There are three kinds of men in this world: those, who had a motorcycle, those who have one, and those, who will have one...
My first bike: 125 cc Danuvia, in Budapest
1965 Pannonia 250cc, my second bike
My third bike was the 1998 Kawasaki Vulcan 750,V twin, water cooled, shaft drive, aluminum alloy wheels, classic cruiser. I put 9000 miles on it in one year, by commuting to work on Thursdays and Fridays, when the traffic was heaviest, splitting the lanes.There was only one problem:the back seat was too small, not comfortable for her. So I traded it in for my Big Mean Green Dream Machine, the Kawasaki Voyager XII touring bike ayear later. It's a four cylinder 1200cc water cooled, shaft drive touring bike with mag wheels. Unfortunately they don't make common sense bikes like that anymore. I put 59,000 miles on it so far, and the fun goes on.
We took Route 126 through the Santa Clara Valley. There are orange and lemon groves along the way as well as vegetable gardens and fields that offer their produce for local consumption.
From Ventura we took the 101 freeway north along the ocean shore.The Channel Islands, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa were visible in the haze.Midway between Ventura and Santa Barbara we turned right on route 150 towards Lake Casitas.It was a long winding road and we were ready to stop at the lake to take in the view.
After about seventeen years my Kawasaki Voyager XII developed an idle and open throttle problem so I couldn't ride it. It would start with full choke but stall when the choke is off and with open throttle. I needed a bike until I solved the problem.
I went to Bert's Giant motorcycle store and found the Triumph America LT. It's an almost perfect choice for me; it has the traditional good looks, has an in-line 900 cc twin, fuel injected oil/air cooled engine, mag wheels and chain drive. It also has a windshield and saddle bags and it was on sale for $6400. I fell in love with it and brought it home the next day on June 6th 2017.
Repair of the Voyager
I knew the engine wasn't getting enough fuel, so I needed to look at the fuel pump and filter. I had to remove the rear frame, trunk, saddle bags, shock absorbers to remove the tank to get to the pump and filter. I also removed the air duct to have access to the carburetors. The pump was working fine but the fuel filter was badly discolored so I replaced it per service manual. I got a can of carburetor cleaner and sprayed the whole content into the carburetors while the engine was running first without the ignition on and then with the engine actually running. I was surprised how quickly the engine started and ran smoothly after I adjusted the idle speed adjuster and reacted to the throttle with no problem.
I can't wait for good weather e.i. cool temperatures so I can put the bike together and hop on it.