CAVALCADE OWNERS GROUP NEWSLETTER
CADE RAID 2004
~BRANSON, MISSOURI ~ August 16-21, 2004
We now have the
entertainment packages in place for our visit to Branson. Here is a brief
Monday Evening ~ Join
us at the Grand Plaza Hotel for our “Welcome to Cade Raid 2004 Pizza Party.”
Get to know your fellow Caders.Talk trips and Cavalcades, share photographs, or
just hang out. No matter what time you roll in to Branson, if you can get there
Monday evening come join the party
Tuesday Evening ~
Dinner and a show at the IMAX. Those who attended our IMAX night at the last
Cade Raid will remember the surprise we had for the Canadian table at dinner.
Shh! Don’t tell the secret!!!
Wednesday Evening ~
This year our big show feature is the Dinner Cruise and Stage Show aboard the
Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake. Last year several of us attended this
the day after Cade Raid 2002. It is a world class night of entertainment. I
can’t recommend it highly enough.
Thursday Evening ~ The
Cade Raid 2004 Awards Dinner. This is the night that we are the stars of
the stage. Will the highlight of the evening be the cage match between the Old
Coot and the Thong’d Wonder? Or willcooler heads prevail. Will Jay be the MC
and do another standup routine? (Counton it!) Will Motherwind demonstrate her
dismounting technique? Who will beawarded and why? You won’t want to miss our
night of nights for Cavalcadeowners.
Our home base will be
the Grand Plaza Hotel. We have aspecial group rate of just $55.00 per night for
up to 4 people in a room. Andif you want to come early or stay longer you can
reserve nights before andafter Cade Raid 2004 at the same rate. www.bransongrandplaza.com
1-800-850-6646. Foryou campers, contact “America’s Best Campground” 499
Buena Vista Road, Branson, MO 65616 (417) 336-4399
Mark your calendar now
for August 16-20, 2004. We wantto see you in Branson.
If you are planning a ride or motorcycle event and would like it posted innext month’s Suzuki Cavalcade Newsletter, send it to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TRIPS & TIPS…
November 14th to
the 21st my wife and I are going tobe near Gatlinburg celebrating our 40th
We will be riding our Cade and wonder if there areother riders near there who
might want to ride around with us.
If there is just drop us an email. ~Karen& Dale, Michigan
First off, congrats on 40yrs., that's great. Hope you and your better half have a great time in theSmokies. I live about 3 hrs. from there in middle TN. and go up in there everychance I get. While you are in the area, I hope you will get a chance to ride"The Dragon", U.S. 129, it has 318 curves in 11 miles, a bikersdream,
just be aware of the slick conditions with all the leaves falling, but thisride and the Cherohala Skyway are two biker favorites in this area, beautifulscenery and usually lots of bikes. While in the eastern part of the state, youmight want to trek over to Ashville, N.C. and visit the Biltmore Estate, thelargest private home
in America, one of the Vanderbilt clan, it is gorgeous anytime of the year,but especially now at the start of the holiday season, they have it reallyfixed up and it is unbelievable. Gatlinburg and the Pigeon Forge area arereally nice this time of year, just be prepared for traffic jams in downtownGatlinburg, we usually use the by-pass.
If you get the chance, spring time riding in this area is spectacular withthe bike rallies and the annual Honda Hoot, thousands upon thousands of bikers.Anyway, have a great time and be safe, also watch
out for the local police, they do tend to get a little ticket happy,especially with bikes. ~Ed Ritchison, Dickson, TN.
WHAT’S THE DEAL
When I first took my
Cade to a Suzuki dealer and parkedit outside while I picked up some parts, a
fairly older salesman made a commentthat it brought back old memories, think he
stated they sold TWO of them inthis area and when the mechanic inspected it for
the state inspector. He statedhe had NEVER worked on one, and stated they didn't
have ANY of the factoryspecial tools and if I needed it fixed to make sure I
supplied a manual, that's when I decided to try and do my own work, beingthe mechanic I am, pat. pat.
