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February 25, 2014

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Introducing GatosBros

GatosBros website is up and running, and parts are in-stock, ready to ship.

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February 25, 2014

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building a custom trailbike (Honda CRF + XR250R)

Since I can't buy a modern XR from Honda, I decided to build my own. Stuffing an air-cooled XR250R engine into a CRF450 chassis.

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February 25, 2014

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free CAD software from makers of SolidWorks

Take a look at this free 2D CAD software application called DraftSigh. It was developed by Dassault, makers of SolidWorks, and it's completely free to download/use. Even better, it's available for PC, macs, and linux platforms.

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February 25, 2014

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GIVEAWAY: Ron Davis radiator

Raising money for the BlueRibbon Coalition. Click for details.

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February 25, 2014

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new project: monster motorhome

In December of 2008 I decided to pack it all in and hit the road. Load up my dogs and my bikes and go wander through what's left of the wild west, keeping an eye out for places where I might eventually like to buy some land and build a place to live.

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February 25, 2014

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Basinranger's custom-built camper

An Alaskan Camper-style hard-sided popup camper that was custom-built by a craftsman with a capital C.

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February 25, 2014

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ultimate onboard fuel filtration / processing setup

In the spirit of using my new LDS multifuel to it's full potential, I want to equip Mah Deuce with the ultimate fuel system. I'm talking about being able to pour just about anything flammable right into the fuel tank, knowing that it will be processed and filtered before it reaches the engine...

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