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Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.
Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Giving my Monster, aka ‘Pandora’s Box’, a sponge bath on this lovely 80°F sunny San Diego day.

Yeah, sometimes she gets washed before and after a ride. So what? Gotta treat the ladies right if you want them to do the same. 

Had the pleasure of shooting with Shaik Ridzwan of the Mighty Motor this weekend in downtown Los Angeles with Pandora.

The location under third street not only looked rad but kept me out of the super hot sun. It was some 82°F in LA on Sunday even by 11a. It also allowed for a super cool aerial photo of the Monster. 

Topmost photo by Shaik Ridzwan. 

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MotoLady Three Year Party Review

The MotoLady Three Year Anniversary was actually back on January 12th, as that was the day I started the website officially. However, the celebration took place on January 25th at Deus ex Machina USA in Venice Beach, CA at 7p. 

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Birfday Weekend!

My buddy Chris (in Portland) called me on Thursday and told me he wanted to come down to San Diego for my birthday weekend. With the stipulation that we had to ride motorcycles (of course), how could I deny such a request? He loaded his GSXR into his van and drove down, arriving friday around 6. What a haul. 

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Yesterday we went for a ride through Julian, Santa Ysabel, up to Palomar. Chris is a fan of twisties and Palomar is definitely somewhat famous for riding in San Diego, so I figured I should take him there. We totalled probably 160 miles. I don’t have any gauges so I wouldn’t know…

Snowy as hell in Portland but the turn out for the first night of the One Show was amazing. I’m so stoked to have been able to bring Pandora even though the going was a little tough.

I do love Portland, look at those crazy folks who rode to the show in the ~5 inches of snow.

Road trip to the One Motorcycle Show 2014 (Part One?) - "We’re Not In SoCal Anymore!"

Loaded the Monster into my (super ridiculously tall) Tacoma yesterday morning and headed out to San Francisco to meet Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber for the next leg of the trip. 

Before you even start- no, hell no I’m not riding it there. There needs to be no other reason besides the safety of it- I have no want to drive through snow and sleet for the tail end of 1300 miles. I’d prefer Pandora and I get there in one piece. 

Anyway, I managed to miss all the LA traffic and blasted from San Diego to SF in about 7 hours. Crashed out a few hours later, got myself going around 9. We unloaded Pandora from my truck (always a feat) and put her up in Jensen’s trailer. Multiple messages from friends and instagrammers warning me about the weather in Portland which has turned from blah to pretty terrible.

The weather through Grant’s Pass is always sketchy for this trip, and dead of winter is not the choice time to go. There’s a winter storm warning there now, snow in Corvallis, Eugene, and now Portland. It’s 23 degrees there today, heavy winds and snowfall. 

Oh joy. I wonder why I moved to SoCal? The Monster is getting gross from road grime, which will happen eventually but still hurts to see. 

Anyway, here goes nothing. Driving through Oregon is going to be sketchy. (Drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t known for their snow driving skills.)

Pandora’s Out of the Box: First Real Monster Ride

Over two long years, with help from so many amazing people, I’ve finally got the Monster on the road. As I mentioned in my previous announcement, "Pandora’s Box" rides well but needs tweaking. In the past few days, with some helping hands, I’ve tweaked the carbs a bit and undone some damage from the previous owner(s). While my test riding the other day way nice, it was limited to a 20 mile radius of my place for obvious reasons. Can’t go braaping off into the sunset until you’ve got the gremlins hammered out. 

Today, rather than watching the Super Bowl, my friend Jess and I hit the road toward Campo on Hwy 94 from San Diego. A ride I’d already done twice, it was a good choice for stretching Pandora’s legs… or tires. 

I have to say… the Monster does well in the twisties. 

The majorest of major Monster Project updates… the build’s finished. I suppose to say the bike named Pandora’s Box is complete seems pretty oxymoronic, and let’s be real… it really is. No build is ever finished, and I’ll be tweaking and changing things on this girl for months to come I’m sure. Already on the list… moving rear set positioning, angles of the clip on bars, and likely rejetting the carbs.
Pandora and I took our first ride today in over two years- somewhat short for testing purposes. From Cerberus in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego where I was working on her, over to Trophy Motorcycles on El Cajon for some new spark plugs, then out to Mission Beach for a mini photoshoot. Yes, she feels great. The 748 front end on there definitely made it ride more like a sportbike (gee I wonder why) and it turns in with just the thought of an approaching corner. Quick as a bunny, with a throaty purr that sounds like it’s coming from the depths of my heart. 
Indiegogo folks- don’t worry, I’ll be starting on the rewards portion of the campaign and will deliver them asap. You have not been forgotten by any means. Thank you again for your support and helping make this dream come true… I was jumping up and down like a little kid in the crux of a sugar high after I took her out on the road.
Last note- the build phases of the Monster Project will be updated on this here website, very soon. I had forgone the blogging portion of the project in order to get the thing done [finally]. 

