We took a car to Vista Hermosa and Etla yesterday. Here’s a few of the images we captured:
On Saturday January 19th, I helped a buddy get his (unique) motorcycle down to Downtown HD in Renton for a Vintage Bike show. Focus was on dirt bikes, and motorcrossers, but all sorts of interesting things came out of the woodwork. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Grab a tasty beverage for a nice stroll down memory’s pit lane here.
anyone who would like larger versions of these, or anything else that was there that I might have on film (so to speak), please just let me know. rubber side down!
Hi Gang! It’s been two years since I posted here, and nearly that long since i had ridden an event until the 13th of January, 2013. No excuses, just a hectic life, spiced up with a mangled left knee in August of 2012, that has kept me off the loop and out of the sections.
Rode the first PST event of the year, the Plastered Purple Penguin, at Marysville. Two stories dominated the day: my tender left knee, which it turned out, acquitted itself quite well, and the bitterly cold weather, and accompanying frozen tundra. In many sections, the line was polished smooth due to the action of trials tires on frozen dirt. Very challenging. But my knee and I survived, I didn’t take home last place, and I had fun, so there will be more events in my future, and more postings here.
Well, with a few days off over the holdays, I’ve gotten the 305 Dream to the point where I don’t believe there is anything unsalvagable here, and it won’t take an exorbitant amount of money to put this thing back on the road in nice shape. The last few hours of work have been to get the frame stripped of all other parts, so I can start cleaning it and getting it ready for blasting and paint. Here’s the parts that will be going out for paint, plus the tank, once it’s clean inside.
I have a large list of parts I need (sent off to cyclepsycho to see what he might have), and a couple of unsolved problems. I am as yet, unable to remove the steering head nut from the top of the stem. I think I managed to move it with a pipewrench, so I gave it another soaking in Kroil and will try again later. I still have one piston with the rings firmly stuck in their grooves. and lastly, I broke off a screw in the bottom of the fork (it holds a chrome cover in place over the front swinging arm and shock). I then tried to drill it out, but the drill wandered off course, so now I have a hole through the screw at an angle, and it goes through the threads partway down. Grrrr… I’ll have to spend some quality time with the dremel tool and see how bad off the threads are when I’m done.
But overall, pretty smoothly so far. at this point, it’s about getting the frame and painted parts cleaned and repainted, cleaning out the bottom end of the motor, having the cylinders honed (bored if they don’t clean up well at std. size), and the start cleaning and re-assembling.
meanwhile, it all waits in a tidy pile. More pics later.
Well, I now have the engine out of the frame, and the cylinder head and both side cases off. The news isn’t all bad. Most of the engine looks in fine shape internally, as you can see here:
obviously, this engine has been sealed up, and has the low mileage indicated by the odometer (5129).
There was a little bit of sludge in the bottom of the side case on this side, but nothing dramatic. removing the cylinder head, however, revealed a whole ‘nuther picture:
and looking at the cylinder head, we can see why:
if you expand the picture and look closely, you’ll see that the exhaust valve on the left cylinder (again, right side in the picture) is slightly open. so water vapor got in through the exhaust pipe, condensed into a puddle, which then evaporated and rusted the cylinder.
still, nothing here looks unsalvagable. the cylinders are currently soaking in Kroil, hopefully, i can beat the pistons out pretty soon and see what kind of shape the cylinder walls will clean up into.
thanks for reading. more as i discover it!
Well, I am part way through the disassebly of our Honda 305 Dream project. Some has gpne pretty smoothly, a few bits are being obstinate. One of the easy parts was the cool aluminium carb cover:
the right hand engine cover is being obstinate, the screws are rusted and only 4 have broken loose so far, and i’m puttin’ the hurt on my impact driver bit. I did get the alternator cover off, and what i found wasn’t really good news:
After I saw this, I did drain the oil and there was nearly a quart in the engine, so it hasn’t been *empty* for all these years, but it might not be re-buildable. soon, i’ll get the engine out and apart and we’ll see.
Here’s the pile of parts that have come off so far:
So the challenges right now are: how to get the frozen rear brake backing plate out of the rear hub, and how to get the footpegs off so i can take the engine out of the frame. Suggestions are welcome, as always!
