My Old Friend: Part 9 – The Rebirth of an XT
Well back from another weekend. I didn’t do a whole lot this weekend, so this update is rather short, and mainly just a bunch of babble and a picture or two.
I got that rear wheel trued. I ended up buying a static balancing stand and a nice dial indicator set, and went at it.
I got the shoes on the wheels. I learned that Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes are a pain in the ass, and will stick to just standard heavy duty from here on out.
I got the Carb in the bike
I got the wire harness (Unfinished) ran throughout the bike to kinda place things.
I got the exhaust on the bike. I am glad I took the time to sandblast and paint it up. It looks really sharp on the bike.
The front fender went on. Yay!
I didn’t start it up. I actually could have though, considering I had all of the pieces in place. I just don’t want to until I have more of it done.
Other than that, I’m at the point where I need to finish up the wire harness and plan the new relays/fuse box I’m going to use for it. I also need to wait for my Trailtech Vapor to come in so I can not only get the wiring setup for it, but as well as design the new Headlight/Dash mounts.
The major work left is fabrication, and painting.
I decided to say goodbye to the handlebars I bought. They are 1 1/8 fat bars, and I just don’t feel like making special mounts for my hand guards and the windscreen. So I’m saying screw it and going with standard 7/8 bars.
So I’ll just throw the bars with the adapters up on our local forum I belong to in this area for like 40 to 50 bucks. Hell the adapter/risers are I think 60 bucks MSRP. So yah, decent deal with the bars and risers I think. Someone will want them for a project, I’m sure.
So now I’ve been looking at what bars I want to go with, I can go with some high bars, some flat bars, I don’t know wth I want right now. I do like the overall “look” and feel of the fatbars I bought, which is why I bought them in the first place.
I sat and looked at the bike where that Nub goes. After much thinking, I’m going to build a Center Stand for it. So It will be a kickstand less XT when It’s all done. I just don’t want to hassle with that nub right now. When it gets a little more paint chipped off in places, then I’ll punch a new one in and wield it in the back maybe.
So I started to get mental images for how I was going to do the Center Stand. Have an idea that I penciled out. Uses the stock stiff spring that the kickstand uses. I think I have a design that utilizes the proper fulcrum and pivot point for it to work properly, without really reducing a whole lot of ground clearance. I have a feeling it will be a long trial and error process.
Already penciled out the new headlight mount/dash. Penciled out the Indicator mounts. I am utilizing the new Yamaha style indicators. They can be completely changed out in less than 30 seconds. So they are quick and easy. And with them being used on Sport Bikes, you see them for sale in local classifieds/forums/ebay all the time for dirt cheap. I had 2 sets of my own, so that’s why I got the idea of using them.
penciled out the design for the rear rack.
So this weekend was spent mainly taking measurements, laying down on the floor staring at everything, and letting the gears in my head turn freely to see what they come up with.
Here are a couple pictures of the current state of the bike.
Well it looks like I wrote a bit more than I was planning on, but then again, I did warn you that it was a lot of babble.
Until Next Time!
Any man who believes he controls the machine is in a state of denial that can only be accompanied by his obsession of power over things he can not yet understand. The heart of the machine has the power to take control of our mortal self, with our adrenaline infused hearts pumping in complete rhythm to the stroke of the motor, our minds linked at the wheel sensing every inch of the ground below us, and our souls melded into a single entity that cries into the open night sky, begging for it to never end. Any man, who believes he controls the motorcycle, tossing aside all respect for the mechanical being in which sits before him, will most likely die for his mistake. — Michael E. McLane, While Pondering What to Write