Sunday, August 06, 2006
Motorcycle Derby Days
The Great Derby Switcheroo did happen….today. I had a bit of time to get it done and my friend had her garage and lift available—so the chore was today.
I was sad to make the decision to take my gold-leafed derby cover off, but the finish just didn’t hold with the higher temps. Oh well, such is life and it was good while it lasted! I’m still kicking around putting rhinestones or something on it…now that I know how easy it is to change the cover!!
As long as the bike was in a straight up and vertical position (rather than leaned on the side stand), I could change the cover with no loss of fluid. Great!
Putting the bike on the stand took longer—since neither of us had ever used the stand (sigh, it was my friends dad’s stand so we both are first-timers). Okay, figuring out how to work the darn thing took longer!! LOL….but we got it figured out.
After getting the bike on the stand, it was a matter of getting the five bolts off—and it was simple enough. Those out, cover comes off. Take new cover out, put on a new gasket, line everything up, tighten up bolts in a star pattern…
Easy enough! I think the actual job took ten minutes (that includes just gabbing about girl stuff too).
Now, how to get the bike off the stand??
Needless to say, it took just as long to get the bike down as it did up.
Yes, it is kinda important!
Seeing how easy it is, I’m thinking that I’m going to start changing my own fluids and stuff. Seems simple enough.
Well, that was my adventure for the day.
The Fatboy looks strange with a plain derby cover.
Sigh, I’ll have to think of something….
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
~The Rainbow Wahine