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Taking the slow road round the world, on the cheap, on a postie-bike... 2-up.

"ファースター ザン ウォーキング""歩くより早い"
2008年4月30日オーストラリア・フリーマントルを110ccのちっちゃいバイク1台で出発。
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Keep on Turning
For the last 10 000kms the drive train on our poor "Bikal" has been showing signs of wear. It started with mild protests going up the steep slopes of Laos... We searched for parts there but it was difficult to find even a shop selling oil let alone mechanical spares.
Thailands quality lubricants sufficiently muffled the screams of pain coming from the rear, I forgot about it completely.
The chain started to flack and stretch again through the dust of Bangladesh but a spare was not to be found.

Every largeish town we have been through in India has had quite impressive collections of bits but the difficulty has been finding someone willing to search the shelves to find parts that match ours. The first and only response was always "we have no stock for that model"... Well of course you don't.

That was until I decided to take matters into my own hands.
In Hospet I parked right in front of a parts dealers door, dismantled the bike, took the parts in and stood at the counter asking for help until they relented... They did and we found what we wanted after 3days of intense looking.



By the look of the front sprocket it wouldn't have lasted much longer. The rear sprocket had some life still in it but if you are changing one you must change the lot.

The replacements:
Front- exact size and teeth (T15) from a TV5 Heavy Duty Rp80.
Chain- Not an O-ring one but the best we could get Rp240.
Rear- 2teeth bigger (T47) and solid steel but this made it perfect for the alterations that needed to be made Rp300.



First it had to be aligned for machining then the interior diameter had to be enlarged to fit our hub (the guy first tried to machine the hub 'cos it was easier for him!!) then finally the 4holes had to be ovaled out to allow the bolts to slide through smoothly. He did a good job of that...

So now we have a very happy bike with a new rear tyre too (Rp1250)

Ready to take on India's Monsoon.

Bring your umbrella.
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Lockable Bike Cover
I had a few spare days while in Bangkok and I thought I would tackle a problem that has troubled us since arriving in Asia.
Often times we are forced to park the bike in less than desirable places for the night. Its small and has a cover over it so it sometimes does go unnoticed.

Most of the time though, when we awake in the morning we find that someone has taken the cover off partially to either just look or more sinisterly tamper.
It gets to me a little and I'm sure the bike doesn't like it. All exposed and all, somewhat violated and that.

I came up with a solution while Aki was choosing nailpolish.

Buy two cheap bicycle locks and cut off a strip of heavyweight silk I had at the bottom of my sleeping bag.
Sew the parts together with my handy sewing kit...



Sew them to the bike cover front and back, then sew the ends closed so the locks don't slip out and ouilla!



A lockable bike cover.

Not as secure as an alarm or solid as a garage but it works, is cheap and is super lowtech.
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Support Frame Repaint
The rains that have noisily fallen on our lids since hitting Asia proper have kick-started some interesting repercussions. Some of them are:
Aki's perm isn't so curly!
My beard gets itchy by 4pm!!
Sometimes the bike can be started without the key!!!
And
Rust has started to appear here and there.

The main problem being that we were in such a rush to leave home that I failed to properly paint the modifications that were made... Namely the support frames.
These frames are quite important to us, they bind everything together, improve strength, hold the boxes on as well as keep Aki's seat from sliding off the back of the bike.
I had a spare few (few?) days in Penang so I decided to repaint them to stop the cancerous rust and retain the close relationship I have with both Aki and the bike.

These pictures don't show the hours of sanding and painting I invested to bring them back to a shiny life. Really all these pictures are for, is for you postie geeks out there should you be inspired to make a touring postie of your own. I know you want to!!!

Support Frames off


Left Frame with dirty and bent pannier box.


Right Frame with dirty box. Note the offset to clear the exhaust.


