Monday, October 2, 2017

Gordon's 1965 XLCH

     This is my friend Gordon's 1967 Sportster XLCH.  It's set up in a '60's flat tracker style with a hard tail.  The bike is kick start with a magneto and is set up to be street legal.  After the '65 the '66 and '67 Sportsters had two different engine cases.  There was one set of cases for the XLH, for electric start and different cases for the kick start only XLCH.

     Unfortunately Gordon, who has been know to sell a bike now and then, has sold this Sporty and it's on its way to Australia. I've seen the bike that replaced this one, and it's a beauty. I'll have a build photos soon.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Farewell Little Suzuki

     A friend gave me this little Suzuki. I think it is 1971-75 Suzuki TS-125. It sat on the side of my house for years while I tried to decide what to do with it. Finally I decided to pass it on and I gave it to another friend. 
     But when it was on the looked so...right.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Born Free 9

     Saturday it was time to head to Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, California for Born Free. It's a fairly short ride from Riverside. There was plenty of parking in the dirt parking area. There is parking available on the grass inside the event, but you have to prepay for that parking and I am not good at planning more than three or four days out.
       For me being a newbee at Born Free it was a little hard to tell where the parking area ended and the "show bikes" started. Next year I plan on spending more time looking at the everyday bikes in the parking area.


     The heat, crowds, the volume of bikes and other distractions made it difficult to focus on anything specific. Still, I know what I like.

     Then there are the bikes that are a little more unusual.

     This was my first trip to Born Free. Despite the heat and the crowds I really enjoyed myself. This bike show is different than all the others. I'll be back next year.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Going to Born Free

     I got a message from Stampede racer, John Joseph Rogers, asking if I was interested in going to Born Free. Interested? Yea, I was interested. I met John at is shop, Suicidal Custom Cycles (510-706-0199), 2156 American Ave., in Hayward Ca. and we headed south.

      It's a little over 500 miles from the SF to Riverside. Bob Marshal, Stampede Veteran, had invited us to stay at his home. It was a long ride and a super hot ride, that seemed to take forever. We didn't get to Bob's until after dark.
     The next morning, Paul Corey, also a Stampeder, showed up. He and his family had been vacationing in California. Paul's from West Virginia. 
Paul Corey
Bob Marshal and John Joseph Rogers

Friday, April 7, 2017

Chuck Lawrence, Stampeder

Thursday, April 6, 2017

BSA Owners' Club of Northern California

Saturday the BSA Owners' Club of Northern California held their April Fools North Bay ride. I usually meet friends on Saturday mornings for a breakfast ride from Novato to Pt. Reyes Station, but this day called for a change of plans.

As would be expected there were a lot of British bikes ranging from oily and rough to some looking like they just rolled off the showroom floor. And there were two Harley's, my '02 Sporty and Rolly's knucklehead.

Gordon rode his '66 Triumph T120 and we stopped high above Tomales Bay  for a few photos.

When we got to the little town of Tomales, there was a battery smoking in the street. It was a lithium battery that had been in a pristine Trumph Trident. When the rider pulled into town he noticed smoke and drug the battery out of the bike. He was lucky the bike didn't burn up and I think that nearly every BSA Club member took a memo, "Note to self, NO LITHIUM BATTERIES."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stampede Feelin' 2 Years After

I miss The Stampede. At this time of year I would be focusing my energy on getting the bike ready, and that felt good. This year I've got a little trip in mind for May, so I pulled out all the old stuff I used on previous stampedes. I'm not going to be riding nonstop day and night, so the bike can be a little more raw. But I will want my personal stuff and need some extra gas.

I decided to leave off the roll bag. I had used it for the Stampede because I needed the extra bag space and to mount LED lights for night travel. It also acted to block the wind and kept the rain from blowing off the front tire onto me, but it also caused some handling problems because the weight is high and forward. 
I put on the saddle bags from Stampede 10 and the 2 1/2 gallon gas tank from Stampede 9. That will give me the packing space I need and nearly 5 gallons of gas too. I think it looks good.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bob Smith, Tough Ol' Bird

I was happy to see Bob show up for the Saturday Breakfast Ride. He's not riding yet but says his doctor says there is no reason for him not to ride. The Doc also said there should be no problem kick starting a bike. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bob Smith on Black Ice

     Saturday mornings a bunch of friends ride to Pt. Reyes Station for breakfast. This year, Saturday was the day before Christmas and it dawned cold, 27 degrees when I left home. When we met up, there were only four of us. The cold probably had nothing to do with the low turnout.

     Bob Smith was riding his 62 Triumph. The road was wet but I didn't see any ice and Bob didn't see any either. Which brings us to the crash 
     Bob was ahead of me when we turned left onto Platform Bridge. I saw him lose traction and then high side. 
     Bob was unconscious when I got to him. A motorist stopped and then went to call 911 (there was no cell service) and another was an off duty Paramedic. Still others had a blanket. 
Bob was transported to the hospital. Gordon and Tom, the other two riders took care of Bob's motorcycle.
     Bob's Triumph had a broken headlight and dented headlight bucket. The seat was torn and some parts ground down a little. 
     I learned that Bob broke his hip, a couple of ribs and his collar bone. He had surgery at Stanford Hospital.

Update- Bob was transferred to a rehab hospital in Sebastopol, California. I visited him there and he is doing well and in good spirits.