Sunday, November 1, 2015

Been Awhile

Been awhile. Life has been good and The Mistress just turned over 2k miles and running great. I have so many projects going on I do not know which one to work on first but hey that is the joy of variety in your hobbies. Just checking in and saying Hi. 
MLH&R 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Update 4 1 2015

I've been riding Patriot Guard Missions so I have been getting my Wind Therapy Treatments on a regular basis it seems. Now I need to find me a more comfy seat for The Mistress. It is not the first part of the run going to the Missions that gets me it is that second part coming home.....lol. If you require more Wind Therapy Treatments than your normal recommended Treatments just join up with the PGR and you will get all of the Wind Therapy Treatments you will ever need. Anybody can join.

**On a side note: The Mistress is running great. Over 1,300 Miles on the all new chassis and over 1,285 miles on the new rebuilt 1965 T120R Unit that is her heart and out in the flat lands I'm getting about 45 MPG.

Be safe, ride safe, keep the shiny side down, respect all who ride and Much Love Honor and Respect.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Update Jan 17 2015

The Mistress is back up and running strong with an all new Forward Control Bar installed and all Controls in place. I had a slight issue with some Sumping but she is working herself out. Taking her out for a ride tomorrow 1 18 2015 to let her get really warmed up and roll her on out.
I'm healing up as well with my Broken Ribs mending. Then I had the Flu Crud which I am getting over with too.
Well that is about all for now. I'll post a short blurb about tomorrow's ride once I get back home. All in all The Mistress is still running great(knock on wood).

Keep it real, please respect all who ride no matter what they ride and as always MLH&R

You did not see me but I saw you

 From Facebook:
You didn't see me. But I saw You...this is the way it is.. thanks Timm Russell for sharing...........
I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But you didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.
I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local mall.
I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But you didn't see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.
I saw you roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
But you didn't see me driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.
I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But you didn 't see me when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.
I saw you stare at my long hair.
But you didn't see me and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.
I saw you roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.
I saw you look in fright at my tattoos.
But you didn't see me cry as my children were born and have their name written over and over in my heart.
I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But you didn't see me going home to be with my family.
I saw you complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But you didn't see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.
I saw you yelling at your kids in the car.
But you didn't see me pat my child's hands, knowing he was safe behind me.
I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But you didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.
I saw you race down the road in the rain.
But you didn't see me get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.
I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But you didn't see me trying to turn right
I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But you didn't see me leave the road.
I saw you waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But you didn't see me. I wasn't there.
I saw you go home to your family.
But you didn't see me. Because, I died that day you cut me off.
I WAS JUST A BIKER. A person with friends and a family. But you didn't see me.
EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE ARE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Parts Order Time 12 29 2014

Oh happy days. Monday 12 29 2014 I send off the Money Order for my new Forward Control Main Bar for The Mistress. Feeling very blessed at the pricing as well with new Pegs due to the Right one was ground down in the accident. What a great day. Now if I can just get rid of this Flu Bug. For some odd reason I will never understand our Creator YHWH and His Son Yashua love this old sinner. It's a mystery

Thank you ChoppaHead. 

MLH&R for all who ride no matter what you ride it is as long as you ride that counts.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Healing up and Bike Repair 12 7 2014

Well I'm healing up from my Broken Ribs and such and my doctor seemed happy enough with my progress. No added X-rays or MRI Testing and no follow up visit either. Great news. After one month of sleeping on the couch sitting up I'm finally back to sleeping back in my own bed once again but there will be a lot of discomfort for quite some time. Dr said no probs with refilling my Pain Meds as needed.  It is what it is. 

Now about The Mistress. Today I actually felt good enough to get out and start working on her. Once I got started after doubling up on my pain meds I was like a man on a mission and work proceeded. I got her Saddle Bags off and then removed all of the parts on her Right side of the Forward Control System. After that I removed her spark plugs to check those and to also allow her to turn freely as I next worked the Shift/Gear Lever into Neutral and went to try and kick her over. At first she did not want to move. I pulled in the Clutch and tried to kick it through again but it was still locked up so I stood on the Kicker with my 290 lbs and boom she popped loose. I was happy. Then with the tranny in Neutral I let the Clutch out and kicked the Engine through and the Engine moved freely and rotated fine. I knew at that point there was hope. 

