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Old 09-30-2012, 01:44 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Well then you're well aware of the ringer they can try to put you through. Great tl see that you aren't letting it defeat or deter you. It wouldn't be unusual to rethink riding after such a hard crash. Best wishes going forward.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:58 PM   #42 (permalink)
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It wouldn't be unusual to rethink riding after such a hard crash. Best wishes going forward.
SHUT YO MOUTH!!!

My kids and some friends have been giving me flack about continuing to ride. My wife, of 30 years, knows better... she loves riding as much as I do.

I've printed copies of the below and when someone give me grief about continuing to ride I give them a copy of this. It explains it perfectly!!

"Season of the Bike"
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There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on a motorcycle is like being beaten with cold hammers while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. The wind’s big hands squeeze the heat out of my body and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the drops don’t even feel like water. They feel like shards of bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I expect to arrive with my cheeks and forehead streaked with blood, but that’s just an illusion, just the misery of nerves not designed for highway speeds.

Despite this, it’s hard to give up my motorcycle {in the fall} and I rush to get it on the road again {in the spring}; lapses of sanity like this are common among motorcyclists. When you let a motorcycle into your life you’re changed forever. The letters “MC” are stamped on your driver’s license right next to your sex and height as if “motorcycle” was just another of your physical characteristics, or maybe a mental condition.

But when warm weather finally does come around all those cold snaps and rainstorms are paid in full because a motorcycle summer is worth any price. A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us languidly from home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole time entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound insulated, and smelling of carpets.

On a motorcycle I know I’m alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air that pool under trees and the warm spokes of sunlight that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than PanaVision and higher than IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or dashboard.

Sometimes I even hear music. It’s like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind’s roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock ‘n roll, dark orchestras, women’s voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed. At 30 miles an hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree-smells and flower-smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great plant symphony. Sometimes the smells evoke memories so strongly that it’s as though the past hangs invisible in the air around me, wanting only the most casual of rumbling time machines to unlock it.

A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane. Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It’s a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It’s light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it’s a conduit of grace, it’s a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy.

I still think of myself as a motorcycle amateur, but by now I’ve had a handful of bikes over a half dozen years and slept under my share of bridges. I wouldn’t trade one second of either the good times or the misery. Learning to ride was one of the best things I’ve done. Cars lie to us and tell us we’re safe, powerful, and in control. The air-conditioning fans murmur empty assurances and whisper, “Sleep, sleep.” Motorcycles tell us a more useful truth: we are small and exposed, and probably moving too fast for our own good, but that’s no reason not to enjoy every minute of the ride.


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Old 09-30-2012, 02:39 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Been sitting around with nothing to ride with Hamilton (my Bike) in the shop waiting on parts.

Have already decided on the custom exhaust and my mechanic is waiting on the mufflers to come in so he can start cutting and fabricating the headers. (see post #14 this thread)

I figured this would be a good time to change up the paint on the bike somewhat. I like the color I had (Krylon Textured Shimmer Black) but want to change.

Badgeless Tank, mounting holes filled in with stainless hex head bolts (in case I ever want to go back to badges). Off set Satin Black Stripe(s) on tank, cowl, & side covers.

Here is what I've come up with (not the best Photo Shopping but you get the idea)





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Old 10-01-2012, 07:51 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I like it minus the side cover stripes. It kind of reminds me of my bike 😃


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Old 10-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm kind of on the fence with the side covers. Still thinking on it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #46 (permalink)
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woot Woot WOOT!!!

First parts shipment has arrived from DCC!

Hopefully parts from other vendors will arrive this week or early next.

It feels like Christmas when I go up to my mechanics!
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:39 AM   #47 (permalink)
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That sucks man... Glad to hear you are still in one piece... Damn cage...


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Old 10-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Side Covers Stripped and sanded. Starting on Tank today. Hopefully Seat Cowl will be in soon so I can prep that and start to paint.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:59 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Well making some progress. Got the side covers and tank prepared and stripe color laid (Satin Black)...



Rear of OEM Chain Guard cut and modified...



And playing on where to drill holes and what size...



Soon as I figure out hole sizes and positions I'll drill, strip remaining paint, sand for brushed look and clear coat.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Glad to hear that you are ok, Gunny, and have fun with the repaint mods. From one Marine to another...Semper Fi.
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