Been an interesting month... first, the political rant. I am streetbikeless AGAIN! As much as I enjoyed riding the 636 to work in March (earliest spring rides ever!), as soon as July rolled around, the need to ride the bike essentially dried up. These two summer months see the focus shift -- work around the house (bathroom and fence this year) and maintaining/modifying the race bike. The black kwak sat unused for nearly 3 weeks. On top of that, I was paying the stupid insurance fees that mpi charges, to have it sit idle in the garage. So... I sold it. I think I should swear an affidavit to Kate that I will not buy a streetbike again until I have quit racing. Another option would have been to cancel the insurance, ironically during the two best riding months, and reactivate it in September. Realistically, the amount I ride on the street doesn't justify the expense. Racing is the focus, and the amount saved on insurance is quite tangible. Also, the sale of the bike (for exactly what I bought it for last October -- score!) helped pay for the bathroom. Manitoba Public Insurance, is anti-motorcycle, and that is that.
Continuing on with the rant, the oil cooler project is stalled right now... I am currently on Sandwich adapter #4!!!
1. The first sandwich adapter, from Glow-Shift, looked to be OK, but the two oil line fittings were 3/8 pipe thread, NOT 3/8 NPT. There is a difference, and no one appears to make a 3/8 pipe thread to 6-an adapter fitting. No go.
2. The second adapter fitting was from Earl's, so it was a good name. However I gambled on he filter housing size and... lost. Too big to fit in the confined space of the ex650 oil pan. Obviously meant for a car. Dammit! Strike 2!
3. Adapters 3 and 4 are currently inbound. I have thrown even more caution to the wind and have ordered another model from Earl's, as well as one off of eBay that had some dimensions listed. The eBay one might still be a bit big, but the Earl's one I hope should work. I had planned to skip this round of the local championship anyway (July 28-29), so the bike not being ready is no big deal.
Hopefully, either the 3rd or 4th time is a charm. Alex Hutchinson and an eBay seller from the UK have both been more helpful than the entire hotrod industry in North America. Can you tell I'm a bit exasperated???
a. Fuel tank
c. Upper fairing ear near the screen
d. Upper fairing near the tank
Correct answer: d. So after painting the fairing to match the rest of the bike, I had to attack it with the dremel tool. A steady hand and some trickery with the masking tape resulted in a decent bodge and not a lot of stripped paint. Again, "bolt-on" my butt!
So hopefully the next post will show the smooth installation of a custom oil cooler for the er6 and ex650. Cross fingers!