Me and My Shadow

Last summer my husband and I, with our friend Bill, rode our motorcycles to the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  During the trip we realized that my motorcycle, a 1987 Honda Shadow 700 had developed an oil leak.  I wasn’t burning oil, and there wasn’t any oil dripping that we could see, but my motorcycles was consuming oil.  Shortly after getting home from the great motorcycle trip (almost 3000 miles later), we ran a few tests and it was determined that the valves were leaking.  So, a few months ago, my husband took the entire engine apart, which he has never done before.  While having the motor apart, he found out that it’s impossible to find parts for my old motorcycle  After 2-1/2 months of working on the bike, honing the cylinders, lapping the valves, replacing the valve stems seals, fixing a cooling leak, and cleaning everything, my motorcycle is back together and running again.  Woohoo!  So, the first sunny day after the repair, I took it out for a spin.  It feels good to be back riding my motorcycle again, and it’s running really well, thanks to my darling husband.


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