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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:07 am

Just some quick "Before" pics of the bathroom remodel, which officially began last weekend. The last pic in the series shows the exhaust fan ducting, which I completed Monday afternoon...
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Unread post by Hanson » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:06 am

I have been in the middle of a bathroom remodel for .... over three years. I hate you so much right now Jack of the Green.

All would have been fine except we had to replace our ancient AC / Heater unit and that destroyed our remodelling budget. Since then, the issue has been primarily terminal procrastination and I keep finding new and creative ways of spending money on my motorcycle. We did, however, get some wiring done last month for the pump on the new tub and new fixtures.

Best of luck on your project.

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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:55 am

LoL, more hate-bait...

Finished the framing this weekend and started hanging drywall. The wet wall needs some shimming on the frame members before the drywall will sit flush though, and there was only one sheet of greenboard in the house when we moved in. So this was all I could get done with the materials on hand. Off to Lowe's tomorrow though for some firring and more greenboard, and then more to come.
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I've got to get as much done as I can before Christmas, LoL, because starting the morning of the 29th I've got 175 linear feet of chain link to install in the backyard. I'm hoping like hell I won't have to shovel my grass to lay in the posts. Wish me luck!

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Unread post by Hanson » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:01 pm

Luck

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:05 pm

Good luck. :D
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:18 pm

These long silences are just part of my mystique, right? (-:

So the basement remodel suffered a fortunate setback. During the time that I made the above posts, we were experiencing some fairly wet weather with continual light rain or powdery snow fall, and because of that it wasn't a good time to be hauling sheet rock on our flat bed. Not being able to bring the sheet rock home meant that we didn't buy any of the other material we'd planned to buy, namely the vanity and toilet and water fixtures to finish out the bathroom, and that ended up being a blessing.

About mid-January our second vehicle, Carrie's Neon, developed a severe oil leak. We went a couple of weeks not driving it while debating how best to proceed, but in the end decided it would be foolish to pay $600-$1,000 to repair a vehicle that only books at about $2,500. And sha-bang, what would have been a remodeled bathroom and basement turned into down payment money for a Mazda6. Basement projets will continue, but at a slower pace than anticipated.

This winter has been unnaturally warm, and by that I mean I live in Northern Utah and it's almost March and I've only had to shovel my driveway twice. This isn't peculiar weather, it's downright alarmingly foreign weather. I'm genuinely concerned about my communities ability to sustain itself through the summer -- we're only at an 80% snowpack in the higher elevations and we've been in low level drought conditions for a couple years already. I've often mused about replacing my grass lawn with clover, which requires about 1/5th the water to stay green -- I think that may become a necessity this year if I want anything approaching a healthy lawn.

Lastly, breeding birds is shaping up to be a lot more profitable than we expected, and I think we may increase our investment in the endeavor. We'll see how that goes.

That's all the updates I have for now, I'll try to get in here more regularly.

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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:58 am

Just another quick update.

It's quickly turning into summer, and the first ride of the season will be very soon. Not sure where to yet, but we'll line it up.

We are taking a family vacation to Tombstone next week though. While we're there we're also going to spend the day in Sierra Vista, where I lived as a kid. We'll get some pictures of that for sure.

That's all for now.

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Unread post by Hanson » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:41 am

Thanks for the update Jack and have a great summer riding season.

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Unread post by ceemes » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:27 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:These long silences are just part of my mystique, right? (-:

So the basement remodel suffered a fortunate setback. During the time that I made the above posts, we were experiencing some fairly wet weather with continual light rain or powdery snow fall, and because of that it wasn't a good time to be hauling sheet rock on our flat bed. Not being able to bring the sheet rock home meant that we didn't buy any of the other material we'd planned to buy, namely the vanity and toilet and water fixtures to finish out the bathroom, and that ended up being a blessing.

About mid-January our second vehicle, Carrie's Neon, developed a severe oil leak. We went a couple of weeks not driving it while debating how best to proceed, but in the end decided it would be foolish to pay $600-$1,000 to repair a vehicle that only books at about $2,500. And sha-bang, what would have been a remodeled bathroom and basement turned into down payment money for a Mazda6. Basement projets will continue, but at a slower pace than anticipated.

This winter has been unnaturally warm, and by that I mean I live in Northern Utah and it's almost March and I've only had to shovel my driveway twice. This isn't peculiar weather, it's downright alarmingly foreign weather. I'm genuinely concerned about my communities ability to sustain itself through the summer -- we're only at an 80% snowpack in the higher elevations and we've been in low level drought conditions for a couple years already. I've often mused about replacing my grass lawn with clover, which requires about 1/5th the water to stay green -- I think that may become a necessity this year if I want anything approaching a healthy lawn.

