The Suzuki Cavalcade Newsletter
Emailed to you at No Charge.
Available by snail-mail for $36.00 a year ($3 per month).
To unsubscribe, reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the Subject field.
CADE RAID ~ 2002
The International Rally for Cavalcades
qCADE RAID 2002 is set for September 16-18, 2002 at the Honeysuckle Inn Resort in Branson, Missouri. You can visit their web site at www.honeysucklebranson.com.
qPlans include exhibits and displays by suppliers; classes and workshops; rides through the scenic Ozarks; evening entertainment packages; an awards dinner and other surprises. Our goal is to gather at least 100 Cavalcades in one location.
qYou should get your reservation in early. There are only 65 rooms blocked for our group with a special discounted rate. Half of those are already reserved. You must identify yourself as attending the Suzuki Cavalcade Ownerís Group meeting ("CADE RAID 2002") to get our group room rate. The Inn is giving us a tentative rate of $55.00 per night. They do not expect this to change. However they will not be able to guarantee this rate until September of this year. We suggest you book NOW to hold your room. ~ The room rate includes free continental breakfast, or you can opt for a full breakfast with a discount coupon instead. You can also book extra days at the same rate if you wish to arrive early or stay longer. The toll-free phone number for reservations is 1-800-942-3553. Those who wait until the last minute will have a difficult time finding lodging.
CADE RAID 2002 CONNECTIONS
Hello All, I am thinking about going to the Cade Raid 2002. I will be leaving from Lexington, SC and was wondering if anyone was going from this part of the country. I would also be interested in meeting up with others along the way. ~ Bob Morse, Ď86LX, email: email@example.com
Say Caders, Have you heard anything about a merger between Suzuki and Kawasaki? Read the following email which I receive this week. I'd be interested in any in-put. ~ Jay
By technology standards the Cavalcade should have surpassed the Goldwing years ago. Who knows, Suzuki and Kawasaki merged on 09/05/01 -- the next secret project could be called the KAWSUZUK - Half Cav, half Kaw -- would be an interesting bike concept. But according to resources it is only to combine company resources yet maintain separate identities and concentrate on a bigger cruiser line. This would help keep them ahead of the competition, Yamaha, Honda and maybe even Harley. The information was announced in the Canadian biker site, never saw anything here in the states regarding the merger. ~ The decal would be a nice addition. I guess I'll be going to Branson next year (God willing) after writing this I am making the reservations for my wife and me. I really enjoy this web site for our bikes and the group as a whole. This keeps the Cavalcade alive. With resources that keep growing too bad Suzuki didn't feel that way. Sorry for rattling on, just like my Cade since the first time it was introduced in the showroom. ~ Joe Secor
Go to the Kawasaki web site to read all about it. ~ Tom
Kawasaki & Suzuki Announce Alliance
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corporation have agreed to join forces in the development, procurement and production of motorcycles and ATVs. The alliance is expected to strengthen the companies' global motorcycle and ATV businesses through combining resources. It will allow production of more new and improved models for our customers at competitive prices. Kawasaki and Suzuki will each continue to maintain their own brands, completely separate and independent from each other. We will each market and sell only our own brand motorcycles and ATVs through our respective dealer networks. The companies will begin utilizing each otherís expertise for cruiser, scooter, motocross and ATV models. Each company will continue its independent development of large displacement sport bikes. Kawasaki feels that through this alliance we will be able to better meet the varying needs and expectations of our customers and more strongly compete in the global motorcycle and ATV industries. ~ Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Just a personal opinion, but I feel this is a positive move for both companies and for us. This could be the new Cade in the future. It will be interesting. The Cade technology was way ahead of other cycles. Maybe a Kasuki Cade? (with electric reverse?) ~ mojobo2000
I had a good ride today. Riding a Cade is such a visceral experience. Do let me indulge in just a bit of philosophy that may sound like blasphemy to the true believer in cavalcades. At the end of the day, what is the really most important thing to a good mount? There are other bikes that are as reliable as the Cade, some which are faster, some with more torque, some may even handle better. But when all is taken into account, the critical issue is the comfort for the long haul. If the position of the bar, pegs, seat is just right, then that is the right bike. Thatís why I have had other bikes come and go, yet the Cavalcade is the machine that gets the new tires on such a regular basis. Itís the one that needs em. ~ Spike
°°° Felicidades !!! I used to be at the "Chat room" every Monday for a while. I listened more then talked. nobody mentioned about your SuzukiCavalcade.com new page. Today, I did and was surprised because the changes. Enormous changes. Congratulations. I want to say thank you for your acceptation as a Member. I am sure that you heard about the Cavalcade that I bought from an a Illinois gentleman. I will pick it up this month. I want that you know that two friends own a Cavalcades here in Guadalajara. Will be three with mine. Probably you will have a Mexican branch very soon.. Thank you and ° Felicidades de Nuevo !
~ GermŠn Toledo. firstname.lastname@example.org
There was some mention of a list of those who would help out stranded or tired out-of-towners. Where do we sign up. I have been helped too many times not to lend a hand. ~ S. J. Lucas
Anybody know where to get this book??? "Extreme Twisties" This book is said to combine the best of the best in roads for traveling by motorcycle. A selection of choice runs will help plan that fantastic road trip and enjoy the pleasures of the open road. ~ email@example.com
A search at Amazon.com yielded no results.
Hi all, I just found this site while looking for extreme twisties.
