Friday, October 24, 2014

Who's There? Keith McCarthy on Replacing a Speedometer Bulb with LED on a Suzuki Intruder 1400!

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I put off this job for a while thinking it was going to be difficult or that I'd have a hard time figuring out which LED to use. The delay was unnecessary as this is one of the easiest jobs to do. In fact, it will take longer to create this blog!  I don't know if all years are this easy or not. From the schematic for this bike, it appeared there would be two lights to replace. As you can see from the back of my speedometer, there is only one. Perhaps this changed in different years, I don't know. I ordered bulbs off eBay. 20 LED bulbs for $8, shipped (In the USA). Here is what I ordered off of eBay for cheap. Upon opening the package, I got these! (Pictured Left)

Monday, October 20, 2014

In Search of Mr. T's Replacement! Ramblings of a Mad Biker...

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Having sold Mr. T, my TW200, at the end of the summer I am not going to lie to you, I felt emotionally detached from both the bike and selling it. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun bike, but one thing led to another and inevitably it wasn't the right bike for me. I know, I know... shut up fool! Unfortunately, I am not quite sure what would be the right bike for me! My "mid-bike crisis" seems to be in full swing as I find myself feeling "meh" towards the majority of the bikes that I come across. Making matters worse, working at Sur 2 Roues this summer next to Moto Thibault, I was constantly surrounded by new bikes. Though the smell and the sound of their exhaust notes were intoxicating (likely C02 poisoning...) very few captivated me. Like a school boy, I have been crushing on a few bikes over the last six months. What can I say, I am a picky fekker when it comes to motorcycles and would really like the next bike to be "the one", so to speak. Who knew finding my wife would be easier than finding the right bike? I would like some help and advice. If I haven't mentioned something that you think I should consider please feel free to comment. As you will soon see, I'm all over the place really when it comes to choosing. I am also considering having something made a la ClockWork Motorcycles.