Weekend Ride to Santa Cruz

I took a little (160 mi) ride to Santa Cruz and back taking all of the windy backroads. Casey took his 1979 RD400F and I took the newly completed 1980 XS650G. It was a blast. Both bikes were working flawlessly. And the new Lucy Bike was killing it in the twisty roads. Those new tires are a real improvement in road feedback.

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Casey’s truck finally got some body panels installed on them. It is a pretty bitchin machine.



Then I set some time aside that weekend to clean up an old brake master and caliper. I don’t know what was on the brake pads but it was a sludge like grease or something.

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And then because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to swap motors between the Lucy Bike and the Chopper. The Chopper motor is a 277 Rephase with mild porting, rebuilt clutch, etc. It has a lot of motor upgrades the Lucy bike does not have, including adjustable timing and a Pamco Hall effect ignition, better than stock TCI ignition in my opinion.

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Around the Shop

I made some leather key fobs for all of the motorcycle keys and spares. Just messing around mostly.





I also snapped some pictures of all the bikes in their various states at the moment. Some are looking better than others.


Finally got the wheels done. 18″ rear 19″ front with new Avon tires. I love seeing both bikes side by side. Same year, same model, very different results.



Tires on the Lucy bike are Avon Roadriders.



1968 Triumph TR6R Trophy Sport



2001 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic



1969 Triumph T100R Daytona. Currently awaiting re-assembly of the motor.

I also took some photos of Chiquito, Dio’s Dog, on the seat of the bike. It was a nice day and I couldn’t resist.





Obligatory dog selfie



Dream Machines Weekend

In preparation for Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay this year I had to deal with a few motorcycle related items so I could ride the bike for the event. The traffic that day is terrible so I like to ride a moto so I can cut through traffic.

I cleaned up my Dad’s Road King. It had been sitting for over 2 years prior and there was a lot of rust and dirt on the thing. A quick wash and detail followed by an oil change was all it took to bring it back on the road.




I stopped by to see Casey and his ’57 Chevy Hot Rod he has been building for the last 10 years.



But most of the time was spent trying to get the Unimotorcycle bike up and running for the show.


Foster, Fraley, and Dad working on the frame



The bike started life as a 1999 Kawasaki KZ1000 Police Special. We wanted to keep the look of the original bike as much as we could. Overall it turned out pretty cool. We are already thinking about ways to improve the design for next year.


Me and Sam on the finished bike


Even Casey wanted to jump on the monster

I was also super stoked to have the Lucy bike done for the show. The wheels were not done getting new rubber by the show so I used the 21″ Front wheel and slapped it on for the day.

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There were some cool motorcycles at the show as well.

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Cant wait till next year. It should be a good one.