Come on baby light my wires…

This post revolves mainly around the much-needed electrical work that has been patiently awaiting my attention. Through the use of secret internet channels (ebay) I managed to procure a headlight, left control assembly (horn, lights, indicators), right control assembly (run switch, starter button), and a big fat wiring harness. I still need to find a throttle and master cylinder / break lever assembly. But that’s another story.

As you can see the headlight is killer. It looks about 1,000,000,000^10 times better than that weird street-fighter thing that was on there.

So I’ve been carefully (but violently) ripping all the old wiring out. The old harness was chopped up to bits. Most of the connectors were cut off near the front and there were random wires and whatnots connecting the various doodads that should never have made it onto this bike.

As I went I made note of where things go to speed up the process. I also had a wiring diagram found at http://bmwmotorcycletech.info/R65Schematic.htm which proved invaluable.

New harness installed and new controls connected.

So that’s it. Of course the process took a minute or two. There were some confusing moments. And I did manage to blow at least one fuse before the end of the day. But In the end I had a bike that 100% working lights, and an actual starter button… did I tell you what I was using to start it before? Push button with one wire clipped to the battery and the other clipped to the starter solenoid.


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Saturday, June 26th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

Electric Six…. five.

So today I spent a little time familiarizing myself with the electrical side of the bike. Unfortunately most of the wires in the harness have been cut.. And new wires run all will-nilly to various parts of the bike. Some of the cut wires I suspect are things like sensors, etc… Things I’ll want to track down.

Thinking about building a custom panel where the speedo and tach will go with a little light cluster. That’s IF I can track down all of the wires. I ripped out what the previous guy had done. I will be replacing them eventually. Started to think about getting the motor out of there so I can get the frame powder coated. That part seems a little daunting to me at the moment. Especially since I want the bike done as soon as possible so I can ride it. But I guess it must be done.

Also I did get rid of that silly headlight thing. If I had to pick 10 things I hate most in the world that headlight would have probably found it’s way on the list somewhere.

Airbox and battery removed. I’m going to try and relocate the battery. Seems like most people tend to throw them under the gearbox, but I was always under the impression that batteries weren’t really supposed to be on their side. Something about the liquid inside covering the lead plates completely? Maybe you don’t have this problem with a new battery. I will look into it. I like that big space.

Man I hate that headlight.

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 BMW Cafe Racer No Comments

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