This week, I got a couple of parcels that contained few more parts for Sylvie.
First up were the replacement side panels, which were very well packed against damage in transit.
These looked to be in very good shape. The mounting pins were intact, they had all the spring clips, and I even found a couple of the mounting screws on one of them.
I also got a small satchel that contained an aftermarket brake lever.
So of course I fitted them all!
I started with the brake lever. Here’s the old bent one and the replacement.
I took my infant daughter out to watch Daddy work on his bike. She was happy to be outside but got bored pretty quickly.
Off with the bent lever and on with the new one!
The power cable for the right heated grip ended up on top of the handlebar when I swapped the handlebars over back in winter.
It had been bothering me since I first noticed it, so I decided it was time to fix it.
For some reason I decided that removing the brake cylinder from the handlebar was the first step!
I realised my error but took the opportunity to readjust the position of the brake lever and right mirror.
I traced the cable back to the plug and removed the tape.
After unplugging the connector and correcting the cable routing, I taped it back up again and took my daughter back in to Mum as she was getting cranky and hungry – my daughter that is, not her Mum!
With the side panels ready to swap over, I set back to work on the bike.
I started on the left side.
Off came the left panel.
This left panel was originally from Jack, but was swapped out with Sylvie’s original left panel to help the friend who bought Jack from me close the sale to his new owner.
The new left panel’s mounting pin went in first
Next the centre screw was loosely fitted as a guide, then the rear and top screws.
Finally, the centre screw was “buttoned up” tight!
Shiny new panel!
The same process was repeated on the right side.
While this panel looks better than the one on the left did, it also has a snapped mounting pin
I snapped this one myself while removing the tank a bit too enthusiastically when I worked on Sylvie’s carburetor a while ago.
With the old panel off, it was time to fit the replacement!
The mounting pin was first again, followed by the centre screw loosely fitted as a guide.
The rear and top screws were next.
FInally, the centre screw was “buttoned up” nice and tight too
The old panels on the table for comparison.
I checked my front tyre and realised it needs replacing pretty urgently. It would also appear that I corner more heavily into the right! Now that I think about it, this might have been due to the bent handlebar I replaced? It was the right side that was bent, after all…
The rear tyre is still looking pretty good, although the “chicken strips” could be a bit narrower. Not bad going for a naked road bike though!
Finally, I took some full-frame shots of Sylvie, for comparison purposes.
I’m expecting a few more parts for Sylvie, so next week’s post will be fitting those.
I’ve also made some progress with the air compressor as I’ve learnt a lot about it after some research, which I’ll post about it later this week.