Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Good Greg and his sister Debbie. They came to visit us last Sunday. We had a great time! Got to know each other and they took us out to dinner. Nice folks like this really help the healing process

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I'm totally excited about this bike. Guy and Butch took it to Bonneville last year, but it didn't hold together. Since then, Guy has totally gone through it, and it's ready to give it a try again this September. It has the potential to break some of the records that Burt Munro set, he was "The Worlds fastest Indian". He didn't alway run streamliners, he also ran in this class. It will be very interesting!
I was very surprised to see the "L Lobo" bike at the Poker run in Lakeside when I was up there with Slots a couple days ago. I hadn't seen it since it was sold a year ago. The new owner hasn't ridden it much, he's a long haul trucker. Sure brought back some good memories! This is one fast motorcycle! Sort of pretty too....
A nice clean set up! and great pictures.
I really had forgot what a nice bike this is..Sort of wish I hadn't sold it now. Didn't need it then..
Ronda, karen, Pat, Bob, Preston, Sherm. Slots took this shot of the Texas/Louisiana Dinner! I've only been able to sit at a table for a few days..

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Good Bye, Slots! It's been a good visit. The bike modifications were a success. Guy and Victoria from SCP did a remarkable job of getting things here at short notice. They put aside other work and concentrated on getting all the parts in, and installed properly. The end result is a whole different Nomad! Thanks for coming and being part of the family Slots!
Those Dual Baggers from Vance and HInes look good and sound good. Slots thinks they are too noisy, but he'll get used to them He's now "On the Road Again"!
Preparing to roll. It's an overcast chilly morning. He waited until 9:45 AM for the fog to lift, but it look like one of those day that will cool on be coast all day. The hotter it is inland, the more fog we get here.
Slots with Rosie and Julie "The Girls".
Boneless Mesquite Smoked Brisket from Texas! YUM!
The Crawfish stuffed Chicken from Louisiana....YUM!
Ronda, Karen, Pat, Slots, Bob, and Preston. We're getting ready to "dig in" to our Cajun/Texas dinner! I promised Wiliedog that I wouldn't mention his generousity on the newsgroup,but this is a blog, so I can . He sent Crayfish stuffed chicken, Shrimp gumbo, Crawfish Boudin, Sugarbabe Mardi Gras Cake, and Banana Fosters Bread Pudding. Chuck Bert sent a huge Mesquite smoked brisket from Texas. We are truly blessed to have friends that provided and friends to share it with! And, it tasted as good as it sounds!
What a feast!
Guy is explaining to Slots how to set the TFI if needed. The test ride of about 16 miles is complete!
Guy Mobbley of Sherm's Cycle Products, and Slots (Paul Manske) The bike modification are complete! Road tested and ready to roll.
Sunday morning July 2, 2006. Slots is packing up the 06 Nad, with all it's new goodies installed.
Slots' farewell breakfast! He's been here several days, and has been a lot of company. His Nomad is all finished, packed and sitting in the garage. He'll wait until the morning coastal fog lifts a little, the will head on down the Oregon Coast into Northern California to see the big trees....Avenue of the Giants! Thanks for the visit Paul!.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Slot's Nomad is almost done. Guy and Victoria even cleaned and polished up all the road dirt and bugs from the last 3400+ miles. When it's totally finished I'll post a picture of the happy owner with the bike. Today is July 1, 2006.
This "Rogue" already has one Worlds Land Speed record in the class it was run in last year (2005) This September, it will be set up a little different and will make another attempt in a different class.... Guy and Butch Cook, the rider, will have these two for sure, and possible something else to take to Bonneville in September.
Is this the REAL Burt Munro? Well, no......it's Paul Manske (Slots) Actually, the bike isn't tiny, Slots is BIG
I'm very excited about this bike. If you saw the movie, this '36 Indian was similiar to some of the bikes that Burt Munro used at Bonneville. Of course, his fastest was one that had the streamliner panels on it, but the bike was very similar. In September, we'll see how this old girl does........!
We're in the Captain's Choice, getting ready to eat some Sea Food. We have a local fishing fleet here that brings it in fresh every day. This, like several other restaurants in the area have their own commercial boat to supply the needs of the customers.
There is a giant salt water fish tank in the Captain's Choice. Many beautiful fish. Out of about a dozen shots, this one turned out the best.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

