Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I'm slowly fixing/replacing the damaged pieces on my 1974 BMW R60/6. Initially right after my accident, I didn't care one way or the other about it. I planned on putting a sheet over it and forgetting it ever existed. Then, little by little, I started buying little things here and there. Now, I'm determined to bring her back to her former glory by springtime. This is probably going to be a bike I keep for the rest of my life since it isn't that desirable and or worth a whole lot, except to me. So far, I've replaced the ruined headlight lens and ring (over $300 new for those two...yikes. Thankfully found em used on eBay for $100), the twisted rear turn signal bracket, front fender, handlebars, clutch lever assembly, pushrods (both right side ones bent to shit on impact), valve cover, rocker assembly, and bent right fork. I've spent around $400 so far, patiently watching eBay and Craigslist for parts. All that's left is sidecovers, a left side mirror and a gauge cluster. The tank has a sizable dent in it, but it's runnable. Those suckers are expensive so I'll eventually just have it repaired and reprinted in the future. She will live again!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Some months back, some lady on her cell phone pulled out in front of me on the maiden voyage of my '74 BMW R60/6 that I'd been fixing up all summer, and fucked it, and me, up royally. I came out of it remarkably well, considering how much the bike was damaged. Sprained wrists and gnarly road rash/bruises, but that was it. Luckily, the horizontally opposed cylinders took most of the impact. If I'd been on my Shovel, my leg would have taken all the impact. Being in my 40s with a new baby daughter and being the sole bread winner of our little family, I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about hanging it up altogether. But I don't think I can. I've been riding too long. It gets down deep in your soul...
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Is it just me, or is anyone else gettin tired of seeing selfie pix of dudes in skinny jeans/beards/$200 jean vests standing on the seat of their rad chopper while riding with their "biker bros"? I live in Portland, so throw a PBR and you'll hit one. So, on that bitter note, check out this site: http://hipsterbikevideos.com
Thursday, February 6, 2014
I traded my FXWG front end for a FLH one from a guy I met on Jockey Journal. Traded my 3.5 gallon tanks for some 5 gallon fat bobs, put on an old hinged rear fender, put on some floorboard controls, pogo seat, etc. I plan on installing a 2 into 1 exhaust and bigger FLH battery tray. I've always wanted a bone stock FLH, not a shiny resto or hipster chopper, just a regular working class Shovel...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sold the unibody. Too much work and parts are as scarce as Jimmy Hoffa. So, I bought a 1966 Ford F250! I love the styling of the '66s and this one is straight with almost no rust. 352 v8 w/ a 3 speed automatic, rides purty nice. A little low geared with that Dana 4.10 rear, but I plan on changing that out at some point.