If you’re looking for quilting, embroidery, cooking or gardening, I’m sorry. Not today 🙂
This is something completely different! Regular readers will know that the Husband and I have a large and beautiful touring motorbike called the Scarlett Thunderbolt (familiarly known as Miss Scarlett). Here she is, in all her glory, a Honda ST1300, also known as the Pan-European.
Recently, we fitted a towbar to her, to enable us to pull a small trailer. This will increase our travel range by letting us carry a tent and other camping equipment. It means Miss Scarlett will not be able to hustle her bustle quite so nimbly, but we’ve done a test run, and once we’re rolling, she really doesn’t seem to notice.
We looked around for a long time, hoping to find something both robust and compact. We found one, but… Well, see for yourself. Not only was the paint job seriously tasteless (yes, that is a bare backside at the back end of the trailer!), it was also badly applied and extensively dinged up. It wasn’t a hard decision to change all that.
I’ve been spending significant amounts of time wearing old work clothes and large red chemical-proof gloves and safety glasses. I’ve already gone through a litre and a half of corrosive gel paint stripper. There are three or four layers of paint on the trailer, and to get the best possible result, we’re taking it back to bare metal so we can treat the rust, fill and sand back to a decent flat finish. Man, is that paint hard to remove! There’s a lot to do still… We’ve got the back, the lid and one side stripped and sanded, with the other side and the front and draw bar still to go. The Husband has been off for 4 days, but is back at work tomorrow, so I’m on my own with this one. A couple of hours a day should see it done by the end of the week.
Once it’s bare and all the residue sanded off and the dings filled (if we can still be bothered by that time!), it’ll get a rust retarding undercoat. On top of that will go a red and charcoal paint job to match the bike, along with a matte silver swoosh on the side. We’ve had the red paint mixed specially to match Miss Scarlett. I’ve got a big job to do there with masking tape – I think I’ll have to make a paper template for the curve and work from that so I keep it smooth. We’re hoping to take the trailer away with us when we go up to Far North Queensland for a bit of a holiday in late October.
And the title of this post? Well, the bike’s the Scarlett Thunderbolt. What comes after a thunderbolt? Rolling Thunder, of course!