Category Archives: garage

Playing Catch Up.

A new toy.

 

1966 Honda 305 Dream

The newest toy and our next project.

 

But before we can do any­thing about that…

We have to fix this.

Yeah, that’s pret­ty much half of the dash pulled out. Tomor­row night the oth­er half comes out. All because I don’t like cold feet.

um, that kinda exploded huh?

There are bits of this truck that are waaaay too far behind oth­er bits.

 

(Update to the update — Jim got it all done and but­toned back up on Sun­day. Good thing too, because there’s snow fore­cast for tonight.)

 A lazy cat.

lazy cat

Peach in his pref­ered win­ter spot.

Work — or not.

NaNoW­riMo.

You can find it here.

I’m not actu­al­ly signed up. Because I’m chick­en shit and all that. Most­ly because I don’t write nov­els. At least not with any suc­cess. I write short sto­ries. And I plan to write 4 this month. It’s my own lit­tle ver­sion of NaNoWriMo.

and now, for something completely different…

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.

ready to head for the show

 

brag stick­er on a Pen­ton-Was­sel tri­als bike

 

Ducati swingarm detail

 

Ducati Scram­bler

 

Bul­ta­co Pur­sang, in the frozen fog

 

an Aer­ma­c­chi-harley 350 Road Racer

 

exhaust detail on a Tri­umph 500cc Moto-crosser

 

a Hoda­ka Super Rat — my first bike

 

CJ-Framed Hon­da 4-stroker

 

a Pen­ton 125 Six-Days

 

a 1955 Maico tai­fun 400. just wow.

 

Hoda­ka Super Wombat

 

with wom­bat

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!

<em>blackdog</em>

 

A New Space Ship!

Last year, I caught the Sport-Tour­ing bike bug again. I have owned sev­er­al over the years, and a quick ride on a friend’s ’09 BMW R1200RT real­ly remind­ed me what I was miss­ing on  my long-legged ‘Tur­bo Giraffe’ (KTM 950 Adven­ture). So I began list­ing bikes I might want and research­ing them. One by one they got crossed off the list, the Tri­umph Tro­phy SE being the last non-BMW to be crossed off; nice bike, but a bit bor­ing in the motor department.

So it was, I found myself on 8 march 2014 at South Sound BMW look­ing at  a left-over 2013 K1600GT. I’ve always want­ed to own an inline  six-cylin­der motor­cy­cle and a 12-cylin­der car. I’m now 1 for 2 in that area. 🙂

A quick test ride and a hand­shake deal was agreed to. The next day saw me take deliv­ery of said beast and then ride it 65 miles home in a mon­soon of a down­pour. Yes­ter­day, I final­ly got a chance to wash her off and take a few pics, so here we are.

K1600GT-1
front view. don’t look now but some­thing is gain­ing on you!

 

 

 

K1600GT-2
Left side. all clean and shiny. 685 miles at this point
2013 K1600GT Montego Blue
2013 K1600GT Mon­tego Blue
K1600GT-6
The view from the bridge. When the loud han­dle is twist­ed, you’d bet­ter be hang­ing on!
K1600GT-4
right side, rear. the pipes are sor­ta sil­ly look­ing, but they don’t sound bad, and a set of Akra’s cost big bucks.
K1600GT-5
right side, show­ing off the mighty inline-6, and it’s for­ward cant. Is this the new Slant-6?