It seems like a good site. Maybe we can add something like this to our site and members can always update it as they find new fun roads to ride on. If not, then we can add routes to this site. I'm going to add 1 to Indiana, seeing how none is listed as of yet. This is a GREAT idea, where we can all benefit from others knowing of what routes are worth taking. What do you think Bob or Jay or any of the rest of ya?? ~ Brian in IN, Ď87 tt Gray LX
I have one question about the height of the windshield. It seems too low and the wind really buffets the heck out of my wife at freeway speeds. What might be the best route to put this problem to rest? She really is uncomfortable with it after just 90 to 100 mi. ride. Now she says she will have to think about going for a ride again. Heck I just bought it last Friday huh! Thanks for any advice! Maroon over Miami 86 LXE.... Kevin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Well Kevin, You could do what I did and get a shorter wife. OR, you do know that the Cade windshield does adjust up and down? You have to remove the metal guard above the faring. Personally, I like a low windshield. I prefer to look over the top of it rather than through it. Are you sure the wind she is getting is coming over the top? Some have added wings on the sides of the windshield to reduce wind. If Rick doesn't have them, Everett Honda probably does. Also are the vents in the lowers closed? That may be a factor. What about her helmet and riding suit. Are they giving her good protection? Is she too cold or is it the buffeting of the wind she doesn't like? ~ Jay
Hello All, Just got the ok form yahoo to use the Cavalcade_USA mail. I have had a 1986 LXE for 3 years. Have had little problems with it. had to replace the stator (not hard). I live not far from a Willes Cycle used cycle parts, and they rebuild them there. I have 63K on it and would leave for any point in USA with little worry. Every thing works. Just replaced all the switches in the radio and I sure enjoy it. My wife (Elaine) and I just made our yearly trip (Trail Of Tears) our 4th trip. There were close to 90K bikes there, but could not find an other Cade in the whole place. I had people come and say I had or have one of theses bike. But was riding some other that day. I had a get time as I was do. I have replaced my clutch and front brake levers and tanks with a 95 vs1400 getting away form those bad switches, they now have micro switches and work all the time. Willes Cycle has a radio in stock, but will need new switches I checked it out on my bike. If you need something there let me know and I will look at it for you before you order it. I sure would like to have some highway boards or pegs, does any on have some or what to get? Also I saw on Cade page about turning around the bars mount, I did not like it that way, and did not fix the problem. This is what I found. Use the right tires. Look in the owner's book and get the right tires. Yep mad it much better going back to OEM. But what made it best was using the right air pressure. The book calls for 28PSI front and 40PSI rear. Its not a sport bike, but, I found it much better than what it was when I bought it. If I can be of other help e-mail email@example.com
Just wondering who's Cade that was on page 26 of the American Motorcyclist Magazine? Notice, it's at the head of the pack. ~ Roy
I've been discussing with some members the possibility of pursuing limited production runs on some Cavalcade accessories. One item I feel is essential on any If we could get Clarion or some other radio manufacturer to do a short production run on an integrated CB for our Cavalcades, how many of us would be willing to purchase one? AND, how much would we pay? ~ Jay
Jay, I think you hit the nail on the head with that last sentence. What kinda price tag are we talking about? I thought the CB kit was well over $500. Myself, thatís pretty salty for a CB. Now if we can find a company that will retrofit a unit to the Cade and keep the cost below, say $250, then that would be a lot closer to what I feel it would be worth. So in this poll, lets include what we are willing to spend for such items. Another item that I would be interested in is rotor covers, for under $100. How about a back lit digital voltmeter for under $50, map cases for under $75, trim rails for under $50?now you got me started....... I could go on and on. I'm set on the backrest and trailer hitch, and floorboards are on the way, sometime. :-) Maybe someone can put together a list of what these items cost back when they were available, so we know what to expect and can make a decision on if they are willing to spend that much for said items. Just a thought. I'm anxious to see this list, so some of you owners that bought this stuff start digging through your receipts. LOL ~ Brian in IN, Ď87 tt Gray LX
How many Cade owners do we have in southern California? When the West coast Cades owners gonna have our ride too? The East Coast owners are having theirs on Pen. I wish I can make it but...... anyway please have a lot of fun and take many pictures so we here in the West Coast can enjoy see them... and maybe we can make our raid too. ~ Tony in LA
~ MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS ~
STUCK FORK CAPS
I was going to replace my fork oil (46k miles), when I tried to loosen the fork caps...no go. Got out the 'manual' impact driver and no luck there either. Both are stuck really good. I put some penetrating lube on them...still stuck. I avoided using a cheater bar.. I might be able to find someone with an electric impact driver I could borrow, but if I'm not mistaken the caps are aluminum. Any thoughts? I've considered heating them up with a propane torch, but that'll take a lot of work to protect everything. ~ Brenden
Try wrapping the heck out of them with a plastic tipped hammer, then add more penetrant. I destroyed one trying to do the same job. They are still available from dealer. $25 each if I remember correctly. Good luck. Hope you don't have to drill and easy out it like I did. ~ KennG
Dab on some penetrating oil, let her set overnight at least, but donít use a torch. Aluminum has a higher coefficient of thermal expansion than steel, so if anything you would want to put dry ice on the cap. Which, come to think of it, might get it loose, but try that before you try the oil, since Iím not sure the freezing point of penetrating oil. Better idea: tape some aluminum foil around the top of the fork to act as a heat sink, keeping the tube relatively warm, and put a piece of dry ice on the cap, so that the cap stays colder than the tube. ~ spike
Got it last night, picked up a good quality impact driver (still manual hammer kind, but works much better) and a decent 19mm impact socket. I was using a wobbler socket (the only 19mm I had at the time) which probably absorbed a lot of the impact. Now I'm off to find new axle bolt clamp studs, previous owner just about stripped off all the threads.. ugh! ;-). Any tips for wheel bearing removal? I've got new bearings, aluminum and brass rods to punch them out from behind.. Anything I should be wary of? ~ Brenden
Question for you Cade riders. I recently replaced my front tire on the Cade. However the tread pattern does not match the 491 Dunlop that I have on the back. The problem is that I seem to find myself fighting just to maintain control of the bike especially when Iím on roads that have uneven surfaces. Plus Iím getting a lot of what I call wobble, or the bike bouncing back and forth. Any thoughts as to why? ~ Vada
Make sure the tire was balanced when it was put on. You might want to have the back tire balanced also. It might have thrown a weight. ~ Brian in IN 87 tt Gray LX
I have the same problem - I think. In my case, left fork is leaking oil like crazy, I think is pretty empty by now. At first I was getting wobble while turning. Now is getting bouncy when riding in straight line. When riding on uneven surfaces - seems that rear of the bike does not want to fallow the front much. I think rear shocks ( that are pretty much done) have something to do with it. Yes Tracy, I will fix all this ..........during winter......If I have to...........I guess. Ride On ~ Wojo, 86LX
The type and style of tread pattern between the front and rear tires shouldn't have much to do with handling except over grooves in the road that run parallel to your tires. If you are getting any wobble that wasn't there before, you may have any number of potential problems. As I understand it, your bike was laid down (not by you) so you may have an alignment problem between the front and rear tires. You can check this easily with a length of string (or straight edges) running from the front tire to the back tire. You should find that the front and rear tire are in exact alignment with each other. Put the bike on the center stand to do this. Also, in the accident, the steering head bearings may have been dented and you now have a notchiness in the bearings that don't allow the forks to come straight naturally as the tire comes up to speed and the centrifugal force takes over. Get the weight off of the front end and turn the bars from side to side. It should feel smooth without any noticeable detents or roughness. There may be a slight drag (normal with tapered roller bearings) but it should be smooth. You can do the same with the front end on the ground but the tire drag may prohibit knowing how it actually feels. Also, the front tire may have been improperly mounted or you may have a bent rim. With the weight off of the front end, hold the forks in one position (like to either full right or left lock) and spin the tire (you made need to loosen up the brake pads by pushing the calipers back and forth to move the pistons back in the bores). Hold some reference up next to the side of the tire and then next to the rim to see if there is any run out in either. There should be only a little (say less than .030), if any run out in the rim and the tire shouldn't be much more than that. Also, see how the tire is running on its OD using the same technique. Also, you may have bent a fork leg. The forks may be out of alignment with the triple-clamps. You may have a cracked fork brace (if its the stockier) or even a cracked or stripped bolt hole that the brace bolts to. Or it could even be the web that is cast into the fork leg. Or, you could have a tweak in the frame that has either increased the fork angle (or decreased it depending on your perspective) or canted the forks to the side (should show up in the alignment test described above). You could even have a cracked upper triple-clamp (they are cast aluminum) or just a loose bolt somewhere (like the axle bolt or a fork-brace bolt, or a triple-clamp bolt, etc.). Lots to check. Check one thing at a time until you find the culprit. ~ Tracy
This is Ryan again having problems with the compressor. The push button for automatic level compressor valve kicks open but compressor doesn't come on. It works with the seat buttons fine. Just doesnít work with the auto level. If any body can help I would appreciate it. Other than no air in my shocks, everything else works well. ~ Ryan Could there be a problem with the level switch on the rear suspension? Do you have Tracy's CD or a repair manual? ~ KennG
Ryan, Remember that CD that you paid me so much money for???? Put it in the CD-ROM drive of the computer because there is an entire section that discusses the compressor system operation. ~ Tracy
It's working! I can hardly believe it but I was able to take the motor out of an old Sears Craftsman cordless drill, change the drive gear and it was almost a direct replacement. Only problem I see is it is only 9.6 volts. It does supercharge the compressor though. I would still buy a compressor in case it doesn't last. ~ Jim
What is a good air pressure to run in rear shocks? been change from the compressor, running 50 psi but I think it could use more. ~ Milton
Milton, Before Gideon (Ď86 GT) became a trike, I normally road two up with 65 lbs. in the shocks. I also carried a small bicycle pump just in case I found a need to adjust it. ~ God bless, Bob D. IN
INSTALLING THE RESERVE TANK
I have received my new reserve overflow tank but the spacer/cushions that go between it and the engine were backordered. Mine were nonexistent...the reason I melted a hole in the tank in the first place. Can anybody give me the specs on these. There are two of them, must be different sizes as ordered by two different part numbers. Any help on material and size would be appreciated as I am sure I can fabricate them myself, just want them to be as close to spec as possible. Thanks. ~ Dennis Vanill, http://vanill.topcities.com
I have gas running out from under the carbs. Could this be a float sticking and running out from the overflow tubes. If so if I just tap it you think it might losing it up? I hate to have to tear the carbs apart.
