02-16-2010, 12:39 PM
T plus 16 months
Joined: Jul 2006
T-minus 4 months. Things are cranking along.
Things are cranking along. We've decided to put Jess's house in South park on the market (http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/reo/1602124150.html) and move into my house in Georgetown. The FAA is giving me all new windows, doors, & insulation as part of the Sound Insulation program. That construction starts Mar 1 so my tenants are moving out. Also found out that the mother-in-law is collapsing because of a rotting base so that's being repaired. Jacked back up, new foundaton, frame, etc. Seems this stuff never ends.
We've created a Facebook group page so people can keep track of us there. It's called The Big Trip & has a black & yellow world map so you can just search for it.
I've been doing some further mods to the bike in preparation. The gang got together a couple weeks ago & we installed progressive fork springs, fork brace, steel braided brake lines front & rear, rear brake cylinder guard, & an upgraded gear shift lever.
After much work I also installed a Phoenix fairing with twin HID lights from Britainnia Composites (http://www.britanniacomposites.com/phoenix.html). Here's the pics:
Bike stripped down & new wiring harness installed
The new harness
Me getting everything hooked up. You can also see the new fork brace.
Here's a close-up of the side. You can see where I had to cut off some of the original mounting bracket which I did not expect. Not as plug & play as advertised.
Hooking up the lights. This is where the problems began. While Jess & I were getting it in to place I popped one of the ground wires. Of course it took 2 days, 1 friend with a volt meter, and his pair of eyes before the he said "What's this wire?" I must have looked right at it 20 times.
Finally it's on and the lights work
The finished product with adjustable windscreen installed.
Getting ready to take it for a spin with my nephew's Flat Stanley. It works great and significantly less wind & noise with it on.
That's it for now. I've got to head out of town for a week to support the 747-8 Freighter flight testing. Back in time for Jess's parents to show up & help us move & get more stuff out of the house. Then clean like hell & hope the place sells soon.
Keep your fingers crossed & we may get out of here by June
JackL screwed with this post 02-16-2010 at 12:55 PM