Le nouveau “Iron Butt Rally Racer” est arrivé!

I used the Easter holidays to work on the painting of the fairing and the electrical wiring. I installed the Dispatch 1 distribution box under between the battery and the (new) saddle. Lots of cables needed to be attached to the bike. As I didn’t want to cut them, they had to be placed somewhere.

Wiring between the distributino box (left, in the black dry bag) and the cockpit.

Wiring between the distributinon box (left, in the black dry bag) and the cockpit.

The only place near the frame is under the side covers. Using all the little space there, I crammed the cables under the right cover and the auxiliary fuel line and the CDI box under the left cover. I had to move the CDI box, as the distribution box needs quite some space. I am considering to reduce the box in height, another 3 mm would be good so it is not pressed down by the saddle.

Under the left side cover. Tight.

Under the left side cover, the new home for the CDI box. Tight.

In the last post, I had no picture for the Krista auxiliary LED lights. I did a quick night ride test to take some pictures that demonstrate the massive light output of these flooders. During the ride, a rabbit crossed my way, its eyes were brightly glowing red as I had the Kristas on full power. Probably its retina was melting in this moment…an impressive sight. It gives some piece of mind knowing that I can detect the critters a lot earlier before they jump on the road.

The normal, low beam light.

The normal, low beam LED light.


Low beam plus high beam LED light


Low beam plus high beam light plus Kristas at lowest dimming setting


Low beam plus high beam light plus Kristas at 50% power


Low beam plus high beam light plus Kristas at full power. 116 W LED power equivalent to some estimated 400 W halogen output. Bambi, beware!

Bambi's view: WOOOAAAAHHH!22W, 22W+22W+8W, 22W+22W+36W, 22W+22W+72W

Bambi’s view: WOOOAAAAHHH!
22W, 22W+22W+8W, 22W+22W+36W, 22W+22W+72W

My cockpit at night.

My cockpit at night.

This brings me to the next topic. All the wiring had a purpose, of course. I installed the distribution box of the Dispatch 1 under the saddle and connected the electrical devices to it: The first GPS, the second GPS, the V1, the iPad, the smartphone and a LED lightning for the roadbook holder. They can be swiched on or off individually via the display that is placed in the cockpit. I mounted the holder of the new second GPS today when a small pin of the power supply broke .

The display of the Disptch 1 in the cockpit.

The display of the Dispatch 1 in the cockpit, showing time, battery voltage and temperature.

The main display shows the time (not needed here, but useful), the temperature (very useful, I have attached the temperature probe to the oil hose to monitor the oil temperatur and hopefully prevents engine breakdown in the soring heat of the desert ) and the battery voltage (veeeeery useful, it gives me valuable iformation about the condition of the battery). The latter is needed to check if the electrical system is in good health. It does not substitute a proper measurement of the charging current that I will do at a later stage to investigate if the alternator produces enough energy for all the electrical appliances, but it is a good indication. Remember, the max. output of the alternator is only 170 W. A 2012 R1200GS Adventure has an output of 720 W, that’s 4 times more! I have connected a lot of additional farkles and heated garments are not possible to use. The additional Krista lights draw most of the power and have to be used wisely. Another advantage of the Display 1 is that I can easily switch off the devices, even during riding. This means I can use all farkles while riding with low beam and switch off the ones with an internal battery when I need full lightning power at night on winding roads. As I said, I need to measure the exact uptakes and their effect on the total power using a clamp meter.

I mounted the auxiliary fuel tank again, together with the little puke tank and the vent tube. The whole system worked very well on my BMW during the last two years and is very reliable.

The fairing…well, er….looked horrible after the wrinkle desaster (see last post). I tried to mend it by grinding the worst bits, add another layer of black paint and two layers of clear varnish. Before the last step, I applied the stickers and lettering. In the end, it looks quite OK 🙂 if one doesn’t look too close at the finish. I mounted the fairing holders and fixed the fairing. A test ride today showed me that I will have to modify the bottom of the fairing, it scratches on the tarmac way too early.

Sooooo….what does the baby look like now?



IMGP9328IMGP9306IMGP9324IMGP9319 RascalLooks quite OK 🙂 .There are still some things to fix and some preventive maintenance to be done, but the bike is getting ready for the thousands of kilometers of test rides that I want to do before the start of the Iron Butt Rally on July 1st.

9 Comments on “Le nouveau “Iron Butt Rally Racer” est arrivé!

  1. You are nuts, but I salute you sir. IBA in it’s purist form.

    Good luck

    Slow Poke

  2. More than impressed by the outcome of the Krista aux-lights!
    …and impressed by the package in total!

  3. Very impressive!
    Have you thought about using hand protectors (from cross-bikes) to keep the airstream away from your hands and thus your hands warmer in cold nights? Since you’re using quite a lot of your alternator output for nuclear-fusion-a-like illumination i believe electric grip heating isn’t an option… Might slightly affect the design though 😉
    And one more thing, I read in your German Butt diary that you lay the camera on your tank bag for “self portrait shots”. If you mount a ball head with quick-release-plate (tripod photo equipment) to your bike you can simply snap in your camera when you need to and point it to whichever direction you like without the risk of it dropping to the tarmac.
    Anyway, all the best for your trip!

    • Yes, I have thought about it. They don’t match with the fairing, it’s already very tight. There’s simply not enough space.
      Thanks for the tip with the ball mount, actually I have one already that I could use for that.

  4. Roberto,
    Just been reading through your posts again – one thing that did strike me – that is not how you should spell NAUGHTY 🙂

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