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And The Beat Goes On…

My house guest has come and gone,the Meet&Eat is past and David is now officially an old fart of 65; now I get a couple of weeks to slow down before the WVBR. All I need to do for that is get my sleeping bag down to the Laundromat to get it cleaned and figure out how I’m going to pack my camping gear on the 16. And to puzzle over whether it’s the West Virginia Buell Rally, Reunion or Revival. Or maybe it’s all three? One thing’s for sure - it’s always a good time.

Patches posted a photo of a custom Softail over on the Indian’s Great/Sucks thread on Badweb that has some really good looking clamshell hard bags. I started investigating those bags because I was thinking they’s really look good on the Express. I couldn’t find a price, but looking at Ronnie’s parts fiche and checking the prices of the various parts has me thinking that, like everything the MoFoCo sells, they’re going to be priced outrageously. Then I looked at the 05 with its Hepco & Becker Junior bags, and it looks pretty damned good. The Gentleman’s Express will look just fine with a set of Juniors on it.

One thing about that tricked out Softail Sport Glide that has really piqued my interest is that it’s got a separate tach and speedometer. I’d like to find out what and how the builder did that. I prefer two separate instruments, but I was resigned to only being able to run the one. I’m going to have to find out more information, but damned if I know where to start. I guess that’ll be one of the continuing improvements once the rest of the build is done.

It kind of looks like I’m going to be holed up for today. It’s raining and I just looked at the radar and it’s a large area of rain. So I guess today’s a good day to do little things around the house. Maybe I’ll do a bit of reading or maybe even watch a movie. Or maybe I’ll just sit in front of the fan. It’s not hot, but the humidity is up and high humidity makes me sweat more and worse than hot temperatures do.

I just had a thought; I think I may be able to put the Juniors on the 16 now. I’ll have to go down to the garage and do some checking, but if I can, that would be good.

Now, I’m pumped up. I was going to write more, but instead, I’ll end here.
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Windoze Shopping


I continually put a lot of thought into how the Express is going to look and function. I spend a lot of time Window Shopping online. I haven’t got the money to spend right now, but I look for the best prices on what I’m looking for.

For Instance, Amazon has the best price on a POR-15 motorcycle fuel tank repair kit at the present time. I think I’ll be buying that next month. I saw a little rust on the inside of the 4-1/2 gallon Custom tank, so I want to get rid of it and coat the tank. From what I gather, POR-15 is supposed to be the best gas tank coating that’s out there.

I don’t want to skimp on the quality of what I’m getting for the bike; I want the best quality, period. At the same time, however, I’m not rolling in dough, so I look for quality items at a cheaper price. I don’t mind used parts in many instances. However, buying used has its pitfalls, too. Like the seat I bought. I didn’t look close enough when I bought it. I thought I was getting a Sundowner seat, but it turned out to be one of the Chinese knock-offs. While it’s better than the stock seat, as far as comfort, it’s not nearly as comfortable as a Sundowner. I can live with it for the time being, but it makes me want to get that Mustang wide seat all the more.

Mustang is stating on their site that there’s a 6 to 8 week wait for one because they had to shut down due to the Wuhan virus. I put my e-mail address in to be informed when one becomes available, and that’s about all I can do. I saw a used one on fleaBay that cost more than the price of a new seat, and that just galls me. I looked on Dennis Kirk and J&P Cycles sites, but they don’t have one. Mustang does have a one piece-2 up seat that fits the 3.3 tank, but it won’t fit with a 4.5 tank. I can’t afford to spend $413.00 for a seat that will be taken off in just a couple of months, or so.

I put the Highway “Mustache” bar and footpegs on the 16. I bought a pair of used footpegs off the Bay from a non-greedy individual. I thought I was getting the smaller passenger pegs, but they turned out to be the larger diameter Rider pegs. They are my highway pegs, now.

This Thursday, I’ll find out how the 16 is coming along as a comfortable Road eater. The suspension and brakes are better than those items on the 05. Once I get the bigger gas tank, full rear fender, sissy bar, Mustang seat and mount the Hepco & Becker bags, I know it’ll be sweet. I’m far enough along in the build that I think it’s good enough as it sits for traveling, but the rest of the changes will do wonders for it. that’s my hope, anyhow.

I think I’ll start packing tomorrow. That way, I’ll have enough time to figure out whether I’m forgetting something before I head out. It sucks when you realize you left your camera at home when you’re 200 miles away. (or when I left my cell phone on the desk as I was boarding a plane for Wichita)
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