It's been over a week since we came back, but we went for family vacations to the beach, Manzanillo to be precise. Hideous town, fairly ok beach. Now, if your expectations of the beach comes from watching hip-hop videos on MTV you are in for an unpleasant surprise. The beautiful, slim, bikini clad women you expected to behold are nowhere to be seen. More like a bunch of noisy, un-educated kids and obese, land-whale like adults. Needless to say, the beach is not my thing. I'll tolerate it for a couple of days, but it's not my thing.
After that we went through Colima to Comala and on to the volcano (Volcán de Colima). Now that was more like it. We stopped by the gorgeous hacienda of Nogueras in Comala and then spent the night in a little cabin by a pond with a view of the volcano. It really was stunningly beautiful. Dense rainforest all the way from Comala to the volcano, with quiet cow farms here and there. Right up my alley, being a the redneck that I am. By the pond we ran into Erasmus, a professional "norteño" musician who gave us a hook and a bottle to fish. My catch below (hover over pictures for caption comments).
I've gone from 80/20 Wrenching/Riding to 80/20 Riding/Wrenching. Yesterday I changed the air filter to a slightly bigger one and it worked terrific. She runs so happily now that I decided to go for a ride up in the mountains. Guanajuato - Valenciana - Santa Rosa and back, stopping for coffee at the Café Tal of Paseo de la Presa. Again, she runs merrily and loves the curvy roads up in the mountain, blasting past trucks, cars and a whole motorcycle gang on big Harleys with just a slight twist of the wrist. Ulbator clad, of course, all the time. I'll be doing more of this.
I always fled electrical issues when working on cars, motorcycles - anything. Never really had the time or interest to get into the topic of vehicle electronics. But a few weeks back, the need to upgrade the wiring harness on my beloved thumper started to become very evident: a short to ground from one of the rear light cables, visible copper wires here and there, trouble shooting made difficult from incomprehensive wiring, sticky cables from numerous fixes with electrical tape, parasitic current drain when turned off, excessive voltage drop on startup, etc. There was no turning back, I needed a new harness.
I've stated a number of times how reliability and robustness are the noblest of engineering principles. For the new wiring harness, I would indeed use those as a guiding star. Which means that purchasing a new harness was out of the question. I needed to build one from scratch. And I'm too cheap and too much of a control freak to just leave it to a mechanic. So off I was to autozone and home depot for electrical components.
Reliability and robustness when building a wire harness are achieved following the same three main principles as when building a quality shirt:
With a new wiring harness in place, we could finally get some good miles in this weekend and test out the exhaust system properly. After confirming that the beer can gaskets were working properly, I was ready to wrap the pipes. Doesn't she look pretty?
Not for Pussies!