After getting my motorcycle license last weekend I have been itching to take a ride. I wanted to ride to work but I figured it was a little far for a first out of the box jaunt. I really wanted to do short rides all week and make my way to work by Friday but even that proved difficult to make happen. This map was close to what I rode, it states about 8.5 miles but it was really only 8 or at least that’s what my odometer says.
Hello world, it has been quite a long time since I have posted on my little slice of the internet. I hope to start posting here more and more as my adventures pick up pace in the near future. In fact, in this new post I intend to talk about an exciting new change in my life. As my friends and family know, I like driving my 08′ Volkswagen Rabbit. I like it so much that in eight years I have put nearly 120k miles on it. Well, because of her (Trinity) getting up there in miles and the combination of maintenance and my plans of transforming her into a weekend track car I needed to find another mode of transportation for the foreseeable future.
This task wasn’t easy for me because it required me to be slightly reasonable in my requirements. Should I get another car? What about a truck/SUV to tow the Wabbit to the track? Well, I decided upon a motorcycle. Yea I know midlife crisis right? Well it could be part of that or it could be because I have always wanted one and was always told I couldn’t have one. My choice might have also come from where I live right now. Here in Komiefornia there are actually many reasons to ride a motorcycle. You get to lane split, something I don’t plan on doing unless I am coming up to a red light. You can also park any ware for free. This is priceless as most often it costs $10 easy any ware you go. Finally, it came down to the unreasonable gas prices and the short commutes I do between work, school and home.
So, back in December on a xmas trip home to Dallas I bought a Yamaha FZ-07. Now I had spent several months researching what I needed to do to get into the two wheeled world. Yes, I know that buying a new bike out of the gate is risky. Believe me there is many a Café Racer I lusted for on Craigslist. But ultimately I didn’t want someone’s project and I didn’t want to put a ton of cash down. My other requirement (that didn’t get fulfilled) was to stay under the 600cc limit. I dive fast in my car and I know that a 600 can be more than enough even with the belly I currently roll around with.
Anyway, back to the bike. So I bought my FZ-07 in Dallas and had about a month’s wait to get it shipped to California. Cool, because I saved a LOT on buying it back home. I took this time to get some stuff for the bike. A set of frame sliders was the first thing and in addition to that I picked up a tail tightly to clean up the back end. The day she showed up on the doorstep in a big shinny clean 18 wheeler was amazing. I had always dreamt about having some rare hyper car delivered to me this way. Well, at least it was great to remotely feel what they do.
Fast forward to now, six months after I signed the paperwork and five months after my motorcycle was delivered. I have made a few payments and started it every so often but have yet to even put one mile on her. I am now a week from another trip back home and have been getting nervous. The reason for this is simple. I am going to take my motorcycle test and I haven’t even ridden a bicycle since 2002. Part of the deal with myself to get a motorcycle was that I want to be healthy enough to keep riding. I have cut soda out of my life mostly and soon want it to be gone completely. Next, I have started eating a salad every day for lunch. I figure that will slightly offset my meat consumption during evening meals. Lastly, I will ride a bicycle for one hour on the weekend for every day that I ride my bike. So, if I ride every day to work I would ride my bicycle (that I need to buy) for at least five hours on the weekend.
As you might have seen, on February 10th my ’08 Volkswagen Rabbit, Trinity decided she didn’t really want to use her stock clutch and throwout bearing any more. I had the car taken to my friends at EF1 Motorsports in Signal Hill, CA and called up Four Season Tuning over in Orange, CA to source a replacement. Four Season Tuning shipped me a VR6 single mass flywheel and clutch kit while EF1 Motorsports did the work. It took two days to do the work but was well worth it, I can definitely tell that the car can put more of it’s power to the wheels then before and the clutch pressure seams more responsive when depressed and finding “the ball.” I highly suggest this upgrade if your looking for something more and happen to have your clutch go out. As an added bonus this kit was just over half the price of a factory replacement clutch kit.
Well, today I am announcing a new project that was brought up to me yesterday in my 203 drafting class. My teacher would like me to start on bringing in and modeling the H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”. After I bring it into CAD I will be making changes to turn it into a laser cut model and then adapting that into a R/C model.
Here’s a first look at the importing process.
My recent post referenced the classic DMC Delorean but thinking about it I was wondering if anyone was working on a new car for the brand. Since someone in Texas recently bought the rights and all the molds to make “New” DMC Deloreans (website can be found Here.) from a combination of old and new parts. The following is an artists rendering of a concept for a contemporary remake. And boy do I wish they would put it into production.