One company back in the United States who have been a tremendous help to me since I contacted them last October is WARN.
Andy Lilienthal, WARN Industries Online Marketing Manager has really taken care of me when it comes to aftermarket service of WARN's products.
When I lived back in the U.S. I already had two sets of WARN lights that were operating on my 1976 FJ40 Toyota Landcruiser, and I transferred one set of them, the WARN SDB-160's, onto my bike when it was just a solo motorcycle before the start of my trip in Dec 2009.
When building the sidecar at LBS Sidecars I used the WARN SDB-210's for the front of the sidecar so now I had 2 sets of WARN lights. Well, the switches, after a number of years on the road, weren't made for being outside on a motorcycle so with all the rain and the corrosion that happened inside they quit working. Both of them.
So I emailed Ray Hyland of Overland Journal about who I should contact and he forwarded me Andy Lilienthal's contact info. I contacted Andy last October when I was in Sweden asking for his help and a few weeks later he had shipped me over a new pair of switches and wiring harnesses.
I needed some other items, a few extra relays, a pair of light covers, a few extra bulbs. I contacted Andy and again he shipped those items over to me in Norway where I was at that time.
Ari was the fabricator for the bracketry to mount it up to the front of the sidecar so as it fits right in and looks like it belongs there. I'm telling you, I can't say enough about all the help that Ari has given me so far.
I wouldn't be able to do this kind of fabrication.
While I was in wiring mode I decided to swap out the first battery jumper switch that we installed for a Marine grade "keyless" switch.
In -20° and below, wires and cables freeze and become very stiff and inflexible and prone to breaking. And everything becomes much more difficult in these conditions, so my whole purpose in making all these modifications to the outfit is to make things simpler and easier for me with long term winter travel in mind.
Streamlining and ease of function never became an issue on my motorcycle or travels before, that is until I started to live full time on my outfit. Then all of the small little inconveniences that most motorcyclists, myself included, would only need to do every now and then started to become difficult and awkward since I was doing them on a weekly basis and in sub zero temperatures rather than once every two or three months in temperatures above freezing.
Riding in extreme winter temperatures, apart from anything else, is very hard on batteries, especially a small motorcycle battery. So the installation of the large car battery to jump the smaller capacity motorcycle battery was without doubt, one of the better mods. I've used it to jump the smaller battery almost daily, every morning that it's below -20°. And thats just been about every morning so far, give or take a few days here and there where it's only -10° or so.
-34° was the reading at 6am.
As I'm working at the bench beside Ari, Ronja, Ari's dog, seems to be lying faithfully and lovingly by her masters side.......
My sheepskin lined sub-zero Arctic handlebar muffs.
Raimo's 1962 Mercury Commuter.
Oh no !!. This weeks edition of the Sunday Post is finished. They go too fast, don't they?.
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