Sunday, Oily Sunday
Triumph recommends oil changes for the Scrambler every 6000 miles, or every year, whichever comes first. I have just under 5000 miles on the Scram, but a lot of my riding has been in dusty conditions, and I am going to be riding a lot over the Memorial Day weekend, so I went ahead and changed the oil, today.
I went down to the auto parts store and got a container to drain the old oil into. It should hold the next change, as well, before I have to take it to the recycler.
I also bought a long-necked funnel, crucial to avoid making a mess, with the high pipes in the way of the filler hole.
Speaking of the filler hole, I suppose there is probably a special factory tool for removing the plug. I have always used a Park cone wrench. It fits perfectly into the slot on the plug.
Camping may be a challenge, so I changed up my approach, for this trip. I am leaving the hammock behind, and taking my tarp/bedroll and a self-inflating air mattress. I also have a small rain cloth to use over the top of the bedroll if it rains, effectively turning it into a bivy-shelter. I hope that I don't need it...
I attached one of the bags I usually use when I ride to Tennessee on the Trident, so that I can carry some clothes, eating supplies, etc, down low. I am going to commute with the load on the bike, and see how it behaves. By Thursday, I should have a handle on how it will work out.
Since the bike is all loaded up, I will be driving the truck this evening! In about 45 minutes, I will load up the guitar and drive over to Kaos Pizza, on South Pearl Street, and sign up for the open mic night. A few of my coffee shop buddies are supposed to show up, so I hope I don't forget the words to my songs, right in the middle of it.
Wish me luck.