The motorcycle beach race in Milwaukee was super fun yesterday. Bradford Beach was transformed into a racetrack for the Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary celebration and motorcycle racers spun around on the flat track sand oval. This was put on by The Race of Gentlemen, but also featured contemporary twins racing as well. From what I understand, this was their first time trying to race and turn these vintage bikes – not just drag race in a straight line on the beach.
My friend Andy at Rustoration Cycles spent some time with me making this bike run and ride pretty nice. It still needs a chain, some side covers so I don’t rip out the wiring while kicking it, and a few other things. 35 miles an hour can feel surprisingly fast – and fun – when a bike that makes you pay attention and work for every little bit. Makes the morning commute feel like a little more of an adventure. Still not sure what to name it. Any suggestions? How about Chainsaw Symphony? Taking a brief ride around the city a song kept playing through my head:
with the sound
of two stroke.
I picked up this Yamaha DT175 two stroke dual sport from craigslist in Madison for cheap earlier this year. Gave me an easy excuse to have lunch with a good friend I don’t see enough. So far I’ve changed the battery, swapped the carb with a Mikuni a friend had on hand, changed the oil, and replaced the rear wheel (broken spokes), new spark plug and wire, and probably a few other little things I’m forgetting. Oh! The tank is blue now, it had a red one before. I’m in my blue period, so I got suddenly motivated to make it run. I may have to find an extra wheel spacer, still have to replace the shifter shaft seal, and tune the carb. But as of right now it’s at least a runner. Hurrah! That makes everything seem so much easier. Will be a fun bang around on/off road/backup motorcycle soon enough.
I’ve had this idea for awhile now and am finally getting started on it. I picked up these side covers from Boxer Cafe because they look very well made, and the stock metal BMW /5 side covers are getting stupid expensive. The stock /6 models are boooo-ring and these have a nice art deco vibe. So I’m going to make something of my own. I’d had it in mind to paint the tank anyway, so this is a good opportunity to make everything match. Stay tuned…
It’s not too often that motorcycle publications have poems, let along poems that feature the word “lovely.” But on a whim I sent this to Sideburn, minutes after writing it, and they put it on their blog. Read For The Birds here at Sideburn.