We’re well into the month of January and while the east is digging out from a major snowstorm things in the Midwest are relatively quiet. New Year’s Day brought frigid temperatures so there was no ride to usher in 2016. We hope to remedy that soon with moderate weather predicted for the coming weekend.
The Brutus project is into it’s fifth page now but progress has slowed while we clear the shelves of stale inventory and re-organize the shop. The body and paint work should get back into full swing this week. We also have a really cool project in house for a friend. It’s a 1971 BSA Thunderbird Scrambler. We’re going to strip and repaint the frame back to the original color of dove gray. The bike has been in boxes for nearly 15 years but now we hope to breath life back into the much desired British classic.
On other fronts, we recently received the March issue of Rider magazine with the new Honda Africa Twin as the featured test review bike. Being an owner and a fan of the Kawasaki KLR650 I haven’t done a lot of looking elsewhere in the dual-sport market because the Kaw trips all the triggers on my “wants and needs” list. Namely the KLR has been out so long that there are numerous options for suspension, engine and luggage but most importantly, it is very reliable. Having said that, I’m really liking the Africa Twin. It is a bike I would seriously consider in a year or two when the aftermarket comes to the marketplace with items I would need to set it up for my height and riding style. I’ve owned many Hondas in the past and can attest to the smooth power-band and awesome torque. One could only imagine the same configuration in a dual-sport bike. Us KLR riders have always hoped for a little bigger power-plant like the parallel twin in the new Africa Twin. The new Honda is definitely on our radar screen.
Lastly we’d like to remind everyone of the power of your vote. The 2016 election cycle is proving that we are indeed a deeply divided country and are suffering at the hands of the current administration. There is probably no other time in recent history that your participation in the political process is more needed. Regardless of your party affiliation we need this country back on it’s foundation and your vote in the primary and the election can make that happen. VOTE, fellow riders VOTE!
Ride Safe Always,
January 25, 2016
It’s Christmas afternoon here in the Midwest and we hope to find you all in good cheer and with family and friends. We’ve done a bunch of updating on the Masterlinks page adding many new links and clearing dead links. We encourage you to check them out if you’re building, riding or traveling. The vendors listed here are ones we’ve done business with and recommend them highly. The most recently added links will carry a “new” tag next to the link.
We’ve also been building a new project bike called Brutus. It’s a 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport being massaged into a “could-have-been-built-at-the-factory” cafe bike. JB3 has been re-writing the templates for posting and hosting photos so currently we are posting the build on Adventure Rider here. The link is to page one and the report is into the fourth page now. There is page navigation at the top and bottom of each page with the last page being the most recent installment. What we’ve found by posting the build there is that there are many, very good craftsmen doing the same thing in their home garages, building a dream bike. It is entertaining and educational to follow their builds and see how each person problem-solves their way to completion. We encourage you to check out some of the very cool machines being built on the “Some Assembly Required” page at Adventure Rider.
In our search for parts to transform the Honda we’ve found a really good source of ideas and parts at Carpy’s Cafe Racers and 4 Into 1. When you call Carpy’s you get Steve Carpenter on the other end of the line with tech advise for building anything cafe and probably the parts you need too. For vintage Honda inline fours you can’t beat 4 Into 1 for factory NOS and reproduction parts whether you’re doing a restoration or a custom you can find the OEM parts you need here. They also have the fastest shipping we’ve seen in a long time. Try them out!
Last on the list and maybe one of the very best road trips of the past year was our visit to the Mungenast Family Classics Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri. We met Dave Mungenast, Jr., Ray Mungenast (owners) and Dave Larsen (curator) and got the grand tour of their ever expanding facility. There is a report from our trip posted also on Adventure Rider at the bottom of this page and the top of this page. If you’re at all interested in motorcycles this is a must see museum.
Ride Safe Always,
December 25, 2015