One thing remaining to do was to clean off and replenish the K&N Air Filter on Maria. You're supposed to do it every 6K miles or so I believe, but since I change out the oil every 3K miles I also do this maintenance chore.
It's a bit time consuming, cleaning, drying then oiling the K&N filter but since the regular paper filters are $18 a pop from the dealer....and the oil renewal kit is only $11 and lasts about three rotations.....
The only painful part of putting the gas tank back on is the pain on your fingertips as you try and get the stupid "quick disconnects" to reconnect. Note that they're not called quick re-connects! The problem is compounded in that I know the damn things are delicate, being plastic and all, and there's only so much force one can use before something breask.
Luckily, I managed to do it without breaking anything, including my fingers. The rest of the job of securing the gas tank, the glove box and the tupperware went without any issues.
Before the tupperware went on though, I took Maria out for a short ride to ensure the brakes were fine even though I was not getting any warning lights on the rider display unit. The ride was fine though I am sure my neighbors wondered if I'd bought a new bike since Maria looks quite different without tupperware.
Photo from her 54K mile service back in April '98 LINKNot much riding today, got the boys to look after since my loving wife is only tonight returning from a trip to Texas; where she attended some scrap-booking convention. She deserves the break from us boys, specially since she lets me ride pretty much as much as I want on the weekends.