Hi Roger, I recently suffered some serious Windows8 and provider issues. Had to test my pc without antivirus so no posting, banking and ordering for a week of 5-6. Fortunately I could work on my project in the evenings and here it is now. Just need to get me some small hardware to mount the cables and wiring and final trim the loom t-wraps and such. I managed to get me the braking lines+hardware yesterday and starting to assemble the brake lines. Need to source the correct hose tail for the reservoir which is a pain.
Fortunately, the braided brake lines do not torque when turning the steering wheel which was a big concern for me but it works like a charm. However, I do fear thebrake pad alignment to the discs will be an issue later.
here a small compilation what I have been doing. Note the visible areas will appear to look very empty and clean (engine, shock area and front assembly) when the covers are on. I'm quite pleased
Wow Erik it is really coming along well! At this pace you will be on the road come early spring when the weather gets better. I played with the brake line routing for quite a while until I found one that had the flex I needed and still be neat. Just look at my earlier posts as I have the pictures that shows how I ran them. After 1500 miles it has worked out well.
You are a force to be reckoned with. While all our projects start out the same, they are equally different in assembly and layout. I believe the pictures you posted speak well of your build capability. It is also the time when your project starts taking on its own personality of design. Your color scheme and simplified design are your personal preference benchmarks, just as Edward and mine reflect what we wanted. In a few words, it really looks clean and uncluttered. Good job... keep posting.....
Hi both! It's great to see you like my progress in this project. Yes I try to build it with a minimalist point of view here tough the compression of the hardware in a confined area took quite some toughts for routing the cables and brake lines. It's not easy to make it look clean with a modified stock harness but I'm really happy how it turned out especially around the pivoting areas where the cables and lines work without any stress.
I finished the brake lines and throttle cable/pedal assy. I'm adding a many t-wraps and P-clips now to fix them to the chasis permanently so there will be no abrassive tendencys anywhere.
I'd like to note I put a lot of silicone grease into the ball link covers so they should be greased and maintenance free for a long time.
As Edward mentioned to me I 'll add an additionalbreather hole in the back cover for vapours to escape I have not a clear shape in mind yet but I may lean to the XO braces like the side of the chasis (the X with a hole in centre)
could you show me how you dealt with the engine breather hose? It used to be connected to the airbox which I had to trim quite a bit and I'm left with a hose with no routing now...
Erik: in reference to my breather hose.... I added an extension and routed it to my intake just after my air filter mount. What I did was install a 10 mm nipple just where my air filter mount ended and clamped the breather hose extension to it. I spliced the other end to the OEM hose. It seems to work OK and I have not gotten any F1 fault codes popping up on my gauges. I have a high flow conical shaped air filter and it is situated just behind the bulkhead. Are you using the stock/modified air box or an aftermarket one?
I asked Scott for some insight on the breather hose. He replied a hose and filter on top of the engine will do so no need for directing thehose to the intake to get her street legal. last weekend I managed to source Brembo hose for my reservoir and the pilar I needed for the master cilinder which makes and end to the hunt for the braking parts. Ordered new pads too so the braking system could be ready soon. From this point I can build up the front dash area however I struggled for a long time to source a useable windscreen because mine was Scotch Brited heavely. Finally I found a supplier with a similar screen as the original. Took me over a year to find one! www.euronetbike.net/is-sc2421.html
I do have a Givi screen here but it appeared it has some airflow correction shapes on it's surface which makes it very hard to trim off the top without making it look very poor.
I'll add some pics soon when I have more to show to you
I haven't been very busy lately, mainly because of the hunt for the brake line fittings and small hardware. Bumped into some unexpected issues as the engine breather filter and air filter which should be relocated to reduce noise. I'm still looking into a few options but haven't decided yet.
Still some minor fixings to make and waiting for my helper to get cured which had some surgery so no hurry here from my side. Enjoy the pics and I think they might be of use for future builders. br, Erik
Yeah I'm on the steep hill now The small things I have kept pushing forward all along need to solved now, but it is only a limmited number. One of the few remained issues is the windscreen. I have a Givi one but it's difficult shaped to shorten it by 50% so may need an other one. Still I think it may take a week or so to complete her when the brakes are working.
I'm not into tweaking when it's street legal. My tR1ke needed only an additional hand throttle lever and that's all it needed. 1st time 99,9% right
Erik Your build is starting to look like it is finished. It is that last little bit that drags out. You have done a very meticulous job. The bright colors were a good idea. It is very high visibility and no one can't say they didn't see you coming.
You commented about not needing an air scoop because of full air flow around the engine. That might be seasonally correct. I ran my trike without a scoop during the winter and spring but the temp was between 0 and 15 Celsius. As soon as the summer got here and the temps got around 25c, I started having overheating problems. I removed the engine bulkhead cover and the tank cover, but it really didn't help. As soon as I hit around 100 KPH, the temp got into the red zone. It seems having a full flow around the engine has a little cooling effect, but in my case it still overheated. So, don't toss out that air scoop just yet.
I am in the middle of redesigning my gauge cluster. I really want to use the OEM set, but not at the expense of it looking like it was installed with no thought or skill placed behind it. The 2008 and newer OEM gaugess are a very stylish, high tech piece of electronics. For that reason alone, I want to keep them as a part of my trike, so I am experimenting a bit with some designs on how to keep them and integrate them into a nice design.
I know you are looking for an OEM windscreen. What year(s) are you looking for. They come up here on ebay every so often for short money. I paid $75.00 US for a new one this summer and that included shipping as well. A lot of the US sellers ship to international addresses, so it couldn't hurt to look.
Well, I need another cup of coffee. It is Christmas eve and that means dinner with family and friends this evening. and We will be wrapping gifts and giving thanks for another wonder year. From my family to yours Erik, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.