Friday, April 30, 2004

So. As we remember from the last installment, our hero's Brand new
350 Classic had no spark.

In fits of hand wringing and terror, he scoured the newsgroup for
advice (thanks all) and went by the auto parts store for new plugs,
plug wire, & coil, just in case.

Then, as an added dose, after work, took many visiting engineers form
India to "ON the Border" restaurant for dinner and Margaritas. Much
talk and bench work happened.

Finally arrive home at 9pm, about 1/2 in the bag, (as they say) and
commenced working on the OTHER thumper, a recently acquired 2000
Honda XR650R made street legal. Installed the new rewound 200w
output stator coil, and fired her up. Fast. Very fast.
Rocketship fast.

Park the Honda, and set hard to the Bullet. Disassembelled the seat
and wiring cluster, airbox, toolbox, made room, got to the
electics. Replaced the plug wire, no difference, no spark. Replaced
the coil, no effect. Either the new coil is also bad, or the
problem is not there. slowly and ever so gingerly started measuring
voltage across the points, and SPARK! Wahoo! something with the
points! light dusting with emery cloth, check the gap, and

WHUPPAH WHUPPAH! Success! She runs! SWEET! Totally Sweet.

Reassemble EVERYTHING. (using loctite)

And take her for a ride to the local gas station, which is closed.
CLOSED? how the heck can they be closed? Where's my watch? Oh my
STARS, it's 12:30am. Fortunately, pay-at-the-pump, and I top the

ride home, as I am parking, I see a load of sparks from the rear
brake lever. That should not spark. Turns out the brake light
switch houseing is broken, and is shorting against the bodywork.
Remove, replace with spare I had laying around for another bike,
remount, drill holes to match the enfield holes, tap, remount, tidy
springs, no more sparks.

Now it's 1:30am, I go to sleep. Will go to work late, right?

at 6:30 am, a roofing crew arrived at the house across the street,
and started ripping off the roof. There is no way to deny it, wake
up. No more sleep today boy!

I wake, kick over the bike, and realize, it has the wrong sound!

A Bullet is supposed to go "thump thump thump". This one goes "pooft
pooft pooft"

I remove the end of the exhaust pipe and pull 1/2 the fibreglass
baffle packing out. Reassemble, and voila, "thump thump thump" though
not as loud as in India.

Shower, wash, shave, dress, hop on bike, and ride to work.

There is a TV ad in India. It shows a street/railway intersection.
You hear a train coming, and in the background, you hear a "thump
thump thump" Then an officer comes to the intersection. Holds up his
hand, stops the train, lets the Bullet go. The narrator
says "Everyone makes way for a Bullet!"

Well, maybe in India. But on Highway 87 to work in San
Jose,California, no Sir EE! people honk and curse. I am still
breaking it in, so I am not at full throttle, was hitting indicated
60mph. ONLY.

Cars were pissed!

oh well, it was the speed limit.

As I got onto surface streets closer to work, every so often a car
would pass with a guy pointing and waving. Obviously from India, and
recognized the bike.

I am at work, 100% wore out. I can barely keep my head up, but it is
early, the building is empty, I may close my office door and rest.

Next project? Jetting.
Next Next Project? Gearing

any suggestions appreciated.

Anyone got a speedo with 7500 on the clock they'd be willing to sell
me or let me borrow through the mail for a week or two? Where's
Darryl in Bakersfield, He had one, I gotta remember where I left his

1:36am. I am done.

after dinner with a bunch of co-workers, I came home and started on the Thing. The stator is installed, it is re-assembelled. It runs. OH BOY does it run. it's a freakin rocketship. I mean, it is OH MY GOD fast. and silly fun to ride. More tomorrow when it is light out.

then I started on the Bullet. It ran 4 miles, then gave up. dunno why. Just no spark. After fretting all day, I got into it tonight, disassembelled and cleaned and reassembelled the electronics form the ignition system. there was a loose wire to the coil. it is fixed, it runs.

then I found the rear brake switch was meltey, and showering sparks everywhere, so I replaced that with a spare I had from the thing. Now it is not sparkey. all cleaned, rode to go get gas, then took the long way home.