That was fun wasn't it?
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Packed and ready to go
Packed and ready

The final touches to prepare this bike for overland touring were made in somewhat of a rush. Our (constantly changing) departure date was fast approaching, along with the southern winter. It was time to get a cracking!
I pilfered a back rack off a dead bicycle I found down the farm, cut it shorter and with the help of brother Simon it was fitted to the front of the postie in no more than an hour. This rack will carry the sleeping mats and tent. It’s covered by a Pacsafe 55.
I bought 2 army bags from the disposal store on High street Fremantle for $10 each. I sewed the straps together just so, now they are able to be slung over the tank and adjusted so as to not touch my tender knees on long rides. They keep the rain off my legs and carry our food. Tank pannier bags are the accessory for “Adventure Touring”. I almost feel like Alby Mangles now.
Found a sheepskin at the Melville markets for $5. After a little alteration and stitching it now aides in keeping my blood circulating throughout that region and also doubles as my pillow at night. Of course I wrap it in my towel before lying down, I aint that rough…
Here is the tool kit I'm taking along, hopefully this will get me out of any pickle.
ToolKit
I stitched up some waterproof bags to line the inside of the pannier boxes as I’m not convinced rain will stay out of them. Found the water-repellant canvas at a small tent maker in Victoria Park. $16 for 2meters. They close with a drawstring which together double as a clothesline for inside our tent/hotel/hostel.
The boxes were painted white to increase visibility on the road and to avoid being mistaken for a radical militiaman on the run. The yellow and red design was sprayed on with reflective paint using hand-cut stencils, there was more cutting of hand than stencil Ill have you know.
A slight clutch adjustment, a twist on the cam-chain adjuster, an oil change with the good stuff and we were all packed up and ready to go.
Now to wait for a day of sunshine to make our hasty escape…
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サイドボックス
パニアボックスともいう。
色々考えたすえこれも作ることになりました。

何件かバイクショップに行って重さを計った結果どのボックスも重かったしスチール製の物は両サイドで$700!!
高いしこれにフレーム代を加えると。。$$$$$。。。。。
プラスティック製品だと安くて軽いけど安全性、壊れたときのお直しの事も考えるとちょっと。。。

ということで、「SUPER CHEAP」スーパーチープというカー用品専門店でガソリン缶を2個で$40という破格で購入。
へこみがあって売れなくなった物を安値で売ってもらった。
※写真はNATの投稿へどうぞ

そしてカットしてなんやらして。。。フレームと後ろの席用のステップをつけたり。。。
結果、自主製作は大正解。自分で好きなようにデザインを考えれるからいる物入らない物はっきりできる。
NATが考えた1ロックシステム。
これはボックスのフタが開いてる時にしかボックスを取り外しできないようになってる。。
よく考えたなぁ。。。関心。。

この製作にはNATの2人の兄上達のヘルプも随分いただいた。
製作に必要なツールを使わせてもらうために1つ上の兄上の勤める高校に行ったり、そのもう1つ上の兄上のワークショップにおじゃましたりと。。

でもあたしは何にもしてません。。

仕上げは白のペンキでカラーチェンジ。

PBrear
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Pannier Boxes
In the past I have always used soft pannier bags. Perfect for their lightness, their rugged looks and their ease of mounting but unfortunately they fall well down in the security stakes, I never felt happy to leave the bike unattended with the bags on. I dont particularly like the look of pannier boxes though, especially the round plastic ones, likewise the square aluminium ones make me cringe (Rich Europeans riding BMWs/Socks with Sandles) but I do admire the security they offer. I think touring would be more enjoyable if my gear was locked to the bike somehow and I could leave it for a while, while I climb a mountain, go for a swim or just head into a market to by some veggies.
Id been pondering the advantages and disadvantages of hard boxes for a while before even buying the postie. Once Id decided on making it a touring machine I looked around for suitable ready-made candidates that would be both robust enough and fit well with the overall look of a touring Postie-bike.
One day while purousing the shelves at my local SuperCheap, I spied some 20L Jerry cans on sale. 20bux each is my kind of price so in a flurry I bought 2 of their finest and the decision was made, Jerry can panniers...

PB01

After just one afternoon with my brothers grinder I had successfully increased the number of parts but also, as I would soon discover, I had increased the workload sevenfold.

PB02I thought widening the boxes by 45mm would be sufficient to stow all my gear so I cut all the pieces in half again!!! After hammering all the joining surfaces flat(ish), all bits were connected back together again by spot welding the widening strip down the middle, this took a couple of weeks of work, quite tedious. So I finished up pretty close to the place where I started. 2boxes! only now slightly wider.

This whole process felt like some kind of exercise in zen meditation for me. From a simple object great complexity grew. Through analysis and contemplation we were able to fold it back into an object of great simpleness. All the hard work and time is somewhat invisible now.

PB03

Same goes for the lids, only the samarai wielding the welding rod for that job was my other brother Simon.
The locking mechanism allows the boxes to be removed only when the latches are open. It works well.

