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Ketchup Files - Gotta Gettit Done

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the Ketchup Files! These are for motorcycle experiences that took place a while ago but for one reason or another I didn't write up at the time. Procrastination most likely...

For those not in the know, I am the lucky owner of two motorcycles: an 87 Yamaha Virago 750 and a 97 Kawasaki Ninja 500 (what I call the "Jr. Ninja").

Bike Corral

Bike Corral

I've had the Virago nearly 10 years (wait... what?) and since I bought it with something under 25 000 kms and it is now pushing 95 000 - I could say I've had my money's worth out of it.

Road Trip 07-Virago

Road Trip 07-Virago

Virago 2011

Virago 2011

The Virago has been to Manitoulin Island, Tobermory a couple times,

Tobermory and Manitoulin

Tobermory and Manitoulin

Port Franks to the family trailer/cottage,

Port Franks

Port Franks

Friday the 13th in Port Dover,

Port Dover

Port Dover

Virago Pt Dover 2013_2

Virago Pt Dover 2013_2

(OK so that wasn't during Friday 13th THAT time)

Wellsboro PA

Wellsboro PA

Wellsboro PA

and the New Jersey Shore before it was a TV show.

Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove

Unfortunately most of the pictures have been lost to the sands of time otherwise referred to as: the crash of old hard drives.

Friends call me "hardcore" and I've been known to go riding in less-than-warm conditions when I simply have to get out. Unfortunately after some of these salty excursions, I didn't rinse the Virago off. Oops.

Sydenham Rd overlooking Dundas and Hamilton ON

Sydenham Rd overlooking Dundas and Hamilton ON

Virago spring ride Waterdown ON

Virago spring ride Waterdown ON

So I finally paid for it a couple seasons ago when a hole rusted through the exhaust. It was fun for a while - sounded kinda cool with almost straight pipes - but it gets old fast. After numerous attempts to patch, paste, screw, wrap - I had to bite the bullet and pick up a replacement exhaust/muffler.

I'm a mend-and-make-do kind of person, so it was off to the used-parts dealers first.

Fortunately there are a few bike recyclers that come within the radar on more or less a regular basis. I found a system at Sonic Cycle in London, ON (just pop in while en route to visit my son). http://soniccyclesalvage.info/homepage/

Yamaha Virago Exhaust

Yamaha Virago Exhaust

I started to loosen bolts and clamps on the bike but rust immediately got the better of me and, deciding that discretion was the better part of not making a bad problem worse, I'd let a pro have a go at this. I rang up one of the local shops. (St. Catharines Motorcycle Centre www.scmc.ca)

So I take the poor Virago in and in a couple days - because I believe mechanics are like miracle workers - "You rush a miracle worker, you get rotten miracles" so I give them lots of time - the phone goes: "You're gonna need a rear header too. I checked around and one from Yamaha is [some outrageous price] and will take a month to get." Now, I know I have another bike but for a bike that ISN'T a project bike to be up on blocks for that length of time... well I couldn't bear it.

"Let me check around..." I said and leaped on my browser - to the internets Batman! dah dah dah dah dudu daaah!

batman_logo

batman_logo

Headers I found online, on ebay and the like, in the US, which would entail a week of shipping, never mind duties (maybe) and customs inspections... time to call the recyclers.

NCK Cycle in Woodstock (http://www.nckcycle.com/) came through! For $35. Only catch, I need to pick it up and before 5:30 and it's 1.5 hour drive. Solution? Work through lunch, leave early, drive like mad.

home to NCK

home to NCK

Yamaha Virago rear header

Yamaha Virago rear header

So Shawn at St Cath Motorcycle Centre sounded rather surprised when I called him back to say I had the header. I dropped it off the next day and a couple days later she's all done. Purring like a drunk tiger. (well you would too with nearly 100kms on you.)

I must say I was quite impressed with myself. The things we do for our bikes!

Cheers!

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