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Dagger Katana 10.4

So I was sitting there on my couch, laid up with a broken femur... thinking I need something to do that I can do with a screwed up leg. Kayaking came to mind, and so I picked up a kayak and paddled my days away on the pretty lakes surrounding my house.

First "proof of concept" effort

After reading a giant forum discussion on DIY Disc Golf Baskets over at dgcoursereview.com, I got to thinking I could do better, for less money. I'd been itching for a project for some time, and while all of my favorite tools were in Oregon, I had a good amount of basics available to me at my parents place in New Hampshire. Why not give it a go?

DIY Disc Golf Basket (welded)

I love making things. I also like a good challenge. The idea of just throwing money outright at something just doesn't interest me... or maybe it's that I don't have that much money! Knowing this about myself, I frequently find myself heavily engaged in fun projects.

Building up the camper - 2013

So, I unfortunately got so heads down on this project I forgot to document everything... so here's the jist of my work during the year of 2013.

Swapped barrel for normal barrel. Further review of S&W Shield 9mm, still underwhelmed.

If you missed my previous review, I tried the firearm out with lack luster results. Upon inspection the job on the threaded barrel seemed at fault. I fired multiple firearms while shooting, even a Keltec PF9 (notably smaller with much longer and harder DA trigger pull) and had no such issues with printing great groups down and left.

PT740 comes back, and is unmanagable... sold it!

The Taurus PT740 came back after being gone for three weeks, and had been reworked by Taurus. I'm not exactly happy that would I essentially did was a short term loan with Taurus, but... what are you going to do? I knew I was taking a risk with this gun.

Woodruff Key Seared, the bike is dead.

Okay, I finally found some spare time to get in there.

My suspicion was that it was flywheel related, given the history of these engines and all. I also could engage the starter and it just free spun, so I knew something was up. The engine still had compression as well, pointing me further towards something with the flywheel.

Then I found this person with a similiar experience on another forum:

Rough Cut -- Fire 2013 Set first take

So I'm DJing a party again... after 5-6 years or so now. I'm rusty behind the decks for sure and don't have my song memorized anymore like I used to, but I threw together a set I'll be polishing up between here and the event. Enjoy an early sneak peak!

...and then it dies...

So it was time to take the Vulcan out for a longer and more accurate shakedown of how it would spend it's life. I hopped on the bike and took the hour long commute into work that I drive every day. It's all highway driving and at a good speed, so it's highly representative of what the motorcycle would be enduring. It rode fairly well the entire way, with nothing blatantly wrong, although there were some quirks here or there and it felt anemic on power...

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