I did a little more digging into the requirement(s) from Massachusetts to get a kit vehicle on the road. I was able to contact a person from the Motorist Assistance Center or MAC. He made a few calls and phoned me back. Here is what I must do to get it legally on the highway. 1. Go or the Registry of motor vehicles and request a documents inspection by the Massachusetts State Trooper inspection station, the fee is $50.00. 2. Bring all documents titles, bills of sale, receipts, VIN numbers, and the Certificate of Origin along with the COMPLETED kit to the state inspection center in my region. It must be 100% complete and painted. The State Trooper will access your documents for accuracy and insure the used parts are legally purchased, and the kit has the packing list, as well as legal documents. If all is in order he will issue a VIN to the kit and provide you with the documents to have the vehicle roadworthy inspection scheduled. 3. I must contact the RMV in Quincy Massachusetts to schedule the safety inspection to determine if the vehicle is roadworthy. If it passes, the state inspector will provide documentation for me to take to my insurance company (along with the rest of the documents) and purchase insurance. The insurance company will fill out an RMV-1 form with the vehicle's official VIN and designation. I return to my local registry with all paperwork and submit it for my Title, Registration, and number plate. 4. (it isn't over yet). Once I finish with the RMV, I have 7 days to get it inspected (again) to satisfy the states requirement for the annual safety inspection. That's it!!,
I did learn one thing about the inspection process. The emissions on the bike are not tested. The requirement has been waived even though new motorcycles have 02 sensors and EGR systems. This is good news for me and makes the building process a lot easier. I even have the approval to remove the throttle body and install a carburetor if I decide to go that way... My decision to retain the original fuel system along with the air box has already been made. It is the best combination of efficiency and power, so my plans will be to keep it stock.
That's it, I go to the powder coaters today with my wheels. They should be ready in a couple of days. Before and after pictures will be posted. Oh, I scored a very NICE OEM Burgman 400 plexi wind screen. It was a pull because the owner installed a taller unit. Got it for $40.00. My dash and gauge cluster is complete now!!!
I did a little measuring and found the 2007 and later front calipers are not the same as the 2006 and older. It appears the newer Burgman AN400 calipers are nearly the same (or actually are the same) as the AN650 calipers. I ordered a pair of older calipers and I am in the process of cleaning them up and will coat them Yellow.
My wheels are still at Nationwide powder coaters in Lawrence Massachusetts. They are reasonably inexpensive and hopefully they will turn out a professional grade product. I will post the results and pictures. They were well recommended and I have every confidence they will do a great job.
Jimmy You must be clairvoyant. I was wondering about that myself. I will however, weld a couple of well placed tie-down loops, or hooks on the underside, right next to the cup holder and beverage cooler located at the mini bar LOL. MAYBE one small ring could be installed if there is room. Thanks for the information, you may have saved me some expensive repair work somewhere down the road.
I got the wheels back from the powder coating company. They did a decent job of them. I installed the rotors and polished the attach bolts. I have put things on a hold for now. I am heading down South to Georgia on Friday to attend my Daughters Wedding. I plan to make a holiday of it and enjoy the warmth of the southern weather. It has been a cold winter and a cold spring. The Mercury needs to rise in my body's thermometer a little.
Erik, I settled on a nice bright shade of Dirt Magnet Yellow (LOL) for the rotors. I polished and sealed the attach bolts and they will look decent when attached to that deep purple frame and against the metallic silver wheels. I already have the new Bridgestones mounted and will install the new All Balls bearings and seals when I return. I will balance them at that time as well. I figure if I build something this neat, I should at least keep it clean. I thought about black as a color for the calipers and even red, but since the GRP panels are yellow, I would go for it and deal with the brake dust devil as needed.
There is plenty to keep me busy between now and when my kit arrives., I appreciate all the new territory Jimmy and Edward are blazing and I am hoping for an early delivery, but will be content with the time frame as is. I have been long since needing (wanting) a machinist bench lathe. I found a very decent South Bend 9" at a tool consignment store. It needs the flat belt replaced and a replacement locking pinch bolt for the center on the tail stock, but those items are short money. The gears and bearings are good, it comes with a 4 inch 4 jaw chuck and the bit post. No quick change gears, but that may come later. The lead screw is in good order as is the apron and carriage assembly. It will come in handy for the milling on the axle and other work I need to do.
It is getting very close to getting my Eco-Exo-R. I have been in constant contact with Ed Van Belkom. We have been kicking around everything from aerodynamics to home renovation, and yes, Eco-Exo stuff as well. I should be hearing from Kevin Patrick with the final shipping details along with the bill as well. I am hopeful for a smooth delivery and smoother build once it arrives. From the last email I received from Scott, somwhere toward the 10th of June it will be ready to send. It is time to build my elevated platform and dust down the shop.
Okay, the email arrived the other day from Scott. My kit is all shrink wrapped and awaiting the final payment. It is all up to Kevin to do the paperwork and get the final payment wired to Scott at Eco-Exo. I am not sure how long it will be in transit but it cannot arrive soon enough. I had enough time to clean my shop and get things ready for the building process. Once I shelve all the parts and get the frame on the platform, I can officially start.
I went to the airport yesterday and picked up my ECO-EXO R kit. I paid $9.00 Processing fee for customs, but other than that it was duty free. I had to pay $50.00 to Delta Cargo for "FEES". I brought it home in the back of my Honda Ridgeline with room to spare. All and all, it was pretty painless to pick it up. The worse part was the parking and traffic. I hit the Massachusetts Turnpike at 4:00 just in time for the PM Commute. Pictures to follow, and "THE FUN BEGINS"
If you are reading this, my donor bike is a 2008 Suzuki Burgman 400. I will be posting pictures of the problems and the modifications required to match up the equipment on the 2008 to the Frame..
[ Warren is the "Engineer" for Exomotive. The shop is small, but well utilized with every inch of space accounted for. When I visited, they were in the middle of a "Build". They still took time to discuss their business and address some of the details I had concerns about when I receive my ECO-EXO kit.
Good Group of guys there!!!!
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2013 18:51:05 GMT by roger32849