Lastly, breeding birds is shaping up to be a lot more profitable than we expected, and I think we may increase our investment in the endeavor. We'll see how that goes.

That's all the updates I have for now, I'll try to get in here more regularly.

Oh dear, sounds like you caught Hanson disease, a case of bathroom renno pracastitous... be careful, it could be fatal if she who must be obeyed doesn't get her new powder room in a timely manner, no matter what the cause of the delay is.

As for the weather, our local snow pack is zero this year, and I do mean zero. I figure we will either be deluged by endless rains come the spring and summer or will have a major drought. To be honest, I think I'd prefer the rains, at least it will give the Fraser and other Salmon rivers a chance not to heat up a couple of degree's C above normal.....if that happens, then all the salmon runs are at risk as the fish can't handle even that little of a temperature increase in the rivers.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:04 pm

Still alive...

Some news coming when there's more time. :-)

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:18 pm

Merry Christmas.

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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:00 am

Merry Christmas to you as well Blues, thanks for responding. (-:

So, an update. This summer was CRAZY, and unfortunately we didn't get ANY riding done. Or hardly any. It was one crisis after another all summer long, started with a busted washing machine that caused some minor flooding in our basement, and then a ridiculously rainy April, which caused some major flooding in our basement. Then the motor in our A/C went out. See what I mean? It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop -- if you're a centipede. Brutal.

After a new washing machine, having to install a sump pump from scratch (including renting a jackhammer to bust a hole in my basement floor, THAT was a headache), and a new motor for the A/C, the expense of bike insurance was too much to stomach this year and we had to let it expire. So no riding.

But we're going to be back in a big way this next season. Apparently all you folk have been influencing our subconscious all this time, because look what we just bought:
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Yep, that's a Ninja 250 up top and a 500R below. Rubia's is the 250, we meant to both get 250s just for commuting and tossing through our canyons on the weekends, but it turned out Rubia's was the only one locally worth buying. Everything else either had high mileage for the year or the turn signals didn't work because someone "customized" them or the plastic was all trashed or the fork seals were bad. So in our price range we found that 500 for a steal, paid $700 under book for it and $600 under book for the 250. I'm buying all my bikes in December from now on.

We still have the big cruisers for overnight trips and the like, but these little Ninjas will be our daytrip rides. I'm sure you'll see them plenty in The Riding Game thread after the spring thaw.

So that's our update, as thin as it is. Basement never got remodeled either, although we did find the funds to finish the last bedroom down there (which is actually the bird room, complete with utility sink). Oh, LoL, and we bought a truck, a 2005 Dodge 1500 5.7l H. It brought the bikes home. Traded the Durango, since after we bought the Mazda I mentioned above it didn't make sense to have two nearly new vehicles. Traded the second for something a little older with a smaller payment.

So, all it all, it was a good year for learning. I learned how to run a jackhammer, how to clean furnace coils, how to drill a hole through a concrete curb, etc etc etc.

Now I have to learn how to ride a sport bike as opposed to a midsize cruiser. Anybody have any constructive advice?

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Tuck your elbows in. lol
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:18 pm

Well, I'm a convert...

After only a couple trips on the Ninja, I've realized why the sport segment is so popular. Who knew that these little bikes could be so comfortable and so enjoyable on the open road.

I'm selling the Vulcan, it's listed now, and I'll use the money from that to outfit my 500 with panniers and a larger aftermarket windscreen. My only complaint about freeway cruising on the Ninja is that the windblast is SO horrific, so I'll have to mitigate that. But once that little complaint is laid to rest, the 500 will be my new highway bike.

The 250 has proven insufficient for Rubia's lust for speed. We're selling it too and upgrading her to a 500 as well, so we'll have a matching pair of horses in the stable. She intends to keep the Shadow though, she loves it so. (-:

The bathroom remodel is back on track, walls are finished and the tile floor is in, right now we're restoring a second-hand vanity and we'll be installing fixtures once that's all done. I'll post some pictures of that in the near future, so Hansen can tell me he hates me again. (-:

And hey, can't someone go out there and GET THAT RIDING GAME PIC!?!? It's been months, where is everybody?

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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun May 07, 2017 12:25 pm

Sold Rubia's 250 and bought her a 500 to match mine, we call them the Twinjas. Ain't we cute?

