Mini Bike- Mini Local Adventuring NX250 Ontario

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  1. ArthDuro

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    Hey folks this will be the home of my mini ride reports.
    I say mini not to waste your time as these reports will not be nearly as exciting or awe-inspiring as the rest on this site.
    This is to find a home for some of the previous posts of mine and for future adventures.

    Hope you enjoy it
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  2. ArthDuro

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    Thumpers on the move - Mini Ontario Adventure

    Hey gang as I said in one of my previous posts my most recent ride took
    place in a beautiful area not too far from my home. One NX250 and one
    CBR125R. This was a 7hr riding day of pure fun. For the purpose of a photo-
    show here is a little RR.

    To say a little about the place: The Trans Canada Trail
    goes through this area for a reason. The Niagara escarpment
    (a geographical feature responsible for Niagara falls) makes
    for some really interesting roads.

    There is everything from smooth pavement to really rough and rugged
    pavement to long stretches of smooth and rough gravel to some tight trail
    type two tracks, that wind up and down the escarpment and through the
    countryside, along creeks, farms, quarries and other lovely things and places.

    The properties in this area a stunning and folks living here are definitely
    lucky people in my mind. Easily said, this was one of the most amazing days I had
    riding all year. Because of the close proximity and quality of riding I plan to
    be back here often to hone my riding skills and just enjoy the experience.

    Here are a few pics from the ride:

    After about and hour of riding on 80-100km/hr roads (I must say,
    this does tend to get a little tasking on our bikes in high head winds)
    we have arrived to the general area know as Caledon but
    more precisely we are not far from the Forks of the Credit Road the Jewel of this ride.
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    The day was pretty chill because the sun kept being covered by little clouds
    so the rest of the day was warm/cold, on and off, pretty randomly, however that didn't
    affect the pleasure of the ride much.
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    I think even the horses were happy to see us, we certainly were happy to
    see them. I love horses... And the area is simply stunning. It is hard to stop
    for photos though, because the riding is simply soo much fun.
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    After riding for a little while we have arrived to the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.
    Which is pretty much a tiny park by Canadian standards with hiking trails
    centered around a central pond. Not too much to see if you are not ready to get off the bike,
    and hike around a little bit, but it is a nice destination for us to reach and take some pics of the bikes,
    have our pre-packed lunch and talk about where to ride next.

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    The gravel roads were a blast for me, but my buddy on his CBR found them
    quite hairy and I am not surprised. Kudos to his spirit though he was ready
    to take to the challenge on his bicycle tires.

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    Damn my bike is starting to look nice, I love my bike

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    It really is nice here.

    The next leg of the ride we wanted to head to a little farmhouse ruin we
    saw the last time we were up here. On the way there some more lovely
    roads, few hairy hairpins and cute, quiet towns with nice people.

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    Turning of the main road on to the dual track CBR undeterred

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    Well ok we didn't go far but still "way to go CBR!"

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    I kept looking further ahead on the road and decided that I will go a little
    further and do my first mudhole and have some "off-road" fun

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    Love this photo, my NX and I getting dirty

    Soon after this it was time to head back to the highway and the almost
    boring ride home in comparison to the last 5 hrs.
    Here are some candid shots to encapsulate the spirit of the ride.

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    Godly CBR shot

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    You can see in the reflection on the visor, I am flying at 0 km/hr

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    My bike looks so good now, even the paparazzi can't resist but show up

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    The paparazzi photo

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    No trip would be complete with out the little lady getting some attention

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    If this face doesn't sum up my feelings of that day, nothing will
    The very very happy face of yours truly

    Hope you enjoy it and get out there some more, summer is winding down.
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  3. ArthDuro

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    So a new installment of the NX's Ontario travels

    This weekend - a thanks giving weekend here in Canada -
    I covered about 800km on various fun to ride roads around there.
    It was a very eventful weekend, first since I did an oil change on the bike
    and added the zMax I was curious to cover some milage and see if there
    would be a noticable difference and secondly because I experienced my
    first "stuck on the side of the road" scenario on one of the rides.

