KLaRa has passed inspection and has her new tags. I put on the new brakes and rotors, chain and sprockets and learned some things about my new bike. I feel confident about pulling it apart and doing my own maintenance. I discovered that I still need to do a couple things. The clutch will need to be replaced before I cross the border and I’ve got to get loctite on a bunch of bolts.
I think that’s going to get done in San diego.. Maybe the desert… we’ll see.
I am running out of time to get things done.. Its been hard due to my frenetic work schedule. I only have Sundays free… I’m making mistakes. I sheared a bolt today trying to remove the luggage rack.
I’ll have to figure out how to get that bugger out of there. I’ve got three choices, I can “tap” it out, I can drill it out or I can heat the connection and try to twist it out. I’ll try heat first.. then plan B, drill it.
I’m making the racks from the existing tube steel that is there now. I think they’re just plastic protectors, but it’s steel and bolts, so it should work. Fingers crossed.
The reason I took off the racks was to get to the bolts that hold the seat on. I very sincerely hope that I never have to take the seat off again. 8 bolts to get that sucker off.
I took the seat off because I had to make it lower…. normally you BUY a seat or you have your seat shaved by a Professional.
I took on the task after watching a You tube video. I’m practically an expert…
I have something to admit.
It didn’t look reeeaal pretty when I got done with it BUT a friend gave me a sheepskin for my butt and that made it all better. Here’s how it went… kind of.
I have some advice for you. DO NOT do this on your couch… unless of course, it’s 4 degrees below Zero and blowing 35 Mph outside. like today.
Pretty much anywhere else would be a better place.
Tip #2. If you remove material from the seat, it seems logical that you would need less covering material…
Another thing I’m trying to do is get T-shirts ready before I leave, I’m not sure if that’s really going to happen.
Check out some of the designs I have in mind:
The first is Shirt front.. The other two go on the back vertically. The shirts will be black.
I’m hoping to get my shopping cart up soon.. It’s fighting for time with my racks and load out.
I have most of my paperwork done, I’ve got an issue with my health insurance.. so I’m sorting that out. I still need to get a Yellow Fever shot, hit the dentist office, winterize my camper and other motorcycle and make sure I know where all my paperwork is. I have yet to load out the bike.. even one time.
Fortunately, there’s still plenty of rum and beer in the house.