December 31, 2009
December 30, 2009
Putting all the crap back on the bike made me think of a time I was paid to put together someones new kitchen which was entirely out of Ikea cabinets. The first few boxes I skipped the directions only to realize when I thought I had almost finished the cabinet I had put the thing together inside out or something and have to go back and redo it all over again. I did that a few times and it started driving me nuts . then there was the inevitable crucial part that had been left out of one box or another. A half a day spent going all the way to Ikea for a couple brackets. In the end I felt like paying the people to not let me put together their Ikea kitchen. I finished it in the end but I bet the whole kitchen fell apart by now, damn particle board bullshit.
I'd never spent so much time putting junk on a bike you don't need. I tightened up everything like the jugs which were finger tight!? Replaced a bunch of crucial things.. like the top motor mount bolt which was missing!?. Cleaned out the clutch plates.. then put all the rest of the stuff back on. Haven't even finished the fender add on stuff .. but I started having those Ikea flash backs and stopped and went out and got some late night food. Dick's is a Seattle instution. Menu is as follows: Dicks Special - just a basic burger, Dicks Deluxe - same but with two patties and cheese, fries - one size only .. get two if you want more... sometimes I do , Soda, Shakes. That's it. The closest thing to IN and Out burger in Seattle since we don't have In and Out here .. which is a travesty in itself. I do like Dick's fries better than IN and Out so at least there's that.
My plan was to ride this bike to Portland for New Years. Right on cue, no suprises here, soon as I finished putting the bike back together the rain started again.. and it's got a lot colder.
December 29, 2009
December 27, 2009
I was over at my friend Bill's today who has three stock Genny Shovels and he had a bunch of extra fender add ons, badges , and some old mufflers. Then I dug through the pile of stuff I got with the bike and found some more stuff to put back on. Getting some of the 69 fiberglass cases. I'm going to turn this thing into a garbage wagon for the time being, like the one Gak has at Hawgholic. I got most of the paint off the tins but got bored and didn't get all of it off the front fender. Hopefully it will look like a big version of the main character's scooter in Quadraphenia. Probably be about as fast as that Lambretta as well once I load it up with all this extra weight.
December 26, 2009
The other day I was over checking out my friend Chris's new project at Speed Shop Design. Chris won the LA Calender Moto Show this year with his last bike. Chris design's everything from scratch on his projects except for the motor including the suspension, the brakes, lights etc etc. He starts out with a drawing then each part of the bike is made piece by piece by hand. A few months ago he showed me the drawing of the bike and now it's all coming together .. very inspiring. The new bike is all top secret but he let me take some photos of some of the details. Thanks Chris!