Plastic Surgery

I have been working my tail off being a Domestic Goddess. Cleaning the spaces in between and repairing stuff that had been items on my longish To-Do List for eternity, or at least as long as I’ve owned an iPad. The house hasn’t looked this nice in forever. As a matter of fact, you haven’t been able to eat off of my floors since roughly the end of September 2008, when I first started learning to ride motorcycles. You can now, if you’d want to. The cats won’t mind as long as you stay out of the catnip and leave their dish alone. 😉

I should feel a sense of accomplishment, but the lingering thought of not doing enough keeps nipping at my happiness. What the hell? The Slow One keeps telling me that I’m too hard on myself (he has a small point there), but I think the feeling stems more from my To Do List (Race Flavored) getting longer and longer and I keep researching, learning, and it seems at times I’m making little to no progress. It’s downright depressing. The business (read: financial) end of things is overwhelming to me. Just looking at the numbers is cause for distraction.

Case in point: The bellypan.

Ilmberger Carbon Fiber Bellypan

Ilmberger Bike Part Pr0n: This thing is absolutely gorgeous and works with the OEM uppers and with a little careful trimming in the appropriate places works with the stock exhaust. Engineering Porn at its finest. Jawohl!

WERA requires a bellypan that is capable of holding five quarts of liquid. The S1000RR’s lowers are a joke, albeit a good looking one. There’s more air than plastic under there. I’ve thought about fabricating something myself to plug up all those holes and use the existing bodywork as a cradle for my fluid-retaining creation, but I’m not sure that would pass Tech, but it might still bear looking into a little further, if I can find the proper materials to make it work.

The only bellypan that also works with the stock exhaust and stock uppers (that I can find) is made by Ilmberger Carbonparts in Germany and it costs around $530. I could get it a little cheaper if I dealt with Ilmberger directly, who — by the way are awesomely helpful and friendly folks; but making Papa ship that stuff to me is a little rude, since S&H would be free by the way of sponsorship by the First Bank of Dad. Then there is risking getting customs to take a closer look, which in all my years only happened once, but still… Easier, not to mention faster, just to pony up the dough and get it from their distributor here in the States, which will set me back $690.

Hotbodies Race Bodywork

The S1000RR dressed in a full set of unpainted but primed, undrilled Hotbodies race bodywork. I WANT!

A full set of race fairings costs $5 more, if I get them from Hotbodies Racing, and those people must have forgotten to update their website since they still have their Black Friday Sale active. Buy one set of race fairings get one set free. WTF?!? No way, right? It still works, I tried it in their cart, made it all the way to the payment method page. This would be a killer deal. I would have a spare set for when I wreck myself (yeah, it’s when not if, I’m a realist… I just hope it doesn’t happen too soon). Then I’d just rattle can spray paint those puppies, slap my homemade vinyl decals on (more on that later), apply my sponsor stickers and I’m off to the races. Literally.

Where to get that kind of money before they find their mistake and correct it?!? What did I say about luck? Yeah, if I had normal luck, I’d have enough cash to click that order button in a hurry; but I don’t. I have probably about $700 worth of Hayabusa parts (Gilles Tooling rearsets in black anyone?) and miscellaneous other junk laying around that I could unload on eBay or Craigslist. But that takes time. I should have done that a long time ago, but I’ve been too lazy. I just hate dealing with listing stuff on eBay. I guess I’m too perfectionistic in my listings and it takes me forever just to get one item up, but so far I’ve never had a problem out of any douches saying they didn’t get exactly what they ordered, so I’m not changing the behavior.

And these are the trials and tribulations of a wannabe novice female knee dragger with sponsors who are equally broke and just trade off advertising between each other. Yeah, that’s racing (on a “What color is money again?” budget).

And this brings me back to the feeling of being overwhelmed with all this stuff. I think it’s mostly emotional in nature with a side of impatience thrown in. But the more I do my research and learn what I must, the more apprehensive I become. The more I feel I’m totally off my rocker and grossly irresponsible with my personal finances for even entertaining the notion of such an outlandish, no-monetary-gains undertaking. But it’ll be so much fun!!! And what is money anyway? Fun Tickets.

