It seems that everyone I care about is working on their bike. Jack has gotten his beloved Fireballs spruced up and ready for summer. He started with a full tune-up and installed his new powder-coated crash bars, muffler and custom Russell Day long seat (with those special plastic retainers). Yes, I am talking about his fabled K75, the one with auto retracting side stand and parabellum windscreen. My other friend, Michael down in Key West has been doing a bit of rust removal. (you can read about his rusty Bonneville here)
I've been using my bike as my main vehicle for the past few weeks
going to and from work and doing errands on the weekend and I too have been noticing that dreaded rust which has accumulated in a few spots.
Luckily it has settled mostly on the hardware that holds the windscreen.
and on the 4 screws which are needed to attach the plexiglass to the stabilizer rods. I've been meaning to attend to this for a while now and on the way home I stopped at a Suzuki dealer and purchased a new "smoked" (rather than clear) windscreen.
It's not a hard job but it is finiky to try to align everything so that the windscreen is parallel and equidistant on each side with just the right rake. You have to place it in approximate position with all the screws not fully tightened. And the hardware on this windscreen are cast aluminum rather than the cheap bent metals strips on the old one that I removed.
With the new hardware and mounting screws replaced it looks much nicer than those old rusty ones. I like the slightly tinted (smoked) rather than the clear one.
I wasn't timing myself but I wanted to finish the installation before sunset. It took around an hour to get it all sorted out
Can't wait to try it out tomorrow when I take a ride out to the Fraser Valley to attend a free BBQ at a dealer's open house.
Cockney Kings, the Best Fish & Chips in British Columbia
That's what the sign says. As voted for by the British Community across British Columbia. The really do make really good fish and chips, light batter, tender fish cooked just right. Think of it as a Fish Sandwich without the sandwich. (Probably better than those fish sandwiches I have been reading about down in Key West)
If you happened to go there on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, then you would get a very economical meal indeed
That's right. Only $9.50 Cdn including unlimited soda refill. They start you off with 3 delectable pieces of scrumptions fish, with chips which is a meal in itself
and you just keep ordering until they roll you out and on your way. Did I mention this also includes your unlimited fountain drink refills.
It is a very popular place and it is rare that you would arrive without having to wait at least a half hour or so to get your table. They have been winning awards for years with their consistent preparation and quality fish.
They have two locations and we frequent both, from time to time, and usually on AYCE days, which is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday
(this is their Westminster Quay location, New Westminster, BC)
If you are ever in the area, I would heartily recommend a meal here.
Comments: Quay is pronouced KEY, as in Key West, sounds the same but Canadian pronunciation. AYCE = All You Can Eat, We have a lot of AYCE restaurants in and around Vancouver, esp in Richmond, BC