R&D! Ok I have two air cleaners that I need to test, and I want to give you one…. One fits a super e one fits a Harley CV. I need running bikes to test them on, I want to know if they install easily and if your bike runs well with it on. Here is how it works. Take a video of you riding your bike. Post it on your Instagram account. Tag the photo #pangeatesting also tag it with which carb you have. On 11/26/13 I will pick the coolest bike / vid to send the air cleaner to.
Andy over at Pangea Speed is barely an acquaintance of mine with some mutual friends… but you can’t deny that the dude builds some radical fucking motorbikes.
Right now he’s running this contest to get one of his new air cleaners for testing.
Browse around his blog and instagram. Check out the gallery over at his website. http://pangeaspeed.com/
Dudes got gnarly vision.
Our path around the pacific northwest.
Ryan the Lion
Crosby the Wolf
Marika the Red Fox
Every Friday it gets slow enough that I look at old photos from the blog.
Here we are at the top of guardsmans pass discussing what to do next…
The road was a solid sheet of several inch thick ice in the shade.
Those with knobbies who could ride through the snow on the shoulder would carry on.
Those without would take an alternate route.
Some 3 or 4 hours later we all met up at the Owl Bar at Sundance Resort. Good times.
Guardsmans Pass, Park City, Utah
I’m quite surprised anyone read it at all. I figured it to be too long for the tumblr format and I tend to babble beyond my welcome.
Thank you for reading it and taking the time to comment. It made my morning to read that.
The universe is roughly 13.8 billion years old.The building blocks of life (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur) were all forged in the heart of stars over the course of those stars billions of years life span.When those stars supernova’d spilling their guts and their elements across the cosmos, other stars began to form in those guts and gasses.When one star in one galaxy formed… this is one star of 400 billion stars in that galaxy, and that galaxy is one galaxy of 200 billion galaxies in the universe (are you grasping the scope and size of these numbers?) when that one star formed, we’ll call it the sun, when the sun formed it left enough matter and gas to form satellites around it, called planets. This process also took billions of years.Eventually there were two, not one, but two planets that were in a decent sized zone of warmth, where the water didn’t freeze or boil. Call them Mars and Earth. Mars was too small to maintain an electromagnetic core (not enough mass and gravity to perpetuate the cycle of an iron core spinning in a molten core, and so it cooled and it lost its electromagnetic field, which subjected it’s atmosphere to solar winds, losing it’s atmosphere and most of it’s water, that remaining then froze.But Earth! Now that’s a neat little spot! Here we are about 4.54 billion years ago when this hunk formed, and it was large enough with enough mass and gravity to keep the core spinning. and over the course of 4.54 billion years that core has kept spinning, sometimes switching directions which results in the magnetic poles flipping, but it keeps spinning regardless. And because of that an atmosphere was sustained! 4.54 billion years! That’s pretty radical.So we have a planet, with an atmosphere and a stable core and electromagnetic field, and the whole planet is made of the building blocks of life left over from ancient never known stars, among other things. It probably starts with a spark… lightning perhaps? Maybe just the right matter in the right chemical solution, or immense heat from an impact or explosion. Maybe the first life was brought here frozen and dormant and microscopic on an asteroid that impact earth; a broken fragment of its home-world travelling the cosmos… we don’t know for sure, which is pretty exciting if you think about it.Well that life started out one way or another. Single cell. Just matter, like any other matter, but instead of just breaking down over time, this matter was going to do something different… it was going to replicate. I could go into this topic alone for hours, the nature of what the first life could have been and the how and the why, etc.. but to save time and space lets just accept that it happened, that some matter came together, formed a single cell and began to replicate itself. Surely if you can stomach the idea that an omnipotent being exists somewhere that created all of this universe in it’s seeming infinite state… and you don’t need to question where HE came from, then lets just swallow this vastly smaller pill and say that life happened here on earth. Not necessarily first on earth, not necessarily only on earth, but on earth, life happened… perhaps as a natural progression of matter and it’s refining process.So 3.6 billion years ago prokaryotes evolved into existence.and over time there was variance in the self replication. Not all prokaryotes were identical. There were mutations.Some prokaryotes mutations served them well in slightly different environments and they flourished. Others did them no good and they died off not to pass on their means of replication. After about 200 million years a portion of prokaryotes evolved progressively further and further until they we so different that we called them by a different name; cyanobacteria… and with cyanobacteria formed photosynthesis.And then 2 billion years of complex cells, eukaryotes rose from that.1 billion years ago multi-cellular life formed, this is when things really started taking off!600 million years of simple animals,570 million years of arthropods (ancestors of insects, arachnids and crustaceans),550 million years of complex animals,500 million years of fish and proto-amphibians,475 million years of land plants,400 million years of insects and seeds,360 million years of amphibians,300 million years of reptiles,200 million years of mammals,150 million years of birds,130 million years of flowers (can you believe that flowers have only been around a paltry 130 million years?),66 million years since the dinosaurs died out,20 million years since the appearance of the family Hominidae (great apes within the primates),2.5 million years since the appearance of the genus Homo (human predecessors),200,000 years since the appearance of anatomically modern humans.25,000 years since the disappearance of Neanderthal traits from the fossil record.13,000 years since the disappearance of Homo floresiensis from the fossil record.