Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 version of the same old "Christmas Poem"

Merry Christmas 2013

It’s raining outside and the Jeep looks like crap.
Miley is twerking to Jingle Bells Rap.

You beat up some kook in an S.O.A. tee.
…drive home from the lot with his freshly chopped tree.

The wife’s making GIFs for her next tumblr post,
you head for the market to steal a rib roast.

Your phone starts to buzz as you head out the door.
The In-laws again, they’re looking to score.

Christmas will be here in just one more night,
bring ’em a bottle they’ll stay out of sight.

The kids left last Friday to go out and play,
they always come home for the big holiday.

You pass by a church and think about mass,
but you know ol' Santa don’t give a rat’s ass.

Arrive at a mall where the parking lot’s packed,
the really nice cars have already been jacked.

The new “same old” Center’s a mile away.
You snag a good space it might be your day.

At American Eagle you hear a loud sound.
The cops have your daughter hog-tied on the ground.

You duck into Nordstrom before you are seen,
They won’t keep her long she’s only fourteen.

Searching and searching you nab the right gift.
The guard’s posting selfies, it’s late in his shift.

Slip out the back door and into the cold.
Shoplifting's easy when you start to look old.

It’s now Christmas morning and everyone’s here,
They’re fighting and drinking their holiday cheer.

Your friends and your family can’t wreck your yuletide.
To hell with them all just go for a ride!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rejects or Repost

Nothing Epic
Other than troubleshooting electrical, overhauling forty-seven year old Jeep switches, and eating, we haven't done much-so we dug through the archives and found a few pictures we may or may not have posted before.
Las Vegas, New Mexico 2013

Las Vegas, New Mexico 2013

Goosenecks Utah 2013
A Gooseneck

Snow Cap Seligman, AZ 2013

Snow Cap Seligman, AZ 2012

Wall of Death in Pomona around 2007

Wall of death fans in Pomona around 2007

Sportster in Unit H. around 2007

V-Rod and Davida at Unit H. Around 2007
Road King outside Salt Lake City, Utah 2007 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Read the "Legend" before this post!

So what do these pictures of Long Beach have to do with the 66 Motor Palace and it's sketchy legend? Jerry's first Trading Post was in this intersection. Who's Jerry? Read the Legend!

When I was at my mother's a couple weeks ago she mentioned she'd heard from Jerry and gave me his email address. I stalked him a little and learned that other than a few details I was pretty close. He opened his Trading Post about the time we moved to Texas. It was the "Rocky Mountain Trading Company" but it was in Long Beach. He later moved and opened shop near Boulder Colorado. Last time I saw him was in 1970 around the time he split to Colorado. He's in Greece now and I'll share more and correct the Legend as we go. He sent a picture of the Triumph he and my dad used to tear around the hills with my sister and I at night (we liked it).

Jerry and his Triumph TR-3 before he "Tuned in."

Baby the Jeep, the Wonderful-Wonderful Jeep
Baby slows down pretty good without brakes so I drove to American Brake Systems Speedway Style. They'll install the front and connect the back I took forever doing. I hope Baby's still fun to drive with brakes, sidewalk trolling won't be the same.  Exhaust, tires, and upholstery are next.
66 Jeep CJ5 in Old Town Orange

These guys looked at each other and didn't say a word when they saw there was no master cylinder in the "hole."

New Office
We're doing some rearranging at work and I got a different office. So far I'm $165 into furnishing thanks to Craigslist and eBay.
$20 steel chairs courtesy United States Marine Corp

$49.99 Steelcase desk and $65 Goodform chair

What we ate Thursday
Simple and made from scratch. Nothing from a can or package. Lori even evaporated the milk for the pie! It's easy and tastes good. The gravy was perfect too! Don't worry, she's not going to update often, it's just a convenient place to keep recipes-and maybe the name of a pie shop someday...
Salt, pepper, butter, turkey, stuffing