It is too quiet, I need to uncork the muffler.
It is not tuned for US roads, I need to re-jet the carb, put different gearing on it
I think the front wheel is not "true" but it could be the tire is not balanced. it is very bumpy

BUT. it is silly fun to ride, in a slow cruisey, oh look-at-that kind of poseur way.

So all my bikes run, I am tired beat, and will sleep, now.

more tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 28, 2004

I got it. The Bullet is HOME! Out of the crate and running.

I am soo tired, it has been a heck of a day

more about it later

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Birthday calendar

So a pal of mine sends me this birthday calendar thing

and I sign up, and it SEEMED like a good idea. it polls my address book!

I am getting shitloads of email, however, as everyone fills it out, and that is a drag.

But yeah, nice to hear from folks.

and I have NO clue why it calls me "sexy" charles.

I think that was what someone else entered.

I just got off the phone with the good people at BART Trucking in Oakland. They have my Bullet! They have the paperwork. I am going there tomorrow at 8am, when they open, to begin the process. If everything works as planned, I will go to Oakland, get some papers, go to SF, file the papers, go back to Oakland, get the bike.

In a crate, on my trailer.

We hope.

More as it develops

Monday, April 26, 2004

The Bullet is in Oakland! I will phone tomorrow, to make sure the paper is close to filed, then will drive to Oakland with my trailer Wednesday morning.

My hope is to go to shipping company, give them papers and money, then they will instruct me what to do with Customs.

I will then drive to Customs in SF, do whatever, and hope for the best.

If Customs stamps my stamps, and does whatever they should, I will drive back to Oakland,

Put crate on Trailer

Drive to SJ, Finish work day, Drive home, uncrate and prep the Bullet. Ride to work Thursday.

The Stator for thr Thing just got sent for Baja Designs, should be here tomorrow or Wednesday, I hope to have it on the road as soon as possible also.

Woo Hooo, bike joy?

not till they are in my hands

Okay, I've gained a lot of weight, I know it. I'm bloated and heavy. Mostly just from the thrill of being able to eat and keep it down. But partially because my people are short round people from eastern europe.

Sure, there are some anomalies, like my dad and brother, who are tall, but really, I am short and round, and always gonna BE short and round.

But I need to stop eating so much, and start walking and cycling more. I plan to.

But I found this guys web page, and realized, Sara could have it a lot worse.

I could be into dressing up and going to conventions. I applaud Mr. Manyard, because he does what he enjoys. At the same time, it is not my cup of tea. Probably my favorite sentance on his page is where he talks about being at the convention, and his justification: "I spoke for a few moments about how I wasn't Tron, but a simple payroll withholding calculation program that had gotten overweight by changes in the laws"

I wish I could use the same line.

Friday: Sara went ice skating, I rode the Harley up Mt. Hamilton! Woo Hoo!

Saturday: I woke up and installed the Baja Designs dual sport kit on the Thing. I also cow spotted the seat. I am waiting on the stator to come back, and will be ready to rock. Then in the afternoon, We picked up Bad Matt & went to Larissa's BBQ, offended a bunch of people. Then came home, rested, and saw Kill Bill 1 with Kevin

Sunday: Sara rode, I took the Thing to Phil Douglas' suspension shop, but was unable to do the work, need more time and parts. Came home, Sara was still riding, and I had a wonderful nap. Then put the hot rod carb kit on the Thing. Sara got home, we went to Eric & Lissa's for BBQ Chicken. Kevin also came over. it was grand. I fell asleep on the couch, and their new bird, "The Professor" flew onto my belly, waking me up with a HELL of a shock. Damn birds.

Am at work now. waiting for news on the bullet.

Friday, April 23, 2004

I hate the answer, but it's the ONLY answer I got.

The Bangalore Bullet is on a truck, making it's way from LA to SF. It is scheduled to arrive this Sunday, April 25. Guess who is not open Sunday? Yep, I phoned the VERY nice people at Bart Trucking, the recieving company in SF.

If the crate arrives Monday, they still have to get it off the truck, out of the container, and properly catalogued. I will be able to call next week, and see if it has arrived. Once it has arrived, it has 15 days to clear customs.

