It's Like a Whole New Bike...And Then it Almost Wasn't!
Finally finished the winter upgrades on Serenity, and she's like a whole new bike! Put new Metzeler ME880 tires (front tire one size larger), put Kevlar clutch plates in (coffee grinder is *gone*), changed out all the oil, fixed the leak in the final drive that was slinging oil all around my back wheel, etc. The tires and clutch have nearly turned her into a whole new beast. I was loving 99% of my ride home yesterday at 65 degrees...
...UNTIL a woman in some 1970's era P.O.S. decided that the laws of physics are arbitrary in nature and decided to test that pesky "two things may not occupy the same space at the same time" rule. It was either that, or she holds the mistaken belief that the rules of the road are based solely on the net weight of the vehicles involved. In any event, she changed lanes right into where I was riding. Fortunately, there was a bi-directional turn lane to my left that I could swerve into and romp on my horn. I goosed it to get ahead of her and out of the turn lane. When I turned to look at her, guess what she had in her hand? Cell phone, you might ask? No. Cigarette, perhaps? No. She was carrying her %$$##@#*$^# *POODLE* in one arm and "driving" with the other!! She turned left into the grocery store that we were passing at the time, and I thought about taking the other entrance in and enlightening her about the basics of both physics and traffic law, but decided that my bike was so much fun to ride, I'd rather spend time enjoying it. Before long, I had that stupid grin back on my face as I (gingerly) put Serenity through her paces in the twisties on the way back to the house...
Installing the new clutch plates was a piece of cake. If you're as sick of coffee grinder mornings as I was, it's worth it.
75 degrees and sun today! Gonna be a great day to ride!
K.J. "Fire Ant" Lord
'03 VN750 "Serenity"
Rear Turn Signal Relocation
Front Brake Replacement
Spline lube, per Fergy's excellent instructions (that he has posted around here somewhere)
Kevlar Clutch Plates
Metzeler ME880 Tires
Stebel Nautilus Air Horn
Saddlemen Explorer Seat
Kuryakyn Wide Levers Installed