Joy Riding

I picked up my Harley today from the shop, after having 16 in. ape hangers installed. I arrived ready to pick it up today at 2pm. When I got inside they told me there was a problem. My heart sank a little further into my chest.

They told me they were bleeding the front brakes and they weren’t getting brake fluid to pump through the new brake lines. They told they had spent the last hour pumping and the master cylinder was not emptying the brake fluid.

I thought great, it’s Saturday and they are closed on Monday, so it will be Tuesday before I get my bike. They told me they would keep at it, but there were just two hours before they closed. I watched them work on it for about another hour, when one of the guys got up shaking his head and went to his tool box for a big screw driver. He then took off the brake caliper from the front tire and stuck his screw driver between the two brake pads and the fluid came rushing out.

He kinda laughed and said its fixed. They filled it up with brake fluid and took it out for the test drive. I was so happy to see the bike when he came back and gave me the thumbs up. I paid a lot of cash, like you do anytime you are having work done on a Harley and suited up for my ride.

I will admit it was strange to ride with such big handle bars. I was a little nervous at first taking my first turn, but once I got down the road a few miles it all started to feel like I wanted it to feel. I admit it does look a little strange, but I got a huge smile on my face when an MC club pulled up at the Harley shop and they all went over to my bike to take a look. They asked if they were 16’s? I told them yeah, I just got them installed today. They liked it and asked where I got them done at.

I did not have them done at Harley because I was told they did not have 16 in Ape Hangers for the 2012 Sportster. But they did tell me about a shop where I could get them done, The Hogg Shoppe.

I had a few extra cards and gave them to the MC club that was checking out my bike. I spent the day riding and got used to them fairly quick. I can’t wait to get back on it tomorrow.

Getting 16 In Ape Hangers Installed Today

I have been wanting to get some Ape Hangers ever since I bought this bike back in 2012. I finally bit the bullet and ordered the parts, $300, and dropped it off at the Hogg Shop. Got a call to come in and get fitted for them. So I took a pic while it is still being worked on.

I can’t wait to get this baby on the road.

If you own a motorcycle, send me your pics. I would love to put them up on the blog. You can send them to [email protected]

Be sure to tell me the bike info and your name.

Don’t Try This At Home

I like buying things off as much as I can. You can find some great deals. So when my wife asked me to get her an elliptical machine for her to workout, I figured that this would be a great time to check Groupon and see if I can save some money.

I went to the Groupon site and did a search for elliptical’s and found several to choose from. The price ranged anywhere from $399 to $2200. I had wanted the BowFlex Max Trainer personally and they run about $1700 for the M5, which is the mid level machine, but she thought that machine would be to difficult for her. So I found the Freemotion e5.5 elliptical for $599, which is great cuz if she loses interest in it I won’t be out to much money. Like I said I personally wanted the Max Trainer, I would have used that baby also. I paid the $599, and they offered a set up service for an additional $99, which I passed on. I would later regret that decision.

So I ordered it and received it and received it today. The box it came in weighed about 350 lbs and was about 7 ft long. The driver who delivered it said he would only help me get it inside the front door, no further. So we dragged it in and it was not easy. That thing felt like a ton.

I opened the box thinking that it would be mostly assembled, wrong. It came in about 20 pieces. I assembled all the pieces in the room it was to be set up in. I wasn’t in the mood to put it together, so I left it and took a nap. Once my wife got home I showed what we were up against and started to attempt to put it together. It was a b&#%&. You have to lift it up and attach to brackets, which are impossible to do by yourself. I spent about 3 hours getting those two pieces on with the help of my wife.

I finally gave up when I could’ figure out which bolts they wanted me to use to put the dashboard on with. The bolts looked nothing like the instruction manual pics. I came to the conclusion that this wasn’t going to happen. Luckily they included a number to their set up service. I gave them a call at 11:15pm and the very nice lady who answered said that will be $187 to have someone come out to put it together. I said what happened to the $99 service? Well, you only get that when you are ordering. After that you pay full retail.

I was also informed that it was a two man job, duh. So the moral of the story is when you are offered a set up service in the initial order, take it. I wish I had. I can usually put stuff together with no problem, but I should have realized this was going to be more than I could handle. I could have spent that 3 hours playing Xbox or something.