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    So, your going to be traveling. Your a hundred miles from home and one of the bikes in your conga line breaks down. What did you bring to fix that sucker on the side of the road? AAA card? Or, did you come prepared to make a simple fix on the road? What did you bring?

    Once again, this is just my kit. Bring anything you believe may save your ass in a fix. Bring any items you may think are specific to your bike that you may have laying around. I always keep extra spare parts handy.

    Every bike on the road has nuts and bolts, wires and lights and a rider. You can do every bit of maintenance on time and even check the small things and still have a failure of some kind while on the road. At least pack the simple items that could fix those items that you know every motorcycle has.

    You don’t have to be a full on mechanic to do some simple fix that may get you running again. Anyone should be able to see a missing or loose bolt and tighten it. Anyone should be able to twist two wires together and wrap with electrical tape. Just don’t forget to disconnect the battery first…

    Aside from small tool kits with sockets and wrenches and adjustable wrenches what else might you need? Judging by the above pic, I probably carry too much or not enough.

    I have a fold up multi-tool with torx and hex extensions specific to H-D, needle nose pliers for crimping and getting into those hard to reach places, flat head and phillips screw driver, flashlight for night fixin’, shop rags, lighter, extra nuts and bolts specific to items that commonly rattle off, electrical tape and motorcycle jumper cables.

    But those are kinda obvious. What else may come in handy and is relatively small to carry?

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    How about zip ties, a few extra inches of wire, wire connectors, fuses and wire posts? This fits in a small plastic baggy and could be invaluable for when a wire gets fried or falls and rubs on your rear tire.

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    I carry most of the small items shown in this small swing arm bag I mounted with zip ties. Its small, out of the way and barely noticeable. In fact, no one has ever seen it until I pointed it out.

    The wrench and socket kit are small but still too large to fit in the swing arm bag so I put them in my little saddle bag. On the other side of the bike.

    It’s kinda hard to see in the top pic but, under the electrical tape is a plastic baggy containing a couple of extra turn signal bulbs and an extra headlight. That wont stop you from getting home but, may keep you from getting a ticket or seeing at night.

    Think this is overkill? Not enough? What do you think is essential that I forgot? Any clever items that helped you along the way? Tell us about it in the comment section!

    Peace, grease and a life of ease,

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image Motorcycle Trippin’

    I read a few motorcycle related blogs and forums, I know, imagine that. But, what I often see on forums are questions about what to bring on a motorcycle venture.  I’m going to do my best to  address some of these questions from my own experience and opinion and bring some pics to the table for you hard learners to see.

    What these pics contain are just most of the stuff I brought. It’s not the ultimate collection, it’s not the mandatory collection. It’s just what I thought I might need. This post, I’m covering the what I need for every day life and comfort.

    To set the stage, I’ll begin by telling you a bit about the trip. Myself and 3 other guys left from Lawrenceville, Ga and traveled about 375 miles to a small island off the coast of Florida by Pensacola to an area called Fort Pickens. We spent two days at the campgrounds there and then packed up for 215 miles to New Orleans. We stayed in a hotel there that was over 200 years old! After two nights in NOLA, we went back to Fort Pickens for a night to break up the miles for the long road home.

    I wont address what clothes to bring. With all the handy tech., you should know the approximate weather and should know what you need for yourself in that area. Pack light and find clever ways to get your stuff cleaned if you have to. (we each bribed the hotel lady to run our stuff through the washer and dryer while in NOLA).

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    Here are some essentials just for everyday living. Of course, everything will need to be placed into something. Just for this trip, I got a motorcycle back pack at good ol’ Wally World for $35. It was inexpensive, slips over and secures to by back rest, and was a great buy. Sleeping bag, Bed Roll, lightweight small tent, soap, a bit of fist aid supplies, cooking pots. TP, flashlight, etc.

    Whats not shown is the small camp body towel I brought. It is kinda like a large sham-wow.. it did the job and was cheap. I also can not stress how much i use the every day, common, cheap and gangster cotton bandanna. I always have at least three of these things near by. I use them to cover my face and head, soak with water and wrap around my neck to cool me off, use as a soft wipe to get gas leaked on my gas tank during fill up, hand towel, wash cloth, etc. I use these things for all kinds of stuff.

    I made the mistake of thinking that I could get a cheap tent. I knew better but, figured that a tent would last a few uses and then I could throw it away if I had to and not care too much. Well, the tent leaked, and it rained… A LOT! Don’t be a cheapskate in this area. You just may come out of your trip looking like a prune. In fact, just stay away from anything made by Ozark Trail…

    You can however, use whatever cheap bedding that is appropriate for the weather and fits safely with your travel pack. A lot of folks can be seen of using the classic Mexican blanket (shown top left). One night I just used my denim jacket and was fine. The small blue bag labeled “cocoon” sitting beside the flashlight is an REI product. It’s an over-priced but awesome inflatable pillow. It cost about $30 (which was as much as my crappy tent) but, was completely worth it!

    I brought some small cooking pots that uses several pots and a cup that can be stored all within itself. This is a common camping item and can be found anywhere. To the right of the cooking pot you can see a bag full of tin foil. I used every bit of that tin foil for cooking. Very easy to use to prep food on, wrap food up, and throw it in the fire to cook then throw away. I’ve always called this a “silver turtle” because of the way it looks.

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    The “silver turtle” pulled out of the fire. Once rolled up with the food inside, just throw this sucker directly on the camp fire coals.

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    Inside the turtle, you have potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli and a hamburger patty all cooked and steamed inside together! Damn good!