PB04
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Support Frame
The Honda CT 110X comes with three, yes 3, stands. A left, a right and a centre. My experience with small bike touring is that the sidestands are usually not positioned to adequately keep a loaded bike upright, even less so on uneven ground. More commonly they send you into shock upon returning to find the machine on its side and bleeding fluids profusely. If you happen to have soft pannier bags, you can be sure that your gear will also be crushed (Tip; The easiest way to get your fruit and veg into easy to eat portions.)
I prefer using the centre stand cos its more stable and as I discovered while scooter touring Hokkaido with my brother, the bike seat was able to be used as a table in our mobile camp kitchen. For these reasons I decided to scrap the side stands all-together on my new postie, and just keep the centreery!
With the sideez gone and the bike a lot lighter as a result. What remained were 2 solid mounting holes just perfect for triangulating (ie: strengthening) the bike frame to carry the pannier boxes I plan to make. As is normal for me, heavy, military grade over engineering is the order of the day. This lil' postie will be light no longer.
After weeks of throwing ideas around it was decided that the support frame will run from the old side-stand mounts, diagonally up under the back rack holes supporting the new pillion seat.
2 lengths of thin walled 20mm box tubing and 4 custom threaded bosses were used to bridge the fore-aft holes in the rack. This way the pillion seat frame can be bolted straight through to the custom bosses, sandwiching the rack and allowing a solid welding point for the diagonal support frame to connect to.



The left diagonal is just a straight section from down at the stand mount, up past the air filter box and welded to the fore-aft length now under the rack. The right diagonal was a little more involved because it needs to clear the exhaust and then bend back in to connect with section under the rack, after much cutting, bending and welding the basic frame was completed in a solid afternoons work. Well, I actually sat on my arse while Mark raced around doing all the hard work...
20mm box was used throughout and the tubing was squashed and drilled to be mounted securely to the side stand bosses down below. I played with the idea of cutting, drilling and welding a plate to the bottom of the support frame and mounting that down there at the stand bosses but not only would this be heavier and more work, it probably wouldnt be any stronger. Its important when squashing box section tube that the join (you can see it by looking at the inner profile) is kept flat and not stressed as this will crack easily.
The horizontal mounts were cut and bent in record time but it took an age to weld them into place correctly. Getting them square was most important so the panniers sit correctly with minimal sliding or movement.
The pillion pegs were off my brothers long lost TT600. Because both diagonals were different, both pegs needed to be fixed at different points to keep them at equi-level relative to the seat. I like my passengers to be happy and walking without a limp so finding the ideal location for the pegs was pretty high on my list of priorities.
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シート
ついた。。
バイクショップで$50で購入。
ホンダのロゴもちゃんと着いて本格的。

これが着くまで座蒲団敷いて乗ってたからお尻痛かった。。
これで長距離移動も大丈夫そう。

見た目もかわいくて結構すき。
ぽこって乗ってる感じ。

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Pillion Seat
Pretty rudimentary work here. I was able to fashion up the mounts for the extra seat within a few hours. Again no drilling nor welding was inflicted onto the bike, all mounting holes were pre-existant. Using some 5mm flat bar and my brothers vice the front mount looks like a deep upside down V. Both the seats locating bolts go through the narrow top of the new front mount, the wide bottom ends locate on the front 2holes in the rack. The rear mount is similar but somewhat shallower, there are no bolts from the rear of the seat the rubber stops/suction-cups just rest on the new mount, the wide ends locate on the rear 2holes in the rack.
The 4 holes in the rack I imagine were used for holding the orange postal pannier bags and frame on, they are not factory, in their new incarnation they will hold the pillion seat down and be the mounting points for the support frame underneath. At this stage I bought some BMX trick footpegs and screwed them onto the lower shock mounts as temperary pillion pegs, their permanent location is planned to be on the support frame somewhere. The Postie is registered to carry just one person but a look around asia suggests that these bikes are more than capable of “safely” carrying a whole family as well as a few chickens.
The end result looks factory and is sure to fool even the most rigorous of police officers, even West Australian cops... I hope.

pillion seat

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長く走れるように
タンクつけました。
私は何にもしてませんが。。。

オリジナルタンクの5Lでは長距離移動が困難なため新たに7Lのタンクを装着。
これでトータル12L。約380kmの移動が可能になる。

どうやってつけたか私にはめっきりわからんけどかなりいけてます。
※タンクのパーツ&装着後の写真はNATの投稿へ。。。


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