Saturday, August 28, 2010

this week was rather eventful

  • starting to move into a new place
  • installing a stering stabilizer on the bike (most complicated procedure done yet)
  • installing a new signal
  • installing crashbars
  • failed to install skid plate, cause I couldn't loosen the screws...
ok time to replace this signal...

removed all fairings to get there
installed signal
moving tank out of the way to get to gas tank bracket
installed new bracket and the steering stabilizer bracket after filing the mount to the right dimension also need to removed the handle bars
finished installed steering stabilizer with new handle bar bracket.
getting ready to remove the highway pegs (need to sale them) and installing the crashbars
washers are installed and the highway pegs are removed
crashbar is installed, off to the other side
everything is back together and completely installed.
the next step is going to install the skid plate and new fork springs.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I'm heavenly planning the trip to alaska next year and keep finding blogs and articles like these:

and they all say the same thing
  • it's gonna be wet
  • bring heated gear
  • bring waterproof gear
  • bring a warm sleeping bag
  • bring a warm tent
  • it's amazing
  • lots of dirt roads
  • spend a lot of time up there and don't rush it
guess I need to save more money, now that the bike is to 80% complete and get the fitting outfit for this trip.

Outfit possibilities:

Monday, August 16, 2010

So the new bike was picked it up in Santa Maria on Saturday afternoon and while driving it home I promptly low sided in the last turn. Arg a couple of scratches in the fairing, a bend handlebar and a shot signal is the damage so far.

Damage to me?

  • hurt feelings
  • sprained wrist
  • scratched helmet -> already bought a new one
At least I could get my hands dirty and put it back together and it sits now in the driveway, waiting for parts to arrive and to be fixed up.

Now what todo to it in the next 6 month?

  • crash bars ~150
  • skid plate ~200
  • semi off road tires ~350
  • steering stabilizer ~ 400
  • wiring in a couple of 12V plugs for heated gear and IPhone ~50
  • heated jacket liner ~150
  • springs for my weight ~100
  • race tech emulators ~150
  • windscreen for my size ~150
  • tourmaster transition2 jacket ~200 (I owned 3 jackets of this kind and keep coming back to it)
  • sheepskin seat cover ~50
so about 1700$ worth of extras to make it ready for my trip next summer.

Pictures coming soon...