Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
After all the work that Bryce did on the Honda, we decided to put it up on CraigsList and sell it. The Honda was awesome, but after riding it... I wanted something a little more modern. So we sold it for a good price and I went shopping.... After about a week, I ran across a Denver posting for a 2001 YZ426F... Identical to Bryce's bike. I jumped on it. Love the bike!!! It didn't take the boys long, to convince me to put the bike on a trail. My first ride was Captain Jacks, just west of Colorado Springs. Love the bike!!!!
In preparation for the White River, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Rendezvous in Meeker, Colorado.... Tyler and I joined a handful of riders from RMAR and COHVCO. We spent the weekend riding the area, learning about the access and trails. Joining us in the hotel was Terry D. (Danger Davis). We have a blast and it was a good time with Tyler.
Day 3 found everyone headed back to Grand Junction for the drive home to Colorado Springs. We deviated from the Kokopelli, running some pavement and then riding the 'tracks' for many, many miles (railroad tracks). We all arrived back home, safe and sound.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
For the past several years, I have been told stories of the Kokopelli Trail and had a great desire to ride it. The trail starts to the west of Grand Junction, CO and ends at Moab, UT. The riding is mostly cruising tails and roads, but there are certainly some challenging areas. This was the first, official ride of the newly formed Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders, our American Motorcycle Association Group. We had a total of 25 riders, which made for three great days of riding and comraderie. On Day #1, we rode from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. It was about 140 miles and took about 12 hours.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
After pestering me for a couple of months for a "Winter Project", Bryce got his way after I found a great deal on Craigslist. We found a 1984 Honda XR350R that needed some work, but was in great condition. After a bit of haggling, we settled on a handshake and $300. Starting at new job with NWEA the first of the year, this would be Bryce's project, for the most part. He was 100% responsible for the work on the engine and the transmission... where all the problems were occuring. He tore into the top end and simply had to clean it up and adjust the valves. The tranny was another story. Both 4th and 6th gears were stripped and there was a good bit of damage throughout the bottom end. After shopping the internet for a couple of weeks, a very generous gentleman up in Denver (acquaintence through our Adventure Forum), gave us the tranny off of a 1985 Honda XL350. This was a great find and a great swap, as the '85 XL's tranny is a lot stonger than the OEM. In the short amount of time that I could give to the rebuild, I focused on the asthetics. I prepped and repainted the frame and the all the plastics and helped put it back together. Bryce did an awesome job. Once we put her back together, we poured oil in the case and the bike fired to life on the second kick. Today, I road her up and down the street and she will be a great single-track, woods bike!!!! Just what I wanted and a great bike for Tyler to ride until he can get his own.