Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Beast!

Saturday…weather is not bad, but this cold has the best of me. I spent most of the morning being lazy with the hope of feeling better. As afternoon rolled around, I was getting a little antsy (is that a word), so I decided I should do some work on the old beast…my 1986 Honda TRX 350.

This is a great machine which I purchased second hand in 1988. It is not the most comfortable ATV to drive, however it is real workhorse! Over the last 21 years it has been put through everything, from plowing snow to mud bogs! The only thing that I have had to do to it is replace the battery (a couple of times), fuel filter, brakes and rebuild the starter & fuel pump. I should mention that I do take good care of my stuff with regular maintenance.

I pulled the TRX 350 out of my storage shed, installed & hooked up the battery and the old machine fired right up. I only had the chance to give the machine a quick cleanup last fall, so I decided I would do some minor maintenance and cleanup the bike. The bike is 23 years old and I have had a lot of fun with it, I am surprised that it still looks this good!

I think I will get in touch with a few of my ATV friends and plan a trip out to the old camp. The camp is a great spot, it belongs to my wife's cousin and is located back in the woods about 45 minutes from here. Fortunately for me, I get to use it. Here is a pic of the TX 350 in the back of my truck with the camp in the background. Notice my friend's German Shepard, "Princess" standing guard over the bikes!

Hopefully, the weather cooperates tomorrow and I feel well enough to get out for a run on the motorcycle! Until next time...


  1. I want one. Keep your eyes peeled. Old is good too. Cheap is even better :)

  2. We'll have to head up sometime soon. Would love to explore territory up there... I always throw my gps on and then plot on google earth/mapping when I return...