The majorest of major Monster Project updates… the build’s finished. I suppose to say the bike named Pandora’s Box is complete seems pretty oxymoronic, and let’s be real… it really is. No build is ever finished, and I’ll be tweaking and changing things on this girl for months to come I’m sure. Already on the list… moving rear set positioning, angles of the clip on bars, and likely rejetting the carbs.

Pandora and I took our first ride today in over two years- somewhat short for testing purposes. From Cerberus in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego where I was working on her, over to Trophy Motorcycles on El Cajon for some new spark plugs, then out to Mission Beach for a mini photoshoot. Yes, she feels great. The 748 front end on there definitely made it ride more like a sportbike (gee I wonder why) and it turns in with just the thought of an approaching corner. Quick as a bunny, with a throaty purr that sounds like it’s coming from the depths of my heart. 

Indiegogo folks- don’t worry, I’ll be starting on the rewards portion of the campaign and will deliver them asap. You have not been forgotten by any means. Thank you again for your support and helping make this dream come true… I was jumping up and down like a little kid in the crux of a sugar high after I took her out on the road.

Last note- the build phases of the Monster Project will be updated on this here website, very soon. I had forgone the blogging portion of the project in order to get the thing done [finally]. 

MotoLady Three Year Party (mini post)

There’ll be many more photos to come, but in the mean time I wanted to share a few details about last night with all of you who weren’t able to make it. The MotoLady Three Year Anniversary Party started at 7p at Deus Emporium in Venice Beach (Los Angeles) California.

In review: I finished the Monster (dubbed “Pandora’s Box”) in time for the event- it was on display in the Deus showroom blinging away in the spotlight for all to see. Attendees enjoyed BBQ hot dogs, enjoyed Sailor Jerry mixed drinks and Pabst tall boys. The raffle was epic, to say the least.

My first Snap On tools! SO EXCITE, squeeeee!

My first Snap On tools! SO EXCITE, squeeeee!

Monster Project mini update- got the bike unloaded and on the bench at Cerberus, attached chain tonight. 

Monster Project mini update- got the bike unloaded and on the bench at Cerberus, attached chain tonight. 

For those of you who don’t have loads of mechanical experience and are still learning like me- here’s a quick trick for tapping threads. 
In the case of my Monster- some clear coat got all up into the threads of the tank strap mount holes making replacing the screws a bit sketchy. The last thing I want to do is mangle the threads and have to helicoil something in such a delicate area.
Apply a little bit of drill/tap lube (just a little bit) to your tap before screwing it in so that it picks up all the dust/metal shavings/dirt and also makes it easier to cut through whatever is blocking up your threads (such as rust). Very effective. 

For those of you who don’t have loads of mechanical experience and are still learning like me- here’s a quick trick for tapping threads. 

In the case of my Monster- some clear coat got all up into the threads of the tank strap mount holes making replacing the screws a bit sketchy. The last thing I want to do is mangle the threads and have to helicoil something in such a delicate area.

Apply a little bit of drill/tap lube (just a little bit) to your tap before screwing it in so that it picks up all the dust/metal shavings/dirt and also makes it easier to cut through whatever is blocking up your threads (such as rust). Very effective. 

Goin’ goin’ back back… to Cali, Cali… Today was the big move South! Cristi Farrell (of the Moteriffic Podcast) was more than a darling, she flew up to help me prep/pack and acted as uber-awesome co-pilot for our truck haul to Los Angeles. We sang car-aeoke, she napped a couple times, and I consumed copious amounts of caffeine.

My friend Sean gave me a hand installing the cheap-o wheel chock I got for the bed of the truck- combined that with a canyon dancer and the Monster was sturdy as hell.

I’ll be heading to my final destination (San Diego) after a good rest. I have been up over 24 hours, drove about 16 straight through night, and only slept four hours the night before that. I’ll have access to shop tools to finish the final fabrication on the Monster Project, and it will soon hit the road on it’s own two wheels (knock on wood). 

Monster Project: Phase 20

So, last we left off… the Monster Project was mostly put back together, and at Heath’s shop for ease of some last major-ish tasks. 

The main thing left was refinishing the scraped up engine covers. 

Monster Project: Phase 19

The last part of the Monster building process that I wrote an ‘official’ article about was when I finished the rolling chassis at SDS and moved it to my living room for awhile

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