Took the boy to mine and his first flat track race a few weekends back, I was instantly hooked and thus began what the better half always dreads, research for a new hobby. After spending some time on the AHRMA website and deciding on the Seventies Two Stroke class, I see a name that sticks out, and so begins the usual stalking method of Facebook for a Mr. Jim Mize, all of 67 years young. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, he offers some invaluable insight to a newcomer like myself. I also learned he’s fairly new to the sport himself, though a long time moto enthusiast, he was cool enough to share his current personal project a 1972 Suzuki Titan 500. I’ve also included a recent race where Jim had the chance to lineup with none other than AMA legend Dave “Bones” Aldana (#13) himself, Jim was stoked at such an honor. Wrapping this up, I love the fact that Jim is thoroughly enjoying this chapter in life, we can all learn from his zest on life, it’s never too late to do what you love.
I’ve been rather slow and inconsistent with the updates. That will change very soon as I migrate off of Facebook, secure my dot com domain. The refresh has gone smooth so far, though a bit slow due to my limited unemployment funds. Ordering seat cover material and perforated mesh tomorrow, tax refund. Once I have all my materials, two days to complete and back on the road. Good thing too, weather has been mild and begged to be enjoyed.
” Most [people] have the ridiculous notion that anything they do which produces an income is work – and that anything they do outside ‘working’ hours is play. There is no logic to that. … Your life is too short and too valuable to fritter away in work. If you don’t get out now, you may end up like the frog that is placed in a pot of fresh water on the stove. As the temperature is gradually increased, the frog feels restless and uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough to jump out. Without being aware that a chance is taking place, be is gradually lulled into unconsciousness.
Much the same thing happens when you take a person and put him in a job which he does not like. He gets irritable in his groove. His duties soon become a monotonous routine that slowly dulls his senses. As I walk into offices, through factories and stores, I often find myself looking into the expressionless faces of people going through mechanical motions. They are people whose minds are stunned and slowly dying.” – Lewis Hyde
Lewis Hyde 1979
First I’d like to apologize for the lack of content. Job hunt has been intense and the rework of my build continues.
I have ordered a DIY RFID kit to make the bike keyless, added clipons, new seat and a repaint.
I’ll post more details soonish, until then, keep it between the lines.
I missed the tail end of a great fall riding season. Taking some time to reassess my build, polish out a bit more, figure out new cold weather gear. There’s something addictive about cold weather riding, maybe it’s the chilled blast followed by the sense shock of warm air when arriving at your destination….
Just received the late-model RD clutch pieces from Lyn Garland to alleviate the slipping clutch. Added a RD brake lever with switch to clean up the brake light wiring, eliminate the PITA rear brake switch. Switched to premix, plan to fabricate some nice mesh panels to fill the void where the side/oil panels once resided. I’ve also decided on some nice Speedhut.com gauges color matched to the build, fabricating the new gauges into the stock R5 gauge pods to retain the stock look at a glance.
I’ll keep you posted….
Well, it’s been a long time in the making. The build is 98% done, all that’s left is some polishing bits to really round out my build. I’ve been in contact with POSH Factory in Japan on becoming a dealer, they manufacture some of the best moto accessories available. Specifically their line of turn signals, tail lights, switches etc.
I will be working on adding e-commerce to the site so I can make these fine products available. Stay tuned for more info, stay safe and smokin!
Sample of what they offer: