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Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 25 of 2010

179 posts and this blog is still going strong...

I'm looking forward to a great 2011 including a whole new look to my Sporty.  To celebrate the first year of Gophers and Cheese and a great year of riding, here are my top 25 favorite pictures and the posts they came from.  I think they do a nice job representing the year.  I have posted them in chronological order from oldest to newest.  Like all the pictures on my blog, click on them for a larger version.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!!!

#25: My homemade sissy bar.  It has it's shortcomings (the rod is a little too thin and vibrates like crazy at idle) but I love the look, it's functional (to hold my license plate and keep luggage from sliding off the back), and I take pride in the fact it is homemade.
See the full original post here.

#24: My first ride of 2010 (on March 6th).  Yes, that's snow all over the place and I'm far from home.
See the full original post here.

#23: Sportster in Stillwater, winter projects complete (April 11th).  I did a lot to the Sportster over last winter.  This was my first ride.  I really like this pic and the way it shows off the changes I made.
See the full original post here.

#22: Road King on the Spring Flood Run.  The border between MN and WI is one of my favorite places to ride and here you can see the Road King on the MN side looking across the river at WI.  It's a relatively rare picture without the windshield.
See the full original post here.

#21: Sportster on County Road O.  I find this photo interesting due to the curve of the road, the view of the river, and the odd angle where the Sportster is parked.
See the full original post here.

#20: Road King dwarfed by trees in Welch.  This was my first trip to Welch and it is a fantastic place to ride.  I love this shot of how small the Road King looks next to the tree line.
See the full original post here.

#19: Triumph Tiger Speedo.  I took this at the AMCA Vintage Motorcycle Show.  The bike was beautiful but I absolutely loved the speedometer.
See the full original post here.

#18: Riding with friends.  Action shot with a friend of mine up ahead.
See the full original post here.

#17: Minne in Lake Harriet.  She's like Minneapolis' Loch Ness monster.
See the full original post here.

#16: Road King in front of the Weisman Art Museum.  I especially like this close-up.
See the full original post here.

#15: Moth on the Sportster at the Round Barn Run.  I had a blast at the Round Barn Run - it was awesome and I'd highly recommend if you love to ride (ride hard, not cruise).
See the full original post here.

#14: Yamaha chop at the Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freakshow.  This was my favorite event of the year.  It was a gorgeous day and there were so many amazing bikes.
See all the original posts from that event here, here, here, here, and here.  The Yamaha is in the last of the five.

#13: Mounted biker from the Uptown Art Fair.  The artwork is very lifelike and very cool.
I never posted to this one in color so here you go:
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#12: Sportster by the Starlite Motel.  I like the extra red in the black and white.
See the full original post here.

#11: Sportster series at the Houlton drive-in. There are four pictures in the series so its difficult to choose just one. I really love these photos of the Sportster.  Here are both the black-and-white and the color versions.
See the original posts here and here.

#10: My daughter sleeping in my Fulmer V2 helmet.  She's just under a week old in this picture.  She's so much bigger now that it's difficult to remember her being quite this small.
See the full original post here.

#9: Road King near Prescott.  What a beautiful day this was.
See the full original post here.

#8: Dog in a sidecar.  This was from the Fall Flood Run, taken outside the No Name Saloon in Prescott, WI.
See the full original post here.

#7: Parked near Duluno's for First Thursday.  This was from October.  It doesn't give you any sense for how huge this monthly event is (if you've never been, go!), but I like the way the photo turned out.
See the full original post here.

#6: Bob's Java Hut.  I really like this place.  Not only do they have great coffee (and Mexican Hot Chocolate), but you can almost always see some really cool bikes out front (weather permitting).
See the full original post here.

#5 Sportster by bridge in Prescott.  I love the way the sun is shining through.
See the full original post here.

#4: Sportster in front of a barn on County Road O.  The fall colors were fantastic this day.
See the full original post here.

#3 Zanzibar Lane.  I did a lot of riding on gravel this year (for no good reason).  This photo is representative of the type of roads I took both the Sporty and Road King down.
See the full original posts here and here.

#2: Halloween in Lakewood Cemetery.  Yes, I rode the Sporty through a graveyard on Halloween... and the photos were great.  The setting was also the scene of my accident on ice in late November that left the Sportster a little banged up.
See the full original posts here, here, here, and here.  The photo above is from the second post.