And to be honest a lot of the problems didn't occur till the bike got inthe hands of us diehard Cade owners. So they probably didn't see a lot of whatwe're going thru. To be honest there haven't been that many plugs found to beDISLODGED, we just replaced them BEFORE and even at that, if the secondarieslocked up on the bike it was probably old enough it was just junked and soldfor parts. There aren't a lot of people who sell a bike to some one, if theyknow their relative was injured on it, much less suffered loss of
life or limb. Just a superstition, I have found to be true. Don’t know why.There probably wasn't that many sold from one dealership to even see anyproblems returned for repair. ~ Walter n Maryland
I had exactly the
oppositeexperience -- the local Suzuki dealer was owned by a guy who loved the
Cavalcades.This little dealer in New Hampshire claimed to have sold more than
any otherdealer east of the Mississippi. Gillie (his nickname), the owner, was
the onlyone allowed to sell them - even though only about 5'6" and
150lbs. he told me whenever he and his wife went anywhere by MC it was on
aCavalcade. He was a real Cavalcade fanatic.
The dealershipsold Suzukis and
Yamahas. I was afraid I couldn't ride it until hestarted talking and I
became convince if he could do it at his size Icould do it at 5'8 and 180 lbs.
When Suzuki announced they were discontinuingit, Gillie called all of the
dealers he could to buy up any bikes still incrates. He bought 13 -- that is how
I was able to buy a brand new 1987 LXE in1990 with 103 miles on it (after
my 29 mile test ride). They had justfinished assembling the 87 a few days before
and had another one in the crate.An 86 LXE blue-on-blue I put a deposit on the
86 when I saw the color - itwas beautiful. They took the crate off on a
Monday only to discover the fairingwas cracked and it would take 8 weeks to get
replacement parts - I told themI'd take the 87 and have never regretted buying
One last little bit to
thestory. Went to pick it up on a Friday and was trading in my 82 GS850L
lowrider/ cruiser style -- temperature was 38 I was all bundled up and still
froze-- on the way to the dealer it started to drizzle to boot. Got there
andcouldn't think of anything but getting on the Cavalcade and getting
homebefore frostbite set in.
Got on the Cavalcade
andafter about a mile pulled over and took off the scarf and the heavy gloves-- ended
up riding all over town to the insurance company, Registry totransfer plate, went
for an inspection sticker, and then of course had totake a ride to get used to
this new monster.
Every once in awhile I
stopand am amazed. This is the end (almost) of my 14th year riding the
Cavalcade. Andwhile there were a few hot days I wish I still had the 850L I've
neverregretted buying the Cavalcade.
~ Al from Mass
P.S. Two of the mechanics
andthe parts manager all owned and rode Cavalcades. At that dealership
thingshave gone down hill fast since he sold out. Now they won't even let a
Cavalcadein for service -- too old and the kids have no idea how to fix it. All
of themechanics that did know how have left.
Just a quick note to
everybody about a neat substitutepart I found. About a year ago while my
old girl was parked at a functionsomebody pulled off the little rubber boot
cover from my trip meter resetbutton on the instrument cluster. I thought,
no big deal, I'll just pickup another at my dealer. Well, I quickly found
out why somebody grabbedit. The item is not sold as an individual part.
The only way you canget it is to buy the complete instrument cluster.
I tried a number of different things with no luck. The other day Iwas picking up some electrical items at Home Depot. There on the rack wasa package of two rubber toggle switch covers. They had a threaded brassinsert which I did not need but it was covered with hard rubber and flush onthe base. I don't know why I didn't think of these before but "whatthe hey" it was worth a try. I took them home and tried one. It fit perfect in the recessed area of the panel where the button sticksthrough. I smeared a small amount of super glue around the base, placedit over the reset button, and held it in the recessed area of the panel for acouple of minutes. Result, a perfect button cover, waterproof andall. Unless you really know what the original looks like it is hard totell it doesn't belong. You can probably find these switch covers atRadio Shack or any electrical supply house. Worked for me, hope it helpssomebody else. ~Harry
The stock mufflers from
a 1998 Electa Glide fit an 87Cavalcade like a dream. I used perforated
strap to hang the back endtemporarily till I make a better mount. But I
had some copper perforatedstrap once and I think it would work fine and look OK.
Loop it over thesaddle bag pipe. I'll try to get pictures out soon.
