Musings from my life and a few of the things I have done.
8 Ball In The Wind
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I finished the new exhaust on the bike
Pulled the pipes after a 35 mile run...they were just a bit warm
I got tired of dragging my fishtails everytime I went into a hard tight right turn. Especially after I ground off about 1/2 inch of one fishtail, and then had a big chuck fall off from metal fatigue. So over a couple of saturdays we dialed in a new exhaust system from old pipes, and tried it out. The first time I didnt even make it out of the driveway before I started dragging...back to the drawing boards.
good idea....bad execution
So we cut of the turn-outs and called it a day...It was time to ride.
fisrt attempt...it worked....sort of
But after a week or so, I realized I was STILL dragging the one pipe in tight corners. Another afternoon in the shop, and a new design for the pipes came about. This time, the pipes are just above the bottom of the frame, and run around the front of the tranny/kicker and side by side.
No dragging pipes now. A few days later, I finished the job by spraying high temp black paint. It looks, and works much better now. I need to do a little cleaning to just get things to look a bit better. With the fresh paint on the pipes, it shows off the road grime on the frame. I am not a big one for shiney chrome and clean paint...I would rather ride than wash and polish.
pipes are done...and they work
High Temp Black....looks and work great
Speaking of which, I need to go get the bike ready for a Memorial Ride for an old friend and fellow rider who died of a stroke at the age of 48. Making a 4 hour run circling Mt Rainier on sunday...will post pics when I get them.