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Old 11-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #211
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Alright, finally got some time today to work on the project.

First up is wiring. Wes Weber volunteered his time a couple weeks ago and helped me sort out wiring- as simple as this stuff is, I can never wrap my head around it.

Big plans:



Help from the family:



Let me be clear. When I say "helped me sort out" what I mean is "did the entire job himself except for heat shrinking a few connections". I interpreted my job as being to talk incessantly and distract him from his work. I did this job beautifully, and he did his in spite of me. Thanks, Wes!



We settled on 3 switchable circuits: Master Power, Lights, and Fans (which I wanted to be able to switch off in the event they ran more than I had juice to afford).

We got the wires going the right places, but didn't do any dressing that night, so that was the first thing up today. Dressing wires is something I'm good at, because the skills required are kindergarten craft level. So, today I spent a few hours putting shields on anywhere that could chafe, zip tying, taping, and soldering on a headlight connector.



It shouldn't have taken a few hours, but also included in there is running new fuel lines to replace the hardened originals, and sitting in a chair admiring the bike while on the phone.

The headlight connector brings me to the current debate. A rally fairing is a drawback in many places that I like to ride because of it's height and lack of fondness for trees, and I'd like to have a second option with a good frame mounted headlight (or headlights) and radiator protection, but no fairing. Here's my kindergardener with a crayon artist's rendition of the radiator protection:



But I don't know what headlight(s) to use. Part of me says Baja designs 8" racelight, but they are big. Part of me says 2 4" Fuegos, but they are expensive and I fear would look funny (which is a competely laughable concept on this bike, I admit). Ideas?

Here are some historical precedents:

Cyril Despres on his 690 rally sans fairing:



Chris Blais on his 2005 Baja 1000 solo bike (which was mostly 660 Rally as I understand it):



In the same real estate as the light(s), I need to mount an ICO, switches and a fuse block, the oil cooler, and maybe a GPS.

So now I'm a bit stuck on the best way to proceed.

Switching gears, I need to procure some stuff to move forward and thought I'd ask here if anyone had sitting around, and wanted to sell:
- A skidplate for a 525
- A sub-mount for a scotts or ohlins damper
- Racelights of whatever description
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:10 PM   #212
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Is the current damper set up borrowed from another bike?
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- A sub-mount for a scotts or ohlins damper
Inmate Cevquit has (I believe) the twin fuego setup on his 640, looks fine and works well.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:23 PM   #213
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....... thought I'd ask here if anyone had sitting around, and wanted to sell:


- A skidplate for a 525..........

Sure do ... I've got an aluminum skidplate ..... all yours .... free ... PM me your address.

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:04 PM   #214
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Is the current damper set up borrowed from another bike?
No, it's ghetto and bent and only accommodates one bar position (#2, where I prefer #3 in general). The damper is there to stay.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:04 PM   #215
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Sure do ...
Thanks! PM Sent.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:49 PM   #216
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Sure do ... I've got an aluminum skidplate ..... all yours .... free ... PM me your address.

EDIT:

Looks like this:



Awwww lookit the pretty candles.

Ain't that just :ymca





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Old 11-03-2008, 01:25 PM   #217
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Awwww lookit the pretty candles.

Ain't that just :ymca





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When I first saw that, I was thinking that it was some sort of ceremony to the KTM spirits....
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Old 11-03-2008, 01:29 PM   #218
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When I first saw that, I was thinking that it was some sort of ceremony to the KTM spirits....
What was it the Blues Brothers said?

Sweet goddess of acceleration, don't fail us now!

Or something like that. Its been awhile since I've seen the movie.



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Old 11-03-2008, 01:42 PM   #219
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That's East 100th Street by Bruce Davidson I see in the background is it not?
Nice.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:05 PM   #220
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So not to distract from the detailed analysis of G. Kennedy's table, but any comments on the fairing/ lights issue?
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:45 PM   #221
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hijack over?

Have you had a gander over here?:http://www.rallylights.com/SearchRes...?CategoryID=37
lots of lamps. And they're rally folk.(even if they're car biased)
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:48 PM   #222
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So not to distract from the detailed analysis of G. Kennedy's table, but any comments on the fairing/ lights issue?
Don't know about the fairing but the masses seem to prefer candles for lighting...



















sorry, Ned, please continue...


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That's East 100th Street by Bruce Davidson I see in the background is it not?
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:25 AM   #224
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How bout just a normal 525EXC setup for 'day' rides?

Seems silly to have a Rallye bike and not have a fairing on it.

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Old 11-04-2008, 09:19 AM   #225
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How bout just a normal 525EXC setup for 'day' rides?

Seems silly to have a Rallye bike and not have a fairing on it.
The point is that I need a light bike with lots of gas. I had, and will have again, finances permitting, a 530 excr with a 3.5 gallon tank. That's good for 120ish miles, which is not enough for some areas I like to explore.

If those places are wide open, I'll take my SE which is fitted with a fairing I made and a 2.2 gallon rally reartank (see my vendor thread). That's got a useful 200 mile range and the legs to gobble up miles.

But many of them are not wide open, they are gnarly singletrack, or they could be (you never know when you're exploring) so I need a bike capable of going tough places. The fairing detracts from that capability, no matter how cool it looks, but the tanks on this bike retain much better handling than any other 6 gallon variant of the 525 I've yet found... Hence the current line of reasoning, which in no way eliminates the possibility of refitting the fairing if it became appropriate.
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