Well I then put the spark plugs back in and rolled her off the trailer where she sat for the last month and rolled her over in front of the shop.

Made a n00b mistake by adding Oil to the Bag when I did not realize she had "Sumped" while sitting but that was an easy fix by draining the entire Crank Case so she had an Oil Change too here at home. 

Well to say she is running fine once again and I am healing up. The old girl needs some cosmetics applied but should be fine and the both of us should be on the road next month.

Thank you everybody for all of your prayers and well wishes. Keep the rubber to the road, please respect all who ride no matter what they ride, wear your gear no matter what and MLH&R  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Recovering 11 19 2014

Recovery is slow but progressing along at a steady rate. Still sleeping sitting up on the couch in a comfortable position with my blankets and my pillows. My Wife has been the greatest with this old gimped up biker and putting up with my grumpiness quite well. 

The Mistress still sits on the trailer and will go up to the Engine Builder for a complete Engine Check Out in mid December. Seems even though I think she is in Neutral she will not kick through. I am hoping that laying on her side did not cause a lack of oil to her bottom end thus seizing her up internally. Poor old Engine Unit has been through a lot since 1965 and next year will be her birthday so that makes her what 50 years old? Amazing but she is worth every penny required to once again restore her to the wind. l love the old school and would not have it any other way.
There will be some other little things she needs like:

New Forward Control Bar Main System
New Mirror
New Hand Grips

But over all there seems to be no other damage at this time that I can see. My helmet and myself took the biggest impact but the Engine not kicking through worries me as well. 

Thank you everybody for all of you prayers and well wishes as they have sustained me since my accident. I can never possibly repay everyone except to keep paying it forward to others in like kind.

Do not be afraid or ashamed ever to wear full gear when riding. Screw the posers who give you crap or look at you funny. That is why they are posers. Nothing but idiots looking for a place to become Road Goulash so just pray for them but ignore their snide looks and keep on riding because that is what bikers do. We ride and we overcome adversity. Keep the rubber to the road, please respect all who ride no matter what they ride and above all MLH&R. Love all of you so much.

California Highway Patrol - Community

California Highway Patrol - Community

Targeting Motorcycle Fatalities | myMotherLode.com

Targeting Motorcycle Fatalities | myMotherLode.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Had to lay the bike down 11 3 2014

Warning this is a long narrative.

This past Monday 11 3 2014 at 8am I had to lay The Mistress down in the road or become a trunk ornament or a hood ornament if I had gone in the other lane or get shredded by barbed wire by the fence on the side of the road. Here is what went down.

I was heading North on Hwy 16/Jackson Road and about 1/3 of a mile from Grant Line Road when I and the big line of cars ahead of me topped the rise in the road and I saw the traffic signal as Red out in the distance at Grant Line so I dropped out of 4th gear down into 3rd and backed her out of the throttle when it was like coming out of Turn 4 at Talladega and people in front of me Brake Checking in front of me, Tire Smoke going everywhere and Car Parts flying and I had only about .002 nano seconds to make the decision to make of:
A: Become a Trunk Ornament
B: Become a potential Hood Ornament by going in the other lane
C: Get shredded by a barbed Wire fence on the Right side of the road or
D: Try to grab another gear and just enough Brake and somehow go in between the two cars I could see though all the Tire Smoke wrecking in front of me.

So I took Option D but the bike went out from under me in a slide on her Right Side and her Right Side of the Forward Controls dug in and stuck solid into the pavement and I was launched through the air with the greatest of ease with out the Trapeze or a Safety Net and flew first a minimum of ten feet in the air and once I touched back down onto the Earth again rolled and bounced down the road for 30-40 feet finally stopping and ending up on my back.

