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My Blog Updated 07-20-2022

Updated: Jul 20


Welcome to the page. πŸ€“


I've changed the format up a bit so the blog updates will start with the most recent up to date blogs as opposed to the oldest to newest.


Most people don't want to read through a ton of older posts to get up to date so let's see how this will work.

Let me know what you think. πŸ€œπŸ€›

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Updated 07-20-2022

It was a great 9 days off this past week and got a ton done.

The Ninja got some updates which will be on the Ninja Blog and the Honda VTR got some updates as well. 😁


It's been so hot here on the MS Gulf Coast that I've not rudder the bike at all. When I ride with full gear but having temps in the mid 90's with high humidity that's when I say No. πŸ₯΅


I did pick up another bike trailer by Stinger, it's collapsable, and much sturdier than the piece of πŸ’© trailer made by Ace.

Getting the bike on and off the new trailer will be much simpler as well as tying it down. πŸ‘πŸ‘


Back on the road again to make a couple of dollars again and I'll be home again around August 24.

Mid Summer is here so enjoy the great outdoors while you can as cooler weather will be here before you know. πŸ€™

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Updated 07-02-2022

I just added another section to the page titled My First Car.

Check it out as I'm adding new content about what got me started in cars and how it all evolved. πŸ‘

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Updated 06-29-2022

Yay another update. πŸ˜‚


Well I can finally say I've done a track day and yes I am hooked. This is a great sport and one that I will become good at like so many other endeavors I've had in life.


First JenningsGP was awesome to ride with a 2 mile track and 14 turns going in a counter clockwise setup.

This track is great for the 400 as it's technical but still has a great stretch for speed which I like and got faster on while learning to ride the bike better.


The Jennings track School was excellent with Bill and Bjorn really teaching the craft of proper riding while making you comfortable on the bike for those of us that have never been on a track.


I spent 2 extra days refining my riding and was able to go from 60 mph top speed down the straight to 95+ on the final day of riding.

I grew more comfortable keeping my line and also getting the hang, literally, if hanging off the bike to be faster in the technical section and decrease my overall lap times.


Saying I was stoked is an understatement and now I'm ready and paid up for the Yamaha Champ School in mid October and an added 2 days at the track with N2Track days.

This will be a 4 day event with the first 2 days at school learning my craft and the last 2 days on track working on what I learned.

I'm so excited as this is one of the best track schools out there, not cheap but worth every penny.


I also ordered a track suit from Envy Racing Apparel out of Florida so I can have a suit that fits perfectly and bought another bike trailer by Stinger for a great deal.

The Ace trailer broke on me with both tire fenders breaking their support brackets leaving the fenders loose and one rubbing on the tire. 🀦🀬



Stinger is the trailer I originally wanted but at $3,200 new could not afford it.

I did get an almost net trailer for 1,900 that was used maybe 5 times on short hauls and then stored away in a storage facility.

I'm picking it up early July and it's foldable too for easy storage.


I just got a 110 stick welder for Christmas and now is the perfect time to learn how to weld the next few months when I'm home and weld on some new brackets and sell that Ace trailer to someone for cheap.

BTW please stay away from that company. Way too many complaints about them.


Last for this update I'm a novice for track days at the moment but will hopefully be an Intermediate class rider by the end of the year.

I'm also setting a goal for the end of 2023 for me to be or move up to an expert rider if all works out.

I'll be working hard at it with another 3 day track day mid December and in 2023 going to RideSmart Track School in Houston for a 2 day event as well.


Happy 4th of July and enjoy your Summer. πŸ€™πŸ™

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Updated 04-11-2022

It's Spring and I'm getting close to my first track day at Jennings GP in Georgia and also attending their track school the day before.


The Ninja is almost ready but there's more work to be done this week as in preparing the bike for transport and have both ready for the trip.


Aside from having to get 3 teeth pulled and getting new glasses life's been pretty good so to speak.


Since owning the Ninja and seeing how capable it is in doing so many things my plans for the car and it's progress have been put on indefinite hold until I see how all goes with finishing the Honda bike and tracking the Ninja as much as I can with what little time I have when I'm home.


