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I bought a thing!  I bought a thing! 

But before saying exactly what, I’d like to take a look at this photo from almost three years ago.

Further polishing the turd that is the $200 Miata Further polishing the turd that is the $200 Miata

A friend’s Miata was involved in a crash last week, so I did the honorable thing and stripped out all the useful parts I could get my hands on before he sent it to the junker.

The best rear shock absorber.  The best rear shock absorber. 

Ruckus performance parts are weird.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 10: Giant Trees and the road back home  Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 10: Giant Trees and the road back home 

I started out the last day of my trip on the coast in Northern California. I left at the crack of dawn and headed North on 101 into a dense fog. It was surprisingly cold and everything was covered in a layer of condensation. I stopped a few miles in and put on my warmer layers. It was in the low 40s with light rain…

BRB, putting classic plates on the $200 Miata BRB, putting classic plates on the $200 Miata

Decided that it wasn’t worth paying recurring registration costs (especially with them doubling this year) for something that sees limited usage already, so I took the plunge and applied for SP tags. In Oregon it’s a one time registration and a permanent plate.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 9: Apex Hunting in California Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 9: Apex Hunting in California

Starting out the day in Atwater, I knew I had to head Northwest, but that meant going through at least one city during a weekday morning rush our.

$200 Miata, now with drugged out eyes $200 Miata, now with drugged out eyes

H/T to Rev_Crackle_Repeat. I had no idea that Jeep LED headlights were plug and play on the NA miata. These things have SO much more light output than the garbage stock lights.

Fall Cleaning Fall Cleaning

I just sold 3 vehicles and an old Miata turbo kit in the last 4 days

Stella 2t Postmortem (update) Stella 2t Postmortem (update)

Was riding home on the Stella Friday and it suddenly started running a bit off. About a half mile down the road from there it seized up completely resulting in a pretty sketchy rear wheel lockup at around 50mph. I was able to clutch in quickly and keep the bike upright, but nothing I could do on the side of the road…

Streetfighter Ninja 300 Streetfighter Ninja 300

After surveying the damage, the wrecked Ninja I picked up was actually a little too nice to chop up and use for parts. I cut off the bent sections of front frame and added some cheap LED lights. Think I’ll use it as a cheap runabout/low risk track bike until I come up with something better to do.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 8: Yosemite Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 8: Yosemite

I left Mammoth Lake early in the morning, and headed North toward Lee Vining and the Eastern entrance to Yosemite. From here I’d gain about 2000 feet in 10 miles hitting my highest elevation right at the entrance to the park. I hoped that the dense cold morning air would make the bike run a bit leaner and help with…

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 7: Not Dying in Death Valley  Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 7: Not Dying in Death Valley 

Originally, I’d planned to cross the valley at night and watch the sun rise from the Western side, but that seemed like a waste. Every other national park I’d been through had been impressive enough that it seemed a shame to mostly skip this one for fear of discomfort. I left Beatty around 6, just as the sun was…

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 6: Sandstorms in Nevada Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 6: Sandstorms in Nevada

I woke up early and headed out of the Kaibab forest, hoping to beat the inevitable desert heat as much as possible. Bike was still running rough at first, but it smoothed back out as soon as I got below 8000 feet elevation. I headed west on 59 which gave me one last morning look at Zion.

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 5: Grand Canyon Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 5: Grand Canyon

I started out day 5 just north of Kanab and blasted south toward the North Rim of the Grand Conyon. It was a relatively short ride down 89 and then 67 through the Kaibab National Forest. It was really neat, after days of riding though desert and desert like climates, to be back in a woodsy area. It was also cold. This…

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 4: Zion Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 4: Zion

I started off day 4 saying goodbye to the folks who had traveled down to Bonneville with me. From here they would travel back up to Portland, and I’d travel south. I wasn’t sure from here exactly where I wanted to go. I had a general idea of places I did not want to miss, but didn’t have my day to day planned. I’d…

Things that are awesome about Portland.  Things that are awesome about Portland. 

Free motorbicycle parking at the airport!

Motorcycle Road Trip, Days 2 and 3: Bonneville! Motorcycle Road Trip, Days 2 and 3: Bonneville!

We started out the day in Mountain Home and continued our trek eastward on I-84. We got to twin falls and headed south on our first stretch of two lane highway. My mood instantly improved, no other cars around, just a group of bikes in the middle of nowhere, what I had pictured for the trip from the beginning. The…

Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 1: Slab, slab, and more slab Motorcycle Road Trip, Day 1: Slab, slab, and more slab

I barely slept the night before leaving. Between excitement for the trip and apprehension about taking a largely unknown bike to some really remote areas, I probably got about an hour or so of actual rest.

The Pacific Northwest scooter scene is insane The Pacific Northwest scooter scene is insane

Before going in to a series of posts about my trip, I want to take a minute to talk about a scooter rally I went on the day after I got back. I kept hearing that this annual small displacement ride up in seattle was one of the biggest gatherings on the west coast, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it work with…

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