Sunday, October 30, 2011

See Amurcka

This is has been brought up.
Doug Wothke may have talked us into it.
Attached is a photo of Doug's rotary Hercules.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fuck this Blogger app

Let's see if I can least post some pics

Update- this was unsucessful

Friday, October 28, 2011


Made it out around 10 last night.
Just went through Wheels Through Time museum.
Overwhelmed every time.
So much sweet shit.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Off to Maxton

30 min till I leave Red Wing for Sun Prairie, then leaving right away for Maxton, NC.

My Dad has been having a few problems with the Triumph (Hummer isnt going to make the trip)
Here is a message I got from him earlier today.

Kind of at end here with the Triumph.  Spent the last 3 days trying to uncover the reason why I am not getting the Rt cylinder to run on the motor.

Have re-checked the following:  Ignition timing, point gap, rebuilt the Rt side carb, changed mag rotor and cap,  exchanged plug wires.

Left cylinder runs great, right fires sporadically, and backfires with a nice blue flame out the exhaust every now and then.  When I pull the Rt plug it is often wet.  Great spark from that side however, (put in two sets of new plugs during the process). Compression test shows almost identical compression on both sides, (low, but given the radical cam timing I am guessing it is ok, and the left side runs strong with  the same compression reading as the left).

First time I have run the motor since I re-timed the cams,  but I can not see how if I have it timed incorrectly, that the right side could be off if the left side is running good?

It might be possible that I have one of the cams in 180 deg off, but since both sides are on the same camshaft I can not visualize how one side could be running good and the other not, still trying to get that whole thing pictured in my head.

Any thoughts?   We may be running a 375cc motor at Maxton if I can not get this figured out.

Its hard not being home to help with the prep process.

Then just an hour ago I got this.
I think it is the valve timing. Will need to pull the mag and timing cover off an re-degree the cams.
Should be able to get a start on it after work today.  Rest we can do in the van on the way there and at Maxton.
Almost feels like we are going to Bonneville,  bike half finished the day of departure!
For future reference Triumph owners, found the below info on the  Jockey  Journal forum.   Will help me decide which, or if both cams need to be degreed.
Sounds like your valve timing is can track it by following the pistons up and down and ensuring the valves are opening and closing when they don't need a degree wheel to do a rough-guess-test, the exhaust should begin to open at roughly 3/4 of the power stroke, the exhaust and intake should be rocking closed and opening respectively just when the piston is at top center between the exhaust and intake stroke and the intake should close fully at about 1/4 the way into the compression stroke. The exhaust and intake rocking at top center is a test I have always done upon final reassembly to make sure the timing is may be a little primitive, but it has never let me down. I hope this helps...if everything seems OK there may be a problem with the valves not seating properly.
+1 on the above. Conversely, both valves should be closed and not moving the when the piston is at TDC on compression.

Looks like this is going to be a fun vacation.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bitchin' Knuck

Get a load of this baby.
This is the sexiest big twin motor I have seen.
I can't wait to see this with the twin carbs.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Old bikes, doing what they were made to do.

I have been thoroughly enjoying the warmth of my Barbour.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Yeah, so it may reek of gas a bit inside.
But if you are going to huff gas, better make it hi-test.


Got a morning of work on the Trackmaster Trump to try to get it running for a bike show before the Salt Ghost showing.
Right now it needs the details.
Mag wires, carb tidbits, chain.
Then it should just start right up, right?

Just found out the other day that the bottom end on the HD Hummer was seized up.
So the trip to Maxton may just be made in the mini van with the Trackmaster strapped down in back.

Back to work.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oh, hey there officer

Got pulled over by one of Red Wing's finest.

I had my helmet visor open.

In a town where no one understands how the fuck to react to a stop sign.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Down the Mississippi

Off on another trip to La Crosse.
I always start off the trip thinking it will go by quick.   Never.

Its not too bad, its as good as its going to get.   I can even take a pit-stop to go to the MN Off-Highway Vehicular park.. Do I count for that?

May be a bit too muddy tonight.

Out the door.

Waxed Cotton

@ Bob's Java Hut

Twas a fitting night to pick up a Barbour jacket.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Just got message that my Dad that he got the carbs and mag back on the Trackmaster Triumph.
Oil and gas and it should be running.   If all goes to plan, we will be heading down to Maxton, NC the 27th-30th of the month to attend the last ECTA speed trials located in NC.  They are getting kicked out of the location and moving to Ohio.
New addition of a mile bar
Wr-Kr master Fred Pettis is working on porting our 125 Harley Hummer.  My dad is welding up the head to re-shape it for a squish chamber.  Hopefully we can find a bigger carb before we head down.   Its currently running a scooter carb.
Rule books still need to be checked to make sure Bonneville guidelines will suffice.
My brother Alex will be driving over from Alabama and sounds like Fred may be down to take the trip.   Hopefully my brother Chris will be able to get out of work to make the trip too.

Hopefully this works out, its weird not being around for any of the preparation.


I have been itchin' to chop something up.  I feel I should stop messing with the KLR
This bike has been stuck in my head for awhile.


Saturday, October 8, 2011


Headed down to The Land today to change my rear on the KLR.
The Continental tkc-80 lasted me about 6,500 miles and still had yet to hit the wear marker.   Completely satisfied with the tire, but variety is a spice or something.
Heidenau K-60 Scout.  130/80-17
It should last longer, doesn't feel as gummy as the tkc.  No more boot grinders for me.
Im currently at 16,200 miles   About 9,000 for how long ive had the KLR
I have a tkc on the front too.   Its doing everything I ask of it.   Thinking of doing a swap for a 19" wheel once this tire wears out.

Other then the swarms of box elders and a leap of faith by my father with a stove to catch him, it has been a great weekend at The Land.

Hopefully Bens advice on the carb manifolds will bring this baby back to life

The Scout is a little tamer