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    well, today was a beautiful day, so i rolled the old fellow out into the sun and took a few more pictures. looks alot better on the ground than it does on the lift. then i rode it around the grounds a bit. everything seemed to work like it was supposed to. maybe tomorrow i'll go across the street where there's a nice quiet neighborhood with a large loop where i can get it into 3rd gear. the man on with the big grin is my buddy Ray Arndt. he's been in the motorcycle industry 51 years. he and his wife Cindy closed their "Mom & Pop" shop, March 1st, 2014. I had the privilege of working for Ray full time from 2011 til they closed their doors in 2014. Ray's the guy who said, "Why don't you build it?" when i was bringing in pieces to the shop to share the pain and the joy.

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    here's a few more pics. The Olive Green really is wonderful color, it shifts it's hue, depending on the light.

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    and for shits an giggles, here's some pics of me on different bikes i had growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    Wow. What a beautiful thing. Well done sir.




    Kevin
    Thanks Kevin, i appreciate your commendation !

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    Bravo! Well done! Words can't describe how much I admire your craftsmanship! I wish we lived closer. It would be an honor and a privilege to ride with you on
    our JD's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harleytoprock View Post
    Bravo! Well done! Words can't describe how much I admire your craftsmanship! I wish we lived closer. It would be an honor and a privilege to ride with you on
    our JD's.
    Thanks John, for your very kind words and your support. That would be fantastic to do a ride together !

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    ain't no ridin' for a while. Springtime in the Rockies. been snowin' for nearly 24 hours now, over 8 inches of heavy, wet, tree branch breaking white yuk.

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    Well, a week ago this past Monday, my buddy Wiff brought his trailer and we took the JD to my garage at home. I can't really express the feelings i had bringing it home at last. Relief, excitement and just plain flat out really happy. To have spent so much time to come to the point the bike could leave the shop and finally be at home with me. sounds mushy, but wtf, i LOVE motorcycles. anyway, today i got up the moxie to take a spin with the old fellow. Let me preface, May 4, i had my 1st cataract surgery, so i have 20/15 vision at 2 miles in my operated eye and and 20/20 vision at 2 inches in my not yet operated eye. to deal with the disparity between the 2 eyes, i took the left lens out of the glasses and left the lens in the right side. so, everything looks larger out of my left operated eye and smaller in the right eye that i still use a lens to see at a distance, not the best depth perception. anyway.... the day was beautiful, sunlit and 75 degrees. i took my crusty little 1965 Yamaha YG1-K Rotary Jet 80 and scouted out a 2.8 mile route in the neighborhood, good thing i did, as one part of the route had a 4 way stop that cars would blow through without stopping. Fore-warned is fore-armed, as they say. so, i took the JD out on this route, not much opportunity for much high High Gear work, but still....... WHAT A BLAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything seemed to work like it was supposed to, the trip-meter on the old Corbin odo recorded 7.4 miles and the top speed needle locked in at just over 28 mph.

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    Wow Steve another great milestone, your first ride after it is finished. What a great day.

    John

    P.S. I think you may be running low on oil supplies!

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    Ha ! thanks John ! the oil tank's full and i have 15 quarts on hand ! Shell Aviation 50W ashless dispersant.

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