cold days - colder nights
this was a week or so ago. add 17 inches of snow and it looks much different. tonite we are getting down to 2 degrees. i spent several hours in the shop and dont know if i got much accomplished. It never even made it to 60 degrees in there.
I have to say I have not had time to blog this year. By far this has been the busiest year of my life. I ran crews 7 days a week all summer, rain or shine. We finished some awesome projects including one with a 85' artificial river bed that starts with a waterfall and runs under an arched bridge before going around an island. Hopefully there will be more projects next year that will keep us busy. I do plan on taking a less active role in the field and staying around the office more. I'm sure my wife will appreciate it and my keepyourmotorrunnin customers will like it too. I want to thank all of you for your cycle business this year and hope to continue establishing lasting relationships for years to come. We didn't have time to take on many polishing customers this year but hopefully we can add another person to the team to handle overflow. Mike, I know you're probably reading this and cussing me for not getting that bike to you in Florida.
This year we moved the landscaping business to a new commercial location and hope to move the bike business this coming year. We will keep you updated on that and hope to see many of you this coming year at the track where we are going to sponsor one our own bikes with me riding it. That is the pic above.
This is the 72 Husqvarna CR 250 Mikkola race replica i picked up last year. Parts have finally started to come in to get this ready for summer vintage motocrossing. I got it running and gave it a good ride before pulling it into the shop for tear down. The engine will go to Forrest Stahl, renowned Husky mechanic, for freshening up while I go thru everything else. The factory alloy fenders are coming off. I have some vintage plastics to go back on. I'll have the forks reworked and valved properly too. I also have another set of period Akronts that I am re lacing with some stainless spokes. I also picked up a factory chrome tank to run on it instead of this big honking desert tank.
I picked up another plow truck this year. So far it has been a mild year with mostly salting but we have a good sized storm coming in tomorrow night so maybe I'll have a chance to scrape some of the paint the new plow.
My kid wants to do a minibike trike or a minibike with a side car. We started on it last night and hope to have it running by mid february, depending on weather of course.
I'm sure there is more I could say but time escapes me and I need to go to the shop. Take care and h
I guess first I should post a tribute: Please join me in remembering a great icon--the veteran Pillsbury spokesman--The Pillsbury Doughboy.
The Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.
Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies and Captain Crunch. The gravesite was piled high with flours.
Long-time friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded, and a figure who rose quickly in show business, but whose later life was filled with turnovers.
He was not considered a very "smart" cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he, even as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions. Toward the end it was thought he would rise again, but alas, he was no tart.
Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John Dough and Jane Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
I couldn't let that one go by. It came from my longtime buddy and funny man, Richard Perigo.
I have two Bultaco's on eBay this week. A model 3 Sherpa S 1965 or so and a Model 8 Metralla 1963 or 64. Both serious basket cases. I know, I know, if you followed earlier posts I mistakenly identified them as models 30 and 80.
I sure wish I could keep them both for restoration but I just can't. I still haven't done anything on the Moto Guzzi Cafe or any more on the Husqvarna Chopper. I also am trying to keep the 1972 CR 250 Husqvarna that I got earlier last year for a resto. I just don't have time....which leads me to kids....
I love them more than the motorcycle projects. They consume my time and in 20 years from now I may or may not remember all the motorcycles I've had but I will remember fondly, and cherish, the time I spent with the girls. I hope all you dads can keep things in perspective too. You can always build the motorcycle of your dreams, only limited by cash, but you can never rebuild the moments and memories you get by being there when your kiddies are growing up. My oldest girl (8) spends time with me in the shop and says almost every time that she wants to work for me when she gets old enough. She hates getting dirty. LOL Between landscaping and the bike biz she may be better suited for office work. Either way I can't wait till it happens.
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Rain, Grass, Mulch, River Rock
All things a landscaper learns to hate early in the season! If I could only make enough money in my hobby to support a family of four. I don't have time to ride tho' the warm weather is coming but the carbs are coming in so someones riding, or at least preparing to ride. I'm still looking for Huskys. Or a hydroseeder. Or both.
You'd think a New Englander would've learned how to drive in snow by the time he's in his 60's, but no. I'm driving a 20 foot long black one ton truck with a 9 foot sliver plow on the front and more flashing lights than the White House's Christmas tree and he tries to go around me going down a hill in the middle of a snowstorm. Bad thing about it is it will probably be my fault because I was in the middle of the road plowing...WITH FLASHING LIGHTS ON!!! Good grief!!! Now I just have to wait and see how it will be written up.
I cleaned the RD250's carbs last night. It has spark so with gas it ought to run. I also cleaned the carb on a 73, or so, TS185 I bought a month or two ago and took it on a VERY scary midnite ride. Think huge wheelies and no brakes as I was trying to ride this thing after it has not been ridden in god knows how long. Clearly I have to go back and do some work on it before I try riding it again. Next time I ride it it will be daylight and the brakes will be in operating condition. The levers worked but I think the linings must have fallen off the shoes. Nice. Made me holler pretty loud tho'.
The RD250 will be an interesting ride considering it has sat in storage for 20 years. I have someone that wants it in Florida so if anyone is heading that way for Daytona I can get you a few bucks for throwing this bike on the trailer and carrying it down for the buyer to pickup
I was at one of my landscaping customers home the other day and found him working in his shop in what has to be the coolest thing I have seen in a while. He can put any image you want on the arms of sunglasses. I only saw a few pieces and I can't really explain much more than that but I plan on going back and visiting him for a closer look. Keep watch here over the next few days or weeks because I plan on posting a few pics if he will supply me with some. This guy is our FRIEND! I think he can come up with some pretty neat applications for us. When he says I can I will give you guys his info. I wanna run some ideas by him for the dirt bikers.
I am looking for Suzuki MT50. Yeah, Suzuki. I know I'll hear from the Honda guys on this. Go thru my contact info, please.
With the lack of snow cover an the ground I am still doing Fall cleanups. I guess I shouldn't complain because it's good money and I normally would've been finished with them a month ago, at least. I am in the process of insulating my shop. Last year liked to killed me. I don't know how much propane I burned last year but I am sure it could've kept a small village in heat for a couple of years. I finished the ceiling last nite and got up this morning to 2 degrees outside and a burning desire to sit in front of the fire in the house and do paperwork. It's 10:00am and it's still only 10 degrees. As much as I hate paperwork it's still better than going to the shop and waiting on it to warm up.
I drove down to Massechusettes (or however you spell it) at 5am yesterday to pick up a 1973 MC!-B Kawasaki 90. They were cool little bikes and if I get a chance I'll post picks.
My brother has been in Japan for a few months and iI'm trying to get him to bring me a Yellow Corn jacket back with him. I will have to put pics up of that
The landscaping biz has finally slowed down. It sucks to not be making money again, LOL. If only the bike biz was profitable. I moved 20 some odd bikes around today to make room for the landscaping equip. With this down economy the bike business has really slowed own. I guess I'll just have to wait it out. I haven't been finding the bikes I like to collect either. So many have been sold that the likely list of sellers has decreased. If you have any Bultacos floating around give me a call. 603 913 7151 Oh yeah, Husqvarnas too.
Bultaco bike models
The two bikes were a 68 - 70 Bultaco Sherpa M30 S 100 and a 71 - 72 Sherpa M80 250. They also came with a bucket of parts that came with an odd TSS part or two. It had an awesome front backing plate with a scoop on it. Too bad it didn't come with the rest of the bike!
1975 Yamaha RD250
My name is Paul and my hobby is old bikes, especially Husky's, but I am not too terribly partial.