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cliffrandall


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posted September 27, 2012 04:13 AM        

Another exciting player and very good friend has joined the 'HT' Team....Presenting Cameron, "The Plastic Surgeon" - not only a millwright of plastic, Cam is a designer/fabricator and welder extraordinaire!! Cam will be removing the turn signals, filling the bodywork and doing some other sexy plastic mods to make this 14 streamliner even sleeker. Cam did all the work on the 1270 yrs ago, he removed and filled all the turn signals etc. and even built the 'one piece' rear tail section that was 2 pieces (and a sloppy fit) from the factory.......Cam built the 2000cc Chromeless Cruiser hard bags, an unreal task. He cut the original Honda Valkyrie bags in half, welded in 4" extensions, then he removed all the hardware and installed 'rare earth' magnets in the tops to keep them looking slick and to keep them in place over the bumps. He also designed the half turn pop off removal system - it was brilliant..........Cam's a champion and a wonderful guy, we love him - seriously, I love Cameron.
Cheers,
Cliff
21 more sleeps!!!!!

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cliffrandall


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posted September 27, 2012 05:52 AM        


First set of Dunlop Q2 rubber just arrived (I love fat rear-ends) fabulous tires for the Mighty 14-HT.
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Cliff

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shotgun


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posted September 27, 2012 06:56 AM        
LMAO,Cliff you better get a run-truck to haul the spare Q2's around.
Great tire but they ain't gonna' hold up in the real world where you pile miles.
If you stare at your bikes mostly I can see it.
I'm going RoadSmart 2 or PR3's for the mileage component. I have 3,800 on the Metz 5's and just seeing the rear wear bars(bought it 7 weeks ago),I hate the way the front follows asphalt seams/construction strips in the pavement.
Otherwise,a decent tire for OEM.
I usually ride with Dunlop on whatever but don't find a 190/55 rear tire in the RS2 line-up and want the taller profile. Still pondering the PR3. I did have both generations of RS's on my C-14 and found them to be a great tire.I ran the first gen RS on my ZZR12 before I low-sided and dinged it a tad.
I have Q2's mounted on the ZED12 now as it's a local ride.

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cliffrandall


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posted September 27, 2012 08:42 AM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 27 Sep 2012 16:45
Thanks SG.........I love these Dunlops, always have - they just get better and better every year. However that said, other than the odd 200+mph run at Mirabel A/P (we'll be geared for 224mph) and maybe a track day or two at Mosport (if they'll let me out) this baby will receive 50 hrs of detailing & staring, for every 1 hr it's showcased and or ridden.........What's better than a night in the shop in mid-February with all your toys, your buddies, cold beers, cigars and bright lights - priceless!
I'd like to introduce my good friend Mark from Fireball Performance Coatings in Erin, Ontario. Mark has joined the build and together with his team they will be applying a very sexy 'satin black' ceramic surfacing to our 'one-off' Muzzy 4 into 1 into 2 Ti/CF exhaust, including the caps - should look nasty.
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted September 27, 2012 10:31 AM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 27 Sep 2012 20:52


Busy day for UPS - Christallmighty I can't get any work done around here! I'd like to welcome two of the best in the business to our exponentially growing build, Sidi & Arai. I've often said, your safety ensemble is as important to these projects as the bikes or the sleds themselves, nobody does it better than these guys. We'll be getting together with IM Leather this weekend to design the quasi 'sport touring' 2 piece (zip together) leather suit for the bike.....Ensemble you say? Must have been that 10 year stint I did as an international fashion model.
Cliff

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posted September 27, 2012 04:57 PM        
Love the "shop"remark,spent alot of winter daze/nights staring/partying at builds before I bought my present home.
Got goofy and pleased the wife,bought a lake side house,no shop,mower shed and keep my bikes winter time in the sunroom,LOL.
Sigh.

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cliffrandall


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posted September 29, 2012 01:54 PM        
Thanks SG.......It took me 60 years to get it right!!! I designed and built a custom home with a 4 car garage, all heated, with 1 bay set-up as a washing facility, with floor drains in the concrete and waterproof drywall. TV and sound system thru-out......I live in my garage, seriously, I spend hrs entertaining, washing and just staring at my stuff - love it!
Cheers,
Cliff

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darrylez1


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posted September 29, 2012 02:53 PM        
cruising at 120 to 130 kph,with the occasional burst over 200kph the 14r will do 365 km before running out of gas,the last 50km was at a very conservative speed.(the gas station was at km 375)
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cliffrandall


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posted September 29, 2012 03:17 PM        
Thanks Darryl, that's pretty good in my book and more than either my butt or bladder can handle!.......Did you push it the final 10K?
Cliff

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darrylez1


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posted September 29, 2012 03:18 PM        

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cliffrandall


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posted September 29, 2012 03:19 PM        
Beautiful.
Cliff

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darrylez1


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posted September 29, 2012 03:23 PM        
left her at the tourist info centre just before sudbury,I was told its a 10 min walk to the canadian tire gas bar.I can't walk 10 km in 10 minutes
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cliffrandall


