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finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:11 pm



here are a few pics of my finished, fully repainted and pin striped 83 aspencade. it was a long process, but well worth the time and expense to get it all come together before my road trip down to the Florida keys next month. engine work consisted of new timing belts and tensioners, stator, clutch, and valve adjustment. replaced the rear air shocks with NTM progressive air shocks from an 82 interstate that i can manually fill, 2 NEW OEM front rotors, brake pads front and rear, and a new cigarette lighter. both new tires are on order and im waiting for them to get here so i can mount them. pics below are of the fresh satin black paint job done from rattle cans ( :oops: ), and all the pin stripes i did by using pin stripe tape and by eye. the decal in the 4th pic on the tank is an American flag with an eagle, and the caption on it says, "AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT" .

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby CMReynolds1 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:26 pm

Stuart, Totally awesome! Nice work. Did I see correctly you put a 1200 trunk on it? Great idea, if my eyes are working right. Love your Flag and statement. Ride safe!
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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby deepsix777 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:52 pm

Looks good Stuart; enjoy your trip to the Keys.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:26 pm

hey guys, thanks very much for the compliments on my work....deepsix, im gonna enjoy my ride down to the keys......CM, that trunk is actually from an 86 Kawasaki 1200 voyager VII that i retrofitted to my Goldwing luggage rack, i took off the word "voyager VII" from the spot between the lights and found the word "aspencade" on eBay and bought it and put it on with double sided tape, and i wired in the lights to go on when i use my brakes for better seeing me stopping from behind. i found that trunk in a auto wrecking yard and bought it with the top luggage rack and rack, back rest and rack mounted speakers for 50 bucks. its great for getting groceries from the supermarket i can fit 4-12 packs of soda inside that trunk and a few other items if i pack it right :D. unfortunately the speakers aren't any good, when i connected them to my new stereo, they crackle, so im gonna get new speakers and put them into the stock covers. the reason for the tank decal is 2 fold, first i wanted something that would make a statement, and 2nd, its hiding some blemishes in the paint that i couldn't get out :oops:.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby CMReynolds1 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:29 pm

Awesome Stuart, quite ingenious of you. Enjoy your ride on the keys. I think that would be awesome.
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Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:38 pm

CMReynolds1 wrote:Awesome Stuart, quite ingenious of you. Enjoy your ride on the keys. I think that would be awesome.


thanks CM, i appreciate that. well, i rode it down last June and im doing it again next month, only this time, i wont have to worry about replacing any tires once i get down there like i had to do in 95* heat last year. this time im putting 2 new tires on BEFORE i leave, and this time if i get into really bad rain storms because it will be hurricane season when im down there, i'll have my windshield wiper so i can see where im going and won't have to duck under any bridges and sit out the storms lol. and now with the new stator putting out 13.5 volts, the windshield wiper works twice as fast as before. great safety investment and i would recommend it to anyone that has to ride and gets caught in the rain. its paid for itself over and over already.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby alwims » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:50 pm

You did a great job stuart.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:53 pm

thanks alwims, i appreciate the compliment.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby squirrel » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:12 pm

Very nice job on the old girl and the topbox is ingenious .

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:33 pm

hey squirrel, thanks for the compliment, it was a lot of work, but the end results justified the means :D.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:54 pm

ok, got another "goodie" for the bike today, i FINALLY found a chrome trunk bumper that ive been searching for. i was at my friends motorcycle salvage yard today lookin around and spotted this wrecked 84 GL1200 interstate with a chrome trunk bumper. well, it was a little bent on the left side, but i knew i could straighten it out, so i asked him how much he wanted for it,(reminding him it was bent), and he sold it to me for $15 bucks 8-). now came the hard part, how to mount it onto my Kawasaki trunk that's mounted to my Goldwing luggage rack :roll:. went to Lowe's and bought a couple of flat "L" brackets, and couple of "loop" brackets with rubber inserts, brought everything home, drilled 4 holes thru the bottom of the trunk and mounted it exactly where the name "aspencade" shows on the trunk. you can see on the left side where the bumper is a little bent, but for now, its good enough and the tail/stop lights can still be seen from behind.

and while i was typing this posting, UPS showed up with one of my tires that i ordered online 2 days ago, a beautiful new shinko rear tire. i checked the production date on it, and i got lucky, this tire was made in march of this year, so i should get some good mileage out of it.

