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Monday, June 18, 2012

PIC OF THE WEEK - RETIRED!

I became the legal owner (title and all!) of my Luxury Blue Fat Boy Friday! Woo Hoo!  I thought it was going to be great to finally take a ride Saturday, but alas, it wasn't going to happen.

To date, the few times I've ridden the Boy was to test ride, to the Probate office, and straight to the Harley shop to order some parts.  While there, I had my trusty wrencher take a look at him, and he thought it was in my best interest to replace my front tire before I rode it too much. He confirmed my fears... too many cracks from dry rot evident to deem it safe. I knew this bike had been sitting up for awhile, so he's going in today for some new rubber, and an oil change. I guess I'm going to have to wait until Saturday before I can put some significant miles on him.

That hasn't keep me from grooming him though!!

RETIRED
Worn out and retired.
I've removed some old parts, and started putting "my style" on him.  We've been cleaning him up, but it's taking numerous sessions. I'm sure the neighbors thought I was OCD when they saw me sitting next to him... on a stool... with a toothbrush. lol! I mean, how else are you going to get into the frame and the tiny little places without one!

Here's a sneaky peek of him waiting for his turn.

BATH DAY
My turn next!!
You can see Harley's beautiful Ultra in the background. His bike was in immaculate condition and just needed a good washing.  My Boy was not as fortunate, but I love him anyway. I can't wait to ride him... for real!

Have a nice week everybody!

Lady R

13 comments:

Webster World said...

Yahoo! Soon and you will be "On the road again. I just can't wait to be..."

Trobairitz said...

The waiting is the hardest part.

But, when you do get that long ride he will be all shiny and clean and good as new.

mq01 said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

bobskoot said...

Lady Di:

Nice work on your cleaning job. Now it's too clean to ride . . .

bob
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SonjaM said...

Forget the cleaning, just get 'er serviced and back on the road.

I had my service just recently done at the H-D shop. There they wash the bike for you ;-)

Many miles and smiles!

Lady R (Di) said...

Webster... I'll be singing that all day now... thanks! lol!! :)

Trobairitz... At least I'm getting to know the Boy... very thoroughly!

Mq01... I know!! :D

Bobskoot... It's never too clean to ride! The thing is, it'll probably never get this kind of attention to detail again!

SonjaM... I know already! Geesh! Ya think they'd put a coat of wax on for me too? ;}

Arizona Harley Dude said...

That is one fine looking ride Mr. Harley pick out for himself!!!!!! I know who is carrying the load now.

Lady R (Di) said...

AZD... You darn bectcha!! I've finally got most of the changes I planned for, done on the Boy. Can't wait to show you all the difference. I love it!

Bitchy said...

Ride safe and can not wait to see your style on him. I love taken a bike and making it my own with just a few tweeks here and there. Small details to some big difference to me.

Lady R (Di) said...

Bitchy... I got my engine guards in yesterday and put them on. Saddlebags went on too. He's really looking good. I'm ready to enjoy a nice long ride this Saturday to finish getting to know him. I've been referring to him as "The Boy". Sounds kinky, don't it?

WooleyBugger said...

Oh wow, I'm really happy for you. I guess the truth is out now. We see from the post that you like dirty boys with some grit, then all you ladies begin changing things right off the bat. LOL . I'm ribbing you. Hmmm, what sort of parts are you shedding away with? Hmmm.

Lady R (Di) said...

Wooley... Old rusty mustache highway bars, old faded gas tank trim, passenger pegs (God's my only passenger, and he don't need pegs!) a rusty gas cap, and some hardware that just rusted from sitting under a carport. And a seat... the old seat looked like a cat used it for a scratch pad. :/

The picture of retired items shows most of it.

I've got him almost "changed" enough to suit me. The last thing I need to get done is have the windshield cut down. I have a guy that's going to do that for me, it's just a matter of getting together with enough time to do it.

Finding "the boy" was like finding a dirty ol' penny, but he's shinning up reeeeeaaaaal nice.

I can wait to spend all day with him Saturday. Better get your umbrella out... it's gonna be raining on the highway. lol!

WooleyBugger said...

Rain is just another name for adventure on a new bike. I bet the weekend ride was a welcome blast.