Thursday, 14 March 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Getting ready for Big Bend. Its been two years since I've gone down there to ride. I'm looking forward to the time and have been gathering equipment and tuning up the motorcycle. This year I have focused on shedding weight from the bike to help make it less of a handful. It weighs about 450 lbs and when it gets going over rough ground, its a sweet ride for sure but it can get out of control real easy with all the momentum that weight carries with it. The photo above is from 81 shortly after I got my R80 G/S. The photo is from the New Ulm Reunion Rally at Fireman's Park. I entered the field events and the other contestants cried fowl because my bike was light and perfectly suited for the games they were trying to play on their road bikes. I was allowed to compete and did OK. I let them win. Later, I set up a ride off in the back of the camp ground and let a half dozen folks take the G/S around in an interesting course. The photo below was taken last year at the Lake O The Pines Rally in East Texas, the bike of course in my "Poor-mans Paris-Dakar".
Friday, 17 August 2012
Tuesday, 05 June 2012
Stephen Carroll Beck was born in Kilgore Texas in April of 1956 and he died this past May in Denton Texas. He was a friend of mine and I'll miss him. I miss all my friends living and gone. Wish we could all get together and party like we did in the 60's. There are all these ghosts standing in a 63 year long line behind me now. Steve just took his place. Stephen was a teacher at Denton High School for many years.
He loved his job, took it very seriously and tried to find ways to challenge his students every day. And, they loved him for it too. He and I used to get together sometimes at a little out-door diner over by the University of North Texas and grab a bowl of Spaghetti and a basket of garlic bread. As we sat and chatted, the kids would walk by and nearly every time one or more would say "Hi Mr. Beck~!". They were happy to see him.
Sunday, 04 December 2011
Most folks make way too big a deal out of removing an oil seal...
What follows is a step-by-step pictorial description of the easy way to remove a rear main seal from a 70's #BMW #motorcycle engine block. The only tool necessary to do the job once you have removed the clutch and flywheel are some pliers. A good set of sharp jaws makes it easy. The pliers in the photo's are made by Snap-On and are 'High Leverage Combination Pliers' meaning they provide a good strong grip on any suitable fastener. [ HL138ACP ]. Check out the Albums section ~