Warm(er) weather has finally hit New England and I spent several hours detailing the Vision for its first god ride in 2011.
A fair amount of storage grime had settled on the bike as well as an abundance of fingerprints (mine) from winter fondling. During the winter I've been tinkering with the radio, speakers, and an old amp/eq I had lying around. I've been trying to get better quality sound from the stereo system. With the console off and speakers exposed, I was able to get some serious great sound out of the system with the eq hooked up. But, being that the eq runs on a common ground system, the radio didn't like it and would turn off its output after a certain amount of time. The Vision radio uses a floating ground system so I broke down and ordered a eq/amp which is currently in transit. I'll hopefully have a killer system in the next couple weeks.
In the interim, I put the bike back together, gave it a good washing, and started to meticulously use some 3M Imperial Hand glaze (polish) on the black bike. The clearcoat on the Vision seems rather soft and gets fine scratches easily. The glaze removes them pretty nicely and give it a great shine. I've used this product on all my vehicles with great results. On certain body panels that see lots of touching, fine spider scratches are inevitable. For that I use Glare Polish that removes about 95% of the fine spider scratches.
By the time I was done, the bike looked like a showpiece and I went for a ride around the area and received several "thumbs up" from others on the road. Time to start planning a big ride!