Saturday, July 30, 2011

4 miles

In the rain, thats how far I just pushed my bike, these belts are really starting to piss me off.

From Google Maps:

Directions to 1400 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
4.3 mi – about 9 mins

Wellesley Mazda
965 Worcester Road, Wellesley, MA 02482‎ - (781) 235-6000‎

Head west on MA-9 W/Worcester St toward Overbrook Dr
About 7 mins
go 3.9 mi
total 3.9 mi

Make a U-turn at Caldor Rd
Destination will be on the right
About 2 mins
go 0.4 mi
total 4.3 mi

Eastern Boarder 1400 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760‎

Friday, July 29, 2011


It's amazing what a difference good suspension makes. These little babies couples with a set of truly progressive fork springs also from Works Performance make the old GS handle SO much better. I'd say it's like riding a newer bike, but I wouldn't know....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

DiCE comes to Boston

Friday July 28 @ 8pm. Baseball Tavern, Boston MA.

Support Grail's Greasebag and DiCE Magazine.

Introduce yourself to and lodge your complaints with the 50WTLover of your choice.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Be on the lookout...

...for this fine familiar FXR this coming weekend.
GR alumnus Jon will be making it from DC to hit the DiCE party, then on to the Greasebag in NH. Cool!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Desmo Drama

Vintage pushrod American motors are primitive, but it sure is easy to keep the valves adjusted...not needing the micrometers, collets, feeler gauges and maths required by a certain Italian marque...

Shuckin' and Jivin'

Pants off dance off! The Captain shuckin' and jivin' vs. Paul's mad break dance skills. Winner? You be the judge...

Friday, July 22, 2011

98? I think it's time for some heavier oil.

Damn, commuting today was like riding 40 miles into a blast furnace.

I have never been able to properly explain myself in this climate. Not with the soaking sweats...wild red eyeballs and trembling hands.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Master Baiter

Just saw this post here, not sure why it's titled mousetrap, lots of Mann love for the kick shifter

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Goodbye, forlorn forty five

Here are two bikes I'm sick of looking at, and they're both going to see Mr. Roche. With the power of Jay on my side the 45 will come back looking like the beautiful motorcycle that now lurks deep inside - like a princess kissing a frog. I never want to see the CB again; I've been tripping over it for years. I also have this partially race-prepped, heavily modded CB (ask me for details, I don't want to bore the populace) that I'm trying to foist onto Mr. Roche. If I'm unsuccessful, it too will go on the chopping block.

Dingleball bike.

Tony tells me "Put a sissy bar on that bike too!"
Now he can use it to hang panties or Confederate flags or whatever.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


de havilland DHC-2 beaver, pratt & whitney 985 wasp jr.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My Very First Choppa®

Found another old photo (yes, pre-digital camera days) first kool kustom bike. '84 Ironhead, Paughco rigid, 10" over P&P girder. Ended up with Z-bars, tallllll stainless sissy bar, and a prism tank. Neato.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

brooks lake, AK

250hp screws 25 miles in a hurry.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Little belt issue this morning

My probably-needs-to-be-rebuilt 1951 transmission occasionally "pauses" between gears, today was the perfect storm of heat, RPM and pause, the result was about 120 of the 132 teeth being stripped of my drive belt.

Tried using the jam bar to get the front sprocket off which didn't work very well, then tried to remove the Primo clutch hub, again a fail. Finally did what I should of done in the first place, the old rope in the cylinder, worked perfectly, new belt on in 5 minutes.

Your primary concern...

HG, I too know the shame.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

little by little

a smarter man would take parts off the bike while attempting to polish(just so there is no confusion, that is a SPCL79 weld, not mine)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011