Saturday, August 17, 2019

RHINO USA Soft Straps and Harbor Freight Hitch Carrier

Since my grandpa doesn't have a truck to haul the motorcycle anymore he went out to Harbor Freight and bought a hitch motorcycle carrier which is working out really good.
This motorcycle carrier rack with ramp is built from rugged aluminum to accommodate up to 400 Lbs..  My Honda weighs over 240 lbs filled with gas. The platform easily adjusts to any bike size. Features include a drop-down tire design with a clamp-on device for the front wheel for additional security.  Because the Honda was a little bit longer it didn't quite fit so we used a drill to drill out the pop rivets on one of the cross pieces, removed a few bolts on the end and slid it right out.  It is still really strong because of the way it is built.

Drop-down tire design plus clamp-on device on front wheel for added security
Platform adjusts to almost any bike
Fits any 2 in. receiver
Includes security pins
400 Lbs. capacity aluminum construction

I am amazed how my Honda CRF450R rides on the back of his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The next item he bought was from RHINO USA; Soft Loop Straps so I didn't scratch the handle bars.

These things are great and really help when you're trying to ratchet down the bike to the hitch carrier.
Soft Loop Straps make the job of securing my Motorcycle with Hook End Tie Straps much easier and safer. These heavy duty Soft Loops wrap around the handlebars or frame of heavy equipment to make a larger, much more secure point where hook end tie down straps can attach and further stabilize your your tie down system. These Rhino Soft Loops have a 10,427 Lbs  Max Break Strength and are 1.7" x 17" in size.

Please click here on RHINO USA to make any purchase they have on their site.  Remember, when you follow this link they will give me credit on my account so please make your RHINO USA purchase through me.  I will really appreciate it.  Thanks everybody.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

#RISK RACING - My Very First Sponsor!

Alright, my very first sponsor, #RISK RACING.
RISK RACING is a motocross company dedicated to designing innovative products.  They are passionate about the sport and want to interact with others that have the same passion.  Researched, designed and tested by professionals, their products provide users with functional, innovative solutions.  They are engineered for reliability and performance in demanding environments and used by the best teams in the world.

Follow them on the following social media sites:
Facebook:  /riskracingmotos
Twitter:  @riskracingmoto
Instagram:  @riskracingmoto

Monday, August 12, 2019

#Brandon Thomas and #JDRF

After riding for a while I needed to find the outhouse and when I opened the lid there was a sticker pasted on it.  It was for the #JDRF.

My cousin #Brandon ended up getting Type 1 Diabetes over 10 years ago and he rides in #JDRF 100 bike rides raising money with his Dad, Brian and his mom, Maryann.

His mom talks about the challenges:

Welcome to my #JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!

I can't believe it's been 5 years since I signed up for my first #JDRF Ride to Cure. I didn't have a bike and this was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I knew I had to do something. I have watched Brandon struggle with Type 1 for 10 years and I just needed to be able to say to myself that I was doing everything I could to help him. That's when I found JDRF and this program. I signed up and never looked back. Because of the research funded by JDRF Brandon, and everyone else living with Type 1 have access to technology that has a huge impact on their lives. Taking part in this ride every year is hard. Training and raising money all year is a huge commitment, but it's nothing compared to what Brandon faces every day of his life. And now, Brandon rides with us. Brandon is joining us again for the 3rd year and we are so proud of him. a 100 mile bike ride for anyone is no joke, but for a kid with Type 1 it's an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud of him.

Of course as I say every year the bike ride is the "easy" part. Raising money for charity is the harder part. Thank you for visiting my ride page and thanks in advance for any donation you so generously make. Everything you donate goes directly to JDRF.


Maryann Thomas

Please help my cousin and all the kids who have Type 1 diabetes by clicking here: JDRF Donations 
and/or go direct to the donation page by clicking HERE.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Practicing Jumping

Today at the Mesquite MX Park they watered and prepped the main track.  It was pretty muddy; just muddy. There were a lot of really good riders that showed up from Las Vegas.  KTMs, Yamahas, and Husqvarna and Hondas ranging from built 250s to 450s.  Here is one video:
 The pros kind of chased everybody off the main track so I started practicing on the other sand track.  We saw one of the KTM riders almost killed himself.  He was trying to jump a triple but it sounded like he falsed neutral and when he hit it looked like he slammed on the brakes and flew over the bars head first and when he landed he hit right on his neck.  Pretty scary but he got up with the help of his other friends and walked off the track.  Another guy took his bike back to his truck.

The following video is me practicing a step on, step off. 

Oh, grandpa made me get the power washer out and clean up the bike.  It was covered in mud and so were my boots and gear.  I actually got close to four hours of seat time today.  I'll be tired and sore later today and tomorrow.

Friday, August 9, 2019

My first attempt at changing the oil and transmission fluid on the Honda

Sorry everybody, I couldn't load a video greater than 100mb on the blog so if you follow the link below it will take you to my first attempt.  Remember this was my first time and I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do like having the bike almost slide off the stand and lots of other tricks.
For the complete video of me changing the oil click on the link at the top of this post.

I found the following in the Honda Manual.  My grandpa and I drove to Rocky Mountain in St. George (St. Geezeyville) to buy the kit that gives you the oil, the transmission fluid and the oil filter.

