I have officially adopted my newest build into the family. Her name is Mayonaka (“Midnight” in Japanese), or Maya for short. Here are my two beautiful kids playing in the yard together.
Hack weld hack weld hack weld. Repeat.
I’m getting sick of waiting for all the new bearings to come in for the front end swap on this dude so I got a tank out and started to whack it down to fit. Here is a rough up.
Next of course is to come up with a tail piece so the tank doesn’t look like it is floating there. And to have a place to sit…I suppose. Hack weld hack weld hack weld. I went and got some re-bar to make the tail piece from. I think it will create a unique, rough-cut look while being very sturdy and functional. So far I’ve only got a piece of it chopped up…
I know, it doesn’t look like much at all. But I have something cooking in the ole noggin and I hope it will materialize half as well as it looks in my head! Gotta start thinking colors…Or leave it raw? hmmmmm I think this bike may be a “rat V”
I recently went on a shopping spree for parts for some bikes I’ve got in store (and some I don’t yet have). I picked up a Hayabusa front and rear end to swap onto the CBX I have. I also picked up a CBR600rr front end just for having it. I don’t have a bike worthy of it right now. Lastly I grabbed a KTM 250xs front end, a RM125 front end, and a little KX65 front end for a small bike that I have yet to find…(CB125 or 200 perhaps?) Anyway…the point is I need more room! Luckily the new shop should be cleared for building by the 14th of July…So, that’s less than a month away!
So just a few hours after hearing this puppy run and taking the initial “pre-build” pics. I’ve got it stripped down to what is staying.
I know, not a lot left! Don’t worry, some new things will be going on instead. Here is the scrap pile that is getting junked tomorrow. I’d say it is about 50% of the bike haha.
Actually the mufflers I’ll be selling on eBay, they’re like new. And the carbs are getting sold to purchase a VM34 round slide to do a single carb swap with. Gonna hopefully be sweet and simple! Okay that’s it for tonight…bed time. Tomorrow I go get new bearings for the front end swap and front wheel. I probably won’t have the front end mounted and done tomorrow because there is always complications but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Stay posted!
For once I test ran a bike BEFORE spending months and $$$ building it! I’m so proud of myself! It runs great, so now on to the fun stuff!!
I’ve been wanting to do another virago build ever since I finished my 750. But these days I’m really getting away from the large displacement machines so you can imagine my excitement when a 500 version popped up on CL in my favorite shape (non-running piece of yard art) and price. This little guy is VERY similar to the 750 and 920 big brothers, except sized down in every aspect. What more could I ask for? Here are a few day one pictures.
mmmmmm…fuzzy seats are classy!
This thing hurts to look at…such an ugly machine. But don’t worry! With a new front end, new wheels and tires, new sub frame and seat, and a thoroughly detailed motor and single carb conversion…this thing may not look too shabby!
These carbs are WEIRD! Down draft, cool stuff.
I was pleasantly surprised to turn the key and see lights! Then I pressed the starter button and she cranked! So I cleaned these old dusty carbs out and put them on…Lets see what happens next.
My fiance and I loaded up the pickup and hauled across seven states this past week! It was a lot of fun and we got to have some great adventures. Since I didn’t document it real-time like my last trip, I’ll just sum it up in one post. And so it begins!
We started by heading through OK, all the way out the pan handle, where we found the “glass mountains” covered in Gypsum. It was beautiful and only a few hours into the trip!
If you look closely at the next one you can see where someone formed “LOVE” out of stones on the ground…That ROCKS!
We met our first friend here at the glass mountains…
After that little pit stop we drove on almost to Colorado where at 2 a.m. we got too tired to continue and pulled into a truck stop to crash for the night. The next morning Misty got up crazy early because I guess the back of the truck isn’t as comfortable as our bed; she found these prong-horned antelope outside our window!
I on the other hand have no problems sleeping in… 🙂
It was still early in the day when we hit CO, this is Misty’s first time this far North, or West!
