Monday, January 31, 2011

Welcome Home and Satan Sauce!!

Last Saturday we picked up my youngest son Jayson at the KC airport!! He's in the Navy and has been deployed for the last 9 months and we haven't seen him in 11 months, it is so awesome to have him home! Even if it is only for a couple weeks. We spent the night at my son, James, and his girlfriend Paige's apartment, having our own little welcome home party for Jayson. Jimmy and Paige already had their fridge stocked with beer so we had to pick up beer food, little smokies cooked in Famous Daves Devil's Spit bbq sauce, otherwise known as Satan Sauce. This is some of the best sauce I've had and it's plenty hot. Here's a video of some of our drunken fun-

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Support Indy shops!!

For the past year the web has been an invaluable tool for researching different aspects of modifying my sporty. I've spent countless hours looking at stuff, trying to find good deals, but so far the best deals I've gotten have been at local indy shops. Not counting dealerships, we have 6 local indy shops. Now I live in the middle of nowhere so my definition of local may differ from yours, 2 are within 30 minutes, 3 are within an hour, and the last one is about a 1.5 hour drive, I still consider that local, lol!

Just like the old jeeps, my views on my bike are more of a utilitarian nature, I'm not building a shiny show bike, mine is built for miles, lots of them, so new shiny parts aren't necessary. Granted, new and shiny is cool and has it's place, but I don't have to have that on my sporty. With that mindset, I began scouring local shops for good used parts.

In my opinion, indy shops are the life-blood of our addiction, for the most part these guys and gals are in business because of a passion for 2-wheels. Yes, they're in it to make money, what business owner isn't, but I think most of them have a passion for 2-wheels that is almost more important than making every dollar they possibly can. You can see it in the way they work on and build machines, you see it as they invite into their shop and answer endless questions from those of us less knowledgeable, you see it in their eyes.

This list is a small thank you to the shops that make life a little easier for us shade-tree wrenches.

Henry's Chop Shop

Cowboy's Custom Cycle

Road 6 Customs
Road 6

Prairie Hawg
Prairie Hawg

Motorcycle Supply
MC Supply

California Phil's

Friday, January 21, 2011

more parts!!!

I've been drooling over this for quite some time. The Joker Machine speedo mount for a sporty. Quite possibly the coolest speedo mount in the business. The only problem is that it isn't cheap, so I've been looking at other options, but not finding anything I like. I stopped by Henrys Chop Shop in Frankfort Kansas and he happened to have one on his shelf! It turns out that a customer ordered it and then couldn't come up with the cash so he offered it to me for what he had in it. SOLD!! I've bought a few parts from Hank and will continue to do so, it rocks to have a shop like his within 30 minutes of home!
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Sunday, January 16, 2011


Finally! More volume! Those that follow may remember the problems I had with exhaust and how the mount bracket for my Hooker pipes failed and I went back to stock pipes.
Damn it!

When I remounted my stock pipes I also debaffled them, but the sound still sucked and the look of the stock tapered pipes is just awful. By nature, I'm a cheap-ass, always on the hunt for the best deal, but this time when it comes to pipes, I know what I want but the cost is just out of my range for now. What to do in the mean-time? Why you scour e-bay and local shops for used parts, that's what! After many hours of searching the web and not finding anything, I started calling local indy shops. I called Hank at Henry's Chop Shop and he had a deal for me! He had a set of used Screaming Eagle II slip-ons that might fit. I took off for the 30 minute drive to his shop-
Henry's Chop Shop
After doing some measuring, we found them to be a perfect fit! Once I got back home I fired up my space heater and got busy.

While they're not exactly what I want, they are a huge improvement over stock both in looks and sound. I couldn't help myself, once I was done with the install I had to fire her up! What a major difference! These are some great sounding pipes, not obnoxiously loud, but definitely loud with a great bottom end rumble. I think they were one hell of a score for $60!!

While at Hanks, we were talking about what I wanted to do with my sporty and I said I wanted a 3.3 peanut tank for it but was having a hell of a time locating one for a reasonable price. One of the guys there that runs their sister shop in Wamego said he had one(sorry man, I suck with names!)at Bobbi Dees House of Chop. After some discussion making sure it was the correct tank for my bike a deal was made! I went to Bobbi Dees on Saturday and these guys opened up on their day off just to get me a tank! Talk about customer service! Talk about surprised when I saw a perfect factory tank off a rubber mount sporty, not a blemish on it! I apologize for no pics, but I was so damn excited just to get one I went straight to my friends house and gave him the tank, he's also a painter and will be laying down a sic paint job on it!

More to come!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!

That is all..