If the CB ainít too much I would be interested. Who has an after-market windshield for sale? Thanks ~ Ryan
Blue On Blue, LXE í86
Ryan, Yes ,tapping on the carbs will sometimes free a stuck float, but not always. If it does, then I recommend putting some Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas for a couple of tanks to clean the carbs up. It really helps, did on mine anyway. Below is a few links for windshields for the Cade. What is not too much for the CB??
hope this helps, ~ Brian in IN, Ď87 tt Gray LX
Ryan, If tapping the bottom of the carbs doesn't cure the problem, then the floats may be stuck. If the carbs are original, itís possible that the floats need to be replaced. They run about $25.00 each at the Suzuki shop. If you do the work yourself, then itís only parts. However if you have a shop take care the matter, then $300-$400 will be needed. Can't help with the CB. However, the windshield can be found at J.C. Whitney. Go to web site http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=71268&BQ=mot&_requestid=122562 Parts Number 01ZX7047T, Price $94.98. Hope this helps. ~ Micky, "Gray 87 LX"
Ryan, Had this recently with my brother's Cade, which had been sitting in a desert clime for about a year. In that case it was the gaskets on the float bowls; they had dried out so that gas was pouring out from the bottom of the carbs. ~ Robert Schindler
Looks like the tubes between the carbs are leaking wont know for sure till I tear them apart ~ Ryan
Ryan, Look in the service manual at page 6-8. There is a line drawing of the carb setup showing the distribution of the fuel to the carbs from a common supply. It may be the o-rings where the tees enter each carb or the short connecting hose. ~ Tracy
It is the o-rings, looks like one of them deteriorated. ~ Ryan
Need some help on this one. I have a small (drop by drop) oil leak coming off the head of the cap screw that holds the left (while sitting facing forward on the bike, in case someoneís wondering) exhaust pipe to the base of the engine. It only drips when the engine runs and there's no oil showing on the sides of the casing. It isn't running down from above. I've taken the bolt out of the casing and there is no flow of oil from the hole. The threads don't seem to go all the way through the case either. There is something that appears to be a home made gasket on the bolt installed by someone. My only guess is that somebody once installed a bolt that was too long and punched through the casing causing this small leak when the crankcase is pressurized by the engine running. Any other ideas? ~ Dwayne '86 LX
Leave the bolt out and start the motor. ~ Tracy
I think I have the old problem of a seal leak on the secondary gearbox. Iím planning to go on a trip late next week. Really don't have time to get it fixed. If I take along oil for the engine. Does anyone feel that I will have any problems while traveling? ~
Better plan on taking along some 90w for the secondary drive. Thatís what kind of oil is in it and it's separate from the motor oil. Better take along some nose plugs too, that 90w sure does stink. LOL It's a good idea to check the level before you take off. To check, remove chrome side cover above and rearward of the left foot peg, remove 1/4 plug on side of secondary gear box and fill with 90w till it comes out hole. hope this helps. ~ Brian in IN 87 tt Gray LX
It depends on how quickly the oil leaks. If it is in the secondary gear box, you need 80w90 oil. Be careful, as the engine heats up it may leak faster. ~ Gerry in NY
Well, I had to pull the secondary gear drive housing to get to what I think is the clutch slave. I recently bought the Cade and it has been sitting. I removed the clutch slave and found that the cylinder inside was all gummed up and needed cleaning. I guess my question is what do I put in the gear drive box as far as fluids and how much. The manual says gear oil but what came out looked like motor oil. It also recommends 11.2-11.8 oz. Does this sound correct? Any help would be grateful. ~ Allen
The front bevel drive takes gear oil in the 80-90-weight range. I would put in the best stuff you can buy. You may have a little engine oil leaking into the housing causing it to be a little thin or maybe the last owner didn't know what belonged in there and mistakenly put in motor oil. The book says 90-weight except for under 32-degree outside operating temp. Put it in until it runs out the level hole (a separate screw on the side). It should be about 9.5 to 10 oz. Use the good stuff like a synthetic or semi (Amsoil is always good). ~ Tracy
Allen, just to confirm the quantity sounds about right based on the manual. I've been running Mobil One 75-90 weight - synthetic for a couple of years without any leaks or problems. Just listen to Tracy, the Cavalcade Guru. ~ Al (also Allen) from Mass.
Did you replace the compression washers on the clutch line? This could keep it from building up pressure. Iíve been there and done that. ~ Ryan
Just a note , I had the failing clutch switch this summer. I took out the little wafer that has the connecting wires, noticed there is a small platform just before the parallel connecting poles, I shaved , this platform down with a knife, this allows the contacts to connect again with a slight, wiggle, of the clutch lever to the right. Not a perfect solution but its been working fine so far. I will replace it this winter. I hope this little trick might save you from being stuck on the road somewhere. p.s. for you newbies, take the plugs out of the handle bar clamp an use an Allen wrench to loosen the bolts then you can turn the lever housing up, only then remove the 2 screws that hold the switch.. this will save you from loosing the little spring to gravity, makes it much easier to work with. ride on ~ Larry
A couple months ago I was driving in the 91freeway intersection with the 605 (Los Angeles, CA) and I had to pull over because the bike stop running. It didn't started. I was scared to dead because people over here drive crazy on the freeways. ~ I towed my bike home and called a friend who has 3 Cavalcades; he told me the problem was the clutch switch. I ended up connecting the wires to another switch. Now it's perfect. I guess? ~ Tony in L.A.
Another trick to working on those switches is to OPEN the respective glove box and line it with a towel, therefore if you drop one of the TINY pieces it'll fall into the glove box lined with towel. As for the brake light switch, it also allows you to drop it out of cruise control. If you have to squeeze it so hard the front dips, you probably should adjust it. If possible as the BRAKE lights DO NOT COME ON till it makes contact. So if youíre traveling slow enough to use ONLY front braking, your brake lights MIGHT not be coming on. It could cause a REAR ENDER with a CELL PHONER. I just replaced my brake light switch. and the easy way to keep the spring contact up in the slot is fill it with silicone grease also keeps rain or dripping water out. Will try and post the plans and or drawings of the fender ext.>> rotor covers>> and light bar drawings/wiring diagram Sorry I couldn't join the WELLSBORO bunch, just have too much to do before winter. You guy's N galís enjoy your ride and BE SAFE. Ride Safe Walter n Maryland
Al Pomerleau was kind enough to send me a helmet lock to replace mine which fell off while I was enjoying the feeling of wind blowing in one ear and out the other. I learned a few things while installing the new helmet lock that can save you some bother and expense if yours comes off and a buddy sends you get a replacement. First, if you still have both your helmet locks, go right now, take the single Phillips screw out, dab on a drop of Locktite and put it back on. Takes about 1 minute to do both sides. Now, if on the other hand, you are a silly goof like me. And neglect to do this. And one of your helmet locks falls off. And a buddy sends you one of his. There is an easy way to set it so that your key will open the new lock, without buying any parts. Take the remaining helmet lock off, then take off the two small Phillips screws that hold the back together. Work over a large salad bowl so that the small steel detent ball doesnít get lost. It will fall out when you take the two screws out. Thereís also a detent ball spring you will want to catch in the salad bowl. Once you have that apart, you will see four kinda oval shaped thingies that serve the same purpose as pins in a door lock. You can remove those, but remember which slots they came outta, donít mix them up. OK, now put your key in the helmet lock that your buddy sent you. See which pins line themselves with the surface of the cylinder. Take out all the pins that do not line up. It might be all four. Then take out a pin or two from your original helmet lock and place them in the corresponding slot where you just removed a pin. Worst case is that you removed all four pins from new lock and transferred two pins over. Now your key will open both locks. There is a price to be paid, however. If you have only two pins in each helmet lock, there is a 1 in 16 chance that *someone else's* Cavalcade key will open your helmet lock, whereas before it was only a one in 256 chance. Since there are two helmet locks, there is now about a one in *eight* chance that some other yahoo on a Cade can open at least one of your helmet locks! So if you go on a Cade raid with eight other Cade riders, there is approximately a sixty three percent chance that at least one of those other Caders can open at least one of your helmet locks! So now I ask you, how *well* do you know those other eight Cade riders? Would you open an email from them if you knew your virus software is out of date? Would you let your daughter go out with one? Would you take one of them home to meet your mother? Of course not! No way Jose! So buy yourself some peace of mind, and go put Locktite on your helmet locks. ~ Spike
You can save your lock by also setting the pins so that they are higher than the barrel of the lock and file them down to the barrel of the lock. If you are lucky enough to get all four pins rearranged so that they are higher then you will have your lock complete again. Make sure that the pins are level with the barrel of the lock so file carefully! ~ Skippy
Regarding the helmet lock that Al Pomerleau sent me, I compared and found that one of the slots held a pin the same size as mine, so I only needed to transfer one. So that helmet lock has a 1 in 16 chance of another cadreís key opening it, and the other lock has three remaining pins so its only a 1 in 64. So I have a solution: Ill lock Shelly's helmet in the three-pin lock and my helmet in the two-pin lock. My reasoning is that few normal people can wear my helmet for you see I have a really skinny face and a bulbous head, all the better to contain all the silliness therein. ~ Spike
BATTERY TENDER JR.
Help, what battery tender (Charger) do I need for and 86 LX. Just started looking and am totally confused on which one to get? ~ Neal '86 LX in NJ
Get one that has a float circuit. It prevents overcharging. You can buy them locally at Wal-Mart and other stores or order one from Harbor Freight www.harborfreight.com . ~ Tracy
The "Battery Tender" brand one has my vote - the pigtails come up in the right map pocket and plug right in, no hardware to take off. ~ Bob G.
The Battery Tender Jr. works great on small 12v batteries, including motorcycle batteries. A link to their web site is at www.SuzukiCavalcade.com . ~ Jay
Can anyone help me on this one? I am new to this whole thing and the bike. Last week I bought an Ď86 LX. It is in great shape and seems to run great with low miles. However, after I got it home the battery seemed a bit weak so I replaced it on Saturday with a brand new YUASA. It ran fine Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday. I went for a semi-long ride sort of only about 35 miles. The bike started great when I left the house, and about half way there I turned the headlight on. When I got to the store I shut everything off and went in and did my shopping. When I came out and put the key in the dash lit all up like normal, but when I turned the started over the battery was dead. I had to get someone to jump it and it ran fine to get me home but I had the headlight on it was dark, and even after driving it home it wouldn't start back up. Right now I have the charger on it recharging the battery. Has anyone experienced problems with the charging system? I am getting ready for a 1200-mile trip I don't want to be breaking down with the Harleys. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, ~ Larry "Silver Fox"
It sounds like the stator....reference the SuzukiCavalcade.com page in the maintenance section....first thing I encountered when I bought mine....if you can do it yourself...not hard...you will save a lot over having a dealer do it. ~ Dennis Vanill, http://vanill.topcities.com
Larry, One of the first things to check is the negative battery cable connection where it splits about 6-10" from the battery terminal. Many in the group seem to have had the problem with that crimped connector getting corroded and not making a good connection. If that is the problem, cut out the connector and install a new one and seal it up with something, not for sure what would be the correct sealer. I'm sure someone else in the group can help me there. If thatís not the problem, then a check of the stator, regulator/rectifier is in order. hope this helps. ~ Brian in IN 87 tt Gray LX
Check www.SuzukiCavalcade.com for lots of info on the charging system. It's either the stator, the regulator/rectifier, or the connections between. There is a detailed test procedure at www.electrex.com . ~ Tracy
New problem here and it should be an easy one but it's got me stumped. A "friend" decided to re-tape two wires coming off the clutch and down the handlebars. The wires are black with white tracer and green with white tracer. After they were re taped the Cade would not start in neutral. After pulling in the clutch it will start but this is not correct. Also, the radio volume only comes on when the clutch is pulled in. Not when its out (disengaged). Where do I go from here? ~ Allen
Has anybody had any trouble switching from a NGK-PJR7A to a Champion-810 RA8HC. I may have other problems than switching plugs but I thought that would be one place to start. I have checked to see that all were getting fire. I've check the fuel pump and changed the filter, carbs were just checked out and cleaned. Any thoughts as to why it wonít start would be appreciated. Thanks, ~ Roy in TX
I know you've probably already checked this, but is the kill switch (right grip) in the run position?
Oh, and I personally don't like Champions in a bike. Some might disagree. If the plug change was the only thing that you did, and if it has run since you put the new plugs in, you could have fouled them.
