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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2016, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Default Thanksgiving, my little workshop and my buddy

I've got a little workshop on my land. It's a stand alone 24'x24' cinder block building with a shingled roof that matches the house that sits 50 yards away. It has been a saving grace in that it gives me a place to stay busy. I'd go nuts without it. Sometimes the goats get into stuff or the dogs drag stuff out to play with. I seem to always be missing a glove. Deer sometimes visit. Largemouths in the nearby pond splash while the hawks patrol for snakes. Late nights often include being serenaded by nearby coyotes. The daytime tranquility sometimes surrenders to the son's activities, typically by the engines of their four wheelers or the sound of gunfire as they exercise their 2nd amendment rights upon the dozen steel plates hanging along the tree line.

Over the past decade I've made well over a hundred parts for my bikes and have done countless mods in this workshop. A motorcycle and a workshop go hand in hand. I couldn't imagine a shop without a motorcycle, and a motorcycle without a workshop would drive me crazy. This past year I've especially enjoyed working with my XC. I've had more enjoyment from it than any previous bike I've owned. My buddy Paul owns a machine shop that's a mere Par 4 from my back porch. He has been the coolest friend and I truly enjoy collaborating on custom parts projects with him.

With Thanksgiving approaching, I realize how thankful I am to have a little workshop and an amazing buddy. Anyhow, here's some of the mods I've done and some of the parts that were born in my little workshop since last Thanksgiving. Many were conceived in the accompaniment of coyotes conversing with the moon.

The primered fork ends are actually fiberglass replicas I made. With them I can soon fab the custom covers I've been wanting for a while.

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There are a lot of very cool parts there!
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Diamond Jim you're as lucky as you are talented and energetic. I have friends who have nice shops (far away) but alas, none of my own and it pains me. The beauty of a home shop is as you describe, the convenience of having it available when YOU want it, and set up to your own personal preferences with your own private I can't wait to have that. Working on it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-26-2016, 05:35 PM
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Diamond Jim,

I have another easy yet very effective product for you to consider making and selling to us CC/CCT owners. I had these Hondaline windshield air deflectors mounted on both my Honda Valkyrie Interstates. With the weather getting colder, I was longing for a set of these today to keep some wind off my hands. Since adding the Victory ape hangers that place my hands slightly above the fairing and into the windstream, my normal winter gloves now aren't good enough.

Here's a link to the ones Honda made/make available: Tall OEM Windshield Air Deflectors - Honda Gold Wing Parts & Accessories by

These Hondaline windshield air deflectors were amazingly simple and effective. I had to drill one small hole per chrome hinge in the windshield that was used to secure the hinge to the windshield. Today the temps were 37F to 42F for way too many miles. The heated grips work fine for the palm side of my hands but the backs of my hands were cold from being in the airstream.

Something like these air deflectors or maybe I should consider getting a 6" wider CCT windshield that would keep the cold air off my hands.

Here's a more universal kit that could work:

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