Monday, February 27, 2012

Zen and Lawn mowing...........

Well it seems my opinion of yard maintenace equipment maybe changeing. I actually had a good time mowing my yard yesterday. The mower was running good. I have to admit that there is a certain level of zen to it. Not as good as doing bout 400 miles on a 2 wheeled death trap . But the sound of the engine , the smell of exhaust. its good .................

Thursday, February 23, 2012


2 designs to choose from 1. large logo front and 2. a 2 sided shirt with logo and slogan. $18.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Scratchin my head........

Sunday we took the bikes out for a shakedown run. Goldilocks was running like crap. Kept backfireing and loseing power. We took her out for a short run about 2 weeks before and she ran really good. We hadnt made any major changes . We had changed the breather, tidied up some wires and covered the seat and wrapped the pipes. None of these should cause the problem . except of course if there is a loose connection somewhere after I moved a few wires. This is what I'm leaning towards right now. will be checking and double checking connections over the next few days. Then gonna do some carb work. she will still be ready for spring.

Just Kickers event in Davis . Ok in April and Psycho De Mayo run in May are both getting close. But we will be ready!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lawn mowers hate me..............

And its mutual I assure you. I've always had hell with mowers as far back as when I was kid mowing lawns at my dad's rental properties or our yard. I love dinosaur bone burning engines!  All internal combustion engines well ...............except that evil thing that is a Briggs and Stratton!  They are evil incarnate. The vilest of man made creations.

My latest misadventure with one of these beasts started about 2 weeks ago. We have had an abnormaly wet and warm winter and the grass which is normaly dead this time of year has been growing rapidly. So I went to mow my Mom's yard and mine would be next. Anyway the fool machine wouldnt run for more than 3 seconds. Blame it on ethanol fuel, balme it on it sitting for about 6 weeks, whatever wouldnt run. Acted like it wasnt getting gas or was bad gas. So I drain the tank and blow out the fuel filter. Same thing, run the battery down jacking with it. Clean the spark plug, clean the air filter. no change. so I take the carb off and clean it up. Funky little carb not much to it, but somehow my dumbass mucks it up. I put it back on and put the battery charger on it overnight. Go the next day to start it and it acts like the engine is siezed , it wont turn over more than a revolution or 2. then gas starts running out of the exhaust. Great I've filled the cylinder with fuel. AWESOME!  So I give in and take it to the small engine repair shop. I HATE doing this I mean crap I work on my own bikes and trucks. Why can I not make one of these evil little beasts succomb to my mechanical wizardry. So I wait several days and the shop calls and say the mower is ready , after $195 and a new carb my rider is ready.

So I go to pick it up and park my truck with trailer, put the cheesy wooden ramps down to load it up.
Well when I start driving it up the right ramp slips on the gravel parking lot comeing out from under the beast . The first thing to hit the ground was the right rear tire followed quickly by my butt and then the rest of the contraption came falling down on me. I was able to kick with my left leg enough so it didnt fall squarely on me. Anyway the thing lands , I jump up quickly , grab the wheel and flip it back upright while looking around to see how many folks saw me. I'm sure it was BEAUTIFUL! I got the thing loaded and got out of there as quickly as I could. On the way home after the adrenaline had slowed somewhat I began to feel sore and of course bust out laughing at myself! I wished I would have had someone filming it. But no. Why cant I ever do anything stupid while a camera is rolling ..............

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


So I came to conclusion that from this point forward the day formerly known as wednesday will be McQueensday. Thank you and carry on........

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Goldilocks got some sun

We took her out for a short shake down run. she is about 2 weeks out of being completed .........well for now.