    So the story goes;

    Figured out some map planing, not for the sakes of getting lost as these
    rides are short and simple from the navigation perspective, but for the sakes
    of finding good twisty roads and cool spots to stop and explore.
    I packed my tools, spare(clear) visor, and lunch in my little bag,
    taped the map to the tank, bungied everything to the rack and I was ready to go.
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    My travels would take me via some well known riding roads about 75km
    northwest of downtown Toronto. I would spend almost 5 hrs exploring the twisty roads,
    some long gravel driveways, and dirt farm field access roads.
    I am a sucker for adventure so I always look for a way to get off the main
    roads even if it just ends up taking me to somebody's property.

    Here is a pic of the bike as I started getting close to the cool roads.
    You can kinda see the Niagara Escarpment in the background.
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    A few of the dirt/gravel driveways I explored
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    The fall colours are in full blast as leaves are changing colour and falling all over the place
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    This was a fun (challenging little down hill bit)
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    Not sure if you can tell but I was really really happy
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    Some more interesting sites, such as this
    - video surveilance on a public road - that's a first for me in Canada
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    On the top of this road I got of the bike super fast to try and take some pictures and when
    I got back to the bike it was on the ground in a big puddle of gasoline.:eek1

    I was pretty pissed, I am not sure what happened but I am suspecting the worst,
    I didn't put the bike on steady enough of ground and it tipped and fell over,
    likely due to the slope I left it on and the high wind.
    Suddenly I was not as happy anymore.

    Pick up the bike; mirror knocked off, the recently refurbished exhaust guard bent and scratched,
    newly painted right side cover panel slightly scratched, bent brake pedal. :huh
    Ok take some time chill, breathe deep, ok I push the bike a little to a more comfortable spot on
    the side of the road and away from all the gas.
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    I turn it on and try the start it but the starter just spins away, now I get even more worried.
    I am 100 klicks from home, and nooo way in hell I could afford a tow.

    Relax I say to myself, what can it be, the fall was not hard, it can't be that bad.
    I realize that because of all the fuel it is quite possible that the carb or the engine are flooded.
    So the tools are out, the side panels come off, the tank is lifted up slightly and the spark plug is out.
    Oh it is wet - ok let it dry out, check the carb all looks good.

    Few minutes and bunch of mosquito bites later the plug is back in and on the first click the bike starts.
    Pheeeeeewww
    I am feeling much better, but still kicking myself for letting this happen.
    So I bend the break pedal out, put the mirror back on and
    I am on my marry way feeling like I really accomplished something.

    I was feeling happy again
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    Still loving his little bike, and the places it takes me
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  4. ArthDuro

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    grr wrote this whole thing and lost it here is attempt number 2

    Eventhough I already rode about 700km this season.
    I really don't have any ride reports to speak of until now,
    major reason being the crappy camera that chooses when to and when
    not to work on it's own random schedule.

    So to continue in the spirit of the previous reports...

    This ride started as a trip to work for me on a really nice warm day
    first one this nice of the 2009 riding season.
    The goal was to finish up at work early and then head to meet up with a bunch of ADVers at
    our favorite coffee shed in a rather nice area of Caledon I wrote about before.

    The bike is warmed up and ready to go.
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    did I mention I did a whole lot of work on her over the winter? we will save that story for another occasion

    The route back an forth from work is not worth a note as it is 50km of gridlocked crap slab in the heart of the megacity.
    However I thoroughly enjoyed it somehow, maybe because I was finally able to ride to work again.

    Then it was finally time to head off to the cool roads, and to try and meet the gang before they all took off.

    It takes a good 70 - 80km of painful, straight, heavy traffic slab riding to get to the fun stuff
    but here I was, my favorite road.
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    this is actually a road that goes through an equestrian community
    (yeep people, breed, raise and ride horses all around, what a lovely way to spend your days)

    A few more from the same spot
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    nXraid lookin good
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    if you look close enough you can just barely make out a horsie in the background
    (did I mention I love horses...probably)

    Ok enough screwing around, I was already late, time to ride or I will miss everyone
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    ok well this one took some funny fence post balancing and then a quick run to the bike for a pose
    heck people rarely take photos of me so I gotta do what I can while the camera is agreeing
    Ride ArthDuro Ride!

    ah yes so I finally make it and to my surprise everyone is still there and folks are still arriving
    The NX is now in big bike company but she is still holding her own, the rider is another story

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    all the fellas where there and some I wasn't expecting, a great bunch of bikes
    and even better group of people

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    bench racing and something about stuff in your teeth

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    some more bench racing

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    what and advrider does when he is missing a seat on his bike
    you are my hero Motorhead!

