Coast to coast in the U.S.

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Thank you all for the encuragement, technical support and also for tips of things to see along the way! This is a great forum indeed!

Californa DMV was a cultural experience... In Sweden all of that is done on internet. This was more close to trying to buy a train ticket in New Delhi!

Last couple if days in LA were relaxing. Amanda disappeared to Europe soon after we reached, so I was left hanging out around the house.

Went out riding the Mullholand Drive with her sportbike brother one day. Down to Malibu Beach.. Her father made delicious omelette one night... Went into Hollywood for dinner with her mum one night, brief sights of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset... Last day was spent working on the bike and relaxing in the Jacuzzi... Just perfect!

So I cleaned up the bike and started to work on the many things there now is to do on it.

Changed oil and filter. Turned out the P.O. had put the spring on the engine side, so I have been running unfiltered oil all the way! Might not be the end of the world though, on my beetle, there was no filter even.. Still stupid!

Fuel gauge is always on full, so I started messing with the sender in the rear if the tank. Took a look inside and found piles of rust on the bottom! So much for "cleaning and coating". Then I found that the cords for the sender were flipped. Its working now, but I really start to question the P.O.'s renovation at this. Have to adress that tank issue next time.

Tried to find why throttle is sticking, and removed the mechanic cruise control.. Yup, full of dirt. Removed the soft grips, they were also rubbing against the right hand controls. Found throttle cables were routed behind the steering stem. Thats not right, is it?

Valve clearance was Ok

Breaker point gap way to small. I guess they wear quickly, especially in the begining? Timing should be off too then. Thinking of Dyna S for future trips.

Fastened loose screws for the Vetter Sound... It was slowly coming loose, touching the clocks for every turn.

Changed and gaped spark plugs and the bike now runs a little bit better.

Filled up with gas and stabilizer and made bike ready for storage.

For next time:
New grips
Original saddle
Thermo fan switch
RH header-muffler joint leak
Spacers for suspension preload
Brake light switch front
Dyna S/timing
Clean tank and fuel petcock
Fuel filter
Cable routing
RH clamp on rear view mirror
Maybe some other passenger foot pegs, these are sitting a little high.

Bring fuses, voltmeter and more tools! More zip-ties!

Flight home was Ok. Already carrying the sitar and helmet through security one guy ran up to me -"sorry sorry! Sir! Did you ride with your banjo on a motorcycle?! Did you, did you?!!
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2 days to get ready in Brooklyn
16 and a half day on the road.

Did 4463 miles or 7183 kms.

So much fun, and probably the first people ever to cross the continent on a bike with two sitars!
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Over 4,000 miles in an unfamiliar Country with an unfamiliar riding partner on a 40 year old unfamiliar bike. I think that qualifies as a proper adventure!
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Well, its all family now!
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mr west wrote:Well, its all family now!
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