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Refining The Details

Posted in Motorcycles, Parts, Riding with tags , , , , on February 10, 2010 by AnakAmaGuro

Another weekend, a few more details. I know, I know… Late entry. I’m a busy person, y’know…

 

February 7, 2010, Sunday:

I had the weld spots filled and smoothed, installed the new stainless steel nuts, washers and bolts, and took the bare seat pan to the upholstery guy.

February 8, 2010, Monday:

Went back to my buddy’s place and painted the smoothed-out weld spots. My buddy Mike helped me cover parts of the bike with newspaper and tape. While I let it out to dry, I went back home and had a fight with a loved one 😦 (but that’s a different story).

The new seat was ready for pick up at 4PM.

I remember wanting a thin, sexy looking seat (I was going for an inch of foam). Before I left Sunday afternoon, we agreed on a 2-inch insulation. Guess what? I ended up with a 3-inch thick ass pad. The upholsterer (is that what you call ‘em?) said that the rivets would punch through thin foam and would bring me discomfort while riding.

My father taught me to never argue with the experts.

So I took the seat, paid the man, and went on to install my new bum catcher.

It looked okay (I really wanted the sleek look)…

But it was soooo much better when I took my beauty for a spin! 😀

Dad was right! “Never argue with the experts”, he would say. 🙂

I guess the upholstery dude was thinking of function over form! It felt great sitting on that new seat. Besides, people won’t see how thick the seat is while I’m riding. What’s important is, it’s darn comfy! :p

 

Anyway, here she is:

How do you like her now?

 

More to come. Stay tuned!

To Chop a Chopper

Posted in Motorcycles, Parts with tags , on February 6, 2010 by AnakAmaGuro

She’s a work in progress.

Sweet Ride 2

Posted in Motorcycles with tags , on January 25, 2010 by AnakAmaGuro

Today I took my bike to the LTO (Land Transportation Office) to have her emission tested and get her motor and chassis number stenciled.

That’s her getting her fumes checked.

As usual, she was a head turner. There were those who asked questions, and there was this one fellow, gutsy enough to ask if he may sit on it. I saw no harm, so I let him (minding his every move and clutching a wrench in my right hand). I even offered to have his photo taken, but he shied away respectfully. Good.

“Don’t ask to ride my bike and I won’t ask to ***k your woman”. – Saw that on website, made sense to me.

There were some who smile at her, some who couldn’t get enough of a look and had to keep circling the bike, and there were those who looked as if they hated me for owning such a beauty. Can’t please everybody, y’know…

Overall, it was a fruitful day. The person I spoke to in the LTO said that by the second week of February, the paper work should be good. I can’t wait! 🙂

Sweet Ride

Posted in Motorcycles, Uncategorized with tags , on January 25, 2010 by AnakAmaGuro

Yep, that’s my ride; I got her on New Year’s Eve (31st of December, 2009).

What a nice way to welcome the New Year, huh? 🙂

Actually, I wanted to go for something with a larger displacement, something fit to cruise the freeway. I looked around and found a beauty. Too bad, I don’t have enough to take her home. So I dismissed the fact that I would be able to get myself a proper gift before the year ends.

So I opted to just look at pictures and read stories of people who twist the throttle.

But fate had different plans for me.

Since I was very young, I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle. No one in the family had one, so I learned how to ride a bicycle instead.

That’s when the love for cruising on two wheels began.

So there I was, surfin’ the net and was looking around some tabs on my browser. I refreshed one and a new ad appeared. Not even a day old (read: 17 hours). Curious, I checked it out. And I was surprised to see that there was only one person who took interest and posted an inquiry. Not only that, I got more interested when I saw that she came in my favorite colors – Black and Red.

I immediately called the owner and advertiser, and asked if I may meet her (yes, the owner was a woman) and see the bike. It was a short conversation which ended in an almost closed deal.

That same day, I asked a family friend if he can accompany me in checking out the bike – he agreed.

The next day, I went to an ATM and took out the sum I needed to make the purchase. I wanted it so bad, I can almost taste it.

The seller and I met up on the agreed time and place. When I saw the bike, I wasn’t disappointed. The owner’s husband told me the bike’s story and answered my questions. Bobby, the family friend was there checking out the ride. I asked the man to fire up the bike. He inserted the key, turned it, and she purred like a kitty – and I was in love.

After the money and keys exchanged hands, we went our separate ways and boy, was she a head turner! Not only because she’s drop dead gorgeous, but she has loud, open pipes to let everyone know she’s coming.

“Loud pipes save lives” – Harley Davidson.

The next day, I knew I just had to get rid of the graphics added on to the tank and fenders by the former owner. My ride had pink butterflies and flowers. The helmet that came with the bike even had matching paint of pink on black. I guess that’s why people couldn’t stop looking.

So that morning, I prepped the tank, the fenders and even the helmet for a fresh coat of paint. It took me hours just sanding the parts, another half hour covering the rest of the bike with newspaper and tape. After the final (clear) coat was sprayed, I looked around and realized, it was almost dusk when I finished – but it was all worth it. She looks like she’s ready to go to a show.

I currently am in the process of getting a transfer of ownership and all the other paper works polished. I also have a few modifications in mind.

I’ll post them as soon as it’s underway.

‘Till then, ride safe and ride responsibly everyone. 🙂