Put the old ones back in. ~ Tracy
I tried those once; they only lasted a few thousand miles. I like the NGK DPR8EA-9. They're about $3 and the last the entire season. ~ Gerry in NY
I changed to champion because of the cost and availability, and they run fine in my bike. Changing plugs doesnít take long. It appears they may not last as long as NKGs but itís hard to tell. I'm satisfied with the champions so far. One reason I made the change was because I felt I needed to change the plugs on a trip. Finding champions was easy, but in small towns I couldnít find the NKGs. ~ Peter Linden
I used the Champions for several years without any noticeable difference. I did change them every year as part of my spring routine to get the bike ready for the riding season. I went back to NGK last year after having my carbs rebuilt and although the bike ran like new I think it was a result of the carb work and not the plugs. No change in MPG. I average 35 to 38 with either brand. I do think the NGK's will last longer but the Champions are more cost effective. ~ Ray & Lin LeTourneau, "In the Woods" firstname.lastname@example.org Nekoosa, WI
Roy I had them (Champions) in my 86 Cade with no problems they seem to work just as good as the NGK ~ BobL
Nancy and Larry - well - you haven't done the speedo head yet? I replaced mine within two weeks after I returned from the Canada trip (ordered from Suzuki parts for $63.00). You will note that the head is already packed with grease from the manufacturer. I just made sure that the cable was well lubed (with Lithium spray grease from Honda) from one end to the other, and then added a little more to the head itself - but not too much for it to run out. Then installed the head. Speedometer runs like new now. No noises. Good luck. ~ Craig
New member here from Florida. I have pulled and cleaned the clutch slave cylinder and cleaned it very well. Upon re-installing it the clutch line would bleed but not build up pressure. When I re- installed I had the cylinder in the outward most position. Should I have had it in the "in" position? It's not leaking out of the back so I know the seal is good. Dealer says the seal is bad. This can't be this difficult to do. Any suggestions? I have a replacement on the way from the dealer. ~ Allen '86 LX
You said you cleaned it well. What did you clean it with? If anything other than brake fluid, then itís a good thing you have a replacement on the way. Gasoline is an example of something that will destroy the seals. Ironic, isnít it? Brake fluid will destroy a lotta materials, but those materials that will stand up to brake fluid will be dissolved by many non-polar solvents. ~ Spike
There's still air in it. If it ain't leaking fluid, the seal ain't bad. Keep bleeding until the lever gets firm. Remember, hold the lever to the bar and open the bleeder valve. Close the bleeder valve before you let loose of the lever to grab another shot. It's a bitch, but it will bleed eventually. Some guys have pumped the fluid in from the bottom and have had good luck that way. Even a length of hose with a fluid level above the master cylinder may be enough to get the fluid to push the air up. Air doesn't like to go down. ~ Tracy
Another way to do it is attach a clear plastic hose to the bleeder valve, open the valve and gently pump fluid down until you see fluid start to rise up the tube. Then keep pumping it until the fluid coming up has no more bubbles in it. Do it slow and easy, so that the bubbles can rise up through the column. Get a stand of some kind and tape the tube up so the end of the tube is the same height as the master cylinder reservoir, but not higher. Otherwise when the fluid level gets higher in the tube than the reservoir, the fluid will flow into the reservoir and could overfill it, which will cost you $103.31 plus a lotta bother. ~ Spike
Allen, Try this method of bleeding the clutch system. In late evening fill reservoir to top. Set the cap on and let set over night. Be sure bleeder valve is closed. As stated air doesn't like to go down so let it go down and back up and out in its own time. Early in morning the reservoir will be almost empty but the vent should still be covered with fluid so that air did not go back in system. Add more fluid and you may have to open and close bleeder valve one or two times in usual way. This method has always worked for me. NO fuss and no mess. ~ LU, MD, Ď88LX
I'll give it a try, thanks. From all of the feedback I've been getting, it appears that it doesn't matter if the core is "in" or "out" when re-installing. My thinking has been that if the seal is good enough that fluid does not leak around it to the backside then it should be good enough to build up pressure. Thanks ~ Allen
I have a question for the group, My clutch lever has to be almost all the way out before it catches when starting out in 1ST gear, is this normal or am I in need of some new clutch plates? My '86 LX has about 36K miles on it. Any help would be appreciated ~ Phil
Mine is like that too. Itís been that way since I've had the bike. I installed new Barnett clutch springs and that helped eliminate slippage, but did nothing for the travel. 77,000+ on original plates. ~ Brian 87LXE in CT
Phil, Yes, it's normal. Go to heavy-duty clutch springs and it will grab sooner and last a lot longer before slipping. With the standard springs, the clutch will start to slip after a while, but the plates are still within limits. ~ Michael
Were can I get the heavy-duty clutch springs, can I get them from my local Suzuki dealer, how difficult are they to replace? ~ Philip
Phil, Since the Cav has a hydraulic clutch system, there is no adjustment that can be made because it automatically adjusts for wear just like the brakes. The only thing that one can do is change the fluid in the system and make sure it is fully bled of all air. The plates don't generally wear out but can become glazed if the springs get weak or you tend to haul heavy loads and/or you like to slip the clutch a lot and/or you like to test the 112 horses with a full load. If your going to go to the trouble of replacing the springs (easy, under the right side engine side plate), you should at least look at the outer plate or two and measure them to make sure there is nothing going on. You can buy the Barnett springs from any motorcycle supply that sells Barnett. You probably ought to get a side cover gasket though and that will have to come from a Suzuki dealer. ~ Tracy
Phil - When I replaced my springs, I did the following: 1) Drain engine oil 2) Remove right-side case cover - remember where the screws come from, there are 3 different sizes 3) Remove all old gasket material from cover & case & clean thoroughly 4) Remove 1 spring bolt, replace spring & reinstall 5) Remove opposite bolt/spring, replace and reinstall 6) Repeat for remaining 2 bolts/springs 7) Test clutch lever checking for feel & movement of plates (optional) 8) Place new gasket on case gasket surface 9) Reinstall case cover 10) Add engine oil & check for leaks 11) Ride the hell out of it. This is a VERY general list of steps needed - all together took less than 90 minutes to do. The springs I ordered from my local Suzuki dealer, was less than $10 for the set of 4. ~ Brian 87LXE in CT
FRONT END ALIGNMENT
I was in an front-end accident (some one pulled out right in front of me) anyway I was able to find a complete front fork assembly. Since I repaired the bike I get a vibration at about 50 MPH and seems to get worse the faster I go. I don't think I aligned everything correctly. Is there a certain sequence to reinstalling the front forks I should have followed to make sure everything is in line? I had the front tire balanced but it made no difference. Phil
Phil, Tire rim, check for straightness (spin with tire off ground). Bearings, shake wheel with weight off tire. Axle, is it straight? Loose bolts, that's obvious. Cracked fork brace (if stocker). Front/rear tire alignment, bike on center stand, string or straightedge along side both tires. Should be in line. ~ Tracy
I got new progressive shocks for the rear, but the darn adapter isn't expected to be in until the 24th... So, could anybody explain what the adapter adapts to? Does it just adapt the stock air hose to the T fitting that comes with the shocks? I'd like to just install the T and use them without the on-board compressor connected for the time being, if I'm going to do that I'd like to make it as easy as possible to install the adapter later. thanks. ~ Brenden Walker
I have progressives as well but not the factory compressor. I use an after market compressor on board, distributed by Reed Industries. I believe though that you should be able to convert the factory rubber tubing by using a barbed connector to a compression fitting. Parts available at most hardware stores. ~ Ray & Lin LeTourneau "In the Woods" email@example.com Nekoosa, WI
