Archives Blog 2018

Happy new year 2018. 

But before I get into 2018, I forgot to mention in my previous post that end of last year, I managed to take my first Jungle ride in Malaysia.  I had a biz trip in Singapore and Gareth hooked me up with some of his Aussies pal to go riding.  We went to a place called Ulu Choh, it was a blast thought I did suffer.

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Anyway back to 2018.   It's chaos.  Just got transferred to

Yeah, that's right.   F.... England.   So, I have decided that I will leave in East London in Brick Lane/Shoreditch area for those who knows.  And have become a Cockney Reject who hangs out at the Biker Shed.   A f.... Hipster paradise !!!!!!!!  am tolerant but there are limits....where has the real biker lifestyle gone...


Now that has been said, I will return periodically to Houston where I have kept my house, my wife, my dogs, and my bikes....

Problem is, I won't have much time to work on them.  Bummer.....
Well, such is life and we all gotta eat.

So, what has happened in my life since last posting.   Well not much,  the XT 500, 1979 runs like a charm and I get my ass on it every time I have the chance.   I sometimes rotate with my shovel.  In reality it looks like that.  If its within city limit I ride the XT, if it's decent ride I take the shovel.


Both work great.   The XT bit difficult to start but am back into shape now, so can kick it without running out of breath.


My RV is still fucking up with the ignition, so I need to find the time to work on it, cause I got 2 project in the making.  

First the 1977 XT, which I have taken apart.
 

but the engine was a piece of work

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but with patience I managed to bring it back to life. 
 

So now I have a lot of polishing, sanding, and painting to do before rebuilding everything. 

And as luck would have it.  Reagan finish my Triumph engine, so its ready to be mounted back.

So, those are the 2 projects that should run me through 2018, if I find the time and the space to work.  Cause at the moment am out of space in my garage.  So will have to get rid of few bikes to carry on working. 

Otherwise, not much happening when its not raining in Houston.  Bit of road riding with the KTM

And after 4 years of absence, the Energy Monster Supercross came back to Houston so I went to see my idol, Ken Rocksen.   He is still shaking fm his accident last year and don't ride as crazy and he used to.

 


One other things, I did follow the Dakar this year, and there is a documentary that I recommend to every one, it's called "Dream Racers".  It's brilliant. 

 

here we go again for another quarterly update.   Well...I  have done lots of this over the last 3 months.  


First, I went back jungle riding in Malaysia, then went back to Austin for moto gp and handbuild show, and return to London for the Bike Shed.  I also bought new bike, sold a few.   An exiting last few months......


So let's begin.  I went back to Malaysia for some more jungle riding.   I really enjoyed it last time but had left with a sour taste in my mouth.  I had gone with an enduro expert who had done Romaniacs and I had some serious issue with my fitness and riding ability.   Since then I had gotten into physical shape and had spend more time on the off road saddle.   So, I really wanted test myself under those new condition and with a more favorable trails selection to my riding skills.


This time I rented a Husky 250 brand new, while my guide was on crf 450

I enjoyed the first few minutes till.....
The bridge, if one can call that a bridge, broke under my, still too heavy, weight and I struggle to get the bike out of the ditch....But apart from that miserable start, I did well.   My cardio and my riding was good.   We started the day by going through palm tree fields and made our way deeper into
 
the jungle.     
 


The scenery was simply breath taking.   And after, approx. 1,5 hrs of riding, a deserved break in one of the beautiful jungle waterfall
Then we headed back to Ulu Choh for some serious enduro.
I felt much more comfortable this time.  There wasn't any apprehension and I knew what I was doing.  That was up until, I rode full speed into a quick sand paddle and drawn the bike halfway.
 
 
It took me one bloody hour to get it out.  I had to build some sort of net made of branches not sink in the sand myself.   Anyway, apart from that incident, it was a blast.   But it was time to change continent.


As soon as I hit the ground in Houston, I made my way to Austin for the moto GP.   Was planning on riding my chopper there, but weather condition called for rain, and I wasn't going to ride 4 hours one way without fenders after 21 hours flights.   Took the car instead but still got a warm welcome when I arrived.   Nice to be back in North America....
 