Changing Engine Oil & Filter

  • 1. Run the engine for 3 minutes, then shut it off. 
  • 2. Support the CRF in an upright position on a level surface.
  • 3. Remove the engine oil filler cap from the left crankcase cover.
  • 4. Place an oil drain pan under the engine to catch the oil. Then remove the engine oil
  • drain bolt and sealing washer. (Sure, it drips and drains all over the stand)
  • 5. With the engine stop button pushed, repeat kickstarter operation approximately 5 times to
  • drain the engine oil completely. Yeah, I almost killed myself doing this because the bike started sliding off of the stand so I just hand did it.
  • 6. After the oil has drained, install the engine oil drain bolt with a new sealing washer to the
  • specified torque: 12 lbf·ft (16 N·m, 1.6 kgf·m)
  • 8. Remove the left engine guard bolt and left engine guard. 10mm socket or wrench.
  • 9. Remove the oil filter cover bolts and oil filter cover.
  • 10. Remove the oil filter from the cover.
  • 11. Check that the oil filter cover O-ring is in good condition. (It was.)
  • 12. Apply grease to the seat face of the spring. Okay, I didn't do this.
  • 13. Position the spring against the engine crankcase and install a new oil filter with the rubber seal  facing out, away from the engine. You should see the ”OUT-SIDE” mark on the filter body, near the seal. The TUSK Filter didn't have the words but looking at it I compared the positioning with the Honda filter. 
NOTE: Use a new genuine Honda oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model. Rocky Mountain sold me a TUSK Filter.

If the oil filter is not installed properly, it will cause serious engine damage.
  • 14. Install the oil filter cover O-ring and oil filter cover being careful not to damage the O-ring,
  • then tighten the oil filter cover bolts to the specified torque: 9 lbf·ft (12 N·m, 1.2 kgf·m) I asked the expert at the counter about torque wrench and he said that he has never used a torque wrench.
  • 15. Install the left engine guard and left engine guard bolt.
  • 16. Fill the crankcase with the recommended oil. Capacity: 0.73 US qt (0.69R) at oil and filter change
  • 0.70 US qt (0.66R) at oil change  (about 22.4 ounces)
  • 17. Install the engine oil filler cap.
  • 18. Check the engine oil level by following the steps in Checking & Adding oil in the manual.  I looked at the fill bubble and made sure that what I put in registered just below the H and then made sure that I put in about .70 US qt.  We looked up converting parts of a quart to ounces and it came out at about 22.4 ounces.  Gramma gave me a old container that actually had the ounces on it so I was able to also measure the oil when I put it in.
I'll do a lot better next time.  I also changed out the Transmission Fluid at the same time I did the oil.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Okay, I'm not skying yet but I'm getting some experience jumping.

I got some really good tips on learning to jump for the first time from the Dirt Bike Channel.  I actually set up two spots that when you pass the first spot you stand up press your legs together on the seat and lean over approximately to a 45 degrees angle and take the jump.  I practiced for about 15 minutes then went over to a small jump and landed it a few times.  I did notice that the first couple of times I was nose diving but then I remembered that I was supposed to pull up on the handle bars and press down a little bit on the but.  It totally worked out so it was time to take the higher jump.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mesquite MX Track

Click the link above to go to their website.

The track is pretty rough today, Tuesday, August 6th but it's what's called "Open-Unprepped".  They prep the track on Friday's for the weekend riders.

Honda Ready to Go

Okay, I was told I just needed more seat time on the bike so here I go.

Monday, August 5, 2019


Click on the link above to go to Rocky Mountain ATV and see the Cycra Rebound Handguards

Alright, my grandpa and I just installed my new CYCRA Rebound Handguards on my bike that we picked up at Rocky Mountain ATV in St. George, Utah.   It was a little harder than I thought because of having to move some things around.  I live in Payson, Utah where the main office is but this location was great.

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472 W Buena Vista Blvd, Washington, UT 84780
(435) 673-2444

Back to Gramma and Grandpa's Home in Mesquite, Nevada for some hot summer riding.

 Just got down to Mesquite yesterday, Sunday, August the 4th for a week of riding and learning how to ride.

Monday morning, August 5th was fun.  Five riders about my same age drove up from Overton, Nevada to ride.  A couple of them were amazing riders.

After almost taking a nose dive on a table top I asked one of the better and knowledgeable riders that was running a KTM what to do when that happens.  He told me to seat bounce on the take-off and before you land lean back and pull up on the bike so that the back tire hits first.  When you are learning you can't be afraid to ask for advice.

I also had a chance to text Conner Moore a sponsored rider about how to get faster.  He said "Lots of seat time and don't let the bike control you.  Then he said "Don't coast into turns unless you have a ton of speed coming in.  Don't chop the throttle.  That's how you fall."  Thanks for the advice Conner; I really can use all the advice you can offer.

Sunday, August 4, 2019


   Still getting a feel for the jumps, but I am getting there. Best tip I got is to make sure to shift your body weight when you are about to make the jump so you do not loop out.
My 2005 Honda CRF450R

First Ride on the Track

This was my first ride on a track with my 2005 Honda CRF450R.  I felt pretty comfortable with the power but am just trying to get a feel handling the size and weight and I ride the track.

Just a Teenage MX Rider Covered in MUD!

 I can honestly say that I had one of the most fun days of racing motocross in my life! Who really trusts the weather stations; right?  It w...