I have an 86 LXE that has not run in about two seasons. I started calling around to find a shop to service it and no one wants to touch it - too old, don't work on touring bikes, yadda-yadda-yadda. Does anyone know of a reputable Cavalcade mechanic in the Chicago area? Thanks, Tyler
~ SOUND SYSTEM ~
Today all of the switches on the radio except the HS/SPKR switch decided not to work. Obviously all of the switches could not become defective at the same instant. Upon looking at the radio manual, I saw that all the functions of tuning etceteras are backed up in memory by a lithium battery, which has a nominal life span of 7 years. Can I assume that if I replace the battery, the radio will work correctly again? Also has anyone on the list actually replaced the lithium battery and how difficult is it to do. I have lots of experience with repairing electronic stuff but would appreciate any first hand advice before I tackle the job. ~ Mike
When my radio went out, all but two switches didn't work. I replaced the battery at the same time as the switches. I had bought the battery online through a company in Toronto. The battery is a Sanyo CR14250SE (order with axial leads) The battery came in a box labeled DANTONA COMP-7-5P. It is very easy to replace, just de-solder and solder back. I do have an extra one if you want one, new in the package. The switches I got from Digi-key, which worked well. The battery holds the station memory. You can test the battery with a meter and check if itís below 3V. Lithium batteries last a long while and then fail at once. ~ Don Dorion, Ď86 XL
One switch is stuck in the down (on) position, which causes none of the others to work. Change all of the switches and the battery while you're at it. ~ Tracy
Once again the list has come to the rescue. Thanks for all the advice on my radio problem. I think Tracy has the correct diagnosis now that I have studied the problem more fully and consulted the radio manual. One stuck switch will cause the others not to work. Now I have another winter repair project. I will replace all the switches and the battery while I have it apart. ~ As for the oil leak that I had reported earlier, I did further investigating and it appears that it was a very small amount of gear oil that had seeped past the output shaft oil seal over the 15 years of riding and had been sitting in the rubber boot. I drained about an ounce or two of oil from the boot and after over 1000 km of riding, there is still no oil build up there. The oil that was there was very clean, almost like new. I will leave well enough alone and change the seals when they really start to leak more oil. Thanks to all, ~ Mike
Hi Gang, since we're on the subject of radios, has any body had trouble with the automatic volume control. I find that mine is loud when at an idle and then it gets quite till I get about 45mph then gets very loud at hwy speeds. I have tried to adjust the volume and the "AVC" switch with limited success. I also noticed that if I slow it down to about forty or so then get it back up to hwy speed, it gets even louder without touching any of the controls. ~ T.O. í86 LX Go to http://www.billydump.com/cav/download.htm and download the troubleshooter for the sound system and the radio repair manual. ~ Tracy
I've been discussing with some members the possibility of pursuing limited production runs on some Cavalcade accessories. One item I feel is essential on any touring motorcycle is the CB radio. Good communication between motorcycle riders not only adds to the enjoyment of a ride, but can be a tremendous safety feature. As a tour leader, I frequently warn those behind me of hazards on the road. (potholes, debris, bicycles, chicks in convertibles.) Ease of use and clarity are important safety features in a motorcycle CB. If we could get Clarion or some other radio manufacturer to do a short production run on an integrated CB for our Cavalcades, how many of us would be willing to purchase one? AND, how much would we pay? It might be interesting to take a poll. We are now 460 strong. Would 10% of the group want a new CB? AND, would that be enough for someone to be willing to manufacture them? As far as I know CB's are still available, you just need to know where to get them. If any of the members are interested please e-mail me at Mrcade@maine.rr.com and I will look in to them closer. ~ J Watts
~ PARTS AND ACCESSORIES ~
Any in our group have or know were I can find upper mirror & passenger armrest I have a Ď86 LX. My mirrors are to low. I can only see 1/2 of what is in back of me. Let me know. ~ Dennis R. Khrompaint@yahoo.com
I'm looking for a left shock absorber on a Cade 86. If you have one please tell me your price in were you are Mario from Quebec Canada ~ Mario Picard, firstname.lastname@example.org
I need a motor for an air compressor. The pump is ok, but the motor overheats and shuts down. It does this even when it is running free. HELP !!! need it for the PA. run at end of month. ~ Jim email@example.com
I am looking for a crash bar for a 86 LXE. Donít need the cornering lights or the chrome filler, just the bar. Also need 1 chrome HINGE for the little black lid on the saddle bag cover. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news! Bruce Knapp is home from the hospital. He got a look at his bike today and wants to find out if we could repair it. As the riding season is winding down we do have time on our side. So I guess we need to see what parts we can find. His bike is an 86 LX . We need a fairing, trunk, front fender and forks. That would be a good start. E-mail me with what you have and how much. Jim, email@example.com
Today I crashed on perhaps the oldest single-owner GV1400 in the state of Taxifornia. Fortunately there were no injuries and the damage was cosmetic only. I was coming around a hairpin turn and a yahoo came along on another bike right in the middle of my lane. I stood the bike up and missed her by about a foot but ended up in the weeds. I managed to squeeze off enough speed that when I went down, I hopped off and my feet never left the ground. Had it been any bike other than my beloved Cade, it woulda been comical. In approximately 100k miles I have yet to touch the ground with an elbow, hand, knee or fanny. Be that as it may, I broke my left half-fairing upper. Has anyone a maroon colored left fairing half they are willing to sell? Do contact me off the list. Thanks! ~ Spike, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking for a part. The part is the tuner/mute switch assembly located on the left stack. Mine recently became inoperative and I'm looking for a replacement. I have an 87 LX. Thanks for the membersí time. ~ Micky "Gray 87 LX" Email: email@example.com
Does anyone know the part number for the Shifter for a 1986 LX Cavalcade? I have looked in the CD and cannot find it. (I may be overlooking). Please advise if you know..... Thanks ~ Mojobo
Page 19 of the parts book. On the index page it is labeled "gear shifting". Depending on the model, these are the part numbers: model G/H - 25600-24A01 Model J - 25600-24A10 ~ Tracy
Windshield in summer cycle Whitney catalog is $79.98. If you order it do so by a catalog number. Itís cheaper than the price in their on-line store. ~ Dennis Vanill, http://vanill.topcities.com
I have 2 like new mirrors off of an 86 LXE. These are the type that come straight out. I would like to trade mine for the other style. If anyone is interested let me know. ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
If they come straight out, they are LX mirrors. The LXE mirrors come up/out and pivot externally. ~ HeyJerr
The following ad just appeared in Cycle Trader
... 1986 SUZUKI GV1400GCG CAVALCADE, ****PARTING OUT****BIKE IS DISMANTLED****HARD TO FIND PARTS**** LISTING OF GOOD PARTS: FRAME, FORKS, RIMS, CALIPERS, ROTORS, ALL ENGINE COMPONENTS (INTERNALS AND WHOLE ENGINES AVAILABLE), NO COSMETICS!!!. CALL FOR PRICES AND AVAILABLITY OF PARTS ON THIS BIKE AN OTHERS. CYCLE SEARCH INTERNATIONAL, SELLS 1980 AND NEWER JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES AND PARTS WORLDWIDE. DEALERS AND EXPORTERS WELCOME. CALL NOW FOR THE DEAL!!!1986 SUZUKI CAVALCADE. HARD TO FIND MODEL!!! LOW MILES!!! CLEAN AND READY TO RIDE. RUNS GREAT, GARAGE KEPT, NOTHING MORE TO SAY. SHIPPING AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE. MUST SELL!!! CALL FOR DETAILS 740-362-5595. Will Ship
If you want to see photos of this bike here is the URL to the Cycle Trader site. ~ Jay http://adcache.cycletrader.com/5/2/1/1093621.htm
~ CAVALCADES FOR SALE ~
