Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Fishman,,,Traveling Tramp..

Phone goes off a 5am..Damn what's up with this..I check the screen with a finger hovering over the ignore button(Best thing since penicillin)and see the long lost Fishman must have taken his meds and calmed down..Only been a little over a year since the political rants got the best of him..

Me and the Fishman have had a few biker moments both on two wheel and in life..Carefree living and failure to communicate with those who just don't get it..We sailed his 70 foot boat from San Diego to La Paz where we spent 4 days attempting to find out if you can really hallucinate from drinking mescal..never hit that peak prior to passing out..We rode up to Aberdeen Washington to pick mushrooms only to find out we were a month to late..it rained and snowed all the way home..we laughed out loud all the way back..

I meet the Fishman in about '82..I was racing a little flat track and he was riding in the sidehack flat track..Now anyone who has seen a sidehack flat track race will understand this guy was nucking futs..We had a good time on the circuit that year..by the end I had figured out I was never going to go as fast as the fast guys and the Fishman found out that at 38 hitting fences wasn't much fun...we both walked away but remain friends for all these years..We moved houses together for 10 years until the market went south..

Fishman we a door gunner in Nam..Went in at 17 and popped his cherry and his ear drum in the same week..Stayed in long enough to get hit 4 times and win a bunch of brass..

So todays call went something like this..Hey asshole wake up..I'm sitting at Starbucks dipshit..You see the news????..No I'm reading it on my blackberry..You see what the moron in charge is doing??..No I try to avoid that shit until afternoon..He is going to Copenhagen to try and get the Olympics for Chicago..So...What??SO!!!Troops are dying in our wars, the country is broke..people are starving..no fucking jobs...and you say so..

Well Big Fish I told you so didn't I???

See you in Vegas..Fishman..keep the faith..Ride on..

Rat

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Street Vibrations, Tranny Vibrations and the old scooters made it home again..



The weatherman said summer was over a few days back..it's noon and 101 degree's..damn fools. Street Vibrations ended before it started. We got a hundred miles or so away before throwing in the towel..The dirty one's pan started draining batterys before we hit Merced..Leaving the local shop the shovel picked up a Vibration,,before we hit Ripon the Tramps 1969 Triumph dropped a piston so we limped into Love's and found it a ride home..About Elk Grove the shovel was shaking pretty good so we pulled into the shop..Damn poor baby dumped a quart of primary oil before I got the jiffy down..LOL..found a pair of lower bolts snapped off at the bottom of the outer cover so went in bent over and got a gasket and a fresh pair of bolts..paid the morgage for the shop in the process..

We popped the old girl open and found enough metal shavings to build a high end honda and knew it was over..Patched her back together and went into Sac for some roast duck and DosXX..Party's over..

Rolled them home slow and easy yesterday..Lot's of oil and laughs..Greasy burgers and almost sudden death in a gas station..I believe the dirty reffered to the moron as a cameltoe with ears..we were riding and it was all good..our oldtimers made it home again..a little TLC in the next few months and they will do it again next year..By then Mondo might have the paint finished on the '02..Ride Free all..

Rat

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

so me an Harley had anutha Weekend away


yup i got drunk again met up with a few more friends , Shane said
"hey start it up lets hear wot it sounds like"



so i did and Harley must've had a long night aswell or summit coz it fired up but sounded lazy as fuck and i loved the sound it was making

hmmmmmm got home Sunday Afternoon got the video camera out and fired the bike up would the fucker sound the same nope , fucked about with the idle screw i'd get it to go lazy walk away to start the camera and the fucker would wait till i just about pressed the button on the vid cam an go back too sleep..fukker !!!

so eventually after a few attempts and being my diplomatic self and not cursin the bike (too much or too loudly in case it heard me) i got that lazy offbeat sound i heard at the rally on tape

god that noise makes all the hairs on my neck stand up its amazing

somehow i reckon Harley was idling at roughly 280-300 rpm you can just about count 4 beats a second

and before you ask nope i'm not stupid enuf to let the engine idle like all the time

i still wake up each morning with the biggest smile as i catch a eyefull of Harley right across from me in the room

i'm guessing this is what true love is all about lol

oh yeah here's one of the Tee-shirts i got sent by Rat an mq01 a while back been out to 3 different events an wore one of the 3 each time , i guess i'll need some more tee-shirts to choose from soon , no that ain't a subtle hint for more shirts to be sent lmao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOZDSEMhY0

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The death of a laptop....

I knew it was coming, it ran slower and missed more shifts than the shovel ever did..Been house hunting in El Nido, Raymond, Jamestown, Twain Harte..Sonora, Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, Badger, Phelan, Rosamond and Solvang..Found one today riding through a littlle berg on the way back to see the boys..More to come..Back to the laptop..Been back firing and sputtering for a couple of years I guess..Hell it had more miles on it than 98% of the rides at bike night..Went black on me a week or so ago so I waited a day and hit the reset button..It blew more smoke out the rear ports than a 1971 Hodaka Wombat..I knew it was over..So here I sit trying to break in a new one..about all I saved was emails and I got some healthy ones..

