Monday, December 31, 2012

Miles for the Year

14,507.2 Miles for 2012. Not bad. Next year I'll go for an even 15,000. Ended with 33548.5 miles total on the odometer.

Monday, December 10, 2012

CB550 Rebuild Update

Starting to get over the hill with this build, I have been at a stand still waiting for parts from Canada and I need to paint a few more items. Here are the pictures I have of the current progress.

Here is what the masking looks like when prepping for paint.

The frame slowly going back together.

Transmission is almost complete, I had to wait for oil seals from Canada

Which finally arrived tonight.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Riding in the Snow

I woke up this morning to some flurry's of snow in the air and thought to myself, "might be fun to ride in". Well I can say it was an experience, the snow accumulated on the roads a bit faster than I had hoped which made for a short stressful ride. But I can now say I was out at least twice this December and that means that I rode my bike every month this year.

This picture was taken in my mom's driveway.

This was taken when I pulled back into the driveway at home.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

First Ride of December

Kari and I got out and enjoyed a pleasant 40 degree day ride into the Kettle Moraine. Hopefully this won't be the last ride of this month.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Second Annual Thanksgiving Ride

Isaiah and I went for our second annual Thanksgiving ride today up into the Kettle Moraine. We rode the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive from West Bend to the northern end in Elkhart Lake and back. The weather was perfect from beginning to end. Neither of us took many pictures but here are some pictures from the tower in Elkhart Lake.

On the ride back home we switched bikes. It is amazing how much you can dislike your own bike after riding someone else's. By the end of the ride we both were hating on our own bikes.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Harley Davidson Museum

Went down to the Harley Davidson Museum today to check it out. It was one of those things that you have to go see once in your life if you like motorcycles at all. It was neat seeing the history of a motorcycle company from the beginning to present day, especially one that has been around as long as they have.

The bike that was lost in the Japan Tsunami to have its final resting place here in Milwaukee.

I was a bit more enamored with where they stored / restored the motorcycles than I was with any other part of the museum.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Ride for a Sailboat

My brother Eric wanted to go take a look at a sailboat today. So we jumped on the bikes and headed out for what we were hoping would be a nice ride. We left my house around 6:30 am and headed towards the western side of the state. My plan was to head west to the Mississippi and then north up 35 which is one of my favorite routes in Wisconsin. We made a few stops along the way for gas and food, I soon realized that we were running short on time. I had to head north towards the freeway and pound some miles off. We jumped on 90/94 for 111 miles to get to Hudson Wi around 1:00 pm. When we got to the boat I was shaking from the cold and knew I had early signs of hypothermia. I pulled out my phone to check the weather and it was still in the low 40's. Thankfully though the high for the day wasn't supposed to be until around 4:00 p.m. so we still had a chance at enjoying the ride.

We checked out the boat for about an hour.

That is Eric on the phone.

We headed back out around 2:00 pm. The sun came out and it was warming up nicely. We headed down to 35 to ride along the river.

We stopped for gas and it was getting late in the day. We knew we would have to push it down the freeway if we were going to get home at any sort of reasonable hour. We hopped across the river to the Minnesota side where the speed limit is 70 and hammered down that to La Crosse Wi.

I snapped a couple of photos at the La Crosse wayside so I can send them to a couple of people I know in the area to let them know I was in their town.

Self Photos never turn out very nice.

We jumped on the freeway from La Crosse to Portage to kill some miles down to Portage. Almost to the exit for Portage and now colder and dark out I notice that it is especially dark in front of me. Once off the freeway I flipped off my fog lights and sure enough I was in complete darkness. Headlight burnt out. At the gas station I look over the situation and decide that rather than take the entire front of the bike off to swap headlights I would just run with my fog lights and brights on. We only had an hour and a half left. We rode into Portage and stopped at a diner for some dinner. After that we got on the road and hammered out the rest of the miles. I only saw one deer on the ride standing in the ditch. As long as I didn't see one in front of me I was happy. We made it home, cold but in one piece.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Honda CB550 Tear Down!

My winter project got started a little early this year. I cleaned the garage up in preparation for the project today and then things got a little out of hand. I started by moving the bike to the middle of the garage and removing the simple things like the tank, seat, side covers, etc.

The pictures tell the rest of the story.

I'll update it again once more progress is made. Just getting the engine cleaned up for paint.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life Gets in the Way Sometimes

So life stepped in and paused my postings. I will finish the Lake Superior Tour posts soon. This past month has been keeping me busy. My mother had a surgery that didn't go well but she is better now. My nephew moved in and started going to university so I had to finish my basement. My kitchen needed to be finished. But now I should be back on track for a while.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lake Superior Tour Day 7

Well, today we didn't know what to do with ourselves. We were in Michigan and we had so much to see with little time to do it. We technically had through Sunday to ride but we all wanted to be home by Saturday for the Rockerbox motorcycle rally in Milwaukee. All the things we wanted to see in the UP were hours away. We decided that the UP was going to be another adventure and we pointed our bikes towards home.

Back in Grand Marais we see this dog roaming towards us. Hobbling along I assumed he was a stray in need of food and water. I attempted to give him some water and Doug tried to give him a piece of his Pop Tart but the dog wanted nothing of it. It turns out that this dog makes his rounds every morning through the town getting treats. He has many stops this gas station being one of them.

After getting his treat from the gas station he hobbles across the street to the brewery to see if anyone is there. If no one is there he moseys on to his next stop.

This picture was taken at the point of Grand Marais. We zipped up there to take a look and then headed our way home.

On our way home Isaiah knew we were going right past his parents old cabin so we stopped in to take a look at it.

All said and done we did 1881 miles from home to home.

It was by far one of the greatest trips in my life and I plan on doing it again someday to see what else I can find. If you ever have the chance to do it don't hesitate, just go.