Rides and Tales

Observations From Behind Bars

OK, I was a slug.

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Yeah, I blew off the New Year’s Day ride. The weather was OK, the wind had laid down, some, and the temperature was somewhere around 50° at departure time but I just wasn’t up for it. The ride was headed across the Bay to one of the Wingers’ house. He throws a good barbecue in his barn and the Wingers are great people, but I guess I just wasn’t up for a slow ride, this a.m.

I was hoping to start the new year off with some photographs, at least, but the best I could do was a couple of shots of the clutch cover of my 1995 VT 600-C Honda Shadow.

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The bike was a little neglected  while out of my hands and my plan is to pretty her up, beginning with the engine side covers. I have already run a piece of #400 and #600 wet sandpaper over the clutch side and hit it a lick with 4/0 steel wool and metal polish just to knock some of the oxidation off and see where the starting point is.

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There are a couple of spots on the rounded edged, and near the brake pedal, where the metal has been exposed and buffed, some. The spots already shine like a diamond in a goat’s ass.

I hope to leave the cover on this side of the bike since I’ll have better access after I remove the exhaust.

The left side will have to be removed for gasket replacement. Oil has blown back on it and left it in a little better shape than the right side.

So, there you have it, that’s my New Year message. I’ll get back to you as things develop.

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Written by fiddle mike

January 2, 2008 at 1:37 am

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