I'm going to share one from a sorry little punk who didn't have the spine to post it in the public forum..

Ratfuck,

Your blog should be called 2 racist bastards or be banned from the site. Your Total disrespect for the President is a disgrace to all Americans. You should be locked up for treason. If we ever cross paths I have something for you.

Bob Earl
Kansas City Mo.

Dear Mr. Earl,

Please keep your limp wrist gay tendencies in Kansas. When I awakened today I was in a country that openly allows freedom of speech and expression. I understand that in your narrow view only applies to liberals and those far to the left in the party of asses..who are working diligently to undermine our constitution and end the way of life as we know it..It's not working if you have failed to notice due to those who are willing to speak out and stand up for what they believe in and what is our constitutional right. So in closing if you feel the urge to respond due so in the public forum..Pussy..

Rat

This shit's getting ugly friends but speak out and be heard before we have these lowlife in the drivers seat..Be America..I'm going to watch the 49ers and play with my boys..see if I can figure out this new laptop and relax..Enjoy..ride safe..

Rat

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Finally a Weekend away


Needed to do some Shakedown miles on the Harley . Weds night i rode it into the recovery van rolled over to the relief drivers house said to him hey mate we've got one on board usually that signals he has a job waiting , then i said no rush it's mine . Short stop at his digs for a Coffee then i rolled the Harley out of the Truck Gareth just said Ride Safe and off i went for a Short 20 odd mile hop back to my local watering hole . Couple of pints then put the Harley to bed in the Living room.

Following Morning rolled it out again and off i went no direction or idea's just needed miles under the wheels to see whats gonna vibrate loose and fall off , these damm EVO engines get the hump when you rigid mount em the Rubber Mounted previous frame would let the motor bounce and jump around in the frame not anymore now all the vibes are felt through me and it wasn't that bad

Took the Harley out on various roads , stopped after 50 miles walked round the bike whilst having a smoke to see if anything was missing nope hit her up and rode some more , ended up down at a coastal pub thats bike friendly had a chat sunk a pint then off again

finally after 120 miles i got home only needed to tighten up the bars so all in it was a good day

Friday came the proper test had to figure out how the hell i was gonna strap my tent and doss bag on for the weekends rally , across the bars everything went then a big ol courier bag carried me cooker , food and other basic stuff

Anutha goood ride to the Rally rolled her in found a decent spot and put the tent up after that it was hello liver time for some beer abuse for the next two days an nights , catchin up with friends i only see at rallies people slapping me on the back saying how much they like the bike , oh and borrowing a few tools as know the bars where tight the goddam riser bolts ad worked loose still the bike needs a while to settle in and eventually the engine will stop being a b'stard and settle in its new frame right now its just arguing with the frame and running parts a bit me i'm enjoying the ride

love the pic above the late summer sun is low in the sky early evenings now and i just managed by luck to get a decent shot of the bike basking in all its glory watching the world go by

It better get used to the view i'm away this weekend to anutha rally aswell

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson, Rat's man of the week,,,let's ride..



Rep. Joe Wilson Has shown the Rat man there is one honest political figure left..You know there is time to call a spade a spade..Keep up the good work Joe..We get labeled racists for not falling in behind the commie scheme to end America as we know it...It has nothing to do with color and everything to do with being an American and loving our freedom..That's right Guns, choices and the right to express yourself..Thanks again Joe...



Who ordered the rain in the bay area..Left Sonora at 3am Saturday heading to Walnut Creek..Got the 02' almost right it's going to Mondo for new paint in the morning..Pics when it is Ratted out..Back to the story..

Pulled into the TA Truck stop in Santa Nella at around 5:30am meet TS and his soon to be trade bait sporty for some coffee as the sprinkes and lighting bounced around us..Walking through the place I had a strange thing happen..this raggedy dude walks by and says excuse me..as I pass him he say's and fuck you very much too..It took me a second to figure it out and as I turned to eyeball the dude he is working his next victim..I had to laugh..The place serves up a damn good buffet if your passing through..

Couple of hours of rain and lighting then a damn fine ride into Walnut Creek..TS is aboard a new Street Glide and we spent the day putting around the area visiting some bro's in Oakland and Martinez..a night in Pittsburg and a day of riding back to the valley..

Thanks TS..I could do a road glide..rock on bro..

Rat

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sept. 11



Hard to believe how fast the years go by since the Twin Towers toppled and for a short time we were a country united. I was sitting back having my morning coffee and watching MSNBC before they became a platform for liberal politics and we didn't have fox news yet. A buddy called me it must of been 6:30 am and asked if I was watching the news..Seconds after the call I watched the second plane hit tower two...

