Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Finally Running

Well I got her to run and finally got around to making a little movie :)

Here she is running from cold with half choke which I have to cut straight away as she wanted to stall on choke. At the moment I am running a a heavy 2 stoke mix of about 20-1 in the tank plus what the oiler is throwing in from the autolube system so it is pretty smokey.

It is slowly starting to take shape with only a few things left to do then clean and polish over winter to get it ready to register in november

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

We are here as well..

When you see us moving past you quickly:

Don't take offense or think we're trying to "show off". Ninety five
percent of the time, we're trying to get out of your blind spot or
taking ourselves out of a potential dangerous situation that has
evolved around us.

Distancing ourselves from you does not mean we want to race, but that
we're giving ourselves the edge we need at the moment.

When you hear our horn: Don't take offense or think we're trying to
aggravate you.

All we're doing is letting you know where we are in relation to you on
the road, and we're more than likely aware of your inattentiveness to
us while you're talking on a cell phone, eating, reading or involved
in some other distracting aspect to your driving.

It's important to us, and you, that you know we're there.

When you hear our loud pipes: Don't become angry and hostile toward us.

Yes, some are quite loud, but for some, there's a purpose behind being

It's about letting you know we're close by and we're constantly hoping
that our investment in this accessory will help save our lives.

Our pipes are really not about our ego...it's a pride and
personalization to our form of transportation.

When you see us in our clothes: Don't become fearful of us or think
us weird. Our leather jackets, chaps, gloves and boots are the
barriers between loosing massive amounts of flesh should something
cause us to go down...nothing more, nothing less. Safety
gear is paramount to our riding.

We wear patches on our jackets, and pins on our vests.

These are symbols of pride and honour within our group(s), individuals
giving back to those who gave.

These things bond us as a brotherhood and sisterhood among bikers.

Not that we're better than anyone else, but that we have the same kind
of nobility and pride in our accomplishments as you may have in the
various aspects of your life.

I guess one could say; our patches and pins are the decals and the
bumper stickers of our involvement with society and the general
public, of which we are very pleased to be a part of in our own little

When you see us in a restaurant: You don't have to shield your child
or feel intimidated.

We have family, wives, husbands, children and loved ones too, just
like you.
We smile; we laugh and enjoy the moments we have.
We are approachable, and would befriend you, if given the opportunity.

When you see us in a parking lot: Don't convince yourself that we're
there to "get you".
More than likely, we just finished a long ride and are taking a break.
Or, we may be meeting up with other riders for a charity run for young
children, or another very worthy cause.

We may just be admiring one another's bikes, sharing our pride with
other brothers and sisters, just like you do with your personal vehicle.

It's what we do...it's a part of our lives, and we'd be more than
welcome to share with you what riding a bike is all about...if you'd
only ask.

When you see aggressive riding bikers: Don't put us all in the same
stereotypical category as those whose behaviour and actions would
cause you to react in disgust and intolerance.

Many of us do not agree with this style of riding either, and we know
and understand that human nature tends to blend us all together as the
"same group". Most of us don't want that title...and don't deserve it.

When you see a group of bikers on the roadways: Give us the courtesy
of sharing the road with you.
Please don't "move in" between several bikers in formation.
This gets us very excited and nervous, especially when it's done with
no due regard for our safety.

Provide us with your awareness of the fact that we are much more
vulnerable than you.

We don't want to challenge you, for all of us are wise enough to
know...we'd lose that battle.

When you are turning left Or Right or entering a roadway/highway:

Look, then look again...and then one more time.

For we can be easily hidden, and appear to be invisible by such things
as a telephone pole, another vehicle, bright lights or the glare of
the sun...or possibly, the beads hanging from your rear-view mirror,
among numerous other items that are displayed there.

If you see us flashing our lights at you or blowing our horn,
we're only trying to ensure that you will see us before tragedy
changes both our lives.

When you are behind us: Please give us the room we need and don't
tailgate us. If you hit us, we're going down...HARD!

We don't want to play games with you, we just want to enjoy the ride
and the fresh air, and experience that which many of you have never
lived for.

If we accelerate away from you, don't interpret this action
as though we want to drag race you. We're only trying to take
ourselves out of a bad situation if you insist on being too close.

When, and if, you experience road rage: Don't take it out on us just
because we're smaller than you and more vulnerable.

Think about what you're doing and the end result that may become a

The consequences of your actions and choices could be very detrimental
to our well being, our families, our children and our loved ones.

Yes, there are those that can tend to piss you off, however, rage
towards them will not solve the issues, but accentuate them.

Nine out of ten bikers will do everything they can to take themselves
out of that situation without causing you or them harm.

When you have an opportunity to talk to us: You'll discover, outside
any influenced or stereotypical mindset you may have, that we are just
as human as you are, just with different interests and toys.

Many of us would give you the shirt off our back if it would tend to
brighten your day or console you in some way.

We're really no different...and we drive cars, trucks and vans too.

So, meet us and greet us...

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that you'll be met with open arms.

Thank You for attempting to understand.

Author unknown
Originally seen at www.gippslandriders.twistedsouls.com

Monday, March 19, 2007

Firing on all cylinders

Well trials and tribulations.. I got the oil out of the carby, fixed a few fuel leaks brought a battery and now have a bike that starts first kick and runs on both cylinders.. I have the auto lube system working and have also added oil to the petrol to make sure the lower end gets a good drink of oil after 30 years.

I now have to get 2 indicators, a headlight globe, front tyre, mirrors, clutch lever, brake cable, clutch cable and a few other bits and pieces then I will be ready for roadworthy..

The plan is to get it roadworthy and registered then I can tinker and start my mods..

