Published on May 12, 2013, in Nightster.

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I’m not a huge fan of the amount of grey on this bike.  It just doesn’t appeal to me and is about as boring as listening to Ben Stein read the dictionary.  (more…)

 
Published on May 11, 2013, in Beetle.

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I agreed to take the Beetle before I had ever even seen it.  I mean, free car, right?  At the very least I can sell it and make a few hundred bucks.

A couple of days before going to pick it up, the friend who was giving it to me sent me a few pictures to let me know what I was getting myself into.  My first thoughts were along the lines of “WTF?  I thought that she said green?”   Turns out, it is green, it was just covered in sawdust from sitting there since the cancellation of Boy Meets World. (more…)

 
Published on May 11, 2013, in Beetle.

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Here is the Beetle, the Nightster and a ton of crap in my garage the day after I brought the Beetle home with me.  I had been looking for a few weeks for something else to tinker with in the garage during my free time and had settled on an old Beetle because:

1) They are cheaper than dirt

2) It isn’t difficult to find parts for one

3) They are cheaper than dirt

A friend of mine had this greenish 1967  Beetle sitting in her garage for the past few years.  It was one of her first cars and she had it for almost 20 years.  About 10 years ago it started having motor problems and she gave the motor to a family friend to rebuild.  Well, dick-hole took off with it and it hasn’t been seen since.

After having it in her garage for a few years collecting rust and taking up space, she finally came to the realization that she wasn’t ever going to do anything with it other than stare at it and cry about the way things used to be.  When I asked her if she was interested in selling it, she made an offer that I couldn’t refuse, get it out of her garage and I could have it for free.  Deal.

 
Published on May 10, 2013, in Nightster.

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The first thing that I had to after getting the bike home was remove the front fender.  You can save the “You’re going to regret that when it rains” and the “The fender braces the forks!” comments because I have already heard them.  Not to mention that I have been riding without the fender for a year at this point and I am perfectly aware of what riding in the rain feels like without a front fender.  Not that I enjoy riding in the rain without the fender, but as long as you are okay with being soaking wet by the time you get where you are going, you probably won’t have many issues with it.  Of course, if you aren’t okay with being soaking wet, don’t ride at all.

The fender was simple to remove, there are only four bolts holding it on, two on each side of the fender.  Once you remove the bolts, the fender comes right off.  On the Nightster, the fender is riveted to its mounting bracket, unlike the Sportster 48.  Which is a little disappointing since I like the look of the 48 with the bracket but without the fender.

 
Published on May 9, 2013, in Nightster.

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This is how the Nightster looked when I first brought it home.  It is a 2008 and had a little less than 10,000 miles on it when I bought it.  It is a far cry from my old YZF600, but seeing as I almost killed myself on that bike this is exactly what I needed if I planned to keep riding.

I knew the look that I wanted the bike to have so I decided on something with a Sportster frame and a peanut tank.  When I found this for sale in my area I picked it up almost immediately.