Posts Tagged ‘plug’

For long distance off road riding, you need to be able to take care of yourself, your bike and your electronic equipment (phone, camera,…). And to be able to charge all those hi-tech gizmos on the bike you need some kind of a charging socket. There is a variety of things available on the market today, but I have decided to go with a standard waterproof 12V socket.

Once you decide what to use, it’s time to find a place to mount it on the bike. After looking around the bike for a while and testing/evaluating different positions, I have decided to cut a hole in the dash board.

Here is what I intended to use, a socket and a on/off switch. Unfortunately there was not enough room for both behind the headlight mask.
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Now the nerve wrecking part, cutting a hole in the dash… Luckily everything went great and I nailed it on the first try.
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Just enough room to tighten the nut up.
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Now all I needed to do is to strip the bike down and run the wires.
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Crimped on some connectors, plugged them on, and tidy the wires behind the mask. Make sure you put a fuse on the + side as cloese to the battery as possible.
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Now I have constant power at the socket, like I had on my KLE before. Here are before and after pictures
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Stay safe!

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To continue where I have left off in part 1. I have gone ahead and changed the brake fluid in the rear brakes. Doing brake fluid change is a lot easier if you have a spare set of hands to help on one side since master cylinder is on different side than the caliper.
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This bike will be for solo riding only, no passenger like on KLE, so I have removed the rear foot pegs. I have left the peg hangars in place as they are a good tie down point for luggage.
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Than I have decided to change a spark plug. But trying to get it out with my socket proved impossible. I needed a serious extension to get it undone.
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It was tight and rusted, probably still the OEM one from years back.
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I have seen a few occasions where people have lost their shifter levers. So I have drilled a 1,5 mm hole through the bolt head and safety wire it to the lever itself so it can not get lose and fall off.
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Next on the list was to tidy up the engine bay and get rid of all the non-essential crap in there. I have checked the engine over and saw that previous owner has removed SAS from the bike, which is great, less work for me. But the EPC was still there. You can find info on both system on the links provided.

So this is what you take off the bike. Note that the 90 degree pipe and the little filter have to go back on the bike. The EPC unit and the hoses on the right go to the shelf.
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I have tucked the small filter in behind the rear brake fluid cup. Fits nicely out of the way.
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Before…
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…after. It looks a lot cleaner now, still need to sort out all the disconnected wires and tie them somewhere safe.
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Than I have tackled those really old coolant pipes. I have ordered a set of orange pipes to replace the old black ones.
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I started removing and replacing those hoses one by one. It was quite hard to get some of those hoses off because of all the grime inside on the fittings.
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I have replaced all the hoses but one, which didn’t have a jubilee clip but some soft of permanently clamped metal strap and I didn’t want to mess with it.
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That is it for part 2. Stay tuned for part 3 where I hopefully finish the bike and take it for a spin.

Stay safe!