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My thoughts on.............

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:26 am
by AZRider
Well, I have decided to try my fingers at a blog.
I hope to entertain you in a fashion comparable to some whos blogs I am a fan of, Such as Shorts, Noodle, awe58, and some bloggers that seem to have dropped off the face of the earth such as CNF2002 , Cam the Pyro, and Verm. (I hope nothing bad has happened to them.)
However I have the feeling Ill probably just bore you all to death with my sometimes psychotic babble.

I have been told I own this blog, but nobody has charged me anything for it.......yet. I suppose Ill have to drop some change soon and become a site supporter.

Since I own this blog does that mean I make up the rules for it? Ill be honest, I havent read any rules concerning blogs. Rules bore me. Id rather live on the edge.

I wonder if I can get banned from my blog.
If I own it, that makes me the moderator of my blog doesnt it? So can I edit posts in my bllog? Can I ban people from my blog?
If I can, I should probably just ban myself right now, and save us all some heartache. :laughing:

Well, thats all for now. Maybe Ill try to post something worthwhile tomorrow.
Later.

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:24 am
by Shorts
Sweet, I wanna see you try to get banned from your own blog :smoke:

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:31 am
by aw58
Hi

Look forward to seeing into your world - hope it dryer than mine.

Ade

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:31 am
by ofblong
dam I need to get on here more shorts has 1500 more posts than I do lol.

I was thinking of starting a blog as well but not sure what I would put in it. Maybe ill start out by putting pics of me changing out the chain and sprockets on my bike when I someday get around to doing it. Then I can have all the real mechanics on the board pick on me and tell me what I did wrong :laughing: . (I am an industrial mechanic which is nothing like an auto/moto mechanic).

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:14 am
by noodlenoggin
Cool...now I can pick on YOU in YOUR blog!! :laughing:

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:37 pm
by AZRider
SLEEPING PILLS
So if 2 "help you relax and get the rest you need" then 6 ought to konk you out pretty good and quick, right?
Well apparently not.
So after getting about 3 hours sleep last night, after getting about 3 the night before, I was pretty tired today.
A pot of coffee and a Monster drink, and I was worn out after 6 hrs.
Hopefully Ill sleep better tonight.
Oh, no sleeping pills.
THE BIKE
O.K. I ride an 07 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600. Love this bike. It is smooth on the road, but a "dog" to ride at slow speed. I think it has too much rake. Looks cool though. I did install a HD Batwing fairing, HD Roadglide handlebars, Tsukaya hardbags, and roadhouse dooleys

Ill try to get a better pic later, without the Ppad and sissybar.
THE RIDE
Mostly I use this bike to commute. I have about a 30 mile round trip.
I do get in the occasional weekend ride, but mostly I use it as my primary mode of transportation.
TODAYS RIDE
How hard are you hammering on it to keep up with me while accelerating?
Seriously, I know I dont ride a literbike, but my bike will out accelerate almost any car on the road. I can definitely outrun your sedan. What do you think your doing?
Hit some rain on the way home. Almost made it home too. Oh well, thats one of the reasons I installed the fairing.
I know, not to terribly exciting is it. About 15 miles of straight road.

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:41 am
by noodlenoggin
That's a nice-looking Chevelle back there. 2nd transportation, or project car?

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:09 pm
by aw58
Like the alloys - would like to change the spokes on the VN 1500 when cash allows. The grips are nice too. But think I'll stick to a highway screen. I understand you loving your VN.
Ade

