Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Headin' up and movin' out

I've spent near 40 hours in the last week packing the basement up to get ready to sell our house. It is unbelieveable how much stuff we have. It was very very overwhelming. All my motorcycle and tool stuff, which I need. Tons of action figures I can't get rid of. Tons of books I don't read but can't part with (in hopes Max will take interest some day.) Loads and loads of baby stuff we need to hang on to (no, nothing to report). Art supplies, guitars, sewing supplies, furniture, keepsakes, toys and toys and toys... Tonnage. I haven't even packed the actual house yet.

For a while I had to bikes in the back so I could move around easier. All lined up.

We've been looking at open houses every Sunday for a month. Everything is dependent on what's a tolerable commute, safety, the schools (they are bad everywhere), and what we can afford. We stand to make a good amount on our house, which is the only reason we can pull this off. We bought low, and now the market in our nieghborhood is insane. So we will be selling high. But also buying high. It boggles my mind that we will be paying 3/4 million dollars on a house that costs $250,000 just about anywhere else in the country... and it's competitive. All for Max and our sanity. Here's to better things!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Max's Big 2!

Max's real birthday is Monday the 10th but we had his birthday party yesterday. The weather was beautiful and Max had a blast.

New hat! Daddy got a matching patch too!


Plex cake!

Dad Rock Happy Birthday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Playing Footsie

At long last, I found a pair of foot rests for the Beezer. After seeing a few go for $100-$200, I found a set of mid-50's Gold Star foot rests for $30. They had the correct spline to fit the B33. One was good, but the other required 2 hours of attention with a file to fix every single spline. And then a bit of gentle persuasion with the torch, and the Beezer has some place for my feet! Now to just clean the gas tank and it should be mostly good to toodle around the streets on.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

XS650 Walk Around

I've been taking a break from motorcycles to concentrate on finishing the longest kitchen remodel in history. We're planning on selling in April and it's go time to finish the house repairs and updates. So in the meantime, here's the XS running.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grade "A" Bad Assery

The '62 Triumph... RUNS
The '65 Honda Dream... RUNS
The '50 BSA... RUNS
The '76 CB750... RUNS
The '74 RD350... SMOKES!
even the little '74 XL70... RUNS!

And now the '80 XS650 RUNS AGAIN

This is possibly the most running bikes I've had at one time. Feels good, man.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lose some weight, fat ass

After chasing different possibilities on the XS for 3 days, Occhio Lungo Pete suggested I try removing the seat to see if I'm pinching anything. That's crazy, I DID have that issue before, but I solved it already. But I decided to try it... yup, that was it. My fat butt was compressing the seat affecting the kill switch. It is ALWAYS the simple problems that cause the longest problem-solving! Well, she rips now! I'm going to keep an eye on the head torque and slowly take longer rides, no highway for a bit. Not legal right now anyway... hah!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One little ball

I got everything tightened and set again and was about to embark on a test ride when I realized I couldn't find my gear lever. I've done a few Yamahas since this has been apart and I think I may have mistakenly gave away the lever. Luckily the RD had a spline that fit an I have a big foot.

When I went to go on a test ride it would sputter and die in gear. I figured the clutch may have stuck together since it was down for a year and a half. I spent the night reconditioning the clutch, but it seemed fine.

I had one idea left and pulled the left cover off and looked at the worm gear. There should be a 8mm / 5/16" / #10 ball bearing in there. It must have fallen out at some point. I'm going to hit up a bicycle shop to see if they have anything today. Amazing what one little bearing can do.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Started 3rd kick

I ran it for about 5 minutes; tomorrow I'll torque and valves, and take it on a short ride. Only took me a year and a half.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

All buttoned up

Going to torque it once a day, the hopefully this weekend putting it in the chassis and *GASP!* fire it up for 5 minutes!