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Episode 23: Paint Prep

Episode 23: Paint Prep And.....we're back! Hey guys, so sorry for the delay in new episodes over the last month or so. We've all been super busy throughout the start of the summer. RaceTech moving into new offices, Jarred & Brady working on new bikes, it all adds up.  So finally we're covering Paint Prep, a topic we've been asked about before.  Our paint guru Brady Young covers most of the steps for paint prep, and Jared and Evan bring up some good questions.  We also cover some recent emails and questions at the end. Prep notes for this show:

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Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review

Episode 22: 'How to Build a Cafe Racer Guide' Review Awhile back, we posted this article after a listener told us about Jim March's "How to Build a Cafe Racer" guide. We skimmed through it, but never really went over it in detail or discussed it.  After we all read the document in depth we saw it had some really good points to discuss. Make sure to download the document below and follow along to the podcast with it. Jim March's Cafe Racer Guide (PDF) We'd like to mention that all credit for this document goes to Jim March. He definitely put alot of work into compiling all this information. In this show we are using his advice as talking points to discuss, and we are not criticizing him or saying he is wrong. You are listening to our opinions on his opinions! Jim has a link in his document to tip him if you found the document helpful, but the WePay link does not work any longer. His email is in the document and it sounds like he welcomes feedback. So, what do you think?

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Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering

  Episode 21: All About Suspension w/ Ed Sorbo from Lindeman Engineering If you're a couple episodes behind, you don't want to miss this one! We met Ed Sorbo, owner of Lindeman Engineering at Deus Ex Machina's Saturday School event in April. Ed had a booth at Saturday School and was leading excellent suspension seminars that drew a crowd every time.  We were very excited to have him join us on the show and talk in depth about suspension. Note: this is our first show recording a remote guest via Skype. There are a few sound quality issues due to our old computer hardware. We'll be upgrading soon to be able to record remote guests with much better quality. Make sure to contact Ed at Lindeman Engineering for any of your suspension needs! Make sure to tell him you heard his Motorbike Mondays episode. Lindemann Engineering 700 East Redlands Blvd. Ste U Box 410 Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 838-4587

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Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2

Episode 20: Top End Rebuilds Part 2 Episode 20 continues with Part 2 of our series on Top End Rebuilds. We pick up where we left off after describing disassembly of your motor to prepare for a top end rebuild. This episode covers the tools necessary to rebuild your top end and the steps to prepare your motor for final reassembly. It's recommended you have listened to Episode 19 before starting this show. Notes for this episode: Assembly Piston skirt scoring: Debris between cylinder and piston Motor ran hard before at operating temperature Rebore Will discuss next episode Pistons Thoroughly clean piston ring grooves, if using same pistons Install new piston rings in appropriate orientation While installing piston to connecting rod, be aware of piston orientation mark on top of piston Slide wrist pin through piston and connecting rod and insert wrist pin clip Deglazing/honing: Adding a surface for the new rings to break in Oil the cylinder wall thoroughly and tool With triton hone or ball hone on drill move tool up and down through cylinder at a constant quick motion Remove tool out of cylinder whilst still in motion Removing old gaskets: Gasket scraper Razorblade Scotchbrite pad on

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Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1

Episode 19: Top End Rebuilds Part 1 Episode 19 is part 1 in our series about rebuilding the top end of your motor. This episode will cover disassembly of your top end, and goes over the important components of the motor top end as well. Make sure to listen to Part 1 before moving onto the new Episode 20, part 2 of Top End Rebuilds. Check out the notes below for the important points to follow. Episode 19 Outline/Notes: What is a Top End? The top end of a motor is anything from the cylinders and up Why? To replace worn or damaged parts Performance upgrades Burning oil She's just tired Engine in or out? Not all bikes require you to remove the motor from the bike May be easier to rebuild it on a workbench Where to start? Remove gas tank Remove air intake and carburetors Remove exhaust Remove cables (clutch cable, tach cable) Drain fluids (oil, coolant) Disconnect battery Remove spark plugs and wires If it's connected to the motor, disconnect or remove it Removing the head: Check manual for proper process to relieve pressure off of valve train Remove cam(s), rockers, or cam followers Remove head bolts/nuts Remove heads Removing valve springs and valves: With the appropriate valve sprin

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Carrizo Gorge Railway – Goat Canyon Trestle – KLR Ride


