Back in Black.

blackforks-622Yep, kids, I finally got the motorbike back. Only took a month – sheesh. But it was worth it – the new black forks look great, and it’s purring like a kitten. With any luck, I’ll be able to saddle up this weekend, and find a nice, twisty mountain road somewhere. That’ll probably be Sunday; I’m planning on hiking (somewhere) on Saturday. So, one month, and about 700 of my American dollars later, and I can hang out with the cool kids again.

Over the winter, I intend to do a few more things with the bike. New pipes will be first – black ones. I also intend to “black out” most of the silver components. Now, the forks needed to be replaced anyway, because the silver finish had worn off, so that’s probably the biggest component. I looked into replacing them a few years ago; I’m glad I waited, since black ones became standard. In fact, the newer models are mostly black, and that’s what I’m going to change on mine. The alternator cover, saddle mounts, speedometer bezel and a few other things. Why Honda didn’t just make them back in the first place is beyond me.

My Phantom...

My Phantom…


...and the newer, blacked-out model.

…and the newer, blacked-out model.

The only thing I’m not sure of is the heads (part of the engine, right below the gas tank). Pulling the heads would be a major chore; probably more complicated than I want to tackle, and more expensive than I want to pay. We’ll see. But the other stuff – especially the pipes – should make the thing look really cool, and let’s face it, I need all the help there I can get. In the meantime, I probably should stop watching all those motorcycle crash videos on YouTube.