FOR NOVEMBER 2006
WEEK 2 | WEEK 3
| WEEK 4
ending November 26th, 2006
Back from Willow Springs in one piece - haha. I had dinner
with friends on Saturday night then headed to the track. I
decided to stop in Lancaster at 10:00 pm and get a room. There
was a guy there that had been traveling for 19 hours with
a 40ft long trailer. He couldn't find a place to park so I
helped him back his trailer up and we found a spot in the
next parking lot. It was cold (around 32 degrees). The next
morning I got up around 6am and made it to the track by 7am.
It was still very cold so I waited until the second session
before going out. Of course as it warmed up the winds also
started gusting to around 20mph making it real fun around
Right away the front end was skipping everywhere, especially
through turn 8. That was immediately noticeable because I
took it easy on the first session instead of trying to make
a fast lap right out of the gate. After the session I went
to see Dave and he said that my springs were set too stiff
so he lightened them up and adjusted the rebound and compression
dampening. After that the bike handled much, much better.
Odds are the incorrect suspension settings (which I had done
right before I crashed) are what contributed to the tank slapper.
The front would not stay planted in any of the turns during
the session. The forks were extending all the way out making
the bike's geometry unstable. (Hello "tank slapper!")
I was pretty far off my fastest pace but it was good to get
back out on the track and come home with both me and the bike
undamaged. I'll probably go back again in December over WSMC
weekend to get more track time before racing again in January.
finally found a suitable, local place to park my bike trailer.
I'm glad because I don't want to leave it in Elisnore as that's
a long drive and running around with my trailer attached to
my truck all the time wasn't a good alternative.
was great at Saddleback. They had the Cowboy/Buccaneer game
on the big screen and there were more people than I expected
but many volunteers. I helped out where I could, made a few
new friends and overall had a great time. It was different
than how I have spent Thanksgiving in the past but sometimes
change is good (the only thing constant is change) and being
able to serve others helps me feel like I am giving something
Week ending November
Most of this past weekend I spent priming and sanding the
Sharkskinz bodywork for the RR. I actually sanded until my
fingers bled (literally). The last couple times I painted
the bike I didn't do a good sanding job but this time I want
the surface to look like glass, especially when I paint the
clear over it.
should have the Bandit lowers completed this week so it'll
be great to get those on the bike to see how it looks. It's
been a long project and to see it finally completed will be
a joy. I still need to take the Bandit over to Mission to
get it on the dyno and double check the a/f readings. Even
though the bike is making 137 hp at the rear wheel the compression
check came out low for what it should have (155 vs 180).
Thanksgiving this week. I have a lot to be Thankful for. My
awesome family and friends, a business that is doing well,
a great Church, my health and so many other things. I've been
invited to several places for Thanksgiving (and thank you!)
but I'll be volunteering at Saddleback's Single's ministry.
You are welcome to come by Thursday at 3pm if you have no
place to go for Thanksgiving.
ending November 12th, 2006
Since this is the first blog, I guess I should bring you up
to date on what's been going on this year. Other than crashing
at Willow this past July (sustaining a bad concussion and
breaking my collar bone, ruining my helmet, gloves and my
SX-1 leathers) I've been working hard at the office and really
diving into my bike projects. (see BIKES
page). I have been working out regularly, hanging out with
friends a lot, staying involved in the Church and basically
enjoying life. I can't complain about anything as life's been
treating me well and I am very thankful for that.
week I was on my way downstairs to work when I saw a small
lizard on the top of my stairs leading to the garage. I thought
I would do the right thing so I gently picked him up, took
him out the front door and set him down carefully in the bushes.
Seeing he was going to escape the capture, with joyous glee
he leaped from my hand into the safety of the bushes but not
before leaving me with a present - he peed on my hand! No
good deed goes unpunished, they say. ;)
I am riding the Bandit to work just about every day since
the rebuild was complete (except when I have client meetings).
I had almost forgotten how great it was to be able to ride
on the street! Riding puts me into this sort of "meditative"
state as it clears my mind. I always seem to be able to think
problems through better when I am on two wheels. (Just to
add, the new power of the 1216 kit makes the bike a joy to
ride with plenty of torque to spare.)
Over the course of 2006 I have learned that faith is really
where it's at. You can (and will) kill
yourself trying to take control of your life. I have experienced
this phenomenon first hand. I found myself trying to stay
one step ahead of God's will and plan for me. That's not a
good place to be at all. It's a hard lesson in humility and
I "got edu-macated" quite fast. The best laid
plans of mice and men are no match for what God has in
store for our lives. Once you hand things over to His will
you'll find yourself in a much happier place and peace will
be with you. It's so much easier (and healthier) to let things
go than it is to trying to wrest control from God. Interfering
in His plans for your life is a sure fire way to misery and
unhappiness... I just finished the New Testament and have
started on the Old Testament so I guess you could say God
is on my mind a lot - more than ever - and I'm glad :)
More to come next week. Until then, keep it shiny side up
and remember to "kiss the mirror..." (riding tip,
not a ego trip, kids! - haha) Cheers!