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Thread: Trailer & Tools for the Cannonball

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihrescue View Post
    a window air conditioner compressor which is relatively silent.
    This reminds me that 20 years ago I was at a conference in Crete where my room had an air conditioner that was virtually silent. I'm reminded of that every time I stay in a hotel and the window A/C sounds like a diesel truck starting in my room each time it kicks on. It was hot and humid in Crete but that A/C unit -- I still remember it was made by Sanyo -- had no problem keeping my room cool and comfortable. I know from this experience that it is possible to make a very quiet compressor, but for some reason they're all quite noisy.

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    BoschZEV, i'm sure you have thought about security to keep your tools and trailer safe. Nothings foolproof but I think about a couple of few years ago was it Shelby who had his chase trailer stolen on a cannonball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuklhd View Post
    i'm sure you have thought about security to keep your tools and trailer safe.
    I certainly have, but the measures I've taken aren't for discussion on a public forum.

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    Nice job on the trailer Charles. Good info, thanks for posting. I’ll print your tool list and put it in my moto-van, so I know what I can borrow from you. It will be a handy reference. Are you planning on having a beer fridge?

    Seriously though, one of the things I’m struggling with in my support vehicle is how to safely and conveniently carry assorted bottled spirits, of the single malt variety. I did install a plastic cup dispenser in my van after the 2016 Cannonball though, because I found that the waxed paper coffee cups from the hotel would start to leak after a couple of strong cocktails. The struggle is real, but we must do what we can to maintain a civilized existence.

    Oh, and on the subject of security, I’ve been thinking about painting ‘Bob’s Diaper Service’ on the side of my van to deter thieves. What do you think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    how to safely and conveniently carry assorted bottled spirits, of the single malt variety.
    Kevin, rather than throwing away those plastic oil containers after you empty them into your Indian, do as I do and recycle them as shatter-free Laphroaig decanters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    I did install a plastic cup dispenser in my van after the 2016 Cannonball though, because I found that the waxed paper coffee cups from the hotel would start to leak after a couple of strong cocktails.
    This reminds me of the time I ordered a Courvoisier at a Holiday Inn in Rock Springs WY and the waitress returned with it in a styrofoam cup and asked if I wanted her to microwave it to warm it up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    on the subject of security, I’ve been thinking about painting ‘Bob’s Diaper Service’ on the side of my van to deter thieves.
    That's an excellent idea. Don't tell anyone, but one of my secret security measures was having 'Billy Bob's Septic Tank Service and Rodent Disposal' painted on the side of my trailer. The logo is a rat clinging to a brown "raft" floating in a cesspool. It cost extra to have it painted in color, but the artist captured the hue and texture of the "raft" perfectly so I think it was worth it.

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    My old box truck had a D.O.T. placard on the back. I'd flip it to infectious waste when i parked for the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwl View Post
    Nothing at all against the Cannonball but your suggestion works best for me. I don't play well with others. It's my problem though, not theirs.
    I agree with John, I ride alone and really enjoy it, sure I have problems some times but always work them out, plus it is a whole lot less expensive, this is just MHO however, what ever is good for you, go for it, thanks, Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry May View Post
    I ride alone and really enjoy it,
    I do most of my riding alone and also enjoy it. However, I don't normally set out alone a 3000-mile trip on a 90-year old motorcycle.

    While there are a few people on the Cannonball who ride as teams, always keeping together, it happens that most of the people ride alone during the day. It's quite normal not to see any more Cannonball motorcycles on the road than "normal" ones, other than at mandatory lunch or dinner spots, plus in the motel parking lot.

    Basically, you ride alone on the Cannonball. The major difference is there's an enforced discipline of having to have your 90+-year old machine ready to leave each morning at 8 am, day after day for two weeks, and arrive ~200 miles later each evening by 6 pm. That a few others had tour busses and hordes of mechanics as support was as completely irrelevant to my own riding experience as it is when someone pulls up next to me on an expensive motorcycle I can't afford myself.

    Other than the aspect of riding alone during the day, the Cannonball certainly was a different riding experience than I ever had before. I'm very glad to have done it. As I may have mentioned earlier in this thread, I'm currently involved in a big project that will have me very busy next fall so signing up for the 2020 Cannonball wasn't something I could even consider. Meanwhile, I hope the information in this thread helps a few others as they prepare for their own Cannonball experiences.

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    The 2020 cannonball will be my first. Another question for you, you mentioned breakdowns earlier. What were some of the more common breakdowns you’ve seen. And any good suggestions to do now while my bike is completely apart?

    Thanks for all the info

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    Magnetos, magnetos, magnetos, valves ,valves, valves. Other than these six it would have to be inner tubes and generators. Make sure you pre air up all inner tubes and check the seams especially tubes from Tedd's and Coker. I use Michelin and have never had a problem.



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    Quote Originally Posted by d_lasher View Post
    The 2020 cannonball will be my first. Another question for you, you mentioned breakdowns earlier. What were some of the more common breakdowns you’ve seen. And any good suggestions to do now while my bike is completely apart?

    Thanks for all the info
    Last edited by Jerry Wieland; 11-28-2019 at 02:54 PM.

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