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:59 pm
by AZRider
THE CHEVELLE
The story on the velle goes like this.
I bought the car 2 1/2 years ago. It was to be my everyday driver, while I was fixing it up. It had been restored before, but not very well. Well, everything costs 400 dollars. No matter what I do, its 400 dollars. So, the car has been sitting for almost 2 years, after I found out the heater didnt work, and I needed to fix it to get defrost. So while I had the dash torn apart I decided to put in a quick ratio steering box. The quick ratio is in, but I replaced the pump with a high flow pump. I dont like it, so I need to replace THAT with a stock pump. I replaced the entire steering linkage, but need to get it aligned.
The car does run. Every once in awhile I will go out and fire it up and drive it around the block. Sometimes I need to jump start it, but it fires right up every time.
Its a 72, has a 350, and an auto.
The car is for sale, kinda. Ive been selling it for a year, problem is I havnt washed it, nor have I advertised it. I dont really want to sell it, but I really need to. Ill explain that as time goes on.
THE BIKE
I like the alloys to. I wanted one with them so I could make roadside repairs easier in case of flats. I carry around a large can of fix a flat. We have terribly garbagey roads in AZ. Mexicans dont get the concept of proper load securement, so screws, nails, paint, ladders, bags of redimix, etc. etc. are always falling out of the backs of there P/Us onto the roads.
I had a windsheild, but after testriding a HD Streetglide I realized how much better the protection from a fairing is. Again, things from the road flying up at you, also we have big stingy bugs in AZ. I hate em, specially when I get hit by them at 70+/-
THE RIDE
Well, nothing exciting today. I enjoy the ride to work, its cool out. Makes for an enjoyable ride. The ride home is kinda rough. Hot sux. (Another reason for the fairing) Its a dry heat. Go fack yourself. Its like riding in a blast furnace.
I did stop in the overpriced Chevron by the freeway and got 2$ worth of gas on the way home. My light came on,on the way to work, and I havnt run the bike completely dry yet. Went 208 miles on this tank. Im averaging between 37 and 42 mpg, depends on how hard I twist the throttle.
Tonight we are riding down to Phoenix.
I suppose you have all heard about the 2 news helicopters that crashed into each other a few weeks back.
Well there is going to be a memorial bike ride, and some of the local news celebrities ride and are putting it on. Its not going to be a long ride, really, but there will be allot of bikes. Should be a heck of a Parade.
The wife wants to go, so well head down tonight, spend the night in a motel( got a room booked at the Radison. wooo) Go on the ride tomorrow, then ride home in 100+ degree temps :laughing: Should be fun :roll:
Ill let ya know how it goes.
My luck, Ill be riding in thunderstorms all the way down tonight :laughing: It is monsoons.
The wife is taking the camera, so Ill try and throw up some pics if I can.
Better go wash the bike.
Later

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:55 pm
by AZRider
THE RIDE
A pictures worth a thousand words
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Thats alot of bikes
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Some local celebrities. The guy in the top pic pointing is the guy that was responsible for putting it together. Morning news guy Scott Pasmore
The guy in the second photo is the weatherman, Royal Norman. The stick iis the evening news anchor, Patty Kirkpatrick.
The cartoon character looking guy in the bottom pick is Investigative reporter Mike Watkis. Hes the one responsible for all the problems LDS fundamentalist leader Warren Jeffs is having right now.
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Some cool bikes
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Scott rode this one. It belongs to a local phoenix heart doctor. Scott has his own Paul Yaffe bike, but the doctor wanted him to ride this one.
Ive seen this one on T.V. being built, but cannot remember what show.
The orange on sitting next to it belongs to the Suns mascot gorilla guy, I think. I should have gotten a better pic of it.
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Thank you Arizona Bikers.
The guy on stage in the pink hat is the main 3tv helicopter pilot, Bruce Hafner. The 3tv pilot that died in the crash,Scott Bowerbank, actually taught Bruce to fly. They were best freinds. Scott was covering for Bruce when the accident happened. How would you like to live with that one?
Bruce rode Scotts bike in the ride. I think he learned to ride just for this. I didnt get a pic of it, but Scott rode a sportbike.

All in all it was a good time. We rode down Fri. night and stayed in a nice hotel. The ride started at 9. After the ride we did a little shopping. By the time we left for home it was around 107* (Is that sunny enough for you Ade?) :laughing:
We wetted our shirts down twice on the way home. The bike handled it all flawlessly, as usual. 230 miles total.
Thats all for now.
Peace out.

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:49 pm
by AZRider
MEXICANS
Something has been bugging me.

It would appear the far left wackos dont want to put a stop to illegal immigration.
They claim Mexicans are good people just looking for a better life,and we as Americans OWE it to them.
Whatever.

It would also appear the far right wackos dont want to stop illegal immigration.
They claim there are jobs Americans wont do.
Whatever.

I disagree with that line of thinking. I truly believe there isnt a job some American wont do, FOR THE RIGHT PRICE.
So, a more honest statement would be "Americans wont do some jobs because they suck and an American cant make enough money to support himself and his family in a comfortable fashion."
So why cant they just say that?

And as for the far lefties claims. Maybe it is somewhat true.
But whenever someone throws out an idea to stem the flood of illegals coming across, they say that isnt American, blah blah blah. Then they ask, "O.K. if your going to put up a fence along the southern border, what about the northern border? Are you going to put up a fence along the northern border?"
Well, I guess if we start having an exodus of illegals coming from Canada, and we start having a problem with drug smugglers coming across the northern border, then yes, I would. I have a feeling we wont be having that problem anytime soon though.

The problem is the southern border.
Bands of illegals are coming across everyday, and night. They are destroying private property, and the property owners are not allowed to do anything about it. There have been reports of the mexican MILITARY flying across the border in helicopters and landing on private property and harrasing AMERICANS. There was also a report of the mexican military flying across and trying to steal a fuel tanker fueling a southern AZ. ranchers off road fuel tank. that Tuscon based fuel transport company reportedly no longer services border residents.
And then there are the drug smugglers.

