Preparing for the Summer

Just went to see my bike at the storage, so that if there would have been something wrong, I would still have time to fix it before the season starts. I checked the tires, main traction pack voltage, plugged in the 12V battery (which I’m about to replace with a tiny 12V motorcycle lithium battery), and lighted everything up to see that everything still works. And so they did (no surprises there). The battery pack total voltage (83,4V) was just as it should be. So there should be no worries. I think I’ll just drive the pack near empty and check how well balanced the cells are, when I finally go get the bike. Looking good!

At the moment I’m still planning what to do with the intrument cluster. The old huge 1980’s “mickey mouse” speedo & tachometer will be replaced with a lot smaller and simpler instrumentation. I have now decided to use the Daytona speedometer and Cycle Analyst side by side and add couple of small led indicator lights for the beam, turn signals plus one red for the engine status (when the everything is turned on and the grip switch is in “ON” position). Should meet the requirements of the law. Also the headlight mounts will be replaced so that I can lower the headlight somewhat. Looks a bit goofy now (to my eyes).

The last few weeks I’ve been looking for good retro fairings that I could perhaps modify to cover the engine compartment, but it seems TGA and Airtech are pretty much the only choices. And the Airtech fairings would cost a fortune to ship to Finland. So I’m going ahead and try to do them myself. I have experience working with foam (finnfoam actually) that I can use to make the “plugs” that I will cast the fiberglass onto. But first I’ll try and make a proper cover for the top battery box (as you can see it’s still covered with a duct-taped rubber mat), before trying the more visible side fairings. We’ll see how that goes…

Motorcycle Expo

On Saturday I visited the motorcycle expo and oh boy there were nice bikes. I really liked some of the custom bikes. And I got to sit on Brammo Enertia (commuter) and Empulse TTX (race bike). But I like mine more. ;-)