Punky n Lews ride "Critter"
Date: Wed Mar 21, 2001 8:02 pm
Subject: Update on Critter's mods
Hi Gang: Phil, with little help from me, has nearly completed all the
mods on Critter. This week Critter got a new Wolfman Explorer tank
bag, Progressive Larry Roesler fork springs, Acerbis Rally Pro
handguards/spoilers, K&N air filter, fuel filter and stainless steel
brake lines. Phil removed the shock and tomorrow I will take it to a
shop in Gainesville, where they will replace the stock spring with my
Progressive Larry Roesler. Phil repaired a broken starter switch and
I added a 12v plug to my Gerbing heated vest. I have the Thermarest
mattress folded in a backpack and attached to the front of Tim's
aluminum tail box as a backrest. I received a trick little 4-LED
eternaLight ($39 + $5 shipping) from Aerostich. This little gizmo is
controlled by a computer chip to function 7 different ways. 3 Lithium
AA batteries will operate it into the next century (slight
exageration) and never need a bulb. It fits in my pocket and I will
never be without it. It is dimmable for use in a tent as well. When I
removed the air filter, I discovered it was a K&N, so Phil inherited
it. Before Punky and I depart May 1, Critter will get new Mobil 1 15-
50w synthetic oil, K&P stainless lifetime oil filter, magnetic drain
plug, valve clearance adjustment, platinum NGK spark plug and
Dunlopad brake pads. The forks are now enjoying Mobil 1 synthetic
ATF. Continental TKC-80 tires will be installed in Nashville, before
riding the Trans America Trail to Moab. Before we leave, I will also
practice changing tires. The one design flaw I cannot correct and
complain about is the location of the spark plug. I have to remove 3
aluminum boxes, 2 side panels, the seat, the tank panniers, the tank
bag, the sleeping bag and the gas tank in order to get at the spark
plug. That sucks and is why I choose to use a platinum spark plug. If
platinums last 100,000 miles in a car before needing a tuneup, that's
enough for me. I transported 2 large pizzas in Tim's 55 litre
aluminum tail box (some call it a pizza box) last night and had room
to spare. Critter is living up to all my expectations so far. Punky
loves riding and gets upset if he hears Critter start up without him.
We are riding 600 miles, roundtrip, to Phil's cabin in Alabama in a
few days. Life is good and we're ready to experience the Western
Hemisphere. Adventure is around the corner. It won't be long now.
VROOM VROOM VROOM!
Punky & Lew's Americas Motopaseo
Live Oak, Florida
A special thanks to Phil Roddenberry, and John Lyon for thier help in prepairing "Critter" for this incredible journey.
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