I thought it already CLEARED customs in LA?

anyhow, nice lady on phone said wait. So I will wait. Once it arrives there, I need to do something with customs. She says wait till they get the box. So I will wait.

GRRRR! I am impatient. I want to know what happens NOW! Not wait.

In good news, boxes 1 & 2 of my stuff to work the "Thing" are scheduled to arrive today. So at least one bike will be closer to done.

AND, Joe from MotoJava is on the case for black bodywork & 17" wheels. Woot!

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Customs San Jose says I gotta go to Customs San Francisco. But they do not know where that office is. I did get a phone number

the Bullet cleared customs exam in LA. I send a check to LA to the shipping company, and go to SJ Customs this afternoon to pay tax, if they let me.

The bike has an ETA to be in SF on April 25.

I will know more this afternoon, after I go to the customs office.

Monday, April 19, 2004

I fixed the link

another funny blog

Sara hurt her back helping this friend of her's move yesterday. it is one more strike in my book against him.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Well, everything is for sale, as they say, and Dan offered me the right price.

I sold my DRZ Super Motard.

And the next day I found a 2000 Honda XR 6450R, already street legal, but heavily modified. To someone else's specs.

my pal Jack christened it "the thing"

I am changing it rapidly to suit my evil needs.

Hopefully by next week it'll be all black, and very VERY badass.

This is what I have done today:

New tires
raised suspension
removed all custom bits
replaced stock bodywork
detangled wire mess
clean clean clean

I am hoping to buy all black bodywork and a cool handlebar switch for the turn signal/headlight
I also need to buy a hotter wiring coil, to put out more power for bigger badder lights
I'll take it to Phil for suspension tuning
i need a better kickstand
i need to change the title & insurance

woo hoo, it is turning bad. and by bad, I mean totally sweet

My pal Jeff in SF may be sick again, we are hoping good hopes for him. (no cancer!)

other than that, I am very numb today, and my ears are ringing furiously

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ninjas are cool.
this is still the coolest web site I have seen in a long time, Special thanks to Andrea for sending it to me.

Jeff sent me this one of William Hung, the American Idol Guy, that is pretty cool video, but Ninjas would uppercut him in a heartbeat.

Cell Phone Goodness! Verizon has forwarded me a replacement cell phone, and it works. At least for now. So I am back to having a telephone. Untill something bad may happen to this one.

Sara and I finalized our flight to Paris/Ireland last night. Woo HOO! Charles & Sara invade Europe. One Pretty Girl and One Grumpy Guy are gonna shake it up with our pal Jack, and whomever else goes. Woo Hooo!

And I just saw my pal Chris Null's weblog entry about girls in low-rise sweat pants. And I felt a rant coming on. It's simmering now, and I don't think it will get to a full boil, but I do gotta say something.

Low Rider Pants. Hip Huggers. Butt Cleavage.

Ya know what? 98% of the people in our world should not wear these. I mean, I LIKE the idea of women tossing out their preconcieved notions of what is proper. Hell YES I love thong underpants. But Ladies, if you are a 'normal' woman, with a "normal" body, do NOT fall into the low rider trap. NO ONE looks good in these. They allow your junk to hang out of your trunk. I mean, it's like, BAM!

If there is enough dangling over the waistband that you could concieveably tuck it into your pockets, please make the correct choice, and leave the pants in the dressing room at the store.

I shold mention, a girl in a flouncy, lightweight summer skirt is one HECK of a lot prettier than someone dealing crack like J-Lo after a haagen-daaz splurge

I know, I know, I got a big ol gut hangin over my belt. I KNOW this. And therefore, I am not wearing low rider pants. I just ask the rest of you to be as kind.

and if you are gonna show the thong, make sure you don't get all mad at me for staring.

Monday, April 12, 2004

okay, still no cell phone

Sunday I drove to somewhere north of Sacramento to help my pal Rebecca buy a used motorcycle. She got a SV 650 in very good condition, it was great

Saturday Sara and our pal Joan had a garage sale, I think Sara had fun, cause she came home with much less stuff, and a fistfull of money YAY. I got new tires for the Motard. then we had dinner at Taiwan restaurant

what else


Subservient Chicken! I have no idea how they do this, and I am just fascinated. Is it a database of film clips hooked to a recognition engine? or some poor sot in a hotel room watching a request screen? I do not know, and appreciate any comments any of you may have

I am not as numb today as I have been, but it comes and goes in waves.

