This morning I posted about how much I liked the idea of the new CRF300 Rally. Well I just put a deposit on one. I called up the closest Honda dealer just to see if they’d be getting any in March they said they’re getting 4 but 3 of them are called for. The one they had left was a Rally which is the one I want. So I put down 500 to get my name on it. It’ll arrive sometime this March. I am fully stoked.
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I Put My Money Where My Mouth Is
Nosey Neighbor Thinks My BMW Can’t Tow a Boat. So they called the cops.
So yesterday I had police officer stop by to check up in a compliant that my neighbor made.
My neighbor claimed that I hade welded on a home made hitch onto my car, and that my “little” car shouldn’t be towing a boat. They also claimed they saw me welding on my car, and that the hitch had broken several times….
The cop took one look at my car, and brushed it off. I told him it was a bolt on Curt brand hitch and I had it professionally installed at a local place. I also told him my car is rated to tow 1700lbs, and that hitch is rated for 2,500 much more that the 1400lbs my boat, and trailer weights.
The thing that really gets me is that an e90 3 series is not a little car. It’s a 3800lb, 15ft long, AWD sedan, with a 3.0l inline 6. Any car that size should be able to safely tow a 14ft boat. But lots people think you need a pickup to tow anything.
As for me “welding” on my car I did have it hooked up to a battery charger the other day. I was fixing the lights on my trailer, and had the car’s lights on without it running for a bit too long. Maybe that thought it was a welder? The thing is, even if I had DIY welded some square tubing to my car and built my own hitch, that isn’t illegal! At least not in Wisconsin.
My Car Isn’t Totaled!
Friday an appraiser came out an looked at my car, and assessed the damages at just under $5,200 still pretty crazy but low enough for the car to not be totaled. I just went to the body shop and it’s scheduled to go in next Monday.
In the mean time I have a brake job to do. Literally a few hours before the accident I ordered a rear brakes service kit, parking brake shoes, and oil change kit from FCP Euro.
I Bought a Boat Again
About a week ago posted about a vintage runabout boat I was thinking about buying. Today I bought it. Here she is.
It turned out I didn't need to go t the cities to get the boat, he owner had it at his cabin in Two Harbors, he was a very nice guy, very friendly, and it seems, honest.
I made to 5 hour round trip, and then came home picked up my son and we took it for a spin. it runs great!
The little Starcraft I bought last year is listed for sale hopefully I get a few hundred for it. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3162365507326058/
Oh i nearly had a bad day. I got about a mile from the seller house when I looked in my mirror and realized the boat wasn't strapped down to the trailer at all. the wench was the only thing holding it on, and it had about 6 inches of slack. They had only used it to move the boat out of the water since they had a ramp right there at their cabin. I'm so glad I'm so glad I noticed it. It was a good reminder to be careful and check your mirrors when your towing stuff.
Dirt Bike Acquired.
I went and picked up this SSR110 today. It’s a project, but the boy is very excited.
So far it needs.
A new throttle and cable
New brake lever/master cylinder
An air filter
A fuel petcock, fuel line and filter
A chain (I checked the sprockets they looks good lol)
Tires, I’m going to wait on those as their about 40 bucks a pop.
I think that’s it.
But I did get it running, idling, and moving on its own power just with some gas in a funnel. We tore it down today, I’ll be getting plastics Jonah has decided to go with Yamaha yellow so it’ll match my XT200.
I ended up getting it for 200 buck. Just placed a 90 dollar order for parts. Looks like everything will be here by next weekend. We should have it’ll all done by April.
Took the new little red boat for its first real trip today. We went about 20 miles south to Lake Namekagen, did some riding around and a bit of fishing. Well, casting and reeling anyway. The whole trip was great, the boat didn’t have any problems. Biggest hiccup was that I somehow couldn’t find a single plug in my boat, or my cart. Thankfully a nice guy who was bringing his boat in had a spare. I tried to pay him for it, but he wouldn’t let me. Good to know there are still nice people who are willing to help somebody out.
I didn’t notice till I got home, but I must have absolutely creamed a rock. Too two big chunks off my prop, it cracked along the sides of the prop too, like it tried to rip the blades right off. There was a few small chips in it when I bought it, but it’s definitely worse. This missing paint was my fault too, I put it in sand Friday, gave it a nice polish.
Safe to say I have a thing or two to learn about boating.
I’m Sad to Report that I am a Dummy.
Toinight I got my Marauder back together. Yay! It needed a new fork oil seal, and due to getting the wrong parts it spent a month on a stand waiting for the right ones.
Well today while putting it all back together, when I got to putting the blinkers back on, I got one side done, then realized I had either dropped, or absent-mindedly set the bolt for the other side down.
I spent 10 minutes looking for it, then 5 minutes looking for a match in my bucket of spares. Found one, took the bike for a test ride.
Then I got home went to the bathroom and realized the bolt is been missing was in my left front pocket.
Yeah I’m blaming ADHD on this one.
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Whole Bunch of Classic Cars for Sale
Just found this CL listing of a bunch of classic cars for sale. They even actually prided them.
I really like this magnum.
Here’s the listing
RE: What a mess
@pip-bip It looks like my dad built it.
the house I grew up in was a 60x12 trailer with about 7 additions, non of them were planned. but as more kids came, the house had to get bigger, then my grandmother moved in, and it needed to get even bigger, then he saved up enough to add a garage, and a "3 season room".
Here it is on Google, 16 years after we moved out. Someone actually took off the addition on the front of the house, that was just a mudroom tho.
RE: This or That 91
@classicdatsundebate Ive always wanted one of those L.L. Bean edition Subaru Outbacks, partially because I'm from Maine, where having L.L. Bean boots, is standard equipment, and having a L.L. Bean backpack in school was a status symbol, But also becuase they have the 3.0 H6.
RE: Kicking it old school: Camping edition.
@ibrad i went camping with my brother in law, he brought this overkill tent. It’s 7-8feet tall, and sleeps 8. It also goes up in about 5 minutes. Although it is heavy. It’s definitely not something would want to carry more than 100 feet from your vehicle. But love never seen a tent that’s easier to set up, and like you said it’s nice to be able to stand up in your tent. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-8-Person-Tenaya-Lake-Fast-Pitch-Cabin-Camping-Tent-with-Closet-Light-Blue/44490030
Just realized that isn’t the right tent.