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posted September 30, 2012 02:24 PM        
Hi guys.......We need to get a set of really sexy 'gold braided' brake lines for the HT project, any thoughts on who manufactures them in the USA?
Thanks very much,
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 01, 2012 03:35 PM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 2 Oct 2012 02:04
This is cool - Ballistic Battery from Austin Texas has come on board the HT project with the long awaited Lithium battery for the 14R, it weighs 3lbs. Let me see now, 11-3= (carry the 4) 8!!!! That's an 8lbs saving with 500CCA.....Unreal. Should be here later this week, I'll get it on the scale with a pic as soon as it arrives.
Cliff

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darrylez1


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posted October 02, 2012 02:27 AM        
Is that the 12 cell,been waiting all summer for ,riders choice or pro6 to get them in
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posted October 02, 2012 03:54 AM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 2 Oct 2012 11:56


Thanks Darryl.....Jerry at Ballistic tells me it's their latest and greatest rendition (huge evolution here) "16 cell" HD EV02.
4.8" long, 3.4" wide and 5.8" high - should be a perfect fit in your 14 box, in fact any bike.......When the Li arrives I'll maybe make a short U-tube video with the battery in the 2000cc Honda Chromeless Cruiser - lots of compression here, currently she needs a very well charged battery to start, otherwise you push the button and there's nothing - not good on Sunday morning..........We'll see if the Li will fire this badboy up in our deep Canadian cold!!
Cliff

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posted October 02, 2012 03:56 AM        
Did you say someone made hard saddle bag mounts for the 14r?
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darrylez1


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posted October 02, 2012 01:06 PM        
Do you still have the pretty blonde and the baby blue harley?
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cliffrandall


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posted October 02, 2012 01:07 PM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 3 Oct 2012 00:48
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Did you say someone made hard saddle bag mounts for the 14r?


Good question - I'm not sure if the Kappa bag kit fits the new R bike, I'm thinking it may have been built for the older model. Regardless, we're going to modify the stuff we get to fit our own 'flatter design'. I Don't want the bags on as much of an angle as I see with most. In order to correct it, we'll probably 're-hang' & cut the Muzzy CF cans down, to get that 'GP look'.
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 02, 2012 05:02 PM        
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Do you still have the pretty blonde and the baby blue harley?


Thanks for asking, yes I'm still with the now 'brunette' on the tricked out Fatboy (22yrs and counting, she was a child bride!) - check her out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QejkyCEOwU&feature=plcp

Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 04, 2012 06:39 AM        Edited By: cliffrandall on 4 Oct 2012 14:40
Spoke to Muzzys last night, Ti & CF exhaust (4 into 1 into 2) is shipping out Friday, along with all the other Muzzy goodies, can't wait......John Connery & House of Kolor are busy painting the cow hides (for our sport/touring suit), Arai helmet, Sidi boots and the Alpinestar gloves, as I write this note. I'll post pics as we progress..........2+ weeks the 2013 should be here and immediately attacked!!
Cheers,
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 04, 2012 09:28 AM        
Just got a call from Robert at Spiegler Performance Parts in Ohio, he's not only full of enthusiasm for the HT project, but Rob's also got the "sexy hydralic lines" we were looking for ready to go in a 14r kit. I'm thinking gold lines with gold fittings - yah baby yah!.........Great to have the Spiegler team on board.
Cheers,
Cliff

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posted October 05, 2012 07:56 AM        

Just picked up the first House of Kolor 'painted' hide from John Connery, who sprayed it yesterday. Truly amazing how he does it, even more amazing is the fact that the last suit they painted for me (2000 Muzzy Kawasaki 1270) is now 12 yrs old and still looks great - except for the track rash!
The sport touring suit that IM Leathers is designing and building will be black with gold slashes thru it, much like the bike itself, very sexy, vogue look. House of Kolor is also painting the Arai helmet, Sidi boots and my Alpinestar gloves with gold highlights etc. Should be unreal when we roll this baby out in HofK black/gold ice metallic - with gold wheels & trim.
Have a good weekend,
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 07, 2012 07:48 AM        

Kappa bags arrive next Tuesday (pic attached) we'll paint the hard shells with HofK black/ ice gold metallic and 'gold out' the centre trim bar and the ring around the logo.


Fabric tank bag (gas cap mounted) and the rear tail bag (to be secured via a custom mounting system with 1/4 turn fasteners drilled right thru a metal plate in the bottom of the bag and right thru the rear seat - no bungee cords) will be dressed up by adding nicely finished gold leather pieces (following the stitch lines) to accent the bags and tie them into the overall bike design. Should be very, very cool..........BTW - at 200mph plus, stuff need to be secure!
Cheers,
Cliff

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cliffrandall


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posted October 07, 2012 11:29 AM        


Forgot to mention, we're also going to attach 'Conky' the puppet - "Trailer Park Boys" - to the front fender!
Cliff

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