We have friends, very helpful friends. The kind who have bots that cruise Craigslist for interesting motorcycles for sale. And then post the best ones to mailing lists with a plaintive “Who’s going to buy this one?” appended. Yeah, those guys. So on a not so sunny Sunday we went off to look at a Honda 305 Dream.
This is what we found in Silvana. It’s complete except for mirrors, a broken tail light lens, and a couple of missing badges. The pipes are wrong. The motor doesn’t turn, the rear wheel is frozen but the transmission snicks nicely and the body parts are all present and accounted for with no major dents or holes. Oh, and it came with a lovely little flower on the handle bars.
So we got it loaded up on the back of the Defender. It got complicated because we didn’t think about the non-folding foot pegs. We had it half way up there and realized that we had to get the spare tire off of the back door. (But I love the hitch rail carrier. No trailer to back up next to this guy’s boat.)
Once home we had tha problem of how to get a non-rolling bike off the rail and into the shop. Uh, yeah, we’ve got a tractor for that.
And there it is. Tucked in between the cut-offs box and the compressor waiting it’s turn.
The engine number is: CA 77E — 1004102. The body number is: CA78 1004074. I tried to get a picture but there’s no way without starting disassembly and we can’t do that just yet.
There’s a little water here.
Bonus: Jim got it on the lift Monday night. But it’s going to have to wait a week or two for any more attention. The “Great Rover Heater Motor Failure Right Before Winter Starts of 2011” has to be fixed first.
Another Sunday in the Pacific Northwest, it looks like so many of it’s brethren, damp, overcast, and dark. But it’s not raining, so it’s not as bad as it could be. I put the rest of my gear (coffee, lunch, the few nearly forgotten items) in the truck, snug down the tie downs on the bike, and head for Walker Valley ORV. Today is our last official club event of the year; our schedule having been abbreviated by our difficulties in getting permits and permission to hold events in the region.
90 minutes finds me pulling into the parking area, finding about 15 – 20 folks already there, unloading, bullshitting, getting ready, ya know: the stuff riders do when they’re getting ready to ride! I sign up for the Advanced class and get the bike ready, taking a few minutes to put a few necessities into a day pack: extra water, snack bars, energy goo, and a liter of extra premix. Our loop today will take us 3.5 miles up the mountain, through three loops of sections, and back down to the parking area. We have permission to ride, but not to park up there, apparently. Gary, the co-marshall today, tells me that we’ll be doing group check, so I want to make sure I have everything I need with me, don’t want to be a drag on my riding buddies.
Heading out for a bit of practice, I note that my left knee is complaining on moderate bending under load. Hmm, not too good, I’ll have to be carefull of that today. Other than that, things felt good, if a bit rusty. I head back to the truck, top the fuel tank up to the very top, and go looking for my little pill box that has the sodium naproxen and ibuprofen in it. Rummage, Rummage, Rummage, crap! left it at home. At that moment, they signal the riders meeting. Oh well, i’ll sponge some off of someone later. We get our instructions, find our groups, muddle around for a few minutes when one of our number arrives a bit late, and head up the mountain.
A pleasant meander up the mountain finds us at section 1: a twisty, technical little jobbie with a truly unfortunately placed 24” high stump right after a sharp uphill right hand u-turn. That pretty much set the tone for the day: Not a lot of awe-inspiring obstacles for the Advanced class (a few expert lines looked a bit more, er, pucker-inducing), but tight turns and tricky obstacles strung together. Section 6 was a bit of an exception to that, more later. I struggled getting my rhythm for most of the first loop, then started to loosen up a bit. My knee was still complaining, but it turned out that walking the sections was the hardest part, after the first loop, when we cut down on the stumbling around, it felt better. I was still very careful not to stress it laterally at all, but it didn’t hinder me too much.
And then there was section 6: We’ve all seen then “over the log, turn, over the log again, turn, over the log…” sections, often with some other little gimmick throw in: water, rocks, mud, you name it. Well this section didn’t rely on any gimmicks: the log is the thing. around 48” in diameter and a couple of tricky approaches, oh, and yes, here an added twist: an absolute root-infested off-camber climb to the exit. Many of us found our attempts to scale the log summarily rejected multiple times, In one observed case, plugging the exhaust of the bike question so tightly that the bike wouldn’t start! many egos, and a few fenders were abused in that section. I finally managed to struggle through with a ‘3’ on my last attempt, and was ecstatic with that!
