Saturday, March 29, 2014

2nd ride of the year

Todays ride was much longer.  130 miles.  I know that doesn't sound like much but this is the end of March in Minnesota.  Temperatures ranged from 38-42 degrees.  I put on my Bibs, three layers under my jacket, and I was off.  My 1200 runs REALLY well with air this cold.  Making extra horsepower today.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I'm always a little sad when I sell a motorcycle.

     I sold Bradley's XR70 tonight.  It was the right thing to do but it's always a little uncomfortable the first time I walk into the garage and that bike isn't there anymore.  Here's a list of the motorcycles I have sold in no particular order:

1980 Yamaha XS 650

     I really liked this bike.  It was the first motorcycle that I bought after my leg was cut off.  I got it from a friend of mine named John.  It was pretty much as you see it but had stupid handlebars and old tires.  I installed some Mikuni VM34 roundslides, new tires, clutch just a general going over for a bike that had been sitting for about a decade.  I rode it for 2 summers and put about 10k miles on it.  I sold it about 3 weeks after I got my '05 Sportster.
     I learned ALOT about Mikuni carburetors getting these things to run properly on this bike but in the end I increased HP from 40 to 44, better throttle response, and actually got better gas mileage.

1999 Dyna Wide Glide:

I bought this bike for my ex girlfriend Kari.  We were engaged to be married, she loved riding and I thought it was pretty awesome to buy her a motorcycle.  She must not have thought it was that awesome because she called off the wedding and broke up with me.  Anyways  I sold it to my friend Shane.  I really liked it but it was a good decision selling it.  I bought Bradley's 883 shortly after selling this one.
I even swapped mid controls onto it because she couldn't reach the forwards.
I miss all the mini bikes too, but they had to be sold in order to keep Bradley moving up to bigger bikes


Friday, March 14, 2014

First ride of the year

     I got my first ride of the year in tonight.  I was chasing a photo tag for the game on GLMC's website .  By the time I got home with my required photo of my motorcycle in front of an Irish Pub someone else had already made the tag.  I put my picture up anways though because I 'bout froze my nuts off getting it.  I am officially the first guy to ride a motorcycle to the bar in Swanville this year.

     I was at work today looking out the windows in the front of the store.  The sun was out and the roads have been melted for several days and dry.  I couldn't wait anymore.  I didn't do shit to my Ironhead last fall other than shut off the gas and run the carb dry.  The temp was about 31 degrees tonight when I went out to the garage after work.  I selected my 1974 Sportster to be my maiden voyage this year.  Mostly because it is the only one without expired tabs.  I turned up the idle speed screw about 1 & 1/2 turns, cracked the throttle 3 or 4 times and hit the button.  RR RR RR pop pop pop.  Nice... signs of life right away and the battery was turning the bike over at a decent speed.  So I crack the throttle a couple more times and hit it again.  It didn't start right away, I had to fiddle with it and try a few times but I had the bike up and running within 2 minutes.  I turned down the idle screw to about 1200 rpm and just let it run for a while.  I'm sure it had sumped a little oil over the winter and I didn't want it to puke out the breather tube.  I just left it running and let the oil pump do it's job.

     I love Sportsters.  To me they are everything a motorcycle should be.  I like the way they look, the way they sound, the way they ride.  My '74 is just as quiet as my 2003 and MORE quiet than my 2005 when it comes to valve train and internal engine "racket".  In all fairness I do have .551 lift cams in the '05.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Adventure riding

I'm not around motorcycles every day all day anymore.  That has taken some getting used to.  Quite honestly I think my old job was ruining my passion for motorcycles.  I am looking forward to spring time riding more this year than I have for a couple years.

I sell auto parts now instead of motorcycle repair.  I'm good at selling parts, always have been.  Now that bikes have been removed from my daily grind I find the desire to go riding, explore new territory, and waste gasoline for my own enjoyment has strengthened.

I've started reading, and commenting on a forum called .  It's a new place for me to waste away hours on the internet.  It's full of your usually motorcycle guys.  Mostly about sharing rides or knowledge of things you have done, some keyboard commando's but not very many.  I started reading it because my off road riding interests have peaked. Off road camping weekends are high on my priority list for this summer.  I want to learn how to ride a good wheelie.

Bradley got a new dirt bike this spring, and I'm in the market for a better one.  One of my goals for the next two summers is to get Bradley on his own bike as often as possible to get his experience level up before I put him in traffic on that 883.  I intend to build a trailer and drag our dirt bikes someplace to go riding every couple weeks this summer.

I broke my old camera the night we got his new bike so I had to just point and pray that it would take a picture.  Here it is, a 2003 Honda XR80.

It's clean for an 11 year old dirt bike.  It has new tires, chain, and sprockets.  It's a Honda so I expect is to fire right up and just go and go and go like the Energizer bunny.  It does need a carb cleaning though.  It's the perfect upgrade from his XR70.