Archive for February, 2008
I’m not sure why I am so fascinated with Leap Year and in particular February 29. Maybe it is like when you come upon a traffic accident and no matter how hard you try you just have to look to see what happened as you drive by. (Leap year and specifically leap day is not necessarily a traffic accident but you may be able to draw the same correlation if you thought about it for a minute.) Maybe I am just fascinated at how well the human race can adapt from their failures.
The Night Train is really starting a transformation. The nuts and bolts swap were subtle but noticeable. The hand control changes were anything but subtle but again the look just seemed to work. There is definitely something to be said for chrome controls. If you are looking for something that will get noticed, that will do it. The problem with changing out the controls is that it makes the brushed metal fork legs really stand out and I don’t mean in a good way. It was pretty clear that I was going to need to make a change to the forks but I was really facing a dilemma as to what direction I wanted to go with this conversion.
After a week of replacing nuts and bolts I have about had enough of that. It is time to turn my attention to some other part of the bike that doesn’t require so many iterations with a wrench. As I said earlier, I am trying to keep the blacked out parts black and replace the other parts with chrome to get the bike to stand out. Today though I decided to deviate from that theme slightly. On the 2005 Night Train the hand controls are black on the chrome handlebars. Initially I planned on leaving them black but the more I look at them I think I want to move to a set of chrome controls.