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.