First Foray into Chinese Motorcycle Parts…

It’s a brave, new [global] world out there, and at this point, we have probably all used parts made in China.  Whether it be cheap turn signals, inexpensive tires, or the road-specific clothing we don for our rides around these United States of America, the lower cost of parts produced in China is appealing…  Read More …

Yamaha FZR 600 Mods: Paint and the Elements…

Holding up to the elements...

Despite being unhappy with my paint job on the Yamaha FZR 600, I had the chance to see if the rattle-can job could stand up to the elements.  Not moments after pulling her out of the garage, rain began to fall on the poor girl…

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Yamaha FZR 600 Mods: First adventure back on the road…

Those oil spills aren't mine!

Those oil spills aren’t mine!

After a stretch of dormancy while painting and completing some performance mods to the 1993 Yamaha FZR 600, it was time to fire her up and get her back on the road.  Of course, nothing goes as planned, and I noticed that the oil was looking a little milky through the sight glass.  Following some research, I determined it was either condensation from sitting and the temperature drop, or a more serious head gasket leak, allowing coolant to seep into the oil.  Good times… Read More …

Yamaha FZR 600 Mods: Paint is "done", or maybe I can’t take it anymore…

Stock Paint...oh so white...

Yesterday, After waiting several days to allow the last round of clear coat to dry, I decided that I had hit the end of my rope with this paint job.  The latest clear coat was applied to fix the massive problems created by buffing the fairings too soon, without letting them dry long enough.  It has taken me well over a month to get to this point, and while I thought about waiting more time for drying, to nervously attempt to wet sand again, and possibly (gasp!) buff and polish it, I gave in to the overwhelming desire to see what this bike would look like black… Read More …