Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Out With the Old and In With the New

It has taken longer that I would have liked, but my CR250 is finally finished and ready to ride!  I've been able to ride it  for quite some time, but now it also looks nice.  I started a couple months ago with putting on some new graphics and a new seat cover.  I just recently put on the rest of the new plastic.  However, until today it did not have numbers on it.  Trust me, numbers are extremely important to someone who is as serious about riding as I am.  Your number is sort of like your trademark.  Everyone recognizes who you are by your number.  I have had the same number since I was 12, so pretty much everyone at the track can tell where I am on the track by locating the motorcycle with the number 70.  A rider's number is typically the last 2 or 3 digits of their AMA card, which is basically their competition license.  I have always ran the last 2 of mine, which is 70, except for the one year where I was classified as a professional.  That year I used the last 3, which is 570.  Now I'm back to 70.  Anyways, I had everything else on my bike and it looked really good, but I didn't have numbers.  That was driving me crazy.  I ordered some numbers from the local shop and when they came in they were too big.  That really bummed me out because it meant that I had to wait even longer to get my numbers on.  Then I had an idea to cut out my own numbers.  I figured that they would look a little different from what you can get at the shop and would be something that is just mine.  My wife has a cricut, which is used for cutting pretty much anything that you want for crafting.  One of my teaching friends' husband does work with vinyl and she was able to get me some black vinyl scraps so that I could use the cricut to cut the numbers out.  I just finished cutting them out and putting them on this evening and I think that they look great.  Now my bike really is ready to ride and I have to say that I am chomping at the bit to get out and do some riding.  I just wish that it would quit raining.  I have attached some pictures of what my motorcycle looked like before I changed the plastic and graphics and what it looks like now.  The top photos are before the bottom photos are after.