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billgreenman1

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  1. Since my body has been exhibiting "patina" for quite a few years, I don't seem to mind it on my motorcycles....
  2. Very cool. The VanGogh museum in Amsterdam is on the infernal list of " museums I've set the alarm off" in, much to the amusement of my brother...stuck my nose too close to see the thick paint layers and set off a space alarm. The guards laughed, I was mortified. Probably can't do that anymore....
  3. My siblings and I grew up halfway down a fairly good hill in a suburban neighborhood. I sped down that hill too many times to count and somehow rarely crashed! Mom was smart enough to forbid skateboarding though. And motorbikes of any kind, though my neighbor down the street had an amazing Rupp. Dad taught my brother and I clutch control by standing a pack of cigarettes on the dash and we had to start on the hill without knocking the cigs over. My first bike came after Mom & Dad had no say in it, followed by my father's stories of riding a war surplus Indian as a young man. The speed thing isn't too much of a thing anymore, but the feedback and interaction sensations are what keeps me in the game... Anyway open roads and good runs are part of the happiness distraction for me....
  4. Mine is just like that, bought with under 25 miles on it, and the exhaust cans also have that hue (along with some boot rubber smears on the pipe leading in). When I put the VIN # in with my insurance it said "rosso" for no reason and I just took it as ID "shotgunning" or some such...
  5. +1 on "if it is stupid but it works...."
  6. I had the privilege of chatting briefly with him at Mid-Ohio's vintage racing days the year MV Agusta hosted. Also demo-ed the new F41000. My autograph melted in my tank bag during the subsequent tour. Something in the man's eyes showed an awareness and grace.
  7. I've gotten so used to seeing my bike nestled in her Baxley Sport Chock that whenever I put her on the side stand I kinda hold my breath and pray even though the stand is solid ( just checked).
  8. Kinda like having a car painted a crap color. You're not gonna look at it while you're moving...
  9. "Might as well f@&I it up myself than pay someone else to do the same...."
  10. I thought that a hammer was to be prominently displayed in workshop photos...🤔
  11. 2nd thin coat of JB Weld on the ignition switch barrel.
  12. The broken plastic on the Ebay item is worse than what I've done, but the Kawasaki clue is helpful.
  13. I'm going to add some more thin layers of the dental adhesive and sand it, then maybe add something like JB Weld to the outside of the barrel. I'm still kinda hoping to find another one somewhere...
  14. So I broke part of the black plastic barrel of my ignition switch. Zadi pl336. Anyone know where I can find one, or other bikes so equipped? I've taken to it with dental adhesive, but I'm pessimistic. I haven't tried to put it back together yet as I'm adding more thin layers of the adhesive and letting them dry thoroughly... I guess limits need to be pushed occasionally but more often adhered to.
  15. Yesterday I did exactly what I didn't want to happen; I cracked part of the black plastic barrel of the ignition switch. 🤯 Then I started to see if I could buy a new one: not available. The hunt for a Zadi pl336 begins...
  16. Also probably removed more things than I probably needed to see the switch bolts...
  17. Started the dreaded "startus interruptus" operation. Beginning to wish that my hands were small and strong rather than larger and usually tired. Got to the ignition switch and I'm going to replace the Phillips head bolts with hex bolts. My lock body plate is missing one of the mounting bolts and I don't know how to get there yet. Didn't try to take apart the ignition switch yet......
  18. I want to do this, but my brain fades and it all becomes "qvatch". I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.
  19. This year I've been fairly responsible; since I haven't had enough time to take any longer trips I've been able to go to the boat ramps and a certain co-op and put exclusively ethanol free gasoline in my beast and add a water dispersion additive for extra mojo.
  20. Looks cool, but if it is a shop stand, wouldn't a more conventional (Beckley chock, Pitbull or other lift) be more versatile and useful? It doesn't look like it would work on uneven surfaces out of the shop, or lift the wheel high enough for wheel work. Am I missing something here?
  21. I'd really like to demo (1)Svartpilen 401,(2)Royal Enfield 350; something smaller to just putz around on that also doesn't break the bank.
  22. Straightened out some stuff in the garage, changed the oil in the R1150R, and dropped some serious coin on De-ox-it and carbon conductive assembly grease....
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