Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Couple Projects, a Lesson in Triumph Neglect, and our 100th Post!

Lori had a hair appointment Saturday and chose to ride her Bonneville, it's been sitting awhile so she gave it a nice bath, aired up the tires, and put it on a battery charger for a (little) while. It was a kinda hard to start and didn't idle too well but we figured the ride to Newport would make everything better. I guess it did until she got into traffic. It still wasn't idling well and stalled at several intersections. Finally the repeated starts did the poor battery in completely. Luckily she was over the hills and about a mile to PCH. She coasted to a parking lot and walked to the salon in time for her appointment. It didn't miraculously heal so I picked them up in the truck. Lori has the more exciting version at
Pretty Bonnie
I need an El Camino.
You can't tell in this picture but her hair color is smashing!
Word around here is this helmet won't mess up your new-do.

I stumbled across an old hatchet I bought at a yard several years ago and decided to play with it after seeing a funny post on FB by our friend Mike at Morgan's and Phillip's. You'll have to like him on FB and find the post yourself. It's worth it!
Mostly surface rust
It's sharp!
Gold Leaf top and 1 Shot.
Gold Leaf butt
Ready for more color
Dry assembly, ready for touch up and clear coat
I'm taking this camping when I figure out how to pitch that tent

We've made progress on the '90 Heritage but it still has a way to go. We removed a few layers, made some adjustments and started polishing things.
There might have a problem with the paint on the tank. The fenders shined up perfect with the exception of marks where the pillion rubbed the rear fender. The clear on the tank seemed soft and stained easily when fuel dripped on it so I took a polisher to it. It looked better but gummed up again when I put wax on it. I wet sanded a patch with 2000 grit and the clear rolled up like pencil eraser dust. It looks like somebody made a boo boo when they cleared over the tank after some work on the emblem (it's been changed) I'm going to try to strip the bonus clear down to the original clear and try to save it. If not it's time for new paint!
Spiders are gone

Even looks good in the morning

Fewer eagles and less oxidation

Now she wants to steal it

I took a break from writing this post to make tortillas and this appeared!

Monday, March 25, 2013

CA Route 66 and Motorcycles

Route 66 News (for reals)
I crashed the Route 66 IECA organization's Kick-Off Party for the Rancho Cucamonga Service Station restoration project Wednesday and learned a little about their mision.
The Rancho Cucamonga Service Station has been abandoned since the early '70s. It's one of the few Route 66 icons standing in Rancho Cucamonga and has been perilously close to demolition. The Route 66 IECA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose members got the city, public, and the previous property owner behind a plan to restore it.
We'll let them fill you in on the details. There's a ton of great information about the project and local Route 66 opportunities on their site.
Anthony Gonzalez President of Route 66 IECA the group dedicated to the preservation project.

L. Dennis Michael, Rancho Cucamonga's Mayor thanking everybody for their efforts.

Unveiling the new sign

Slim feeling pretty special around all the nice cars.

Route 66 IECA Volunteer and Road King owner approves of the Slim.

Slim Love
I fell in love with the Slim at first sight. The Slim reminds me of an Evo Fatboy with lace wheels, but smoother and faster. (That's a compliment and you're right, it's not as fast as a BMW S100RR) But it is an incredibly fun motorcycle to ride. Its chassis is neutral, stable, predictable, and very comfortable. The engine pulls well in every gear and is spooky smooth. Its biggest fault is I keep getting compliments from people who think I built it or customized it...and I have to confess that I'm a loser, it's stock, and it's not mine. So here's some advice if you want to feel loved. Go to your local dealer and buy a Slim, change something on it, enjoy riding it because it's a great motorcycle, and assume when people are going ga-ga, it's because they love the thing you changed!
Slim and Buell S-1

Schott One Star and the Slim

Slim and Bondorella
Me and Slim at Rancho Cucamonga Service Station

Community Service
Our "adopt-a-bike" program has found another orphan. This one's a 1990 Heritage Softail with only 11,430 miles of neglect and random personalization. Nothing too treacherous and a few good things like genuine Twice Pipes, a Mikuni 42, new tires, and no scrapes or dents. The paint looks like crap and it has light corrosion in some metal surfaces.

