Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What a Fort Worth HOG Membership Means

After the post about the Fort Worth HOG Road Captains I started considering what it meant to be a member of our Chapter. You might be thinking, what is there to know? Just show up and ride! Well, not exactly, which is why I am going into more detail. 

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maintenance Level Limitations

On this post I want to explore just how far can or should someone go with maintenance at home.  The answers will vary greatly depending on numerous factors. Obviously riding a motorcycle doesn't mean you can maintain or repair one though.  When I rode motocross and competed in Europe I was given a highly modified bike from a place out of California named R&D Motors.  This 80cc bike I received had a custom exhaust, bored cylinder, front forks from a 125cc, custom swing arm and rear suspension, high performance carb, etc.  The only problem with the bike that we were warned about was that the thing had so much torque, we would have to replace the piston rod bearings every 4 motos.  this involved removing the exhaust, carb, head, piston, and getting to the piston bearing on the rod which would just crumble into little pieces as it was removed.  At the age of 14 I was performing this maintenance task every other week myself.  My father worked with me the first few times and then just allowed me to handle it from then on.  My stepfather owned his own BMW motorcycle repair shop for 21 years and I would often hang around his shop as well. My father and I also did some classic car restoration.  We built a 57 Thunderbird convertible and a 72 Mustang Mach I fastback from the ground up.  We broke them down to the frame/unibody and began rebuilding from there.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rough Creek Lodge Ride 2013

Recently we took a ride with the Friendship Riders before the ice storm rolled in. Everything worked out perfectly both time and weather wise. We knew a cold front was soon to arrive but would be proceeded by a couple days of 70+ degree weather. Apparently one of the groups organizers felt the same way and planned a ride to take advantage of possibly the last comfortable riding day of the year.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Wise County Toy Run 2013

The annual Wise County Toy Run is a great time to meet other riders and ride for a reason. This year Margaret came along and rode her bike to her first large event. We met up with our HOG Chapter at the dealership for the Chapter ride to the event. I think we had about 50 bikes this year from our Chapter. It was a good turn out even though it was down from last year. Upon arrival in Decatur we promptly began taking media footage of the event.

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