Sunday, May 30, 2010

Treasure Hunting

I was lured out to Fort F'ing Qu'Appelle this weekend looking for lost treasure. Big thanks goes to Sastard's Transport Co. for the use of the Mini Monster Movin' Machine.

The promise:
A guy said he had two XS650's, one 90% complete and the other a roller with engine. We went back and forth a bit and ended up at $300 for the whole package.

The reality:
First thing I noticed when I went into the Shed was the 90% complete bike wasn't a 650. I said, "This one looks like a 400." "Nooo." he says. "Yeah. The 650's always looked like that (pointing to the 650 engine in the corner)." "It's maybe a 750..." he says. "750's were triples, not twins. Doesn't matter for $300 I'll take it all."

The 650 engine looks good. Even came with an engine stand which I've been meaning to build. The frame for the 650 was massacred! The back end had a drop seat attempt done with maybe a stick welder and dynamite? Yikes, but the front loop is in tact so that's all that matters. Also has a smooth front end attached with triples.

Got my '70 XS-1 Drum brake front hub though. SWEET! and an old '70 XS-1 18" to match in the rear. Full stock exhaust for the 400 looks in great shape. Also another box of parts and a really nice set of working carbs for both bikes.

Detail shots to come...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Friggin weather

Below is from Environment Canada

Rain mixed with snow. Rainfall amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming north 40 gusting to 60 in the morning then diminishing to 20 in the afternoon. High plus 5.


Tuesday night:
Overcast. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light in the evening. Temperature steady near plus 2.

Sunny. High 17.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cagiva Elefant

I know, a big, ugly bike (though a solid Dakar contender in the late 80's), but perhaps the inspiration behind backwards engine blocks. A 90 degree L-Twin whose rear carb was in the way of the mono shock rear suspension. So they spun the rear cylinder around putting the carb between the heads. So when this butterfly flapped its wings in Italy, did it create the beautiful backwards triumph hurricane in England? Perhaps we'll never know. A pretty "out there" idea to come up with on your own.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

De Plane Boss

Keno invited me and the fam out to the hanger to see some planes the other night. The boy was stoked! They were pulling a turbine engine outta one plane. I was stoked! damn if it wasn't a sweet sight. Thanks again Keno for the tour. The boy's gonna milk me some day for flyin' lessons cuz of this.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Flin Flon in August

Any Interest? 3 days of bush riding, fishing, and general Jackassery.
1st night - Bakers Narrows
2nd night - Duck Mountain Provincial Park
3rd night - Back in the Stable

August 13-15 or August 27-29?

View Flin Flon trip option #1 in a larger map

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Honda Demos

I'm gonna ride me one of these FuGly MuleS. What a shit bag!

Come with me June 5th and you can ride tHis...which is equally FUGly.!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


New Black Keys Album out today. Go and get it! It's awesome. Like you expected any less.

Monday, May 17, 2010

CPR could save your life

This was sent to us by Blackbeard. It has a very important message. Thanks for being so safety conscious. We here at the Antiquated Mule share your concern. I myself have watched this informative video 9 times and plan to view it several more times by days end.

Sharted again...

"I think I'm gonna..."

Friday, May 14, 2010

TGRS Progress

Some progress on the Ting Garage Rod Shop this week including a sweet surprise from HamBone's new plasma cutter. Signage!

Daylight catcher. makes a huge difference.

Bench in place and some flooring support.

And a project stand for the new 650 engine. Details to follow...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fall out from Cursed Saturday

So we were not the only ones affected by Saturday. Meatstick came home that very same day to find that his full gas tank had leaked into his crankcase. A bit of investigation found that his vacuum tank valves were not closing so well and some new oil and gas and a trip to PA from La Ronge to prove everything was okay. I heard he has been bootin around PA with some boys so that's great.

On my Side, I've found out that throttle cables for an 84 are not in Rec supply's catalogs and custom cycle has them listed as Discontinued. So I am wondering if any of you mules have ever built a cable. I haven't but would like to know how they get the little ends on so I can just replace the cable on my KLR and use the old cladding.

The New Bike

or as a streetfighter

Not generally my thing, but got it for free not running. Cleaned the carb up and she goes! (70km/hr she goes!) I'm thinking ice tires.

