For those of you that read my blog posts it may be shocking that I haven’t blogged about a motorcycle since October 12, 2012. That’s far too long! Over the winter months I have been working here and there on the motorcycle. Doing the normal maintenance like oil change, cleaning, sitting on it and making engine noises because weather isn’t permitting outside fun.
Of course, one of the things I have done is use my E-Vac Brake Bleeder. After successfully bleeding my brakes I took my front suspension to a local motorcycle race shop to have it refreshed and new seals installed. This is something I don’t have the correct tools for so I have to hand it over to an expert. We then got to talking about bleeding brakes and getting all the bikes ready for this race season. So I explained the E-Vac system to them and they didn’t believe it would work as easily as I stated.
After showing them a brief video of it I was able to see the wheels start spinning in their minds. Suddenly they realized that they could use one in the shop and that there were applications that I didn’t think of.
The main application would be for bikes with a hydraulic clutch. The clutch fluid needs to be changed out and the air needs to be bleed out of the system as a regular maintenance item just like the brake fluid. The reason I hadn’t thought of it is because I have a cable driven clutch.
Hopefully with the weather today nearing 50 degrees I will be able to get an E Vac in their hands and let them see that the way they were bleeding fluids is obsolete and this is best, easiest, and fastest method to do so.
The old methods are shown in the video below. (Please don’t try to siphon brake fluid by sucking on the brake line. You don’t know where that line has been.)
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This Sunday afternoon I will be leaving for a two day trip to The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for two straight days of Motorcycle “Racing”. It’s my second track riding event of the season and isn’t even actually a race. For those that ride though they may understand how amazing it feels to be out on the track without having to worry about drivers that are distracted by cell phones or not seeing you. This is because it’s only motorcycles and they even divide everyone one up per their skill level. Here’s a good video of one of the Coach Riders having some fun with the Intermediate and Advanced group. (Yes, the reason I chose this video is the music and I know the rider. Also, yes, those are his dreadlocks you can see every now and then. )
The last time I was at Mid-Ohio I ran in Novice class on my SV 650. I was told then that I should be running in Intermediate but the class was too full so just hang out and work on passing. This year instead of going straight to intermediate I am hanging back in Novice for the beginning of the day just because I am still learning the ins and outs of the 600RR race bike I will be riding this year.
Along with the bikes the three of us going will be taking all of our protective gear, lots of snacks and drinks to keep our energy up, and an entire workshop of tools. This is because we never like to be at the track and not get to ride because something breaks or comes loose. I can guarantee our EXAIR E-Vac Motorcycle Brake Bleeder will even be in the tool box.
As long as everything goes according to plan I’ll be right back here on Wednesday and start working on another Friday blog that I can hopefully entertain all our readers with.
I know everyone has that list (that hangs somewhere in your house or in your head) of things that need to get done. Something that has jumped to the top of my list to get done this weekend is installing an electronic brake controller on my brother’s 2009 Chevy Silverado. Along with race prepping the bike for the final track day of the year. (It’s ok if you cry. It’s a sad time of year when we don’t get to ride anymore.)
While I am no stranger to electronics in vehicles through my experience as a MECP Installer, I am always a little hesitant to deal with the electronics which handle the brakes for the vehicle. So I checked out all the installation instructions and wiring diagrams and found an easy “How To” video that will help me to install the unit.
Then once the unit is installed I will have to test drive with the race trailer empty just to ensure the trailer brakes are in fact working and something like below doesn’t happen.
As long as everything is good then next weekend my friends and I will be on our last trip to Putnam for the year and we will hopefully all be coming back with our MCRA Race License.