below is a pic of what my NTM trunk bumper looks like.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby alwims » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:40 pm

Geez, what a crappy picture. :D

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:03 pm

alwims wrote:Geez, what a crappy picture. :D


lol, sorry, i had the sun light into the lens, i'll have to take another one and put it in this ones place. when i back it out of my garage in the morning i'll take another pic of it and post it.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby squirrel » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:35 pm

Hey when you finish your wing can you do up mine :-)

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:41 pm

hey squirrel, that depends on what you want done to it.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:32 pm

Are you gonna run balancing beads in the tires and what do you think of the Shinko tire.?I,m fixing to get a new front one for me

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:17 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Are you gonna run balancing beads in the tires and what do you think of the Shinko tire.?I,m fixing to get a new front one for me


yes, im gonna use the balancing beads in both tires, and i don't have any opinions on the shinko tire as this is my first one I've ever put on any bike i owned, and since this tire is only 3 months old im hoping to give some good reviews on its performance......pardon the pun, "down the road" :lol:. i'll know how this tire performs on my 2,000 mile trip next month, by the time i get home, i'll know about this tire's performance. my front tire is going to be a kenda kruze, but the tread pattern on both of these tires are almost identical, so it'll be like a matched set.

these are pics of the tires i bought.....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shinko-230-Tour ... ca&vxp=mtr and the front tire......http://www.ebay.com/itm/120-90-18-Kenda ... aa&vxp=mtr

the last kenda kruz front tire i had, i got roughly 12,000 miles of use out of, and it still had some tread depth left on it, but it started to "feather edge" on the sides so i took it off and replaced it with a continental tire before i left for Florida last summer which is now almost worn down in the center after about 10,000 miles of use.

the rear tire that's currently on is a firestone, i put that on while i was down in Florida last summer and is now completely worn down to almost the threads. i did get another new front tire while i was down in Florida last year along with the rear tire, but i cant use the front one although its new, its a 15 year old new tire. the firestone tire only has roughly 8,000 miles on it, so i wouldn't recommend a firestone tire, but hey, my friend down in Florida owns a new/used tire shop and he gave me these tires,(the firestone and the Avon tires for free), so the price was good and i couldn't say no because i needed the back tire right away.

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:10 pm

Kenda Kruse huh....I'll look into that.I just had sticker shock at $235+ tax at the local here for Just a front tire..oover $300 : for the rear...

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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby Breakdancer » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:42 pm

Way to go Stuart. Nice job on the pin stripes. I think it really sets it off ;)
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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby redbug » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:16 pm

virgilmobile, check motorcycle superstore. There prices on the kenda kruse might be more to your liking..
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Re: finally got the 'ol girl finished

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:25 am

virgilmobile wrote:Kenda Kruse huh....I'll look into that.I just had sticker shock at $235+ tax at the local here for Just a front tire..oover $300 : for the rear...


i cant really complain about the kenda's i got good use from it, the only thing is once they start wearing down, the sing like a song bird lol.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:26 am

Breakdancer wrote:Way to go Stuart. Nice job on the pin stripes. I think it really sets it off ;)


thanks Breakdancer, i appreciate that. yeah, the stripes really make the whole bike stand out more.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:28 am

virgilmobile wrote:Kenda Kruse huh....I'll look into that.I just had sticker shock at $235+ tax at the local here for Just a front tire..oover $300 : for the rear...


wow man, that's a LOT of money. are they gold plated? do they reflate themselves when they go flat?

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:54 am

alwims wrote:Geez, what a crappy picture. :D


ok, heres another photo of my NTM trunk bumper.... this photo came out a little better.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:11 am

virgilmobile wrote:Are you gonna run balancing beads in the tires and what do you think of the Shinko tire.?I,m fixing to get a new front one for me


ok, here are 2 photos, one is of the firestone rear tire after roughly 10,000 miles on it and my new shinko rear tire with 0 miles on it........ my local tire shop took the old tire off the wheel and put the new one on for me for only $5.00, but i gave him a few "extra" bucks for doing it. i also put 2oz of the balancing beads in the tire before he inflated it, and its up to 40psi. that should be enough. give me a couple thousand miles and i'll report how this tire is doing.

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