Monday, February 28, 2011

Hook Motors

Having a browse over at the wrenchmonkees site I noticed that they now have a new dealer for their wares in Italy by the name of Hook Motors.

Hook Motors could be described as motorcycle company that creates a juxtaposition between vintage motorcycles, art, fashion and design.

Along with a flash website, they have some nice prints and a couple of classic bikes for sale.  It looks like they're fairly new to the scene but their inspiration and direction is right up my alley.

You can check out their site here

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FOR SALE: SR400/SR500 Oil dip stick with temperature guage

I'm selling a spare Daytona Oil Dip Stick with gauge that will fit a Yamaha SR400 / SR500

Send me a message if you're interested.  Located in Australia.

Source: Webbike Japan

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some Nice XS650s

Just digging through my Bike Inspiration folder came across these beauties.  The Japanese Shop An-Bu has a number of nice bikes

Image from

Image from

Taken from the An-Bu webiste

Taken from the An-Bu webiste

Welcome to Where's My Wingman

I'd like to welcome aboard Where's my wingman as our one and only site sponsor for Lane Splitter.  It's actually just a project that I've been working on that has just gone live in BETA version.

In short it's a system that allows you to join up as a pilot and create missions for you and your friends to embark on.  You can also use it if you're are stranger to a city and want to hit the town with a qualified wingman.

Key features are:

  • The more missions you succeed in the higher the ranks you will climb
  • Compete with friends on the pilot ranks
  • Earn your different Wings as your rank changes.
  • Find a wingman in any city in any country and recruit them on missions you create.
  • Get tips and strategies on becoming the ultimate wingman.
  • Never fly solo again.

Here's a sneak peak

The Cockpit - Gives you an overview of your progress

Search for a Wingman in any country / state / city and recruit them

Your Current / Future / Past Missions

Sign up is Free at the moment and so is access to the confidential Training Material.

Have fun and feel free to make suggestions whether good or bad.

Over and Out

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting LED Indicators to function correctly.

Because we were running a smaller battery in size the amount of current it supplied was lower than the bulky stock battery.  Therefore we decided to replace our globed indicators and taillights with the LED variety. 

I bought a set of LED indicators and also sourced a LED indicator flasher relay which "promised" to fix the fast flashing/no flashing which occurs when swapping over to LEDS.

This was not the case for some reason the LEDS were still not drawing enough current to make them flash.  So after a bit of research I found out that you can buy bike specific resistors to fit in sequence with your indicators to replicate the same current draw as what the existing indicators did.  I still wasn't convinced that this would be the correct solution as I thought that the LED flasher relay would have solved it, then I decided to do my own calculations to work out what resistance was required and head to JayCar to pick up my own resistors.

Using Ohm's Law, which I hadn't used since high school I was able to find out the resistance needed for the LEDS to draw the same current as the bulbs.

Soldered inline resistors
It felt like I was in high school again minus the undercut and the grunge music in the background.  As taken from the

"Ohm's Law defines the relationships between (P) power, (E) voltage, (I) current, and (R) resistance. One ohm is the resistance value through which one volt will maintain a current of one ampere. "

V = I x R

So in a 12V system the XS250 indicators were rated at 27Watts

Now to work out what's required for the LEDS we subtract the LEDS electrical power from that of the bulbs

27 - 1 (1 Watt Rating)

Power is calculated at Current x Voltage

P = I x V

so 26 = I x 12V

so the current for each side would be 2.2Amps

Finally we get to the resistance, and using OHM's we get
V = I x R
12V = 2.2 x R

R = 12/2.2

R = 5.5Ohms

So I went out and bought a couple of types a 5.6 and a 8.2Ohm resistor one for each side.  We soldered them inline and the 5.6 worked fine however because it would be drawing much more current than than the 8.2Ohm I decided to use that instead.  

Now they work a treat.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ignition relocation detail

While looking over the Flakes motorcycle website I stumbled across a nice example of an ignition relocation.

Flakes have some beautiful bikes and some attention grabbing custom paint.

(Image sourced from Flakes Motorcycle)
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