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post #101 of 111 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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grand daughter says she needs arms and hands for her gnome, rummages around in the shop until she finds lengths of steel rod in two diameters, walks over to the #4 Di-Acro, "Hey, this thing bends steel right, how does it work?"

then she formed the hands and arms, welded those on.

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shop news...

grand daughter says she needs arms and hands for her gnome, rummages around in the shop until she finds lengths of steel rod in two diameters, walks over to the #4 Di-Acro, "Hey, this thing bends steel right, how does it work?"

then she formed the hands and arms, welded those on.

peace bro...

Some really impressive talent , thanks for sharing.
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even more shop news...going big

my college girl fabricator decided that her first welding project was so easy and fun that she promptly got out a sketch pad and roughed out the design for a new bird feeder stand, birthday present for her mother.

once again, she did all the bending and all the welding, hundreds of each. the only time a tape was used for the work was to create an accurate spacer layout on the square tube risers, otherwise, duplicate bends were created by using applied index marks on the bender turntable, or simply eyeballing the work on the fly.





42" width by 96" height.

shop is quiet now, she went home to start her summer job, which is another story in itself.
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THE KWIK MART KHRONICLES 94


We stopped for fuel in Haines Junction at a station run by an unhappy looking Chinese fella. He looked like one of those old Bruce Lee kung foo bad guys, wispy chin hairs and squinty eyes. Buddy was fueling on the other side of the island while I was inside to pay.

In a squawk of what I suppose are Chinese expletives, the guy grabbed one of those tire thumpers that truckers use and ran out the door towards Buddy. I ran to the door and was about to shout a heads up when the guy stopped in his tracks, turned around, and came back to the office while muttering some Chinese gibberish. I swear that the sounds that they call a language remind me of the sounds that come out of the hen house when the barn cat makes a mistake and wanders in.

WTF! I couldn't figure out what was going on until I realized that this dumbass thought that Buddy was washing down his bike with the window squeegee scrubber. The jerk was lucky, and the Canuck guys would understand. Buddy and I are both old northern Minnesota boys, and hockey guys from the day we could walk. In other words, if you want violence, well, let's just say we were born to it on all that old time Minnesota outdoor ice, postcards from an entirely different era.

I know you think that all Minnesotans are just namby pamby liberals who elect comedians to the Senate. Those are just the young people up there, the old guys are the ones that wrapped on the foil. My old man was already teaching me the finer points of high sticking, slashing, and hooking before I could talk in full sentences. If that crazy Chinaman had touched Buddy with that thumper, he would have found out what it’s like to take his meals through a straw.

This whole episode was putting a damper on my sense of humor, and it was past time to get the heck out of Haines Junction and turn south. The road was reported to be a great bike road for scenery, and the surface was supposed to be in good shape. Towards the bottom of the road, we would cross the border again into Alaska.



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more junk parts to sort through, i need something from this pile...

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the V649 red frame is a great bike, and proven adventure travel moto.

V649 next to a stock Versys, put on your big boy pants, seat height 35 inches +/-.





beastly...





the blade fairing for this particular build is a GS500 mid fairing that was flipped upside down and reversed side-to-side, then trimmed to fit the design concept.
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THE KWIK MART KHRONICLES 94

Let’s take stock of the situation…it was Saturday night, I wasn’t even halfway across Maine, and I needed to be at the Gaspe border in northern New Brunswick by Monday morning. Y’all don’t need a computer and mapping software to figure this one out. The curtain had closed on the Maine gravel, my rate of advance east was simply too slow, I’d have made the Gaspe by about Wednesday…if the Garmin didn’t get lost in the bush more than a few more times.

Pitch dark on secondary pavement in Maine, folks, there ain’t much out there, not even a glow on the horizon, nothing darker if you haven’t had the opportunity to ride this type of road. Sometimes found in unlikely places, and under strange circumstances, just ask me, and that’s where I found myself, steady rain falling, cold and wet, every light on the front reaching.

The road felt like it was bolted to the bike, then the bike bolted to me, it had been a long day. It’s a strain to ride at night, ya know there are some very dim witted, but huge animals that could step into the road at any minute, there’s no such thing as a casual evening ride here. My hands were cold, but when the occasional vehicle would pass, I needed to click the auxiliary light switch. Half the time the switch wouldn’t disengage fully and the lights would blink instead of switching off. While it might mean “radar trap” in an urban setting, it means “freakin’-moose-in-the-road” up here, and all the drivers were braking immediately, the brake lights still lit up as they went out of sight.

East, east, more east, and finally I ran out of the rain, now it was just cold. I knew approximately where I was, west of I95 but approaching fast, and still well south of where my original route hit I95 near Millinocket, way off course. If I was cold riding 60mph, it was freezing riding 80mph on the slab, and I got off at the Lincoln exit, plenty of motel signs on the billboards, there has to be one room left in this town.

After a bunch of “No Vacancy” responses on the phone, a guy with a very heavy NYC accent said “Yeah, I gotta small room, but it’s directly on the lobby if ya don’t mind something like that”. Hmmmm, it’s 11 freakin’ 30 on Saturday night, I’m frozen solid, no others available…let me think on it a bit.

My new NYC friend spoke in a language only used by a caricature of an old time gangster, looked the part except in miniature, and was of indeterminate sexual orientation. He was a nice guy, and I had a smile stuck on my face to keep from laughing. Paid, got a key, rushed back over to McDonald's, and ate $20 worth of their gourmet fake food like a garbage can bear before they closed at midnight. I was the only one there, and I must have looked a little on the rough side…the manager with the cute little updo brought me an extra large cup of coffee when she saw that I had finished the first.

They locked the door at my heels when I left, and that was that, I was in eastern Maine, piece-a-cake, and despite the hour, I wasn’t feelin’ humble. After all, when you pass the point of no return, it ain’t the right time to quit.

I was needin‘ a little Tennessee pick-me-up about then, and I might know where to find it.

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i'd had the bike on the ground three times the previous day while traversing some terrible "road" conditions, now the next morning at a fuel/food stop, and the first real opportunity to get out the tools to adjust and tighten everything that had been knocked out of whack. i was beat up and the bike was equally beat up, nothing broken on either, and we rode out many miles back into civilization. ride out, or walk 20 miles, there wasn't another human being out there besides me.

armor, very simple in concept, both bike and rider had armor, and neither would have survived without it. that said, both sets of armor had certain shortcomings, and steps were needed to upgrade both.

the bike inspection showed a nick on top of the radiator end cap, yup, it had been seriously planted, i don't fool around with incidental flops. another .5mm would be called a leak, maybe i could conjure a field fix, but i didn't have anything to pour into the radiator anyway.



up-armor effort required, better get on it.
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very nice to have in the shop, be it for the casual hobbyist fabricator or other, is a set of transfer punches. a big time saver, and this type of punch produces enough accuracy for use when multiple fasteners are required. i use these punches frequently, get a set, they can be found cheap.

this type of punch is not used as a center punch, it's a locating punch, so don't wear them out by dulling the tip.

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another thread on this forum speculates on when a Versys650 will get to Tuk, NWT via the road extended from Inuvik and opened last season. no need to speculate, Versys650 motos made the trip shortly after the road opened in 2018, despite some muddy conditions on the new road after it thawed out in the spring.

Versys in Tuk, young local given a photo op in the saddle, Arctic ocean in the background.



i've been to Inuvik, but the road to Tuk was still in the planning stage at the time.
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