The Slew

What happens when Kid Koala and Beastie Boys collaborator Dynomite D put together a soundtrack for a movie that has the bottom fall outta it...they fuckin' tour that shit anyway!

I don't listen to a lot of Electronic music any more, but you can bet I'll make every effort to see this damn show on July the 2nd!

See more THe sLEw

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lunch Run Sessions 2010 #1

Du Keeps proposed a lunch run today to start the season off right. I know, I know. We didn't send out a memo. Sorry. We took a quick ride down to Blackstrap along the old highway for starters. The roads were shite, but it was good weather.

Once we arrived it was time for a little Offroad action with the cruisers.

And after going down a rather steep hill, it was time to go back up. Hill climbs with highway bikes are AWESOME! Although to be honest this one was not a great challenge.

Proud enough with our accomplishments it was time for photos.

And fire prevention via moistening soil.


I love these Gooses. Sastard Sr. Had one on the Waskesiu trip last summer and it's a living history of performance parts. Brembo, Dell'Orto's, but his pic from Bubble Visor shows one with a feature not seen on Sr's. Check out the engine guard. Nice. Clean. Effective?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

And She Runs!

After a winter of fricking around with the carbs....

It was parked in fall of 2003 without fuel stabilizer. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I was going to ride it soon again, but then I bought another bike and neglected my poor 500. Needs air filters and the carbs need to be synced, but SHE RUN'S!!!

Sparkle and shine

Oh damn, how I wIsH this helmet fit me. I bought this kids helmet for Elliott on Kijiji today for $20. It needs to be recovered inside, but HoLY cHisTiPher that's awesome!!!! As usual with flake, the picture's don't do it justice.

Douche Bag

So in pursuit of pod filters for my CB 500/550 I thought "Why not check Rec Supply?"

Day 1
Me: Do you have pod filters for a 73 Honda CB500?
DB: You'd have to bring the carb in because they're all different sizes.
Me: Here it is.
DB: Oh. (putzes around looking for a measurer)
DB: (continues to putz around in the back looking for filters)
DB: (gives me 4 filters)
Me: These are the wrong size.
DB: (see step 5...)
Me: They look pretty long to fit in the frame.
DB: They'll fit. Everybody buys these.

Day 2
Me: I bought these filters yesterday and they don't fit.
DB: They are the smallest ones made.
Me: I've seen smaller ones on the internet.
DB: Then you should buy them on the internet.
Me: Could I have my money back then?
DB: The K&N's are bigger.
Me: I'm not asking for K&N's, can I have my money back?
DB: I need you credit card back then............

Just wanted to say thanks Rec Supply for always going the extra mile!

I just bid on some filters on egay that should fit perfect. (Brand new "UNI" filters which Rec Supply can order. They probably even have some in the back)

PS: I went to Custom Cycle looking for an OBSCURE discontinued carb part (for a honda) which they phoned every damned warehouse in N. America and made the guys actually LOOK on the shelves to find one.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Gods are against a Sat ride

Okay so First off, sorry to Brian. I think I writ yer # down wrong cuz I tried texting you but it wouldn't go through. Turns out you may have been a member of the damned though so you might have been lucky.

Around 4 I decided I'd earned a ride after putting a window in the shop and starting the insulating. I had massive bail outs from riders that were stoked yesterday, but found one guy who was ready to roll. Busted over to Keno's. He hadn't seen Dale all finished so he rode him around the block a bit. As he pulls in he says. "yer front brake's just for looks, eh?" We took a look and the rare CanAm brake cover had cracked in half. Fucker!

Refusing to accept defeat I say, " I'm good still got the rear drum, let's go". Oops, outta gas. We pull the tank of Shane's XS and drain it into Dale. Good off we go.

Ken's behind me two blocks later as I pull out onto Spadina. I look Ken. After waiting on the side of the road for a minute or two I turn back to find Ken pushing his KLR up the hill back to his garage.

Snapped throttle cable. Welll shiit.

We jumped in a car (not pictured) and got a 8 sack at the LB, pulled all the bikes at Moto Keno's Garage out so he could get the MG out and make some repair room for the other projects. I Ken's got one thing it's project vehicles...and a 919 with over 70,000 MILES on it.