Thursday, 20 May 2010

It's aaaalive!

Believe it or not, but after having gone through the usual start procedure (choke out, five kicks with the decompression handle held in, choke in) the trusty big bore Husky engine fired up as if it was just yesterday, never mind two years since it last barked into life!

To say I was elated is an understatement. I didn't quite trust my ability to get the new wiring loom right and I guess I've had some subconscious doubt that it would actually work. I've had the flu pretty bad for two days but that was soon forgotten as I very gingerly let the clutch out and did a few really slow laps up and down the street applauded by my oldest son (he's eight and thinks I'm Pierre Terblance and John Britten rolled into one).

First findings? Well the rear spring is way too stiff. No surprise there and I'll just order a new one. It also felt stupidly light! I don't know if that is to do with the fact that the bike is lower now than it was in super moto guise, but it feels as if I could pick it up like a bicycle. I'll weigh it later, but I'm guessing around 130 kg. More soon!


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! wow, glad to hear you got the wiring right the first time.

    And yes, I noticed this when i turned my big XL600 into a tracker, the lower height has some to do with it. also, removing all unnecessary bits seems to add up, too.

    Congratulations. It looks absolutely brilliant.

  2. well done!!! :-)
    great feeling isn't it?
    did we tell you it's a virus?

  3. Thank you guys!

    I don't think it's a virus however. More like a flesh (or in this case; money) eating bacteria.

    I'm already planning build number two:-)


  4. Marcus_of_MarcusMotoDesign24 May 2010 at 22:49


    Really beautiful tracker, D!

    You beat me with a few days. I will attempt to start mine today or tomorrow depending on trouble level on the last bits.

    Stockholm soon? /M

  5. I love it, it looks sooooo light!