Five months until Alaska. Back in August, I made the determination to jump on the Ultra, and go up north on a little bit of an adventure. Since making this decision, I have now hit the halfway point to the departure date. Five months have passed, five more to go. Can count the months on one hand now, and I have watched the countdown clock on my computer slowly tick down to the time I’ll be pulling out of the driveway.
Tick, tick, tick…
I have regained a hole on the belt due to the exercising and watching of what goes in my mouth, but the last couple of weeks have found me trading a bad head cold with others, dealing with -45 wind chills, the holiday season, and not much motivation to work out as a result of all of these things. Tomorrow, I’m back in the gym again. However, not a week has gone by in which I have increase in weight…been very lucky to slowly keep losing, or maintaining the previous week’s number.
The Mistress has been getting some work done here in my own garage. After finding an unbelievable deal on a Garmin Zumo 660 waterproof GPS, a few hours went by as I permanently wired it to the bike. Instead of running a cable back to the battery under the seat, I simply tapped into the extra switchable connection that is unused and hanging out in the headlight loom.
Before applying the shrink-wrap
Been trying to figure out how to permanently wire in the heated gear connection, which was going directly to the battery. Thought about buying something like the Blue Sea 5025 fuse panel, but I don’t have any place to install it since I have other things already taking up the space that it would require.
Digging through the Harley service manual, I found a schematic showing a unused accessory cable located in front of the battery compartment under the seat. Had to dig for it…it was between the gas tank, frame, and battery tray. It can be controlled from the accessory switch on the dash, by the key ignition, or can be wired hot all the time. I’ll wire it to the accessory switch on the dash, since it sits there unused all the time.
In the middle of the pic, with a protective cap on it
First there was one…and now there are two
Just got done this afternoon replacing all the speaker wires and connections for the stereo, speakers, and amplifier. I had previously replaced the junk 20 gauge stock wiring with 18 gauge; this time around I upgraded to 16 gauge and ensured that everything is rock solid with crimping, solder, and shrink-wrap. Overkill…but that is the way it should be done on such a vibration-prone motorcycle. Have one more cable to swap out, then will focus on the CB wiring to see if there’s a short there that can be replaced easily.
Got the gear I need pretty much, and have trimmed weight and items I was planning on taking. I’ll throw up a post with exactly what I’ll be taking along, in case anybody else is interested. I’m anal about researching everything before I buy, so I think that I have found the best gear possible…at least for the amount of money I was wanting to spend.
>Enough for now. Time to get dinner going.