Zen and the Disquieting Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
So here we go - part 2 of my bike build is underway and I must admit that I’ve been tested again and again, from snapped screws and bolts to wrong interpretations of manuals and instructions. I find it fascinating that the state of mind in which you begin your mechanical work will have significant consequences on how well you’ll complete the task on hand. This second part will cover build process and upgrades, however it will also include some 'deep thinking' and reflections – I trust most of you who are not professional mechanics can relate to these frustrating situations. You're on top of the world when things go well and you want to rip someones head off when they go wrong. I hope you enjoy this post and remember - It's not really about the bike - It's about you riding it :-)
Which way? anyway will do... Not really...
New bikes’ suspension set up is adjusted to an average rider weight of 75-85 kg (165-187 lb). My weight is 90 kg (200 lb) and in addition the bike will carry extra weight in fuel, navigation equipment and tools so stiffer springs are required.
Front standard fork springs were replaced with higher rate WP springs rated at 4.4 N/mm (25.1 lb/in).
Part #1 - Hasqvarna FE350S Rally Build