Sept. Update: MOTO2N Mama on a 40-Year-Old Dirtbike

A *very busy* August (THANKS EVERYONE!) combined with wonky internet connectivity led to my skipping out on posting something for August.

According to ribbonfarm.com, the month of August should be renamed “Armpit”. August tends to be damned hot around here, and it was, and every one of its thirty some odd days feels like the Sunday before you have to go back to school.

My Moms on a Dirtbike

She’s been doing stuff like this since I was a kid.

Mom on a bike.

Mom on a bike.

She also got the law called on her, but the officer who showed up ended up being cool about it.

Carb Clean on a Honda Magna V4

This engine’s carburetors were out, cleaned, and back in ON THE SPOT IN MY CUSTOMER’S DRIVEWAY in about 4 hours.

Honda V4 engine.

Honda V4 engine.

I’m pretty sure the only other V4 I’ve ever ridden was a Yamaha V-Max. V4s have some interesting power/sound characteristics, and this Honda and the few V-Maxes I’ve ridden were fun, fast bikes.

The Scooter of Kayaks?

I don’t usually take on projects like this. I like to “stay in my lane,” if you will, which means sticking to scooters, motorcycles, and ATVs.

Jet kayak.

Jet kayak.

That looks an awful lot like a scooter engine to me, except it’s hiding in the back of a kayak. It needs a wiring harness. Parts are on the way. I may do a bigger post about it as there’s precious little information (that I can find) out there about these interesting boats.

Basic Scooter Maintenance

This Vespa needed some love.

Vespa ET2

Vespa ET2

This Honda PCX needed an oil change.

Honda PCX

Honda PCX

And This Mechanic is GOING RACING

I’ll be at the AVDRA National Vintage Motocross event tomorrow, September 16th. It should be fun, and I’ll try to take a bunch of pictures when I’m not on the bike.

 

 

Posted in Motorcycles, Scooters

Summer Heat: Recent Rides and Projects

This is the earliest in the year Denver has ever recorded 30 days of temps in the 90s, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Start by getting all hot and sweaty, then go for a ride on your bike. You’ll cool right off in no time!

This weather is something else. I don’t remember it being *this hot* for *this many days in a row* ever here in Colorado.

Vintage Rides: IT250

My little brother snapped a pic of me jumping my old dirt bike.

Jumping a 40 year old dirtbike.

Jumping a 40-year-old dirtbike.

Here’s a pic of me when I was 16 jumping a then 5-year-old bike:

I'd love to have a '95 CR250 again.

I’d love to have a ’95 CR250 again. Those were the days.

Time flies! I can still hit jumps like this, but I won’t do it on an antique. I corner a hell of a lot faster these days than I ever did when I was a kid. 😛

XR250 Gets its Summer Back

I can do tire changes on most scooters and pretty much all dirt bikes.

I do NOT have the equipment necessary to do a good job changing the tires on your sportbike, metric cruiser, or Harley. Speaking of Harleys, I don’t work on them at all.

Changing the tube on a customer's XR.

Changing the tube on a customer’s XR.

Carb Clean on a Ninja 250

This Ninja 250 sat for a while, and its pilot jets got plugged up. I was in and out in a couple hours. What did not run before runs well now!

Carburetor Cleaning

Carburetor Cleaning

Asshole’s Garage T-Shirts

My little brother has worked for the same garage for going on 10 years. More than 10 years? At any rate, the owner had some cool shirts made.

Front

Front

Asshole's Garage

Back

If you’re in the Springs and need help with a car or truck, give them a call. The number’s right there on the back of the shirt. And congrats to Lewis, the owner. 10 years in business is a serious accomplishment!

 

 

Posted in Motorcycles

MOTO2N is Back in Denver!

We’ve Moved

MOTO2N is now based in Denver. I used to be in Colorado Springs, but I was spending WAY TOO MUCH time and money running back and forth to Denver every day. I moved to be closer to where I do most of my business, which is right here in Denver.

The view from one of my customer's places - BEAUTIFUL!!!

The view from one of my scooter customer’s places – BEAUTIFUL!!!

Technically I’m in Northglenn. I have easy access to the entire Denver Metro area. If you’re inside the C470 ring road, the service call is now $30 (instead of $50) regardless of whether you live north or south of 6th Avenue. The Colorado Springs service call is now $60 (instead of $25).

I’m closer to Boulder than I am to certain parts of the Denver Metro, so the service call has gone down there, too. From $50 to $35. Having me fix your bike is now less expensive than it used to be! Good news for everyone!

Click here for more information on pricing.

Recently Repaired Bikes

The XR200

Dirtbikez

The owner of this old Honda tried to clean the carburetor himself… and it didn’t work out so well. It runs great after I took the carburetor apart, had a good look at everything, and put it back together again.

The Ruckus

This Ruckus sat for a while. It wouldn’t run except on carburetor cleaner, and even then it wouldn’t run for longer than a second or two.

Ruck

I cleaned its carb, and it started running right again. I also un-jammed its kick starter. If you’re curious, I wrote the book on the Honda Ruckus (literally – check the link; I wrote that book!).

Ruck Carb

The So-Clean-You-Could-Eat-Off-of-It 1973 CB450

One of my good pals referred this fella to me. He has an *extremely clean* 1973 Honda CB450 that he modified to suit his tastes in a very tasteful and thorough kind of way. The owner is a retired mechanical engineer in his 70s.

Fresh CB450

I got it running well again after cleaning its carburetors.

The Chopper-from-Hell Suzuki GS750

This thing is a beast. It’s a hardtail chopper made out of a Suzuki GS750. I started by fixing its fuel leak, then built it a new wiring harness.

PITA GS750 Chopper

Now it needs new coils. Those “ACCEL” brand coils are Chinese-made garbage. It took me longer than I thought it would to figure it out. SUCH IS LIFE!

Chinese-Made Maxi Scoot in Colorado Springs

This thing needed some doing. I had to clean the carb, then wire the choke up to work properly. Then make the temp gauge work.

Chinese Maxi Scoot

This scoot presents well, and it’s for sale. If you want to buy a good-looking maxi scoot, hit me up at moto2n.colorado@gmail.com.

Upside-down Piston

This customer tried to install his own big bore kit. It didn’t work out so well. He installed the piston upside-down, among other things.

Upside Down Piston

Perfect example of the improper application of RTV. Those paper gaskets look fragile, but they don’t need any help from a squeeze-tube of RTV! This bike will be back on the road shortly!

 

Posted in Availability, Good News, Motorcycles, Scooters

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