October 2020

Painting my XSR700 – part 2

By |2020-11-01T08:10:45-07:00October 31st, 2020|Motorcycles|

I started by painting the lower body fairings. I used the darker color with the intention of creating depth from top-to-bottom. My thought process was to go from lighter colors to darker as the eye moved vertically down towards the road.This subtle application ties nicely with the structure of the naked bike (color on top, mechanicals on the bottom). For the Yamaha lettering, I [...]

Painting my XSR700 – part 1

By |2020-11-01T08:07:57-07:00October 31st, 2020|Motorcycles|

The desire to modify the bike, and do lightweight mechanic-ing, was a primary motivator for me. I was able to get a 20% discount on this bike - it was sitting in the showroom for several months and was part of the previous model-year release. The bike likely sat there because, frankly, it isn't a looker. When I started this, I wanted to learn how to paint a bike, [...]

August 2020

Sorry Mom, I bought a motorcycle

By |2020-08-05T08:05:59-07:00August 4th, 2020|Motorcycles|

The pandemic got to me - I had to develop a new skill and was looking for something to do. Motorcycles have always scared me so, after some careful consideration, I decided to take a class and move forward - directly at the fear. I took a two-day beginner course at Evergreen Safety Council - a local motorcycle training and endorsement agency. I successfully navigated the course and earned [...]

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