James is making his own fuel tank from GRP. The dangly bit underneath is an obsolete sidestand switch – to be removed later

How it looked on arrival: a bit squiffy

Relays and fuses use a mix of original and custom mounts. I left a gap for a tool kit on the left

The trick is to run the loom trunking behind the trellis, as far as possible

James’s KTM 950 Super Moto

James’s idea was a stripped-down, lightweight, 950 using the bare minimum of electricals. He didn’t even want a neutral light!

Even so, for a carb bike the KTM is quite advanced, with a few sensors and a relay or four to manage the fuel pump, main switch, headlight cutout on cranking, and indicators.

We also needed a fair bit of prep to mount a new fuse box and the 50mm Daytona speedo. There’s also plenty of head scratching to work out what the ignition system needs to run, and what can be safely ditched. And to chase down special plugs for the fan and ignition box. (For anything unusual the best two places are Kojaycat and Automotive Connectors).

With such an open bike you need to plan ahead to hide the loom as much as possible. Fortunately there’s room under the seat for the relays and fuses, so the rest is largely wires and plugs.

James is building a custom fuel tank from glass fibre. The finished bike promises to be a very light, agile tool with great suspension and brakes.

Daytona mini speedo is super simple: speed, distance and volts

Mounting it took a while. But the tall spacers and V-shaped bracket avoid the cables and wires below

This gubbins usually lives inside a headlamp shell, but there ain’t one. Connectors on the mudguard are for indicators at MOT time