Sunday, January 15, 2017

We're on a mission from God

  There are several updates on the coast to coast, Aidan's Mini Bike Ride, Guinness World record attempt. First of all, we decided ( Tim Ford and myself) that since we were doing it unassisted and don't have room on our mini bikes to carry hardly anything, including clothes, we would just do it with the clothes we are wearing. We came up with the idea to wear Blues Brother suits the entire way. It just made more and more sense. They were on a mission from God and so are we. They were doing it for a children's charity and so were we. They hate Illinois Nazi's and so do we. We are also trying to promote awareness and education about ALD and what better way to get people's attention along the way. Just look how much attention they drew when they showed up at the state house to pay the back taxes. So for 21 days, Tim and I will be Blues Brothers across America. Have the four fried chickens and a coke ready for when we come through your town- I'll just take dry toast.
    Next is the route. We'll be taking the southern route across America leaving from Daytona and riding across the panhandle of Florida and the gulf coast to Louisiana before heading slightly north to Dallas. Dallas is 1200 miles and we hope to be able to be there in a week but that will be some really long days ahead. There are a few Motor Maids in Louisiana that are going to host a fundraiser around Thursday the 23rd and if time allows, we will also try and visit the state house in Baton Rouge to carry some legislation about mandatory newborn testing. We will then go to Rick Fairless' Strokers in Dallas, Texas where Sunday March 26th, we will have another fundraiser. We are going to travel back down south to Austin and carry legislation to the Texas State House before heading west. I'm going to leave the rest of the route open due to time and logistics of more fundraisers along the way.
      In the planning stages are more fundraisers. Possibly doing some in Daytona before we leave, more out west and even a major rock band trying to spearhead a fundraiser. Also in the developing stages are some of the merchandise from this ride. We are working on tee shirts, patches and stickers of the logo above. They will all be available on the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation website  (www.aidanhasaposse.org/). More info will be coming soon so stay tuned and don't be surprised if The Penguin shows up.
    A big shout out to Biltwell Inc., Rick Fairless' Stokers Dallas and Buddy Johnson who has already gone above and beyond to help get this ball rolling!!!!! Special thanks to Don "Thunder" Baggett who did the awesome illustration of us and our mini bikes.




  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Breaking a Guinness World record AND being a part of Aidan's Posse

   Some of you remember me breaking a world record 2 years ago by riding a 50cc mini bike from Louisville, KY to Sturgis, SD. It was a distance of 1,470 miles and took 9 days. Since then that record has been broke by about 100 miles so it was only natural that I attempt it one more time. The details are what is really going to stand this trip from all the others though.
  First of all I will be riding with my friend Tim Ford. No we won't be riding on the same minibike. We will each have our own stock Yamaha 50cc minibikes. We also will be riding together unassisted in that we will NOT have a chase vehicle the whole way.  That is the plan however according to Guinness rules, it makes no difference whether or not a support team is incorporated.

The distance we have decided is coast to coast. Yes, that's right, we're going to ride from Daytona Beach Florida ( the day after Bike Week) to San Diego, California. a back road distance of 3000 miles. We will be taking 3 weeks to accomplish this.
We are also going to do this for one of the greatest causes ever. Aidan Jack Seeger and The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.  On this ride we will spread the message about what ALD is and to advocate for ALD newborn screening in every state. We hope to carry some proposed legislation to several of the state capitals which we pass through. We also are going to attend stops along the way and have fund raisers to help with the Foundation and all the work they do.
We are gathering sponsors for this ride now and scheduling stops onto our course ( which is subject to change as we add new events). We also plan on having individuals pledge by the mileage that we accrue. There will be a page on the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation website for donations.
Much more info will be posted in the very near future. I want to thank Indian Larry Motorcycles, my good friends at Biltwell, Rick Fairless Strokers in Dallas and fellow Texan, Buddy Johnson for their help getting this started. Of course all my regular sponsors on my sponsor page listed here, are always helping me out making it possible to this and all my other projects.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In 2017 I'm going to "Share the Wind"