I remember the goosebumps, fear and anger..Outrage and emptiness..I stayed home and watched the TV the whole day and like most of Americans in total disbelief..

Today I am feeling disbelief over the direction my country is heading. We have a group of elected morons who despite the will of the people are taking the country in a direction we do not wish to go..Speak up and be heard my friends..

Rat

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thunder is the Sun ..#1

Sixteen hours of hard ass riding to get to this god forsaken hole. Left Santa Fe with a single Franklin in my pocket and a pair of skinny saddle bags. Figured I was dogmeat outside Tuscon when the redlights and horns came up behind me. Thanks to the sweet blond going ninety in the Audi I’m still rolling. After thirty years of hard riding I thought I was ready to put some grass under my feet and relax. Not yet, not today anyway..

Got a call from a bro, shit hit the fan you need to roll. Looked around my new digs and heard the “You should be out looking for a job” and understood it was time to ride. She was sweet up to the time we started playing house. I be right back I’m just heading to Cal for a few days..See ya..

Our operation had been up and running for sixteen years. It started out as a payback and grew from there. Simple and straight forward just like our quite motto. Sometimes you have to break the law to do the right thing..It’s went from game plans scribbles on a dirty napkin to full blown computer enhanced arrangements. Damn the things that go through your head after to many hours of riding..

Rosamond and the hide away in the high desert are an hour away. Time for some answers. My bodies throbbing and my mind keeps going the wrong direction. The hot deserts, truck stop corndogs, lack of sleep and the need to hard throttle have taken their toll but I have a feeling today is far from over..

A short from chapter #1...part 2 coming soon..

Rat

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Red, we all know one..



We all have a friend or know someone named Red..I know four of them..Red #3 is a cowboy, real life makes his living working cows. I'm looking for a shack and he has some stuff in strange spots so I called him yesterday and asked if he had anything open..He say's ya..I branding in the morning outside Gustine why don't come by..I got direction and a good nights sleep..

About 4am I'm sitting back and a thought came to me..I have a friend who I have never rode with..we talked about riding to nowhere and the in between to nowhere was Andersons Split Pea soup in Santa Nella..So instead jumping in the truck I got acquainted with the Shovel and took the high road to 33..and had that missed breakfast from the past..It only left me hungry..

Now I had never pounded any pavement in the back roads of Los Banos..If your looking for some sights, sneaky frickin corners..cows and cruise..Jump off I-5 in Santa Nella and head west on Henry Miller Rd..Take a left on Treasure Island and ride..just go..Don't stop at Red #3's spead unless your wanting to work..After about 20 years not riding and roping by noon the score was Rat-2 and the little cows -17..No shack but a 120 year old adobe if I want it..

The ride renewed and reinvigorated..Got the urge to write...11 chapters down in the Rat book..No stories just some biker lore with a twist..I'm going to try a readers digest a chapter or two and post them..Writing started out so easy until one day I drew a blank..So here I sit..see ya..

Rat

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wow, what a ride

Some of the wildest rides in life don't require a key or a start button. Been on one for the last couple of weeks..House was in escrow for six months and in the last few hours the RE calls and say's it's done..I had made some wild demands on the last extension, no nothings and all the dough..I got what I was hoping I didn't..So I'm a homeless Rat..LOL

First though was I am moving out of California so we flew off to the Big Easy..Looked at a few places..one really cool 3rd story flat in a 1700's Tara type mansion..Did the harley rental and went to Galveston..Can't see myself with a Texas tag..Rented a car and hit the Florida west coast..Found a place with a bomb shelter..super cool if you date the undead or vampires..

So here I sit, living in a hotel and back in California..where after searching I am staying..we got it all except low prices..Hey you can buy some cool shit in the south for a quarter of what we pay for it here..but you don't have the mountains, deserts, beaches or weather..I got to ride..

So off to find a shack today..should of not rented out the condo..Oh well I'm back and going riding..see ya..

Rat

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Passed the final test Today



If fits indoors , finally after 119 long Days i'm gonna get a Decent nights Sleep me an Harley say thanks to everyone for yer good wishes and support

all up i reckon i came close too chucking $10,000 into this bike its a complete one off

Uk Prices are way over the Top no one makes the General stuff so its all imported into the UK which adds to the prices over here

course all the frame and metal fab work was Handled by Joe at Fenlands Choppers he also sorted out all the Powedercoating and the wiring

the Bike is fucking tiny and so much lighter now .

got a few more things planned for the Future

for now though as i sit here typing i can't wipe this shit eating Grin i have on my face , its actually better looking in metal sitting here than on photographs i'm so goddam happy i may explode

its a crap pic Weather here has been fucking awfull all day but nothing can wipe the smile off my face

me an Harley are gonna bugger off to its maiden Rally on the 11th-13th Sept time to show the bike off as far as i'm concerned there's no better looking Bike in the goddam World and its all mine my Last bike , but it seems to me i've saved the Best one too Last yehaa