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I hit a milestone:



And celebrated by installing hard bags that I got used and cheap. The quick release shield should push my season into December for toys for tots and I get stuff home without stuffing it in my jacket now too :)

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During (fender oh no!)







After (perm installed quick release bracket only)





After (bags and all)








They look pretty good for luggage on a muscle bike. Glad I got the quick release though so I can quickly snap em off if I'm ever especially concerned about looks. This took like 6 hours but most of it was re-routing the turn signals to the license plate and crimping/heat shrinking the extended wires.
 

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I wrecked it going 80 on the interstate. Merged in to, no where to go. Bumped, bruised and road rashes, but walked away.

'92 VLX VT600C
AKA "Myrtle"
 

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Filled up with gasoline and hit the road to work.
 

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I started it for the first time since Aug. 28 and dusted some web strings off of it and picked a pecan off the saddlebag.
(Shoulder surgery)

Shoulder surgery here, too. I've been starting mine every couple of weeks. So I started it and actually sat on it for the 1st time in a month. I think I could ride it if I had to. Shoulder is getting there. I'm going to wait another week and if I feel up to it take it around the block. Woohoo!
 

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I fussed at it for not starting, fussed at my ignorance for not being able to figure out why it won't start, fussed at the clock b/c I haven't had enough time to work on it, fussed at my repair manual for not being comprehensive enough, and in general just fussed.
 

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Let the winter project list begin.

A few days back I installed a pigtail for a battery tender. Quick and easy and I have it quickly tuckable on the throttle side, behind the side cover.



ToDo list today includes:

New grips, LED bar ends to supplement (not replace) existing front signals, and a throttle lock. Should be easy except for the LED bar ends which will require removal of the handle bars and a small hole drilled/sealed to get the wires out. This will mark the first time I've had to fishtape wire on a motorcycle.



So long stock grips. I hardly knew ye.


A blow dryer, a long narrow flat head screwdriver (it's actually the one from my carb adjustment tool so it's even motorcycle intended), and a little elbow grease and they're off.



These Driven grips are a seriously tight fit, and they're flexible due to the pvc not being reinforced by any plastic. So cramming them on the bars took quite a lot of turning, huffing and puffing, and a ton of hairspray to work as a lube that won't continue to be a lube. I get them back on and :



There's a big gap between the grip and the stock bar end now. The chrome spacer that works with the stock won't work with these grips because the cut isn't wide enough to go over them, and it looks kind of dumb with them anyway. That's ok though really, because I've got the LED ones in mind. Let's see how those work out.



Well that's even worse... there's roughly an inch of gap there. Also, the LED end is just sort of floating there. It doesn't lock into place at all, and the 5 line badly translated to English instructions don't make it clear how that's supposed to work out. I know I can snug it up by pulling the cables tight, but I'd like something besides two small gauge low voltage wires holding the bar end on.

So the simple grip swap turns into a bit more of a thing... I loosened the bolts to the control housing so I could shuffle it further down the bar. Huffed and puffed as I worked the extremely tight fitting grip down to the end, and that shifts the whole assembly and grip down to the very end of the bar.



Looks good. As a bonus it puts my mirror stems outside another inch or so, which will hopefully help out with getting a great view of my shoulders, but being unable to see the car pulling up behind me.

I actually pulled it about an 1/8th" over the bars, so I can slide the LED turn signal into the grip to help hold it in place. A grip holding onto the bar end is the exact opposite of how this is supposed to work, but I don't really have another option that I can think of. Good thing those grips are so damn snug I guess.



Rinse/Repeat for the throttle side, but with the added step of using a tube cutter and taking the inch off the throttle tube so it wasn't just sticking out.

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That was a lot more work than anticipated but hey, one thing down. Onto the throttle lock. I debated with myself for about 30 minutes on if I should install it straight to the throttle tube instead of over the grip, but ultimately decided that even if I could custom cut an extra thick spacer it would mean I uneven mirrors and controls. With the clutch side shifted down an inch, and the thickness of the throttle lock negating the need to shift the throttle side down at all. Also, the removal of the throttle lock would mean a huge bit of exposed throttle tube, and a quick bolt-on like this should be able to be removed quickly if desired. So I decided to cut the throttle tube, and install the grip like normal. Then install the throttle lock right over the top of the grip as intended.




New grips done. LED bar ends.... going to need to wait until tomorrow, I had not expected just the grips to be such a hassle.



While messing around with all this today my mail man stopped by. He saw the reindeer strapped to the Softail and asked if I had been in the local toys for tots run this December. I said yes and that was why it was strapped to the bike, and it turned out he rode it too. Chatted about bikes for a bit and then he left me this package:



Rusty ol crash bars from e-bay. Got a pretty great deal on them and look forward to soaking and scrubbing all that rust away before powdercoating.
 

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Today? I just had to pull over and tighten up the right mirror after it wobbled loose about three miles into my ride. I had the dealer do a 24K checkup in early December...Adjust everything, valve lash, brake fluid, etc. So there's not much else for me to do right now.

But my new saddlebags came in during the holidays, so I better start tracking down some "how to relocate your turn signals" threads so I can get started on mounting them. 8)

Actually, I'm working on a riding related project right now. I built a rustic-looking wooden trunck out of some old lumber I had lying around for years. This truck is to be used exclusively for my touring stuff and riding paraphernalia. Tent, camping gear, map cases, tank bag, do-rags, kickstand plates, etc. It is not to be used for storing anything else. It's a guy trunk. For guy things. The wife can't touch it.* It's mine.

Mine mine mine mine mine. :-D

*Unless it needs dusting or something like that. ;)
 

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Rode 300 miles going nowhere. 76 degrees and overcast in January ? Well, happens all the time here, but enjoy the hell out of it when it happens.


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Went to a bike parts show today in Holland ( mostly old junk but Ill like that). Got me some new bolts & nuts for my VT1100 and some gasket paper. Also found myself a nice decent bike cover for outside as my old Suzi is ( has too) sleeping outside this winter.
Got home and removed the carbs of my wifes VT1100 as she is complaining its was running bad last week in the freezing wheater. Got them dismantled now and they are in a bad of paint thinner now for a 24hr clean up.
 
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