All accounts of Stage 10 were that it was cold. Brutally cold. Our rider Matt Olsen informed us that most bikes had trouble starting today, the JD needing to be bump started. That starting trouble wasn’t limited to just the vintage bikes as even modern rides had some issues – even Joe Sparrow on his Goldwing that travels cross country non-stop had some issues with getting up and going in the morning.
After an hour on the road Matt informed us that he needed to stop to get himself warmed up and that his gloves had frozen on the handlebars. Most riders said that these were the coldest conditions they’d ever ridden in – a wicked 26 degrees farenheit. With that Matt stopped off at Old faithful and let the bike and himself take a little break.
Unfortunately continued spark issues meant a coil replacement for the Museum’s JD – a Shovelhead coil made a handy replacement and with help from his wife Brittney and museum representative George he was back on the road today.
“After riding in some of the coldest weather I have EVER ridden in and getting through it fine, the coil failed on the JD. Some say the original JD coil is best, but maybe not. I got transported in, and luckily got my hands on an old state-by-state Antique Motorcycle Club of America Directory. A local guy named Adrian suggested Jackson Hole Cycle. They had a Shovelhead coil I put on. I also gave up on the generator and have things set up as total loss, which has pretty much been the case since Day Three anyway. The bike is running as good as ever, idles fine. My thanks to George and Brittney who stayed up late to help.”
Matt also reported that Buck Carson seized his bottom end, but his team got the bike rebuilt overnight. Steve Simpson on his JD threw a rod and that one of the BMWs was having some serious problems.
“We ride 299 miles to Mountain Home, Idaho today. I’m ready and the bike feels great.1398 miles to San Francisco, I am hearing.”