Yet neither sides wackos wants to do anything.

How about our govt. do what its MAIN job is, and protect its CITIZENS from foreign invasion? Because thats what is going on.

I believe we can do this very simply.
Since neither sides wackos , (who are the ones that are currently running our country) want to stop the illegals from coming here, how about we make it simple and easy for those wanting to come here and improve their life?
Im saying, let them come through the border crossings.

It currently costs alot of money and time.
They have to pay smugglers, they have to make a dangerous trek across the southwest deserts.
So have a simple, fast, and inexpensive background stick.
Then let them come through the border crossings.
And set up some kind of education system to teach them about American ways and laws.
And build a fence.

If you would do this, it would make the Immigration services job, and the Border Patrols job much easier.
Because if it was easy for those coming across looking for a better life to get here, then the only people sneaking across in the middle of the desert are definately criminals up to no good.

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:36 pm
by AZRider
I HAVE AN AVATAR
What do you all think?

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:22 pm
by Shorts
You're thinking too deep this time of morning....well it isn't so early. But it is Saturday - no thinking on Saturday! :laughing:

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:19 am
by AZRider
Yes, but it is still fri. for me, so I cant stop thinking till tomorrow.

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:31 am
by AZRider
CRASH BARS
Got my crash bars in today and on the bike. I got the Cobra Fatty bars.
1 1/2" diameter pipe. These are some beefy looking bars. They look good on my bike. Now I have to get some pegs for them.
One problem.
Nobody makes a clamp for a 1 1/2" bar yet :frusty: :laughing:
Ill let you know what I come up with.
Ill try to get some pics soon.

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:10 am
by Wrider
Hey... Congrats on the new bars, I looked at them for my Vol when I had it...
Oh, and I'm currently in your state, scouting out my new living location while I attend MMI. Just so you know, IT'S TOO FREAKING HOT!!!! :laughing: Oh, and humid too, wayyyy too humid... (Guess that's the Coloradoan in me talking... :frusty: ) Anyway, hope you're having a good day! And congrats again!
Wrider

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:02 am
by AZRider
Wrider wrote:Hey... Congrats on the new bars, I looked at them for my Vol when I had it...
Oh, and I'm currently in your state, scouting out my new living location while I attend MMI. Just so you know, IT'S TOO FREAKING HOT!!!! :laughing: Oh, and humid too, wayyyy too humid... (Guess that's the Coloradoan in me talking... :frusty: ) Anyway, hope you're having a good day! And congrats again!
Wrider
Thanks. Hey, good luck at MMI. I was going to go, had some problems and wont be able to right now. Maybe later. Maybe not. Im going to go for some welding classes and try and get my certification. Then go on to take some fab courses, then hopefully some repair courses. Still open to MMI for that, but keeping my options open.
Good news for you on the weather. Its going to cool down Sat. But its supposed to rain a ton.
Good luck finding a place thats affordable :roll:

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:29 am
by noodlenoggin
I dunno, I always found it funny* when the evening news would say that INS raided the local area and deported many illegals...then the next morning at least three restaurants would have big "CLOSED" signs in the windows.


*Like funny amusing and ironic, not really funny ha-ha.

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:44 pm
by aw58
Hi

The pics are great - and yes the weather looks brilliant - I remember having sun like that ( 76 it was) - Its pxxxxd down since then. Well almost.
Thanks for thinking of me.

Ade

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 2:53 am
by Wrider
AZRider wrote:
Wrider wrote:Hey... Congrats on the new bars, I looked at them for my Vol when I had it...
Oh, and I'm currently in your state, scouting out my new living location while I attend MMI. Just so you know, IT'S TOO FREAKING HOT!!!! :laughing: Oh, and humid too, wayyyy too humid... (Guess that's the Coloradoan in me talking... :frusty: ) Anyway, hope you're having a good day! And congrats again!
Wrider
Thanks. Hey, good luck at MMI. I was going to go, had some problems and wont be able to right now. Maybe later. Maybe not. Im going to go for some welding classes and try and get my certification. Then go on to take some fab courses, then hopefully some repair courses. Still open to MMI for that, but keeping my options open.
Good news for you on the weather. Its going to cool down Sat. But its supposed to rain a ton.
Good luck finding a place thats affordable :roll:
Thanks, I'll need it... And if you ever want a tour or to just come stick it out, let me know! That sounds like a bit of work too, I've done amateur welding on my uncle's farm, and yeah, I respect those that can do it well... :laughing:
Better news on the weather... I'm home now! 62F and dry... Ahhh... :mrgreen:
As for affordable housing, you're not kidding! Although we did find a little RV park that we'll be parking a 5th wheel in for me to live in during my attendance. Exit 205 off of I-17... Not sure it's the best neighborhood, but it's definitely not the worst!
Wrider