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The Suzuki Address

Modifications

05/11/2020

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.

Lock and chainI have a chain to lock to a lamppost or similar, but its a hassle to lock for a suitable fixed pole to lock it to.


Blue fire alarmSo 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.
ConnectorSo I fitted a simple socket to connect a battery charger without having to disassemble anything. It 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

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


Phone mount and USB supply

Phone MountI 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

ClockI 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

top box plateTop 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

Fuel BottleNot 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. 
ScrewdriverThe 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:-

toolkit

toolbagThis 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

PanniersI 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.


Misc.

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.

Summary

T
he 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)

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