Monday, October 10, 2011
Turn, Turn, Turn.
Today, I spent a few hours in front of the lathe, whittling some miscellaneous items. I made two of these little "hats" to cover the swingarm pivot bolts. I have stainless socket head cap screws on order to replace the black oxide ones currently holding the flanged bearings in place. The removal of the handlebar switches left gaps between the grips and the levers, so I whipped up a simple spacer for the clutch (remember those? Real motorcycles have them.) side. The throttle side was a bit more complicated. I still want a kill button, so I made a split collar. I machined a little plastic button and ran a wire to it. A spring from a ball point pen completes the gizmo. I have wired in a relay for the ignition. Turn on the key switch and it sends power to the relay and, in turn, to the distributor. The handlebar button, when depressed. interrupts the ground to the relay and kills the ignition. Simple, huh?