tomorrow is it! D-Day! kevo got here at 5am and we unloaded the sucker and ran em both through the gears around town all day. we're feeling good and dialed and as long as the 5-0's leave us alone long enough to put on some miles, we should be golden. Sorry for the short post, but its late, and i'm ready to crash.
Next time you see me, we'll be on California time.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
i can't concentrate at work. i can't think of anything else. I've got a list I've been carrying in my pocket that i keep writing on as i think of spare parts i still need before we head out. my stomach is doing back flips and I've got itchy feet. i'm ready to head em up and move em out. Hate to say it, but facing termination of the trip completely, we decided to revamp it instead. Due to monetary restrictions, kevo is headed up this way and we're going to ride out with the Kemosabe boys. to anyone down south that offered a place to stay, thank you for the offer, and i'm sorry we're going to miss you this time around. haints, see you in L.A. Nash, Max, JB, Cro, DTMC... hope to see you guys soon and pound some miles, bar to bar.
Kevo and i originally were california bound on June 1, do or die. be there or be square. our original goal was the left coast, born free or not. part of me was dying to see the show, the other part didn't care if i missed it, we would be in cali. watching the growing interest in this show (was it ever low interest?) and seeing shots of some of the bikes that are going to be there only makes me sure that i'm not passing this one up. I talk a lot of shit about technological advances over old parts around here, but i still love the old shit and am stoked to see the surprises people are bringing out to this show. I haven't bought my raffle ticket yet, but if there's any left by the time we get there, i'm going to have to.
either way, california here we come....
Friday, May 21, 2010
so far so good. got my exhaust woes squared away and Ive got her at a point where i feel comfortable with her. stayed up late last nite making adjustments and putting together a tool bag and spare parts set-up. a boyscout is always prepared. jumped on the freeway the other day and she was humming.... lets just hope things stay this way... Looks like me and kevin are going to have to re-arrange a few things as for getting out to the left coast. routes are changing, wallets are tightening, we're all on a mad dash to scrape up enough cash to make it home. gonna bring a sack load of "Ride 'em, Don't hide 'em" t-shirts to try and hock on the road... so if you want one, save yourself the $5 shipping fee and get one in person!
talked with kevo, and what he thought was going to make him have to tear the bike apart for some frame modifications, wound up being solved by a homemade chain tensioner.... whew... back on track. and to top it all off, i think we'll both have our jobs when we get home- score!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
i don't ever want to get too political on this page much more than saying i love my country, but loathe my government. But, I'll tell you what, the more i listen to what's going on, the more infuriated i become. Talks of enforcing U.S. regulations in AZ has now turned into being a discrimination case with a bunch of people that are illegally in this country protesting for their rights. Politicians making bold-face lies about serving in our countries military, then making a half-assed apology and brushing it off as a "miss communication"..... well, lying politicians is nothing new.... The last major oil spill in this country was the Exxon Valdez 16yrs ago, and what did we do since then in preparation for another? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Instead we'll use it as a great example to teach our children the terrible things that will happen if we continue to rely on fossil fuel. I don't know about you, but I'm not giving up my internal combustion motorcycle without bloodshed. And now we're on the verge of legalizing marijuana? if you know me, you know i enjoy the devil's lettuce, but in a country that's so blind to what goes on capitol hill, the last thing we need is for everyone to be more distracted than they already are. It's bad enough nobody can take their eyes off a pack of obnoxious, self-centered Goombahs partying on the jersey-shore, now you wanna let pot smoking run rampant? yea, that won't keep people from paying attention to anything will it....?
now don't get your panties in a bunch if you don't agree with me... we can still be friends. that's the beauty of this country. We are all allowed to have our own opinions, no matter what they are. Voicing our feelings about our disgust with the government isn't illegal..............
Monday, May 17, 2010
so, i get the whole damn thing together by saturday nite and give her a kick.... and another.... and another.... and another couple dozen. to the point where im out of breath and there isnt even the faintest sign of life in the ol gal. turns out i crossed the two wires that fry your ignition system and it was F-d. I called up cody and told him i was selling my motorcycle and getting a scooter to ride to CA when he informs me that there is a perfectly good 2000i ignition on the workbench at his parents house, and Im welcome to it if i wanted it.... HELL YEA! thanks Cody, i owe you one of my kidneys. after fiddling with every switch on the damn thing and kicking the ever loving crap out of it, i realize that i had the last switch set on single fire. switch it to dual fire, one kick and shes up and running!
few leaks here, few leaks there, an exhaust pipe that decided to jump ship on the way to work this morning, but all in all, shes running great and i couldnt be happier to be in the wind on a totally different machine! Sorry, no pics until after the big trip. i know, dick move, but i gotta stick to it or it will ruin the surprise when i get to New Orleans.
OH! and last nite, i rode her over to my buddy steves cause he wanted to get a look at her and share a celebratory toke.... hung around his place for a bit and he threw in a movie i had heard of but hadnt had the pleasure to watch yet- White Commanche.
Thats right, youre not seeing things. thats William Shatner in a Spaghetti Western. and let me be the first to tell you this one is so bad, its good. Shatner plays a cowboy thats constantly catching hell from the locals wherever he goes. Why is he catching hell? cause his no-good twin brother (shatner again) is head of a tribe of commanches that run around town robbing and killing everyone in sight. Listening to Shatner try to talk like an indian chief makes this movie worth watching- the typical broken up dialoge sounds even funnier when hes trying to do an indian accent! and of course, he does all his own stunts in this one. Would you expect anything less from Captain James T. Kirk!?!?
Thanks for tuning in. pics soon, maybe a few sneak peeks.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
so, this trip is coming up faster than i can imagine, and i don't think I've even looked at a map yet. we're planning on heading west from New Orleans on June1st and are just taking it as it comes. we'll be hitting campgrounds and overpasses for sleeping spots, but wouldn't mind seeing some friendly faces to get loaded with. So, if you live between Nawlins and San Francisco and are looking for a good time, send me your address and/or phone number.... we promise we won't rob you or kill your dog.
Fair Warning though: we're not running cell phones so on any given day you may just come home from work to a couple of tents in your front lawn.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
"disc brakes!?!?! oh my heavens!!"
"solid rear wheel?!!?!? what the....!!!!"
"softail axle plates?!?!?! say it ain't so!!!"
Harlow's proudly no-so-period perfect "Searcher". now hit the road and let her search out what she was born to search out:
Monday, May 3, 2010
between the three of us, were pretty good tattooists!
Me- Arent you guys worried about the cops when youre going nuts down here?
Slippery (Stinky) Pete- Hey, its CHICAGO!
....cant remember her name for the life of me
Greg Wright and the Wombstretcher creepin up.....
GET TO THE CHOPPER!!!!
drunk and drunker. dont get to see enough of ol Yardsale.
See you in June, Moon!
Rowdy Rowdy dipes droppin science on it.
cody gets awesome.
Hans, see you in Mauston
hope to see and ride with all of you agian soon. Hang on to your swim trunks, its gonna be a crazy summer!
Yup. We be on the INSTAGRAM trend too...