   I've known for years how much fun sidecars are. I ran one for a year back in 2002. I rode my little brother in mine from Kentucky to California and back. He had the nickname "Sidecar Bob" for years because of it. I even got to take my mom on her first motorcycle ride with me as she felt safe in a sidecar. The problem is that it changes the riding characteristics of a motorcycle, mainly because you can't lean the bike anymore for turns. For this reason I removed it and gave the sidecar to a couple with a special needs child.
   Well now for next year, I will be putting a sidecar rig back into action and will be doing a program that I call "Share the Wind". I will be visiting hospitals, retirement homes, Veteran homes and anywhere else where people are that would like to ride and get in the wind but are unable to do so on their own. My plan is to arrange at least one visit in a town where I am at during my travelling to rallies across America. I will also implement this in Nova Scotia Canada The Wharf Rat Rally where I already visit 7 adult living facilities and hospitals.
   I don't want to do this alone. The more, the merrier so I will be asking that anyone who would like to come along is welcome but would REALLY like it if you also have a sidecar or a trike. A simple ride around a parking lot can make someones day more than you can ever imagine. I will testify that it can also warm your own heart and leave a good feeling that lasts a lifetime.
    I have a Facebook page for this called Share the Wind. Feel free to go there and click "like". Watch for new things in the very near future.
    I also want to acknowledge some friends that are also putting together a sidecar event. Their page is The Sidecar Soiree. Their first even in the end of March with more on the way.
    It looks like 2017 is going to be interesting to say the least.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

an UN-political post

   
I'm really tired of hearing all the political rants especially when they are backed up with internet "facts" and memes. So what am I gonna do-  be a hypocrite and give you my two cents.
    First of all, I believe we ALL want the same thing. We really do. A better world for us and our families. The problem is we all have different beliefs on what is going to get us there. These differences can be healthy in keeping a balanced society. Problem is, the two point of views are getting farther apart and more unwilling to work or even consider the other side. I don't have the answers but I will share one thing that I contemplate regularly.
     This is Philosophy. It can be applied in all avenues of life. One main philosophical question is "Does the end justify the means?"  I happen to believe it doesn't however, I would be a hypocrite in certain situations. In politics, "does the end justify the mean?" is a great question. Do we want a better country for our families no matter who or what we trample? Do we want wealth and security at any cost?  Does it matter if it takes longer to achieve our goals or if we even achieve them at all as long as we play fair? Even when other don't play fair?
    I guess what I am saying is that if maybe we take a deep breath, open our hearts and minds, and do a little soul searching, that gap between the two side may tighten together. I don't think it should come together, but just come towards each other a little. That would be a step in the right direction.
    I'm going to breathe and think about my part.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Do choppers have windshields?

   I know a lot of people have rules on what makes a chopper. I have argued with people that a bobber . Some people automatically rule thing out once a certain componant is added.  I have argued with people that a bobber can have floorboards. Well I ride a lot and in all kinds of weather and a windshield is a definite asset but some say they do not belong on a custom bike. I like the looks without them but I really like have less fatigue being shielded from the wind and the elements.
  I have my bike down at the moment and am waiting for some new S&S engine cases that are delayed shipment due to the holidays. While I am waiting, I am working on some other issues and finishing some things I never got to complete when I built this bike 3 years ago. One is the addition of a windshield.
   My motorcycle is a mixture of many things including a 1937 Chevrolet headlight plus it has 12 inch lengthened forks so I can't just go out and buy a windshield. I always said it is easier to build a custom motorcylce by starting with a running motorcycle and I did the same with a windshield. I started with the best one available, a Klock Werks Flare Shield.  I like them not only for the protection of the wind, rain and cold but for the improved driving characteristics. They give a downward force on the front end to prevent the front wheel from wanting to "lift" as your speed increases. I got a tinted model for a Roadking and planned on modifying it heavily to fit but as it turned out, It only took about an hour to re-engineer the fitting and drill some alternate holes and it attached right on.
   Now I will have the protection to ride on some colder and wetter days plus my neck won't be so stiff when I get there.
  If you're interested in a windshield you should definitely give Klock Werks a look. They have a new website at www.getklocked.com where they make a model to fit almost every bike. My dash and Kliphanger handlebars are also on their web page I. give them a thumbs up.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My experiences with real horsepower

