Pre-Berkshire Setup

I always thought I was a well prepared individual, that was until I started riding dirt bikes and met some of the other dirt riders.  I always had all my tools with me, air pumps, rain gear, etc etc when riding on the street.  Little did I know the amount of tools needed for a long ride in the dirt.  Every day I learn something new I should keep in my tool box for the preride check or another trick that I have been neglecting.  For the latest ride up into the Berkshires I actually ALMOST had everything working.  The only thing missing was the wiring on my trailer…..which I promptly did the night before at 8pm after work when I had 4 hours to drive.  But hey I made it!!  Here is my trusty camp site!

Well I pulled it off and I have to say that was the fastest I have ever fixed anything I think.   But hey i’m getting there, one day I will be able to leave right after work with everything in tow.  Even my tool roll has everything for trail side repairs now, so I am close!  I’m usually good but with the husky and trailer garaged so far from me I tend to not find a lot of time during the week to take care of it.

What do you leave for last second on a ride?  Or do you always have everything ready to go?

Private Parking

I rode to work in the blistering heat on wednesday since my car was in the shop.  Little did I know that my new job has some motorcycle only parking.  And it looks like I had all the spaces and the shade to myself.  I felt rather special having my own private spaces today.  Almost like the CEO of the company, or employee of the month!  It makes me feel good to see that motorcycles get a little bit of respect for the space they can save here in NY.  You don’t see it very often…..

 

 

Does your place of work have motorcycle only parking?  Or maybe somewhere you visit frequently?

Happy Father’s Day

If it wasn’t for my awesome dad I probably wouldn’t have found motorcycles so early in my life.  He taught me all the knowledge he had about motorcycles when I was younger and got me started on this crazy addiction.  As previous readers have seen he even rides a sport bike now!!  My dad is awesome in every way and has always been supportive of me and pulled me out of every breakdown and mistake I have made on my motorcycles and cars.  If it wasn’t for him I might have ended up giving up on a lot of my crazier motorcycle schemes.  To celebrate here is a pic of my dad, my brother and I out for a weekend ride some years ago.  That is his Honda Valkyrie that he sometimes rides, he likes the sport bike (Ninja) better now.

Happy Fathers Day Dad! Has your dad influenced your riding life?  If not who has?

Exotics Pfffffffft

That is what I say every time something happens to any of my harder to get parts for, high maintenance, not sure why I bought it, it looks good as a paperweight motorcycles.  This had applied to the Ducati for years but eventually it settled down and doesn’t have as much quirks as it used to.  Well I think I’m missing a bolt or two on the heat shield and there is a weird stutter in 3rd gear at full throttle but I can live with it.

What I can’t live with is this……

Those are the cases on my 2004 Husky TE450.  I JUST got it back from the top end rebuild and two rides later, BOOM.  I was kick starting it and I heard this loud THUNK.  When I looked down I noticed the grand canyon forming on my engine.  Albeit much faster then the natural process that formed the real one.  I must have one heck of a kick…….

So what I am supposed to do in this situation?  I have put a lot of time and money into the bike as is.  And really if I man up and rebuild it the motor will practically be brand new.  I’m pulling the motor this weekend to determine if there is any damage past the cases.  It’s a lot of time and money however I swing it so I am going to start with determining if the cost of a rebuild is worth it.  As long as I don’t need any parts past what I priced out I should be ok.  From my research I also found out that there is an updated kick starter that should alleviate this problem in the future.  But once again I lose a little bit of faith in my bike to even get me from point A to Point B.

Have you ever seen this before?  I sure haven’t……..anyone else have stories of their catastrophic failures?

 

I haven’t posted in a while but I’m not going to make excuses.  I have a lot of pictures and stories from the past couple of weeks and they will get up!

New Riders and New Steeds

Two of my friends picked up bikes this past week to ride the street.  It is great to have some of my life long friends getting into the hobby with me.  The one friend of mine actually was the first person I rode with when I was 13. And i’m really happy as they have been listening to my advice and both purchased almost full gear, they just need boots.  That puts a smile on my face more then anything knowing they are believing in the ATGATT mantra.  One of the new bikes though isn’t like the others!!  Meet the farm bear and his new ride!

What do you think of these things?  I rode it a bit and it’s like riding a snowmobile, it is a lot of fun.  It has it’s place in the community in my opinion and I can’t wait to go on some longer trips with the guy.  Two wheels though will forever be my speed.