Another great Georgia Country Restaurant lunch ride. Trikes and a Slingshot will be doing more group rides. As part of our Northeast Georgia Mountains back roads series, Gail and I do narratives as we drive.
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Another video in the series about the Northeast Georgia Mountains. This time our community of Trike Motorcycles invited me on a group ride to Batesville, Ga for lunch at the Batesville Restaurant. It is at the corner of Hwy 197 and Hwy 255. An old house that has been a restaurant for as long as I have been in the area. An excellent destination for breakfast, lunch or Dinner. Dinner is reservations only. Now the video is more of introducing the trike riders and the fact we have created a Trike Ride Group, anyone with a three wheel vehicle can join in on the rides. We call ourselves the "PVC on Three". Trikes and Slingshots can have fun on rides as we found out.
I will be editing the ride video and posting soon with how we got the restaurant and the things along the way.
Now hop on, buckle up and this ride with the Trikes.
My neighbors here in the Georgia Mountains asked to go for a ride in Snazzy. Well, I never turn down an opportunity to show how a Polaris Slingshot feels and the view you get from the passenger seat of Snazzy. Both Bill and Ann express how much a liked it, it was fun for me also. I suggest taking a friend, family member, kids and strangers for a ride if the opportunity presents itself.
Here is the video of our ride, this is Paradise Valley Road to Town Creek Road and then turn around for the return trip.
Brakes and brake Pads need to be talked about for the Slingshot. Most Slingshots do not get a lot of Mileage to worry about replacing the Brake Pads. Brake Pads can last a long time if you observe proper driving techniques. First thing to remember is you have a brake in the transmission. It comes into play when you downshift to a lower gear. The engine compression is actually creating the braking and the gear changes controls how hard you brake. The way this works is if you see you need to stop ahead, first reduce your speed by taking your foot off the accelerator, then at a point the RPM is in the next lower gear range, shift down one gear. Release your clutch slowly at first to let rpm pick up then all the way out. You will hear the engine pick up rpm and feel the Sling start to slow up faster. As you get closer to you final stop, gear down again with in the next lower gear range. You should not shift down more than one gear at a time. Example, going from 5th to 2nd or 3rd could cause the rear wheels to slow down so much that you will start skidding. You can safely down shift one gear and not have this to happen.
You should drive to only use the brake under conditions that you can not use this downshifting method. This will keep your brakes from needing service of brake pads for a much longer period of time. It is also a much more fun way to drive.
Now this really comes into importance when driving in the Mountains. I have followed folks down the mountains with the brake lights on the whole way down and burnt brake smell about to kill me. Cars and 4 wheel vehicles with auto trannys is not a discussion here, we are talking manual transmissions. Automatic Trannys can downshift, but most drivers don't know how.
Now get out there and see how often you can drive without using the brakes. Now, be safe, I don't mean to not use the brake, but don't use it when the downshift will work safely. You will find this will give you a lot more fun of driving by working the gears instead of your foot on the brake. You will also get a better sounds from the engine as the engine provides the braking. Your brake job requirements will be extended down the road also.
I have a Driving Lesson Video that will demonstrate downshifting. The Link is below, go to 6 min into video and you will see and hear how to downshift. Good Luck!
Have a great birthday, Slopoke!
New Owners, you should get a Owners Manual with your Slingshot, even the Used Slingshot should come with one. Now, it is geared for all the important information a owner should know about the operation and maintenance of your Slingshot. If you want a more detailed view of the full adjustments, removing body panels, wiring diagrams, diagnostic codes and most things you will need to do work yourself. You will also get explanations of system operations, this will be a great aid in trouble shooting problems. To me it was even worth the full price of $169 I paid. I am finding you can search on line and find better options to get your Shop Manual.
A lot of folks will soon if not already, need a brake Job. Yes the brake pads will need attention at around 40, 50,000 miles. Now this all depends on your driving pattern, hard breaking, mountain driving and riding the brake will require brake pad sooner. The Shop Manual procedure for Brake Maintenance is shown in detail steps, it is not hard and easy to understand. If you do have a problem understanding a step, you post your question on a thread and you will have 20 knowledgeable members come to your aid.
You should read all steps before you begin a maintenance procedure outlined in the shop manual. The manual will cover a number of year models, so look for the info for your model. Different years may have different steps. I suggest you read the shop manual like a novel, it has some cool information that you will find out that will help when future needs arrive. If you like your Slingshot, you will enjoy reading it.
