a day’s work

I always had a problem with documenting my garage adventures. When I make pictures, I take it seriously, meaning I have to concentrate a lot. And when I’m in the middle of a havoc, running around with hammers like a tasmanian devil, it’s even harder to concentrate. But today I took the challenge. Here’s what happened:

First, if you’re wondering what’s that rubber string doing around my clutch leaver…

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This is how I roll man:

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Here I keep all the important electrics.

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So proud of itself.

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I didn’t check the manual, but I hope it’s suppose to look like that.

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Simplicity is the key.

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New light bracket, horn will probably go underneath it.

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The new classic look.

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I got the cheapest stand alone rollgas I could lay my hands on. I thought it’s so simple nobody can fuck this up.

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What a surprise, the cable was way to short to attach it to the carb. Had to do it the Mongolian way.

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Deciphering the spaghetti.

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Slowly getting a hang of it all.

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Every time I looked at all the cables and wiring diagrams in all my bikes I was wandering if it really has to be so complicated. This time I had an opportunity to check it. The plan was to get rid of the blinkers, move the ignition and light switches to the back, leaving only horn, starter and brake light switch on the handlebars. After a couple of hours of reading the diagram, cutting, soldering, more reading, cutting, blowing the main fuse, making a new wire fuse, more soldering and reading and cutting I finally made it! I got rid of all the connectors and unnecessary cables from the front and moved the switches and fuse box under the seat.

New control panel. From the top left: Hi/Lo beam switch, master lights switch, key hole and ignition switch.

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That’s my new key. I picked up the idea from Corpses From Hell MB blog I think.

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It doesn’t open the tank tho.

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I’m still waiting for the handlebars switches to arrive, so in the mean time I have no horn and have to hot wire it to start it up. Tomorrow I’ll replace the clutch cable and hit the dirt.

Honda FT500 – scramble continues

More shakedown action, more parts coming off and more ideas. I have to make the front plate smaller, it dominates the front and the bike’s look is not balanced well that way. I managed to replace the fork seals and instal rubber covers with a friend of mien. Earlier on we tried to fix a broken air bleed valve in the rear brake and  failed miserably ;) Ended up replacing the whole rear caliper from his FT500 and guess what, it still was braking all the time and was spongy. Only after we replaced the master cylinder it was working properly. Luckily he’s still in the middle of repairing the gearbox on his Honda so I can use his rear brake for a while.

 

Here are more pics from the little mx course, these are by my special lady.

 

 

 

I also went to visit a military training ground just north out of town. On the weekends it’s open to the public and it’s like a little off road heaven. Nothing like a good old tank trails full of mud. I got stuck in there because I was too afraid to go thru those big puddles in the beginning. Took me 20min to get out of this shit. Later I gained confidence and was able to cross over water, or get a little stuck and carry on. I learned that my front 110/90 19′ enduro tire is not very good on sand and mud. I can still go thru it but the front is dancing all over the place. It’s the effect of the compromise – I still want it to be sticking to the asphalt where I spend most of the time.

 

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I found this piece of street art between abandoned military buildings, it was like a hidden treasure or kind of easter egg.

Honda FT500 rumbler-scrambler-street-fucker-tracker-kinda-thing

Finally I have a bike! :) As for me it’s got to be the ugliest bike in the World. I mean check it out!

How shit faced on sake do you have to be to design something as hideous as this front light contraption!? It must have been The Year of a Drunken Goat at Honda or I don’t know what.

 

I sat on it 8hrs a day for a week before it looked decent enough to appear in public. I event got the Polish MOT cleared. I bought it from some guy which didn’t even have a license and was riding it round his village without the MOT for… 11 (eleven!) years. There were wires coming out of the rear tire, the brakes were… not there, the drive chain was hanging loose like a wizard sleeve, if you know what I mean. But it was running and it was only 400 EUR. Here are a few pics from a little trail ridin’ just 5min out of town where I live.

 

It used to say Honda somewhere down there.