I have been collecting videos of my progress while doing my own electrical work on Young Fred. Young Fred is the bike that is going to take me around the world. He is a 20105 Yamaha XT250. So far I've added Denali LED lights, replaced the front fender with a Yamaha YZ250 , PDM60 to help me connect all wiring without using the little fuse that comes with each component, a 10 volt connector, replaced the handlebars with stronger ones and connected my GPS. The videos below share the wiring cleanup job.
Success, I did it!!! Installed a set of Denali DM Single Intensity LED lights by myself. Purchased the offset mount and that was the hardest to do. They provide every possible bolt available to human kind, except the one that fits on their own bracket. Not sure how that works for them, but I got it done with spare bolts from older motorcycle projects. However, Denali does a fantastic job with the high quality of the wires and large schematic helping with the installation.
My attempt to install emergency blinkers on my Yamaha XT250 turned out to be a tremendous challenge. My mind could not wrap itself around the many cables required for the installation. The local Yamaha service shop suggested using a Custom Dynamics 4-Way Hazard Kit. I started my day early and after studying, watching videos, reading on how to do it, the overwhelming task became obvious that I need help for this installation. I've been seeking someone that will guide me through the electrical procedure so that I can learn how to fix it during my world tour if something were to go wrong. Or, if I had to replace it again or the blinker relay.
I received an email from my dear friend Bob the other day sharing a magazine for Women Adventure Riders called Traction Erag. I was intrigued, read some of the articles posted by the women and decided to send them an email to see if I could post an article. Lo and behold, they responded very interested in my story. I was ecstatic. The editor named Dallas sent me their requirements, super nice guy and wonderful attitude, very inspiring. He asked if I could submit an article answering these questions versus the topic I suggested.
I pondered at the questions. Spent a few days excited about the opportunity to share my story in such a wonderful magazine. Sat down and drew up my little chart as I was taught many moons ago in high school.
My incredible wonderful dear friend Pat from 2RideTheGlobe shared these tips with me. The instructions are for a Yamaha XT250. As of writing this blog post (March 10, 2016) the bike has only 200 miles. Everything should be clean. This procedure will be performed at the end of the summer once I complete the Labrador Highway ride. Until then, I will keep it posted here as a training reminder and/or help anyone else that can benefit from his work.
Young Fred is getting a ton of love. Below are more videos of my progress. Wonderful work while I learn how to upgrade the electrical system and replace the handlebars. This phase of the world tour is extremely important because it will help me in the future if things go wrong with the bike. Currently trying to figure out how to install the emergency blinkers. Stay tuned for that setup........ For now, check out my videos.
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