2007 CVO Rally in the Canadian Rockies
1-14 JUL 2007
started on July 1 by going to the Cape
a picture of
the bike on the
We then went to work for two days before heading out on Jul 4.
We made it to
The next day, while in
, we hit a
pothole that really jarred the bike. We
developed a squeal every time we hit a bump after that, but the real problems
The bike started sputtering so we took it back to the dealer but they found
nothing wrong so we continued to St. Cloud for the night.
the morning, the bike was revving at 2K at idle so there was still a problem.
We made it to
dealer did not want to look at it because of the Power Commander.
So we continued to Jamestown, ND
5+ hours, the dealer replaced the Engine Air Temp and the MAP Sensors.
While there, I found my seat screw missing so I replaced it and hoped it would
fix the squeal, it didn't. We could
Around 7 we were in middle of nowhere, ND (near the beautiful Roosevelt National
Park) when the bike started sputtering again.
Not wanting to ride at risk at night we rode another 60 miles and got a
room in eastern MT. Saturday morning, we limped to
go faster than 62 MPH or the bike would sputter.
The dealer, after a lot of pleading, took the bike in...he also did not
want to work on it because of the Power Commander...so I removed it and showed
him that it was not the problem. He
found that there was an intake leak (caused by the bump) creating a lean
condition and the Throttle Position Sensor shot and none available in MT.
There was also a nice new groove in the tread of my tire from that new
seat screw I installed. The dealer
felt we were overloaded, causing the tire to wear out the seat nut under the
fender. They replaced this also and
said that the tire should get us to WA where we had a scheduled 5K service.
Now we had to wait for a part from Harley which would not arrive until
Tuesday Morning, it was early afternoon on Saturday.
So we rented a car and for the next couple of days doing
Teton, NPs by car staying in
Jackson Hole, WY Sunday,
returning to Billings Monday Night.
Tuesday, the bike was repaired by mid-afternoon and we continued west, the
squeal over bumps was still there but the engine was running fine.
We made it to
and the next
morning rode up to Glacier NP and the Going to the Sun Highway ending the day in
Thursday we made our way to
Friday, Jul 13, we made it to the west coast and took a picture at the
We continued up the coast to the
Hurricane Ridge. From there we took
a ferry across Puget Sound and stayed the night in Burlington
WA. On Saturday, we took the bike up to
scheduled service. After delays
longer than needed, the bike was ready but not before the dealer pointing out
that my rear wiring harness under the fender was all worn and shorting out,
unfortunately they did not have a spare in stock.
He also blamed it on being overloaded.
We skipped the afternoon trip to Vancouver, BC
to the same hotel we were in last night where we met up with a couple of riders
that were going to Canada