Thursday, March 30, 2006


Everything is working, full tank of gas, piss and vinegar, Easyrider show is on Saturday. Let's hit it!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


My starter and front brake caliper came in today. I got off a bit early and made the drive to pick them up. When I got home, I went right to work. Starter in and working, and with the help of the kid, I now have a front brake. Gonna be a wierd feeling.....

So right now the bike is at 100%, bring on the good weather!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Addict like

I don't know how I am going to finagle this one, but I like and want one of these now.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


I hope the shop was right and my parts will be in tomorrow. I want to go for a ride this weekend, and get some good pictures of the bike.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


I am bored. I am gonna get a tattoo.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bugs, 2

Only a couple of things left. Starter burned out, that is a big one. Don't know how or why, but it is under warranty. Front brake is still not there, but luckily I was told today that both the parts will be ready for pick up on Friday. Just in time for the rain.
I ceramic coated my pipes this weekend, turned out pretty cool. I will grab a pic for the blog in just a few minutes.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Irish drinkin song

The only Irish drinkin song I can remember:

Mary Mcgregor, she was a lovely whore
She'd always greet you with a smile, and never lock her door
On the day she died all the men in town did weep
But Mary Mcgregor finally got some sleep.

Happy St Patty's day

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

OK, now what

Guess I should start building another motorcycle so I have something to write about.

Went fishing on Sunday, took my neighbors, we got a few fish and had a great time. Snowing like a blizzard on the pass, and snowing all the way down to the Guide Shop. Pretty darn cold. All the time my Dad is out fishing for red fish in shorts and a t shirt in Florida. Hmmmm, who is the smarter one?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Thats it

I have unleashed a monster.

I woke up this morning with plans of riding the bike around the block about 60 times. Called my buddy and said I might ride over to his house to have him give the bike a once over. He is about a mile from me. It was my first trip into traffic. LOL. No biggie. Once there he said ride with me up to Motorcorsa, hmmmm OK. No problems. On the way back I took the long way home. Got home and made some adjustments, put the air cleaner on and took off. I rode all the way out to Cornelius and back. What a rush riding a bike is, even at 60 mph. It was a blast. I think I put about ~50 miles on it or so. Who knows, no gauges.

Good weather next week = a ride to work.

Still no front brake.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


List of current "bugs"

  • Front brake

  • Front brake piston is leaking fluid. Seal must be bad. I can't get hold of the shop that sold it to me, so I think I am going to try a rebuild kit and put this problem to bed.

  • Scraping pipes and kickstand

  • On cornering, either the kickstand or the pipes hit the ground. From what I have read, this is a VERY common problem. Sometimes it is fixed or minimized by raising the ride height. I have to disassemble the rear end to fix it, so that is next weeks project, maybe.

  • Clutch cable is too visible

  • I don't like how you can see this big swooping clutch cable between the down tube and fork legs. Reroute.
    Update: Disassembled the clutch cable and rerouted it through the top tree. It tucked away nicely.

  • Seat will not bolt down

  • The brackets for my seat were riveted in the wrong place.
    Update: I took apart the seat and drilled out the rivets holding the brackets. Repositioned them in the right place and riveted them down. Fixed.

  • Fuel line is on rocker boxes

  • The fuel line rests on top of the rocker boxes, getting very hot during use. The solution is to in case the line in some heat shield tubing. I have bought the tubing, man that stuff is expensive, and have to remove the fuel line from the tank to put it on. Maybe this weekend.

  • Kickstand nut

  • The nut that I used on the kickstand rattled right off on the first ride. LOL, I kinda knew it would. I went up to Ace and had the guys help me get the right nut. They said it was beyond repair and to get a new stand. They obviously don't understand that stuff like that takes like 4 weeks to turn around. I bought the correct nut, which went on but was still a bit rocky due to some scuffed threads. I coated the threads in silicone and torqued down the nut. After two days, the nut is as solid as can be, and I don't think I could get it off!

    Sunday, March 05, 2006


    Pics from a good day! Few bugs to yet work out, but man what a rush!

    More toys

    Here is the gas cap I want. Unfortunately, I think it has to be welded in, and the old one cut out. Scary. Some day...............

    Saturday, March 04, 2006

    Hard to believe

    Hard to believe it looked like this only 4 months ago. And I didn't even know how to ride a bike.

    El finito..............

    Well how long did it take me? Some of the folks out there said I couldn't do it, so this post is for them......I added up a total of 24 days of work. Actually turning wrenches and spraying paint. Very satisfying today when all things checked out and I hit the 'start' button, the beast came alive with an evil fervor. Ahhhhhh, nice!

    A cold Corona to celebrate the end of a job, and the beginning of freedom.

    I took it out for it's maiden voyage tonight, man that thing has some SCARY power! You let the clutch out in 1st gear and your going 25 mph.
    I was turning it around in the street, and some guy came outside to see what the noise was, NOW THAT'S CHOPPER! I will get some real nice pictures tomorrow.

    What's next?

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Strong feeling

    I have a very strong feeling there is going to be some very loud engine noise emanating from my garage tomorrow.

    And some new pics on here.

    Thursday, March 02, 2006


    Progress is slow right now, between a full work week, and this illness I have come down with. Last night I rewired the handlebars, and completed the wiring of the bike. Tonight I hope to get the rear end on, and tomorrow the tank. Still plan on starting this thing on the weekend.

    Now I need to start planning an unveiling party.