So, as many of you may remember...I took a digger back in October. My bike was a little bit dinged up, and so was I.
as a recap, I was riding along on a dark & lonely road, at (literally) approx 9:19 pm, when all of a sudden I came across a bunch of big landscaping rocks some truck had dropped in the road.
I did well in evading all of the boulders, except for the last one, which got me.
The bike bucked me off like a bronco, and turfed me to the pavement. The bike took a tumble.
Fortunately, the only damage I took was a broken collarbone...
After, my insurance company paid me some $$ and I started down the path of rebuilding. I accumulated the parts I would need, large & small. I decided that I was going to do all the repair work myself, paint & all. I bought a slightly used tank, which had recieved a dent on the lower right side, which meant the I was going to need to get familiar with using body-filler, sometimes known as Bondo...I had never done this before. Nor had I ever attempted to paint anything to professional quality.
Here are a few of the pics I took during the process. Sadly, I didn't take very many...
Tank in progress
Note: There were many, many, MANY tedious hours of filling, and sanding. There was sanding between coats of paint. it seemed like the sanding would never end. There was sanding with 150 grit, 340 grit, and 600 grit. I thought it would go on FOREVER.
Fun with paint!
Prepped for stripes
The paint I used was custom mixed by Sherwin Williams Pro Automotive Supply, it is Mini Cooper British Racing Green Metallic. The white stripes & the wheels are Taffeta White. They put the colors into spray cans for me, and I used a 2-part clear coat/hardener in a can as well. Then, I decided that I needed some gold pinstripe to really set things off. Here are a few pics of how things look today, after I got it all together and took the bike for a spin!
Now, I'm not quite finished yet. I still need to do some gold wheel stripes, and decide on which decals I want to run. I also need to decide what to do about the big side covers and the small side covers...hmm. I also need to finish up a few other small details which will make it complete & ready to go.
In the meantime, I think I may be going for a ride tomorrow!!!