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Gas Man
12-07-2008, 02:43 AM
Well as discussed today... my wife rides.* She was taught by me and backed up by an MSF coarse.

Here's the history lesson.

She wanted a bike, but would never ask for one.* Like this 2007 HD Sporty 883L on the show room at Biker Bobs.* So I decided to pull the trigger on it.* Without here knowing I went up to the dealership and purchased it for her.* complete even with the Screamin Eagle mufflers she liked and the color she wanted.*
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... porty1.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/sporty1.jpg)[/img]

So after that, I had them deliever it to the house when she was at work
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty001.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty001.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty003.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty003.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty004.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty004.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty004.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty004.jpg)[/img]

So with her still not in the know... I placed it in the garage right inside the door where she couldn't miss it when she got home and went to park her car.... like so
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty009.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty009.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty014.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty014.jpg)[/img]

Well she came home... and finally I got to get this excitement off my chest (I'm not good at keeping secrets).* It was the best thing I've ever been able to do for anybody.. it was great.* Oh, she was excited too
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... rty017.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/NewSporty017.jpg)[/img]

I got a few things ordered for her new bike... like a highway/engine bar

No bar
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bar004.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Highway%20Bar/Highwaybar004.jpg)[/img]

Did I mention I even get her to swing wrenches (yeah boys she's a keeper)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bar008.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Highway%20Bar/Highwaybar008.jpg)[/img]

Bar
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bar010.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Highway%20Bar/Highwaybar010.jpg)[/img]

Then she started her lessons.* I have successfully completed every level of MSF, as well as 2 classes of racing school and track sessions.* Coupled with great patiences and my extensive professional driving classes/expierence at work (Smith Driving and such).* *She started with a few books and lots of discussion.* She also read the state book on riding and got her permit.

Then we hit the black top...

I rode over to the parking lot (had bro-in-law in tow)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ons/03.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03.jpg)[/img]

Teaching the way
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... s/03-1.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-1.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... s/03-2.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-2.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... s/03-3.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-3.jpg)[/img]
(yes snow)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... s/03-4.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-4.jpg)[/img]

Showing more tricks
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... s/03-6.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-6.jpg)[/img]

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /03-13.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-13.jpg)[/img]

She's learning and you just can't beat that smile!!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /03-15.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-15.jpg)[/img]

So I take the new steede on a short ride then home...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /03-11.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Lessons/03-11.jpg)[/img]

We did this a few times then we started to ride
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... g/04-2.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/04-2.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... g/04-1.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/04-1.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... Uma009.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/Uma009.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... Uma016.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/Uma016.jpg)[/img]

She quickly learned that she wanted a windshield.

Got her wrenching again
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... eld002.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/Windshield002.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... eld003.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/Windshield003.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... eld004.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/Windshield004.jpg)[/img]

She did the 2007 Andy Ross Ride with some chopper boys
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 007035.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/Ride%20for%20Ross%202007/AndyRossRide2007035.jpg)[/img]

Then we continued to mod her bike some

She got a new Mustang Seat (http://www.2wheelmichigan.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=2209#p2209)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ang019.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Seat/Mustang019.jpg)[/img]

Then she took her MSF coarse to seal the deal
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 007023.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/July2007023.jpg)[/img]

I went with her for moral support... what the heck!!* PIMP that!!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 007019.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/July2007019.jpg)[/img]

The 2007 riding season concluded...

I had lots of mods on the chop when I rebirthed it as the Phoenix.* The sporty didn't get forgotten.

She got Dyna Beads in her tires as well so we could get ULTIMATE BALANCE and no ugly weights
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ay9026.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Dyna%20Beads/Day9026.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ay9032.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Dyna%20Beads/Day9032.jpg)[/img]

Topped off with this nice tip (there is a story behind it)
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ygo009.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Dyna%20Beads/Indeygo009.jpg)[/img]

Then also got some customizing...* I wanted her to try some forward pegs.* I had an old set of forward/highway peg arms from an older hd.*
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... peg001.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/hwypeg001.jpg)[/img]

Figured I could make it work... so I got to thinking...

Got some possible spots
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... peg005.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/hwypeg005.jpg)[/img]

Fab
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... fab009.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/fab009.jpg)[/img]

1/8" steel template/temp mount
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bin007.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/fabin007.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bin008.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/fabin008.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bin014.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/fabin014.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... bin015.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/fabin015.jpg)[/img]

Temp with*new pegs
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... one002.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Done002.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... one005.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Done005.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... one012.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Done012.jpg)[/img]

Later bulked up to 1/4" steel, cut with a plasma cutter, which did the trick with some fresh powder
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... der015.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Powder015.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ay1005.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Day1005.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ay1011.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Hwy%20Peg/Day1011.jpg)[/img]

Nothing beats doing this for yourself.

