Monday, December 8, 2008

Pics of the Bikes

Here are pics of 2 of the 4 bikes I own posted for all to see. The 3rd is the Triumph listed earlier in the blog and the 4th one not pictured is a late 60's Jawa Californian that is on the back burner.

1974 Honda CB750

1992 Kawasaki ZX1100

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote Quimby!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


So the Ninja's fixed, turns out both rear motor mount bolts were broke. No idea how that could've happened. Took a trip up north on it with Craig the day after I replaced the bolts and it worked like a champ. Weather was cold and rainy though.

The Honda is running great after the valve adjustment (maybe it's first) and the short crossover pipes installed. Put them back on after scraping the 4 into 1 on the pavement whenever I made a right turn. Ground clearance obviously was not a high priority in the 70's. It also has turn signals due to a request from the fiance.

The Triumph has made the trip from Kato to the big city. Not under it's own power, in pieces in the back of the jeep. But it's here and my garage has a brand new kerosene heater and kick ass rolling toolbox, full of tools even. So expect progress reports, pics from the trip and evolution of the chopper and Honda and other useless info.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Disabled Ninja

So Sunday I'm working on the Honda and I look over at the ol Ninja ZX11 and notice a bolt is sticking out of the frame about 6 inches. Long story short, bike is stripped down to the frame and parts are on the way. Looking at it now, things could've gotten a little hairy on the next ride if it wasn't discovered.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Rode the CB750 from Mankato to Hopkins and nothing vibrated off or blew up. Good news, good news. I'll snap some pics tonight to document the cosmetic transformation that will happen over the next few months. Suspension still needs help too. That became glaringly apparent on the 1 1/2 hour ride. Bouncy bouncy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


This cycle is so ugly I haven't bothered to take a pic of it yet. Wheels and suspension have been done and this weekend the engine gets tuned. It's also getting a new exhaust system to replace the shorty crossovers it has now. They are just too obnoxious for townhome living in the burbs. I'm going to be in enough trouble when the Triumph gets rolling with straight pipes.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

1st mockup

New tank and some light framework. Found out the forks are toast by this time. Also, replacing the tranny. Needs lots of work but things are looking up for the old girl.

Poor thing...

Blurry bad pic taken in a cold garage sometime in January. This is how I received it. So many bad things had been done to her. Welds looked like someone threw molten metal in their general direction. Fringes on the hand grips(shudder). All bolts that could be loose were. The tank looked like in was used in a jr. high basketball game, after I tried sanding off the paint, which turned into bondo, which turned into LOTS of bondo. Motor mounts? Don't even ask...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


This is not only a post saying hello but also a test of the brand new blog. I'll be using this to post pics and progress reports on my two vintage motorcycles. A 1974 Honda CB750 and a 1972 Triumph Bonneville Chopper. Hence the name... Money Pit.