Friday, November 20, 2009

New left fairing installed

My left fairing has been cracked since I bought the bike. I found a fairing on eBay some time ago and bought it for $250 which is quite a high price. I originally thought that the paint did not match my mine so I was holding off on installing it until I could get the bike painted. I decided to take a closer look. I rolled the bike out into the sun and compared the paint. I could not tell the difference! I asked a neighbor to see if he could tell the difference and he said "it looks exactly the same". It is a perfect match. I went ahead and installed the fairing. It will save me a lot of money not having to paint the bike.

New fairing installed. Perfect!

The fairing that came on the bike was cracked.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fort Clinch Ride

After taking so many trips south on A1A, I decided to head north. I scoped a map and saw a nice path up to Fort Clinch on A1A North. I headed out for the day and early in the ride I went over the amazing Dames Point Bridge. It is very high over the water and freaked me out a little bit to be honest. It was another chamber of commerce type of day and a great ride. I stopped at a little restaurant called Nicole's and had some great fried chicken. The only problem is that some of A1A is 35MPH along Fernandina Beach. I am not a speeder but I would like to go a little faster. A relaxing day and a good ride.

Large cannons guard the mouth of the St. Mary's River.

In the middle of Fort Clinch, Florida.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A long way down SR13

I headed out today with the intent of doing a SR13 - SR16 - US1 loop but when I got to SR16 I decided to just keep going south on SR13. It was a nice payoff. SR13 follows the east bank of the St. John's river south. It was a beautiful day and perfect temperature for riding with a jacket. I got all the way down to Hastings and decided to turn around and come back. I stopped at at Riverdale park and found a nice public dock. A great ride on a great day.

My bike among the Spanish moss of Riverdale Park.

A long public dock at Riverdale park.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homologation plate reinstalled

I finally found the small rivets needed to reinstall my homlogation plate (the numbered plate on my triple clamp). I got them off of eBay and in case you need any thy are #2 u-drive screws that are 3/16" long. The smallest parts are hardest to find.

Homologation plate reinstalled.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I decided to take longer and longer rides each time I go out on my bike. I thought a trip to Daytona made sense. I took US1 to St. Augustine and then picked up A1A and took that all the way down to Daytona. It was a beautiful ride and sections of A1A are right on the beach. One small snag is that the ocean mist gunks up your visor. I will be sure to bring some faceshield cleaner next time. A great relaxing day overall.

My grandfather used to take me fishing here in the '70s.

The great Daytona International Speedway.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fenders restored

My bike is slowly being transformed into a thing of beauty. After many coats of clear and a lot wet sanding I finally got the carbon fiber fenders refinished.

Front fender - looks great now.

Rear fender restored.

Before refinishing - any hope?