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General Banter / WINTER DOLDRUMS!!??
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:53:40 PM »
  While surfing utube's scary Nurburgring bike stuff I happened on a very nice bit from Speed & Noise about the evolution of GP riding styles. Very interesting piece.

General Banter / RIP TED SMITH
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:55:38 AM »
 If any of you were budding motor-heads in the 60s I believe you'd remember Ted. His obituary is in today's paper but it doesn't mention the location of his little shop's location. It was right across Lake Street from Dulono's. Remember A Porky's at each end and dozens of lights to drag from in between. He was a true Icon of early Minnesota Motor Sports.

General Banter / HAPPY SOLSTICE!
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:50:24 AM »
  A safe and joyful Holiday season to all.

General Banter / LESS IS MORE
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:21:46 PM »
  Last week's full moon brought about quite a change in my garage. I swapped my Futura for a Ninja 300. I've had doubts recently about being able to handle it much longer(like pick it up!). There were no mechanical issues other than the worry of losing another rear wheel bearing which was replaced at 25-35k?(don't remember). It cost me $140 back then but the price has more than tripled. I'll miss the wonderfully comfortable bike but I traded one 15yo w 55k for a 2015 w under 8k on it. Had it out on my 100mi North route yesterday and love it. The GSXR shock I bought for the ex250 is installed and a 1 up front sprocket ordered. I'll be doing front suspension upgrades and more comfy padding for my bony arse. Not sure how this will affect the Hill Country rides but The 300 or SV are certainly usable.

General Banter / RIP Tom Petty
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:31:17 PM »
  I don't know if he was a rider or not but he was surely one of us in spirit. 

General Banter / HAPPY EQUINOX!!
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:05:04 AM »
 Season is winding down. Having thoughts of a Fall color ride but not sure if I'm up to doing another day ride.

General Banter / Another salute to the Ladies
« on: September 17, 2017, 08:40:12 AM »
  Ana Carasco just won the SS300 race in Portugal. I sent her a GL on Facebook yesterday after seeing she'd qualified 3rd. I wasn't sure she would even hold that spot but WOW.

General Banter / RIP Angel Nieto
« on: August 04, 2017, 10:43:34 AM »
  One of the all time greats died yesterday in a Quad accident.

General Banter / HAPPY SOLSTICE
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:42:20 PM »
 The days will shorten as Winter nears. Relish every ride!

General Banter / R.I.P. Nicky Hayden
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:32:00 AM »
He's gone.

General Banter / KUDOS to Women Racers
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:12:01 PM »
 Maria Herrera scored a GP point in Moto 3.

General Banter / HAPPY EQUINOX!!
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:56:52 AM »
  Things are heating up. Riding season in sight. Modifying 2 seats for better comfort. Fresh tires on SV. All servicing done. The Hill Country beckons. Spring is here!

General Banter / RIP John Surtees
« on: March 10, 2017, 09:20:58 PM »
 A great champion passed on. He won MV's first 500cc title in 1956 and later was Formula 1 champion as well. His racing history is amazing.

« on: December 24, 2016, 03:51:20 PM »
  Love one another

General Banter / "It's a Machine,Not a Fetish!"
« on: December 12, 2016, 12:09:41 PM »
  One of my favorite sayings but I may have transgressed! About a month ago I scored a free bike stand/table on CL. This addition really effected things. The SV got a complete teardown of the suspension/swingarm for service. There was 60k+ crud as it appears to never have been done before. With that bike done the 250 Ninja was attacked. It has only 9k but is getting the same treatment plus valve clearance. I really got into cleaning the engines with solvent and wiping every nook & cranny of the chassis on both. Have I fallen for Fetishism? Well it is a lot of fun getting more intimate with the bikes. I'm reminded of asking a TZ250 rider many years ago why he was cleaning his bike so intently. His reply was "Weight". That is true but so is the perusing every inch of the machine(especially a racer). 40 years ago I'd check my Guzzi's valves and points at every oil change but in recent years even the splattered bugs didn't get removed.  The stand has been a wonderful influence on the Winter's bike work. It is also tweaking my "Oldheimer's" as the 250 swingarm came of twice more as "Oops-the chain has to go on first and then-someone forgot the chain rubbing guard"!!  Great fun-almost want to look for "Another Project Bike"! No, that would be silly. Happy Holidays everyone!

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