I was going to add these pics to the 'tank repair/paint job' post but thought I'd give the Naked section a little more lovin'.
Anyway, if you've been following, the dent in my tank has been repaired and I spent the last week painting. I finished Saturday evening and decided to take her out for a spin downtown trying to find some gazes and city lights to bathe her new skin in. It worked.
I've always loved my 919. From the moment I first sat on it in Brownsburg, IN, the bike just felt completely right and has the pertinent occasional excitement to keep me in love. Much like putting on your old favorite pair of jeans or finding a $20 in the pocket of your winter coat. Though not the best in handling or power, it is a still a great bike for me and this machine has taken me so many places and through so much beautiful countryside. Hell, it's arguable that without this bike being bought nearly 4 years ago, I would have never met a lot of the people I consider great friends, nor would you all be privileged to know of me on a few forums. (some, I'm sure, may argue) haha
Anyway, I put some time and patience into making my motorcycle beautiful again and I am proud of it. Not professional by far, but I still love the new paint scheme and somewhat hearkening vintage style it further exudes. A style I believe the 919 is beginning to emulate, even more so after a few more years with more and more models of the pimple-faced transformer bikes flooding the market. (just my opinion)
A favorite place of mine in Lex; 'Table three ten' has extra-ordinary food in Lex's historic district.
For some reason the new vintage paint job looks a bit better when pictured with rustic old things....maybe it's just me
So, I went out last night, riding around downtown Lexington trying to find some nice photo opportunities. I felt so much better about the bike I was riding, now that the dent was gone. The complimentary turning of heads were nearly as flattering as the soft glow of city lights on her new skin. The Spring weather was a perfectly mild 65 as the sun went down, breaking it's orange hue into saturated streams of light on the roads scattered by the taller buildings. I swear you could see the rays bleed through in solid defiance to the approaching night in between the city blocks. It was magical.
Screwing around in photoshop. Two different edits on the same pic
I've recently discovered some of the better things that Lexington's small downtown has to offer. A few absolutely fantastic restaurants, a few great bars, an architecturally rich historic area, and a recently new budding brewery scene. Though for last night, the soft glowing hue of the historic Kentucky Theater on Main Street gave a perfect backdrop for some lovely lighting.
The night ended with some fun and I was up for a Sunday morning ride to church today.
With the weather being absolutely sublime this whole weekend, I decided to ride my new found love to Easter service this morning. Bright sunlight, a soft breeze, scents of newly budded flowers, lavender, and mild pollen was in the air. Women dressed in bright pastel sun-dresses were in surplus, complimenting the natural beauty with the physical. The service was over and I learned that riding to church while wearing an unbuttoned suit coat on your motorcycle not only grants you a lot of fun looks, but makes you feel like you are wearing a cape...
Springtime at Keeneland.
After the service I made my way around Lexington again, not wanting to dismiss the perfect weather. Recently open for its Spring meets, Keeneland proved to be empty enough for some great photo opportunities. On Easter Sunday the track is closed, and with the grounds being nearly free of anyone I was able to explore a little bit of what you don't see if attending on a race day.
Spring is in full bloom in Lexington.
Well, it was a very full and busy weekend. I was glad to get things finished and to get out on the bike once again after being away for almost a full week. Needless to say, Spring is here to stay, and I look forward to summer!