    Other essential items that you may not think of are: trash bags (waterproofing, carrying items, make-shift rain gear, over the head suffocation device, etc), toilet paper, rope (clotheslines, tarp hanging, equipment securing and securing annoying drunk campers…) flashlight, snacks, soap and a first aid kit. My first aid kit consisted of stuff I had around the house just placed into a plastic baggy. That is what I do for a lot of things. If you already have the items, just stick them in a bag to make your own kit. Screw wasting money on over priced first aid kits containing just band aids and alcohol swabs. Hell, just a bunch of plastic baggies came in handy on this trip.

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    Make sure everything packs up secure and then waterproof!

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    During each trip you will refine the gear you bring. Some items may work and others not. You may find a need for something that I don’t need. What is your essential to pack “every day life and comfort” items?

    Next post, I’ll cover tools and emergency items to keep your bike on the road.

    Feel free to post your opinions in the comment section. What do you bring? What did I miss?

    Peace, grease and a life of ease,

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image Friday

    Its Thursday, 8:00am. But, due to my full time jobs schedule, its my Friday night… This week has been busy as hell. Now off to the shop to get some of these bikes built and fixed after I update this interweb thing.

    Peace, grease and a life of ease…

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image Merch

    I keep getting asked about how supporters can get some of the merchandise that i have to sell. Here are some of the things I currently have in stock or can guarantee I can get them out within a few days. I’m no longer offering custom leather like I used to. As soon as the shovel gets completed, I will start offering custom motorcycle seats in leather. Of course I will announce it here when the seats are available.

    I currently accept checks or Pay Pal. My e-mail and paypal account is juggernautsgarage@gmail.com. If you want something, make sure you hit me up on facebook or email to check sizing/specifics and/or put the info in the comments on Pay Pal.

    These T-shirts are in stock but I do have some limited sizes. Check with me for the size availability. I have plenty medium and large. Just a few small and a few XL. I believe I only have XXL in the grey and blue. $20 plus shipping.

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    I put the hats together my self so you can pick the hat and your choice of white or blue patch and placement of patch. I can get other styles, just ask me if what you want is available and we’ll figure it out.

     

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    Patches, one for $3 or Two for $5 plus shipping if required.

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    And, I throw in some free buttons with every purchase.

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  • Featured Image GA clay Intruder

    A loyal customer always brings me his bikes but, they are always in a crazy state of disrepair! Guess he doesnt bring me the bikes often enough… The current culprit is an ’01 Suzuki Intruder. This project needed some pics.

    I’ll start off by showing a weird phenomenon with this clients bikes. Same owner, two different bikes. The first pic with the green algae looking stuff is on a V Max. The next pic, with the Georgia clay looking stuff is the current bike, the intruder.

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    Now that we have set the base line. Here is the rest of the bike.

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    It’s worn down and missing a few parts and bolts but, it runs right?

    The part that I am doing is fixing the hydraulic clutch master cylinder. Some of the rubber parts have degraded over time and the whole unit needs to be replaced. Then, maybe we wont have any more dirt in the unit!

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    behind this ugly thing is leaking like a sieve.

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    Out with the old and in with the new. Now to convince him that he cant ride home on that rear tire…

    Peace, grease and a life of ease…

    ~Juggernaut



  • Featured Image Building the Empire

    So far, my quick and easy t-shirt campaign is most likely set to fail. I guess I have to remember that this shop means more to me than anyone else. I have to figure out a way to get my stuff out beyond my “friends list” who, are probably tired of me pushing my stuff on them. Not that those friends dont show me support, just, only so much one person can like about one thing. And I’m sure they dont all love motorcycles as much as I do. I believe I will shift my focus, keep building the bikes that I’m working on and start showing off some craftsmanship. Maybe that will gain me some support from beyond the “friends list” and from the actual community that I’m working in. In order to do that though, I’m to have to steal some time…

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    Peace, grease and a life of ease…

    Juggernaut



  • Featured Image SHINY SHOVEL

    Going to throw out some info real quick to give a quick update on my shovel project and show you how you can really bring some old aluminum back to life.

    Im polishing up the rocker boxes by hand. It takes time and elbow grease but its damn worth it and saves the roughly $200 to get them professionally polished.

    Go to your local auto parts store and get some wet to dry sandpaper. The grades I used were 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 5000. Next, get some real good aluminum billet polish such as Mothers brand.

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    as you can see, the rocker boxes are 34 years old. This crap wont come off with just a simple polish wheel, its in the metal.

    Start with the 600 grit, get it wet and start sanding.

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    This first sanding might get you scared a bit. Dont worry, just make sure you get a good even sanding. Keep going, stepping up the grades as you go.

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    The pic above is at roughly 2000 grit stage. As you can see, its getting better. Keep stepping up the grit until you get to at least 2500. Then I finish it off with 5000 for the real fine finish.

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    Finally finish with the Mothers polish to bring out the shine. I was loosing light by the time I took this pic but as you can still see, its a whole lot better than the original.

    I only did the front part of this one rocker box. To really get the job done best, you should probably take the rocker box off the bike and get every nook. That will come next for me.

    What methods have you used to get a showcase shine on your old parts?

    ~Juggernaut

     



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    Today marks the ten year anniversary of Indian Larry’s passing. Larry is a legend and appeared to be (I never met him) a genuine and laid back guy. He hired and mentored guys like Paul Cox and was an influence on custom builders everywhere. I recall he was once on a small show you might remember, called Biker Build Off, and he stated that a real motorcycle should have at least one spoke wheel. He also noted that he preferred motorcycles to look mechanical instead of hiding stuff, such as every wire and cable. I like that, I want my bikes to look like they are a machine.

    R.I.P. Lawrence “Indian Larry” DeSmedt

    ~Juggernaut