Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Decisions, decisions.....

In '08 I bought a new, left over, '07 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic. It's been a great, trouble free, bike for me. Between myself and my son we've racked up just over 30k miles on it. I still have it. A friend has the same bike set up for touring and just loves it. I was at the Carquest store he works at last week picking up some parts and we started bs'ing about bikes. He goes on about how much he likes his 900 and says that he should probably sell his other scoot cause he doesn't ride it much. It's not comfy enough for him, and with him being quite a bit older than me I can understand. So I said since you like that Vulcan so much how about we just trade. I've got 2 other scoots and would love to have some old iron again. He says, let me think about it. Now the scoot in question is his '76 XLH iron head. He said the motor has been rebuilt a couple years ago by a very reputable local guy, bored, cammed, and such. I did some checking and that checks out to be true. He said the carb(S&S, not quite sure which model) was built and tuned by a local carb guru, this also checks out to be true. I've also talked to couple guys that have actually ridden the scoot and both of them say it runs like a scalded dog. I stopped back in the store yesterday and ask if he's still thinking and he says, nope, I'm done, let's do it. I'm going to give it a look this weekend and decide........

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy turkey day everyone! O.k., so I'm a day late, lol!

 Even with as bleak as things can look at times these days, I do have a lot to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family, a wife that has put up with my shit for the last 24 years, 2 sons that are also my best friends and I couldn't be prouder of both of them. They've each chosen a good woman to share their lives with and our youngest son and his wife are expecting their first child on December 19th, our first grandchild, the family grows.

With as much as I can bitch and complain about my job, I have a good job for this area with very good job security. We're swamped with a lot of different projects with no end in sight, can't complain about that in this economy.

I've got a handful of true friends that I can always count on.

I've got scoots in the garage so "wind therapy" is never very far away.

I've got a lot to be thankful for.....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ass Hats......

I guess I'm just a magnet for ass-hats. My wife and I were invited to a neighbors birthday party last night. Nothing huge, just a gathering a friends and neighbors to celebrate his 40th b-day. As the evening progressed this guy(still have no clue who he was) comes up to me and asks what I ride (had my HD ball-cap on). I told him" '06 Sportster." Then it started. "Man, I couldn't ride one of them, too small, too slow, not comfortable, not comfortable with my ol' lady on, I gotta have a big bike. I put on way too many miles to do it on a sporty." Really, I asked, how many miles would that be? "Oh about 7000 a year." At this point I couldn't help myself, I started laughing. He asks, "What's so funny?" When I told him that he was about a third of the way to the miles I put on in a year I was hoping he would just STFU and leave me alone. Nope, wasn't gonna get that lucky. His story then turned into, "Well, mines a collectors bike so I don't want to put too many miles on it." My interest was kind of renewed with that statement. I'm thinkin' maybe an old knuck or pan so I set myself up. "Really? What is it?" He then proceeded to tell how rare and collectible his '09 Wideglide is. Ass-hat.

Just when you thought it would end, he starts with a whole new story line starting with, "I have a dilemma." Now having been drinking for a couple hours, I figure what the hell, I could use some more entertainment. He then starts with his dilemma of 2, 1% MC's that want him to patch in. One is an MC on his wife's side that within the next 3-4 years is going to patch over to H.A. The other is the dominant for our area that his dad has been a member of since he can remember. Really, I ask, which would be who? He says SOA. I couldn't fucking believe he actually said SOA. Just to be sure he wasn't meaning something else I asked,"Seriously! Sons of Anarchy?" He said, "yup, quite the dilemma huh" Time for me to go home, as I'm leaving he puts the icing on the cake and says, "Later Bro!" I really wanted to just turn around and punch the guy, but out of respect for the others there and my neighbor that threw the party I just kept walkin'. Fuckin' ass-hats!