So many moto-related things since March

There’s been all kinds of moto-stuff since March. Everything from Ural valve jobs to selling the DR650 to rides on the Tuono to getting an SV650 to Spoken Moto and donut Saturdays to now trying to sell the Tuono. Basically par for the course for me.

The valve job was completed with help from my good friend Eric who also helped me put the forks on the SV back where they’re supposed to be yesterday. Valves were easier than I thought, but I was surprised to find that–unlike other bikes I’ve worked on–the Ural valves seem to loosen over time…which is better than having them get too tight, I suppose. Bike was much quieter after we adjusted them back in spec.

This is the easy side.

This is the easy side.

 

Also managed to ride the Ural over McKenzie Pass for a photo shoot–along with some other nice rides around here. I rarely get good pics with the Ural, so was thrilled to get it out and about.

I sold the DR650 due to my wife having to endure a pay cut for about three or four pay periods. I didn’t want the motorcycle payment anymore. Took some of the proceeds and started an electric bicycle project…which is now up and running.

One of the last canyon blasts on the DR

One of the last canyon blasts on the DR

Phatty McPhat bike in the house

Phatty McPhat bike in the house

 

Once things got going again, the wife–wonderful supportive person that she is–encouraged me to borrow from savings to get another bike. Originally planned to get another dual sport but wound up with an SV650 instead. I finally found out why it’s such a good little bike and it’s much easier to ride in most situations than the Tuono…which is why I have the Tuono listed for sale now. Only one real bite so far, but I don’t think it’ll go anywhere as the prospective buyer is–rightfully–concerned about whether the 12K maintenance was done. I can’t verify any of it since the previous owner did the maintenance himself, so may  be stuck with it a while longer.

What if I sell the Tuono? I want to put money back in savings and possibly get a no-kidding old school motorcycle. Since I won’t have a lot of cash, it’ll likely be Japanese. Probably partly due to the influence of Spoken Moto…a new bike shop in town that sells coffee, beer, moto goodies and has a cool shop in back where they do moto restorations. Between hanging out there a bunch and instagram, I’m wanting a bike of my own to wrench on.