Tuesday, 28 August 2012
THE 'PURPLE PENIS' IS ABOUT TO UNDERGO ITS FINAL MODIFICATION . . . . ROSCOE IS TOILING AWAY AS WE SPEAK REPLACING THE FLOGGED OUT SWINGARM BUSHES, BEARINGS AND SPACER . . . . A GOOD TIME TO LOSE THE HIDEOUS AND SHITTY FACTORY CHROMED SPOKES AND BLACK RIMS . . . . ALWAYS DETESTED CHROME SPOKES . . . . SHINY, SHINY, SAD WHEELS BEHIND ME.
I realise that 'black' is just the epitome of cool, it's butch, its tough, its sooooo blokey, heavy-heavy biker dude stuff, I was going to rattle can my T140 once, total matt black, everything, leave nothing untouched, even the headlight lens, I wanted to be bad, super bad, mean and scary . . . . then I came to my senses and said 'fuck that shit !!'.
Going back exactly two years when I decided to lay down the smackeroos and commit myself to buying only my second ever new scoot, '94 Speed Triple being the first, a ride that in many eyes would forever consign me to the 'scenester' and 'fad-jumper' bandwagon, my first thought on looking at the '48 hoglette was 'shit, there is just too much black on the thing !', especially the black rims, hated em from the get go, nearly always have, it was just overkill in black . . . . when the thing arrived three months later, it only got worse, black rims and, my ultimate piss off, chrome spokes !!! I've never seen a bike with chrome spokes that is ridden and not just parked or trailered its entire life, where the shiny shit hasn't started to rust, flake, peel or otherwise fuck up leaving the rollers looking like they've got a severe dose of the jack, at some point both the rims and the spokes would have to go, to alleviate the visual crisis I fitted whitewalls, just to break up the MoCo's exercise in ordinary.
Only drama back then was that as the front rim, hub and spoke setup on the Forty Eight was so new, nobody, not even the tried and true Buchanan's mob, had stainless spokes available, nor could I find new or used alloy rims to suit the fucker . . . . knowing my luck, that has likely changed now but the only solution was to order two new chrome rims from the then newly released and fully hideous 16" equipped bastardised Custom, at least the S/S spokes were now available from Buchanan's . . . . anyway, I've had the rims and the spokes for over six months now and as the arse end is being rebuilt the time is right to do the swap, back to running plain black bags on clean, chrome rims with non flaking, non rusting stainless spokes, should look the tits for a non chopped, moderately modified Farty Eight . . . . back in black . . . . not this time baby !!!!