Slow Going on the CX500 Fix-Ups

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We’ve had our CX500s for about two months now, but getting them operational has been more than a challenge. Mostly because we’re,… well… we’re clueless. OK, so we do have repair manuals, but we lack the experience in what is what and how things are supposed to come apart, go together, feel, smell, taste, etc…

But I will say this… Our bikes are getting REALLY shiny!

(Ok, not as shiny as my buddy, Graham’s, but he’s got the proper tools and know-how.)

That’s right, one thing we can do is wipe dust off them bikes! As we wait for the day our motorcycle-wise friends can help us figure out what we really need to do to get our bikes up and running, we continue to spit-shine our CX500s!

I don’t have many “before” pictures, but here are some “after” ones:

Here’s what my ’81 CX500 is lookin’ like now…

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And from another angle. Look at that tank SHINE!

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Here’s Bethany’s ’80…

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Bethany getting crud off the wheel…

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Me on my bike… It’s a LOT bigger than my current ride, WAY heavier!

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Speakin’ of my current ride, here’s my Yamaha Virago 250, sittin’ in the corner… all sad, knowing it’s about to be replaced.

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Don’t worry, Virago. I won’t let you go… I have other plans for you! Muahahahaaaa!! =P

Wrights Station and Ghost Town Ride Video – Part 1

FINALLY! I’ve put together the first part of my three or four part video series of our ride last month!

Again, there were about 2 hours of video that I wanted to condense into 10 minutes. NOT GONNA HAPPEN! Instead, I will edit each leg of our ride into 10 minute segments.

Here’s the first video!

We left downtown Santa Cruz, hopped onto Highway 1 and took Soquel San Jose Rd. to the Los Gatos Hills where we arrived at our first destination… Wrights Station!

Enjoy!

2013 Goals, Dreams & Other Logic-Defying Ventures

HAPPY 2013, EVERYONE!

2012 was much better than 2011. I almost wanna give New Year’s Resolutions a break this year. But I won’t… I’ve busted out my pen and pad and started plotting this year’s calamities. Here’s my kill-list (in no particular order):

  1. Sleep more
  2. Polish up this stupid site
  3. Write more
  4. Kick up my music projects a notch
  5. Organize my apartment
  6. Solve the keeping-kitty-litter-in-the-litter-box riddle
  7. Set aside time to read
  8. Stop over-analyzing
  9. Hang with a “bro”
  10. Do some art

That’s it! And that’s all you need to know, really. If you do want to know more… read on! Otherwise, exit stage left.

So, you want to know more, eh?? Ok…

  1. Sleep more
    I rarely get more than 5.5 hours of sleep. I’m tired at work and not always as alert as I should be. This will be my toughest goal!
  2. Polish up this stupid site
    I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done with the site, but want to patch up some holes and add a bit of spicey (yes, “spicey”). Not that anyone will bother to visit this site, but it’ll make me happy to know it looks the way I want it to look.
  3. Write more
    Here’s a goal I had last year. I didn’t write as much as I’d hoped to… BUT I wrote more than I thought I would! I just want to get to the point where I’m comfortable writing stuff off-the-cuff without thinking too much about it. I’d read: to become a better writer, you gotta write and keep writing! Doesn’t matter that it’s not “good,” but the simple act gets things flowing. Over time, I’m guaranteed to be writing like Neil Gaiman!
  4. Kick up my music projects a notch
    I joined Zombies Ate My Nation last year to fill in as guitarist. I had a great time and I hope we’ll play again, but with the leader moving to LA, I’m not sure how involved I’ll be any more. SO… I figured I should do my own project! One which I can take responsibility for, decide the direction of and have a more creative hand in!
  5. Organize my apartment
    When I said “sleep more” would be the toughest, I lied. Keeping my apartment clean and organized is actually a much more daunting task. I want guests to come over without having to clear a path from the door to the living room. More so, I’d liked to pimp it out in the darkest of dark dark stuff… Ya know, like you’d step inside and think, “Is it Halloween??” That or some king of “zen” theme… I haven’t really decided yet.
  6. Solve the keeping-kitty-litter-in-the-litter-box riddle
    Little irks me more than stepping on kitty litter with bare feet! This disgusts me! GAH! I feel like I might as well be stepping into the litter box! I need to find a way to keep all the litter INSIDE the litter box and not let my living room become a kitty litter beach!
  7. Set aside time to read
    I find myself on the computer late at night right up to the point where I pass out and go to bed. I’ve got a ton of cool books (non-fiction) that I want to read. I keep telling myself I’ll get to them, but, really, I just need to set aside some time to get to them. I’ll start with this one.
  8. Stop over-analyzing
    This stops me dead in my tracks 90% of the time… I look into EVERY possible way to do something and EVERY possible outcome. STOP IT!! Just DO IT!! I gotta stop caring that it won’t be perfect the first time around.
  9. Hang with a “bro”
    I counted the number of times last year that I hung out with a “bro.” Ya know, just go out and get a drink or a bite and shoot the shit. So, how many times did I do this last year?? … ZERO!! … Yeah, that’s a really sucky number. I’ve done group activities, but other than with my significant other, I haven’t hung out with a “buddy.” I’ve got plenty of “bros” I can hang with. I just gotta make the effort.
  10. Do art
    What kind of art?? I dunno… ANY kind! Painting, sculpting, mixed media art, sketching… I think any of that would get my creative juices flowing once again.

There you have it! I could write a whole blog post on each of the above, but I wanna keep it simple, keeping in line with one of my goals.

