September 07, 2012

On the Eve of Metamorphosis

met·a·mor·pho·sis
1. A profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism.
2. A complete change of form, structure, or substance.
3. Any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
4. A form resulting from any such change.

Rover, the 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 is in for a long-term engagement along with a major transformation.

At first I was pleasantly surprised when the bike, although never kept on a trickle charger, started up without further ado after six months of hibernation. Also, contrary to common belief the Harley never had a loose screw, or leaked oil. And although I was contemplating every so often over getting yet another motorcycle, the Sporty won my heart by being a trusty and reasonably comfortable travel companion on our recent trip to Oregon. Who'd have thunk it [sic]?

I don't know exactly what I will end up with but for starters the high windshield will be replaced by a fly screen. Also, I found hand guards that will keep my fingers warm during colder weather. The sissy bar needs to go, and the bucket seat will get customized.


Let the farkling begin!

19 comments:

  1. Oh, noooooooo - you opened the hell hole of farkling ... ;-) Most fun you can have with a bike when not riding it ...

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    1. I know, but I believe it will be worth it, and a lot of fun. It will keep me busy and interested as long as Triumph doesn't build the bike that I want the most (make that a Scrambler with today's technology)...

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  2. Ooooh now this is going to be fun to watch ... yay have fun Sonja !!!

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. Farkling is always fun.

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  3. Lucky you and your modifications...I bet it will look great.

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    1. Thanks Martha, I hope it will turn out well. There is a certain picture in my mind that I hope to come close to with the funds I have saved to do it.

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  4. Once you start customising a Harley you can never go back, so be aware. And have fun!

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    1. But it is so tempting, shopping for farkles has been my favorite pastime lateley.

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  5. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! i'm sure the changes will bring you lots of joy. i cant wait to see and hear all about this. FUN! :)

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    1. You have been there, so you know ;-)

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  6. Nice selection of mods. Time to pull up a chair...

    Is a larger tank on the list?

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    1. I haven't decided on a larger tank just yet. It didn't bug me a lot during our tour. Refueling was a good excuse for getting in a break.

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  7. Sounds good Sonja.

    I can't wait to see the after pics of the transformation.

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    1. N'est-ce pas? It will probably a step by step transformation depending on the funds available...

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  8. Farkle Fun - You go girl! Can't wait to see the new and improved Rover.
    I'm happy with my little screen - wouldn't ride without one, since I started to ride with one. I haven't been able to find hand guards that suit me or my bike, but my heated grips do okay, except for my thumbs.

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    1. I was never a fan of big screens. Maybe I should have it cut down a bit. Maybe I am also going to get some heated grips.

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  9. Can't wait to see what your farkling will produce!

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  10. I love those hand guards!! Great styling!

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