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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
9:04 pm
long lost sheep
well I have been thru this old bike over and over.  Got a title for it thru a service, and did all the work to get it started and running.  made it the four miles to the DMV and got it registered and the title paperwork squared away.  (I was pretty worried about that part, until that went thru it could be "reclaimed" if anyone else had some lingering claim to it, as all I had was a bill of sale from some random nutjob who fed me a line of shit to sell it to me's signature...) 

then a couple days later I realized one of the most important parts was toasted.  the magneto fires the spark plugs, and runs from the gearing of the engine.  kinda cool since that means it requires no battery, but the quote to rebuild it was anywhere from $50-800!!   I got one from a kind fellow on the forum for a song, mostly because he's a good guy and likes to see old bikes run I think!!  thanks Don!!

then Amanda came home from CA and declared that three months straight of working on the bikes was enough and if I set foot in that shop one more time now that she was home I'd be summarily executed.  so all I could do was surf the internet and plot and plan for how to fix it once allowed again.  

so now that she's back in CA until June, it took me all of two weeks to get everything I had compiled sorted into a real working 51 year old motorcycle again!!  I think I have gotten to all the crucial parts for riding, there are tons of little things that could be fixed, cleaned, replaced, etc.  but it rides, and is mostly safe.... I think... 

Current Mood: apathetic
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
10:11 am
well now I've done it.

mucking about with old 1980's bikes has been fun, but these suzukis run too well.   what i need is something REALLY old to putz around on....

hmm. how about this!?


it certainly is old enough, if not quite 50 years this year, it  will be for sure next!!  its a 1957 or 58 BSA A10 Spitfire Scrambler, I think.  I've been pouring over online resources and serial number lists for these bikes for a week now and I'm pretty sure this is what it is.  It was sold to me as a 1959 BSA Super Rocket, which it may have some parts from, but the motor and frame are most definitely Spitfire Scramber.

also got this 72 unit bike, BSA A65 Lightning 

and this rolling frame, which I'm told is a triumph triple.

that should give me plenty to do while my wife is in California for three months, eh?  now I just gotta get that garage heated... :-)

Current Mood: giddy
Monday, December 18th, 2006
11:54 am
thought I was dead, didjas?

nope, just out skiing the new season! this was our hut trip to Eiseman, 11,180ft for three days.  hope this is not too much for ya on the front page but...

our new home

eight miles in on snow with food water and booze, all other accoutrements are already in the hut for us.  luckily, as the snow didn't quite cover all the obstacles we faced on the way in...

we managed a good long tour that ended us on a point at 11710 I believe, looking out at the Gore Range behind me, and the sawatch behind the photog. 

some of the skiing on the way down from that tour

some of the views from our doorstep

here we are looking down on the infamous Vail resort,

Current Mood: quixotic
Monday, April 24th, 2006
3:33 pm
had to post one more
last day at loveland is May 7th, and I'll be in Seattle!! oh well, at least I got some good fun in for the Corn Harvest!!!

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Current Mood: bitchy
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
4:51 pm
final day of the steamboat season
see me huck?
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see me ski?
Click here to watch 'boo83'

well, I guess we'll have to wait for putfile to come back up for that... ';-)

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Friday, October 7th, 2005
11:18 am
ah, river trips in the fall -->with pics finally!!!
just got back from westwater, a permitted trip on the Colorado from just at the border into Utah. some grand rock country and fun rapids! of course I didn't get any good pics of those myself, but hopefully they'll surface soon!

here's a synopsis of my trip in six pics or less ';-)Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
3:25 pm
finally bagged the Monarch Crest Trail this year!!!
First stop of the 25 mile day, ~12,000 feet elevation

later on down in the aspen

looking back up at where we started!

the next day was a measly 18+ mile ride so we didn't bother to document that, still on the continental divide trail but in Breckenridge from tiger run rd out to co rd 9. wheeee!!

Current Mood: exhausted
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
1:56 pm
a Father and Son Moment...



couldn't resist....

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
2:12 pm
my lucky day!!
went to work on monday just to avoid all the holiday traffic etc, and when I went to lunch I found a dumpster full of old motorcycles outside the closed salvage yard! started looking thru it and found, you guessed it, a suzuki GS850 frame with wheels, shocks and some electrical components left on it! quick as a fiddle back to work and grab some tools, jump in the dumpster and start wrenching!

all in all I got a pretty good haul.
-two sets of coils (fire the spark plugs) one set from the GS, one from an unknown.
-a front brake lever and res, old aluminum style, pretty beat up, but they've asked $50 for a completely shot one just inside the gate!!!
-a set of new rear shocks, great timing, as the ones on this new 850 are really toast and were going to cost me a penny or two to replace!
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-wiring harness from the GS, at least I can use the right colored wires when I need to splice...

the very bestest thing about it is I got home and started fiddling, managed to make one good coil out of the pieces off the bike and the new ones from the dumpster, put it all back together and whatdya know? it fired right up!!!

holy shit, batman!! now I just have to work on the rest of it, like getting fuel from the tank to the carbs, but this is the biggest step so far! wires everywhere and me and my little voltmeter wading around trying to find the short!!!

gotta go back today and get whatever else might be hanging around!!! whoo hoo!!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
2:58 pm
oh boy!....
well now I've gone and done it, just bought a second bigger motorcycle, that is even further from actually running than the last one (ran two nights after getting it home!!) this one is really pretty rough, but should be good fun to get going!