Then with my Phoenix project wrapping up I knew with my new wide open 2" pipes she was going to need something more to know what her motor was doing... so I ordered her a new tach setup.* Also got her the rear turns to tail light mod and a oil temp dip stick
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... y8035a.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/Day8035a.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT010.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT010.jpg)[/img]

Got her out to wrench again
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT013.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT013.jpg)[/img]

Stock
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT006.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT006.jpg)[/img]

Aftermarket
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT011.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT011.jpg)[/img]

Tach install
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT015.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT015.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT016.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT016.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT023.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT023.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT024.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT024.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT031.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT031.jpg)[/img]

Even works
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... /TT033.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/TnT/TT033.jpg)[/img]

When i got the chop one got her a Cruise Mate (http://cruise-mate.com/) as well.* Don't know if she'll ever use it but I have on both bikes.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ate003.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/CruiseMate003.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... ate005.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Sportster/Mods/CruiseMate005.jpg)[/img]

She rode the Andy Ross ride again
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... f4-078.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/Ride%20for%20Ross%202008/2008AndyRossRide4of4-078.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 08/013.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/Ride%20for%20Ross%202008/013.jpg)[/img]

Then hung with a bunch of choppers and harleys for Arts Beats & Eats
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... PX0093.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/ABT%202008/SSPX0093.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... PX0095.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/ABT%202008/SSPX0095.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... X0099a.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/ABT%202008/SSPX0099a.jpg)[/img]

She also did the Monroe Fire Fighters 9-11 night
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 8161-1.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/sept2008161-1.jpg)[/img]
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/ ... 8163-1.jpg (http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Riding/sept2008163-1.jpg)[/img]

She hangs with the best of them and I'm damn proud of her.

Now you have the history on her... hopefully we'll all ride together next season.

detdrbuzzard
12-07-2008, 05:46 PM
we wiil surely do some riding together onece it warms up for bike season

Bob
12-07-2008, 08:17 PM
I remember driving behind you two last year on Fort Street.

Gas Man
12-07-2008, 09:13 PM
OH yeah Bob... I remember that... can't miss us when we are together... the chop and her pink leather... like a sore thumb.

I have always said that she gets just as much attention with that jacket as I do on the big expensive chop chop.* Crazy but I like it that way...

I get real crazy if she's riding behind me and somebody tail gates her.* I have had words with people both out of my mouth and via the pipes when they do.* The last time was on gibralter rd around the corner from the house...* the guy was tailgating her... I waved her up and got in behind her... I slowed WAY WAY down... gave him THE LOOK.* Like "Yeah motherfucker that is mine and you better watch the fuck out!"* I took off to catch up to her (being I told her to go home being only another few miles).* And he stayed WAY WAY WAY back... damn near pulled over he was going so slow...

Well come to find out... its cause my "piece" was hangin out the back of my vest being holstered in the small of my back.* That might have had an effect on his re-action!* LOL

Berto
12-09-2008, 06:45 AM
Cool.* A complete bike history in one post.* My wife (to be) is not a fan of bikes, so I don't think she'll ever ride...* Cool to see a girl that likes to ride.

bettyboop1w
12-09-2008, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the post Gas Man.* Finally another lady rider, we will really have to get together and ride.

meinschaft
12-09-2008, 12:17 PM
Gas Man,

* Cool story.* Your wife is one lucky gal.* My wife rode with me three times, then decided she didn't like it, said it felt too dangerous.* And this from a woman who owned/rode horses for 25 years.* I told her horses are at least as deangerous as motorcycles (they are), but it didn't change her mind.* Count your blessings, my friend.

P.S.* I gotta talk to you about those balancing beads.

Gas Man
12-09-2008, 03:00 PM
Thanks guys and boop.

Mein... I know how lucky I am... she's a keeper for sure, I got a good one.* As far as those beads... they are worth their weight in gold.* Good thing is... only 4 ozs to do both tires... :D

12-09-2008, 03:31 PM
Chris, do you put those in measured for a specific wheel size like the chart shows on the Manufacturer website, or do you just put in a flat 2oz. in any wheel?

Oh yeah, do you use 'em in that bike ass rear tire on your chop?

Gas Man
12-09-2008, 07:13 PM
You use them in the tires in different amuonts.* Most MC tires are only 2 oz per tire...

I'll start a thread on them.... cool

Gas Man
12-09-2008, 07:27 PM
You use them in the tires in different amuonts.* Most MC tires are only 2 oz per tire...

I'll start a thread on them.... cool


http://www.2wheelmichigan.com/smf/index ... 05.new#new (http://www.2wheelmichigan.com/smf/index.php?topic=305.new#new)

Bob
12-10-2008, 08:50 PM
OH yeah Bob... I remember that... can't miss us when we are together... the chop and her pink leather... like a sore thumb.

I have always said that she gets just as much attention with that jacket as I do on the big expensive chop chop.* Crazy but I like it that way...

I get real crazy if she's riding behind me and somebody tail gates her.* I have had words with people both out of my mouth and via the pipes when they do.* The last time was on gibralter rd around the corner from the house...* the guy was tailgating her... I waved her up and got in behind her... I slowed WAY WAY down... gave him THE LOOK.* Like "Yeah motherfucker that is mine and you better watch the fuck out!"* I took off to catch up to her (being I told her to go home being only another few miles).* And he stayed WAY WAY WAY back... damn near pulled over he was going so slow...

Well come to find out... its cause my "piece" was hangin out the back of my vest being holstered in the small of my back.* That might have had an effect on his re-action!* LOL


Yeah that had to be 2 years ago.* I don't think I even saw you parked down the block at your friends house at all this year.*

Gas Man
12-10-2008, 11:11 PM
Nope... not this year... never connected...

bettyboop1w
12-30-2008, 08:38 AM
Hey gas is your wife coming to the expo?

Gas Man
12-31-2008, 12:07 AM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?* HECK NO, SHE HATES CROWDS MORE THAN I DO...

Bob
12-31-2008, 09:13 AM
How does she like the foot controls?* My legs get stiff being in that position for too long and I was thinking of forward controls if I got a Sportster.

Gas Man
01-02-2009, 04:17 AM
She don't mind but she's a very proper posture type of gal.

bettyboop1w
01-02-2009, 09:16 AM
Wanted to meet her.

Gas Man
01-02-2009, 05:05 PM
Yeah maybe I'll get her out next time