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2015 National HDT Rally


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Bonnie and I will have to miss the rally this year as I just found out I will be having shoulder surgery on Sep[ember 17th. Will be taking the Volvo and New Horizons to Mission,Texas (Retama Village) after Labor day then return (rental car or fly) back to Wisconsin for the surgery. Doctor said he would have me ready to go back to Texas first part of November, so will have to deal with a little cold weather before we get to Texas for winter. Enjoy the rally, sorry we will be missing it. .

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I have to miss it this year too. Preparing for my High School Class Reunion the last of September and will be taking a week off for it. Will coincide with the Homecoming Week festivities. Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Game and then on Saturday night the Reunion. 40 years out of High School and some haven't changed a bit. Just don't seem fair.

 

Rod

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We sent in our registration for the rally. Gregg has our HDT "Storm" in his shop now. Planning to order a 5th wheel later this year. Hoping to hit the road late Spring 2016. We're really looking forward to the rally, since we won't have our rig we'll be in a hotel this time.

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Yes, I remember that wide-eyed couple with the little half ton LGT wandering around the 2008 Rally.

I also remember a totally "homeless" couple sitting on my deck talking about fulltiming and a truck. it takes a lot of nerve to sell everything and walk away when you have NO PLACE to go.

 

"We've come a long way" is an understatement!! :)

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Howdy All,

 

I have been doing a lot of work getting ready for this years rally, changed all the fluids and filters on the truck, changed three steel coolant lines that were to rusty for my peace of mind, checked all the brakes, coolant lines, air lines, greased the chassis, adjusted the belts, all is now well. As I am going to be visiting with motorcycle riding friends all the way back home as I did last year, I have had to do some work to the rear deck so I can haul the RKC, Road King Classic. The garage will be full as I am taking the Smart Car so I can do the cruise control install with proper guidance and one of the Ural sidecar rigs.

 

I welded six new tie down fixtures to the rear deck, I used the bottom from an old pickup box liner to make a pad to store the ramps on the deck so it won't get all scratched up when carrying the ramps, putting them on or taking them off. Loading the Ural on the rear deck isn't a problem, driving the Hog up a 20 degree slope and backing it down may prove to be a butt puckering experience, time will tell.

 

This is how the ramps look when attached to the truck in the load-unload position.

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This shows the ramps in the stowed position, with the Hog tied down and the ramps stowed I can still jack knife the trailer to the truck at 90 degrees and will have a minimum of four inches of clearance between the bottom of the trailer over hang and the top of the stacked ramps, so this should work well.

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Dave

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When you back the RKC down the ramp leave it in gear with the engine off. Feather the clutch to control your speed.

Howdy Ron,

 

Thanks for the tip. I have been doing that with all my bikes for a long time, my biggest fear is misplacing my foot and getting it stuck between the bars that criss-cross the top of the ramp. I have always used a solid top ramp for the RKC or other types of two wheeled bikes in the past using a pretty much open top ramp on a two wheeled bike will be a first for me. :unsure:

 

Dave

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Hi mr cob - going off thread here for a moment - how would your ramp setup work as a ride on - ride off arrangement rather than backing down?

Howdy noteven,

 

That would work, all I would have to do is mount another channel that holds the ramps to the truck deck on the other side of the truck and then mount the ramps on the other side and ride down. I have thought of doing that and if backing the Hog down poses a problem that would be the easiest solution.

 

Dave

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Hi Dave,

That would be my question also. Could you just connect the ramps to the other side and drive her down. That is what I did for my Smart so I can load and unload from either side. Inquiring minds want to know.

 

Brad

Howdy Brad,

 

Yes it would be a good solution if backing the bike poses a problem, I have loaded and unloaded bikes at worse angles but have in the past always used a ramp with a solid top surface, its the open grid pattern on the ramps that are giving me the willys, probably more of a problem in my mind this actuality.

 

Dave

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Well gang sorry to report Angie and I might not make the rally.

 

Stopped at Niagara Falls on the way back from Nova Scotia and the trans decided it has had enough fun. Already replaced the wiring harness for the tranny tomstop a communications error and low and behold there was also a clutch issue as well.

 

So we're here till parts arrive and clutch and other related items are installed. There's worst places to be than buffalo ny in the fall. 78 degrees and sunny.

 

Later boys

 

JC

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JC,

 

Is the clutch just worn to the point it won't let you go or is there some other issue? I know there's supposed to be a clutch wear message displayed on my truck warning that it's almost time...

 

Even if it takes 2 weeks, you should still be able to make the rally!

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JC,

 

Is the clutch just worn to the point it won't let you go or is there some other issue? I know there's supposed to be a clutch wear message displayed on my truck warning that it's almost time...

 

Even if it takes 2 weeks, you should still be able to make the rally!

David

 

We have to get some repair work done at forks on the way.

 

It's been a real pain to get this diagnosis. It's a beer and a campfire story kinda thing.

 

Maybe we'll make the last couple days.

 

JC

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