During the winter months I modified my bike extensively with many little things that will enable me to tour the world. I've shared many blog posts that included videos. During the process, I challenged myself to do some of the electrical work myself as the budget is quite low. I succeeded extremely well on all challenges. However, one very complicated 4 way switch required the use of an electrician due to its complexity. I took Fred (my Yamaha XT250) to my favorite Ducati shop in Derry NH called Seacoast Sport Cycle. Kyle, the best mechanic in the world was quite proud of my work. He fixed the horrible heated hang grips installation performed by the Yamaha shop when I purchased the bike. The mechanics there installed the heated grips using the feed for the front and signals. That work would have caused major problems down the road by putting too much drain on the alternator and battery. Eventually, my signal and front lights would have stopped working. Kyle rerouted the wiring to connect it all to use the wonderful PDM switch I installed as there were a few available slots. Now the bike draws 14 volts when all accessories are running. I feel that the bike is now ready for any challenge it is given.
The videos below are showing you my work installing Barkbusters protection bars. When I received the package it was open and during the installation I found parts missing. Now I have to find the replacement parts. In addition, I have to cut the right handle bar to accommodate the bolt. All this work makes me extremely happy because of the savings in dollars. In addition, I love working on this machine. It is my little therapy after a long day teaching high school students.
Thank you very much for watching and following my blog posts. The big ride around the world starts March 2017. I am tired of planning for it, but there is still a great deal of work to be done, especially the China crossing and getting all Visa's.