Having 2 bikes and a car, all that I am modifying and or adding performance to them, there has to be a point when I need to concentrate on one thing, and finish before the next project is continued. 🀷


The car is running great and I'm quite happy with the performance it has for now and will also be towing the Ninja to various places to ride now that the hitch is installed and I have a new trailer.


The Ninja is priority at the moment and will be completely track ready and legal while also being the main or secondary transportation depending on the weather conditions.


The Honda VTR1000 will be the next priority to finish and should be back on it in June.

Once it's done and finally riding again I'll refocus my efforts on the car and will ultimately make a decision to keep planning the engine tranny swap or continue to hold until further notice.


I do hope everybody is enjoying the warmer weather and man this was one of the hardest Winters for me driving the truck. πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯΄


Enjoy and thanks for looking. πŸ™πŸ˜Ž

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Previous posts starting from about 09-01-2020 below.



I just added a section for Paintball team, my last build the Paseo, and my latest whip the VTR1000 SuperHawk 996.

The SuperHawk is now in project mode and will be rebuilt and adding some much needed maintenance as this bikes is 22 years old. She'll be a beast when shes done so check back for continued progress.

Thanks for looking. πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

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It's pretty tough being an over the road truck driver and updating your projects and your website. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‰

Right now the fall colors are in full bloom up North and I'm anxious to get home and work on the bike and take the car to the track and get some numbers in the 1320 and 1/8 mile. Holidays are coming and I'll finally be getting the stuffed turbo for the project car during the holidays. The car project will be the longest project but the rewards will be plenty when done. I'll be using this section as a blog of sorts so stay with me enjoy the ride. πŸ‘

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A bit of an update as the bike is in full tear down mode. The previous owner never did much mechanically so not only do I have to rebuild and add all my mods to the bike but cleaning it from all the dirt and grease has taken up a good amount of time.

Track time has been dampened, literally, as both times I wanted to go it was raining. Such is life. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‰


Got a few more parts for the Accent in as that build is still on hold until the bike is done sometime early Spring if all works out. More to come and thanks for looking.

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Holidays are gone and time is fleeting. 😫

Made some progress on the bike and looks like early to mid summer for it to be finished. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ I have resolved myself to be patient with all of this and take the time needed to have everything right the first time. No need to rush things and have issues down the road. πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ½ Updates on the bike and Accent pages done.

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Wow where to begin or more like where to continue? πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ Time flies and so much has gone on with my life and my passions. On a personal note since the last blog post I'm devoting more of my money right now to purchase my own truck/ rig by saving up 45,000 by 2023 if all works out. I'm wanting to pay cash for the truck and either lease my services or go owner operator for the best money to be made.

I figure once I make a twice what I'm making now I'll have the resources necessary to finish the car and continue investing in cryptocurrency. It's the future and only going to get bigger and better.

Most of my time is still to make progress on the bike and car as I'll be updating those blogs soon with the car taking a bit more priority right now than the bike. Gotta remember the car is always driven so make it the best it can be while it's a normally aspirated little fun to drive ride. 😍🀟

Stay tuned. 😎

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Updated 5-24-2021

Spring has arrived and progress has shifted from motorcycle to car again but for good reasons. Maintenance is a requirement and posting in the car blog with all that information. I am resolved to say the Accent is at its final form for the normally aspirated build. I literally can't go further with it and man does this ride move well.

I can say all the work for this part of the build has been worth the time, money, and effort to make one of the baddest n/a Accents out there. A full n/a tune is in the works with a spare Ecu getting the tune and the final phase of putting it all together for a sweet n/a build and ride.

Ive still been struggling with the bike and the exhaust stud that won't budge or come out no matter what I do. So I'll be going hard core the next time I'm home and push plan b in the stud and if that doesn't work pulling the head and/ or replacing the head with another I just purchased for that just in case.

Sometimes things don't go as planned and you have to reinvent yourself to the task of making it work. That's the story of my life but it's worked every time I've had setbacks and failure is not an option.

