Tuesday, June 30, 2015

full blown resto mode

Uh Oh! FJ40...full blown resto mode... no turning back now!

white motorcycle

This weekend, I was busy at home doing yard work. Then I finished, Maya and I washed the white R75/5, the Ural and the Husqvarna. She and I charged up the battery on the Beemer and took it out for a couple of rides this weekend. She likes the R75 better than the Ural as she hates it when I "fly the chair" with her in the sidecar. She's been asking for "white motorcycle" rides everyday since Saturday. I've been riding the Beemer since the Ural is out of commission for a while. I ordered a new gel battery, a new seat cover, and a tune-up kit so I can change the oil, install new plugs and plus wires, adjust the points/timing and adjust the valves. The BMW felt light, agile, and fast on the way to work this week. I guess I've grown accustomed to the "tractor" that I usually ride to work.

the ice run

Just came across the ice run video at the adventurists website. Looks brutal! The image above freaks me out. 

I pulled my Ural off the road a few days ago due to a worn rear u-joint.  The driveshaft u-joint assembly was badly worn and I just didn't realize how bad it was. I figured it was better to stop riding and get it fixed so nothing bad could happen as a result of my Ural neglect. I'll know to keep an eye on this in the upcoming winters. I think all of the salt and snow did this part in, this winter. I found a replacement that I'll post about soon.

If you want to see how many layers of clothing it takes to do the ice run take a look at the video here.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Chad told me about this short documentary. There is a quote from a Japanese potter that stuck with me:

You must treasure the foundations laid by tradition.
Incorporating modern technology into traditional techniques helps bring out their true value.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

kendall's shop

Chad and I went to Kendall's shop on Thursday afternoon. I always love coming here to check out the machines/tools. There are some great pieces here.