ABOUT ME and THE BITCH (Christine) and OUR UP'S and DOWNS - HOPE IT MAY SAVE YOU SOME OF THE PAIN and THE TEARS, THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES and THE BAD - MAINLY BAD....... BUT
HEY, WHEN ITS GOOD - ITS BEEN FUCKING GREAT!
Paul came round in the week to have a look at my bike. We met at NCC Windsor bash where he won a prize with his fenland framed sporty.
He mentioned that it was so low he couldn't get his lift under it.
I said that mine shouldn't be a problem as I'd had the frame raised by an inch at the rear wheel as I wanted to go round corners.
So Friday I get this sheet of 8x4' marine ply I've got lying around outside and lay it on the nice tiled floor, having pushed my bike forward around the kitchen work top and carefully leaning it by its handlebars against the nice painted wall protected with a workshop manual.
Ren was out at the time.
Put the daggy carpet down to stop certain people tripping up on the sheet of ply. Off up to the garden shed and drag out the bike lift I bought all those years ago (15), blow off the cob webs.
Carefully lay it down in position and...
It won't slide under my bike.
Bit of a problem, as there's not too much room to manoeuvre the bike, and of course the lift has no wheels, like your modern jobs. So no pushing the bike into a corner when I'm finished.
Felt a bit fucked after this, the op is still slowing me up.
So here I am sitting here looking at what you are viewing and planning my next move (note wooden blocks). If the Egyptians could do it...
My mate Johnnys serenade to my wife on her fiftieth
Dodgy video shot on my camera at midnight
Had to set the imovie software exposure level to full!
First time movie for me, more softtware to fuck with.
Posted it on youtube as some friends wanted to see it.
He cant half play slide - go Johnny go!
I could save weight, small battery, no starter drive, solenoid etc, and no inner primary
The belt drive would cost a lot less !
I could join the real men 'its a kick only dude'
'A button makes your bike an appliance. A kickstarter makes it part of you.'
Weight: My bike is over 100 lbs lighter than stock,, most of this weight reduction is due to the elimination of electric start components.
Remember though, you have to want to change. For many it will do no good.
Thrift: A motorcycle battery for an electric start bike costs a minimum of eighty pounds, After one year they replace them. This practice prevents embarrassing phone calls at odd hours to immediately jeering, kickstarting relations.
Safety: People who ride kick only bikes get in the habit of doing pre-kick inspections. Much like aircraft pilots they walk around and visually inspect the whole vehicle, feel its cylinder head temps, etc. Anyone disagree that this would be the ideal time to locate a loose axle nut?
Theft. A 7-year-old with a basic mechanical background and a Swiss Army knife can easily hot wire a bike. So can a potential thief.
Engine performance: A well tuned motorcycle starts much more easily. A hard start problem is harder to ignore and procrastinate on remedying when it is your own physical energy that is being expended.
Street cred: “I’m in charge and owning this bike which is a PART of me – an APPENDAGE!” like the action of physically starting your bike with your own muscle. An audience always forms around a person that is about to kick their bike. The audience waits with baited breath while the owner does his pre-flight, makes some minor adjustments and then goes into the well-practiced choreography of the kicking routine.
Original article by Tom Rose for Iron Horse mag Courtesy of http://attackchoppers.blogspot.com and the chronicles of flynch http://atlasflynched.blogspot.com
Well, I think old Tom has some valid points
I have designed my bike to incorporate the starter,and battery - joe put the drain on the oil tank on the right because of the starter housing.
But it would look okay without... but my bike does look different with it. and everyone seems to be running stripped belt only bobbers..
Something to think about... cash doesn't always rule?