Saturday, April 5, 2008

I Get Gasgas

Here are the photos of us picking up Scott’s bike at a Compton shipping warehouse. Scott bought the bike at Kauai Harley Davidson in Lihue, Hawaii. The bike is no Harley, it’s a 450cc dirt bike made by a Spanish company called GasGas. The bike is designated as a Gasgas EC450FSR. GasGas is known for making trials bikes, but the company also makes motocross, supermotard, quads and enduro bikes. Scott saw the bike while on vacation and was intrigued. The bike has fuel injection, which is just being introduced by the Japanese on their dirt bikes.

Modern computer controlled fuel injection is one of the best things that has happened to the gasoline engine. Fuel injection makes engines run better and last longer. The Gasgas Company has been putting fuel injection on dirt bikes since at least 2003. GasGas has a “no battery” system that runs the fuel injection and saves weight, all pretty cool.

Scott made a deal and the Harley dealer put the bike in a Harley Davidson shipping crate, the crate was then shipped to Long Beach and trucked to a warehouse in Compton where we picked it up. The big Harley box got a lot of attention on the road. The trip to pick it up was quick, one day down and one day back, so we didn’t even uncrate it when we got back. We are going on an annual camping trip next weekend and I’ll ride the bike then, take some photos and let you know what I think.

Click on the photo to see the carnage.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Finally some excitement. I'm heading to Los Angeles with my friend Scott. We're going to pick up a dirt bike he bought in Hawaii. Got to be a story there, right? It came into Long Beach in a shipping container. Can't ride the bikes down but I am so happy to be going somewhere. Adventure!

Photos and Adventure Story When I Get Back, Promise.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

He Wanted an Airplane

By now you should be able to tell that I like odd and unusual vehicles. Here's an escapee from Air Force custody. We saw this vehicle waiting to light the afterburner in San Rafael. We’re on you six, Maverick!


nnnnnBut He Also Wanted a Motorcycle.

All God's Children Got Less Troubles

Back on March 17th I wrote about how my motorcycle had developed a serious vibration problem. The vibration then caused an annoying noise that was coming from the passenger seat. Marie and Lee both noticed it and complained that the backrest and passenger footboards had a high frequency vibration. Well the problem was a broken motor mount. So I fixed the problem and all is well.

I also checked the cam chain tension pads and they are half way through their life span. I’ll check them again in about a year.

Marie and I took off for a short ride just to make sure the vibration was gone. We rode out to Sebastopol on Gravenstein Hwy, came back by Hwy 12 and down Hwy 101. It’s a short loop but we had fun. We stopped in a little tea shop called "Infusions" and bought some loose tea for the homestead.

The day was cool but felt good. It was threatening to rain and did rain a little but the rain was more of a misty rain and we didn’t get wet.ddd

Fixed the Garage Door as Well.