Friday, July 30, 2010
Blake took the day off yesterday and he and I rode to Bellingham for the first service on Blake's new Fat Boy Lo. We explored Bellingham a bit while the bike was in the shop, but the best part of the trip was stopping in at my cousin Shannon and John's place in Birch Bay. Kacey and Graham were there with Joad and Graham's parents and aunt Nadine. Johnny served us a great barbecued cheese burger to help get us home.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The HOG ride I went on last weekend was the best. We escorted a few busloads of burn kids out to their first day of camp near Stave Lake. More than a hundred Harley Davidsons took part. When we got there we had a big barbecue and gave rides to the kids on our motorcycles. They were very happy to have us there. I am looking forward to next year's burn ride. In the picture, a group of burn kids are making their choice for the best motorcycle award.
Jane and I took a trip to Lillooet for a stay overnight earlier this month. It turns out that there is a free concert outside every Friday night there all summer. The concert we attended featured the Blue Voodoos blues band. They were exceptional. We had a good trip up through Pemberton and back through the Canyon. Maybe we will make another Friday night concert in Lillooet this year.
Since Blake got the big Apehanger handlebars for his Fat Boy Lo, I took a shine to his stock handlebars and got some 1 1/4" risers so I could install them on my bike. I like them a lot - they lower my hand position just enough to improve comfort, they are internally wired and I think they look great, too!
Dusty applied for Collector Plates for his 1979 Kawasaki EH100 a long time ago. He received them in early July. We took our bikes for a ride down to Starbucks at Robson and Thurlow. A fellow there remembered that we had the Kawasaki there once before. That was amazing. It is a great little 2-stroke bike with only 1000 km on it!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
One of the first Harley Owner's Group rides of the year was one to Harrison Hot Springs in May. What a great destination for a ride out the Lougheed Highway. It was awesome! And the pub we stopped at in Harrison Hot Springs had some great food. Conversation at lunch centred around Sturgis. The ride back included a tour of Rosedale. I had never been there, it was very beautiful. Very nice ride.
Dusty and I wanted to go to Demo Day at Trev Deeley's in April to try out the new Sportster lineup. I put the video camera back on the handlebar of my motorcycle and followed the young folks all the way from our place to Trev Deeley's. This time I sped it up a bit and set it to a little Blackeyed Peas music. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUfzXc8Q_VQ.
In early April #1 son, Dusty and I went to the Car Show at GM Place. I attached the video camera to my handlebar and taped Dusty riding up Robson toward the Garage, then I put in a little George Thorogood music after that. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37zF09pWcbc.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
While I was busy in February volunteering for the Olympics driving speedskaters to the Olympic Oval, I had the guys from Trev Deeley's come and get the bike and put it on the dyno. With the new modified pipes and an Arlen Ness Big Sucker air filter, I wanted them to tune my Power Commander V for the best air/fuel ratio and power settings. I got 74.3 horsepower and 87.5 ft/lb of torque!
Since Dusty put straight pipes on his Street Bob when he bought it, in November I looked at his stock pipes with the idea of modifying them for sound and power. I welded in an automotive pipe and cut and shaped it to look like the old screaming eagle slip-on baffle. Sounds great! I eventually put together a youtube video of the process of taking the Harley to Stage 1. The sound is good, but the performance is even better. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOlhq_bKGSI.