Classic Yam nears completion
‘That old adage comes into its own: measure twice, cut once’
Well at least it’s going back together now, rather than spreading further and further around the garage. I’d got off to a bit of a slow start because of the enormity of the task. – it was genuinely hard to know where to start.
So first things first, I needed a plan. Without one there is nothing to cock up. Step one: cables. With everything off there is easy access and it’s possible to get a nice route for all of them (www.venhill.co.uk).
Now up and running I get cracking. The rear Acerbis Baja mudguard comes with a built-in tail light and takes a bit of lining up. That old adage comes into its own: measure twice, cut once. With the first hole drilled and a couple of spacers made, it all came together rather well – so it’s time to wire it in.
A quick look at the XT wiring diagram revealed it would be easy. Three bullet connectors and a bit of crimping and it’s job done.
So time to test things out, all I need is the ignition key, now where did I put that? It’s only been 10 years since I last saw it… Plan B! Years ago I lost my bike key down a drain. Luckily I remembered the key number and was able to get a new one cut and since then I’ve always written down the key number in a book. A bit of form filling on the Express Auto Keys website (www. expressautokeys.co.uk) and a couple of days later a new key arrived, I put straight in the ignition and it worked perfectly – along with my new top and tail light.
The original rear shocks had managed 36 years of service and were ready to be changed, the Ikon 7614 shocks (£455.42, https://ikonshocks. co.uk) I had opted for went on easily, but with the bolts in place there was a small amount of lateral movement which I was able to cure with a thin washer of the correct diameter, and boy do they look good!
To match the front end up, I also fitted a pair of new Ikon fork springs (£84.53) along with a fresh helping of fork oil. That should soak up some bumps! Now for one more push to get it finished.
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‘Half a day would be enough to finish the XT off, now where do I find one of them?’
The Ikon 7614 shocks fit on nicely and don’t look out of place on an old bike