Thursday, January 24, 2013

10 Nightster Project

One thing I have been up to, is playing around with my Nightster.  I call it my Nightster Project.  This is my "so far" list:

Change out gas cap.  Disliked the chrome. LOL!



I had to have a bag but I didn't want to lose the look of the Nightster with too much stuff, so I bought a solo bag online from Garage Leathers.  They were really good in answering my questions and delivery was within a week.  I can't be happier.  It has more room than most solos, sturdy, and does not flap in the wind.   Putting it on was easy enough and I just kept to the directions and learned what a swing arm is *happy face*.

Directions weren't so bad.  

Check luggage off the list.  
Then there was the detachable windshield.  Took awhile to say the least.....




Ughghghghg...


Murray likes it.



Nope I didn't wrench this one.  LOL!   Vance & Hines Short Shots and  an Arlen Ness Big Sucker.  Threw on a Cobra K & End computer.  (Hope I got that thingy's name right).  I can actually feel it a bit as I throttle on and off.  Not so bad.  Runs great if not better.  

Then I had to paint it, and black out most of it out.   Not liking monograms, not even on my clothes or purses, the tank was painted over in gloss black.  I like the flat blacks, but it seems that when I started looking around for inspiration, I saw an almost over saturation of flat black bikes out there.  So I left it glossy, to stay in the over saturated of glossy black bikes. LOL. 


I couldn't stand the nuts and bolts... Sharpie to the rescue!


The other day I installed the detachable luggage rack.  Got three bolts on and the fourth refused to come off.  There's always one.  So I had to call back up from my buddy Albert who came over and gave it a good twist.   Wasn't sure if I wanted a luggage rack, but now that I have it... ROAD TRIP :)





Before:


Working on After:


Present:
Not so bad so far.  I'm happy. 
I ordered a bobber seat in silver.  I plan to rip it apart and make a new one eventually... maybe even knock on MQ's door for some of her creative works on it.  (Hint hint *smiley face*).

All in all, satisfaction is hitting me on this bike.  Its been a lot of fun and I have enjoyed doing some of the cosmetics on it.  Some day I will learn how to change the oil.

Happy Nightster Trailzzz...


10 comments:

  1. Kathy:

    I'm stuck on your Gas cap changeout. Do you have detailed instructions as how you did it. Looks very challenging to me.

    I also like simplicity without chrome but perhaps you need some reflector tape for night time visibility

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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  2. Looking good. I like the changes that you've made.

    The Nightster is a sweet looking Harley.

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  3. love love love (and lol) more love! lol... great stuff kt!

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  4. LOL! Bob: It took everything out of me to rip the cap out of its plastic...I had to use scissors!

    MQ & Trobairitz: Thank you!

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  5. Happy to see you back on this Blogg thingy. The scoot is looking great!!!

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  6. Love the solo bag, had never seen one before and it fits nicely. The rear rack looks good too! Good job!

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  7. That rack looks close to the ones I make for Ironheads. Those markers make a quick fix .You can also get touch up paint markers at an auto supply store or even use model car paint for a bit of longivity. Though I have done the marker trick myself so don't tell anyone.

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  8. looking great K! :) from K

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  9. Sorry for the dumb question. How detachable ir this rack? I mean, if you leave the bike on the street, anyone can detach it and take it away? Or does it have a lock and key to do it? Thanks, Leonardo

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    1. Yes, Leonardo. It is completely detachable. However, it takes a bit to do it. I have it because I don't like a rack all the time, but when I travel I can put it on. Its small enough just to take off on overnight and at rallies. To tell you the truth, I have never had a problem with anyone touching it. I understand you can buy a lock, but I have never looked into that.

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