Looks like I'm really going to need to part with my Ď86 Cade. I'm relocating to the SF Bay area and won't need transportation there. Bike has all the electronics and all of it works. Runs like a top and the rubber is nearly new. Minor cosmetic (very minor) dings and stuff... seat is thrashed. It needs a mirror but other than that the bike is in great shape. $2800.00, ~ Don Box, email: email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org
Burgundy and Gray LXE, Loads of accessories installed, New Shocks, Stator. Progressive Front Forks. New Battery. All serviced ready to ride. Will deliver within 500 miles of Seattle. With 56,000 miles asking $4800. Prime condition. E-mail at BFargusson@aol.com, or call the Cell 253-229-9265, Home 253-840-1365 ~ Bill Fargusson Puyallup, WA
I am posting this out to this group prior to offering out to the general public for sale. This bike is in very good condition; price is $4,500.00, 1988 Cavalcade LX, Color: Grey and Dark Grey, Miles 36,600. I have replaced a large list of OEM parts; The Dunlop Elite II tires have less than 1500 miles on them, New Clutch and springs have less than 500 miles on them, The bike has polished fork lowers all fiberglass in tact paint in good to excellent condition. If interested please contact off list. I have additional photos available to interested individuals. ~ Mike, email@example.com
I have a Cavalcade LX 1986 55000km in good shape for sale. I ask $5500.00 (Canadian funds) I live in Gaspť Quťbec Canada. My phone number is:(418) 368-8289
How can anybody pass this up? Itís a 1988 LX with only 6,300 miles that is the right miles. I am the second owner I have had it for 5 months and need to sell trying to get some bills paid off so I can buy another house. There is not a thing wrong with this bike. It is like new with a new tire on the back. The front is the original one still in great shape. When I bought it had to do carb work cost 600.00. I will sell for 4300.00 but you will have to come and get it I live in Rogers, Arkansas (NW part of state). You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 501-601-5331 thanks ~ Bob Owen
For Sale: 1986 Cavalcade LXE This bike is in great shape. It rides great with only 26,000 miles. http://www.pebg.com/cade Iím selling to pay for a new BMW LT 1200 Custom. Hope I don't lose my Cavalcade friends & family. ~ Paul
Ď88 Cade LX for sale Only 55k good condition. radio needs a little work and a small dent in rear bumper, mechanically perfect. Asking $4400. Photos on request ~ Tom, Email: email@example.com
Just to let you know the LXE for sale in the newsletter from Hebron ID. is now sitting in it's new home in Airdrie, Alberta. I rode it back last week, about 2000 miles. It never missed a beat in the 101F heat and snow so bad had to get off the road. You have a great site keep up the good work. ~ Fred Wayte
~ TRIPS & TOURS ~
We made it home from our trip to Nova Scotia. What a great trip. Beautiful scenery and nice people along the way. Seemed like every where we went people commented on my bike and trailer. Made me proud to own a Cade and angry that they don't make them anymore. People could not believe that they quit making such a nice machine. Even my brother the die hard Harley man could not believe the Cade had so much power in the mountains of P.A. and we got the same mileage with me pulling a trailer and two up. Once again we had a great vacation and now back to the grind and looking forward to CADE RAID 2002 and meeting more good people like KennG. what a nice guy! see you all in the funny papers. ~ Frank in Indy
Just a note to update everyone on my excellent journey. I returned last Monday from the 5541-mile ride to San Francisco and back to Indiana. It was "Awesome". Blew a fuse in a bad rain storm and had a little clutch problem, that cleared itself up in CA, but other than that, Ole Suzie held up fine. Averaged 36.9 mpg for the entire trip, pulling a trailer with all our camping gear. Only had three days of some rain. Out west, they have no rain, no clouds and no weather period. But they do have some great mountain rides in northern CA. I stopped in to see "Pappy" at his ranch in northern CA and got the full tour. Great people, those fellow Caders. Thanks again Pappy. I would do it again tomorrow, and the confidence I have in this Cavalcade has multiplied ten fold. I'd be glad to answer any question you might have. ~ Art in IN 86 LX
You asked how long my trip took? We took 10 days going and then 11 days coming back.. Our routine was to ride for 3 days and then take a full day off. Plus we managed to stay out in Frisco for a week while out wives flew out and met us. We then rented a car for the local touring of the city sights. (Wives didn't want to do the long ride) But we had a great time. I was gone almost a month total. Stayed in a motel or by relatives about every third day. My bones can't handle sleeping on the ground several nights in a row.
~ ACCIDENT ~
So, I'm heading out on a run Saturday morning, sitting on an entrance ramp, when I get rear-ended by this b---- in a rush. I was spun 90 degrees and thrown. I'm OK, but the frame under the saddle bags, the left upper sub frame, left saddle bag, Baker wing, front fender and fender rail are gone (I hit another bike ); engine still running, I turned the bike off and picked it up and from under the b----es right front 1/4 panel (heh heh). Anyway, I'm not sure what to do at this point. Anyone had any experience with getting frames replaced or straightened ? I'm heading off to the emergency room now, whiplash and backache hit me last night. I walked away from it, but the guy on the Sporty I hit ( not my wife's ) limped away. I'm not sending pics. It's not my style. ~ Garry
Take care Gerry....sorry to hear bout this accident....hope the guy really got cited big time and you will check out sore but ok.....gesh! . Hope you can get the bike back up and running... ~ Nancy
As long as you're alive and about, He has protected you. Everything else is academic, paperwork, time and dollars. The MOST important thing is we're hearing FROM you and not ABOUT you. Mend your wounds and when you get about mending the Cade, you know where the support is. Keep us posted. Later ~ KennG
Damn Gerry! Taking the opposite stand from the others who have replied, body parts heal. It's getting hard to find parts for the Cade. No, really glad you weren't hurt. It sounds like your Cadeís season is over though. Now have to lock up Camille and use her sporty for the rest of the year. Yeah, Good luck. Glad you're ok buddy. ~ Dennis Vanill
Gerry, sorry to hear of your accident - hope everything is well with you. Also hope the Sporty you hit wasn't your wife's. As far as the frame is concerned, if it is just the bag frame then I would just straighten where possible and replace where it is not. If it is the bike frame itself - I don't know - I think it is a toss up to part out or find a really good repair shop that has a frame machine to do it right. You definitely don't want to be riding a bent frame. All sorts of trouble there. Again best wishes for your healing and in your repairs. ~ Denny Potoczky
Gerry, You may have to go to court to get even again. This guy's insurance will want to settle off the Blue Book. Replacing the frame is a LOT of labor! (I know!) Remember our link to Cycle Trader if you need to price a replacement. Also, if you do decide to replace it, Bill Fargasson's '86 LXE is in prime condition. It may not be the cheapest Cade currently for sale, but I'll bet you won't find a better one. Like all the rest of the group, I'm so grateful you are not seriously wounded. Good luck with the lawyers. If the insurance companies don't come through for you, sue the jerk personally. ~ Jay
Thanks, folks. This is why I love this group. I'll be OK, the Cade however, will need at least a left upper frame, rear sub frame, a right saddle bag with light, antenna rod, a left speaker... well that's without taking it apart. Gotta talk to the lawyers first. Will keep y'all posted. Take care and talk to you soon. ~ Gerry in NY
BRUCEíS ACCIDENT (CAVALCADE NEEDED)
I want to than everyone for all the support and e-mails that were received concerning Bruceís accident. It was great opening up the e-mail and groups to find out that we had support. What a wonderful thing. But..............we still need a bike. I think it is truly a blessing that he wasn't hurt more seriously and just in case anyone wants to know he was on his way to church that evening. But he is home and still wants to ride. Will see ya all in Pennsylvania for those who are going, but sorry to say we will be driving and not riding. Not cause we don't want to it is just cause we need a bike! Thanks so much everyone. ~. Bruce and Vickie
As details of the events of our national tragedy became known, members of our Suzuki Cavalcade Ownersí Family expressed themselves in various ways. Here are some of the thoughts and prayers they shared.