I have posted many ride video of the the northeast Georgia Mountain Area. I have mentioned and showed ride video through Helen and Cleveland, Ga. Well I have something that will capture the look of Helen in it total grandeur. My Drone video I took a few years back. Sit back, relax and take a look at Helen, Ga from above.
Folks, may reach my post at different locations and miss my first post for this Thread. My first thread post has all the main information for article links and all the Owner Manual Links. Always check my first post to view a link to the post that you need helpful information. It would take a long time to hunt for something when I have a link on the first page. As I add information, I update the first page List of Articles.
Here is the link to first page and First Post
Members and new owners, here is something to be prepared for, Locating and Checking Fuses. I have a video that will guide you in this process. First as always, check your year and model Slingshot Owners Manual for the information. Some years have different fuses, so look at my video as a guide, this video is on my 2015 Slinghsot SL When you are installing accessories, you may ground a power lead. Grounding means, a hot positive lead touches the negative frame or other ground wire. Another term is a Short. You may not know you did it and then something does not work. Remember, when you see something does not work, review any previous work done, and if it involve power connections, then you may want to look at the fuses. Now, as the video will show, you do not have to remove the fuse, you can check it in the location. Relays can be checked by feel, you should feel a click as it operates. May take two folks to check. Always replace fuses with same amp rating. In my video, I show using a Volt Ohm meter to check the fuses. You can use a simple test light probe. To check the fuses you would hook the clip to a good ground, and then use the probe to touch the metal spot on each fuse as I show with the volt meter. The Power ports are the most common problems for lose of power, it is call the accessories Fuse on the Fuse Block.
Here is the second leg of our Ride to Hiawassee, Ga. We pick up the narration of the ride and sharing more information about various subjects as we ride the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Our ride continues on Hwy 129 as we pick up the video on the north side of Blood Mountain on our way to Blairsville, Ga for breakfast at Skillet Cafe. They are famous for pancakes the size of dinner plates, I am not kidding.
Gail and I had a ride to Hiawassee, Ga the other day. As we rode the back roads, we gave some descriptions and shared information about riding in our Polaris Slingshot, known as Snazzy to most of you. Gail shares some ride tips as a passenger. When we got to the turn to go onto Blood Mountain, we opened up the fun jar and spread it on thick. Watch us as you see the view behind us going through the turns. Listen to Gail as she yoohoos with excitement. There will be more of this ride in a second video. I try to keep them at 10 minutes or so.
To get this video view, I mounted my GoPro Hero 4 Black on my Magic Arm and connected the mounting clamp to my driver side rear view mirror. I would like to see some of our members with views of themselves on rides. I see enough of the front hood and the backs of our helmets. Come on, try it! If you need help with any part of it, let me know. Now buckle up and enjoy the ride. It's showtime!
New Owners at some time or another will look at the rear view Camera when backing up and say" I sure would like to be able to drive with the Camera and see what is directly behind for changing lanes and such". A lot of folks think, just install a switch and connect to the reverse switch on the right side of the Transmission and operate turning the camera on. Well, I am one that thought of that and took the next step to install such a switch. I was so happy to see the camera turn on and display the view when in a drive gear. I wanted to try it out, drove out of the garage to the street and found I could only drive 10 MPH with the engine studdering as you tried to go faster. This is the same condition you experience when you try to back up too fast. This is a normal function that Polaris installed to key you safe as you back up, a speed limiter.
I was so disappointed. I wanted to find a way to disable the speed limiter and be able to drive with the Rear View cam on, I found out that when I pushed in the clutch, it turned off the studder Limiter function and still have the camera on. I installed a relay that turned on from the switch and the contacts would put a ground on the Clutch Lead, indicating the clutch was depressed. Took a test drive and all worked great. Except for one thing, after about 10 sec of driving at highway speed, the Check Engine Light comes on. That is because the ECM is seeing that there is a problem of a ground on the clutch lead and lets you know with a Check Engine Code. The problems don't end there. I just said, well, I know what the check light is, I will just ignore it and drive with the rear view cam on. Worked great for a while, then after turning the switch on and off a number of times, the ECM saw that there was a problem with me driving in reverse and the clutch depressed, so it cuts the power to the engine and you coast to a stop with the engine in idle. I had to turn the engine off and restart it to get the engine to run correctly. This would be dangerous if you are in heavy traffic as you will be without power.
I am sharing my findings with you to save you time of trying this mod. Be careful and hope you can find a safe way to make this mod work. I would recommend buying a ready made Backup Camera and hookup to meet your needs.
