Sophie Travelair is a late gift from my passed by father, who wrecked his father's Horex Regina crossing a hay barn and taking off the loading ramp. I never understood his spleen for flying. It was a Lycoming-Travelair in Tillamook OR, that showed me why my old man was so crazy for flying....
In Anchorage Mickey Sherfield's dog Sophie, who looks nearly like our Labrador Negra, lived inside his(sorry "her") Ural. As Mickey gave me a brand new final drive within a few second decision, therefore my son Thomas and I decided to baptize our rig at the arctic circle Sophie Travelair in honour to both donators of our shared rig.
The champaign cork made a good part of our journey back to Oregon as timing mark plug.
Bikes and oldtimers deserve a name because they have character.
Ask Willy Willies, our 1960 Willies Stationwagon. (Aussies don't think bad
who's first bike was Speedy Gonzalez, which showed me quite a few horizons. Just as Sophie showed to Thomas when he became 18.
+ quite a few stories to tell about the other bikes.
Patrol 2013 a Jim Petitti special.(RIP)
8 weeks 12.000km Oregon - Alaska - Oregon, now in CR 39.000km and counting.
With a DIY foam air filter the rig runs well even in tropical rain. The air box looks then like an aquarium.
Final drives: 1. at 5000km, 2. at 34.000km(+friction plates)
transmission: 1. 40.000km. 2. installed
The Avatar are 2 rice grains stating life's essence:
"The most important you cannot see!"
=> Attitude makes the difference!