Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
– The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, November 19, 1863
The Nation of Patriots is a charity that I was lucky to find out about right when they began. The organization raises awareness and funds that is distributed directly to the families in need who have or still serve in our Armed Forces. The organizers themselves are all volunteers which makes them able to give out 100% of all the money that is raised.
Once a year there is a national effort to move an American Flag across the United States of America. The Patriot Tour starts on Memorial Day and is escorted by motorcycle between groups of individuals who receive the flag, then move it to the next group of riders, each group advancing the flag across this great nation and eventually arriving back where it started on Labor Day.
For what ever reason, this specific charity has sparked something in me and I have been 100% behind it since they started in 2009. My personal goal is to ride escort to the flag a little further each year. In 2015, my riding buddy and I rode with the flag through three states and we witnessed it’s passing between five different groups of riders for approx. 500 miles. In 2016 I rode with the flag through four states and nearly 800 miles.
Last weekend, I attempted 1,500 miles in 24 hours. Think about it for a second… if your total moving average speed was 60 mph, you would only complete 1,440 miles in a day. We had to average at least a 65mph speed for entire day.
We planned, we prepared, we failed. Mother nature was not on our side. We planned to leave Las Vegas and go Lake Elsinore, CA and back to Vegas which would be 500 miles. We then would pick up additional riders who wanted to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours, and the group would leave las Vegas a second time and go to Grand Junction, CO and back for an additional total of 1,000 miles.
Five riders attempted the first 500 miles and as we got back into Las Vegas, one of the riders was feeling more fatigued than what he thought he should of. We also looked at weather in Grand Junction which was a high percentage of rain with thunder and lightning. Putting our judgment on the side of caution, we aborted the ride and only completed the first 500 miles.
Lessons that I learned:
1) You can not ride 1,500 miles as a group. You can leave as a group and arrive as group but managing traffic must have a “every man for himself” mentality.
2) Don’t have a midway stop in your home town, it gives people the mental option to quit and some will take it.
3) Don’t start your ride in the late evening. if you start your ride at 8pm,your body is already telling you it’s bed time and that you should stop. It’s not a great way to start a distance ride.
This is how Carley stands now. Starting to look pretty damn good. 🙂 The new pipes are great, it moved the power band to where I like it, starts to kick in in about 3,000 RPM and really gets boost of power at 3,500 RPM. I even got to plat with a 1200 Sportster on the way home through Lake Mead today… poor guy backed off at 100 MPH. There are more pictures in the gallery.
Oh speaking of the exhaust…. I got some MP3’s… recorded with a professional audio recorder, mic levels, distance from bike etc stayed the same between the two recordings.
FLHTK w/Stock Pipes
FLHTK w/ Screaming Eagle High Flow Exhaust
I took Carley II into the dealership on Sat. They called early to tell me that my exhaust has arrived. When I dropped the bike off I also asked them to do the 1K Miles service, install the LED Fog Lights and Fairing Switch, programs the Spot Lights to stay on with the high beam and to install Fairing Mount Mirrors. As part of the deal with the new bike, the dealership was to also move my JRI Shocks from the Street Glide over to the Limited.
Later on Saturday afternoon, I get a call from the dealership asking what kind of shocks were installed on the Street Glide, I relayed the information then asked why he was asking. It seems the dealership has already sent my bike to auction along with the shocks that there were supposed to put on my new bike.
I ordered and received the Harley Front Fender “Name Plates” though they aren’t actually name plates. There were needed to de-badge the front fender. The “Limited” logo on the front fender is held on with 3M Double Sided Tape, but it is aligned using three holes on each side of the fender. The de-badge process is the same just heat up the area with a hair dryer of heat gun and run a fishing line or dental floss behind the emblem to remove it. Once removed you can use 3M Adhesive rover or in my case, Goo Gone to remove any access tape residue.
Its *IN* not *ON*…. I go the call from the dealership today they got my exhaust in and they wanted to schedule a time for me to bring the bike in. I told them that they can expect me on Saturday and that they will be performing the 1,000 mile service as well. I only have 800 miles on the bike and I just went on-call… so I have some late night rides ahead of me. I’m also having the LED Fog Lights moved over from my Street Glide, along with my shocks and new set of fairing mounted mirrors.
At my dealership, they like to play the customers favorite song over speakers inside the dealership when someone buys a new bike. They get to ring a brass bell and all the employees will come over and thank the new owner, etc… etc… I pretty much know everyone there already and told them I can dispense with the hoopla but asked if they would play my song for all to hear. I was curious if they would do this… apparently they had second thoughts when I told them it was “Fuc|< the Pain Away” by Peaches. I told them it was OK, that I was just more curious if they would actually do it or not than actually hearing the song…. besides it was already on my playlist, I can listen to it any time.
Its not my first time on a >2014 Limited but somehow it does feel different. Because this one is mine. The bike was turned over to me just outside the front door with of the dealership, with 6 miles on the odometer… where I immediately drove it out like 50 yards and started doing tight figure-8’s in the parking lot… my salesman was cheering me on.
The hard part was the initial engine break in, I was told to keep it under 3K RPM for the first 50 miles and 3.5K for the next 500 miles. So, I ran up to the Valley of Fire to re-create my profile picture from my Street Glide. Varying engine RPM’s through the ride. Once I got to the Valley of Fire the first 50 miles were done so I could now hit 3,500 RPM. I would now be in gradual twists all the way home, so as long I shifted earlier than normal I should be OK. Id did find myself going through the turns at a pretty good clip though.
I have basic familiarity with the stereo already but I forgot to bring a sync cord for my phone… which as it turns out won’t fit in the little “phone box” anyways, so I was listening to my playlist via bluetooth. While going through a function tests of the stereo I found that every time that I keyed the CB, my song would get paused. A quick tap on the “press-to-talk” would un-pause it. But as a Road Captain in our HOG Chapter, we use CB’s a lot… this will get annoying very quickly if I can’t get it to stop.
Got home with 140 miles or so on the odometer, put my highway pegs on, my Hardbagger Top Shelf tray and the Custom Dynamics Dynamic Rings front LED indicators.
I then decided that I wanted to de-badge the bike, I wanted to do it on my Street Glide but never did it. This time… what the hell.
I took some measurements on the current placement just in case I didn’t like it. I used the pin stripe line as a reference.
The dealer called yesterday to tell my exhaust was back ordered for 30 days, so I went down today and picked it up with 6 miles on clock. I’ll will take it back in once the exhaust is here. As soon as the keys were handed to me, I was off to the Valley of Fire to get some pictures and return via Lake Mead to put some extra miles on her.