Thursday, July 2, 2015

County Fair Heat Strokers

We, perhaps without thinking, went to the opening day ($1 Day) at the Alameda County Fair. It was crowded and Max was probably on the verge of a heat stroke, as were we. Water was in limited supply unless you bought $7 glasses of lemonade. He had fun, but we damn sure paid for it with our sanity. We repaid ourselves with some wings and frigid AC at BW3s.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Motorcycles are in the background for a bit. I've been spending as much time as I can with the family. We took a camping trip to Yosemite, staying in Hodgdon Meadow. What an absolutely beautiful place. It was both Lori and Max's first time camping. Ever. And they both rocked it. We stayed in Hodgdon Meadow which I thought was great. It's about 45 minute drive to the central Yosemite Valley, and judging by the camping there, we picked well. Everybody is on top of each other. Day 1 we setup camp and hiked 2 miles to Carlon Falls. Day 2 we went to Yosemite Valley and looked at some sights like the falls. And day 3 we headed back to the valley to swim at the frigid Cathedral Beach. If there's one thing we did wrong, it was too much hiking/walking with a 3 year old. Beautiful place, can't wait to go back. Also a great place to ride a motorcycle to *wink wink*.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Movin On Up

I was gifted about 2 hours of bike work time this month, so I started with moving the oil tank up about 3/4" to eliminate that gap. Instead of changing the mounts on the tank I modified the gearbox/engine brackets and my neighbor made me a threaded bung for the top mount. Next up is the seat!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015


I've spent every spare moment (around 40 hours) in the last month repairing and painting Max's new play structure. I bought it for $150, all redwood, and had to dismantle it myself (with help from my buddy Tom). I had to cut 4" off each post due to rot, 7" off the swing A-frame support, and 6" off the ladder. I replaced a bunch of 4X4s and some roof components and went through 4 gallons of water sealant. This weekend she went up!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

For Sale: 1977 Honda CB750A Hondamatic Cafe Racer / Mild Custom

I've spent almost a year and a half working on this bike. It was part of the package deal to get the 1950 BSA B33 "Candyman Beezer." I'd keep it if I didn't already have a 750.

Tins are in excellent condition. Carbs have been upgraded to performance CB750K round slides. Bumped up the pilot jet to 42. Tons of information on SOHC forum about this upgrade. Carbs have been completely gone through and cleaned and carb sync'd. Intake boots have been reconditioned. New spark plugs, valves adjusted, cam chain adjusted, points adjusted and strobe timed. Ready to rock.

CB750K air box, new air filter, steel-braided brake lines, new brake fluid, new petcock. Brand new sealed 330 cca battery. Brand new custom wiring harness & headlight mount. includes original seat, gauges, and other bits.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cracked the egg

I forgot how much real estate these things take up. Was like gravel in there.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It begins... pre-unit rebuild

The weekend I've been looking forward to and also dreading is here. Max and Lori are in Socal and I have 3 1/2 complete days alone. I'm completely wiring the 750 Hondamatic and tearing down the pre-unit. Maybe I can go see Mad Max or something, too. Anyway, I spent all yesterday getting the motor out and assessing the damage. Yup, there's a hole in the piston. I used my new super awesome magneto timing light and it told me my timing was perfect. After examining the head gasket, it looks like it was blown around the center bolt... and I'm not suprised. I was never able to get that bolt to seat right. I did what I should have done in the first place and chased all the barrel threads and the head bolts. That made a world of difference and am kicking myself I didn't do it. So why did I hole the piston? Head gasket leak? The other theory is the rings never set right, I'd always been blowing smoke. The barrles looked good just glazed. Going to try to split the cases today.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I won a big prize, one might even say a Trophy

Lori and Max went away for the weekend to visit family and then I turned around and traded my durn 'ol XS650 for a 1964 TR6. An original, complete but disassembled, should run Trophy 650. I am quite pleased. Actually we both are quite pleased. It was a good trade.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015