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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Biker's Life

Friday Again!

Last Week I mentioned I was stripping down the bike to give it a new lease of life so I thoguth this week I'd update you on the progress of the transformation.

The Blank Canvas - matt black

Although the bike was red when I bought it I had already resprayed it matt black a few years ago but after several British winters it was starting to look very tired and needed a little TLC.

I wasn't ENTIRELY sure that I wanted to do the bike blue so started off by testing out the colour on the mudguard.

Front Fender Painted
After putting the insignia of my motorcycle club on it and then lacquering over it it was ready to go back on the bike.I was really happy with it so decided to go ahead and strip the rest of the bike down to be sorted out.

A very tired looking steed!
Looking back at the photo of her stripped down it's hard to believe that it is the same bike when I finished! The whole bike was cleaned up, sanded down and treated to a fresh lick of paint, including the exhausts and header pipes.

Full Blue Paintjob
Now all I need to do is get the seat re-upholstered as there are a few small rips in the leather, sand down the engine and re-enamel it and do a few small bits here and there to make it one of a kind. Once the new leather seat is on Carly has volunteered to paint White Wolf Brotherhood down the sides of it and anyone that has seen her handiwork will be as excited as I am to see how it turns out!

Painting the bike and restoring her to her former glory has been a welcome distraction and a great bit of mental therapy. Of course now that she is beautiful again I couldn't just let her sit on her own in the garage, luckily I had a party to attend with the club to get out and show her off to the world:

Out on the road where she belongs
It's never a bad thing to let your hair down and party, which is exactly what I did out with my club brothers and our friends in the other clubs that came from far and wide for the Scavengers MC End of Summer Party. The man on the left of this photo, "The Butcher" is actually my father! It's the first time he had been out to a biker party with me, he's been interested for ages so really enjoyed himself.

The Butcher, Knuckles and Me
We drank far too much to be able to drive home, but as the forward thinking citizens of the world that we are I had already arranged for us to camp over and once the party had finished and everyone else had gone to sleep we had a few more beers beside the campfire having a laugh and making memories

Wolves around the camp fire
Waking up the next morning, slightly worse for wear, I was treated to an amazing sunrise in the mountains as I set up the stoves for a hot drink and some breakfast.

Camping in the mountains
So as you can see I'm doing so much better than I was a while ago and I can't wait to show you all the progress as I customise the bike a bit more in the future.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday!


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11 comments

  1. You've done a great job on the bike!

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  2. Your bike looks like new ! Celebrating sometimes and 'let the sow' out as they say in German (in English it is translated by paint the town red) is certainly a good therapy !

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  3. What a transformation! Beautiful work!!

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  4. Your bike looks great. I really like the blue. So glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. The bike looks GORGEOUS! Wow factor to the MAX! :-) And what fun getting with your biker friends and partying...especially since your Dad got to join in. Love the post!

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  6. Wow! What a beautiful bike! It looks like everyone had a great time - Dad included.

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  7. Isn't it great when you visualise what it might look like and then you make it happen and you're even more excited at the result? Fabulous work, with a skill set that is way beyond me. Must be great to cruise down the highway knowing that people are looking at something you arted on :D

    Great work!

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  8. Great post :) Camping envy lol

    Busty

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  9. I was always hooked on aircraft from the time I was a young fellow, but I have to say that motorcycle life looks inviting. I liked the picture of you, your dad, and that other fellow. You would all fit in just perfectly here in the North Georgia mountains. We are a popular stop over for biker groups making the tour of the mountains. Some are the Golden Eagle Harley crowd, some are the crotch rocket kamikaze's, and some are what we call "choppers" which looks more like what you are in to, though I'm no bike expert.

    You got a good thing going on over there. Your work on your bike was astonishing.

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