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I used to use heat shrink tubing to bundle wiring, but the first time I installed one of Greg Bender's excellent wiring harnesses, it became apparent that I needed to "up my game". Next to Greg's nicely sheathed wiring, the heat shrink just didn't look good. So, I started buying the same type vinyl sheathing that Greg (and the Guzzi factory) uses. http://www.cycleterminal.com/sleeve-tubing.html
I use the non-adhesive heat shrink tubing to run my bundles through and then I don't shrink it. It's not quite the same as the factory vinyl, but it does allow you to add/subtract/adjust/repair wires when you're building a loom and don't know exactly where they all land. It can be easier and less expensive than the really good stuff, and still light years ahead of wrapping tape. Also, because it's not shrunk it's flat with a nice crease. That means you can lay it into tight spaces, massage the inner wires for relief, and fasten it to surfaces form fittingly flat instead of round. That can be handy if you're trying to hide the wiring along the inside of the frame tubes.$0.02
My 2 favorites for wiring sheathingBoth of these are expandable and can easily accommodate wire running into or out of the loom. Spiral wrap is stiffer and not so elegant but a lot easier to work with & easier to put on and remove100% agree make a diagram, followed by a schedule for you wiring, run the wiring and terminate lastJust what I doJohn
Well - I don't know RK's background, but know he's bin around the block a few times, I know you know your shit Martin, and I know I'm not an expert so I'll stand corrected. I'm probably just being anal and over-imagining how much of an affect there is. Maurie.
Don't back away from your stance too readily, all my initial point was, ever was, and still is.... Why did they purposely build ANY offset at all into the BMW, they could have built it so the wheels were properly in line, but made a decision not too, remember we're talking about BMW here, not some pre world war crap heap. Your observations are sound enough to be worth consideration, the topic didn't dry up because the amount off offset was " insignificant" cos even if it was 50 mm and not 5 mm, still no one ( including me), was able to come up with anything that wasn't lame, that's why no conclusions were reached.
Hi Charlie, I think that's the kind of stuff I would get if I do my second bike, If I can get the frame registered that is. It would be nice to find a european dealer for the vinyl sheathing. Worth a trip to google -Ulrikl
The bike as it looks now, I still want to pull in the headlight a bit to close up the big hole between the revcounter and the headlight.
Why did they purposely build ANY offset at all into the BMW, they could have built it so the wheels were properly in line, but made a decision not too, remember we're talking about BMW here, not some pre world war crap heap.
Rick - Thanks for sharing your build. I like the way it's turned out (even if it's not completely finished yet. What are your impressions at this point?
As far as I know, the rear wheels on some models were offset to counteract the unbalanced weight of one muffler. With that imbalance right to left, the bike would pull to one side without the offset.
The bike came out awesome! I have a question though, I like the original cafe racer you had, I will also be running a mono shock and no lower frame rails. Why did the original Cafe not pass inspection? Modified frame?
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