   I've always enjoyed riding horses but I have never had any formal training. I was self taught which means I have taught myself a whole lot of bad habits. Another thing I self taught was my knowledge of horse facts. I felt like if I treat a horse well, that horse will do what I want.
  I have had a retired horse trainer from Texas trying to teach me a few things and I have bee training to cattle sort. That is when you ride into a pin with 10 numbered calves and they call out a number and you herd that calf into another pin then turn around and go after the next consecutive numbered calf till you get all 10. You only get 60 seconds to do this.
   I had been training for about 2 weeks for this with the same horse- JB. We were getting pretty good I thought so I decided to film it and show off. Well the only good thing I can say was I didn't get thrown. Here is the video-
   The more I tried to make the horse do what I wanted, the more the horse fought it. I truly felt like if I pushed it any farther, he was going to turn into a bucking bronco. It was all I could do to stay in the saddle. I worked with him when we got back to the ranch and I'll be riding him again today until one of us figures out who the boss is. It is a whole different concept for The Mayor of Fun but it is a challenge and I just may learn something from it. Isn't that what life is suppose to be after all?

Friday, November 4, 2016

My Cabin in the Woods

   For over 25 years I have dreamed of owning a campground and cabins. I followed this dream 10 years ago when I got a piece of property in the Cherokee National Forest. I was going to build a small cabin to live in but when I talked to a bank about getting a loan to build the business they said they would only loan on a completed structure and not the land. I decided to build a large 6 bedroom bed and breakfast FIRST when I really wanted to do that last. I used up all my money framing it up and drying it any but I never finished it. Without it being finished, I couldn't get the loan but I really didn't want to go in debt. That was 8 years ago when I stopped working on it.
   With my bike being broke down recently and needing basically another motor rebuild, I decided to make use of my down time and do some more work on it. First thing I had to do was clean the roof. It had 8 years of mildew and looked pretty bad. I scrubbed it with bleach and was amazed at how well it looked under that grime. 
  
  Next I was trying to button it up and to keep the animals out since I haven't had doors and many of the windows are out.  I actually had a bear hibernate in it one winter before, I finished a couple pieces of missing metal on the red roof but water had gotten under the felt paper and rotted some plywood so I had to replace 4 sheets.

 I installed a couple of windows then I got distracted. You see when I work on my place, my ideas change as well as the materials I come up with. 
   It started with a Craigslist add for some vinyl windows for sale. I went to look at them and they were a huge savings. Over 1000 dollars in windows for only 200 dollars. They would mean changing the design do I worked a few days and got it ready. The original window opening was 36 inches wide by 52 inches tall. My new window ( for the master bedroom) are 11 feet wide and 6 feet (72 inches) talk! Oh yea! 
   This is the old bedroom window opening. The small window opening is for the bathroom.

    But now with all this view, I needed to clear some of the mountain side. You couldn't see the forest through the trees! I cleared about 1/4 of an acre just for a better view. I plan on planting some fruit trees that will attract wildlife.
   Now that the view was taken care of, I moved into the bathroom area and tried to figure out the layout. I was going to put in a Jacuzzi tub but I never really liked those.  I started searching for other ideas and came across this baby. A claw footed cast iron tub from the 1800's. Perfect for my place.
  Of course, soaking in this tub with only one window to look out just isn't as soothing as if I had TWO windows so I went to work opening another window. Problem is, this window would be going through the roof side so I had to build a new dormer but hey, I built the other 5 already. How hard could number six be?
  If you noticed on my picture above when I was washing the roof, the left dormer and window was not there.
Here you can see the two bathroom windows, same size 3 foot by 3 foot each. Will be a nice view of the forest when I bathe. Just following my dreams one day at a time.