J.Lynn Johnston's Blahg!

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Man Stuff – Air Horn on a Motorcycle!!!

I did DUDE stuff today!

-My mom bought me a Stebel Nautilus Motorcycle Air Horn for Christmas. It’s a Stebel Nautilus, and it’s the best (and loudest) gift ever! It was a bit of a project figuring out the right way to mount it to my bike and wire it into the electrical system in a way that wouldn’t fry all my existing beep-circuits. After running a couple errands with my dad in the morning, he suggested we get the horn wired in and GET LOUD.

-I found a template for fabricating a bracket for my specific bike on KLR650.net. For my bike, the horn basically has to be mounted partially up under the gas tank, behind the coolant reservoir on the right side. Nutty! My dad and I set out to try and round up all the right parts for the job…

-I had trouble finding thick enough sheet aluminum at the local hardware stores… As I was searching for something else I could use, I came across a framing tie that looked like it would work PERFECTLY. The dimensions of its wrap-around arms were quite similar. At the “right price” of $6.00, I thought I’d give it a go.

Comparing the cardboard template to the tie…

-I just cut one side off the tie and trimmed it to length. Made my bend at the same spot as my template (after cutting the other flange off). It worked out great! And it saved me the hassle of running around to more spots looking for thicker aluminum sheeting.

Checking clearances… All good!

-The new Stebel draws so much more electricity than the stock horn that you have to re-wire things a bit to avoid starting electrical fires under your ass when you HONK it. It comes with a beefy relay that plugs into the circuit in place of the old horn. Then current straight from the moto’s battery runs through the relay and into the air horn.

-So basically instead of the old red bugle button triggering your new horn and frying its circuits, it now triggers the RELAY which allows beefier current to pass on through IT to the new shrieker. WHEW! I got a Stebel-specific wiring kit for a quick and easy time with it. Pop helped babysit my electrical work so that I didn’t burn the house down garage-first… I think everyone is happy about that.

Mounted the fuse and relay next to the Stebel and ran the ground to the bracket.

-I buttoned up the bike again and installed some new Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards since I was in the mood to wrench. And since I seem to enjoy accidentally dropping my bike in my family and friends’ driveways. Now I should break fewer clutch levers.

Acerbis Rally Pros on muh handy-holds…

-I tested the new setup all out (as you can see at the end of the video)… It works AWESOME! And it’s almost as loud as my dad when he snores! I pity tha ears of tha next fool who tries to take my lane from me… =)

Love and “honk”ies,

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blacked out the Lady KilLeR!

The previous owner had left it out in the sun for 6 months, unridden and uncovered, before he sold to me…

-In addition to the predictable maintenance stuff of gettin’ ‘er back up to roadworthiness (fluid flushes/changes, etc), I just couldn’t stand to parade the thing around with her once-proud red plastics faded to pink.

-Solution? BLACKOUT!

-Acerbis supermoto front fender, eBay steals on the side panels, and a couple of cans of satin black Krylon Fusion spray paint for the rest…

She’s gone from this:

KLR650 Before

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdbox…7621195905945/ (set)

To this:

KLR650 After

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdbox…7621850393575/ (set)

-I’m waiting on my new set of D606 knobby tires and front turn signals still (stockers stripped out when I pulled the front fairing off to paint it), but I figure she’ll be plenty meaner when I’m finished with the makeover…

Love and blackouts,

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My First Weekend Ride on My Kawasaki KLR650.

I scored a sweet deal on a 2004 Kawasaki KLR650 last week.

-That’s a motorcycle. The fun kind. The kind you can take over rocks and muddy trails AND still ride it to the corner store to get some Pepsi.

-The previous owner had a low-speed fall in town that crunched some plastics. He rode it for a little longer as his commuter with things roughly patched up before he moved to a new area (MY area) and his commuting patterns changed.

-He didn’t feel like purdyin’ the bike up before he sold it, so he set a ridiculously low sale price just to get it out of his garage. It’s got a lot of miles on it, but this was just the deal I was hoping for. Less than HALF of its Blue Book value! Even with 33,000 miles on it, I figured I was looking at a steal!

-Two hours after he posted the ad, I’d made arrangements to take a look-see… The next day I rode it home. Hooray! I’m in the club!

The Test Ride

The Test Ride

-Pics of the bike the day I got it home are HERE on Flickr.

-Well, I added another 150 miles to the odometer today! After changing the oil/filter and cleaning the air filter and chain with my dad yesterday, I thought I’d get it out on some of the scenic routes through the CA wine country to the coast and back for a quick loop.

KLR Over Morro Bay

-The iPhone pic doesn’t quite do the scenic overlook justice, but that’s Morro Bay in CA past the ridge line. Morro Rock is barely visible just above and to the slight right of the throttle.

-Note the previous owner’s red duct tape job holding the front fender together… Don’t worry. I’ve already got black plastics on the way to replace the red cracked-and-sun-faded ones.

-First impression: She behaved like a champ! Can’t wait to add another 33,000+ miles to the odometer total.

KLR in Cambria

J.Lynn is a Storm Trooper

Love and coastal solo loops,


July 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments