out toward Pilot Knob. Pilot Knob is that flat-top butte on the horizon at the very left edge of the picture. Many used that as a navigational landmark to get from the various mining towns in the Mojave Desert, to Death Valley, including the famous Borax 20 Mule Teams.

The second shot is on Redrock Randsburg Road, just outside of the near-ghost-town of Randsburg. The Sierra Nevada mountains are visible in the distance.

The third is bombing down CA 14 toward home with the last daylight.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #129 on: December 09, 2018, 07:00:43 pm »
Your comment about the desert and aesthetic....
We have hiway 20 Threw Western NebrasXi. It's the Sandhills or prairie. Couple hundred miles worth..... And in my opinion one of my favorite rides due to beauty and flowing roads. When it's green out there it's amazing...
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #130 on: December 09, 2018, 09:23:22 pm »
Yup. Agreed, Bruce. Even the drive across 80 was cathartic driving in my minivan. You can't keep track of everybody here but, my Jennie came from Omaha. Loaded her up about 9:00 AM and headed west with her; enjoying the rolling hills all the way across before the plains of Wyoming.

Here she was: loaded up and ready for the two-day journey to California.

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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #131 on: December 10, 2018, 05:12:07 am »
Your reply surprises me. Most folks I know who travel NebraXi, travel I80, complain hard about how boring NebraXi is.
I always respond to see the real NebraXi, take 2.

I80 across Iowa/NebraXi, I'm sure could get old.... 1000 miles....

Maybe in the future I could lead you across 2 if you ever come back...
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #133 on: December 13, 2018, 11:06:56 pm »
Looks pretty. It kind of reminds me of here. This is the west end of Antelope Valley which is where I live. This is along my local, favorite short ride: rolling grassy hills with various roads zig-zagging their way across and around them.


Different day, same loop:


Some time in the spring, I'm planning to go chase the San Andreas fault up to the bay area. It's beautiful, isolated, rolling hills just like in that article.
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Re: Where did you ride your Super X today?
« Reply #134 on: December 16, 2018, 10:19:30 pm »
It got to 60 degrees today (for about an hour, at 2:00 PM) so out for a ride. Take 'em when I can get 'em this time of year.

A short 80 mile loop down Bouquet Canyon to Valencia for fish tacos, then back on San Fransisquito Canyon to return to the Mojave desert. The trees are still changing color and dropping their leaves around here.

And--as usual--isolation can still be found only 15 miles outside of town; even in crowded southern California.
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