Oh crap did that hurt I joke you not. I did a quick inventory of myself through all of the shock and pain. Toes wiggled, Feet moved, Legs Moved, Hips Ok, Head ok, Neck ok, Back ok but Ribs NOT OK. Holy Crap was I in some pain there and still am. Had some issues breathing on scene until I finally got calmed down. Immediately had a EMT over the top of me checking me over in triple time order, a Nurse showed up and more. The Mistress was still running in the roadway and I shouted at anybody listening to go turn her off at the handle bar control and to stand her up and shut off the fuel petcock on the Right side.

Somebody was afraid of the leaking fuel out the fuel cap so I yelled again in a more command tone of voice to STFU and do as I said and ignore those saying not to. It took me 3 times of saying that in a command tone through the pain and shock and trying to get my breathing slowed for somebody to do as I said. Somebody obviously grabbed their balls in their hand and realized I was right. Thank you YHWH our Creator for giving that person the wisdom and strength to do what had to be done to one stop fuel from leaking, stop the Engine from running and to get her back on her Tires and Kick Stand. I was doing better after that was accomplished.

Well to cut the story short I'm in the recovery process now, The Mistress is on the trailer strapped down and fully covered up waiting on a trip to the Engine Builder. 

Full gear my friends full gear when you ride. It saves lives. Be safe out there. Keep the rubber to the road. Love one another. Pray for each other. Respect all who ride no matter what they ride. MLH&R. 

My helmet you see here. the right side of the forward controls on the bike are bent and will require the entire bar to be replaced. I have several broken ribs and my right side is pretty gimped up. Next Doc App Dec 2. Will update after that. Not sure on condition of the Engine though. Wont kick through and seems seized. Worried about the lack of oil while running on her side the short time she was. 













Thursday, October 23, 2014

AC/DC - Play Ball off the new album

White Zombie More Human Than Human

White Zombie - Astro Creep 2000 [Full Album HD]

Good News on The Mistress!! w/Update

Well as all Mistresses go mine just had to have some fits so though we have some good news on her repair.

It is just Battery that got rattled apart causing all of the issues. So The Mistress should be home next week and once again back to Knight Rides for a new improved padded Battery Box if Russ thinks that is a better way to go than what we have now. 

Onward and forward. She should be coming home Tuesday or Wednesday. 

MLH&R for all who ride even if it is a Electric Scooter or a Power Wheel Chair because I been there in both.  

Update:
 Ya stopped up in at the Engine Builder today and we talked at length about the pressure checks he ran on both cylinders with the valves in the closed position and after adding in the amount of air recommended for the pressure test plus going over that he said the results came out at a level 3 which means she is sealed pretty dang tight because there is not 100% seal metal to metal but that was a "Cold Test" and not a "Hot Test". New heavier duty battery coming in tomorrow, bike will be fired up and brought up to operating temps and then tests redone to check the pressures once again. Also the Regulator will be checked, wiring harness checked and Alternator out put checked. New battery will be made as secure as possible plus a special foam padding added around as needed and we will see where we end up at. Engine Builder showed me the new extra thick Head Gasket he has ordered so if it is the Head Gasket Leaking after the "Hot Test" we have that ready for the Remove and Replace process. The new Head Gasket is really really thick! So that is where we are with The Mistress. I call back Monday afternoon and find out where exactly we are headed next. Either The Mistress is coming home or we are doing a Remove and Replace on the Head Gasket or whatever else is required. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Indian Review

This review is by another rider in the same riding club as the rider who I posted the first review from

I rode the Scout, and while it is small it does seem like a good bike. With a seat height of 25.3" and a MSRP of less than $11k I think it will be popular. The footpegs being set forward like they are seemed a little strange but I would probably get used to them pretty quick. There is probably a style reason for this as well as having more ground clearance and leg room than a more conventional location. I didn't notice any heat from the exhaust but I may be used to it from my bikes. The rear brake seemed fine on the one I rode, maybe the one Stan rode was glazed. Maybe it just works similar to what I'm used to. The thing I did notice most was the power. If you ride it like a normal V-twin you will think the power is ok but nothing special. I remembered reading that the engine was tuned for top end and when I revved it to 5k rpm things changed drastically, it was like a turbo kicked in. HUGE difference. Quite fun. It does seem to have pretty tall gearing. 6th gear and maybe 5th too are probably going to be limited to the freeway.  

