Ride for Four Years, for Free! – Part 2

1) Sell the Bonneville and KLX ✔︎
2) Move Across the Country ✔︎
3) Stay Employed ✔︎
4) Get a GS – Let’s Get to Work

The KLX netted $2,500 and the Bonnie $4,200, so I’ve got$6,700.

Checking both Cycle Trader and the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association (BMWMOA) marketplace and evaluating nine criteria on fourteen candidates, the search has uncovered two finalists. As a quick aside, late fall is a great time to find a motorcycle at low prices.

The first one is yellow and  [Read more…]

In the Meantime – COTA!

While other work projects and personal commitments conspired to interfere with motorcycling, I did manage to squeeze in a Saturday on two wheels with one of the brothers.

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Ride for Four Years, for Free!

It’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is. The name of the site is Budget Rider after all.

Here’s the concept – a net zero-cost motorcycle.

Surprisingly, to do this doesn’t mean I have to suffer with a pile of junk, either.

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Ain’t Nobody Feelin’ No Pain

Early Sunday ride. Bonnie wouldn’t start because the battery is shot. So, jump on the KLX for a quick jaunt through Hill Country.

Here is a short video showing Luckenback at 8:00AM on a Sunday:


The Bonnie is Back(er)!

As I began riding the Bonnie to work, it started running OK only some of the time. It would stumble and stall sometimes when it was cold, but not always. I was reminded of the old saying, 80% of fuel problems are electrical. I have learned that the pickup coil and the ignition coil can be problematic in the new Bonnies.

So, I took it apart again.

This time,

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The Bonnie is Back!

After a (too) long wait, the 02 Triumph Bonneville T100 is back on the road.

Oil tight and running well

With the combination of:

  • cartridge emulators in the forks
  • roller bearings in the steering head
  • jetting and intake changes (more mid)
  • rev limiter change (8500 vs 7200 stock)
  • brand new flexible carb boots and slides
  • ignition remapping (more mid)
  • braided lines with new fluid
  • new top end gasket set that keeps the oil in the motor

the thing is transformed.

It pulls cleanly from the bottom all the way past 8K without a hiccup and the mid-range is completely different – really grunty.

I’m very happy that it all worked so well together.

Next, a seat I can spend more than 1/2 hour on without my bits going numb and some new tires.

I’ll get the GoPro glued on the helmet, run the bike around some corners and post a video.

Stay tuned.

2017?!? Wha’ happ’nd?

Hi March 2017,

I’ve been riding plenty (commuting), but only on the KLX. The TL-R is back with my brother in Phoenix, and the Bonnie is half torn apart waiting for a chunk of time to replace the blown head gasket. Fingers crossed the scheduling clouds will open up n the next couple of months.

That’s is for now.

Cheap Thrills – That’s the Point of this Site

I’m not doing a lot of riding or wrenching lately, but I’ll pass along a couple of articles from Motorcyclist magazine that I like quite a lot. Cheers until next time.

Cheap Thrills

On Two Wheels for $1,000

Restoring the World’s Ugliest Motorcycle – Part Phoenix

How about that! All it took to raise the Madura back from the dead was selling it to a retiree who spent countless hours working on and replacing parts on the carbs to get them in shape and to futz with all the related plumbing. Here’s a photo of the bike and it’s proud new owner at a bike show in Santa Fe this year. I should have taken a video so you could hear how smooth and quiet it runs. Nice darn job, Stan!

Stan and Madura

Off to a Wedding NM–>MN–>NM

July brings warm weather and weddings. We welcomed another family member and a new group of in-laws to the mix and life just keeps getting richer.

As the father of the bride, I needed to get my old rear end from New Mexico to Minnesota so I decided a ride is the perfect way to get there. 50+ mpg and a few days of windshield time sounded ideal.

Wedding Trip

In retrospect,

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