I did buy the aftermarket windscreen for my Ninja, and it works great. We've done more than a few highway miles and I'm able to get under the wind with just a modest tuck. Add to that the 250+ miles range we enjoy on the Ninjas and it's easy to see why the cruiser segment is dying. Why make a "highway bike" and cripple it with a range of ~100 miles or so? Unless you want to slab it everywhere you go, you just can't get from pump to pump on that kind of volume. Crazy. Maybe somebody is listening.

I'm also learning more about wrenching, I've currently got my bike up on a headlift and the forks torn out. I'm not set up properly to replace fork seals in my modest garage, so they're at the shop getting done right. I'm excited to see how the handling improves once that's done, I've had a pretty significant vibration that escalates to a violent shudder if I let go of the bars. All my research pointed to fork seals, and I've known the seals needed replaced for awhile anyway. So in they go. Here's my Ninja - his name is Wendigo - all torn apart. He's so embarassed to be seen with his plastics off!
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The weather is finally warming up and we put in a garden last summer, not sure if I've mentioned that here before. We've got a basement full of young plants ready to go in the ground after Mother's Day, maybe post some pictures of that later too.

Haven't been around much I know, forgive the inactivity. I rarely get on the PC anymore, and I'm loathe to spend the money on a phone advanced enough to make internet surfing pleasant. Long periods of "typing" with Swype just don't appeal to me.

Big ride coming up at the end of this month, we're gonna hit that Lolo Pass at the Idaho/Montana border. It should be a lot of fun, 99 miles of twisties in the sun. We're real excited, hopefully nothing comes along to derail that.

I'm out! See you all around!

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Unread post by Hanson » Mon May 08, 2017 1:11 pm

Hi Jack,

Nice to see you adding to your moto-blog.

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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Tue May 09, 2017 5:50 pm

Forks are done, just got back from the shop. I'll be putting them back in tomorrow most likely, and then it'll be time to tear the forks outta Rubia's bike next. Only have the one head lift yaknow. ;)
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Fri May 12, 2017 11:02 pm

Spent a few minutes in the garage today reinstalling my forks, it went a lot easier than I thought it would. Also, newbie mistake, I was worried about how I'd make sure the legs were aligned properly to get the wheel back in, since there's no keying of any kind on the clamps. And then I realized the legs rotate freely around the tube, LoL. So that ended up not being a problem at all.
Curiously, the forks had been installed incorrectly by whoever pulled them last. The manual states that for the UK model, the end of the fork tube should be level with the steering head, but for the US model the end of the tube should be 15mm above the steering head. When I pulled my handlebars the first time the tubes were set level. I'm not sure what kind of a difference this may have made on the handling or mechanics of the bike, feel free to sound off if you have an idea of what I should expect when I take him out again. I'm sure I'll have to aim my headlight again, what a PITA.
Little sad to be contemplating putting the fairing back on, I'm sorta digging the naked look. But I'm sure I'd miss that big swath of plastic the first time I hit 75mph and soaked up the wind.
Oh, and I smashed the everloving poo outta my left middle finger getting my front fender back on! It hurt so bad I thought I'd puke, and I think I'm going to loose the nail. So my Ninja has tasted blood. Thank god Rubia spent a lot of time training to be an EMT, she patched me up just fine.
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Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat May 20, 2017 7:54 pm

This morning I went out and tore the forks outta Rubia's Ninja, it went a LOT easier than getting the forks outta mine now that I knew what I was doing. The guy at our local shop assured me he'd put a rush on them, so they'd be done in time to get them back on and ready for our trip. We leave in a week, next Saturday.
Once the forks were out it was time to work on our garden, which was more sweaty but less messy. We were fortunate we didn't get our plants in the ground last weekend (Mother's Day, which is when everyone says you should) because we had a hard freeze Wednesday. Our plants were safe in our garage and made it through fine, and now they're in the ground. Real excited for fresh produce again all summer long, and we planted an obscene amount of tomatoes in addition to peas, beans, spaghetti squash, yellow and green zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, cukes, kale, sorrel, spinach and salad lettuce. And more, I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
Also, while dropping off the forks at our shop I got a chance to sit on a brand-new Vulcan S. It was REAL pretty, with the green pinstripe, and I just loved the feel of it. I had to check it out here on TMW, and of course found out that three years ago it was on The Cool Wall and I raved about it there, LoL. My only complaint is the 3.7 gallon tank, which makes it just as troublesome to tour with as my Vulcan 800 was. I'll never understand why they cripple these things with such small tanks, it just about forces you to slab it instead of enjoying the "highways in hiding" that criss-cross America. So for now, I'm sticking with the Ninja as my touring bike.

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