Carrizo Gorge Railway ride to Goat Canyon Trestle on KLR650’s

Check out my brother Ian’s detailed Ride Report on ADVrider here:

Hey guys! I figured I’d post up some pics and info on an amazing ride I did last weekend. After hearing about the old Carrizo Gorge Railway, and the massive wooden Goat Canyon Trestle out in Anza Borrego desert recently, my twin brother Ian (guest on Episode #15: Regular Maintenance, and author of Tech & Tonic) decided to check it out.  Being a freeway & dirt ride, we took our Kawasaki KLR650’s. Best bikes for this kind of stuff. Anyways, I won’t go into too much history, but the old Carrizo Gorge Railway is now mostly abandoned I guess, and is an awesome rail line running from San Diego to Plaster City/Ocotillo I guess.


Check out the Carrizo Gorge Railway page on Wikipedia for more detailed info. The section of line from Jacumba down to Plaster City runs through really rugged terrain in Carrizo Gorge, and has something like 12 wooden trestle bridges, and 19 tunnels through the mountains.  The line is mostly abandoned from what I can gather, although it is still private property and there is some videos on YouTube of railroad trucks running the line this month. We saw lots of hikers and mountain bikers (no other motorcycles) on the tracks, so just be careful if you head out there.  It’s worth spending some time to research the history of the railroad, it’s pretty amazing. There’s tons of websites with detailed history and pics/video, so I’m not going to into all that. If you like exploring, this ride is certainly worth it, because there is many old abandoned passenger cars on the sidings, and lots of railroad equipment. The trestles are sketchy and nerve-wracking to ride over (awesome and exciting), and the tunnels (one over 1/2 mile long!) are absolutely amazing to blast through on a motorcycle in the dark.

I’ll post a bunch of pictures below, but first I’m going to give you detailed directions to get out there, and some map pics. I’ll also give you GPS coordinates to the interesting stuff. It took us awhile to figure this out, so hopefully this info will save you alot of time if you want to make this trip.



8 Freeway East or West, exit Jacumba (exit 73), turn to South side of freeway (2 gas stations here to stock up on supplies)


Take Carrizo Gorge Road west (turns into graded dirt just West of the gas stations). This parallels 8 Freeway for a bit, then turns right to go North under freeway.
You end up at De Anza Springs nudist resort. Take a left before the entrance to the resort, and hop onto the train tracks. Stay in the center of the tracks.


Take the tracks North, you’ll come to the first Trestle bridge, and you’ll see the 2-story Chicago train cars on the Siding to your right.


Head North on the tracks (careful going over the Trestle, it’s in bad shape. We pushed the bikes over it). About a mile on the tracks and you’ll come to the Canadian train cars on a siding.


Keep heading North another 3-4 miles, and you’ll get to the Goat Canyon Trestle. You’ll go through awesome tunnels and smaller trestle bridges on the way. Stay inside the tracks.


Here are GPS Coordinates from Google Maps for interesting points:

  • Jacumba Exit 73:  32°38’7.75″N / 116° 9’59.86″W
  • De Anza Springs Resort:  32°39’7.86″N / 116°11’11.89″W
  • Where we entered train tracks:  32°39’7.07″N / 116°11’15.99″W
  • Chicago 2-story train cars siding:  32°39’29.62″N / 116°11’21.14″W
  • First trestle (in bad shape):  32°39’29.62″N / 116°11’25.52″W
  • Canadian passenger train cars siding:  32°41’5.18″N / 116°11’22.94″W
  • Goat Canyon Trestle:  32°43’44.62″N / 116°11’1.23″W
  • Old Goat Canyon Tunnel South:  32°43’35.73″N / 116°11’10.70″W
  • Old Goat Canyon Tunnel North:  32°43’41.63″N / 116°11’0.67″W
  • Water Tank for Goat Canyon Trestle Fires:  32°43’46.55″N / 116°10’57.62″W

And here is a KML file you can download and import into Google Earth, or any other GPS program. I recorded these tracks of our ride using Locus Pro on my Android phone. It’s a great Motorcycle GPS program to record breadcrumb tracks.

KML track file (in .ZIP format, just unzip it and open with Google Earth):

Now here’s some pics!

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    Donna West


    how many miles would you say it was to the trestle on this ride?


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