Thursday, November 12, 2009

Almost go time!

So things have moved along nicely , ive got a new kick of enthusiasm and drive to get this project complete. The new parts ive bought are way better than i could have expected (buying things off the internet sometimes your not 100% sure).
Ive got a 2 inch stainless steel exhaust system that runs down by either bottom tube and stops at the motor alot like the stock headers but SS and bigger and hotter, ive got some plans for some wicked pipe to be added later but u will have to wait and see.
Electronic igniton is here and ive had my mikuni slide carbs for a while so im hoping all those parts will tie in and add some power and tuning ability.
I decided not to re use alot of the stock xs parts and went with new clutch lever and bracket and brake lever and master cylinder ( both matt black ) and alot cleaner than the chunky stockers, while i was at it i got stainless braided lines for the front brakes. Black faced white dial tacho and speedo will go up front , not sure on a bar mounting or puting it somewhere a little more different yet. I wont be using either of the standard switch assemblies on the drag bars, i found a simple throttle assembly for 7/8 bars.... (which was tricky) and some super cool red old school grips. Ignition switch and starter button will go down on my electric can under the seat headlight switch off/low/high will be drilled into the headlight itself. Horn and indicators will be on a custom mount on the clutch side of the bars.
I also picked up a new clutch and speedo cable as the old ones were a little tattered, the tacho is electric so the wiring wont be as obvious as a cable driven unit.
Just got my seat pan (bought from slice & dice) back from the auto trimmer which is 1inch foam with black leather.
Over the next couple of weekends me and my mate will be painting the frame, guards, tank and other odds and ends and then i will assemble the bike for the first time since i mocked it up. I'm freaking pumped to get a look at it all together and ready for wiring. Its been over a year to get to this point and im ready to ride this bike all summer.
Next post you will see everything ive talked about here, i'll put up some pics.

Wish me luck! Mat

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