Spent today working on fitting the seat and the bag underneath it. It took a lot of effort, but the end result looks really good. I used a couple of worn out brackets, the kind you'd use to make a shelf, for support to make sure the saddle won't break in half (wood core, remember?) and made a simple arm out of some left over sheet metal. The arm allows me to lift the saddle as you would the hood of a car after just removing two bolts. Makes for easy access to battery / wiring and carb.
I didn't take her out for a ride this weekend. I'm waiting for that exhaust wrap still before I make the final assembly of the exhaust system. According to the online tracker, the package has been sitting in Mexico City for almost two weeks... I am really looking forward to getting her back on the road though.
Future projects will likely include:
- Cutting her tail. She's got a big behind.
- Rewiring everything. Current wiring is a mess and it looks as if only half of the wires and connectors are being used. And a lot of them look as if they'd fall apart any minute. I'd look into a simpler way of wiring. Only the essentials. And thicker wires. You know how we feel about reliability.
- New handlebars. And mirrors, current ones are hideous. New turn lights of modification of current ones.
- New, meaner wheels. She looks as if she wants knobbly dual purpose wheels.
- New paint. I'm thinking grey.
But she is getting there. Starting to look dirt road back street worthy.
Apart from motorcycle mechanics, we've been working on a big order for ulbator. So no time for life. My new babe will also have a saying in a future ulbator project so her appearing here is not at all out of place.
We really want to encourage all of our readers taking up motorcycling and motorcycle maintenance and mechanics as a hobby. So far, I've been wrenching more than I've been riding but it is a lot more fun than working on a car. And a lot easier. Furthermore, it makes for a nice setting for a few beers and a couple of cigarettes. And it provides something to do while plowing through hours of country rock and hair metal. Oh, and your ol' lady won't like it so she'll leave you alone. No nagging from them womenfolk while you're out there.