Sweet Potato Pie in Dustbowl Crust

Pie baker/fiend

Next Distraction!
We're buying this from my friend Neil, it was his dad's (Neil Sr.) We're working on a couple directions for its future, neither will involve this front fender or wheel. 
1936 VLD

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kansas City and Central California

Kansas City
Flew out to Kansas City to see a couple new motorcycles. It's a nice clean should go there. Everything you've heard about the steaks and barbecue are true and the people who live there are very tolerant of Californians.
Sunset over Orange County. This is the real color, no edit, no filter, just an iPhone

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The Motorcycles
Just go to Harley-Davidson's page and take a look or Google Harley-Davidson Street if you don't already know everything about them. Be sure to check Cycle World's page for clarification and details on the manufacturing of the Street models for sale in USA. They are being built in Kansas City for USA and in India for bikes sold in India, Spain, Portugal, and others as they ramp up. This is to avoid tariffs and keep the price of this motorcycle affordable to new riders. If you haven't, you should look at dealer websites overseas and check the prices on new motorcycles and you'll see why.
Harley-Davidson Street

Harley-Davidson Street 750

Harley-Davidson Street 500

KC beer bar

I think this is the first V-Rod to roll off the assembly line in Kansas City,  probably should have checked the VIN.

Central California
I rode up to see my mother this weekend and got to visit some of my favorite roads and see her new cat!
Murray Family Farms for Tri-Tip sandwiches, fresh fruit, coffee, and really nice people!

The old picture building. I have pictures of it with walls!

My mom's cute cat Teddy. 

In the early '80's I spun a Saab at the entrance curve and stopped about where the Road King is -pointing backward-without hitting anything-pure luck.

Soda Lake. It's flat and much bigger then it looks. The bottom of the white stripe is a few miles from the top.

The tracks I made when I started sinking

Tail end of lake. You used to be able to ride around the back side of it but it's closed now. 

Almost half way. Only about 20 miles was dirt.

Mostly smooth dirt

I like these hills

Back on pavement
The End

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Deus Bike Build-Off

The Deus Bike Build-Off, Venice

The Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build Off America sounds pretty simple. Below is a description of the competition:

Oh...and the local winners from Sydney, Milan, Bali, and L.A. compete for the overall title! The outcome of the L.A. (Venice) event was determined by esteemed Judges; Yoshi Kosaka, Shinya Kimura, Michael Woolaway, Mike (Relief Judge), and our very own Lori Bentley-Law!

Orange County was covered in thick fog and that broke around Seal Beach, traffic was light for the 405. We were greeted with hot coffee at Deus and Lori was soon whisked away with the other Judges by Julian and Hiroshi. While they were busy Daniella and I tried to figure out a way to sneak Yoshi's bike out of the shop. We failed so I drank more coffee and took a few pictures.
Lori's picture of fog

Daniella loves Yoshi's custom Harley-Davidson JD

Shinya's Honda

Yoshi's Felix the Cat helmet. I sat next to it and received compliments for a couple hours.

Eric Christie of  Mixture Motor Co with his tastefully modified Yamaha RD 200.

Eric's blog has before and construction photos. Mixture Motor Co

Aaron Miller's Honda is all about the details...and the overall design,,,and...

Best dressed vest!

Esteemed Judge grilling participant

BMW R-65 Hill-Climber

A boy and his dog.

Street-fighter...street won a few battles but bike won 5th place.
A little parking lot action too
Hayden's G/S standing in the corner.

Crimson Ghost


nice survivor


Full parking lot and cool Sportster.

Garbage Wagon?

BMW /5

Cute kid

This pole dressed as a Volkswagen commercial for Halloween.



Other side of parking lot
Mix of show and other stuff
Lots of "found objects" and interesting details on this one.

Lori and friends talking Motobots

Heidi making her own fun!

Bixby Moto, the winners! Picture taken several hours before they won, they smiled like this all day.

Winning motorcycle
Hiroshi, Yoshi,  and Tammy

BA Moto