How do theysound? SWEEEEEEEET. A little throatier than our stock
mufflers butnot so bad you need ear plugs. I snagged mine off E=bay for
$12 plusshipping. It looks like they are a pretty much an available item
most ofthe time. Anyone else know of another H-D model we can snag the
There have been a lot of
scams in recent times where theseller is contacted and offered as an example 10k
for a 3k motorcycle (or car).Certified Bank Check arrives via FedEx or similar,
(reason for the 7k extra isfor shipping purposes). After check arrives, buyer
contacts seller and saysthat Broker will pickup vehicle plus refund the
difference via Western Unionright away. Seller does make the refund. Within
48hours, bank where youdeposited the alleged Certified Bank Check calls and
says, Check is bogus. Thechecks are designed, manufactured and produced to
actually clear 2 to 3 levelsof your banks security. Enough to buy the bad guy
time to get you to refund,REAL money. (i.e. Western Union etc.) Moral of the
story, if someone wants topay me 10k for a 3k vehicle, send me the cash in a
box, I will take off fromwork to sign for it... ~Bill - NJ
Don'tget me wrong, I like the idea of a larger shield. In fact, at
would like a taller one to lessen the wind blast over the top of my helmet
that causes a lot of noise. I just didn't think that a"u-bend-it" flat
shield for $140 was much of a value. I know what that material can be bought
for and with a simple plywood pattern and the right router bit; you could
whack them out pretty fast. If you set it up on CNC, you could cut them out
I just think that if one is going to pay that much, then one should get a
shield that is bent to fit using the generally accepted techniques as
outlined by the material manufacturer. I know that Slipstreamer usesacrylic
and I know the drawbacks of that material, however, when you buy a
Slipstreamer you get an exact duplicate of the original shield and it fits
perfectly right out of the box. No bending required. And can be bought for
$100. Even a total amateur can cut out a piece of plastic larger that thestock
shield and then cold bend it into position. ~T
The other day I had a need
toremove the tire from a rim and when I reinstalled it, I took the time to
playwith the balancing a little. I didn't need any special fixture, I
simplysupported a 1/2" steel bar in the vice and stuck the wheel on there
andlet it find its natural balance place. Before I took the tire off, I marked
thelocation of the stem on the tire but, when I put it back on, it really
wasn'tbalanced at all. There were two weights on the rim both marked
"30"(I assume that means 30 grams) and, after removing both of them,
the balancewas better.
I let it rotate to so
thatthe heavy point was at the bottom and then rotated the tire on the rim so
thatit was directly opposite the stem. Please note, I had not aired the tire
atthis point and I was able to rotate it on the rim (with the help of a dose
ofArmor All). Even after that, it was still a little out of balance. I used
oneof the weights and that was too much so I trimmed off some of the weight and
itwas still too much so I trimmed more off it (now being about half of the
weightit was before) and the tire would then rotate to a random location each
time Igave it a little turn.
So, whoever did it
beforeobviously just stuck the tire on the rim in a random location and thenused as
many weights as necessary to achieve balance. I realize that some(maybe all) new
tires are marked with a colored dot for guidance buttaking the time to
adjust the location for best pre-weight balance minimizesthe total weight
Tracy, My mechanic has suggested that I replace the stock horns in my Cade with something better. JC Whitney has nice set of electric horns for about $40 which I've considered. Also while surfing the net, I notice that there are several builders of air horns for motorcycles. It seems that a lot of the cost (about $150 a copy) is in the air compressor. Since we already have a compressor on our bikes, it occurred to me that perhaps we could contact the noisy end of the honker and forgo the expense and mounting challenges of installing a compressor. Am I off base here or am I on to something? ~Jay
Air horns require a blast of high volume high pressure air. Something the Cade's compressor won't do unless you could fill a storage tank big enough to do it. There are numerous air horns available for under $50 that are quite loud. They may have plastic trumpets but I'm sure there are some that are chrome plated. Yes, you can spend big bucks but if all you want is the noise then what diff does it make.
I saw some round replacement horns the other day at AutoZone for $20 or $30 each. Just about anything that'll bolt to the stock bracket (even if it has to be slightly modified) is going to outperform the originals. A set for $40 would probably be a good deal. I bought mine from Harbor Freight for $15 and they stick out of the bottom of the fairing a little but I now sound like a car when I honk. I think is makes people pay more attention than if they hear an obvious bike horn. ~T
have not been in the groupfor some time because we have not been riding due to
some health problems. NowI finally have to face the fact that my riding days are
over and I need to sellthe bike. This would be a great parts investment. It is
an 86 lx and everythingworks. I just started taking all the plastic off to get
it all repainted andnever have gotten around to it. Just the front end plastic
is off. It even hasa brand new battery. I said everything worked, but I know
there were at least acouple micro buttons on the radio that were intermittent
and will needchanging. The front forks will need to be rebuilt (seals) and a
general goingover. This is not junk though by any means. First $1800.00 takes
it. MikeHudson - 1700 Cass Ave- Evansville, Indiana 812-479-6645
have an 86 Cavalcade LXE color maroon for sale. If youwere at Cade Raid 02 you
may remember the bike from the license plate"FUNYET". If anyone is
interested in the bike e-mail me your homeaddress and I will send information
and photos of the bike. Use the abovee-mail or my primary e-mail address
email@example.com. I live in.