A fishing boat heading out and over the Coos River Bar. Although Small Craft Warning are up, it's very calm on the water today. I've been across this bar when you couldn't even see the North or South Jetty's because the surf was so high..Very glad those days are over!
The CG lookout at the mouth of the Coos River. The Small Craft Warning flag is hoisted. Slots is snapping up some pictures.
Slots at Cape Arago. From here you can hear the Sea Lions barking down on the rocks.
Paul (Slots) at one of the boat harbers in Charleston, OR.
Taken through the kitchen window..Julie sits in the sun!
Mouth of the Umpqua River..The Umpqua Bar. In the V between the jetty''s is an oyster farm. This is great sand dune country, with hundreds of ATV's all sorts of sand buggies. There are organized trails, race tracks, and all sorts of places to go and things to do here.
Slots at Umpqua River Lighthouse..This is near Winchester Bay, Oregon
The new Nomad is undergoing some changes..Air adapter, Dragon III with K&N filter, Black magic voltage stabilizer, A "plug and play" TFI. Vance and Hines Dual Baggers. All emission stuff gone and Coasters installed. New oil and filter, and a few other goodies. If all goes well, He will pick it up tomorrow. (Friday)
Guy pointout where the water leak was. A hose up on top of the engine..Dripping down and showing up near the pump. He's going to repair the leak, then pressure test the system to make sure it's not going to leak any more.
I'm still excited about the possiblity of this being the newest "World's Fastest Indian". We'll know by sometime in September this year!
Slots (Paul Manske). He put on around 700 miles today, wanted to get into Reedsport before closing to drop off his bike..It's headed for a new air kit (Dragon III) a new style TFI, a Black Magic, coasters, Dual Baggers, a service and water leak repair. He'll be spending a few days here in Coos Bay in the Travel Supreme. We went out for a Mexican food dinner tonight, then visited until midnight!
This is one of the bikes that just got the Mean Streak engine. Both brothers are very happy with the way they run! Bikes are almost identical. One brother lives in Phoenix, the other in Fresno, CA. They brought the both to SCP for the installs. Slots is checking everything out.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

My new favorite thing! Cruising Wal-mart in the electric chair! It needs a little CLAP, and a better horn. Could use a lot of performance mods, it moves like a slug. Oh well, I can now get my Wally World fixes and not have to gimp around in pain doing it! I asked an Employee to take this picture, he never said a word, just looked at me like I was sort of crazy or something..When I asked him to please put the helmet back, he looked a little puzzled. Well, that's Wal-mart!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Because of the bent forks, and broken triple tree, it was very hard to roll and steer the bike. The salvage guy and his wife, Pat, and two of my neighbors were able to get it up. NOT an easy job!
It was tough getting it up on the trailer, I have good neighbors! Mark and Harry came out to help with the heavy labor! Now that it's up, the panic is over.
The insurance salvage contractor and his wife. She's from down here, so they are going to spend the night in the area before taking the bike back to the salvage yard in Salem. It may be sold or parted out. Whatever, it's not mine any more!
This will be the last picture I ever take of Kokopelli. The insurance contracted salvage trailer will arrive sometime today to take it away. Just thought I'd post a couple more pics, and one more of the helmet. I've never been a surporter of "wear a helmet", and still believe it shouldn't be a law. But, I'll probably wear one more than I have in the past. I usually couldn't wait to get to a "no helmet law" state so I could take it off.. I'm ordering a new one today. Will be the most I've ever paid for one.but since I'm turning over a new leaf....................................
There's not a piece of plastic on the bike that is still all intact. I guess I went over the left handlebar, taking things out on the way. Went far up into the air, and came down hard on my head and left side on some rocks and pavement. I don't know what cracked the pelvis. The head, ribs and shoulder breaks were undoubtedly on the impact with the hard surface.
Saved by the helmet! This is a Lazer Dragon, They sold out to AGV, which makes the same helmet now, and charges more for it. The gouges are deeper than they appear in the picture, and the face shield was totally scratched up. The helmet held together well, and due to the concusion that I had even with the helmet on, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be typing this if I had been wearing it. And.....I wasn't going all that fast at the time, was on a familier road, and not far from home.
I don't think I'll put any "End of the Trail" stickers on the new bike! Maybe Kokopelli took it literally! Sometime I felt like it at the end of a long day, but I was feeling fine at the time of the accident! (I think)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sunday, 9 AM on the 25th. Flyin' Willy from the Seattle area rides in for a visit. He completed the Lawman 1000, an annual event put on by a Washington State Club. Since it ended in Eugene, OR, a little over a hundred miles from Coos Bay, John rode over early for visit. Thanks for coming, John. The bike is looking good!
Because this bike used to belong to Tom Pansaras, who has a VROC nic of tc, Kelly "Thrillseeker" started calling the bike "Too Cool". So....John had this plate done up for it.
John Wilson "Flyin' Willy", A Sunday morning visit.

Friday, June 23, 2006

It's amazing what a few accessories will do for a new Vulcan 900! Does this look a little different?
Guy's wife Victoria, is taking an active part in the business! They are set up now with accounts from several suppliers. Vicky is busy with some shipping and receiving, and is becoming an expert with the catalogs. Guy and Vicky make a good team running the business. Check out there site at www.shermscycleproducts.com. The web page needs to be updated, the web master is in the process of moving, it will be a while before that's done.
This is a Classic that Guy stuffed the 1600 Mean Streak engine in. He's doing two bikes that are almost exactly alike. Here, he's finishing up installing an electronic cruise control. The bike are both carburated. He ran into a snag since the cruise requires an electronic speedometer instead of cable drive. Since the 1600 was set up to use an electronic speedo, he will go inside the alternator cover, find the sending unit, then drill a hole for the wires to come out and make connection with the control unit. Guy is a Master Mechanic. SCP is a full service shop, and specializes in making the fastest Kawasaki's on the planet! (as proven at the Bonneville Salt Flats)