Pending Backrest Cleanup

On my quest to rid my ride of rust I found the contaminants on the backrest mounts to be unacceptable. Take a look:

Sure it is not bad, but then again, it isn’t good, either.
I did replace all of the rusty bolts, however, the powdercoating seems to be eaten away and what is left remaining is a layer of rust.
Current investigating technical remediation for this that involve sandblasting and powdercoating.

Trickle Charging

Due to scheduling difficulties (project deadlines, semester endings, family homecomings), I put off hooking up my battery to a trickle charger (which I’d yet to purchase). After letting her sit around in the teens and single-digits (in a garage) for the last month or so I was pleasantly surprised to find that my buddy had a charger to loan me, space to leave it in his basement, and finally that the battery only needed about 2m of charging for the charger to give it the thumbs up. Awesome!

Battery drain hose location

While installing the power hookup for the Gerbings coat I managed to dislodge the battery drain hose by lifting up the battery (because I wanted to look at it).
Brooke explained that:

The battery vent/drain hose attaches on the right side (as you sit on the bike) and should go to the same place the gas tank filler neck drain hose and the fuel sender drain hose go to. There’s a bracket down near the right foot peg back in somewhere between/near the swing arm and frame. It should be easy to see with the right side panel off the bike.

He was right. Took off the one-screwed-on side panel and the bracket is right there along with the two other tubes. The drain now faces where it should… the ground.
(via C.O.G.)

Seat cleaning advice

Never clean your seat with Armor All; you will slip around all over on your seat.
I spent 5 hours experiencing this, and after 3 hours (ridden away from home of course) it started getting painful.
The guys on concourstech suggested 303 or F21 instead.