It’s amazing how little time I actually end up having on the weekends. I figured that this Saturday I’d have lunch with my folks and then spend the rest of the day at the garage working on my moto. Well, that’s how it went, but “the rest of the day” started at 4 o’clock so it’s hard to get all that much done before I had somewhere to be. Just the same, I got in there and got a few things a little closer to crossed off the list.
It wasn’t super cold out, but it was still pretty cold in the garage – our heaters really aren’t strong enough but at this point in the winter I think it’d be a waste to buy one… The only real advantage of a cold garage is that the beer we leave there is always ice cold.
My folks were nice enough to stop off at Ready Honda Powerhouse and pick up some new handlebar clamps I’d ordered a while ago. I’m so glad that Honda continues to make things like this for these bikes and that they used standard fittings for so many bikes of that vintage so I could play with different options in that area without too much trouble.
I’m going to have to go back in with a torque wrench but at least I’ve got the crank case covers back on – I figured out which bolts go where (I think) and managed to put everything back the way it was, but better… Hopefully.
Also while my folks were down, we went over to Active Surplus and I loaded up on Heat Shrink in a variety of sizes which will help me clean up all that electrical running into the headlight bucket.
Just slide it over the offending wires…
Hit it with a heat gun.
Et voila! Snug as a bug in a rug.
There were a bunch connections that needed to be re-done.
I’ve had to do so many of these in the last year – I haven’t timed myself but I’d wager to say I’m the fastest crimper in my crew. Fastest crumper, too.
So, once everything was tidied up I set back to the task of reconnecting everything using these.
Let there be light!
I didn’t finish rigging up the high beam, neutral, oil or signal notification lights because they’re going to be a little bit trickier – not super hard, I just need to take my time matching up the non stock colour codes of the new tach & speedo with the stock colour codes from the wiring harness. Either way, it was cool to see the new tach & speedo closer to how they’ll actually look… Only bummer – red backlight on the speedo, white backlight on the tach… I might need to change that.
Oh yeah, one more bummer… At some point since it’s been off I guess my headlamp got broken so I guess I’ll have to order a new one tomorrow. Not that I think there are a bunch of motorbike dudes/gals reading buuuuut does anyone know why I might want to convert my headlamp to a halogen setup? I don’t really know much about them…
While I was in there, Aner & Alex came in to do a little work on her Alex’s bike – mostly just replace those giant stock turn signals with something a little bit more discreet.
Lookin’ slick, Alex!
Little better, yeah?