Monday, August 22nd, 2005
4:27 pm
at least one good use for urban raccoons!
so a couple weeks ago, one fine summer day, the pot bellied stove sitting on our porch started buzzing, and then started swarming with yellow wasps! we've seen them before, and allowed a few minor nests to live out last summer, with the stipulation that as soon as just one of them stung us they were toast. but they are fairly benign, and so got to live and breed.

this batch was really worrisome tho, as there were upwards of fifty wasps droning around our doorway, getting stuck in the house, dive bombing the cats, etc. well, being the veggie treehugger boulder hippie police as we are, we weren't about to use pesticides, but didn't want them there either. we decided to sleep on it again until someone got stung...

that night I was awakened by the yowling cat at the door as if the devil himself was outside, when I turned on the light, I saw a very large young racoon dipping his paws in the water at the bottom of the stove, apparently eating the drowned bees that missed the hangar. since there is an ash grate at the bottom of the belly section, I thought perhaps he wanted to get at the whole nest! so I went out and opened the door to the belly section, and went back to bed.

next morning there were multiple little wet pieces of the hive, and no more bees!!! take that, animal control!!

next episode we will examine the rodentia coexisting happily in the grass clipping condo next to the strip mall food court (or as we call it, the compost bin 8-o )

Current Mood: c'mon ferret, look happy!
Monday, July 25th, 2005
11:28 am
now that's a weekend!
finally started up on the bachelor life weekend I had envisioned for my hall pass three week stint, if a little late. not that last weekend's driving in friday, camping a night and then paddling Brown's canyon, another night camping on the ark, then paddling the Royal Gorge for the first time ever was boring...

but this weekend I got all packed and almost left friday night to errantly seek out friends who I didn't even know for sure had gone to the poudre canyon, in the dark, etc, but in packing for three hours and having all source of communication disabled (phone lines down, and no internet!! 8-o ) I decided a friendly roll practice in Ron's pool and a real bed sounded better. Being all packed for friday, I got up at 5:30 sat and jetted out of town with bagels and coffee, up to hall ranch outside of lyons for my first hall's ride of the season (it's way too hot in the summer, and I was way too busy in the spring!

had a good ride at hall's. one otb incident which only scuffed a knee or two, and left a small bruise. on the way back I came barrelling thru a field only to find a snake longer than the trail was wide right across the trail! I shrieked and bunny hopped over him just as he recoiled to strike!! luckily I was still in motion and then some so he never got a shot. couldn't tell if it was a rattlesnake or not, slightly dusty colored with maybe a tinge of green... I've definitely seen rattlers out there. then stopped off at the black bear hole on the st vrain river to cool off. hopped in the kayak for an hour or so park and play, then headed out to meet my friends on the poudre.

timing things impecably as usual, I pulled in right behind them at a light on the way there! we did two runs on the beginner section (sat was a teaching day for both Lisa and Ingrid to get used to moving water) then camped on pingree park rd sat night. narrowly missed seeing Galactic at the Mishawaka amphitheatre, but it was getting kinda rainy and didn't want to pay for them to cut out early. got up early and had breakfast on the river while waiting for my buddy mark to come up from boulder. we got going about eleven and ran the ten mile section from upper mishawaka thru lower mish, poudre park, and bridges. got off the river about four and headed home!

now if only I can figure out how to ditch this work thing and this could be the story of my life!!!!

Current Mood: sore
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
4:28 pm
I am now a married man! thanks to all who supported us, and those who had to support us from afar!

and a great job gregorilla on the wedding singing too!!! :-D

Current Mood: content
Friday, June 10th, 2005
2:31 pm
Ahh... finally settling back into this societal stuff again...
after eleven days away from work, and seven days on the most remote stretch of wilderness whitewater left in the states, I am starting to get back up to speed on work and life in the "big city" (yeah, I know, it's been a whole five days even!)

We had a great trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon river, way up in Idaho. 20 people, seven rafts, and three kayaks.

my pre-nuptual dance with the river fairies :-)

more pictures here

and here

and these are some of the best ones

after these anyway ';-)

my webpage version

Current Mood: content
Thursday, May 5th, 2005
1:12 pm


the landing

the escape!

Current Mood: lazy
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
3:27 pm
Monday, May 2nd, 2005
12:22 pm
What a may day!!
Nine inches of freshies at Loveland, 36" in the last week!!!!

skied early to late, shoulda worn the sunscreen... bought my season pass for next year at loveland, tele posse ahoy!!!

just keepin up~!!

Current Mood: sore
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
5:09 pm
just in case the 'rilla noticed...
I friended him to add to my pile of glorious friends, maybe he will look kindly on this overture, perhaps not and my blog will be hacked and I will be made to look the even bigger weenie than I already appear!

bleen. that's how many friends I hope to have someday.

Current Mood: blah
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
1:53 pm
since my only friend is doing it,
I suppose this is what journals are for? ';-)

good show at the boulder theatre last night, all the local favorites!!

Congratulations! You're 123 proof, with specific scores in beer (100) , wine (83), and liquor (78).
Screw all that namby-pamby chick stuff, you're going straight for the bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 39% on proof

You scored higher than 93% on beer index

You scored higher than 90% on wine index

You scored higher than 88% on liquor index
Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

Current Mood: groggy
Thursday, March 10th, 2005
4:12 pm
Middle Fork!!!!
Oh yeah!! a buddy of mine scored a permit to float the middle fork of the salmon river in may!!! just weeks before my wedding, and we get to go for over a week!! better get all the planning done now!

for those unfamiliar, the MFotS is one of the most sought after whitewater trips in america!! 100 miles if class III/IV and even V if the snowpack melts just right!! I can't wait even the month and a couple weeks to go!!! permit odds are terrible and this guy got one on the first try! lucky he knows nothing about raft trips, so we all get to plan it for him! yippee

and I made a friend! :-D

Current Mood: c'mon!! jump, ferret!!!!

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