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The Big Day!

Posted in Gear, Motorsports, My Bike, Reviews, Riding by Me on August 25, 2009

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I had tons of traveling to do this summer, and sadly the SV has been sitting in the garage for a while now.

But tomorrow I’m flying (too far to ride) to Indianapolis for the US GP! I’m hoping to take lots of pictures and have something interesting to say at least once or twice over the next five days, so keep an eye out. When I get back I’ll put up anything I couldn’t post from my phone.

Also, I’ll be making my way up to western Massachusetts in a month or two, at which time I hope to get in a review of my Nelson Rigg luggage and maybe some other stuff.

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By the way, the belly pan I put on my bike ended up with blisters in the paint because it’s too close to the exhaust and I didn’t shield it enough. I will post the repair process at some point this fall as I do it.

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All Dressed Up

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on May 10, 2009

belly plan close-upI finally got around to mounting that belly pan from GSG Mototechnic. I had waited because of concerns about heat from the exhaust possibly melting the fiberglass so I went out and got some of Maier USA‘s self-adhesive ceramic tiles at Motorcycle Madness to deflect the heat. Unfortunately they only had one pack, but I think it will be sufficient.

I also needed to buff out the pain some more before I could really call it done. After a little rubbing and installing the tape I took it out and slapped it on. Installation took about five minutes and used an allen wrench and a socket on a ratchet.

Overall I’m very happy. Pics of the awesomeness below the jump.

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Back in Business

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on April 12, 2009

Betty at the LakeBetty is back together! After several months all of that busted up plastic is repaired and painted. It went back on in a flash, and, after a small amount of unnecessary paranoia about my brake system, the bike is riding smoothly. I’ve done most of the modifications I had planned and it’s been a long time since I last rode, so it was a little hard to compare, but I think everything is in excellent order.

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UPDATE: Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on April 2, 2009

All that plastic that I stripped of my SV last winter is now repaired, repainted, and waiting to be reinstalled pending a buff and shine. I plan to write up a lengthy description of everything you need to know about fixing your bike’s plastic, but in the mean time you can read about it on my dad’s blog.

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Down Under… uh… tail

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on March 4, 2009

hotbodies_undertail-full_viewI have acquired a hot bodies undertail for my SV. It is unpainted fiberglass. Here are some pics so you can see how it looks straight out of the package. Finishing and painting will happen along side the belly pan, but installation probably won’t happen until late summer/early fall, so stay tuned.

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2009 Mod Plans

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on February 1, 2009

I have a bunch of stuff sitting around waiting to be put on the bike this year, but I think I am going to take it slow rather than throw them all on at once. Some of it is going on before I pull her out of winter storage, but the rest will be as-I-find-time projects.

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Stripes!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 19, 2009

Belly Pan Paint IdeasOne thing that motorcyclists are always trying to do is go faster, and what makes your bike go faster than a stripe? A red stripe! I’ve been messing around with ideas and this is what I have so far. I need to hurry up and make up my mind because it is almost time to lay down the paint. Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Get on My Belly!

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on January 12, 2009

It has arrived. After much hemming and some hawing I decided on the GSG Mototechnik belly pan for my SV. Mostly I chose it because the design seems to go with the stock half fairing better than anything else I could find. You can get it in ABS from the manufacturer, but the transaction process is so convoluted and irritating that I opted for searching eBay.de instead (with a little help from a friend from Berlin) and found a small German tuning company (www.erich-jahn.de) who had the fiberglass version.

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Plastic

Posted in My Bike by Me on December 3, 2008

Right fairing damageSo, all that plastic that I pulled off Betty? It’s in Arizona getting glued, filled, painted, and buffed. Getting hit by a moron trying to parallel park causes an unreasonable amount of damage that can remove an unreasonable amount of time from your riding season, so guard that stuff like it’s gold!

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Baby Gets a New Dress (pending)

Posted in Modifications, My Bike by Me on November 25, 2008

Stripped SVSo I mentioned earlier that NYC is not the absolute best place to park a pristine motorcycle, not on the street anyway. As a result of multiple knock-downs by crappy parkers I decided to respray my plastic instead of buying replacement parts. I sent all the plastic to my dad to spray in his garage in Arizona. Since there will be paint flying I thought tis would be a good time to get a belly pan. Matching plastic is a good thing.

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