That time of year again: bike storage for the winter

Sadly, especially with living in Canada, with the last quarter of the year comes the tracking of the daily temperature highs and lows. I will typically put off storage until the cold really becomes unbearable and my Sportster starts to voice is frustration with being started up in near freezing temperatures, last year waiting until somewhere around the middle of November. This year however, a good opportunity for storage came up and I figured that with being busy with school and work, it was probably better to put the bike away. A friend of mine clued me in to a very good deal for winter storage, and for anyone who lives in the Toronto area, I highly recommend it as well. SOAR Services offers winter storage until May 1st, pick up and drop off, as well as an oil change for $250. For me, that will work out to less
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The Great Chinese Motorcycle Adventure Pt. 2

As we were making our way slowly on the shoulder of the highway, a police officer ended up pulling us over. This obviously made us pretty nervous given that nothing we were doing with the bikes was legal, so pretended not to know any Chinese. The cop however turned out to be very friendly as he apologized for his poor English, explained how we couldn’t drive on the highway like that, and escorted us to the next down. Driving through this city was pretty interesting as we were winding through an army of gigantic trucks along a dirt road riddled with ditches. Soon we found a motorcycle repair place, 摩托车修, that was really just a hole in the wall with scooters out front next to what I’m pretty sure was a brothel. However, we still managed to move the tire back and make the chain taught and all for free.
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Speedometer cable troubleshooting

As I recently mentioned, my speedometer suddenly stopped working. Browsing the internet and my owners manual didn’t offer much help, so I sought aid from a gent at a nearby parts store. I hope you find the following info helpful and relevant. Diagnosing: The first step is to disconnect the cable from the back of the instrument panel. The cable runs from the back of the speedometer to the front wheel. You will only need pliers for this. Now, with the cable free from your instrument panel, spin the front wheel by either pushing the bike or getting the wheel off the ground and manually turning it. If the speedometer cable spins, the problem is in your instrument panel. The cheapest solution is most likely replacing the speedometer or entire instrument panel if necessary. If the speedometer cable does not spin there are two likely problems: either the cable has
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Symptoms: dry starts and long warm up

After I got back from San Diego, the bike was about due for another oil change (less than a week but almost 3000 miles since the last one). I decided to avoid the cost of bringing it to the shop and do it myself. This was the second time I’ve changed my oil, and I plan to write a post with pictures on how to change the oil on a post ’04 Sportster. Symptoms: After both times I changed my oil, I noticed some differences from when they did it at the shop. First, I would have trouble starting up the bike. Without fail every time I first pressed the ignition, I would get a dry start where the engine wouldn’t catch and then the second try it would turn over. The second problem was that once it was started it would take well over a minute to warm up
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