As far as that is concerned, this has got to be the worst business plan ever. Any VCs (venture capitalists) out there wanna unload some dough to ease the tax burden for next year? I’m spunky, look good in tight leather and have a cute ass of just the right proportions. My number is (706) 9…

Maybe I should look into incorporating Team PLD Racing, so Mr. Slow can use it as a total loss write-off next year when tax season is upon us like the Sweats on a church rat. The camera body (Canon 1D Mark II, is it?) that he’s been lusting after with drooling desire would end up a tax deduction on the accountant’s ledger. *cracks up laughing*

Well, hell… I might be onto something here… I need to make a phone call.

3 Comments on “Plastic Surgery”

  1. Dandooligan says:

    The more you learn the greater your frame of reference becomes, and the bigger the problems seem because everything starts to fit together and makes sense… Go with the bodywork if indeed the deal is still good, even if it means more work on your part to convert the bike between track trim and street trim. You’ll be out less money if/when you go down.

    And if you don’t have the money, put it on a credit card, and get going on selling those parts on ebay. Sure, I understand, ebay is a pain. I have a whole stack of stuff that needs to be sold, and I don’t want to deal with it either, but I know, had I not done it in the past, I wouldn’t have been able to jump on the deal for the new head my bike needs.

    You’re not doing enough? I think once you start thinking that, you’re doing enough. Having enough time to do everything you want to do, that’s a different question. So the real question is, what’s going to get cut out to make time for the things you want to do? Where’s the balance between obligations and obsessions? I have no idea, but what I do know, is that it’s a life long struggle to find the balance, and it what we have to do to achieve those few blissful moments on the track… 😀

    Best of luck, keep your chin up. Your living the dream!

    • MissBusa says:

      I thought about the credit card thing, but that just gets me into more trouble later on. I know myself. I best keep the thing locked up and forget I even have it.

      What really sucks is not knowing if I’m learning the right stuff or learning it the right way or forming habits that will hurt me later on when I actually do get fast (and I will, staying slow is not an option hehehehe). But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I haven’t met anyone in person yet who takes riding as seriously as I do. Not riding itself, but rather the improvement of one’s skill set. Most people around here are part-time or full-time squids, I can’t do nothing with that. I won’t ride with them either. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if I had some personal handholding maybe I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed. Mr. Slow has no interest in the kind of riding I’m into, so he is of no help academically. He’s already told me that I’m leaps and bounds ahead of him and half the time he doesn’t even know what the heck I’m going on about. LOL He does support me though. I am glad for that! And he’s giving up a whole lot of his dream to be part of mine. “This is a team operation. I can push a shutter button just as well when I’m 70, you won’t be able to live your dream then. So, you go first and I’m next.”

      Impatience, insecurity, not the resources available to do exactly what I want when I want to do it. Those are my issues. I, however, plug along, because my obligations are the substrate my obsession relies upon. Sometimes, my head just gets mired with stuff that life throws at us in pretty regular intervals.

      I have already given up all of my other hobbies, and I don’t miss them one bit. I didn’t even realize I had given them up until it was way too late and past the point of no return. I just wanna ride. Fast. Hard. Smooth. Everything else is irrelevant. I’m chasing my Dragon on an S1000RR. I do believe a drug habit would be more cost effective. =D

      My time management could use an upgrade though. I screw off too much. But I enjoy screwing off. LOL But I do feel guilty about it at times. “I should rather be working on my bike, reading this book, practicing that, blah… blah…” I shouldn’t be writing this long-winded and totally unnecessary reply. A simple, no-can do, I have considered it. Thanks for your encouragement would have sufficed. 🙂 I really do mean that.

  2. Strega_Rossa says:

    I’m with Dan, go for the race setup and put it on the plastic. You’ve been pulling double triple etc etc shifts at work so you should have a bit of spare cash. Then sell the dog-gone busa parts. We are all slow on ebay listings (just ask my husband) so get on the sticitor get someone to do it for you.

    Either way good luck!

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