Colin’s Manx XT600
An unusual job, because owner Colin needed brackets making for all the electrical components. Luckily I was able to call on the services of local fabricator Scott Campbell. We spent a long time working out the best position for the ignition box, ignition switch, regulator rectifier, solenoid, horn, battery and indicators. Next, Scott spent two or three days building brackets from flat sheet.
The aim was to emphasise the old-tech feel by keeping the electrical parts out of sight. So the solenoid and reg rec hide inside the rear engine plates, the ignition box lives on a shelf under the tank, the horn sits in the curve of the rear sub frame, and the ignition switch picks up a bracket under the top left frame tube. Unfortunately the battery just couldn’t be hidden, so Scott made it into a feature. Colin can always paint it black if necessary (see Brian’s Moto Guzzi, another recent job).
The loom needed some special Yazaki six and four way plugs for the ignition box. These seem to be unavailable in the UK (you can get them from cycleterminal.com in the USA), so Colin agreed we should use use simple spade connectors instead.