Two CX500s are MINE!! (almost)

Not an interesting post, but I’m compelled to let you all know that the two CX500s I paid for last week are almost officially MINE! Why almost?? I was able to get the title and register the ’80, but the ’81 was out of the system, and, therefore, needs to be brought in for the official transfer and registration.

BUT, non-op registration on BOTH bikes are paid for!

The gentleman that sold me the pair came with me to the DMV this morning in case there were any problems getting everything into my name. What a guy! He’s even going to let me borrow his trailer to get the bikes to my place. :) That’ll happen sometime in the next couple of weeks.

THEN, I gotta get the ’81 running so I can ride it over to the DMV and get it registered! Can’t wait!!

Ride Number 6: Wrights Station and Ghost Town Ride

This was an epic ride! The days continue to grow shorter and there was a lot to see, so we head out around 11:30am for our 45-50 mile ride.

Here’s the route: (And for the record, I did not have any Starbucks! lol)


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We visited several abandoned mining tunnels as our friend who let this ride acted as tour guide giving us the history of all the spots we hit. Some really interesting history there, including explosions and collapses! O.o

I strung all my video clips together and have over 2 hours to edit down to 10 minutes. Well, crap! That’s gonna take me WAY too long to do anytime soon! Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!

Bought TWO CX500s Today!

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I’M NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF TWO (non-operational) HONDA CX500 DELUXES! Actually, one is for my girlfriend, but they’re both paid for!

Ok, the transaction wasn’t entirely problem-free and they’re still not “technically” mine, though the guy has my money… He only had one of the pink slips, but he’s cool enough to come to the DMV with me to get that squared away.

UPDATE: The guy found the other pinkslip!

My buddy, Graham, found a guy selling a bunch of CXs and bought a parts bike from him to pimp out into a sweet cafe racer. BTW, to see his cafe racer as it’s being built, check out Graham’s blog at http://grahamsgarage.blogspot.com.

I visited the guy and he had TWO (more or less) COMPLETE CXs! They’re not running and need work, but they looked good overall. One is a 1980, the other, a 1981. The ONLY reason I’m able to get both of them is because they guy needs to get rid of them ’cause his house is going up for sale. He was selling them for $400 each, but cut me a deal: $700 for both! (He’s also no longer able to ride, as he was in a horrible accident… :( I’ll save this story for another time…)

Anyway, all other motorcycles I considered were around $2000! So, for about a third of the price of ONE, I get TWO! Albeit, non-operational… BUT, I get to LEARN how to work on them, and that’s PRICELESS!!

Here’s video I got while checking them out:

Now, I know next to nothing about the mechanics of motorcycles… =/ It wasn’t until another friend, Edric, said he could help me with working on it, that I realized, “this could actually work!” Apparently, Honda CXs are easy and fun to work on… So my girlfriend and I are both STOKED to start working on these!

Face-Melting Rock N’ Roll and a Break-In

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Last night was so very bittersweet… I got to see and meet one of my favorite horror rock bands, CALABRESE!!!

Headlining the show were Rezurex, whose music I never heard until earlier that day. The night started with a couple bands I can’t even remember, then up were our friends, Stellar Corpses, and then Calabrese!

Before all the face-melting happened, we met the band at their merch table as we tried to decide what we wanted to buy. I became total fanboy… awkward… not knowing what to say except, “You guys, ROCK, dudes!” They signed a picture my daughter drew of them, which I’m going to frame and give to her for her birthday.

My girlfriend and I got pictures with them. I tired to look all bad-ass, like Bobby, but über-fanboy-ness would only allow me to make a dumb grin. =/

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Their show absolutely kicked ass! We saw them a couple years ago, but this time, we were more familiar with their songs and I even had a couple favorites that I could really sing my heart out to (“Coffin of Ruins”, “Ghostwolves”, “Vampires Don’t Exist”). Such great showmen,… totally cheesy and hamming it up. Love it! It was such a treat for us to see them! Damn, those guys, I wish they’d come here more often!

Anyway, here are a couple videos I got of them… The first, their Haunted Mansion Intro and “Death Eternal.” The second, their personal, Calabrese brother introductions.

And a shot of each!

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Oh, YEAH!! I amost forgot! So that was all the “sweet” part of the night. The “bitter??” Well, all elation was killed as we reached my truck and found it was broken into… again. :( Glass EVERYWHERE!! >:-(

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Still, it was worth it to see Calabrese! Rock N’ Roll!! \m/

Selling a Pair of Warm, Winter Riding Gloves

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I bought these nice Olympia winter gloves at Santa Clara Cycle Accessories… in the middle of summer… ’cause they were on über sale. I actually sorta needed them to ride over Highway 17 at night, because it does get cold in California, even during the summer.

Problem is, they’re too big, as you can see in the photos below… =/ They were out of mediums and in the heat of summer, they weren’t planning on getting them… Just trying to get rid of what they already have.

I’ve only worn them a few times, so I consider them pretty freakin’ new. They’re great gloves. In fact, I already got myself a pair of mediums.

Make me an offer! They could be yours today! If you live within a 15-mile radius, I’ll personally deliver them to you!

 

Ride Number 5 – Old De La Veaga Zoo

Here’s a short but fun ride we did a few days ago in the Soquel-Santa Cruz area. It’s our FIRST ride with VIDEO!

Here’s a map of the route.


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A Halloween Treat from Calabrese

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

No tricks… just an awesome treat from Calabrese who JUST released their video for “The Dead Don’t Rise!”

HOLY S__T! I LOVE THIS VIDEO! Check it! ^v^

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