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Been too long...

I've not posted in quite awhile because I've been concentrating on other things. I still have yet to get the duc inspected although I am starting to make a move toward that goal.
Just installed new rubber yesterday.

Back to business

The holidays are over thankfully. Taxes paid, bills in order. Crunch time, spring is right around corner and this thing needs to be road worthy. I feel pretty inadequate when I compare my progress on this project to some of my internet buddies who are working on similar toys.
I've still not decided on what tires to run on the duc. The last time that I was in the tire market I was buying Michelin Pilot Powers. The seemed to last OK (3000 miles with the last 500 having a crap feel to them). They got warm and sticky pretty quickly. But the problem is that Michelin cost me and my friends a F1 race in 2005 at Indy. We sat in the stands in turn 1 while all the Michelin shod machines did their parade lap and then pulled into the pits, leaving only four Bridgestone runners on the starting grid. We were besides ourselves with anguish as Schumi and Barichello paraded around our circuit. The drinks flowed and we made the best of it, but we cursed the french under our breath and the pain inflicted by their treachery still stings.
Bike tires have come a long way since those days. What do you guys run?
  • tires not made in france
  • reroute/re-bleed clutch line
  • install replacement coil bracket
  • rear hugger
  • front fairing
  • sort headlight
  • rear shock swap
  • title and license
Good times!

Holding pattern

I'm waiting out the cold weather in the mid-south. While the weather is not very conducive for motorcycle riding I still see the odd bike on the road from time to time. Who are these dudes? I spend time in my garage doing my jail house workout routine and checking off items on the punch list so that the bike is ready to ride once the weather warms up and is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
I turned up some nice little sub frame plugs on the lathe at work last week. They give the sub frame a nice finish and were a good distraction from my real work at the job.

Exhaust bracket redux...

I have never been satisfied with my bracket.
I'm going for a lighter version but still in stainless.
I used my buddy Mike's knockout tool to get these holes cut. It went like a hot knife through butter!

Too bad Nicky won't be there to school them...

Tickets and schedule:

Even though Nicky won't be there because of wrist surgery, American Brad "The Bullet" Baker will be there to keep it real.