I got the factory Bridgestone Trail Wing 203 and 204 tire for the TW. I figured that I’m going to be using this to commute back and forth to work more than I’m going to be attempting to injure myself on a motocross track. I had no idea what the tires would look like in person, but they’re really cool. Tread depth is really deep. And the end goal of less vibration and better handling on streets is achieved nicely. The bike is fun to ride hard around town without even breaking the law. I put a smaller rear sprocket on it to calm down the engine buzziness at 50mph as well. Overall, this was a good idea. These tires are really nice. They installed well and required hardly any weight to balance them out.
Making a Pointer Brand barn chore jacket fit OK
I don’t really care for these jackets for any reason other than they look good on people online. In real life they fit like a tent, are unlined, have loose threads all over the place, etc… I’m all for supporting the USA made products, but these are a bit out of hand on price in my opinion. I have a 38” chest and bought a size medium way back when and the thing needed some work before I’d wear it in public.
Here’s the list of things I did to get this coat fitting in what I consider to be a reasonable fashion:
- I darted the back which took it in about three inches in total
- I took it in along the sides which removed about another 1.5” of bagginess
- I took in the sleeves about 5/8” so that they met up with the cuffs evenly. Then tapered up to the armpit. I didn’t take it in at the armpit at all.
The top of the coat fits my shoulders fine, it was just that it hung off of me like a potato sack otherwise. This isn’t good if you plan on working on moving machinery, riding a motorcycle, or don’t want to look like an escaped convict in public. I took a photo to show that the coat still has enough room at the shoulders so you can lift your arms and have free movement without the coat rising up like a fitted suit jacket. That said, I think the coat fits me pretty well now and it took me all of five minutes to sit down and sew on it. I left all of the original fabric in the coat. It’s just hidden on the interior now.
I’ve got my bike polished up for the season. This is the 13th year I’ve had it. Tonight while I was out riding I spotted another W650 parked on Main Street. Weird. Too bad about all the weird black paint mods, missing fender, etc… It was really odd to run into one though.
Late winter boredom sets in. Photographing boots and shoes.
Kawasaki on board.
This is the original Kawasaki W1 (650cc) parallel twin. Kawasaki claims that this bike was the inspiration for the W650 I have. Just looking at the engine cases you can tell that this isn’t true. The original was heavily based on a BSA engine. The W650 engine is an interesting looking engine. Triumph Bonneville on one side.. Ducati on the other? The bevel drive cam timing is unique and unlike anything on this ancestor. It’s cool to see an original bike though. They’re super rare at this point in the game.
Sasha’s no fan of the late season snow this afternoon. It’s a wind-free day with giant clumps of snowflakes, so at least it looks pretty.
I picked up where I had left off on Mike’s KZ650 seat back in… October. Free upholstery is cheap, but not fast ;-)
I found some Kodachrome slides when we were cleaning yesterday. Someone’s trip to Greece in 1967. Shot with a Kodak Instamatic camera.
I made a belt for one of my coworkers today. He wanted a black belt, so I dyed some brown veg tan leather but I wanted to keep it interesting, so I left the sides undyed to give it some contrast. He wanted the buckle. Not my favorite, but it works. My goal was just to make him a belt that is a lot more durable than store bought belts.
I like to share stuff I feel represents a good value for the cost. This is one of those products. It’s not a multi-thousand dollar DAC, but this ‘DAC Destroyer’ made by HotAudio serves two useful purposes. First it provides a clean (enough) RCA output signal from your Mac or Windows PC so you can amplify the signal. It also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack that can power 32ohm or even 250ohm headphones reasonably. I’m going to use it to power my headphone amplifier at work. It’s powered by the USB cable, so it doesn’t waste an electrical outlet. There’s nicer stuff out there but you’ll pay dearly for it to chase the law of diminishing returns.
These are hand made in Canada by one dude. He solders them by hand, including that IC DAC chip. You can get one at HotAudio’s website.