Posts by Doc&Ruby

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    I got a new phone mount to replace my iOttie suction cup mount. I liked the iOttie in my car, and the suction cup stuck fine on the pebble-finish vinyl on the Sling's dash, but it didn't hold my big Galaxy edge very well - the phone kept falling out when the bumps got rough. The last time, the phone hit the passenger seat, bounced off the outboard frame rail, and fell into the passenger seat well. I knew it had to go.


    I found the Tackform Enduro mount and ordered one. All CNC machined aluminum - even the ball joints. Rugged as anything and holds the phone in a wide, rubber-lined clamp with stainless steel springs. The phone isn't going anywhere. I wanted the rugged aluminum Enduro mount, paid $57 with shipping. Owner Nick is a great guy and chatted with him on Facebook. He does have a less expensive ABS mount with a sticky suction cup that would work on the dash (about $35), but I wanted Aluminium... This mount works great attached to the smooth part of the interior on the passenger side of the radio. The Captain got in the Sling with mount attached - she said it was no problem getting in/out or when she was seated.


    Nick said he would work on an adapter that would allow the mount to screw down to the top dash area using existing holes - even offered to send me a prototype to test out. He even went to the local Polaris dealer to look at a Slingshot when I asked him about a solution to mount up top. Seems like a great guy and I think we should invite him to be a vendor here. :)

    Ruby got a bath after several hundred miles of winter driving.

    I don't mind driving in the cold, and I don't mind rain much, but cold and rain keeps Ruby in the garage!

    Still, wet & muddy roads take their toll. Was finally warm enough this week to get her cleaned up!

    Putting this on my calendar for the weekend of the 16th. Love to come for a Saturday wrench day!

    Knob I'm ordering says it comes with adapters - so I hope I'm good there.

    PM me with an address and Ruby & I will be there!

    I got the plate "A Ruby" because 'Ruby" was taken.

    The plate cost $28, plus $1.95 shipping if they mail it to your house. (regular plate costs $25)

    Registration for your motorcycle (over 250 cc) is $7.

    You do have to pay personal property tax here, but that's another matter.

    I've not had this problem, but I might try asking at the dealer or your local auto parts store.

    I'm thinking dealers have to make things spic-n-span when they take in a used vehicle, and a knowledgeable auto-parts employee might have a good idea and let you spot test a product right there.


    Hope you get the spots out - be sure to post when you find a work around!

    Thinking about changing out the Sparco shift knob on my SLR - the rough milled edges cut into my gloves when riding.

    I searched the threads, but didn't find much on this. I know many shift knobs have an allen screw that locks them in place, but my Sparco knob doesn't seem to have anything like this - never the less that thing is on very solidly. How do I get it loose?


    I'm thinking its probably just threaded on with some lock-tite, but don't want to mess anything up doing things the wrong way. Any help would be appreciated.


    Doc

    The Captain and I took a trip down to Fort Smith, AR a few weeks ago. Weather was still relatively nice and the ride was great.

    Ft. Smith has one of the greatest collections of outdoor art I've ever seen - murals on many buildings downtown run from abstract, to science fiction and lots of old west themes.

    This mural is one of my favorites - couldn't resist posing Ruby in front of it. I asked the Captain to pose, too - but no soap on that one, I guess I'll have to be content that she will ride with me once in awhile!

    I've found that I have a problem seeing the speedometer in unfavorable light. If I am driving in the sun or bright conditions, often the speedometer is in relative darkness and I cannot tell how fast I'm going.

    I tried a number of solutions, but found a small LED directional flashlight, and attached it with some Velcro to the underside of the plastic shield over the speedometer and tach. This stays put, activates easily, and gives me the light I need to see the dash when I'm driving into the sun. Not a life changing mod, but a good $2 fix for an annoying issue!