The Enfield is still in LA, I have not heard anything.

Friday, April 09, 2004

this just in from my cousin Andrew, Whew, I am glad I can finally give up my controlling interest in the regulating the porn industry!

News Flash: Jews Give Up Control of the World!
Gibson's Father Convinces Jews To Give Up World Control
by Dan Barash
March 25, 2004

Bowing to intense pressure from Mel Gibson's father, Jews announced today that they would no longer control the world. In a press release, Jews stated, "Although we have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of world domination for the last 500 years, we feel it's time for gentiles to take control of their own affairs. We plan to spend more time with our families and pursue other interests."

Hutton Gibson stated he was pleased with the announcement, but expressed concern he was losing a scapegoat for all of his problems. He said he would be launching a search for a new minority group to demonize.

Many Jews expressed relief that they could give up burdensome responsibilities. Retired accountant Jerry Friedman, who controls all media in Montana, said, "I would just as well let the citizens of Montana manage their own TV and newspapers. Don't get me wrong, Montana is a fine state. But it gets awfully cold, and there's nowhere to get a good bagel."

Attorney Allen Franks said he's glad he no longer has to manage Bulgarian monetary policy. "It was getting to be quite a hassle," he said. "I already have a full time job and can't even balance my own checkbook, let alone control the finances of an entire nation." Homemaker Judith Levine said she would "...miss the hustle and bustle of setting the international price for magnesium every day. But my son is about to be Bar Mitzvah'd, and oy! Such a party we're gonna have you wouldn't believe!"

Hollywood producer Sidney Greenbaum was pessimistic about the announcement. "Do you really think goyim know how to make movies?" he asked. "They'll all end up being high budget, technicolor snuff flicks if you leave things up to Mel and his kind."

Comedy experts expressed concern that the business would suffer if Jews suddenly withdrew. According to one insider, "Take away all the Jewish comics and writers, and all you have left is Carrot Top. That's not a world I want to live in."

A potluck dinner in honor of Jews contributions to mankind will be held at the Hoboken Holiday Inn on April 3. All gentiles are welcome to attend.

Participants will be encouraged to share an offensive Jewish joke.

My cell phone has officially died. It no longer works, please do not call, you will only get my voicemail


I have started the replacement process with Verizon, it is gonna take 3-5 business days.

This means IM and email are gonna be the best ways to contact me for the next few days.

Charles is freaked

Thursday, April 08, 2004

I am back from Sara's sisters Vegas Wedding. It was nice seeing sara's family. Other than that, vegas was kinda well, vegas

everything was expensive, and the hotel was bland. (but should have been better)

Sara's dad summed it up "it's no fun when you are not winning anything"

and no one at Mandalay Bay seemed to be winning, anything.

We got back last night, my pal Matthew picked us up at airport

My skin is horribly numb, my ears are fierce ringing, I cannot feel much of anything, it is driving me slowly more insane. BUT! I am alive.

It feels like walking on wet sponges. i cannot tell when my foot is really on the floor, or when my hands really touch anything.

Motorcycle: The Bullet is in a box, on docks with Eurasia Imports in Los Angeles. It is waiting for U.S. Customs to x-ray it and make sure it is not full of dope. I think

Once it clears or does not clear customs, I will hear from the importer, to know the next step. Which, hopefully, is that they are shipping it to San Francisco, for me to go pick up.

Work may be sending me to Dallas and Austin in early May. Do not get excited, it is for WORK, and I will only be there overnight, and be working. :( Maybe some time on the weekend, dunno yet. Do not get excited. Yes Mom, this means you. :P ha ha ha ha

Will see what happens, when it gets real, I will update.

Oh, Jim the old Roommate is hard up for money, and just sold me one of his toys I have wanted for a long time. Woot!

Thursday, April 01, 2004

april fools day, and I have nothing in me. no pranks at all

the Enfield Motorcycle should arrive in LA today, but I have not heard anything from the import company

numb skin, ringey ears. foo!

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