The seat pan went to the upholsterer and the tank went to the painter today. Both are thinking around 3 weeks. The triples and the frame were faster than estimated, so maybe these will miraculously happen sooner. Not betting on it. I’m trying hard to use local, independent vendors for this work, and have been pretty happy so far. Only the triples got sent off (and that too was a small independent).
I spent time tonight monkey-ing around with the electrics. I know that I want a sleeker, sucked-up battery and electrics box. Noodling about options. I have the control pods on the bike, throttle hooked up, and a few other little things (like a fully functional rear brake). I’m staring at the mass of wires at the front-end and am despairing about how ugly it is. I’m starting to get to know this picture all too well:
Here are some more pics of the bike in its current state:
Fun fact, with just a little drilling, I got the old ignition switch to fit right in the hole on the new triples:
I also am thinking about the rear fender. I haven’t even started thinking about a front. I’m thinking that I’m just going to hack-off the original fender to make it snug-up to the frame. See the red line here:
So the seat from Dime City arrived today. I was very stoked, until I set the seat pan on the bike and saw that the tail-light cut-out hits right on the cross-brace of the frame. No pics, but lots of whining. DCC will take the seat back, and now I’m thinking of just having someplace redo the old seat pan with a much slimmer profile.
I did get the exhaust on, the air box hooked up, the clutch and choke cables connected, and the coils/spark wires in. The cables (i.e. choke, clutch, and throttle) are way too long for the new front-end and they loop out ridiculously. Have to figure out a way to shorten them.
Between grandparents here and other things, I managed to sneak in a solid 7 hrs of work on the bike (thanks Jen!).
I did a bunch of cleaning-up of the motor on the floor. Not jewel-like, but good enough.
I got the motor back in with the same lay-it-on-the-right-side trick.
Then my neighbor came over and I used him to help me get the front and rear-ends put back together. Just for fun, I put the tank on. OMFG. That is a sweet looking machine. The front-end is a LOT lower than I was expecting, but it’s a lot closer to the stance I wanted out of it. It’s starting to look like a real bike. Of course, I had to take the tank off, because I have to sort through all the electrics, etc. Still lots to do, but looking pretty nice.
The triples arrived yesterday! I couldn’t help but pop them on the frame for a look-see. OMIGODOMIGODOMIGOD! So HAWT! I had to take them off to get the motor in, etc. but you can see some pics about how will shape up.
I did have to cut off the old top fork stop – they were blocking the top triple from sitting right.
I’ve been thinking about dashboards. The new front-end doesn’t have a normal mechanical speedo post. So, that left me with a few choices. I could use a Sigma cyclometer (they go to 199mph), but that would mean epoxy-ing the magnet onto the wheel and dealing with a pick-up. The other option that occurred to me was to use the old Tomtom GO630 I had lying around since I basically switched to using my iPhone as a GPS. It does speed, and would be easy to wire into the switched circuit. I also found out about Tripmaster – a plugin that gives you a large speedo read-out. Hehe. So, I started to mock-up a dashboard template that I’d use to cut out of AL sheet. Room for the little 2.5″ tach from DCC, and some little idiot lights, and the Tomtom. Thoughts?