Grant's Featherbed Special

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Then I could go out to the bike to see if my measurements were right!!!



First up was to remove the handlebar clamps



You'll notice the triple trees have through holes - very handy for concealing cables!!!
 

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The electrics are from Motogadget http://motogadget.com/en/

The idea is to put this box of tricks inside the bars, and connect all the wires to the switches.
It works like the BUS you get in a modern car, and is a great way of reducing the number of wires used.



So the theory is, I will only have four wires for all of my controls (including the indicator lights)
 

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With all the cables threaded through, I could then fit the bars



I had to be really careful not to pinch the wrires.
I used sleeving, and heatshrink tube wherever possible to prevent any abrasion.
 

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With everything lining up, I could then fit the handlebar clamps, and snug them up tight!
 

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Handlebar grips are these black anodized aluminium ones.



I hope I don't regret not going for nice, soft, squidgy rubber ones!
 

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The grips look great installed - it took a while to get these fitted and looking right.

They are attached with six teeny weeny grubscrews, and it is really difficult to get them on square.



I got there eventually though!
 

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On the right side (we drive on the left in the UK) it is a good idea to fit a mirror.

It isn't the law, but I think it is a great idea for safety sake.

I couldn't go for a bar-end mirror, so got this clamp on one instead



I had to take this into account when I was taking measurements and drilling my holes in the bars, as everything needed to be shifted down by nearly two inches.

Once again, measuring a million times before doing any damage paid off!
 

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I could finally turn my attention to fitting the switches.

I went for these Motogadget items - hopefully they would look really neat and tidy
 

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Left side first, I tinned the cables with a good coat of solder.



The terminals on the switches are screw terminated.

I don't like them, and really hope they don't work loose. I think Motogadget should supply them pre-wired with flyleads pre-potted in epoxy.
 

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Left side, terminated and fitted to the bars - I think it looks good!
 

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Same procedure for the right side switches
 

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The right side switch is butted up against the throttle control rather than against the grip.

It's not totally symmetrical left and right, but I think it still looks clean and tidy.
 

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An extra step on the right side was to connect up the wires for the brake light switch - again these are concealed inside the handlebars!
 

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These are the bar-end indicator lights I went for in the end.

They are really low-profile, so hopefully they won't get knocked off!
 

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+ve (white) and ground is all it takes to connect them!



I always twist the wires together, solder them, then heatshrink over the top.
Hopefully these will serve as a good strong joint that lasts for many years.
 

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It fits!

The right indicator light looks great when fitted to the handlebars.
 

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Same procedure on the left side.

+ve is yellow.
The bike will be wired as -ve ground, although I will avoid earthing through the frame and engine, and try to take everything back to the battery/regulator wherever i can.
 

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And here they are - the finished handlebars!

I am really pleased with the clean uncluttered look...
...no one will ever appreciate how may hours went into these bars when they walk past my bike!!!
 

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I think anyone who knows anything about bikes, and sees no external wiring, will appreciate your hard work. This is a truly stunning build.
 
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