The '90 Heritage we're going to rescue. It needs some serious love but it has good bones.

Below are a few details. It's a "Good Bike" but it needs a good home. It'll stay a Heritage and an old one at that. We're just going to remove some of the clutter, clean, polish, and sort a few mechanical things. Maybe we'll take this summer's trip on Evo Softails! Poor old Road King never gets to go anywhere.
Burglar alarm license plate and sissy bar helmet locks
Big old windshield and chrome wrap on all cables and wires

Mods relax, they're staying.

and Spiders

and Eagles

and Vista Cruise

and corrosion...the mud flap's staying, for now.

Agriculture Report
Lori's Goat Farm is doing well and the chiles should be ready to plant soon... 
...and the Cowboy's doing alright in Arizona.
66 Motor Palace sponsored rider.

The Cowboy was busy teaching Chicken to ride on Yamaha so kid took the Can-Am out. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Farm Update, Ema Jean's Holland Burger, more Junk

Lori's Goat Farm's doing well! All the peppers sprouted and they should be ready to plant next week. The top row are Pasilla, next are Joe Parkers and "Hatches" from seeds we saved last year, and finally the Jalapenos. The eggs without sprouts were planted later but should sprout this week.
Goat nests

Old things
I found this small belt sander on craigslist for $60. It's perfect for the type of things I like to ruin. It's a Quick-Sand 165, made in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. (Mid '60s)
Quick-Sand Model 165 1"X42" belt

It's smooth, quiet, and simple.

New things
Schott Perfecto One Stars arrived in limited sizes, click the "Shop Schott NYC" link on the upper right column on this page.
We have Women's M and L and Men's 40 and 42. More coming soon!

Route 66 lite
Lori got the flu so we postponed our Winslow trip but she finally got some fresh air on Saturday. Poor thing wasted a whole week of vacation. We kept it lite and drove to Route 66 survivor "Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe." Emma Jeans has been just north of Victorville since 1947.

Their story goes something like this: Emma Jean was a waitress at Holland Burger for a long time. When the Holland family was ready to move on Emma Jean's husband bought it as a surprise for her. (late '70s?) Emma Jean's son Brian and wife Shawna run the place now.

When we arrived the parking lot was full of Harley-Davidsons, the inside was packed, and 20+ riders were seated outside. Shawna warned us about the big group and told us she would have a table for two available soon. The busboy took care of us while Shawna was taking the orders outside. When our hamburgers came they were exactly as a good Cafe burger should be. We're definitely going back for breakfast, the food was great and the people were better. We're pretty sure Shawna is a mind reader and may have 360 degree vision. Nothing gets past her!
We arrived right after a group of 20 riders from the San Fernando Valley.
Standing room only when we arrived. That's Shawna standing up.
We found this old Jacob Bromwell ricer in an Oro Grande antique store. It'll be good for mashing up dried chiles after  they're soaked.

Narrow tunnel under tracks in Oro Grande, a few miles north of Emma Jean's

Real life Out West
I was in my mid '30s when I realized "Out West" is where I'd lived most of my life. I was driving through the desert with someone and said, "Those mountains look like they could've come right out of a Western movie." My friend replied, "They did you idiot."
This is how Cowboys take vintage motorcycles to car shows in Arizona.
Seriously there are horses in the corrals, and goats running around somewhere.
There's a white thing to the middle left that could be a chicken, or duck, or cat.

We might rescue this 1990 Harley-Davidson FLSTC with about 10K miles.
Please don't judge, I have no idea why I'm suddenly in love with EVO Softails.

Lori snagged this shot of a crazy Sportster trike near our Orange shop.
These are always handy to have around
I like this guy's dog, I bet it travels well.

Thanks for reading, I hope the rest of your day is better.

...I just remembered, I brought this Harley-Davidson Softail Slim home for awhile. It's awesome, you should buy one! I think I'll go ride it now.

You can ride it with or without Cowboy Boots!
The Slim is my favorite new model the last couple years