How do you like my "patented" engine power washing system?
Well, my friend (let's call him Bud) has wanted me to go through his motor - it needed it.
- piston on backward
- sunk in valves
- pinion nut was off (holy shit!)
- stripped threads
- no primary chain tension spring (holy shit!)
- wrong gear cover gasket (holy shit!)
The incorrect gasket was blocking a vital oil passage - so the oil was just barely seeping through and it's fortunate this thing didn't blow up. It also has Q Cams (ha ha) which are possibly the lowest performance cams ever produced for a Sporty. A broken cooling fin, peeling chrome . . . We'll make it a runner !
As I got back into town, I called Willard (who was in Charles City today) and we went out and visited Critter's gravesite, had a drink for Stumpa, had a drink for Critter, talked about life, talked about bikes and parts and engine building and racing and choppers and everything motorcycles. The sun was setting as I went home. The fog came rolling in again. We've lived a lot of life the last 32 years. Seen a lot of sunsets. Sentimental motorcycle parts are an important part of friendship - and the preservation of history. For without history, what legacy do we leave behind - What proof? Just to let the next generation know, that we were here, we rode hard, we partied, we existed. Their spirit lives on.
We all know they made a movie after Jim Carroll's diary titled:
The Basketball Diaries.
If you want to see the movie, it's playing on
" this Network " on cable channels:
Monday Nov 24th 11pm
Friday Dec 19th 1am
Friday Dec 26th 1am
DiCaprio is in it . . . and Mark Wahlberg
Carroll was a very talented artist, writer . . .
He kicked his heroin addiction.
He kicked his heroin addiction.
Started a band: The Jim Carroll Band
Cut one of the greatest records . . .
Dirt Track: Miles, Half-Miles, TTs and Road Racing. If you were employed by a manufacturer(Roberts was Team Yamaha), you rode what they had - your bike might be competitive, it might not. Roberts had to ride a highly modified Yamaha 650(750) and try to keep up with the dominate Harley XR-750. He's pushing it hard, harder, on the brink of crashing. Trying to win with under-rated, underpowered equipment. It was bad for points - but great for honing his sliding skills, how to use power, how to negotiate with Yamaha and go road racing in Europe. Roberts had been to school and was ready to take on Europe on the pavement. It led to Roberts becoming World Champion. A hard way to make a living.
Gary Scott #1 Factory H-D Team
When my dad went to the Indy Mile, Peoria TT, Springfield Mile, Sedalia 1/2 Mile, Des Moines 1/2 Mile, and Black Hills 1/2 Mile . . . he collected autographs from the sport. I went to Indy a couple times as a youth and remember handing my program through (and over) the fence to Springsteen, Goss, Roberts, Romero, Beauchamp . . . these racers were my heros. Still are my heros.
Gene Romero #3
Ken Roberts #1
Rex Beauchamp #31 and Jay Springsteen #25(65X before his national number)
Steve Droste #92
Ted Boody #12
Mike Kidd #72
There's Randy Goss, Hank Scott, Scott Parker, Dave Aldana, Darrel Hurst, Steve Morehead . . . and later years of Ricky Graham, Bubba Shobert, Kevin Varnes, Kevin Atherton, Chris Carr, Joe Kopp . . . and I wouldn't trade any one of them for a Jordan or Rossi . . . maybe a Tarkington? I got Ray Nitschke !
A complete bike-nut approved build.
Juice Brake Plate and Lever ($30) New
FLH Shift Arm - Spline Shaft ($15) New
Big Twin Riser Bushings ($20) New
Supertrapp Plates & Cover(some screws) ($20)
Big Twin Hidden Fork Stop Kit($50)
Yamaha TT Tune-Up Kit ($15) New
'68 Guide Tail Light ($50) with good
wiring, lamp, door (cracked license lens)
I'll work with you on shipping the best way . . .
He texts: Polar Vortex
I text: 5w30
He texts: Dead battery
I text: Magneto !
He texts: Fogged shield
I text: Super Seer Anti-Fog Spray
He texts: 20 degrees
He don't like me ever since I sold my ice bike and my sled.
But, I rode today
Out of the garage at 7:00am and down for coffee,
stop at the post office, stop at the local car garage hang-out . . .
and all the talk is the weather . . .
"Why are you still riding your motorcycle?"
Evel Knievel. Why can't we just let history remain the glorious history it is? The fact that is was done. A daring feat of courage, technology, money, heart and soul . . . it really was a monumental true daredevil stunt that can never ever be repeated, make it or not. Let's re-create Washington crossing the Delaware, Neil Armstrong on the Moon, the first 200mph quarter mile with a period correct vintage dragster. Scott and Ed are brave, industrious men who want to do it . . . I just wish they'd come up with a truly unique stunt of their own - and make their own history - and let Knievel keep his alive as it ever was.