The Harley has a lot of chrome, the previous owners liked chrome and skulls. The Harley spent five years (five winters) in Istanbul. Istanbul winters are not good for chrome. When we got it, the chrome was quite scarred and corroded in places. Purely cosmetic but we are now addressing this…
A friend told us of workshops on the Sanayi in Izmir who can re-chrome things. So, early this week, Ashley took the heat shields off his exhaust and , on Wednesday, we took them to Izmir. We had fun getting into the Metro carrying cylindrical metal objects in a plastic bag but the security man was reassured when he was shown the corroded pipes.
Off to Stadyum (three stops on the Metro) where we met up with our friend who drove us to the workshop in question…
Well they do stainless steel (very good stainless steel) but they have a man who does chrome for them. He was phoned, he came over, he went off with the heat shields. We went out for lunch with our friends then looked at one of their bikes then, as they had a complex set of riding bikes to one place and driving people to another place to do, so we took ourselves off to Ikea. Where we bought some bits and pieces we’d been promising ourselves for ages. Then home on the bus.
On Thursday we went back to Izmir to pick up the re-chromed parts. Only they weren’t ready. We waited half an hour, then we found out there had been a problem with the machine. We were told they would be ready at six, probably, but definitely on Friday. This is Turkey so, probably at six is best taken with a pinch of salt. It was frustrating but everyone was very sweet. We went and bought some sewing machine oil and a large piece of swordfish then came home on the train. The swordfish was delicious and excellent value.
On Friday we went back to Izmir. We picked up the parts. They are very, very shiny! We drank tea. We went to Kemeraltı where we managed to find the fabric shops Hilary went to with the Craft Club. Hilary bought stuff. We had coffee and kebab. We came home on the train
So, three days back and forth to Izmir. It began to feel a bit like commuting, but at least there was not that work thing at the other end of the commute. Thursday was quite frustrating (apart from the swordfish) but the rest of it was great!
The chrome comes with a two year guarantee, and the workmanship is excellent. It will probably last a lot longer away from the ice, snow and grit of Istanbul. Today Ashley put it back on the bike. Looks really good.