Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hard Brake to Hard Break

We'll never forget The 1000 Wheelies Project's Moto Morning Wheelie Session #43. That's the one where MotoBum lost track of time, stayed out for an hour-and-a-half over the usual 15 minute session length, and got so aggressive with the front brake while backing it in that he lost the front and lowsided into oblivion... breaking his collar bone in the process.

Yes. That is what happened. I'll never forget it. It was the silliest thing I'd done all day - that Saturday, March 26, 2011. I picked-up ADVstunt1 from the ground (my KLR 650), looked for damage and found, amazingly, none except for the scratched crash cage, rode home, decided that the right shoulder was a little clanky, and drove myself to the emergency medical clinic. The doctor said I was suffering from a broken collar bone, gave me some "pain killers" (which must have been sugar pills because they didn't do anything), and gave me an arm sling and a referral to another doctor that might be able to patch me up.

The specialist doc says I should be back to hard-core dirt biking and ADV Stunt riding in about 8 weeks. I love to ride motorcycles! I love wheelies! Come on body -- mend! Come on time -- pass!

Here's a few clips from Moto Morning Wheelie Session #43. The crash is near the end.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Magenta Disco Glitter

Originally uploaded by groader

The used fender arrived today. Included was the original Lucas rear tail light. NICE! I started stripping the finish off the frame and gas tank last week. The bike is coming along nicely. I'm still waiting to pick up the head with new valves, guides and springs.

I still have to pull the forks apart and see what needs to be replaced. Once I take inventory I can order the fork related parts.
I'm ordering some POR-15 ( ) next week. I'm getting the tank sealer, and POR-15, Blackcoat, and Pelucid for the frame, tank exterior, and other black painted parts.
I'll let everyone know how the POR-15 works on the frame.

I'll start assembling the engine next week.
I can't wait to get this beast running!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Short Enduro Racing Article

Here's a little article I just read about the Sparkplug Enduro that takes place in our stomping grounds.

Sparkplug Enduro

Mikuni Carburetors X 2!

mikuni shot 2
Originally uploaded by groader

The used carburetors arrived yesterday. They are in great shape and (hopefully) jetted for the '74 Triumph T100R. They came off a late 60's T100, so chances are they are good to go.

I've got to get the old paint and a little rust off the frame and a few body parts before painting and reassembly can start. Does anyone have access to sand blasting equipment? I just need the stuff for a day or two.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"The check is in the mail"

A check for my new 09 Gas Gas ec300 is on its way to Gas Gas USA in Kansas City, MO. Yes! The distributor said he's going to try to get it shipped off this weekend. Shipping should take 3-4 days, and it'll arrive at Forward Air in Kent (near Ikea). With some luck, the 12th might be assembly day. Note: we go on daylight savings time on the 13th. That means the sun sets at 7:30 instead of 6:30. I'm as happy as a reed valve in an intake manifold!