Gerry (are you) OK? With all that is happening in Manhattan today - I pray that you and all your family are safe. ~ Denny Potoczky South Bend
We're well, thanks. Sorry it took me a couple of days to get it together here; to be this close to it and hearing the stories about parents and friends of close friends gets us all very upset. We were fortunate, many weren't. Treasure what you have, it can be taken away from you at any time. ~ Gerry in NY
You have certainly been in our prayers.....we were all worried about you. This situation is our worse nightmare...and I can only imagine how horrible it is for those of you close to the scene. You are all special angels....taking care of each other and helping to start the healing process. Take care and thanks for being the caring person that you are.............Nancy and Larry (Ohio)
Gerry glad to here you are ok!! We are praying for everyone out there keep safe and be Blessed ~ Gerald
Glad you are OK, Gerry. I agree we need to be thankful for what we have in our families and friends. It has brought many people back to a reliance upon the Lord in our lives and in our nation. Sadly it has taken such a evil disaster to wake us up. Blessings. ~ Denny Potoczky, 86 Cavalcade LXE, Ď99 Kawasaki Nomad, South Bend, IN
Dear Heavenly Father, We are moved by the alarming news and crisis that our country is facing. This, the greatest nation, founded in the belief that "In God We Trust" & the "Land of the Free". Please have mercy on those suffering, hurting and in fear, and give wisdom & strength to those who are assisting. May the forces of evil be broken by your power and may we humble before thee, our strength and refuge. Give wisdom to all our President & our leaders and bring your comforting peace through the power of your Holy Spirit. Help us here to reach to those that have been affected by this tragedy. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. AMEN Americans Unite on Friday Night Friday Night at 7:00 p.m. step out of your door, stop your car, or step out of your establishment and light a candle. We will show the world that Americans are strong and united together against terrorism. Please pass this on. We need to reach everyone across the United States quickly. The message: WE STAND UNITED - WE WILL NOT TOLERATE TERRORISM! Thank you. We need press to cover this - we need the world to see. This was handed out today at work pass this on if you can. ~ Marlene
(The following comments were with an image of the NY firemen raising the American flag amid the rubble of the WTC... )
Isnít that cool, our flag survived the disaster...... It is difficult to understand how our mighty flag survived this attack, but this fantastic image is a wonderful symbol of our country's determination. God bless America.
Our thoughts are with all of our American friends this week. The senseless tragedy that occurred this week has united the entire free world. It stands with the United States of America in a solemn vow to eradicate the world of persons who would draw attention to their cause through the murder of innocents. And the cowardly attack that struck the USA. this week. On this international day of mourning, we remember those that died and those that are left behind to deal with the loss of loved ones. ~ Blaine & Karen Beaumont Canadian Friends
This is a copy of an email written by one of my coworkers and is worth passing on. ~ HeyJerr
First of all, thank you for all the well wishes and concern. I am absolutely fine, simply a circumstantial observer of what's been happening here. It is indeed a very small World in which we live. An anthill. Last evening, after walking all over Midtown looking for a place to donate blood (do it if and when you can,) I stopped in a small restaurant for something to eat. Spontaneous conversations with the chef, a fellow business traveler (from Minneapolis,) and two older women visiting from France (who were actually from a city (Bourgoin-Jallieu) near the town (Ruy) where my host family lived when I was an exchange student in high school,) seemed to put everything in perspective for me. Our freedoms come relatively easily. Oftentimes we breeze through this country with few reminders of the sacrifices and ongoing responsibilities of the many people who created and maintain the invisible nature of these freedoms' existence. Terrorism is a desperate act that attempts to undermine that history, and the ongoing efforts of those who defend and uphold our freedoms. But you probably couldn't pick a worse place to do it than New York City. People here are fierce Americans. Many are in the process of, or have only recently gained their citizenship and recognize it for what it is: something precious and unique. There is a global community here. I would be extremely surprised if ever country, language and religion in the World were not represented somewhere here in Manhattan. The attack on the World Trade Centers was like kicking an anthill. If you've ever spent any time watching ants, you know what I mean. After the initial shock and confusion, people here have stepped up in force to donate blood, shelter, food, and clothing and volunteer their time and labor to do whatever they can. This bustling anthill will be healed, and fast. As a global microcosm, and one of our country's most celebrated and visible beacons, life here goes on - temporarily redirected and somewhat scarred by the experience but vital, energetic and ready to move on. I think those who aspire to all that our country offers, opportunity and potential that does not exist in many places throughout the World, are watching and hoping for this type of reaction. Sometimes I think our work takes us so far into the canopy we can no longer see the ground. From my vantage the anthill is standing and the roots appear strong. Take care,
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing. "America: The Good Neighbor" Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar, build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here. When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
Yes I can name a country that helped the good U.S.A. That is Costa Rica in the II W.W. We sent hundreds and hundreds of our balsa trees that were used in the construction of planes that saved Europe and a lot of my countrymen enlisted in the USA forces our heart goes to all the people that are suffering we are also donating blood for the cause. ~ Hernan Pereira
Very good, German... It gave me much to think about. I *AM* an American and even though I feel my government shouldn't meddle in the affairs of other nations; what has happened is reprehensible. Your post reminded me of many things and it is very appreciated. Thanks for the sobering thought. ~ Don
We over here in England agree with all our hearts with the sentiments expressed in this email. We have suffered terrorist attacks from the IRA for over thirty years. But no way have we suffered as, you people, our cousins in the USA, are doing at this moment in time. May our fight against these terrorist be fruitful and the world can support each other as we have seen from this outrages and cowardly act against innocent people. May your God be with you always. ~ Dave, UK
Thank you. We appreciate the solidarity. ~ HeyJerr
Several people sent the following to us....
Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald: We'll go forward from this moment It's my job to have something to say. They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering. You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard. What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed. Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause. Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve. Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together. Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God. Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals. IN PAIN Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before. But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice. I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future. In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined. THE STEEL IN US. You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. People who donít know us well donít understand that aspect of our character. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish. So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started. But you're about to learn.
An open letter to a terrorist: Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies, to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America. Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!) Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country. If you're free enough. Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easy-going goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in. It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent. No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both. Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fission chain reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve? So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC. Better start sleeping with one eye open. There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns. The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big PITA then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest PITA, not the first. You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit. Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time. Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming. ~ Charles Brennan