Aum Shanti

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

 

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It’s like what John Lennon said

This is more of a Wednesday post than a Sunday post.   It will be apparent why later.

Karma.

It’s a Buddhist thing. Very roughly we are talking about cause and effect.   You do this and that happens.  I think that the best way of describing it in modern language is to say “What goes around comes around”.

Karma.

Back in the depths of time (well, January 2013) David said “It’s been there for years, you can have it if you want it” and I said “Cheers mate”  and eventually a rusty Little Project showed up in the shed.   A motor bike.  I’ve mentioned several times that I grew up with them.   I’m looking forward to taking Little Project on a trip to somewhere.   I don’t really care where, just riding a bike again (even if it is only at 50mph top speed) and getting to a destination. The destination isn’t really the point.   There is a Taoist saying that says something along the lines of “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.   I am looking forward to the single step that will start the journey.

Karma.

A few weeks ago I did a blog about what I was up to in 1983.  Mostly the blog was an antidote to the previous one that included a pretentious attempt at replicating some Edgar Alan Poe poetry that went horribly wrong.   What really surprised me was a comment from a long lost friend that said hello.  I don’t think that I had heard from this long lost friend for 30 years and it made me realise that the story of Little Project wasn’t just the tale of a little Honda that has big ideas anymore.   People actually read my little blog.   Crikey!

Karma.

Ah shut up with the existentialism Robby and get on with what you’ve been up to with on the bike for goodness sake.

You know what?  Karma!

I ordered a new gasket set.  Gaskets (for those that don’t know) make a seal between two bits of metal.   They’re like a little cushion that allows imperfections between the metal casings to glue together and keep oil inside the engine.   Many years ago my father used to make them out of cornflake packets.   Soaked in oil (and possibly boiled in oil as well), wintertime was invariably welcomed by intricate shapes cut out of cardboard and hanging from various bits of the kitchen.

I can’t make the gaskets, mostly because I don’t know what they should look like and I have no templates to follow.  I ordered a set from eBay.   I was convinced that upon their arrival I would be able to re-assemble a full engine made from several other engines and be off on my way before you could blink.   The gaskets arrived and were held at the local post office depot for me (too big to go through the letter box and too precious to bend).

A brief distraction – The postie has taken Little Project to heart.  He notices the items that are important and takes great care of them.   He too is restoring a little motor bike of his own and after a discussion with him about the challenges of finding parts I was touched beyond belief to find a little envelope pushed through the door with his list of contacts for making up hard to come by bits.

Back to the gaskets.  It’s my own fault, I ordered the wrong ones.   I was almost overcome with excitement as I unwrapped them on Saturday only to find that they just didn’t fit my bike.   There was a glum face in the shed all weekend as I looked at all of the bits ready to be assembled that just had to sit there for another week waiting for the correct parts to arrive.

On a positive note, somebody kindly explained to me what a rectifier was.   It turns AC electrics (from the generator) into DC electrics that go into the battery.   This is obviously important to the battery although I don’t really understand why.   There should be one somewhere on Little Project.   I can spend the week working out where it is and that will sort out one of the cables from the generator.   Only two more cables to work out!

Thank you for your time.  There will definitely be more gossip on Wednesday.