TonkaToy

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About TonkaToy

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  1. TonkaToy

    The 2020 Motorcycle Thread

    First SXSW, now this:
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    Puppy Pictures

    Yep, great German dog co-opted by the pesky French...
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    Puppy Pictures

    Poodles say what?!?!? I admit I HATE the standard show cut...
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    Clive Cussler DTS

    Man, always wanted one of those, but either couldn't find / afford one. So I settled for this: Need to have the battery replaced (again)!!!
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    Clive Cussler DTS

    At one point, I had all of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy & Stephan King novels in hardback. Fair Winds Mr. Pitt...
  6. Posted this in J/Boat Anarchy: After an unfortunate crane incident, we are looking for (at a minimum) a set of lower spreaders & crosspiece. If the price is right, might even consider a complete mast if it's in decent condition. Any insight on where we can score these would be greatly appreciated. Located in Corpus Christi, there are now 3 J80's here, so the intention is to make sure we have enough spare parts in case there are any other mishaps...
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    J80 Hall Mast Parts & Pieces

    After an unfortunate crane incident, we are looking for (at a minimum) a set of lower spreaders & crosspiece. If the price is right, might even consider a complete mast if it's in decent condition. Any insight on where we can score these would be greatly appreciated. Located in Corpus Christi, there are now 3 J80's here, so the intention is to make sure we have enough spare parts in case there are any other mishaps...
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    Puppy Pictures

    Shatzi & Fritz:
  9. TonkaToy

    The 2020 Motorcycle Thread

    Oh, believe me, it didn't!! I think it was just the engineers saying "Well, since we need to change rotation, let's make it interesting!!"
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    The 2020 Motorcycle Thread

    Yes, theoretically a "10-speed". Kind of like the 2-speed rear end in heavy trucks. My understanding was it was there as a way to convert the transverse (?) rotation of the engine to longitudinal rotation for the final drive. Pretty cool concept, but I never really used it; just kept it in hi-range and cruised (i was lazy that way...).
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    The 2020 Motorcycle Thread

    1982 Big Bend trip, overlooking the Pecos River on Hwy. 90 north of Del Rio. Wish I had never let this bike go, 1982 Honda 900C. I had a good relationship with a bike shop in alice, TX, so I got to put this together and roll it onto their showroom floor with my name on the sales tag. "Jammer came off of my '81 CX500 that had made the same trip to Big Bend the year previous. Funny thing, on this trip, we were about 60 miles north of the main park entrance from Marathon. Was blasting around an rv when something let go in the final drive. My buddy towed me into the park (I had a cousin that worked for the park service at the time) where I proceeded to tear the thing apart. Come to find out, the coupling that connected the drive shaft to the final drive was ~3/16" too short, and had cut the splines off the end of the final drive gear and inside the coupling. After scrounging around for a machine shop in Alpine, Marfa and Ft. Davis, and not finding anyone that would touch the thing, I was pretty discouraged. Wandering around in a NAPA store in Alpine (I think), I noticed that a certain size washer (Don't remember the exact size) would slide over the drive shaft splines and the outside diameter was still small enough to fit inside the shaft housing. Bought several and found that two washers would allow for enough of a spacer to engage the final drive splines. Spent the rest of the week touring the park, put over 15,000 miles on it before selling it, and never changes out the coupling. Found out that a few 900C's were assembled at the factory with CX500C couplings, and the washer fix ended up being an official / unofficial bootleg emergency fix. Ahhh, good times...
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    2019 MotoGP

    Yep, a 2003, has 76,000+ miles on it now. I've had it since 2015, one-owner bike I picked up in Ft. Worth. The wife has told me on several occasions that she would rather ride on it than a fully loaded Ultra Classic; I tend to agree with her... Riding buddy will be taking his Buell this year instead of his Interceptor...
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    2019 MotoGP

    Gonna be riding to MotoGP in Austin again this year.. Can't wait!!!
  14. TonkaToy

    Motorcycle Threads

    Nice... Here's what I picked up a couple years ago for $3500, 2003, had 62,000 miles on it, has almost 75,000, now:
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    parents in age care

    Meli: I'm another one that can wholly identify with your plight. My mother is 89, we moved her into assisted living February this year. She is in the beginning stages of dementia, and was really a danger to herself while she was living alone. Luckily, (unluckily?), I live about 45 minutes away; the middle of the night phone calls accusing either me, my wife, or someone else had come over in the middle of the day while she was out and re-arraigned everything in her kitchen and laundry room and bedroom were getting more and more frequent. I had inspected everything, and knew that no-one had been in her house, much less moved things around. She was also alienating all of her friends and acquaintances with angry tirades, because she couldn't remember how to play the card or domino games with them. My brother joined the service in 1975 and never lived less than 3 hours away from here. Mid last year, when all of this started, she began calling him (in N. Carolina) stating that we were not believing anything she told us about people coming into her house while she was out. He ended up selling his house and pretty much everything else they owned to move down here and take care of her, since I wasn't. Well, to make a long story not much shorter, after about 2 weeks living with her, they found out just how far around the bend she had gotten. Moving her out and into assisted living was the hardest, most guilt-ridden process I have ever gone thru. The facility is great, lots of people she knows are already in there, the staff very caring and understanding. A couple years ago, when she was still pretty lucid, she had all of her power of attorney's transferred over to me: financial, health, the whole nine yards. So I was the one that had to sign everything, including the sale of her house, car, signing the applications to the facility she currently lives in, etc. I still get accused by her of stealing everything, not legally being able to sell her stuff, everything. It's pretty gut-wrenching every time it happens, but it gets a bit easier knowing that the woman that's berating me isn't the mother that raised me... PM me if your would like, want or need any support... TT