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    some cool guys cool bike

    Did I ever mention how fortunate I consider myself for meeting this bunch?
    Man some truly amazing folks there, and heck they will go sooo far out of their way just to help my sorry ass.
    Here is a funny photo that sums up a lot of these outings, we love you Doughy!
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    and man can that boy ride!!

    That was it for bench racing and lattes, it was time to head back.
    This time I followed a bunch of much more experienced riders up some roads I knew well
    and to say the least I got my ass handed too me. I got a heck of a lot of learning to do.

    After witnessing how much improvement my riding was in need of, I decided to go to my favorite dirt lot for some more practice.
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    a glory shot of the nXraid in the lot, and with a bit of dirt too

    The coolest thing about the training session this time was not the dirt.
    After zooming around, skidding and sliding I notice this big bird on a sign post just sitting there.
    I was like "heck, that is one big bird" and when I looked closer I was stunned to see
    that it was a hawk or a falcon. A bird of prey in the heart of a 2mil+ mega city!!
    And it was just sitting there watching me, either for food or amusement, either way I was still blown away.
    Man you just gotta love Canada for this, nothing like this happens anywhere else I have been before.
    I took a photo of it that didn't turn out that well but at least I got it (thanks camera)
    When I went in for a closer look it took off, but still wow.
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    After that I figured my good luck cards were already stacked pretty nicely for one day and it was time to head home.
    The old girl worked hard today and earned herself a nice shower.
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    clean now, but ready to get dirty again

    still loving my wee bike and the places it takes me
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  5. ArthDuro

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    a few pics from last weekend's mini adventure

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    gasing up with the good stuff
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    exploration
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    sights
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    sights
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    sight seeing
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    sight seeing
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    frolicking
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    frolicking
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    frolicking

    still loving the wee bike and the places it takes me
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  6. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Hey Dragan!
    I hope your doin good. snowin up there yet?
    :lol3

    Doug
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  7. ArthDuro

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    hey Doug!:super
    I am just passing the days screwing studs in my tires.
    Waiting for all the snow to freeze sufficiently so I can move me and the sled dogs to a much warmer igloo.

    haha but seriously no snow yet though the highs have been reaching 5 celsius this whole week. how nice ha.
    Let me know when you need to test some parkas or antifreeze.
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  8. ArthDuro

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    So this was the first weekend in a quite some time that we had temps above 0C and to me that ment put the bike back together and get out there.


    Even though most of the snow was melted and streets were pretty dry
    once I hit the dirt road it changed pretty fast.
    Super slippy on my TW's but was super fun too.
    At least I got to scratch the itch a little and didn't freeze.

    I had the camera out with me one day and pulled it out when it got late
    hence the super crappy photos, but man what a blast


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    this little road looked like this most of the way
    hence the zero traction environment title
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    but I was still happy can you tell?
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    still loving my wee bike and the places it takes me
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  9. ScottFla

    ScottFla Been here awhile

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    That's a cool looking bike.
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    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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  11. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Toronto
    Spring's in the air! We should be back on two wheels earlier this year, unless the no winter winter goes out like a lion! :vardy
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  12. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    indeed if march and april remain snowless
    but that is fun too

    should have ridden to work today, but I fly to Brazil in a few hours so no point. nice day
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  13. alekomotto

    alekomotto Adventurer

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    Oddometer:
    91
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Wikked! I'm seriously overdue for one of these trips. Count me in on the next one!

    :drif
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  14. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    So it was one of those days when you just decide to sacrifice work time
    and productivity for something as painful as riding :rofl
    Judging by the number of bikes out on the roads there I was not the only one.

