For the last few weeks I've been ordering things that I'm going to need for the motorcycle and one of the first things that I ordered was a cover for the motorcycle called a "Dirt Bag" I know it sounds like something for a vacuum cleaner but according to my Internet research this cover one of the best ones out there. There's two main reasons for the cover, one is to protect the motorcycle from all the dirt that the back of the trailer sucks up as I'm driving down the road. The more important reason is to cover it up so you can't see what motorcycle it is, and that gives it a little bit of protection from theft.
Another thing I had to buy was 4 tie down straps. I used to have some tie down straps but I either sold them or gave them away when I was cleaning out my garage to get the house ready to sell. There again I did a lot of research on the Internet to find out which straps were the best because the damage that could be done by the motorcycle falling off the back of the trailer is way worse than having the bike fall over in the back of your pickup truck, so there could be no compromise on the tie down straps. I ended up buying these pro-taper straps, the write ups about them were excellent and when I got them in my hands they looked very well made and very strong.
Something else I ordered is a yard of upholstery material to cover my motorcycle seat in. Since I'm going to be slicing an inch or so off the top of my seat I figured I would just reupholster it in black carbon fiber design vinyl so the seat would match the rest of the bike when I start painting some parts black, which is another way to disguise the bike so it's hard to tell what it is and maybe cut down on the theft factor.
And speaking of theft I got the motorcycle added to my Geico auto policy and got some pretty good coverage for $180 a year which I thought was a real bargain.
Something I ordered that will make me more comfortable is 1 inch handlebar risers. As soon as I sat on the bike the first time I could feel that the handlebars were a little low especially if I'm standing on the pegs, but I think with the risers and cutting an inch off the seat that will make the handlebars more comfortable for me.
That's about all so far, I'm looking forward to the Yamaha coming out of the shop this Tuesday as that will be a major piece of the puzzle that I've been putting together this last month.