    @rabtech - Arkansas is out of the question right now :00008172:
    Thousands of spiders cover Arkansas highway in huge webs like 'thick carpet'


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    Oh HELL no! I checked, Bono AR is only 180 miles away from me - heck, anywhere on the same planet is too close! At least they are little guys... photo below is a Chocolate Tarantula - the largest spider native to Arkansas. Males like this guy travel for miles to find a mate - we see them walking across the lawn and driveway in the fall, but always alone! The black and yellow beauty is a bit smaller - about the size of your palm. She is an Agriope Aurantia, also called a Banana Spider. This little lady's name is Shelob, she lives along the fence line on my ranch. That fence behind her is 4x2 inch mesh, but the way - just to give you an idea of scale. :)

    Lived in Riverside County, CA for many years - wildfires can be very scary. Folks have died in fires from driving past a blaze, and lack of oxygen has starved the engine and the "brilliant" computers and sensors shut the engine down because the fuel/air mix when haywire. Computers did this to protect the engine - but Bavarian engineers never envisioned driving to escape a fire.


    Bottom line - be very careful! Have a plan - and a backup. As an asthmatic myself, I wouldn't drive in smoky territory - even with a cabin air filter. They work pretty good on particulates, but nasty gasses from the fire come right in past the filter - some of them you can't even smell.


    Be safe!

    Had a chance to test the Slingshot - and my cold weather gear - early this morning. I rode from Elkins to Huntsville and back on highway 74 - about an hour round trip at average speed of 55mph; left before dawn at 6:00 am, returned about 7:10 as sun was coming up. Some of you Eureka Springs veterans may know the route, winding 2-lane road, mild hills, almost never straight for more than half a mile or so. Phone said 17F, Slingshot hovered between 18-19F, but when I stopped to take a photo, by the time I fumbled with my phone, temp on thermometer rose to 20F, engine heat, I guess! Wanted to give a detailed report on my cold weather gear and Ruby's performance in the frosty weather.


    Because we have relatively high humidity here, even in the fall, when the temperature drops precipitously like this, we get a heavy layer of frost. Driving the slingshot in this sort of weather takes extra care. I found the valleys and shaded spots had quite a bit of frost sheen on the road, but for the most part the pre-dawn traffic had eliminated the frost where the tires go, and front grip was okay once the tires warmed a bit. Back tire was another story! Frost on the crown of the road frequently made steering skittish, rear tire wanted to slide off the crown one way or the other into the tire groove. I never felt out of control, but I didn't push things on the curves or hills either. Overall, I felt safe enough as long as I didn't push the speed limit and payed close attention to road conditions. I could see perfectly, and driving into the sunrise, I had an excellent view of where the road was frosty - but I wouldn't want to try doing this in the dark at all.


    I have no electric or warmed gear at all. No reflection on those of you who ride with heated gear, but growing up in southern Wisconsin and snowmobiling on the Chain 'o Lakes and Fox river in sub-zero temps, well - I just didn't feel I needed any of that. For cold gear I had a regular pair of jeans, wool blend undershirt, lined flannel shirt, wool socks and boots. Wore my Schmidt quilted bib-overalls and ScotteVest Quest jacket with liner, thin balaclava, GMax full-face helmet, scarf, Carhartt max gloves.


    Basically warm & comfortable the whole way. Took the time to walk the dogs for 20 min before to get the blood flowing, get used to the chill before mounting up. Head, neck, torso, arms, thighs - warm and comfy the whole way. No issues there. Did feel some cold air coming up the pantlegs, next time I'll snap the zipper seals shut on the overall legs and do the old snowmobiler's trick and tie a string around the ankles to seal out the cold. GMax helmet was fine, kept the face shield down -15but cracked just a bit until I got up to about 45 mph, then sealed it completely shut - no fogging issues at all, the helmet ventilates well and my vision was never obscured.


    The Carhartt gloves were the only fail. Fingers cold and stiff after about 20 minutes - especially left hand. Razor windscreen on the SLR doesn't protect the left hand/shoulder from wind very well - suspect some Baker air wings and ski mittens are in my future! Mittens are much warmer than gloves because your fingers are together and not separated.


    All told, I had a blast and am ready to keep riding in chilly weather. Winter in the Ozarks can be a wild affair with temps swinging from low 50's to -15 F. But apart from rain & snow, I am pretty sure my Ruby is a 10-11 month a year vehicle. Yesterday (about 40 F) a woman driving a beat up Ford Fiesta stuck her head out at a stoplight; "Aren't you freezing!!!"
    "Aren't you bored to tears driving that thing!?" I replied, laughing maniacally as the light changed and I roared off.


    Cold is no barrier to driving your slingshot - just pay attention to road conditions! Remember: There is no such thing as bad weather - just bad gear!