Custom Fabricated Motorcycle Inspection Sticker Plate

Custom Fabricated Motorcycle

Inspection Sticker Plate

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There is one thing besides riding, riding, and more riding that I like to do with my 1998 Harley-Davidson XL, and that is fabricating custom parts for it. Below are photos of a custom inspection sticker plate that I just completed.

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Photo 1

Overview; the original and the custom replacement at different stages.

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Photo 2

The original Harley inspection sticker plate. Very utilitarian shape – it was an excellent candidate for replacement with a one-off custom.

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Photo 3

First I found some material for my project. I used a piece of 1/8 aluminum for my replacement. After cutting the blank to size, I drilled a mounting hole.

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I got a pencil out, put my designer hat on, and did a little layout work. The next step was to rough cut the design.

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Photo 5

A rough cut inspection sticker plate.

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Next I smoothed out the the jagged edges with a hand grinder and hand file. I then sanded the whole piece.

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Here it is primed and painted. The plate had a good shape, but I thought it needed something more.

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Photo 8

I decided to file a double knife edge to it. This gave it a two-toned look, and it also enhance the 3D appearance. The final step was to give it a little clear coat paint.

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Photo 9 & 10

The finished piece.

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Photo 11

The custom inspection sticker plate mounted on my Harley ready for an inspection sticker.

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A Month of Blogging

A Month of Blogging

Well it’s been a month of blogging for me. I started this blog on May 27th, 2008. I was totally new to the world of blogging. Just like with my weight loss, I wish I had before and after pictures of my blog. I am generally pleased with my blog progress. It was helpful to keep reminding myself from time to time with what I wrote in my blog post titled “How do you create a BLOG?“, and that is to keep working on it a little at a time every day.

I have been impatient at times with different aspects of my blogging ever since I started JB’s Weblog. At times I have been impatient with developing blog traffic. Though I have made good progress in bringing more visitors to my blog. At times I have been impatient with learning the “how to” in designing a blog. Though in hindsight I guess I did pretty well in designing my blog. At times I have also been impatient with deciding what direction to take my blog, including the last couple of days. Thankfully I read an article yesterday that has helped me put “things” in perspective. This article “Patience is a Virtue” was written by fellow blogger Jenny Mannion. So in regards to my blog’s direction, I guess I did fairly well, and I will be patient in “finding” which path to take it on.

I believe I need to do the following in order to continue good blog growth. I need to continue to have fun with learning blog design and writing good blog posts. I need to continue and expand trusting my judgment with blog design and writing. I need to understand that it is o.k. if I don’t have all the blogging answers.

All in all I have enjoyed my blogging experience, and I have enjoyed using this free hosted blog software from WordPress.com. Obviously I am not a blog expert, but if I can, I would be glad to try to help new WordPress.com bloggers. Drop me a line, and I will see what I can do.

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2 Pounds Per Week

2 Pounds Per Week

I am still on track with my goal of eliminating one to two pounds of body fat per week. My goal is to weigh between 150lb to 160lb by Dec. 31st, 2008. I have been recording my weight weekly ever since March 10th, 2008. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.

First, some background, as I mentioned in my “A Win-Win-Win Situation” article, one of the “wins” was weight reduction. So here is the time line.

I quit smoking and started light aerobic exercise (walking) in November 2007. I increased my walking gradually and added other exercises in early January 08. Between November 07 to February 08, my weight was 230lb plus or minus a couple. So I didn’t gain weight after I quit smoking, but there was an anomaly that I noticed in March. I was gaining weight – What???

It went like this. I was substantial increasing my exercising, and to compensate for that, I was also increasing my food consumption. At my annual physical I learned that I weighed 244lb. The first thing I did was to buy a bathroom scale. The second thing I did was to figure out what I had to do in order to stop gaining weight and to start losing weight.

My assumption was that if I am exercising strenuously every week then I should be losing weight. This assumption was obviously incorrect. After a lot of research the “magic” answer came to me. It is just a matter of simple math – the net result of calories consumed minus calories expended. You do not need to be a member of Weight Watchers in order to understand this. So I started counting calories (1800 calories a day works for me) and every since, along with exercising, I have been slimming down slowly but surely. Below is my weight chart.

* Consult your health care provider before engaging in

exercise and or a change of diet.

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Kool-Software/PicLens

Kool-Software/PicLens

There is a lot of great free software out there. These software programs enrich our computer work and play from the barely noticeable widget, to the ahhhhh-amazing gizmo, to the workhorse software program,

I learned about PicLens from watching a video on the Thirty Day Challenge. PicLens is a full screen 3D viewing experience for photos and videos. You really have to see it to believe it. It works with Google images, Yahoo images, Photobucket, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and more. PicLens is not a must have software tool. It is an ahhhhh-amazing gizmo. Give PicLens a try – it’s free, and we all need to experience the”ahhhhh-amazing” from time to time.

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Beginner Blogger Tip

Beginner Blogger Tip

I am new to blogging, so I learn as I go, learn and do, learn and do. Listed below is a process that I started doing lately. It was a natural evolution with finding an easier, less time-consuming way of doing something. To save time in putting tags in my blog posts, I have started to save tags for different topics. I write, organize, and save my tags in a text editor(you can also use a word processor). Then I copy a line of tags, paste them in the tag box, hit the add button, and repeat the process. It is simple, it works, and it saves time. Below is a snapshot of my tagging for this article – keep on blogging.

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Another Firefox Tip

Another Firefox Tip

I will put up with advertising to a point, but if I am distracted reading content because of advertising with “moving pictures” – enough is enough. There is a neat extension for the Firefox browser called Flashblock. It blocks the Flash player from loading unless you click on the play button. There have been over two million downloads of this Firefox add-on. Below are three snapshots of my computer screen. The area of interest is the “buy stocks” advertisement.

Below is a snapshot of my computer screen before installing Flashblock.

Next is a snapshot after installing Flashblock. All you can see now is the Flash icon in the ad box.

The last snapshot with Flashblock installed. When you move your mouse over the ad box the Flash icon will turn into a “play” icon. If you want to see the ad just click on the play icon.

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Firefox Browser Tip

Firefox Browser Tip

You might want to try this tip if you have, do, and do not want to do the following:

You have tons of plug-ins, widgets, do-dads, and what-nots on your Firefox browser.

You do load numerous windows and tabs during your creative binges.

You do not want to figure out why a page is not loading during a creative binge.

Install the Opera browser (an excellent browser in its own right) as your backup browser. When a page in your Firefox browser will not load, you copy the URL – like say https://jbuniverse.wordpress.com/ – and paste it in your Opera browser. Hit enter on that keyboard and keep them creative juices flowing. You can figure out later why the web page didn’t load. Just remember to not add plug-ins, widgets, do-dads, and what-nots on your Opera browser. Below is the link to Opera.

Opera web browser - download

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