Making a Custom Aluminum DashboardWritten by Lala C. Ballatan
Are you a proud owner of a Moto Guzzi ‘Jackal’? Well, then you are likely to be an envy of many. But if you missed out on benefits of a tachometer, you might just go by sound and feel of engine whether or not it was happy with revs you are using during changing up or down box. We can forgive you if you are clueless as to what those revs actually were.
Used motorcycle parts like a tachometer could really be a beneficial thing to improve general condition of your Moto Guzzi motorcycle. However, new or second-hand Cali EV dash is not that easy to get hold of. Given this difficulty, you could produce a new dashboard for yourself. You could even produce a better dashboard than original Jackal item.
Itching to start already? First, you must get a bit of 4mm thick 1050-H14 aluminium (BS 1470), (99.5% pure aluminum, a bit of wet & dry sandpaper, a couple of drills and a counter sinker for warning light cluster / mounting screw holes. If you decide to do cutting yourself, you need basic hand tools, drill, hole cutter for 85mm diameter holes, a small band saw few files and a couple of medium / fine flap wheels for finishing off edges and for doing brushed satin finish. Water Jet Cutting, Plasma Cutting, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling are several ways of manufacturing aluminum. You can choose any method feasible for you and that which will create smooth results for your dash..
Here are steps in cutting out your dash from http://www.webbikeworld.com/Moto-Guzzi-motorcycles/dashboard-tachometer/: 1.Mark out plate, including profile and hole centres 2.Centre-pop all of hole centres 3.Centre-pop holes using sharp centre-pop. A light tap should do it. 4.Pilot drill each hole centre using something like a 1/16th drill 5.Cut 85mm holes 6.Use trepanner / tank cutter or an 85mm hole saw. 7.Drill warning light and mounting holes. De-burr. 8.Finish off warning light holes using a bit of wet & dry for a clean edge to holes.
The most important accessory for your sports bikeWritten by Granny's Mettle
When it comes to accessorizing, riders and owners of motorcycles, particularly those that are new in this field, often spend their money in increasing engine performance. Oftentimes, they put their entire budget on performance motorcycle parts accessories like exhausts, fuel injection, mapping systems, and other components to help boost motorcycle's engine.
But once they experience track riding, illusion of power as most important component to gain speed fades fast. In fact, too much of it without taking into consideration other factors may just make your motorcycle more than you can handle. Many have experienced that it could actually make one slower than others with less powerful bikes.
So what performance motorcycle parts accessories should you invest in? Here are some suggestions of expert riders of motorcycles:
•Suspension Lance Keigwin of Star Motorcycle School and Hare Racing, suggests that riders should take full note of suspension. This is one component that can increase speed in motorcycles, according to Keigwin. Unfortunately, most riders often overlook this factor. He further explained that some of stock bikes today may perform under regular conditions; however, when pushed beyond average riding situations, their performance becomes questionable. "I do not suggest, however, that you spend a fortune in full suspension components; instead, I suggest you work with your stock suspension and use components that may improve stock equipment like gold valve emulators," Keigwin added.