Address – Modifications

The Alarm
The Address would be quite easy to steal.  Two or more strong blokes could easily lift it into a van even if the steering and the wheels were locked.

I have a chain to lock to a lamppost or similar, but its a hassle to look for a suitable fixed pole to lock it to.

I fitted my old Blue fire alarm.  I only need the vibration sensor so, other than the battery there are no electrical connections.
It is mounted by double side tape to the bulkhead under the front fairing.

The Charger connection
The alarm takes a quiescent current of about 4mA.  Not much – but that is 1AH in 10 days and 3AH in a month. 
It’s possible that the Suzi could be sitting for a month or more in winter. It only has a 6AH battery so that would take it to half charge. That is really bad news for a lead acid battery. To be fair Suzuki recommend charging the battery if it is left for a month.  But when the ignition is off drain current is zero.

So I fitted a simple socket to connect a battery charger without having to disassemble anything.

My Ctek adaptor plugs into it to give a quick check on the battery condition and also converts the connector to suit the charger.
 
The socket is connected across the battery via a 15A fuse. The high value fuse is so that I can connect my electric pump if I need to.
I brought it through the hole in the bulkhead which is meant for checking the brake fluid level.

Handlebar Muffs
For the winter I have mounted my Urban Tucanno muffs, which also have been fitted on quite a few bikes. 

Phone mount and USB supply
I also fitted a phone mount with a USB supply.  The USB has a switch so that it will not drain the battery when left.

A clock
I just like to know the time when I’m driving and I don’t usually have the phone mounted. I bought a very cheap motorcycle clock meant for handlebar mounting, but simply attached it by double side tape to the handlebar fairing. By lucky chance I can see my clock through the transparent window.

Top box

I fitted my old 45 litre Givi top box which I have had for around 20 years.  It has been on multiple other bikes. It takes two helmets or lots of shopping.

 

 

Extra Fuel
Not really a mod. I just bought a two litre fuel container and keep it under the seat.  There are lots of petrol stations in Cornwall where I live but many open and close when they feel like it, and the Pandemic makes it even less reliable.  The container will give me around an extra 50 miles should I run out.

 

Toolkit
The supplied toolkit is laughable.  It comprises of a single ended cheap and nasty spark plug box spanner and a double ended screwdriver. 
The handle of the screwdriver broke as I tried to loosen and over tightened (by the factory) screw underneath the headlamp.  I have replace the handle with a BMW/Mini one which fits fine.

However I needed a small toolkit to take out with me for minor mishaps.
This comprises:-

  • The supplied 16mm spark plug spanner and JIS/flathead screwdriver (with new handle)
  • A puncture repair kit
  • An electric pump
  • A tyre pressure gauge
  • 8×10, 12×14, flat spanners
  • An adjustable spanner (which goes up to 27mm)
  • A mole wrench.
  • Some tie wraps
  • A roll of insulating tape
  • A spare headlight bulb and rear bulb.
  • A 1/4″ socket set
  • An old 1/4″ driver and tommy bar (actually a tent peg)
  • A Swiss army knife
This all fits into the nice little bag that came with the electric pump. I also always carry the Swiss Army knife in my pocket.
Panniers
I may never need to use these, but I have a pair of Lomo crash bar bags which are a perfect fit when strapped together with the straps under the seat. The fuel container, and tools fit nicely in one pannier, although that puts all the weight in one side.  Anyway, these are an option for future travelling.

Anti Corrosion
I coated all the bare metal I could see in ACF 50. The retaining pin for the front brake pads, has been reported to seize in position, so I removed it, applied some copper ease and replaced it.

Lighting
I replaced the 35/35W bulb with a 60/55W bulb and replaced the 5W front side lights with LEDs.  Now I find that at a tickover, the battery voltage rises very slowly on the dip beam setting indicating a positive charge.  It falls slowly on the high beam indicating a discharge. So with the 60/55W bulb power is finely balanced at tickover.

Summary
The charger connection, the phone mount, the alarm, the clock, and the plate for the Givi box are now permanent features. Not a lot really.
The handlebar muffs, top box, extra fuel bottle, toolkit, and panniers can be added or removed as required.
I like the idea of it being quickly reconfigurable.

All I need now is permission from Boris to ride it (we have just entered a 4 week Covid lockdown)

Progress 14th May 2022

I have ridden the Suzuki a good few hundred miles so far, so an update on my mods seems appropriate.

  • I don’t bother carrying the lock and chain.  I would,I guess if the bike was getting left somewhere dodgy for a few hours
  • I have disconnected the alarm.  Although the battery drain is small, it’s a small battery.  I did flatten the battery once.
  • I use the charger socket regularly
  • The handlebar muffs are essential for cold weather driving.
  • I have not yet used the phone mount.  I think it takes the eyes off the road too much.
  • The clock died. It has been replaced by another.
  • The top box gets used all the time. 
  • I found that with the fuel container, although there are no signs of leaks, when I lifted the seat I could smell petrol.  I believe it diffuses through the plastic.  I am looking out for a metal container.
  • I don’t generally carry thur toolkit, although I would on a long run
  • The panniers have yet to be used.
  • The ACF50 seems to be doing a good job.
  • The headlamp bulb is working well.

I am thinking of fitting a screen.  I don’t want to be peering through a rain soaked screen so I need a one where I can look over the top. This means no higher than 400mm and no less than 340mm from the top of the headlight.

Puig give dimensions.
The Urban model 8474W is 405mm from top to the very bottom of the screen which is slightly lower than the headlight so it would probably be OK. No protection for hands though.  Then again it will make it easy to fit the muffs.
The Trafic model is 310mm – maybe a tad low.

So it looks like the Puig Urban. Prices vary wildly. Motocard seem about the best.

 

 

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