If you’ve ever met me there is a chance that myself or someone around me has mentioned that I like motorcycles. Old ones, new ones, fast ones, really slow ones, basically all types of two wheeled people movers. The other thing that I like about motorcycles is the option for customizing them. I just can’t seem to leave them alone. Now I’ve had my cafe racer at the “Dojo” for a while and finally got some time with Josh to get that bike running
properly good enough for now. It seems like for a time the cafe bike was my preferred bike because of the styling, but I can feel the tides changing. I ordered up the fender eliminator kit and some other parts from outpost cycle and had my mind blown. How can such small parts make such a big difference I thought? How. Howwwwwwww. Well this is how. This bike now looks like how I wanted it to look since day one. Mean, raw and giving off the essence of, “yes it’s loud, yes it’s British and yes Sir it is still running.” Well maybe that isn’t right, but I’m putting the Café bike on the back burner for now and focusing on the Scrambler.
The Scrambler has been around since 2006 so getting aftermarket parts for these bikes is really one of my favorite parts about owning it. Sure it’s fun to ride, but it’s all about looking good right? I couldn’t stand the ginormous factory monstrosity light that was hanging off the back and those blinkers protruding off the front, so something had to be done about it. I had originally ordered parts that were backordered and after waiting almost a month I quickly cancelled that order and looked to OutPost Cycles for the FEK (fender eliminator kit) that had integrated rear blinkers. I thought it would work, but I was a little worried about visibility of the cars behind me who aren’t looking and most likely trying to catch them all while playing Pokémon Go instead of driving. Before I crimped down all the wires I gave it a test light and quickly realized it was more than bright enough. People might even try and throw some poke balls at it thinking it’s a Charmander or whatever instead of just seeing which way I might turn. (disclaimer: Please put down the phone and drive. Stop playing Pokémon Go)
Now that I had a good idea of what it would look like the teardown had begun. First removing the seat and replacing the bolts after with some fresh Motone quick release bolts that really helped clean up the rear. At $26 bucks they are a little steep for basically some allen screws (pending I already had one fall out from the first time I bought them), but this time I screwed them in tight and will hope for the best. So the stock taillight came off with a few bolts and the FEK kit provided some new bolts to hold the new light in place. This kit is unique in that you can swap the light later if you want and don’t have to purchase a new block off plate and rear setup. So it all came together in about 45 mins after adjusting the length in which I wanted the light to extend. So I mocked it up quick and then bolted it down. The new wiring harness was a direct plug-in with directions for wiring so it couldn’t have been any easier. (Add beer at this point. You’re welcome) I must credit my buddies who came over to help and especially Pat who brought the beers. What a guy!
So next were the front blinkers which looked even worse than the rear because I can see these while I’m riding. I opted for a smoked signal and again was worried about the visibility, but these are legit brighter than the stockers, so no worries there. If you’re going to do blinkers make sure you get the quick connects for around $20 bucks. Worth..It made the process take all of about 10 mins start to finish. Unscrew the headlight housing, remove stock blinkers and harness, replace and tighten the new lights after. boom. They look so much better and I couldn’t be happier with the look and seamless styling.
I took the maiden voyage the next day (PSA: beers and bikes don’t mix) and after I parked I couldn’t help but do the double-take-turnaround move in the parking lot. The bike looks like how I always wanted it to look, and I can’t thank Sean at OutPost Cycle enough for getting the parts out quick and making a killer FEK kit. I realize maybe the old stuff looks great, but there is nothing like hopping on a bike, pressing the start button and cruising for a few hours without a care in the world. That being said look for me making a bunch of noise and searching for gravel roads to “Scramble” down all over Minnesota this Summer. What’s next for the Scrambler? I’m not sure, but knowing myself as well as I do, it won’t be long before something else happens.