St Francis Motorcycle Museum
As I was motoring across Kansas I saw a sign that said St Francis Motorcycle Museum this way. What the hell I though, this should be fun. I wasn’t disapointed.
The middle of nowhere Kansas, 30 miles north of I-70 is a random place to find what turned out to be a really nice collection of motorcycles. The museum opened in 2016 and it’s mostly a collection of old American Iron, though there was one wall dedicated to a choice selection of Japanese and European bikes.
After spending some time perusing the museum I got back on the road and made my way towards Denver. That’s when I noticed the exhaust leak we fixed in North Carolina had returned. I made it to Denver easily enough and I picked up a new exhaust gasket. One of the inmates from ADVrider.com invited me to spend the night at his place and gave me the garage space I needed to replace the exhaust gasket.
The next day I was up and on the road with grand plans to ride up to the top of Pikes Peak. The previous night’s accommodations were a little over a hundred miles from Colorado Springs and as I was making my way south a thunder storm started to roll in. Deciding descrestion is the better part of not low siding again, I found a hotel for the night.
Bike Wars: the Exhaust Leak Strikes Back. The next morning I could hear that stupid exhaust leak again. This gasket didn’t even last 200 miles before it blew out, and it’s the third exhaust gasket in 3,000 miles. Something is causing the gaskets to blow out and I need someplace that I can work the issue out. Albuquerque is less than 400 miles south via I-25… So I called my Mom and let her know to set an extra spot at the dinner table; I was headed her direction.
On the way back to Albuquerque I thought long and hard about continuing this trip with Overkill. With all of the minor (and not so minor) mechanical issues I’ve had with this bike, I am getting burned out on riding. To be fair to the bike, all of the issues I’ve had with her are due to the massive amounts of farkles I installed and lack of testing.
Not continuing the trip really isn’t an issue. The show must go on, it’s just going to happen on 4 wheels. I present to you my 2013 Chevy Silverado aka Freddy. Having learned my lesson with Overkill, I didn’t do any mod’s to him before we left. Well, almost no mods. I did put a new set of all terrain tires on him.