Thursday, April 21, 2016
I was always eyeing the RT1200RT since it pretty much is the quintessential sport-touring machine. Never really gave the K's any thought, especially the older 1200's or 1300's. All it took was a short time with this K for me to totally change my mind on them. For starters, this bike is immaculate. garage kept, hardly ridden, and equipped with several key upgrades that make it even better (bar back kit, peg lowering kit, PIAA aux lights, and Givi Top Box). Not to mention what comes stock on these machines (electronic cruise control, heated grips and seat, side cases, power windscreen adjustment, and a monster inline 4-cyl engine with 130 bhp and LOTS of torque).
Have had it for ~6 weeks now and love it more an more every day. Have done (2) 150 mile rides so far, including a recent trip to Lowman and back. This bike is a miles eater and is a great mix of power and comfort. Looking forward to putting another 50k miles on it!
Friday, December 27, 2013
- I realized a career milestone by being promoted to Vice President at my company. This is just one more piece of evidence that moving to Boise was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
- Got 2 sets of stamps on my passport (Victoria, British Columbia and Amsterdam, Netherlands). The latter as a EU layover on my to Vienna, Austria. The former was part of a week-long graduation trip for our amazing niece Jordan. We had a great time exploring Seattle and Victoria quacking like a duck, climbing Space Needles, and managing to hold down our cookies on the 'Vomit Comet.'
|View from top of the |
Space Needle in Seattle
|Hofburg Palace in Vienna|
- I decided to go to grad school after 19+ years to work on an Executive MBA at Boise State. Hopefully graduating in May 2015. It took a great program like BSU's to tempt me enough to take the plunge and make the commitment. I'm one semester into the program and already feel I've gotten a tremendous amount out of it. My friends joke that I'm working on Joe ver 2.0. The funny part is there's a lot of truth to that.
- I flew more miles than I ever have in one year, yet it felt like I spent less time traveling than usual. Try & figure that one out...
|Fenway from on top of the 'Monstah'|
- Added 2 new baseball parks to my list of ones visited. Fenway Park in Boston and Safeco Field in Seattle. Both were amazing in their own ways. Perhaps the best examples of how great 'old' and 'new' parks can be. Even better was the decision to buy tickets on top of the Green Monster in Left Field. The experience is nothing short of magical for a real Red Sox fan.
- The Red Sox won the World Series again with perhaps the best TEAM they've ever had. Definitely not the most talented group, but one that exemplified team in every way. One of the most deserving team wins ever.
- Continued to love riding and customizing the V-Strom. My season was cut short by early snow but hope to get back in the saddle as soon as possible.
Monday, August 26, 2013
After much consideration, I decided to go through with the Executive MBA program at BSU. Went to the new student orientation, met some of my classmates, and received my first assignments. Its all good so far but then again, the fun hasn't really started yet.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Our friends D&D wanted chairs with a curved back pattern, so we decided to go with Norm Abram's design from the New Yankee Workshop. I have one of Norm's books that provides the plan and layout for templates, so that made getting started pretty easy. The wood we choose we reclaimed redwood from my old deck, which was replaced last year with Trex. I am glad I saved the old 2x6 redwood boards since a project like this is perfect for them. It took quite a bit of time jointing, re-sawing, and planing the old deck boards into usable 4x stock, but it was worth the effort. We ended up with ~200 bf of usable boards with really nice character. The photo below shows the stack of redwood after the considerable milling was done.
The process included sorting the boards for the best stock, tracing the outlines of the templates, rough cutting the shapes on the band saw, then trimming the stock to the template using a pattern cutting bit on the router table. After a little finish sanding, the chairs were ready to be assembled. Each chair took about 8 hours from start to finish. We also decided to make a couple of footrests after chairs were done. These weren't included in the original plan but they were pretty easy to adapt to match. Each footrest took about an hour. Below are photos of the finished chairs and footrests. The first is in my garage right after assembly. The last two show them in their final resting place, on D&D's beautiful new patio. They're planning to apply a simple clear finish to let the color and grain pattern of the redwood to come through. These should provide years of comfortable backyard seating around the fire pit.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
I decided to install a standard 12-V power socket and a specialty 12-V Powerlet socket used a lot on BMW motorcycles. Powerlet makes great heated gear for cold weather riding and I wanted the ability to upgrade to heated gloves, grips, or even a vest in the future. Below are some photos of the completed install. The shelf bolts perfectly to the top of the front fork mount using existing bolt holes. It was installed in less than 15 minutes. Easy!
I ran the lead wires under the fairing and gas tank back to the fuse block, keeping everything hidden. Both were added to the switched power circuits on the block, helping to prevent draining the battery if I forget to unplug something. Both plugs get 12V supplied as soon as the key is turned on.
The first application for the 12-V plug was a RAM phone/ipod mount for navigation, music, whatever. The Ram mount bolted into the mirror extenders I installed last year. The phone sits securely in a spring-loaded mount and is ultimately adjustable. Below is a photo of the phone installed with the mobile charger plugged in.
I also had a center stand installed by Carl's Cycles over the Christmas holidays. A center stand is great since it takes weight off of the tires and makes working on the bike much easier. It installs behind the factory kick-stand so I can use either one independently.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I'm looking forward to some longer rides where I can take advantage of these new upgrades.
Monday, December 31, 2012
I decided to follow a design I saw in Fine Woodworking magazine, where the saw sits in the middle and has infeed and outfeed tables on both sides. Also on the agenda was a dust collection shroud in the back for a dedicated 4" run to my new Delta 50-760 dust collector.
The bench the saw currently sits on is only 5' wide, so that made designing of the infeed/outfeed tables a challenge. I knew a portion of each would be cantilevered, and kept that in mind when choosing a size. Each extension is 3' in length and hangs off the table ~18" as shown in the photo below. I built them as hollow boxes out of plywood using rabbit joints. Each box is designed to be removable with the top surface screwed down with no glue. Removing the top allows access to 4 screws that attach each extension table to the underlying bench. Having worked in enough shops and knowing that a woodworker will often change his mind about things, I thought it best to have a backup plan!
36" t-track from Woodcraft to the top and fabricating a custom glide that straddles the top of the fence. A plastic knob with an attached bolt connects to a sliding t-bolt that rides in the track. I can now move the stop to any position on the fence in a matter of seconds for repeatable cuts.