#1: Sporty winter projects in progress.  I have a lot planned for the Sportster this winter, and a few repairs had to be added to the list of modifications due to my lack of care riding on some ice last month.  These are the most recent photos of my Sportster and I am very excited about how it is turning out.  2011 should be a lot of fun.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mocking Up New Risers, Tank, and Seat

After taking the stock tank off, I disassembled the stock riser setup and mocked up the short risers. I like them a lot and will stick with them as opposed to the slightly taller pullback ones I also bought.

I put the tank and seat on and I'm really happy with the results. The front of the tank is not currently attached and sitting a little high but I want to make a bracket to have it sit slightly higher. It's at about 1 1/2" higher than the stock position and I want it another 1/2" higher. I like the look and it should hopefully allow enough room to perform a wire tuck too.  I like that the top of the tank is taller than the risers.  I'll need to get a few shots from the front - it looks great.

Here's one in color:

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Draining Gas

I picked up a plastic tank and siphon to drain the Sportster tank.

The process was surprisingly slow and a little tedious.  The hose kept curling, which made it difficult to get to all the gas.  The siphon kept grabbing air and stopping.  After draining about half, I took the tank off the bike.  Once off, I attached a piece of metal rod to the siphon tube using some wire to keep it straight and was able to tilt the tank and use the siphon to get almost all of the gas out.  Then I removed the petcock and shook the rest out.

Here are two shots with the tank off and the garage door open to vent the fumes.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Support Your Local Swap Meet

Gringo & Mickey's MotoPsyco Swap Meets are set for 1/16 (St. Paul), 2/6 (Anoka), 2/27 (Duluth), and 3/13 (St. Cloud).  I've been to the one in Anoka a few times.  It's a great place to pick up a few extra parts for projects and keep hope alive for an early Spring.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best Valve Stem Caps Ever

Black anodized, CNC'd, billet aluminum awesomeness from eBay... just in time for Christmas.

The plan is for this set of valve stem caps to go on the touring shocks I have on the rear of the Sporty.

UPDATE 5/27/11: If you're looking for your own set of these, the seller's ID on eBay is sjd234.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa Rides A Street Glide

I went to Zylstra HD in Elk River yesterday for their Mini Bikers Christmas Party.  I got a few pictures of my daughter with Santa and his white Harley Street Glide.  She didn't cry but she didn't smile either.  I think she must have been disappointed by all the stock Harleys everywhere.  It's like going to an art gallery filled with blank canvases.  How long is it until Spring anyway?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Patiently Waiting

The Sporty sits waiting patiently in the garage for winter projects and repairs to begin.  I took the tank panel / tank bra off.  I also removed the seat so I could see what the LePera looks like and took off  the battery cover to plug in my Battery Tender.

Here's the LePera.  It's much smaller and skinnier than my Mustang.  I think it will sit more forward with the 3.3 gallon tank.  It has to as it won't be able to be bolted to the bike in this position.  A lot more of my rear fender will show and I will probably move my flying eyeball emblem to cover the hole where you see the acorn nut (where the Mustang currently mounts).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How To Ride In Snow

After I dropped my bike on an icy patch of packed snow a few weeks ago, I doubt I'll every try to ride on snow with two wheels again.

If you want to see how to do it properly, check out the Everyday Riding blog. Two wheels or three, he's riding around Minneapolis year-round and taking video. In winter, he's normally out on his Ural (with sidecar) but yesterday he was out in deep snow on a 2-wheeled scooter at 13 degrees below zero!

I'm in awe.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gophers and Cheese... Literally

This time I combined a picture of a gopher and bunch pictures of cheese from the Internet with a picture of my Sporty.  I think the sub-zero temperatures here in Minnesota are getting to me...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ride Gopher Ride

Just having some fun by cutting, pasting, and combining some pics I found on the Internet...

Before you comment, yes, I realize his right claw is not on the throttle.  Maybe he got a cramp and he's just coasting for a second while he takes in the view.  It's winter and we got nearly two feet of snow this weekend. It's a gopher on a motorcycle.  Actually, based on the original photo, I think it's a dead gopher on a motorcycle.  Give me a break.
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