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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Final report on damage and repair to the Road Star

As most everyone by now knows, I had a slip and fall on the way back from Monterey as we turned onto the 101 Fwy. Luckily it was at very low to almost no speed so damage was minimal. No paint damaged, and minor scratching on bottom muffler (mark of experience). Total tally on repairs and parts: Repaired passing lamps, only needed a couple new bolts/washers and they reattached the original lamps, small scratch on the chrome ring ($125 dealer).

The following parts were ordered for Do- It-Yourself Installation: Windshield-plastic only-DONE ($137); New chrome cover for the brake reservoir...DONE ($17)they sent me two of them; Engine guard waiting for installation ($137). Ordered from South Seattle Yamaha and was overall very impressed. Parts were discounted about 20-25% and ordered on Monday arrived 100% complete on Friday! Can't beat that.

Thumb took the biggest hit and it's back to about 80-85% operating capability.


The engine guard is installed, and the final item: the upgrade to the Tall Sissy Bar is installed as well. Turns out all it took was removing 4 bolts and out popped the old one and in slid the new one. There is barely enough room to get at the bolts but a member on Road Star Riders gave me a detailed answer on how to do it. Took less than 45 minutes and everything was back to better than before.

NOW, back to the regular blog

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