Zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance

Looking for aliens

Looking for aliens

Time for a few upgrades on the 2010 Road King. How I wish I still had a garage or a shed and all my tools in one place 🙂

Most everything on the bike is stock with the exception of the exhaust which has a nice set of Vance & Hines twin slash ovals for a better “musical note”. The bike is getting on for 6 years old now so it’s also time to pay a little attention to her and put some maintenance and upgrade work in. So the list of items going on the old girl over the next week are:

– 1 x Kuryakin Mach 2 Hi-Flow air filter (sucks more air)- 1 x V&H FuelPack FP3 fuel control system – works on blue tooth with an iPhone – pretty cool
– 1x Ohlins HD159 rear shocks – the flying sofa becomes a plush flying “Throne”
– 1 x pair of progressive springs for front forks – upgrade the back, you need to upgrade the front

Just before ordering all this stuff, I checked the bike. With a non standard exhaust and a stock air filter, I reckoned there must have been some kind of added fuel controller – sure enough there was an odd looking black box under the seat made by some welsh company that went out of business back in 2012 and no instructions anywhere to figure out how to operate it.

The Alien

The Alien

Pulled that “alien” out of there yesterday and replaced it with the FP3.

Will have the HD dealer here in Istanbul (about 500m away) do the front forks next week. I would normally do the back shocks myself, but the heavy duty bike jack is in Izmir 🙁

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1 Response to Zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance

  1. Paul MacDonald says:

    Great your upgrading the Road King – all the boys I know who ride Harleys in Wyevale area and some were early members with Satan’s Choice mention your doing the right thing most came to this area in their 20’s to escape the heat in Toronto get a job at the bug house – the max security building in Penetanguishene and settle down most are in their late 50’s and 60’s now. Some worked for me in the 70’s was involved tearing down a few bikes during the winter months with them – anyway get her fixed up and back on the road-Lori and I and Jack and Connie are planning to go to La Cruz Huanacaxtle for 6 weeks this winter so should be fun- Canadad XO XO Hello to Ebru & Zeyneb

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