On Two Wheels


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FrankenHarley

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For about a month now, I have been trying – like Dr. Frankenstein – to breath life into something inert: The cobbled-together corpse of what was – once – a 1980 Harley Davidson Sportster. The derelict ironhead had been been left outside like a yard gnome for about four years. Its owner – my neighbor’s son –…

The Littlest Triple

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Weird little bikes are hard to find new. A bleak homogeneity has settled in. Small bikes are safe bikes; conventionally styled, with mild engines. Made, in brief, for beginners. To be thrown away once mastered and their owner moves on to something more interesting. Kawasaki’s littlest triple – the S1 250 Mach I – was…

Thinning The Herd

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When you haven’t got time anymore, it’s time to let some of them go. So – with lots of sadness – I recently sold one of my five bikes. The dual sport Kaw I’ve written about here on several occasions. The bike did not deserve this. Indeed, it deserved better. Which is exactly why I…

A Ride on the Old Zed

Here’s a quick “from the saddle” viewpoint ride on my old Zed – a ’76 Kawasaki Kz900 (subject of several articles, here, here and here). This bike is one of my all-time favorites because it combines the coolness of look and layout of a ’70s superbike with modern-comparable reliability. I’ve owned this bike for almost…

I’m Tired of Wearing a Helmet

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The tyranny that rules over us could at least be consistent. I’d object less to being told I must wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle because it’s “risky” if it weren’t done by a cop who is 30 pounds heavy, hypertensive at 40 and a regular consumer of fried pastries (i.e., donuts). Shouldn’t he…

’83 Honda GL650, Post-Jetting

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It’s alive! My ’83 Honda GL650 Interstate – with the cleaned and re-jetted carbs (Keihins) installed. The results are good all around. No, great all around. The bike pulls noticeably harder than it did before – and (based on two rides so far) seems to run cooler, too. The gauge indicates just past “warm” whereas…

Experiment: 1983 Honda GL650

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Regulars here will have already read my series of articles (here and here) about battling the ethanol demon  – and casting him out of the fuel tank (and carburetors) of my ’76 Kawasaki Kz900. Well, I’m now in the process of doing the same to my ’83 Honda GL650 Interstate. The carbs are being cleaned…

Your Carb on Ethanol

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It isn’t pretty. I hadn’t done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my ’76 Kz900’s carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year – and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. This gave the ethanol-laden “gas” we’re being force-fed time to do…

Pork Products

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There but for the grace of Mike Valentine go I, I thought. Yesterday was the first nice day we’ve had out here in The Woods in almost a week. So I took my ’03 ZRX1200 out for a run. The pork to people ratio in The Woods is relatively favorable and on a fast motorcycle, you’ve…