Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gordon's XLCR's

     A few weeks ago I met an old friend at Penngrove Motorcycle Company.  I hadn't seen Gordon in quite a few years.  We're at a custom motorcycle shop so we're not there for groceries.  Turns out that Gordon has been working on a pair of XLCR's.  The one on the left is a 1978 model and the one on the right is a '77
     The XLCR is the coolest sportster ever made.  They were only made in 1977 and 1978 (nine were made in 1979 count that year if you wish).  They couldn't compete with the Japanese sport bikes of the same era, and those were the ....ah....aah.....hum, well there's the point, the XLCR was a classic the day it was built and has stood the test of time.

Gordon told me that he is selling the '77 and it is on ebay right now.  Gordon maybe you don't need two XLCR's, but then again they aren't making any new ones.   


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Honda 305 Scrambler

     I spotted Peter's CL77 in the parking lot just off Virgina St., in Reno.  The Honda CL77 was called the 305 Scrambler.  These bikes were built from 1965 to 1968.  The 305's had a muffler that both pipes went into, everyone I knew took off the muffler. 
     These bikes, and the earlier 250, the CL72 (1962-1965), with their up swept exhausts, really started the dirt bike craze.  I remember that a lot of high school girls had burn marks on their legs from those exhausts pipes.

Nice Bike Peter

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Street Vibrations 2010

This Year

This year Street Vibrations was a disappointment.  There was really nothing happening that you couldn't do on a regular weekday for half the price.  Virgina Street was blocked off but most vendors stayed away, if you wanted to walk down the middle of the street you were welcome to do so, whoo hoo.  Yet the Reno hotels jacked up their rates as did the bars.  So attention Reno, next year go ahead and jack your hotel prices, charge ten bucks for a beer if you want to, because I won't be there.
Last year

Notice any difference between this year's photo and last year's photo?

More Unfortunate Names

Please not, a "Cup-a-Joe,"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Did You Ever Have the Feelin' You Was Being Watched?

...Seems everywhere I look I see a camera looking at me.  I know that there is no expectation of privacy in a public place, but who told who that it was OK to put up cameras and watch us.
...What I mean is, did the State Legislature tell Cal Trans to put up cameras?  Did the Highway Patrol have them put up?  FBI, CIA, DEA, ATF, NSA, NASA, who? 
...I know that there was no ballot measure asking citizens if they wanted to be watched every moment of their lives.

Cheap technoglogy is putting cameras in the few places the Government missed.

This camera is on the ceiling of the Bucket o' Blood Saloon in Virgina City, Nevada.
 This one's next to the bra at Thompson's Corner, Suisun.City, California.

Now I think I'm getting paranoid.