Many philosophies and religions originating in eastern parts incorporate the concept of Chakra. These are points of physical or psychic energy that together form the focal points where the spiritual and actual body merge and interact with each other (that’s a pretty poor description of 3000 years of meditation but it is close enough). While there are many thousands of such points throughout the body, there are seven major locations, reaching from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra is responsible for a different organ and emotion.
Little Project isn’t human and as such only has three chakras. Abandha, Yantra and Vaidyuta. These roughly translate to frame, engine and electrics (Now you know that you are going to have to find a Sanskrit to English translation site to find out if I’ve made those up or not).
We have mastered Abandha. I am very comfortable that everything to do with the Little Project rolling stock is spot on and as it should be (even though the chain isn’t very tight).
Yantra is proving a problem. Whilst it should in theory be easy to get such a little engine to work it is proving far more challenging than anyone could possibly expect. After several months of frustration I decide instead to focus on Vaidyuta. Have I mentioned that I’m not a fan of electrical wiring?
I started by writing down in the Little Project notebook (yes, such a thing exists, it is bound in elephant hide and fastens with a golden clip) the colour of each cable in the wiring loom and both the start and end point of each cable. It went something like this;
Brown/White – B-loom to headlight dimmer
Pink – Indicator switch to indicator
And so on. It filled several pages of the notebook but I was comfortable that it was correct. I even asked several different people if the red/white and yellow wires that came out of the loom really should come halfway up the frame and then join and go back again. “Oh yes” they all cried.
I then fetched all of the various electrical bits that had snipped cables on them, laid them neatly on the kitchen table and compared them to my marvelous electrical word diagram. There was a slight flaw. The wiring diagram in the manual seems to have forgotten about the right hand switch gear. It just isn’t there. A couple of days searching the internet and I was getting desperate until I realised that there was another wiring diagram on my very own useful things page. Hey ho and off we go.
The plan is to put very tidy multi-plug adapters where each cable has been cut and then I can just join them all up together with one last (slightly complicated) connecting piece.
Note that you ever find yourself in need of working on Little Project electrics, I couldn’t find any light blue wire. Purple is the new light blue.
So I’ve been doing this sort of thing.
I’m not quite sure what the bit of newspaper that I was working on is about but it does look interesting. The principle is, cut all of the wires so that they are the same length, clamp the connecting spade thingy on the end, a very tidy blob of solder to hold it in place and then shove it in the plastic casing. Then curse because I forgot to put heat-wrap around it.
Rather excitingly, I have managed to get all of the cables from the handlebar switches and from the speedo (there’s so many bloody wires coming out of the speedo and so little room as they were all snipped quite short) with nice tidy connectors on them.
Just briefly going back to eastern religions, Buddhists hang prayer flags out around their homes that blow in the wind and carry beneficial vibrations. Little Project is now in a state where it is doing the three chakra equivalent.
It should be a fairly easy (if labour intensive) task to join all of these together into one throbbing, heaving mass of electrical potency. Then it will be a case of turning the ignition on and pressing the horn. One beep for Vaidyuta.
Just as a brief, off the cuff mention. Little Project is getting a big brother very soon. We shall be joined by a Triumph Tiger 800 XC that looks remarkably like this.
I’m hoping that the work ethics of a running motorcycle will rub off on Little Project.
Apologies for the several week delay in bringing this update to you. Spirits have been low because the engine doesn’t work (yet).