The '52 has been running perfect. Starts great, good power, lean jetting (but not very good economy) about 30mpg??? But, like I said, runs great ! I've been excited about the Full Tilt Show for about 2 years now. I called Pete on Friday, "I'll see ya dude." I just purchased new Nelson Rigg rain gear to replace my 20 year old Hein Gericke suit. Saturday am (it's raining - not real hard) - I suit up in full gear just as it stops raining. By the time I fueled and hit the road - I was so hot in this thing - like a sauna in there. The sun popped out - but darker skies ahead. As this foggy shit developed - my chopper starts this slight "surging shit" . . . and I can run about 70-73mph (speeding) and dangerous. Or I can run about 50. I make it about 35 miles. Shit - what's wrong with the piece o' shit ???? I'm pissed. I fuck with it, take off the air cleaner - try it again - nothing better. I decide to go back home. All the while I'm thinking. All the things it could be. I get back and I change the air bleed and put a few different jets in my pocket. All my electrical is checked - it's all dry.
I take off again (nice weather, kinda sunny even) - and as soon as I get about 50 miles away - I run into heavier rain - and it starts doing it again. Now I could give a shit. I'm telling myself I'm fucking done with motorcycles. This sucks. I'm taking up some different hobbies. I've done all I can do with motorcycles - I'm burnt out - I'm tired - I don't care anymore - I feel I'm wasting my time with this crap when I could be doing something that would benefit mankind. I turn around - again. I'm pissed. As I ride back at 50mph - I start thinking about my ironhead Sportsters. The black '64 would run rings around this panhead. Those ironheads are bad-ass motors - and I should have built an ironhead chopper instead - Here we go again.