Is it a POST CARD? NO! We just snapped a few pics driving up the mountains.
We stumbled upon this cute little cafe we found for lunch on the second day. It’s called PEACE of ART Cafe in Del Norte and I recommend it to anyone traveling through. They were all organic non-GMO, largely vegan and gluten free local food at a good price. And the people were so sweet!
still driving…UP the mountain, like STRAIGHT up. up up up.
Pulled into Durango, CO mid afternoon and went for a little walk around the park near the visitor’s center. We found some CRAZY old men playing some Kayak water sport in some FREEZING waters. Entertaining, though.
After a day in Durango, walking around exploring the shops and enjoying the local brewery, we made it back to our truck to find a Wal*Mart parking lot to sleep in. On our way back we found another friend scavenging a trash can…he was embarrassed we saw him…
Day 3 has begun! On our way North to Silverton, CO, more perfect views. We didn’t get any pictures of the little mining town. But trust us, it was beautiful. After a few hours of exploring (it is quite small) we packed up and hauled back south toward NM.
Well that didn’t take long did it!
I had to PEE Okay?!? Sheeeesh. These are NM bathrooms.
Our first stop in NM was Monument Valley. We took lots of pics here. Spent most of the day hiking up to the mitten butte (left of my head).
The sunset here was stellar.
Here is day 4, we’re headed to the Grand Canyon. Just past Tuba City we found a little shanty with some Navajos giving “tours” of dino tracks. We couldn’t resist. Seeing this kind of thing is very thought provoking for me.
Then we kept on till the Grand Canyon. It’s pretty big, I guess.
Good times hiking around the Canyon 🙂
Okay enough of this hiking and camping crap, it is time to live it up! Next stop, VEGAS BABY! We got into Vegas the 4th night of the trip, stayed at Tropicana and hit the town. They make their drinks STIFF in Vegas!
I don’t condone this type of behavior.
If my dad sees this, he’ll know what I’m holding…capriotti’s amazing 20″ veggie cheese stake sub! This was the main reason I went back to Vegas…seriously.
And the frozen yogurt…mmmmmm blueberry….!
2nd night in Vegas, 5th day of the trip. We’re staying in El Cortez now to explore Fremont street and the old strip. We also explored the Bodies Exhibition which is so interesting and informative, I love it.
But first we saw the ZOMBIE BURLESQUE show because…how could we not?
Right after that was over we ran to get tickets to the EVIL DEAD MUSICAL!!! (I’m a fan of the trilogy). Not only did we see it, we got VIP front row splatter zone tickets! They came with the white shirts…
I’ll never be the same…So much blood and horror and over-acting I’m ruined for live! It was perfect.
Where is Misty’s hand…? Heeeelll naw!
I got possessed by the demon from Evil Dead! About 3 hours after the musical I came down with what became a 48 hour FLU FROM HELL! I couldn’t move for the whole 6th day. We stayed in the Cortez again, and skipped any fun things 😦 Very disappointing time…The 7th day I woke up feeling horrible still but we had to push on, so we left Vegas for Flagstaff, AZ. There we got another hotel because I had to be close to a bathroom for all day 7 too. By day 8 I woke up feeling human again, though weak, and dehydrated. We drove on to Albuquerque and stopped at this awesome Museum of Natural History and Science. It became a whole day learning experience and was fantastic. Here we are right by a dino!
Any bikes in Albuquerque Craigslist? Lemme check real quick…
Probably my favorite part of the museum was the computer history portion. It started in the 50’s and went up to almost 1990. I learned SO much and got the play the FIRST video game!
This is out front after we did the museum. Wish I’d felt better and we weren’t starting to itch to get home…There was so much more we could have done here.
I think I was a dino in a past life…rawwwwr.
After Albuquerque we drove straight home, stopping along the way in random Wal*Marts to sleep. The sickness really drained me and we started to miss the puppies. I’m very happy to be home now, but will never forget ROAD TRIP 2014!