If only I could clone myself. I have done little to the cafe. I rolled it on the lift, off the lift, on the lift, off the lift. Did a few little things in the disassembly process. I bought a nice low trailer to haul bikes with and I ended up redecking it, putting on new tires and wheels and a light kit. I bought a 2006 Buell Blast from my banker. Anyone need one? It has 3000 miles on it and needs to be ridden. I was surprised that it handled nice. I thought it was wimpy in the power department but it would be a good starter bike or one for the wife. What the monkey is up with the exhaust on these things? Is it style or is it an expansion chamber of sorts? Can anyone help me clone myself? This time diddle with the gene that grows hair 'cause I want some that lasts past 30 this time.
It has been constant rain for the last couple of days. I hate it and it is going to rain for the next two days as well. I haven't started on the cafe yet because I had to get a few things off the honey-do list. I laid half the back yard in sod and had planned to do the rest of it over the last couple of days. Yeah, Right! I also have to put in three yards decorative gravel and finish the seating area around the fire pit in the back yard, plus put in two more beds for her. I have my mower in a million pieces on the lift right now and I feel more like a beat-up landscaper than a bike fiend. I will add some more content one of these days.
I got a cool video on building a fiberglass body by Spritz by Fritz. If you have never seen it it is worth the 30 bucks or so to get it. This dude is my kinda gear head. Google it.
The CL went down the road tonite. Mike, the new owner, has plans on bobbing it with the help of one of his buddies. I drove it for the last time. I want another one or two. We'll see what falls my way. At least this whittles down the herd enough to get started on the cafe to, some degree. I did get a line on a 87 K75 BMW tho!
Well, the CB100 went down the road tonite with its new owner. A nice guy from Biddeford Maine who loaded it in the trunk of his car took it home. He plans on doing a few things to it and driving it just the way it is. I say he's go the right idea. What better but to just ride the bike you want the way you want it. He said he had one just like it in the past and wanted another one. He got it.
The CL100 may be headed down the road tomorrow. Mark from Peterborough NH is coming down to see it and has plans to bob it. Can't wait to see that! Maybe I will get pics from both of
Well, I got them both running and I drove both of them. I took them off eBay because i had listed the CB as having 610 miles but I noticed it really had 6000. OOPS. I guess I am entitled to one mistake in my life. I put them both on Craigslist instead. I would much rather sell bikes there, I guess. Check New Hampshire CL if you are interested. Or call me direct at 603 913 7151.
I drove the CL a mile or so tonite. It runs and shifts out good. I hope it makes the reserve and the buyer gets it restored. Here's a few pics. I will try the CB over the few days I think. I plan on getting all this outta here so I can get to the Moto Guzzi Cafe Project.
Got the CL running tonight. It runs good and revs nice. I am putting it on eBay tonight. The Moto Guzzi project is getting closer to start. I have to get a few bikes out of the way but I think it will be ready by the end of the month. Definitely looks like I will be cannibalizing the Cali to do it. Don, I will run by your house when she's done. I'll get you to mount my tires for it too. Thanks for selling it to me.
I have been too busy with other work to do much on my stuff. Carbs are rolling in as people are taking advantage of our carb cleaning service. Bikes are coming in and going out too. The cafe is on the back burner for a minute. The California II developed a clicking noise in the rear drive so I stopped driving it and it is looking more and more promising that I will use it as a donor for the cafe. I did pull the CL100S in the shop and cleaned the carb, ran a compression test and checked for spark. It has an intermittent spark that is very weak when it does fire. The compression is like 165 or so (working on memory). I put pics of bit the bikes at the end of this post. The CL has 159 miles on it and doesn't appear to have been registered in this state because it doesn't have an inspection sticker. The CB has 604 miles on it and has a sticker on it from 1979. The bikes look rough because they have been sitting in a basement for 11 years. I got more of the story from the second owner. He bought them both out of a barn in upper New Hampshire and managed to get the CL to crank. It got 2 new tires (which have since dry rotted and need to be replaced again) but it wouldn't run good enough to put on the road. It really needed the carb cleaned. (see the pic on the carb cleaning service page of the carburetor with all the varnish in the bowl) I hope I can at least get it going good enough to ride a few feet before it gets sold.
Enjoy the pics and
The Speedway is up and running. I visited its new owner and he cleaned it up and put it back together. Dave said it runs fast and wheelies easily. This weekend it will go to a swap meet where he hopes to sell it to some of the Speedway snowmobile guys. I hope you make a few bucks Dave. I have never had an item get as many hits in a week as that mini bike did on eBay. Over 700! You Speedway guys are fiends! Here are the latest pics of it.
I registered with wildguzzi.com in their forum section and got some awesome feedback on the cafe project. Many thanks to anyone that reads this from that forum. Please feel free to join this one and give me some advice. I can see a much clearer picture now and have a lead on a 850 that is not too far away for reasonable money to use as a donor. I still like the idea of using my running bike for the donor tho'.
I also picked up a couple of cool little bikes. One was a CL100S. They only made them for a like 3 years. This one has sat since 1979 and has like 159 miles on it. It is rough tho because first it sat in a barn then in a basement. But it has awesome compression! I will put a few pics up soon. I may try to get it to kick over this weekend, maybe not.
I am in the process of adding a classifieds page to this site. Please give me some feedback on this. You can comment here of use the link to my email on my home page. It will be free and I want to put in mostly vintage stuff.
A forum is in the works too. Please weigh in so I know what works and what does not. Have a great weekend and, Please, ride safe!