As for the various Chief versions, I like them enough to be planning on buying one in the next year, maybe two. I've ridden all the different versions and am stuck between the Chief Vintage and Chieftain. Both have features I like, but I'm leaning towards the Chieftain.  I understand Stan's comments. Compared to his 6 cylinder Valkyrie most v-twins will seem under powered, but they are different motors, tuned differently. Compared to my Nomad the Indian has noticeably more power, has more ground clearance, and more standard features like cruise control. My Nomad is almost 9 years old with over 40K miles. It has been a good bike but the new Nomads aren't as good anymore and I like a lot of what the new Indians have to offer. Baring any major issues, I can see a new Indian Chieftain being around in my garage for a long time.
I agree the mirrors could use a little help, with the narrowest portion on the outside, where you need it most is not the greatest idea. The styling department got their way here. I read in one of the magazines that they had found some mirror extenders and also reversed the  mirrors to correct this. Not a deal breaker for me.

The Roadmaster is the Chieftain decked out with a trunk, upgraded seat and stereo. If you plan on riding 2 up cross country it would be nice. For my riding, it's too much. The nice thing is that everything can be added to the Chieftain later if you change your mind. 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Indian Review by a fellow rider

First off the person giving this review included here rides. A LOT. I do not mean short rides either I am talking 400-500 mile rides leading groups of others on various adventures year round here in Northern California. Here is his review but as always go try out any bike yourself.

I just came back from the Indian Demo rides in Auborn. I wanted to do the demo ride on the Scout.
They had a good demo route that included some city traffic, some country two lane twisties and a short stretch of freeway. I liked the looks, the seat and the torque of the Scout. I didn't like the mirrors (I could see nothing except my shoulders), the heat of the exhaust on my thigh (and it wasn't a hot day, so I can only imagine what it would be like on a summer day in traffic),and the rear brake. There was no feel with using the rear brake, it was either on or off. I think with my mods I have about the same power as a stock Scout, my bike weighs probably 100 lbs less, and with my Corbin seat is every bit as comfortable. So I think I'll stick with my America.
I also did the demo ride on the Vintage. I'm certainly not in the market for a touring bike, but since I was there I decided to try it anyway. I was really disappointed. I didn't like the sound of the engine, and maybe it's because I'm not used to V Twins, but it just didn't sound good to me. I can only compare it to my Valkyrie and it's lacking in power, comfort and handling compared to my 15 yr old Valkyrie. But I'll admit that it looks great, it was comfortable to sit on and the windshield did a good job, especially on the freeway. But on the twisties it just doesn't handle as well as the Valkyrie and while it has gobs of torque it doesn't have the acceleration and the smoothness of the opposed 6 Valk.
Just my two cents worth. I'll be interested in hearing what everyone else things after you check them out.

Please respect all who ride no matter what they ride and MLH&R

Sunday, October 5, 2014

At The Engine Builder

This last Friday the Wife and I got The Mistress up to the Engine Builder once again and after reviewing images off my Galaxy S5 Active and talking in depth about what went sour on The Mistress and talking about how bad the Head Face from the beginning was and how hard he worked to try and save that Head we did come to the agreement that yes the Head was probably beyond saving but at least we tried and did our absolute best. That is what GREAT mechanics, fabricators and all other craftsmen do is the absolute best they can to give you the consumer the best job they can while trying to save you as much money as possible and trying to keep going with what you have with out having to completely replace anything that should not absolutely need to be replaced. How can one not have full respect for such men. Those types of men are a dying breed and few and far between these days. Sad that such a great generation is slowly going away and there is a very tiny group taking up the old school ways. If any mechanic or fabricator or craftsman tells you he has never had a failure that person is an absolute liar and I strongly suggest you run in the other direction looking for a more honest person. They are still out there I guarantee you but few and far between. 

Pictures some time late next week or after of the Head Face and any other issues that are found once the Head is pulled off the Jugs. 