I'm still gathering parts for the turbo swap for the car and hopefully in about 2-3 years putting it all together, installing it, and enjoying 300-350 wheel hp to the ground. There will be a picture of my car in the dictionary for the word 'sleeper'. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Imagine the Corvette owner getting beat by a Hyundai. πŸ˜πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

Thanks for looking. πŸ‘πŸ™

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Updated 07-17-21

Been a bit since updated so here goes.

First the Car updates.

I took the turbo apart to send it to Jet Hot for some 2,500 degree ceramic coating to keep the underhood temperatures down once it's ready for install. I'll be doing the same with the down pipe once purchased and the upgraded stuffed turbo once I get the desire to upgrade to more power.

Spare ecu is getting tuned and should be done soon and 64mm throttlebody is installed and love the roar of the engine at full sing.

See my posts in the Car blog for the complete updates.


Motorcycle has been on a continued stall but will be worked on mid August on my next home time as I plan on having the rear of the bike close to finished with shock installed and rear swingarm cleaned up, lubed, and ready for the rear wheel to be reinstalled.

It's been almost a year since I got the bike, rode it once, and been torn down for rework since.

Next few months will be devoted towards working on the bike to continue it's progress and upgrades.


Personally I've been working my butt off but as they say if you don't put in the work you can't have the rewards of your labor.

Been making a ton of miles lately and the checks have been great so it's time to slow down the spending and putting some money away for future purchases and a little nest egg.

Get it while the getting is good.


Thanks for looking. Peace....

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Updated 07-22-2021

Got some time from driving as my older truck broke down and my new truck is also in the shop for some minor work.

I went through all the pages of the website and streamlined some items while also cleaning up the mobile version of the website and the pc/ laptop version too.

Things should look a bit more professional to the site so hopefully it'll be more pleasing to the

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Updated 09-23-2021

It's almost my birthday but I'm old and at my age really doesn't matter much anymore. lol The Accent broke down on me leaving me stranded with a slave cylinder gone bad. I replaced the cylinder and she's working as new once more.

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Updated 10-24-21

Wow so much has happened in the last month I don't know where to begin. πŸ€ͺ


First I bought a new bike a 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 400 from the gang at Suzuki City in Biloxi MS. I'll go into further detail on this in a new post specific to the new steed, it's build, and everything about it soon. πŸ‘


Once the Accent got fixed with the new slave cylinder I went to the GulfportDragway in Gulfport MS to lay down some times and see how all the work I put into the car does. Best et for the 1/4 mile was 17.414 with a fantastic speed at the traps or end of the 1/4 mile of 83.69 mph. So the car is pretty quick to say the least and we're it not for the bogging of the car at launch I could've probably been in the very high 16's by way of how fast it was at the traps.

These are a couple of time slips with my best time and a run down of some averages from my runs

After 18 years of being away from the track it was nice to be back with a different car and also running with a manual gear box.

The holidays are coming and lots of work to be done. The Honda motorcycle is progressing nicely and will update soon and the Kawasaki is being modded as well and that too will be on the new post soon. Thanks for following if you've made it this far. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ€™

12-21-2021

Holidays are here and how are you celebrating them this year? πŸ€”πŸ˜‰


I'll be working through the holidays as I always do and will be home again sometime in mid January.


Wishing everyone a get holiday and also a happy New Year.



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Happy New Year to all and I hope everyone has their best year yet.

I know I will. πŸ˜πŸ˜‰


I've been busy with the Kawasexy bike and prepping her for track day duty and of course regular riding.

I'm almost finished with her with a few more adjustments here and there and it's ready to roll.


I had problems with the trailer hitch fitting on the car as the holes won't line up and discovered the hitch was dropped.

This caused the end plate on one side the be bent so I adjusted it with a little force and it looks nice and straight once more.

Once I'm back home again I'll proceed to get things aligned, measured, and drilled for the install.

I'll need the hitch for transporting the bikes around for track days. 🀟


Lots to do when I'm home again and the bike takes priority right now as the car and Honda bike are put on the back burner.

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