Video Test Ride to show results of Engine Shut Down Condition
Another view of our Beautiful Georgia Mountains. You don't want to miss the Richard B Russell Parkway. This video shows some of the views for a ride from North of Cleveland, Ga to Hiawassee, Ga. There are a number of things to look at, Great Overlooks at top of Richard B Russell, Brasstown Bald National Recreation Area & Visitor Center, the highest point in Georgia. Also you may want to stop at Alexanders Store as you pass on School Rd. I point out Bell Mountain, a great view location of the area around Hiawassee. Caution should be observed as this is a single lane road with steep incline. I suggest going in a car to review first. Now, Showtime!!!
Here is a maintenance item on your slingshot that may get overlooked. Drive Shaft Universal Joint. Your Slingshot has a standard Gm Drive Train of Engine, Transmission, and Drive Shaft. The Drive Shaft connects to output of the transmission and the other end connects to the L Drive that delivers power to the rear wheel through a belt drive system. At the drive shaft end that connects to the L Drive there is a Universal Joint. This is to allow the rear wheel to move up and down with the roadway as we drive. All of the power of the engine is applied to the U Joint as we drive though the ranges of speed and different roadways. Any wear on this joint can lead to vibration at certain speeds, performance loss, and failure.
Now, don't worry. It may take 40,000 plus miles to reach these points due to neglect of maintenance of the U Joint.
Why not do periodic maintenance of a few squirts of grease every other oil change and have it to last the life of the Slingshot. Some Model Slingshots do not have a Grease Zerk, so this is a sealed U Joint and does not need maintenance.
I am only the messenger, I do not know why all are not sealed.
To help the owners perform the maintenance on their U Joints, I have created a video to help guide you. One change I would make to the video is to use a tall cooler cup to pop the cup holders out and not use a screw drive. A rocking motion back and forth will make it pop loose.
New Owners, some of you may have family members that would love to drive your new Slingshot, but do not know how to drive a stick shift. Some will find it is hard for family to teach someone a driving technique. I have created a series of Driving video instructions to help with learning. Each video gives guidance for an important part of learning to drive the stick shift Polaris Slingshot. Good Luck.
If you are now interested in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and want to plan a destination vacation with your Slingshot and want a ride that will showcase a lot of the great roads to ride, The Gauntlet is for you. It is a 133 mile loop that takes you through a lot of the beauty of these mountains. Gail and I will soon schedule time to capture a Ride Video to show what to expect. The route gives a lot of great opportunities for a Lunch stop.
For now, I will just Post the Gauntlet Ride Brochure for you to study and get a review of what area it covers. Now there are some other great roads that are missed, but this is a route that gives as much as you can in one ride.
A lot of folks have heard of the Tail of the Dragon and plan trips around it, about 100 miles to the north. The Northeast Georgia Mountains is one big tail of the Dragon Ride with lots of variations.
Here is the Link to Brochure for the Ride along with a turn by turn description.
Enjoy your Slingshot!
I am preparing waypoints for my GPS for my Ride Video of the Gauntlet Ride. I will share my ride notes for your use to do this ride Clockwise and starting from Linda's Chevron Station on Hwy 129.
I will be adding as I complete.
The Third Brake Light is located down the top of the rear Fin. It only comes on during braking. I was told by a rider behind me that my Third Brake Light was not coming on. My Slingshot was only about 3 months old and is under warranty, so why worry. Well time is my worry. If I drive 50 miles to the dealer and they find the problem is something has to be ordered, I am in a pickle for a return trip. This video was created to help isolate this problem to help save time and get you back on the road with the Third Brake Light working while the real trouble part is ordered. I have heard other reports of this problem, and it can go unnoticed, who goes back and look at their own tail lights with the brakes applied. Well you should do it, get someone to apply the brakes and check your tail lights fully for all working. Your safety is at stake and you may not have someone to tell you they are out. Some folks go the extra step to install an after market Third Brake Light Modulator to flash during braking. This will help with that process also.
Now once the you follow this test and find your Third Light does not illuminate, you will know how to isolate the problem and notify the dealer of what part you suspect to be bad. In my case it was the FM Radio Antenna Module that was bad and I was able to drive safely until the part was available. I told the dealer what I did to isolate the problem and they were good with it and ordered the FM Antenna Module ahead of time.
The Mrs. and I make this run at least once a month and I couldn't agree more!
There is an awesome German restaurant right on the bridge in Helen that you can have a cold beer and Bratwust while watching people float down the river on inner-tubes. Great scenery up that way!
slopoke , we like the Cafe International for their great Reuben and watch all the tubers go down the river. It is the one on stilts on the water. Let us know the next time you are in the area and we can meet up with you for a lunch and short ride if it would work.