Hello Everyone, Travis in Tennessee here. I have been trying to get in this group for a week or so and appreciate what you are doing. I have an 86LXE for sale; I have applied for my Social Security Disability
and need the money now, just to see me through. I have a full sized trailer and two matching helmets, size large that will go with the bike. It has a new battery and all fluids have been changed. Primary and secondary gear case oil, oil and filter, radiator flushed and all. It is a very nice motorcycle. I would not be selling it if I didn't need the money so bad. If anyone is interested or knows someone who might be interested let me know. ~Thanks Preacherman5552003@yahoo.com
is with deep regret I'm putting my 'Cade in themarket. But I'm a cruiser, not a
long distance tourer. I ordered the new VulcanVN2000 and have an Intruder 1400
and no space (or time) for three bikes. I justrode it to Biketoberfest with out
a hiccup. (650 miles.) The bike looks goodrides super and everything works.
Before the trip it was successfully pluggedwith Tracy's plug and seal and gasket
sets. Bike has no leaks anywhere. Has thenew model (fat) shaft. Also was
outfitted with new Avons and battery made byYuasa. New windshield, cable clutch,
brake and clutch switches, whatever itneeded. Has a very sturdy trailer hitch
and a few extras. Very stock lookingbike except for silver stripping a la Jay's
bike only single. Trunk rack, mudflaps etc. Since I don't want to loose it all,
I'll take best offer over 3K. Mycell # is (305) 968-7122. Feel free to ask
questions or visit Miami and meet
me. This bike can beridden back to anywhere in both continents. Thanks for your
time; I hope itgoes to a good home. ~Carlos
looks as if I am going to have to sell my 88LX. Ithas 13,300 mi. on it. My bad
back and some $ problems have to be taken care of.I only rode it 3 or4 times
this year. I still have an 82GS to ride if I
get back in gear to ride again. Here is the photo link.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org 303-665-9589 in Louisville, CO$4500 ~Cree Fetterman
have a 1986 LXE cavalcade for sale. She has 3kon the Dunlop 941's, has new
intake manifolds, recalibrated and set up one yearago. She has 25k original
miles. She never has been down. The bikehas just normal wear. Paint is
in good shape and there’s no rust. She wasalways stored inside. All together
this is a very nice and clean Cavalcade. Inow have one too many
motorcycles and will sell this one to the right personfor $3,800, cash or
certified check. You pick up and transport from Anacortes,Washington. If
she doesn't sell before X'mas I’ll take her off the markettill next spring
when the price will go up. This is a very nice Cavalcadeand will make
someone a happy rider. ~Kip Lewis ~ p.s. for any questions call360.293.4222.
be 9 out of 10 when done! Has not been crashed!Will be a turn key sale. New
2ndary plug, fork seals, all synthetic fluids,Spit and polished, fork rail and
fork  lights, rotor and caliper covers, trunkrack, back rest, original paint,
plastic as near to a "10" as thereis., map case, coin holder, even if
I have to buy a new one, great chrome!!,manuals, complete tool kit, near new
elite 2 tires, ext air hose, Cavalcade mudflaps, Can we finish it for YOU? Do
you want soft luggage included? How aboutan original zuki tire pressure gauge? ~
This WON'T be cheap, but, it WILL bethe one you WANT! DT 608-846-4494 eves I can
e-mail pictures as it looks nowand more as it gets the finishing touches. Another
twin to the above is spread out all over my shop.Should be an "8-8.5".
not crashed! Ginger if you want it. Ready inDec-Jan
"Dedicated to keeping em on the road" ~ DWAINETU" <email@example.com
thinking of selling my Cade.It’s an 86 LXE in showroom condition.
32k on it, has everything on her and it all works. $3800 afair price for
a beautiful bike .firstname.lastname@example.org
at the end of my rope and I have chosen to sale my'86 Cade. It's probably better
if someone in southern California purchases it. youcan see pictures in the
photos area in the folder "My Old Girl"e-mail me at email@example.com