Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Replace a Windshield

Most of my stuff on here has been political, but I felt like mixing things up a bit, so I'm posting stuff about things I'm doing on my new motorcycle.

When test riding the HD Softail, I noted some wind buffeting about my head, so my first upgrade was a windshield by Long Ride Shields . The shield has a little “flip” at the top to direct the air up over the riders head.

Starting in with the stock windscreen:


After removing the screen from the forks, I noted the frame was assembled with Torx machine screws:


Upon dis-assembly, I found the screws at the junction points of the frame were slightly longer that the rest, so I carefully set them aside from the others:

Since all of the frame pieces are separate, when reassembled, the alignment of the hooks that connect the shield to the forks may be misaligned, so I just put everything together loosely, and mounted the whole thing to the forks to make sure my alignment was correct:


Before fitting the rest of the screws, and tightening everything completely. Since the two lower screws are behind the running lights, I had to remove the shield to completely tighten them. Once everything was in place, it all fit back together nicely. It’s about 1-½” shorter than the stock screen, but other wise, from the front, it appears completely stock.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lamestream Media

Does anybody else notice lately that the media has been screaming headlines about every Republican wanting to kill Planned Parenthood, stop all abortion rights, and basically put women back to being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen?

Is there a method to the madness? No news about the economy (it still sucks), no information at all about the possible failure (again) of GM, just mudslinging at the Republican party.

I expect it from Hollywood, making movies is an art form, and traditionally, the Democrats support the arts more than the Republicans do (mores the pity), and Hollywood is just kissing the hand that feeds them when they support the Democratic party. My concern is when the mainstream (lamestream?) media is only reporting one sided news in support of one party. I'm sure Walter Cronkite is spinning in his grave at the shenanigans of our current news media.

In short, PLEASE take all the ranting headlines about the more whacko members of the Republican party as just that, ranting about a small minority of whackos (the Democrats have them too!), and research things yourself before making a decision in November.

The Liberal Republican

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Legalize NOW!

OK, so most every study that anyone is allowed to do shows no bad effects, and some good effects from smoking pot. So why isn't it legal?

Is it possible our elected mis-representatives are being paid off by the drug cartels to keep it illegal?
Maybe the big pharma companies don't want this drug available because it does so many things so much better than their expensive products that they push on us? (They pay big dollars to our government)
Maybe the enforcement agencies are putting the screws to our government to be sure they don't lose their jobs?
Millions of dollars wasted on the "War on Drugs", and we have totally lost the war.
Take the money away from the drug cartels (pot is a huge moneymaker for them) legalize pot, put American farmers to work with a crop they can grow and make money on. Tax it reasonably, like alcohol, and clear up the debt, put people to work, and stop the idiocy!!!