Got the bike back on the road! Now to begin again.

Well, I finally have the bike back.
It’s working, according to the mechanic, only on three cylinders, but I have ridden it at proper motorway speeds. I feel like a different person, a weight has been lifted to some degree – now that what was wrong has, to some degree, been put right.
Plus, the sun was out when I went for a ride.

So now, it’s on to the next stage – the bike is really heavy and difficult to manoeuvre, so my idea of installing straight bars seems all the more relevant. I have bars and risers waiting, when the Acewell arrives and I have bought some brackets for the headlight, it’s all going on.

The Keys

I have also found someone to drill out the holes in the spacers I had made. They were the wrong diameter meaning that the bolts securing them to the sub frame and chassis wouldn’t fit. The bolts I was previously using were too long which made me believe I would need to remove the airbox, get dual pod filters and have to buy a jet kit and have it installed – all very expensive and time consuming. But I was wrong! Yet again. And I’m glad, as this simple thing will mean that I can progress with the ‘beta build’ far sooner than I had expected.

The ITV (MOT inspection) has been booked for the end of this month, let’s hope it passes, and shortly afterward, I intend beginning the mods to the bike as I will likely have all the parts ready to go.
Of course, there will be hiccups and relocating the coolant reservoir and electrical parts will probably cause some issues, but nothing too major, I shouldn’t imagine.

Of course, I really need to address the engine issue, but late ;)

On hold again, kind of

So, the idea of a ‘streetfighter build’ is not going forward at the moment.

I just don’t have the cash to take the necessary steps.

However, the bike is one step closer to being back on the road as I have re-registered it as road worthy with the government – the equivalent of taking it off SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice).
All that remains is to resolve a couple of things:

  • fix a leak from the water pump (going to buy a replacement O ring tomorrow),
  • I need to align the rear wheel and chain,
  • have forks inspected,
  • bleed front brakes,
  • re-fit a set of original clocks (yet to buy),
  • re-attach the stock speedo cable,
  • insure,
  • ride.

The Yamaha Majesty recently died for all intents and purposes; I was kidding myself thinking I could support two bikes TBH.

Of course I still want to put the R6 sub-frame on etc, but that will have to take a big ol’ back seat for the time being.

Here are some photos to be getting on with:


Fused power and JCE can

The Acewell speedo requires constant power so that the trip meter, ride time and clock are stored when the bike is powered off. I have the option of hacking into the existing harness and finding an appropriate wire, but I’d probably just damage it beyond repair, so I wanted to power it from the battery. Of course hooking up a direct line from the battery isn’t advisable without some form of protection – I have just that in the form of an inline, single fuse case as shown in the photo. At the moment, I have a 15A fuse in there – any suggestions for a more appropriate Ampege (?) would be welcome.


I also had an opportunity tol try on the aftermarket can which was the first accessory I bought for the bike so long ago. Unfortunately I’ve found out that the link pipe doesn’t fit – it places the can too close to the swingarm.




Tachometer on!

I have managed to successfully install the RPM reading on the Acewell.
Despite the two recommended methods that Acewell themselves supply in their instructions, advice on a forum post by user UTP216 of (who had previously setup an Acewell on a Suzuki) lead me to connect the stock wire from the harness to the tacho wire of the computer and, voila!:

For the record, it’s a Black with Red tracer wire on the clocks harness.

New Year, Old Bike

Well it’s been a while since the last update, well maybe not so long, but a lot has happened.

One major difference is that the bike is now in a parking garage and I have ridden it!

I’ll include some photographs with this post which should be descriptive in some fashion of the things I’ve been doing, but basically I have been concentrating on getting the Acewell connected to the stock wiring harness.
I have two more things to hook up correctly – the temperature sensor gauge and the oil pressure gauge. I can’t seem to get these to work, but I’m lucky that Craig at has been give me a lot of support via email. The other parts of the gauge seem to work very well; the speedo reads well the revs, although they are a little jumpy, are reading correctly, the indicator lights, High beam and the Neutral light work so I’m quite pleased with myself, also it looks great!

This video shows the setting mode menu; sadly there doesn’t seem to be a temperature mode for some reason, but Craig is on the case!

I attached the single headlight that I intend using in the future; I also added some LED strips to the inside of it to create an ‘Angel Eye’ effect:

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Lubing my clutch cable:

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My ‘workshop’:

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Chain on and Acewell wiring progress

Today (Friday 6th December) is a public holiday here – great, so I’m not able to work on the bike and the whole place closes like it was a Sunday. Thanks Barcelona.

However, in the rushed minutes I got to spend at the workshop recently, we managed to install the chain on the front sprocket (which had previously been forgotten about) and I have been busy tidying the wiring for the Acewell speedo.

Luckily, I cam across this thread on -
The poster ‘utp216′ has the same bike and an Acewell speedo and he explains a lot although strangely not which wires he combined with which (that I can see).
Nevertheless, I’ve taken his idea of using the solderless connectors and put them on the wires from both the Acewell and the stock connector; if it’s not right, I should be able to swap things around easily. Once I’m confident I have all the right connections, I’ll shorten the wires, use another set of solderless connectors, heatshrink them and then use some electrical wrapping on the whole thing.


Someone nearby is selling an electrical harness for a GSXR 750 W cheaply; so I’ll buy that and cut it down for the fighter build which will require some changes to the length of the harness (shortening) because of the relocated light and battery etc.

On Monday, the plan is to charge the battery and fire up the bike properly again, but as the spark plugs are probably a little old, I might change them for the others that were in the original engine depending on what Walter the mechanic thinks.

Tank On!

So, I got the tank onto the bike.

It was a bit tight I’ll admit and I will need to check that the tubes are still holding when I go back tomorrow evening, but it seems in place.
The rear fairing also slotted in nicely although it isn’t bolted on in case I need to make any final changes etc.

Although I don’t have a photo, the Acewell seemed to be hooked up correctly enough given my idea of using the stock connector; I didn’t actually start the engine, so I could only test a couple of the functions, but the indicator, hi beam (when using the passing switch) and neutral idiot lights and clock seem to work okay. When I, hopefully, start the bike properly tomorrow evening, I can test the backlight, tacho (cable), oil pressure, temp and gear shift warning light.
Then I’ll need to put the speedo cable in place.



Once all that’s done, I’ll bring the wires home and solder them together properly.