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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 09:18

You know.... Learning to transition from a wannabe to an "I AM!" is friggin hard work!! The riding part is easy... its all the shit that happens in the middle thats hard to deal with:) For those of you that dont know.. I recently had some changes made to OPAL (my bike). I had a custom seat, some bags, and new drag pipes put on. I had the carb rejetted so that now, she actually sounds as tough as I wanna be:)) Anyway... I didnt count on having to learn physics when considering making changes to her. Apparently, pipe position x leg length over thickness of clothing = burn and ruined pipes! Sigh... I picked OPAL up on a cold day, so I had to wear my leathers. When I got home, I stood back to admire her new look, and I noticed all this black gunk on the brand new pipes. It took me a moment to realize that it was from my chaps!! Unbelievable, I thought. Well.. it came off easy enough with some goo-gone. I figured I was going to have to be extra careful about how I positioned that right leg. The next day, I decided that despite the rain, I needed to go out and clear my head. I put on the 300 dollar rainsuit that I bought in preparation for that trip I didnt take, and while I was riding down the rode.. enjoying the feeling of the rain smacking down on my face, I smelled the horrible stench of burning nylon, (or whatever the hell they are made of). I looked down, and realized my rainpants were on fire. No flames... but stuck like glue to my pipes! The mess it made on my new wetdreamz pipes was not to be believed!! I just cant win, it seems. I came home and did a google search on how to get burned rainsuit off hot pipes, and I got many many hits, which made me feel good, cause I knew then that I wasnt the only one:) Easy Off oven spray works like a charm (mind you I had to use damn near a whole can to get them clean). So.. cleaning off my pipes is a daily occurance when I wear my chaps, as they rub up against my pipes no matter what I do. Seems my legs are too short, or the pipes are too high. Who knew!!! You live and learn, I guess. As for my rainsuit? Sigh....


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 23:38

Re: Heretic write: Hey Sushi, have you considered heat shields for your pipes? They will end your problem, and save you from burns in the summer.

Funny you should ask that! I assumed that the heat shields would have been ordered with my pipes, as we (the HD parts guy and me) discussed them. However they they werent. He assured me 2 weeks ago that he ordered them, and that he would call them and make sure they were sent out by air, and that they would be here within the next few days. So far, they havent arrived. This seems to be a normal occurance with our dealership, and its pissing me off. But thats for another blog;)


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 15:16

Awww Treasure... thank you for the kind words! All I can do is keep on tryin, as I figure you only go around, and the alternative is waay to boring:))


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 13:06

Hey Sushi, have you considered heat shields for your pipes? They will end your problem, and save you from burns in the summer.


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 09:49

Sushi, your experiences are an inspiration. They truly are. I know it is frustrating for you when you are the one going through it but you are learning and teaching so many of us right along with you. If you don't have the heart and soul of a biker I don't know who does. Plus, you are pretty damn funny!


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 09:44

Thanks DD... I will... every chance I get:) Safe rides to you too!!!


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Posted on Sat, May 26, 2007 09:38

I just love to read your story's...it will get easier with Time and Mile's and I bet you can pack what you need in half the time next time you hit the road...Hang in there it's in your Heart to Ride and that's ALL that matter's...every thing hard will become easy with Time and Mile's...YOU GO Girl...Ride Safe and Often.....D


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