-and here we are.200,000 years we’ve been here, in this 13.8 BILLION year old universe. Our entire species has been here just a blink of an eye. Our lives, minute fractions of that blink. We’re just matter with the temporary gift of consciousness and the ability to self replicate. We’re very successful at adaptation and self replication as 3.6 BILLION years of evolution would likely achieve. We happen to be the most adaptable and capable species on the planet right now, which is of course subject to change as the millions of years roll by.But because we are the most adaptable on earth, we got a bit carried away with ourselves, I think. We decided, long before we understood the size and scope and age of things, that one of the gods of this planet (we didn’t understand the concept of a universe when we created gods) was like us. A primate. A great ape. Had the dominant species on earth come from ravens then I very much doubt that they would have envisioned a large hairless ape in the sky, rather winged, beaked, feathered, deities instead.So the gods of this planet, great apes as well, inherited dominion over different elements of the world depending on location and needs of the people. water gods for coastal villages, wind gods on the steppes, earth gods, fire gods, sky gods, lightening gods, gods of peace, gods of war, gods of harvest, gods of rain, gods of death…Being great apes, we inherited some primal behaviors. War and battle as best to control territory, protect our genetic lines, and ensure our genetics continued on while other, weaker, genetics died out. So we kept fighting with one another and we brought our big great apes in the sky with us. My god is stronger than your god, until everyones god became more than just responsible for one dominion… everyones god became more powerful over more elements until everyone had an all seeing all knowing all powerful single god. It was an arms race in order to rally others to their cause. It was inevitable.There was some brief fighting. A few thousand years. But it settled pretty well as a stalemate in the western world when we learned more about the universe and just how large it was. All 3 factions believing in the “Same god” but with different interpretations. The Christian, the Jewish, and the Muslim.Back east, there were a wider range of variables and older established and educated cultures, so they didn’t fall into the pissing contest as much as the illiterate sheep herders of the middle east did. For that reason they still have polytheism or religions without gods at all.Where we are born largely determines what faith and tradition we will inherit, not unlike the gods… You were born in the west. You’re Christian. Your parents were probably Christian. You’re probably even the same denomination of Christianity as your parents and their parents and so on.Had you been born in Egypt, you’d likely have Muslim parents, and so you’d likely be Muslim. India, Hindu. Japan, Buddhist. Ancient Americas, shamanistic animal gods…-Each religion serving two purposes:1. Mankinds reflection on the origin of things.2. Mankinds attempt to control populations.The religions are still at war with each other, sending out emissaries to convert others… so that they can continue being placated through self assurance…Go back to the start of this and read how immense everything was, the vast possibilities, the wonder…. and now we’ve whittled it down to something so petty. ”I don’t want to die, I don’t understand the universe, I want my beliefs to be right. I want to exist forever. I want my god to be better than your god. I want you to believe in my god to reassure my beliefs so that I don’t have to worry about dying. I don’t want to die alone.”It’s vanity.A great ape that existed prior to the start of the universe created the universe in all it’s amazing vastness, so that one singular spec of dust among trillions could have a tiny thin film of life on it, so that one species among those millions of species could also become a great ape, like god, so that he could watch and remind you to not eat pork and hate homosexual great apes and give him money and not masturbate…It’s bland. It’s the conjecture of illiterate sheep herders who didn’t understand what the points of light in the sky were, and who wanted to conquer the land of the neighboring sheep herders.It’s simple and yet it’s without rational explaination. It has no evidence. it pulls the wonder and glory of the universe and it’s 200 billion galaxies right out from under them so that a single species of great apes could feel superior and immortal.What if, instead… this was it?What if we accepted that our consciousness in these bodies of matter was like winning the lottery and we only had one shot and this was it? What if it was so fast paced and short lived that our minds evolved to race like powerful steeds across the steppes? What if we had to make the most of this brief spark of life because there wasn’t a do over and there wasn’t a hairless ape in the sky to forgive you for fucking up? What if you had to be accountable and fess up to yourself for your actions because this life is impermanent and when your body fails you, the only thing of you that lives on is the progeny you’ve left behind housing your successful genetic code and you return that borrowed energy to the universe? How about we take that energy we’ve borrowed from the universe and we return it slightly more refined? Not unlike the stars who nova’d to give us life.
We take this energy and this matter, and we put it to use. Exploring levels of consciousness that no matter had ever felt before? We find love, and happiness, and generosity and acceptance and knowledge and we realize one very very very very VERY important thing:One day earth will end. One day the sun will end.And if we don’t stop hating each other and picking on each other and blowing each other up, and start working together and get off this fucking planet then all that refinement and evolution and successful genetic code will have gone to waste.Let’s stop hating each other and focus on advancing biologically, socially, and intellectually so that what we do in our life times might actually matter in a billion years.In the scope of the universe, someone being gay and getting tax protection and state licenses doesn’t matter. It’s just the petty byproduct of the god pissing contest where a god needed rules in order to appear just and great.In the scope of the universe, being christian or muslim or atheist doesn’t matter. We’re just the next stage of matter at a very cool time in the universes history.From that perspective, I’m sure you can see how baffled I am at articles my christian peers post regarding gay marriage. Baffled with bigotry. Baffled with hate. Baffled with cries to repent and accept a 2,000 year old arabic mason into my heart and soul…baffled at the pettiness.In summary: be excellent to each other and the world in which we live.-Crosby
STILL FOR SALE as of oct 28th 2013
the winner of the auction tried to pull some last minute bullshit.
contact me if you want to buy this.
Greg’s ‘81 XS650