Enjoying the ‘new’ rear tyre.
Good bit of editing here.
I tells ya!
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.
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 ;)
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,
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:
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.