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Dirt Quake USA ’14

Thanks to Sideburn Magazine and SeeSee for throwing a kickass party this past weekend.

The race track in Castle Rock is only about two hours from Seattle and used to be part of the AMA Circuit. Right of Exit 49 you take a right and then pass through the small town of Castle Rock take a right go over a bridge then the track is on your left.

I snapped some pictures which are below, but most of the time was spent talking about bikes and hanging out in the sun watching bikes race.

Hope you enjoy the photos and if you get a chance, check out Dirt Quake in 2015.

Remember: Turn Left, Go Fast.

Bike Build Photo Gallery

The One Moto Show – Portland/14

Recently had the chance to survive the ‘Snowpocalypse’ and spend time in Portland for The 1 Moto Show.

This is the 5th year of the event and my first time heading down. I’m not sure an event like this can be put into words. I’ve only owned a bike for three months, and my interaction with incredible bike builders has been through photos.

To see the builders and bikes I have seen online was incredible. To see the wiring and see the lines of the bikes from angles I could never see from a bike just made me smile.

These pictures don’t do the show justice but hopefully they may inspire your own trip next year.

Work In Progress

Update on progress:

  • Exhaust Wrapped (Done)
  • Speedo Replacement (Pending)
  • Sand bars to fix electric start (Done)

Learning Electrical Lessons

  • Although it may take more time, do the extra work, it will save you time.
  • Doing wheelies is fun, doing wheelies in a yard full of dog shit – not as fun.
  • Talk it through. Doesn’t matter how many times its been done before, sometimes it helps to talk out the problem with someone, or your drink.

Words in Sentences: (If your idea of reading is a twitter feed, stop now)

Since I bought my bike several months ago and from the looks of it probably before then, there have been lingering electrical issues that were an annoyance which then progressed into an issue that required full investigation. Looking at the bike, getting to know the different issues and quirks is one part of the joys of this process and looking at whatever turkey worked on the electrical before is one of the mysteries of life I don’t understand.

The bike ran great when I got it, except for the turn signals not working everything was fine. When you looked under the seat or opened the headlight it was a miracle the bike ran considering the spaghetti dish of wires and the inexplicable reasoning behind how the wires were connected (three splices in a run of wire??). But as I am sure some, if not most of you, have learned from working with old machines, once you start changing things, you have officially kicked over the first domino. My first kick was replacing the bars.

The bars that came on the bike were okay; flat and uncomfortable, I wanted to get started on something and an ‘easy’ place to start was replacing the bars. This caused the electric start to not work and I found that I needed to sand down the bars so the ignition switch could ground. Done.

Next up was getting the headlight to work, which somehow had stopped working after I took it to someone to have them look at the headlight. Irony.

We went to a friends house, our go to for electrical problems, and after a few hours of messing around with the blinkers, which had started to randomly and uncontrollably blink, and the non working headlight, we decided to redo all the wiring for the bike.

We had arrived at his house at 930 and it was already 9. Mike’s bike was fixed and ready to go and we now were about to redo all the work we had been been doing on my bike.

At 1230 the bike was done.


Somethine went wrong with the recharge system and we have to rewire the bike tomorrow, but we are closer to where we were before. Instead of digging through problems and not knowing where to start, we have a clean setup that allows us to identify the problem better. We’ll see what happens.

Enduring the Cold

The weather has changed

The time is being spent working on the projects that will be appreciated when the weather is warmer.

She is siting their needing to be ridden.

We went for a ride and thirty minutes late I couldn’t feel my clutch hand.

I recently read about these riders in Michigan who during the winter have a one tank per month policy. Its no where close to that, but the challenge is still there, to pull myself from the warmth, layer one hundred layers and ride til my eyes are dry from the icy wind.

In Progress

  • Exhaust wrap
  • Speedo replacement
  • Sand bars so electric start works

Installing Side Covers

I picked up a pair of side covers from Rodger’s. It was a tough decision because the old one looked great, but there was only one and there would be no way I could match the look of time. So I figured I would start my own piece to track the course of time and the road.

This was a simple process except taking the pin out of the old latch was challenging. I ended up taking a finishing nail and hammering it through. The pin in the example below is the old latch and you can see it wasn’t damaged from the nail. From talking with Rodger, he said that in a pinch you can even use a finishing nail as the pin.

All the needed parts laid out

All the needed parts laid out

A few notes: There are two washers; one washer has a set of ridges around the edge which hold the spring in place and the other is a normal washer that fits on the other side of the rubber gromet.

The pin can be placed in the wider end with your fingers.

The pin can be placed in the wider end with your fingers.

Extra clarification: When you look at the hole that the pin is going to slide into, you will see that one opening is wider than the other, this is where you want to place the pin initially.

To push the pin through, it helps to use a pair of pliers.

To push the pin through, it helps to use a pair of pliers.

Alternate view of finish

Thats it. I did find a great link on eBay to a seller on that sells replica stickers, so I am planning on adding some 650 OHC stickers to the side covers soon.

The Story of How We Met

I bought the bike on a recommendation.

The first time I road a bike was in a field behind my friends house in Lake Chelan, I was 14 and the bike was a dirt bike, I rode for two hours. The second time, was on the bike I have now.

I found the bike on Craigslist on a posting in Centralia. After talking with my roommate and showing him the bike, we decided to drive down and check it out. Living in the middle of a city makes it difficult to own a car, and difficult to get out of the city.

The feeling of being out on the road and going new places is something that can only be understood first hand, and I have missed that feeling.

After calling the poster I had directions that I wrote in pencil on the back of an envelope that was on our kitchen table, while we chatted about the how the bike ran.

My thought going into getting my first bike was something with a good frame and good guts.

We got to Centralia and she checked out. Mike rode her back from Centralia. I still hadn’t ridden a bike in over 10 years, but at least I found a good starting point. I sat in the house for a day looking at the bike. The next two days I turned it on when I got home after work and sat on it. And after waiting for three days I walked outside, said fuck it, and started her up. My roommate told me the basics and I rode around the block.

I’m now more comfortable riding. Last week I rode and didn’t stall. I’m learning where the clutch engages. I guess its just spending time talking with her, figuring out what she likes, it takes time.

The purpose of this space and what inspired me was to add my voice to the conversation that has been going on for a long time, to learn about bikes, and contribute to a community that I am slowly being introduced to.

And the nice thing about starting out like this is that its all practice.