Found Coolness: Barney's Side-car

Probably my favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show EVER! When he drives off he leaves Andy behind because the townspeople have put the side-car up on blocks!

Barney Fife: If you ride with your mouth open in the wind and put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, its impossible to pronounce a word that begins with the letter 's'.
Andy Taylor: You didn't let anyone see you riding with your mouth open?
Found Here: Mayberry Wiki

Artsy Fartsy: Shimmery Overture Center



Oldbike: Losing the Gigantic Taillight

It has been a while since I have worked on oldbike, and this last Sunday I decided to at least give “the ball” a little nudge to start it rolling again.  I have heard it said about any project that the trick to finishing it is to do at least one little thing related to the project once a week.  I let myself fall off that wagon a bit.  Of course marital, domestic, family, and social obligations will take precedence to the work on oldbike (and they have) but there have been times where I could have popped out for a bit and didn’t.  I guess I would say that I was a little burned out on the project.  I have gotten past the desire to make this into a CafĂ© racer per-se and am firmly focused on tailoring this bike to my needs not anyone’s preconceived notions of what it should be.  Right now my vision is (and I think I’ve said it before) an urban assault/commuter geared for quick acceleration probably with a top speed of around 70-80mph perhaps with some sort of 0n/off road tires if the make them and for some reason I want to be able to ride the things down some stairs…
I took aim at the most glaringly ugly thing on the bike to me, the huge tail light… it had to go.  Really all it took was a 10mm socket and a wrench for the three nuts that hold the light riser to the fender and a flat head screw driver to loosen the wire looms that run under the rear fender to get the thing off.

Once I had it off I had to take a peek inside the lens just out of curiosity and it is amazing how pristine the inside of the taillight was!  I am sure that it is exactly the same as it looked on the day the bike was assembled 31 years ago!

Once off, the rear end of the bike looked so much more spritely and light!

Things to come for the winter will be a search for new gaskets and boots for the carbs and intake, perhaps a teardown of the engine after that if the new boots and gaskets fix the warm idling issue to remove a broken bolt for the cam chain tensioner and re-gasketing the engine.  I still need to manufacture some seat mounting hardware to match the mounting points on the oldbike and once I do I would like to lose those taillight/luggage rack mount points and weld in a seat-look to match the contours of the rear of the seat.  And with respect to the fenders I had originally planned on trimming them but if this is going to be a true commuter bike the full fenders would be nice for the inevitable rain I’ll end up in.  I will repaint the gas tank this winter too but I kind of like the chrome on the fenders so those will get a little cleaning and that will be it.  The headers and mufflers are ugly; I’ll have to decide what to do about that.  As I sit here typing the list keeps getting longer! I would like to have the thing road-worthy by spring as a time table.

I am thinking of giving this little taillight lens that I found (literally) on the side of a road while on a run, a try, though the only issue is that if I plan on keeping the stock turn signals this might be a little small.  I might have to keep looking for something more balanced.

So yeah… I didn’t do a whole lot of work for this post but I need to get started somewhere and hopefully this little nugget will be the just the nudge I need to get the project rolling again.

Thanks of course for reading!


From The Archives: 09 Pohle's Badger Blast (Badgers Vs. Gophers)

2011-11-12 Pohle's Badger Blast XXI

Me and Anne on the train from the mall of America to the tailgate.

I got a lot of compliments on my "purse..." I tried to tell people that it was actually a cooler (which it was) nobody believed me.

It was a good time, probably could have done with half as many drinks though... maybe even one third.

Me and a Bucky Badger ice sculpture.

Lovely ladies


From The Archives: 08

2011-10-10 I bought this book because I saw it sitting on Ben Spies' coffee table and was curious. This is some pretty deep stuff for a MotoGP rider to be reading!

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 01

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 02

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 03

2011-10-15 The many hats of a Badger tailgate with Kate Hatmaker 04

2011-11-03 Didn't realize I had these pictures of Jeremy, a go-carting break during a camping weekend at Devil's Lake

2011-11-03 Too cool for school in his pink go-cart

2011-11-03 I'm pretty sure I remember a bottle of beer flying out of one of his pockets and breaking on the track :-D

Moto: Throwback

Some old school photos with some digital dust.

The most expensive motorcycle picture in my riding career.

2004-05-15 MSB Blanchardville Ride & Camping

One of the SV's many different looks!


Oldbike: Just Filler Really...

I haven't been able to do a lot of work on the GS project as of late, no excuses, just a gaurantee that as things settle into the slow cold winter that I will be out in the garage dutifully working away on the GS and thus generating more content for this blog.

For those who have been checking back loyally here is a little video I made when I decided to see what both of my bikes sounded like when they were both running at the same time.

I liked it...

More to come I promise!