Building the Mollie Ragonesi tribute bike.
By now I suppose many forum members have seen my threads, read my recent history and occasionally ask me, "How did you do that?".
So in time I will try to start with how I go about with basic tools, simple part repairs, upgrades that for the most part are cheap and effective plus a dose of off the wall, out of the box and outside the stadium home run hits.
For the tribute bike dedicated to Mollie Ragonesi which was her last bike before she passed away it was a 1993 Gl1500 that I bought from a person in Anchorage for $1500, it was his brothers bike that was rear ended, bike was totaled, the brother hurt very bad, a year later he still has to visit the hospital, they bought the bike back from the insurance lot, it has 54,000 miles on it, before the accident carbs cleaned and tuned, bike runs very good. Mollie was there when I saw it on Craigslist and was there helping me load it in the trailer. And she had a very optimistic plan on how to restore this bike.
Damage was both saddlebags, armrests broken, mirrors broken, some minor damage to right front cowl, rear trunk sub frame bent badly, engine bars trashed. Bike basically went flying and probably flipped side to side, trunk was not even scratched in the least, it then sat outside in Alaska for a year, seat was in bad shape.
A year before I found a fellow nearby who bought at an auction two gl1500 bikes worth of spare parts and body work, no frames or engines but a ton of Tupperware and fasteners, I paid $100 for the whole lot, so I knew right then I already had almost all the parts needed to replace what was too far gone.
Because of the near death experience in july in the "I lost my back seat partner" thread this and all the bikes were ignored, then I quit my job, brought all the bikes home, put this 93 and an 85 Yamaha vmax in the house, I did put up some heavy duty carport sheds for the bikes.
So to start the tribute bike here is it when It first went into the hot tub room for the winter, that is its original Cambridge Blue Metallic paint.
I promise to up date this as frequently as I can.
But in short and two months into the restoration here Is a couple of pics.
A new style 98 headlight did arrive to the post office, after 3 weeks, and they then sent it back to Florida, had wrong address on it, so for now I'm holding back on the front pics.
Yes it has a backup camera, yes it has backup lights, It's operated by the old Mute switch, which it does mute the radio and turns the camera on.
The paint is Aqua Blue Metallic with 3d holographic flakes, I did it all in that room with a hvlp gun, has urethane clear coat. The vinyl wrap is a mix of 4d gold carbon fiber from England, the US and China stuff was garbage, the 4d blue did come from America but the seller wants too much to ship it. Many parts were painted with VHT gold engine paint because it's more durable and chemical resistant and also has VHT ceramic clear coat.
The seat covers came from England as well, all leather, black and blue, I am trying out an idea of using memory foam, bought a solid memory foam pillow from Walmart and cut it in half, u see it under seat cover. You sit in the seat and you just start sinking and molding your behind into the seat, hopefully it will work out when bike hits the road.
New Tulsa Touring windshield should arrive by next week, hopefully it will not be too tall.
All the Hid lights have arrived and I am just now going to install the lower cowl light kit with the 35 watt 6000K hid kit, I am using the 880 bulb base, closest match to the socket I could find.
Those cowl lights are operating off the old cb and radio switches through a latching relay module, when I turn on ignition that module also turns off the headlights, one push of the "push to talk lever" turns on the low beams, I am using a pair of bi xenon, low is 55 watt 6000K hid, high is regular halogen, the solenoid actuated low to high lamps usually fail early li ke on my other gl1500 the 95, so I'm trying these out, remember in Alaska our riding season has very little night.
That's it for now, more coming, especially the radio mod and maybe a dual camera mirror system with a recorder.
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