Remaking the Cycle Mount Bracket and Some Yard Work

Sunday February 18, 2018 Guerneville CA.

Too cold to work

I went outside to get started on my motorcycle carrier project around 11 this morning, but the cold went right through me, so I went back in the house to warm up for another hour. At noon I tried it again. By now the sun had popped out from behind the  mountain to  my east and it was a bit warmer. The wind was blowing good so I went in the garage and cut and drilled metal to remake my mounting bracket.

The new bracket

Here’s the parts all cut drilled and deburred ready to get welded up.parts1


I welded up all the parts.weld2


Trying out the part

And gave the new bracket a try out.down4


Looks like the new bracket will work.up5


Appling paint

I put a couple coats of paint on it and put it in the house to dry.

It sprinkled a little but then the sun came out, so I pruned another one of my apple trees.

More spring flowers

I noticed the California Dutchmen Pipes where blooming.pipes6


These are the flowers that look sorta like pipes.pipe7


A number of my plum trees are starting to bloom more signs of the coming of spring.plums8


I like these yellow daffs. I have quite a few daffodils in the yard I planted a long time ago. They are nice flowers  that take no care so are just perfect.daffs9


A raid

I went over to my brother Tom’s to get some eggs and picked up a couple more oranges from the reject pile. These are the oranges that have some small blems so are not good to sell.eggs10


When the sun went down, the day turned cold, so I went in  the house and that was my day.

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Testing Out the Van’s Motorcycle Carrier Didn’t Go So Good

Saturday February 17, 2018 Guerneville CA.

What works and what doesn’t

I got all my motorcycle carrier parts painted yesterday so today was the day to assemble the parts and try it out to see what works and what doesn’t.

Here’s all the painted parts ready to be assembled.parts1


The main part of the carrier is bolted to the trailer hitch with a three quarter inch bolt.mount2


Here’s the unit assembled.carrier4


Winch lift

This is the hand winch and bracket that will be mounted on the rack on top of the van.winch3


Like this.winch6


Here’s the unit in the up position.up5


Let’s try my quad

The other day I realized I could likely put one of my quad runners up there so I tried it to see how it would work out. It was a bit auk word, but I was able to get the quad up all the way, but didn’t get a picture of it. I did find that I would have to redo the mounting bracket to make this work  with the quad if I decided to do this with the quad.quadup7


Trying Barry’s Honda

About the time I was ready to try it all the way up my brother Barry came by on his Honda 23o dirt bike. Good timing as I needed a motorcycle to try out to see how it would work.

Not looking good

We put his bike on the rack. I didn’t like it. It was  hard for one person to get the mount attached and the front tire was getting in the way of the winch strap that would rise it up. Not good.230honda8


Discussing the problems

So we sat and discussed the problems thinking of ways around the problems.

What if we mount the bike horizontal instead of vertical? We tried his bike but the mount wasn’t right to hold the bike upright.

Horizontal works

But my cardboard bike worked ok.bike9


Mounting the bike this way solves all of the problems.bike10


I need to remake the main mount that goes under the bike to make this work this way. Once that is done I’ll try it again.

You have to start somewhere

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way we want them to. But building something for the first time one should expect things not to work out the first time. Getting to a finished product requires making something to get started to get to a finished product, or not.

Things didn’t go quite as planned today, but things did go.

That was my day.

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