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Theres fire in the dragon

I finally got my head around timing a stroke (The RD250 is 2mm BTDC) and then charged the battery, I didn't have fuel lines hooked up so I pulled the air cleaner out and gave it a squirt of 20-1 2 stroke mix straight in to the air box, I used the 20-1 ratio as I wanted to make sure that those bearings got a good drink of oil after 30 years.

The first kick wielded nothing, however on the second kick she fired and ran for about 5 seconds, I was wrapped that I got it to fire..

I mucked around a bit and Mick and I sorted out the fuel lines and got some fuel in to the tank, but the left carby wouldn't take fuel so after dinner I pulled out the carby and dropped off the float bowl with Mick, It was FULL of OIL.....

Hmm maybe somewhere along the track someone hooked up the oil line for the auto lube to the carby, I guess I will never know, I will soak the carby in fuel for a day or two to clear the oil out of the galleries then see what happens...

Here's a pic of the offending carby, found the pic over at www.britcycle.com

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Yak 50 Russin warbird

Here is a photo I took of an old Yak-50 I think.. I got the snap just at the moment of contact and if you look carfully you can see the prop flexing forward as it starts to rotate click image for a closer look

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Out of the blue

On the way home from picking up my RD250 www.rd-25.blogspot.com I spotted these so I pulled over to take a quick snap, click for the bigger pic

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Friday, March 9, 2007

She has a new home

I went down to Brad's today just to dig it out of the shed, all went well all though someone has ratted the wiring a bit in the back of the headlight. Another job to add to the list of things to do. At least the damage doesn't appear anywhere else in the main looms and all the wire is nice and pliable and hasn't dried and cracked.

Here are a few pics of today's adventures....

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

More for less

I know it sounds like an oxymoron but the idea is to take a submarine capable of launching nukes and converting it to launch tomahawk cruise missiles, thats the good bit or the less as in less destruction, but the downside it can store and launch seven per launch tube :(

Here is an overview from Northrop Grumman Corporation's press release about the contract they have just recived to develop the prototype.

Multiple All-Up-Round Canister (MAC) concept ..(is designed) to adapt the missile tubes of Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear (SSBN) submarines from launching nuclear ballistic missiles to conventional cruise missiles. The reconfigured submarine will be known as the Ship Submersible Guided Nuclear (SSGN).

The MAC is a subsystem of the AWS that will replace the existing Trident ballistic missile launch tubes and provide for the storage and launch of up to seven Tomahawk missiles from each submarine missile tube. Each SSBN submarine will be able to accommodate as many as 154 precision-guided, conventional land-attack Tomahawk weapons.

It is planned that each of the four SSGNs will be modified to allow two Advanced SEAL Delivery System vehicles (mini subs) to dock, enabling Special Operations Forces deployment to wars worldwide.

So less nukes but heaps more conventional firepower oh well.

Thanks to www.irconnect.com

Come on NASA let us know the truth..

A person who I personally admire and I think his Galaxy clock is great is ufologist David Sereda, he feels NASA has not been truth about things in space, and that they doctor their photographs before the public gets to see them. (I have seen footage recorded by a cable company of the live feeds from the 1980's shuttle missions in the film EVIDENCE The Case For NASA UFO's and something is up!)

This well-known Ufologist, take's his message concerning UFOs to many people, but feels that NASA has secrets about UFOs it is keeping from the public, and its time to change this. He has an online petition to try to get him on the shuttle as a passenger on an upcoming flight, and he wants to take along his cutting edge equipment including special cameras sensitive to visible, infrared and UV to search for UFO activity. And then report his findings to the world.

If nasa has nothing to hide why don't they run live broadcasts anymore ? Why do the astronauts go "quite" midway in conversation ? (some say they are talking on an encrypted NSA channel)

Here is a excerpt from his petition.

Dear Chief NASA Administrator Michael Griffin;

Subject: Special Skills application for Astronaut

I, David Sereda, would like to apply to become an astronaut for special reasons. I saw a UFO in Berkeley, CA in 1968 when I was 7 years old. It was saucer shaped, metallic and hovered silently not far from the Berkeley National Lab for over 20 minutes. There were fifty or so witnesses with me. After 20 minutes, the flying saucer went invisible: invisible to the naked eye that is....

...NASA anticipated contact with Extraterrestrials when it first set out to journey into space (See the Space Act and the Brooking study 1958). If contact has been made, and the American public has been deceived, NASA may have made the greatest mistake ever for a public agency....

Please advise me of the application process.


David Sereda

I hope he makes it, maybe the Russians who are more open to UFOs will take him up.

thanks to UFO.Whipnet.org

Taxing times

I found this via www.whatdoiknow.org, it is policy, law whatever from the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDR) and basically it says that drug dealers must affix Tax Stamps to their deals to comply with state taxation laws ???

What happened ? Did all the state officials sit around one night having a discussion on how to fix the low levels of the state coffers, someone pulls out a joint and a light goes on (they paid the power bill).. The rest is history we can tax an illegal activity Lets see that open up all sorts of legal loopholes.

Here is the text from the KDR website

"The fact that dealing marijuana and controlled substances is illegal does not exempt it from taxation. Therefore drug dealers are required by law to purchase drug tax stamps.

The drug tax is due as soon as the dealer takes possession of the marijuana or controlled substance. Payment of the drug tax will purchase the drug tax stamps. Attach the stamp to the marijuana and/or controlled substance immediately after receiving the substance. The stamps are valid for 3 months. Drugs seized without stamps or having expired stamps may result in criminal or civil penalties which may include fines, seizure of property or liens against real estate.

A dealer is not required to give his/her name or address when purchasing stamps and the Department is prohibited from sharing any information relating to the purchase of drug tax stamps with law enforcement or anyone else.

Purchasing drug tax stamps does not make possession of drugs legal."

And here is some pics from the D.E.A. website at http://www.dea.gov