 
 


And after the last qualifier and despite some serious jetlag issues, I headed downtown Austin to the Handbuilt show.   The Handbuilt is becoming a serious industry now.  It has gotten so big that there is a 15usd cover charge to get in and they had to move to a larger venue.    


But I have to say, this year was the best of the last 3 years and the new venue is fantastic.  Here are some of my favorites pics.
 
 
 
 
 


Well, now that I was back in Houston, I used my spare time to ride and to build.  I did few trip around the Houston area with the good old 300 EXC and the TY 250 to improve my trials skill and build up on Malaysia.
 
But in all honesty, I still have a long way to go before I can call myself a intermediate rider.   I am still in the beginner "+" class.....


I also took a few ride with my chopper, mostly to Galveston but on my last trip I ended up breaking starter.  I tried endlessly to kick start it but luckily some state trooper had a rope and pull me so I could started on 2nd gear.   I am gonna have to fix it while am away.


Then spent some time in the garage to work on the Triumph.  I just wanted to do a quick mock up to see how the final project might look like. 
 
 
 


It looks pretty good to my eyes, although I am gonna have to work on front fender, and possibly on the side plate.   But overall I am pretty satisfied.  
 
Then I had bit of a life crisis....  
 
I am a true believer that a motorcycle is made to be ridden.  I can't stand showbikes that can't be on the road, nor do I want look at my bike and not have the possibility to ride them.   Further when a bike is not ridden, it takes a serious amount of maintenance to keep them all going.   
 
It really got into me this time especially after the KTM (front bearing), the XS and TY (carburation), and the Shovel (starter) gave me shit.....So decided, f... this, am selling everything so I can spend time on one project at the time and ride motorcycle.   The idea is to always keep 2 bikes:  in this case my 1979 XT, and my shovelhead chopper, and have one enduro bike brand new so I can focus on riding the hell out of it rather than hoping it won't die on the trails.  So I sold the KTM, sold the TY, sold the XS, and about to sell the 1971 Police, and for the second time in my life, I bought a new motorcycle.  


A KTM 250 XC-W. 
 
 


Within less than 12 hours, I was on my way to CTOR (Central Texas Off Road) park, with Gareth to try it out on the trails.
 
 
It was a bit tough at first to get use to it, and I hit the ground a few times, but a good start.   It just need to be ridden more often. 


But before I realize it, it was time to go back to Europe with 2 objectives :  go to the Bike Shed in London, and fly to France to get my 2 bikes road ready after 4 years in storage, so I can ride them around Corsica this summer.  


1st mission accomplished for my first "Bike Shed"   I can see a lot of people having a blast here.  The venue is beautiful, bit out of center of London but not far away fm Tower Bridge on the famous Tobacco Dock. 
 
 
but damn, it a f.... hipster paradise.  And to make the matter worse, it really did not see anything special, lots of beamer looking the same, and lots of Honda's looking the same.   Far from the level of the Handbuilt Show which I went to one month ago.   Anyway, here are a few pics
 
 
But as usual my best of show has to be a XT 500 which is a cross road between the frame and the engine of XT 500 and the front and swingarm of a CFR
Well, this seems to the end of this quarterly update.   Next is getting the Dyna and Madam's Sportster ready for touring Corsica this summer.   But before that, a 4 days ride in East Texas to do the twisted sister road.    Hasta luego......
 

Kaiens' Disciples blog

 
This time I wanted to do something a bit different.   I wanted to present a bike which I like who has never got the success in deserve (in my opinion).  I am here not talking about mechanic specific but mostly as a look.  In my opinion, it is the ancestor of the ST 70, some people call it Dax.  


So, I am gonna share some picture of the Harley Davidson Sprint, which came out in the early 70's under the Italian brand Aermacchi.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Now we are back to our normal routines :  random shite, some bikes, some chics on bike, some good looking celebrities.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kaien's Disciples blog

et c'est reparti pour une autre annee.  Comme d'hab, des photos recuperer sur la toile.  
 

