Posted by: nativeiowan | July 23, 2016

2016 v7.1

Wow. WOW!… Did I say WOW?

This election cycle is sure interesting. Maybe more entertaining than interesting, but interesting none the less. And in a way it is very annoying. I see too many people getting emotionally involved in the rhetoric spewed by the various candidates, from all sides.

I was discussing all with a friend of mine today…

My take on it since about 1972 has been this: I have a democratic ballot to cast for the highest office in my home land. My vote does count. My vote is important.

I campaigned for McGovern as a kid. Cant remember why. He said he would End The War. I later was interested in Andersen from Illinois, can’t remember why, but he turned into a prick and went Independent after he lost the nomination, and proved to me he had been lying all along. (Cruz kinda reminds me of Andersen) I was even interested in Ross for Boss but he turned out to be a fascist in capitalist clothing. I once thought Jimmy Carter to be a good man, and was probably not far wrong, but I always pegged him as a pretty uninspiring leader. I don’t know why he could make me listen but could never inspire. I always waited for him to strike that match and light my fire. He never did. By the time Obama came around I was way too jaded to be fooled, again. 

Since I turned 18 and was eligible to vote I made a point of registering. First as a Democrat and later as an Independent. But I never voted. Never once. At any level of the democratic process.

Why did I never vote? I never found THE CANDIDATE that grabbed me. Made me feel interested and supportive. Made me think they were not a lying, fucking piece of political dog shit. I never found The Candidate that I felt was worthy of my vote.

So, now I am a centrist. I am of no team. I wear no colours… blue, red, or otherwise. I watch and comment as I see fit. And wait for the candidate that I can vote for.

I am not disagreeing with anyone out there. But I am not agreeing with you either.

You may be one who thinks I should vote. I have been told I MUST VOTE. Here in Australia you are fined if you don’t vote. But I very fervently feel that my vote is valuable. Very valuable.

So why should I give my vote away cheaply. Why should I simply choose to be an opposition team, to vote against someone or something. I want to vote. I wish I could find a candidate I could vote for.

My problem may well be that I am too informed? Ignorance is sometimes better than knowledge.

I make a point of never entering into important decisions without being fully informed. It’s a bad habit I should really break.

How many people out there have researched their political party’s platform?  Here, let me help you …[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf

So, where are we… July is ending. People are being killed in the streets daily. Politically motivated attacks are frequent. (You think ISIS or BLMT or KKK are not Political?) Fear is a common commodity being purveyed in the media.

How much is different from, say, 10 or 20 years ago?

November looms large. It is indeed an important election.

Will the world end if we have another 4 or 8 years of the failed Obama policies? Probably not.

Will the world end If Trump builds walls and tears up trade agreements? Probably not.

Will we enter an age of enlightenment if Johnston is crowned king of the prom? Probably not.

So where are we? Why all the emotion?

I like the fact people are participating. I dislike the fact that I don’t think many are very informed. Too much emotion rules the day. Too much scare-mongering-rhetoric is spewed, consumed, and regurgitated. Again, and again. A vicious cycle we really must gain control of.

As an example let me offer a very important piece of analysis on the topic of Black Lives Matter Too…

I offer an expert of importance here…

For every 10,000 black people arrested for a violent crime, 21 black people were killed by police (± 2).

For every 10,000 hispanic people arrested for a violent crime, 21 hispanic people were killed by police (± 3).

For every 10,000 white people arrested for a violent crime, 38 white people were killed by police (± 2).

We all need more and better information before we run off angry, confused, scared or supportive…


Posted by: nativeiowan | July 10, 2016

2016 v7.0

July. Hell. The 10th of July…

Lot going on to confuse and distract…

I may be burying my head in the ground and not paying too much, enough attention to the “global scene”. But where I have my head buried is sure purty… A 1952 Triumph Thunderbird.

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Have chosen to make the ’52 my next project…

Would like to think she’ll be running, registered and ridden by the end of the year…

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 20, 2016

2016 v6.3

The moon in June… Did you watch it last night? 20th of June? The full moon, of June…

A spectacular sky. The full moon rising with Saturn, Mars and Jupiter all visible.

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Posted by: nativeiowan | June 7, 2016

2016 v6.2

Back wrenching and polishing. Always a bit of a mystery, dismantling any old machine. The history of the machine is buried in the nuts and bolts…2016-06-07 16.47.57

Cutting edge for its day. The tri-carburetored system is going to pose a bit of a challenge to me…2016-06-07 16.48.41

The old fuel has turned to glue so I need to take it all apart and give it a good cleaning. Do hope I can retune it properly…2016-06-07 16.48.52

The actual number of X75 units produced is unknown. A number of  engines were set aside for the X75 production run. The engine was used for a couple different BSA and Triumph machines (BSA owned Triumph then) so the numbers designating the TRX75 model have shown up in other 3 cylinder bikes from 72/ 73. It do get confusing. I can only assume this bike with # 1886 was produced later in the 72/73 sequence…2016-06-07 16.51.30

Interesting though… the distinctive “megaphone” silencers are sequentially numbered. These are numbered 71 2956, 57, and 58. 3 silencers per X75 so if we have 2958 silencers divide by 3 we get this bike being X75 #986. 2016-06-07 16.52.11Which holds true to the numbers noting that wikipedia states… 1,183 engines were put aside for X75 production.  Perhaps this is bike number 986 of the 1,183 wikipedia claims?

