Life continues on…

It’s been almost two weeks since my mom passed away, and time does help heal some wounds.  I miss her terribly, but knowing that she’s moved on to a better place than what she was experiencing here the past year, it makes things a little bit easier.  What I’d give to hear one of her sarcastic comments though.

The mental anguish of losing somebody so close causes havoc with your physical body as well.  Lack of sleep, screwed up appetite, non-stop headache, etc.  The body doesn’t react well to such serious stress imposed on it.  So, figuring that I was already miserable, I decided to quit smoking while going through the grieving process and handling all the estate needs.  And as of today, it’s been a week since I’ve had any tobacco.  And from what I’ve witnessed in the last weeks of my mom’s life, those scenes have made it much easier for me to quit.  So, one day at a time on that front for now.

Have began the process of readying the Harley for the Alaska trip by starting the acquisition of needed upgrades.  After doing some research on the best suspension upgrades to get, I realized I was never going to be able to justify the expense of upgrading to Ohlin shocks.  Over a thousand bucks for a pair of them is too salty for my taste, and while they may be the best on the market, I need to be reasonable where my dollars will be going.  So, the research continued, and I finally decided on moving to a complete Progressive suspension.

I was able to acquire a pair of two week only Progressive 444 rear shocks for half of retail price from somebody that had installed them, and then decided less than a month later to trade in his bike for a brand new one.  Wisely, he took the time to pull the 444s back off.  Just like new condition, and the price couldn’t be beat.  They are black, and the heavy duty ones (recommended for riders either over 220 pounds, or anybody weighing less that rides with a passenger or carries a lot of stuff in their saddle bags or tour pack.  So, I fit the bill just fine.  These are highly advanced shocks, offering easy adjust-ability without special tools.   The sweet thing is that it is a fifteen minute job to get the Harley air shocks swapped out with these.

Decided on the Progressive Monotubes for the front forks.  It’s nearly impossible to find these in “used” condition.  The install of the Monotubes can take around four hours.  It is a lot of work to install these, so finding used ones are a extreme rarity since nobody wants to expend the time to take them back off before trading in their old bikes.  Costing under $250, it just made sense to buy them new.

So, the suspension upgrades are currently enroute.  Next purchase stop…new tires, brake pads, and wheel bearings.  Time to go relax in the recliner, and do some comparison price shopping.  More to come soon.

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