OMG!!! Ponies!!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GotMojo, May 21, 2019.

  1. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    I had a moth fly in and land while I was painting. It could happen.
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  2. minimac

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    I thought it was off so you could change the blinker fluid.
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  3. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    I picked up a ultrasonic cleaner from China-Express earlier this year and wasn't too thrilled about its performance. I finally found something it excells at:

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    Paint can baths!

    ..because, baby it's cold outside.

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    and I'm committed at this point.

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  4. CaptMarcB

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    About Aux. Fuel: consider a Marine Outboard fuel tank. A three gallon will eazily fit on front rack.

    EZ to plumb as well Marc
  5. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Where can I find this mysterious front rack you speak of?
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  7. cdwise

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    Vespa rack doesn't work on a BV, the BV doesn't have the support under the ABS faring to support it or the right kind of lip to hook it over.
  8. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    I've had lots people ask how I painted the stars on the fender.

    Well, they don't actually *ask*. I get a lot of "You did that yourself?!!" kind of comments, which is technically a question.

    Here's a quick tutorial in 3 easy steps.

    Step #1:

    Get Illustrator and draw your pattern as a path.

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    Step #2:

    Send it to vinyl cutter. The color of the vinyl is unimportant. We're just making a mask. I'm using some leftover scrap.

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    Step #3:

    Weed it, stick it to a transfer sheet and check for size.

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    Step #4:

    Happy-ish with size? Mask off the edges with 3M tape. It's easier to peel the vinyl if the tape is underneath.

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    Step 5:

    Test spray paint on something before committing.

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    Oops, that should be white. Move on to backup color.

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    Bubblegum pink it is. Nice!

    Step #6

    Lightly spray a few wet coats. A heavy hand is a bad thing here.

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    Step #7:

    Peel. CAREFULLY!

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    I didn't shake the can enough or it was still a little cold. Note the rough texture. No worries, we'll lightly sand before clear coat.

    Step #8:

    Celebrate!

    For a while anyway.

    I need to wait until I get everything ready before I clear coat. The stuff I'm using has a 24 hour open time and I want to make sure I can get 2 coats on with lots of time in between them.
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  9. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Bigger pieces get a similar treatment.

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    But I use a positive image to help with the layout.

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    Plop the negative on top and peel off the positive.

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    Ever wonder what you would use all that lefover painters plastic you have from when you painted the living room a few years ago?

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    Didn't get a shot of this piece but did of the nose cone. Same process.

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  10. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Step #9

    Gear up. This 2K stuff is no joke. Respirator is a must.

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    Step 9:

    Magic!

    We go from this

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    To this

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    Didn't do the greatest job shooting it. Found a little orange peel. Most of that will go away after lightly sanding the clearcoat tomorrow and applying the 2nd coat.

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  11. Fiftygrit

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    You need some heat on that, maybe a heat lamp, just get it to cure real good so you can wet sand and buff.
  12. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Amazon prime busy at work with the latest round of goodies.

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    ...and your truly busy re-doing the air horn. The original $12 compact model was sounding like a sick duck. Probably because I got a little too aggressive with the separation surgery.

    Harbor Freight to the rescue with a 25% off coupon!

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    Mucho mas louder with the two trumpets!
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  13. DandyDoug

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    Crikey, that looks like it will blow you backwards .
  14. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Those things are incredibly effective at getting the attention of distracted drivers.

    When people think they're about to be taken out by a Semi, they wake the fuck up.
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  15. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    When I had big, dual horns on a BMW R1100R, the heads would spin around and stare right at me and then they'd cut me off anyway. I couldn't tell if they were homicidal maniacs or still didn't see me. Either way, I never bothered with the big horns again.
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    DandyDoug Long timer Supporter

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    I had an air horn on my Wee Strom, I found it useful.
    At least it made me feel better , doing everything I could to save my ass.
    Along with swerve and brake .
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  17. cdwise

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    According to Phil who had a truck horn in his vintage Vespa in 2014 while it will get the attention of drivers it merely attracts the interest of a grizzly bear. While the grizzly stared at him from the middle of the road he decided that a u turn and hauling but to find another route was the best thing he could do.
  18. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Preliminary routes and checkpoints have been posted for the SCBR. It's starting to get real!

    The entire route is 4,385 miles (overview map 9). The Garmin drive time estimate is 95 hours (44 mph).


    Longest day: 526 mi
    Shortest day: Day 1 - 346 mi

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    Looks like some decisions are being made for me. No way I can carry enough fuel for a 526 mile day comfortably. Whew. That means I don't need to feel bad about planning on stopping every once in a while.

    A conservative range of 300 miles should be enough to require only a partial refill on all but the longest day. Sorted!
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  19. DandyDoug

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    Holy moley that's a bunch of miles.
    Better bring some good rain gear and a set of long john's . The trip up from Ontario through MI. and those northern parts has very changeable weather at any time of the year.
    I'm originally from Mi. and it can get very cold and wet going through the Upper Peninsula even in the middle of summer. Then again it can be hotter and more humid than you can imagine some years.
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  20. cdwise

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    Yeah, this is the longest cannonball yet with 7 days having more than 400 miles. I'm thinking that most people don't have any real concept of how that many miles so many days in a row can lead to serious fatigue. I have to admit that having multiple 400+ days back to back does concern me a bit. I usually find after 3 400+ mile days back to back I need a shorter day to recoup which we don't really have on this route.