Keep your face in the wind, the rubber to the road, the @$$clowns at arms length or farther and please respect all who ride no matter what they ride. We are all Brothers and Sisters in The Wind enjoying what we love. Freedom. MLH&R until the next blog entry. Thank you for following. 
 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Down time again

Well it seems I spoke to soon. Once again The Mistress is going to be down for repairs. Looks like we blew a Head Gasket out the Right Jug and not the Left Jug we had been watching closely. Go figure huh. Well the old Head was in bad shape and we did try our hardest to save it and do ALL we could but as we all know things sometimes can only be saved so much until they just wear out and the same is with the Heads of this vintage. You can only Heat them, Re-Torque them and or Abuse them only so many times. So now we will get her a new Head and spare no change in getting The Mistress back up once again and back in the wind. Attached is a close up of the area in question. Sure looks blown to me and there was a puff of smoke that came out of that area, she did not want to run, was back firing and kicking back at me when I did try to kick her over. Yes Houston Control we have an issue. Blow that image up in your image viewer on your computer for schnitzels and giggles.

Please respect all who ride no matter what they ride, keep the rubber to the road and above all else MLH&R.
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rigged on her Saddle Bags

Well today I rigged the Saddle Bags onto The Mistress for our long ride into the San Joaquin Valley on a PGR Mission. Going to take her out in the big open flats and float her between 55-60 and find her smooth spot and roll on out. 200 plus mile round trip. Fuel stops all planned. Plenty of cash just in case. Emergency tow plan in place and My Creator and Savoir watching over me. 

Please respect all who ride no matter what they ride, keep the rubber to the road and MLH&R.










 

The Pretenders - My City Was Gone

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ride Update/Build Update

Have had the old Mistress out now on a few good long rides and she seems to have worked out most all of her leaks and twerps and ticks and is running great. So far about 300 miles on the new rebuilt Engine, the leaking head gasket issues has worked itself out and she sealed herself up now and she is not marking her territory hardly when parked back at home or when parked out on the road at a rest stop so all seems great. I have a long run coming up of a 200 mile round trip out on the flat lands in the San Joaquin Valley the weekend of Sept 27 2014 and then I will take her up and set the needle on 60 mph and allow her to breath and roll out. I already have the route planned out and rest stops for fuel planned so she will get rests in the 2 hour ride to our destination and on our way back home. 

Please respect all who ride no matter what they ride and above all else be good to each other and MLH&R. See ya in the wind.

Jammer Velvet Ride Plunger

An old school tail section that was sold "after market" for those who wanted the Rigid Look and feel with a little bit of soft tail included. These really look very cool when all cleaned up and installed correctly. This one needs a bit of work but is very very doable. Thanks to Mechanical Debauchery for the hook up on this. Now for the next step of getting this lovely hunk of iron all clean and pretty and seeing how she will install. I think the pictures once you view in FULL SCREEN will tell the story of this old rear section. Feel free please to comment with your constructive views. MLH&R Onward the build goes. Make no mistakes it needs some cosmetic iron work done to her and seat stanchion spring tab mounts added plus the rear springs completely dismantled and completely cleaned. Time will tell. The price was right. Could not pass it up.






























Friday, August 22, 2014

Sick of seeing mechanics put one another down. Just WTF?

I am really having an issue with mechanics putting down other mechanics. I do not think I will be posting to motorcycle forums much any longer but just be a lurker skimming tips and tricks. No one build ever goes picture perfect because if it did all mechanics would become obsolete just as the human race is becoming obsolete too in factories and society itself. Seriously when I begin to see and hear mechanics cutting each other up whether it be online or I hear it in real life I have to step back and ask myself why do I bother trying to enjoy something I enjoy and to share it only to have to watch others be put down.

I think I am finally done. Respect all who ride no matter what they ride and keep your face to the wind.


I will though continue to update this ongoing Build Blog because this Rigid Project is a labor of love.

Please respect all who ride, watch out for each other, never leave a brother or sister behind and remember always MLH&R out on the road.