My world bench is happy…2016-06-07 16.59.22

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 6, 2016

2016 v6.1

Winter settling in on us here in Queensland. I am waiting to see what will happen with the sale of ICE. All a bit confused right now. So rather than sit n be bored… I start a new project…

The X75 Hurricane is my life-long favourite vroom machine… 84f30-mercenary2bgarage2bdublin2bmotorcycle2bworkshop2b19722btriumph2bx752bhurricaneIMG_1497I vividly remember seeing one in 1972, and my life changed forever. I was in love. I was besotted. I was irrevocably changed… Then, I never saw another one for decades. I recall seeing 2 different bikes in 2 different bike museums. I was always reading articles and checking out what these were selling for. My buddy, Noel, had a picture of one on the wall in his office at Liapari. I never touched one… Not until I bought this in 2013.

The X75 is a true “Eleanor”.

An Eleanor is something that is rarer than a unicorn.

So I start a dismantle and polish project on my X75… 2016-06-06 12.44.46

First step was to figure out how to get those lovely, lovely pipes off …2016-06-06 12.44.53

Took a couple hours but got it figger’d out, eventually… Needed two reference manuals to make it happen… and an assistant…2016-06-06 15.51.48

Of course I could not have done it all, as quickly as I did, without the help of my 14th grandbabby, Ms Ed.2016-06-06 16.00.222016-06-06 16.00.28

Ed likes sitting on my mats…2016-06-06 16.02.04

She went home to her mama smelling like old gasoline and WD 40… What can we exepct from a 1yr old who is raised in a shed full of vintage vroom machines and imperial tools – and a crazy grandaddy? All the signs of a misspent youth, by the age of 3? One can hope.2016-06-06 16.02.06

And life is guud…

Posted by: nativeiowan | June 4, 2016

2016 v6.0

Raining so gotta stay bizzy in the shed…

Cleaning the 2013 Thruxton. Still my favourite ride: 

Posted by: nativeiowan | May 29, 2016

2016 v5.2

Month of May ending. The night sky has been amazing. Life has been fun. Frenetic activities abound…

So what happened this month:

Went to buy ICE and aborted the trip… Kinda sad. Was very “up” for being a “yachtie” but it is not happening very quickly, if at all. Time will tell per the ICEBound adventures…2016-05-03 14.41.07

Did though get to spend a couple weeks in Fiji. Gotta luv n miss “de islands mon”… The smell of a low tide is still in my head…2016-05-02 17.57.19

After the aborted ICE trip Hans n the gang got to hang n play for a week…

Hans with baby Ed…2016-05-11 20.03.46-2Willis in the SNNAKKE…2016-05-13 13.19.58

Been driving the Snnakke a lot. Fun, fun, fun…2016-05-21 14.16.49

A real win for me and my Brit bikes… I found “THE MAN”… The Man that does nothing but ol Britt bikes… And I am sooo happy… Check out :

So I took my ’65 TR6SS to him to rejuvenate and get it all sorted, registered, and running like a true TR…2016-05-23 13.07.33What a classically beautiful machine… Reportedly Steve McQueen’s favourite bike of all…2016-05-23 13.12.16For the record… this is not my machine. I gave it to Connie ages ago…

Then to top the month off… We had a Birthday party on Saturday. Joanne’s Bday. So we set up tables and seats… made out of hay…2016-05-28 11.00.31Practiced our graffiti skills in the yard…2016-05-28 11.01.00Brought in a bouncy-house and a wood-fired pizza man…2016-05-28 12.42.14And had a great afternoon in the yard.

So… just another boring month in the life of an ol’ fart…


Posted by: nativeiowan | May 21, 2016

2016 v5.1

A beautiful morning on the sunny coast. We are basically in winter. The sun shines. I wear singlet n shorts. The morn is cool then the sun in the blue sky warms us up.

Don’t forget to start-gazze tonight. It should be spectacular. 

Soccer is the go this morn…  

  Snakes v SCCC. No score thus far…
Speaking of Snnakes … ssnake copyThe weather is perfect for an Open-Roadster… Vroooom. Have had the Snnake out all week and she’s running fine and I am enjoying the ride. Mendoza loves to show up in it. I guess it gives him cool-kid points with his peers.

Life is guuud indeed…


Posted by: nativeiowan | May 20, 2016

2016 v5.000

22 May, Palmwoods, QLD…

Not ICEBound, a planned. As hooped.

Full moon rising with Jupiter and Mars in-company. Leo and Cancer dance the transit. Will be a lovely night sky.

Soccer soon. The school’s annual “fair” today. The boy is very keen to get there and ride every ride and eat every food possible, twice, or three times.

The baby is teething again so women up a lot through the night. She has the women conned.

Life is guud


Posted by: nativeiowan | May 4, 2016

ICEBound… at last

I am onboard and in my bunk…

I am ICEBound…

Clear customs and set sail tomorrow about noon.

Crew all here and life is grand…

I’m a sailor and I’m all right… I drink all day and I sleep all night…

Willis as we wait for out truck to move us from the cabin to ICE…IMG_1958Don n Willis telling BS tales…IMG_1960Last supper on shore…

Hans…IMG_1962Willis…IMG_1963Fricky…IMG_1964Mike’s cabin…IMG_1966

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