We finally get the sections finished, with only a moderate number of cuts, bruises, and completely cramped forearms, gather our packs and head down the mountain. I’ve been keeping an eye on fuel in my bike, and knew I’d be close to getting back to camp. Sure enough, about ½ mile from the pits, bwaaaaaaaaaaaa…. urp. I fumble for reserve, get it running, and wobble in. Counting the score tells the tale: a rough event: 82 points with only 3 cleans on the day. But it was good enough for 3rd, and only 3 points off of 2nd (which makes the last ‘5’ in Section 10, from just a bit too much front brake on a easy part of the section, really annoying. I was on a clean, which would’ve given me 2nd place cleanly!) oh well, that’s the way it goes.
Thanks to Gary and Jon for all their work, as well as the efforts of other club members to get us permission to use this area. It was a cool event, thanks!
A few days ago, I gave you a taste of the motorcycle scene here in Oaxaca, at least those that are pressed into workaday service. Today we look at scooters here in Oaxaca, a species perhaps even more numerous than the working motorcycle.
Frist off: in the above-mentioned drivel, I mentioned that every manufacturer here in Mexico has a copy, with greater or lesser fidelity, of the ubiquitous Honda CG-125 Cargo, and then failed to provide a picture of such. So herewith, oversight remedied, the Honda CG-125, in Dominoes delivery regalia:
Now with the scooters. Actually we’ll start with a sub-species of scooter, the step-through. The most common type scene around Oaxaca is the Italika, a particularly rough example I found on Independecia this morning:
There are, of course, the Honda 90 and 110cc units in abundance, here seen in personal transport form:
and the local-made copies, italikas, i believe. We see them here again, press-ganged into service of the evil Dominoes:
and now for something completely different, before we get to the conventional scooters, is a WTF moment. I have no earthly idea what service this little beastie performs, but it’s here near the Zocolo every day, and it’s back tires are worn smooth, from on-road use, i presume:
A fairly large local user of scooters as transport are the police. Here we see two of Oaxaca’s finest arriving at the station aboard their fire-breathing Honda Elite 125:
Another popular brand of locally-made scooter is the Vento, here seen transporting a local businessman on his daily errands:
but some of the local folks have a more finely honed sense of style and are willing to part with the serious dough (by local standards) to show it off. To wit, a classic Vespa:
in contrast to the classic vespa above, here we see an older scooter, logos (and gloss) long since lost to the ravages of time and blazing sun. I think this is an older Italika:
And then a pair of mexican carbella Koncepts:
well, that wraps it up for today. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Keep the rubber side down and keep those feet up!
There are a lot of motorcycles in Oaxaca, and the vast majority are working motorcycles, not recreational rides. Here are a few of the bikes I spotted today, including a few brands you probably haven’t seen in the US.
Every manufacturer represented in Mexico has a 125 single, they are the workhorses of the city courier and delivery rider scene here. This little blue Bajaj ‘Wind 125’ is a relatively new a clean example:
And these are Vento’s DS-styled workhorse, called the ‘workman’:
Saw this blue BMW whizz by today and what a bit surprised; BMW’s are not a common sight here in oaxaca, this is an expensive motorcycle here:
Obviously this Vento 200 cruiser has aspirations above it’s current lot in life:
Here’s something a little different, a Suzuki TS185 two-stroke, with a little added style via a custom tank paint job:
This is Yamaha’s little 125, called a Pulsar, I think. This particular one appears to have been drafted into goverment service:
This is one of the locally manufactured knock-offs of the Honda CG125 cargo:
and this is another of the local knock-offs. This particular example is pretty typical of the condition you see on the street. If you look carefully, you’ll see that it has no bezel or glass over the instruments any longer.
Obviously, Honda really hit the nail on the head with the CG125, everyone makes a copy now!
And this is the pinnacle of locally made bikes, an Italika EX200. a 200cc air-cooled single, wrapped in swoopy bodywork and snazzy exhaust cans!
well, that’s all for today, folks. might not be a post tomorrow, as it’s Independence day down here, and we’ll be downtown tomorrow evening for the fireworks and celebrating! Viva Mexico!