As I’ve mentioned in a few recent entries, recreational motorcycle rides have been far and few between this year. Frankly, if it wasn’t for our trip to Daytona for Bike Week our big bike rides would have been pretty much zippity-do-dah. Thankfully, we’ll finally get in another solid four days of big bike fun when we head to Panama City Beach, Florida this week for their version of Bike Week, aka Thunderbeach.
As I looked over Blue to make sure she was ready for the trip — fluids, electrics and tires — I realized I never did much more than wash the road grime from the Daytona trip off before parking her: the A Trip odo was still reading 1,095. Therefore, all of the dead bugs and more stubborn grime was still there. So, I decided to go ahead and give her a good cleaning before our PCB trip.
Although something of a mixed blessing, I had plenty of room for Blue in the bike bay as Debbie’s little car was with our paint & body guy, Jerry, at Collision Tech to get some hail damage reversed. This left the first parking bay wide open which allowed me to park the other bikes in that spot. Yes, that means I still haven’t been able to attract a buyer for the Wide Glide. The complete lack of interest in the Wide Glide seems to confirm that you better really love the upgrades you make to your motorcycle because they aren’t going to do anything for you at resale time: it’s all sunk cost.As you can see on the work surface, I’m all-in with the Zaino product line. I first discovered Zaino when we brought Debbie’s little red car home back in April 2005 and 10 years later it’s still the best stuff I’ve found. A bit pricey, but you don’t really use a lot of product so it lasts a really long time.
I hit the chrome first with the Z-PC cleaner followed up by the Z-CS clear seal… and that’s not an insignificant amount of work on a Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Harley! After that, I hit the painted parts with Z-PC and then Z-CS with a Z-5 Polish/Scratch Filler follow-up and then a final coat of Z-CS. It sounds like a lot of work and materials, but you only need to do it about every 4-6 months.
And, just to go on record… our Road King CVO with the lowers and wind splitter windscreen is still the perfect bike for us! This bike hits all of the marks for how we like to ride. Now, if they’d only make a set of tires that didn’t cup in 7k miles! Well, that and a stock engine that wasn’t hot enough to pop pop-corn behind the the rear head pipe! Although I’m talking with Kelly at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta about a dyno session where hopefully we’ll find a way to reduce some of that heat without putting in a new set of cams.