Last Sunday after our wonderful evening in Red Wing with VSL, the soft-pouched scooter and ziplock bag filled with mementos were both gently set down in the family (computer) room, unopened and left. Monday was going to be an early start-long day for me and I needed to get some rest. That day after 10 hours in the car to visit one of our customers for a 1 hour meeting, I was a bit late getting home. My one and only goal for the evening was to get a very good look at BobScoot and the contents from all of the previous hosts. I must say that it was treasured time; the places and personal touches in that little plastic bag made this endeavor truly come alive for me. A sincere thanks to you all.
So that was Monday. Tuesday plans were being
conjured for scooter maintenance and repair. By Wednesday, the plug was
replaced, Neutral light fixed and a quick oil change accomplished. In
the ziplock bag of goodies, a note suggested, "....some damage has
occurred, may be best to wait for repairs until the wooden scooter
reaches the final destination....." to which Toad Mama (aka Kathy)
wrote, "Repaired in Virginia....steering column not glued to handlebars,
just make sure they face the proper way for photos."
seemed like experienced, sound advice and was considered a long while
but in the end I chose to ignore this very wise counsel.
spend time, especially so on weekends, with some very First Class
people and through time and enough exposure, they've come to expect a
much lower threshold from me. Even so, to show up and present BobScoot
in this condition would be a Faux Pas not soon forgotten....or forgiven.
motorcycle parts and a lift now reside in my shop, there once were two
CNC machines. Those machines are gone but numerous chunks of metal,
blocks of exotic plastics, etc. are still present. The result, a brass
rod now connects the handlebar bone to the wheel bone. Alignment of the
front end is still a bit wonky but I did the best I could with this
wonderfully crafted, hand made machine. Clearly not ready for Daytona
banking, at least the photo ops will be much easier to pull off, the
finished result being one piece instead of three.
better protect these changes, packaging enhancements are underway and
for the most part completed, both for motorcycle travel and for longer
distance shipment ......(there's a short way and a long way to Denver on
the ST2, am I right??....)