Home again

Well it was a hell of a weekend. We hauled ass to my mom’s house in Daphne, AL Friday night– me in the BigAss truck and Jodee in her car — so that I could meet up with the guy from TN that bought my truck on Ebay. Got there about 4AM, slept till 8:30, got up and had breakfast, met the guy with the truck, got the money. Cooked out ribs, drank better than half a fifth of Jameson, went to bed at 11PM.

We passed a good time with family and friends. I always have a good time at my mom’s house, and it was really good for Justin to get to visit with her and Buddy. It’s just too bad that the visit was so short.

Got up at 4:30AM, packed up the OL’s car, left out at 5:30AM for Temple, TX, home of Horny Toad HD where my bike was waiting with the new reman motor. Got there right at 4PM as they were closing, but that was OK. I had already called and the service manager had arranged for the parts guy to get the bike ready for me. He knew I was coming and would have waited if I was late. Paid him, got the bike and left by 4:20. (BTW, a VAS is a “Vehicle Attitude Sensor,” which I have always called a Cam Position Sensor — $170.) Went and fueled up and headed home. I noticed that the speedo only worked intermittently, and I suspected that there was a wire pinched under the tank. The 109 mile ride home only registered 57 miles on the odometer. When I got home I pulled the dash to look under the tank, and this is what I saw:

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See anything wrong with this picture? Yeah, two of the four terminals have no nuts on them. I had no nuts of the proper size, brass or otherwise, (my nuts were too small…) and all the parts stores are closed. So, for lack of two small nuts, I’ll not be riding my bike with the new $3000 motor tomorrow. Has any HD shop EVER done a job right the first time?

I snapped a couple of quick pics. I’m going to bed early tonight, like as soon as I hit the “Submit” button. I still gotta put the “new” factory seat on that I got off of Ebay, and my new Maltese Cross mirror which is the same as the one I broke in my last accident. The handlebars still suck, but that will have to wait until after this summer.

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BTW, notice that install job on the seat strap? Another fine piece of professional HD work.