    So I strapped the ol'bag to the rack got a bottle of water and some cookies and headed out to some familiar grounds. Soon we were where I like it - in hill country..

    [​IMG]

    It was really nice to ride these roads in their hard packed and un-rutted state. Over the winter they were much hairier to get through.
    Maintenance-Shmaintenance

    [​IMG]

    one of my fav short stretches of dirt road,
    cuz I can get there fast
    [​IMG]

    I like going up it more then down...no wait change that to both
    [​IMG]

    soon after it was time for some twisties and a quick break before heading home
    [​IMG]

    now if you think of inmate handles this is pretty funny
    [​IMG]

    what a great day!
    still loving my wee bike and the places it takes me
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  15. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    974
    Location:
    god's country, AKA. Newfoundland!
    awsome bike arthduro,

    still the number one bike for my wife......
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  16. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    Courtice, Ontario, Canada
    Bike looks awesome! And you are using it the way it should be. How far can you go on a tank? We had a handful of theses bikes we used to use for training. They were my fav. Regret not getting one when i had the chance.
    Keep riding. More Pics!........:thumb
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  17. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    thanks kojack and McJamie

    there will be more pics and more rides
    and some other odd stuff for this awesome little bike
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  18. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    <o:p></o:p> [​IMG]<o:p></o:p>
    the review of the NX two up,<o:p></o:p>
    what an amazing touring machine<o:p></o:p>
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    rofl: no I am just kidding<o:p></o:p>
    But I am pleased to report
    thanks to all the mods I made beefing up the suspension<o:p></o:p>
    it is fun and tolerable for short distances even for the pillion<o:p></o:p>
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    now if you are used to GWs or STs or other fine touring machines<o:p></o:p>
    just look away, there is nothing for you to see here hehe<o:p></o:p>
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    So we had for a long time talked about touring on bikes together<o:p></o:p>
    and having her learn how to ride and going riding together and other such romantic stuff.
    However not much ever happened due to being soo busy, having a small bike
    and a whole host of other excuses we could make up.
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    However earlier this year after doing some wrenching on the bike
    we just decided to go for it and have her get used the sometimes
    comical act of being a pillion on such a small bike.
    Forward a few months and now we have proper gear for her and
    I never get the weird look when I ask; &#8220;Should we take the bike there?&#8221;
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    a few pics of us<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p>
    [​IMG]<o:p></o:p>
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    We have since done a whole bunch of k's on a variety of short rides round
    the city and before the season is done I hope to get her to try the handlebars for herself.<o:p></o:p>
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    In short it has allowed me to share the joy of riding with my wife
    no matter how small the doses.<o:p></o:p>
    What is even better she seems to enjoy it quite a bit and
    never forgets to tell me that.
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  19. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    So one day these two shady characters show up in my drive way
    [​IMG]

    The rear of the cbr was loosing air faster than fast and no tube was going to
    sort that mess out, a plug was needed and we were quickly off in search of
    a place to do it.

    [​IMG]
    I got my gear on and we were off

    Soon 3 thumping pistons were gracing the front lawn of motoshop
    while the guy in the back did his plug-in-the-hole business.
    $10 and a smoke later we were good to go.

    Not long after we were joined by another piston
    and we were stampeding the streets with 1025ccs of combined terror
    while often nervously checking the pressure of the cbr rear.
    We got to rip around at breakneck speeds and have delicious lunch by the lake.

    [​IMG]
    1025cc of sheer power on display
    Lock up your daughters the mad bikers are in town!
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  20. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    I thought I would just mention this here for those of you that are noticing
    the changes on my bike, since this thread was started.

    I do a lot of tinkering, but really art is my thing and I always painted everything I owned, bikes, cars, bricks, shoes so it is only natural I would do it to my motorcycle.

    Anyways after doing a bunch of this
    [​IMG]
    to repair this
    [​IMG]
    and then do some of this
    [​IMG]

    It was time to get on the road and test the wind resistance of the new paint job and sturdiness of the repaired mounting tabs.
    It turns out that all is well, and I was also able to watch this beauty be unveiled after getting its final coat of clear.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    ah fresh paint just gotta love it
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