 Brick Lane, street art London

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  So true



pics selection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds and bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and some stars and bikes

 

 

 

 
and a last one to finish
 
June to December 2018
 

Awright, awright, I got it.... stop your bitching....Am a busy man....


It's just been crazy last 6 months at work and in life in general.   Did not stop me from doing things but just could find the energy to write about it.  With Christmas coming, probably worth doing a last update before going into 2019...  I ended my last blog with the Biker Shed Show in London, commonly called the Mecca of Hipsters.  Strangely enough, I have since then met the owner of the Bike Shed in his establishment on Old Road in Shoreditch, and it turns out, he's a cool bloke, not one of those hipsters who will drop their bikes once they are out of fashion.... 
 


Few things have taken since then.  Firstly, I spend now most of my time on the island that invented Rock n Roll.  On this note, if you happen to be in East London, why don't you stop at Monty's Bar on Brick Lane.   Great place and great atmosphere....

 
So while I was back in the US from time to time, I took the opportunity, to ride my chopper with Jean-Louis to some dive bars around Texas,
 
And do a bit of Enduro with Gareth in some ranches on the hill countries.
 
 
Or attended few local biker event around Houston area.   One of them, I was invited by Reagan, at Sigma brewery for the launching of a new beer, 
with great outdoor activity : axes throwing
But when I was back at home, it's on a 1977 XT 500 that I spent my time.  I had bought this bike on local site for cheap.   It had been purchase brand new, rode 7000 miles and kept outside for the last 20 or so years.   The bike had been bought at an auction and kept in shed till he put it up for sales.   It had no tank and was pretty rusted.


first I took it apart,
 
 
 


The whole bike needed some proper sanding and repainting.   However the engine was in pretty good condition, having rode only 7000 miles.   I kept everything stock and only repainted the parts.
 


I was lucky enough to find a stock tank (although bit dented and rusted on the inside) and I had to redo the seat,
 


I had to change the lights and much of the consumables but everything went back where it belongs.  
 
 
and tata........
 
 
The bike started on the second kick
 

Then, after I finished with the XT, I decided to start the CT 70 I had laying around in my back yard.   If you remember I had bought 2 CT70 for peanuts 2 years ago.  Had fix one, and had kept the second one for later.  So, she was.
 
 
Within second, she was taken apart, and when I started to open up the engine, top end seems to be fine
but when I open up side cover, I realize the previous owner had f..... up more or less all the screw inside the engine.
 
 
Got so mad trying to remove those screws that I left the engine on my bench and went to drink few beers at St Arnold Brewery in Houston, where they had an "art car show"
 
 
Did not stay long enough in Houston to get back on the CT cause it was, once again, time to head back to Asia.   After couples weeks of work in Singapore I booked myself to Vietnam where I was supposed to meet Cuong, and 2 other blokes to ride around North Vietnam.  
 
 
This was f...... awesome, let me repeat: f.... awesome.   check out the video below to appreciate. 

 
 
I won't spend much time elaborating on the subject as I believe images speaks for themselves. 
 
On my way back to Europe, stopped at Check Point Charly and the Brandenburg gate in Berlin.  Always had in mind the image of the fall of the wall in 1989, and the Roger Water's concert that followed.   In those day, I had made a promise to myself to go there once.   it only took 20 years.......  
 
And since I was there, I decided to take a tour of the Motorcycle Museum of Eastern Germany....Here are some of the pics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
And since I spent Christmas back in France, took the opportunity to clean my workshop and put the French back in order.   At least one, cause the Dyna had some issues with the electric and ignition relays.....
 
And as usual, apply to TLC to the Vespa....
 
As a gift for Chritmas, here is a pic of yours truly with Mike from Green Day when we were young and beautiful
 
And to start 2019, just stopped at the Bike Shed in London cause they were presenting a Dakar bike as teaser for this year rally.   one day my friend, one day......
 
 
 
 
 
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