Been a LOOOOONG time since I've been there. Summer of 1992 was spent on the Navajo Nation, and I got down to Phoenix for an outdoor Blues Traveler / Allman Brothers concert. Got a tattoo at the Flying Squid in Phoenix but I think they're long gone.
Get out into the Painted Desert / Petrified...
DO THE TON BIKE OF THE MONTH
Here are the Nomination Rules:
1. Nominate one of our members' bikes for Bike of the Month - include up to 3 flattering pictures of the bike in question. This is an opportunity to recognize someone who's bike has inspired you.
Please don't nominate your own bike...
A standard battery will be fine. The only thing that might be different to support a lithium battery is the regulator/rectifier, possibly being a solid-state unit. It should work just fine with a $20 battery from the local shop, or jumped to a 12v car battery.
If you have room for a standard...
If you end up needing someone in the US to play intermediary I’d be happy to. I live in Canada but also have a place in South Carolina.
So I can ship it there and then reship from either the US or Canada depending on cost and your preference for import duties etc.
But I expect they ship...
Keeping the rear drum will of course make the swap a lot simpler.
XS650 wheels are plentiful and with 36 holes are easy to find rims for if needed. Avoid Honda CB hubs as I seem to recall the bearing selection is very slim and 40 spoke rims are less common.
Rear hub sprocket offset is...
This is what I do to 'cheat' when using a ramp with my truck. Common trick - back up to a curb. I unloaded the bike myself and could likely load it myself as well, but I'd usually ask for a hand.
No way I could do it without a tall curb that a) greatly reduces the slope and b) adds 8" or so...
The most important things with a ramp are:
The platform you're going up to is stationary and cannot move (i.e. not on castors)
The ramp is secured and can't come loose or move
The height is reasonable - going up is harder than coming down
Bring a friend :)
I don't remember where these plans are, but they're out there. You can imagine how this works - roll the bike up the ramp, as the weight moves forward if it's engineered right, it should rise on its own or be easy to lift once the bike is secured in the wheel chock.
If you're moving the bike on and off a table for general maintenance, I'd build one of the wood ones that actually changes height, or just save a bit more money and buy a used lift.
I built a static table for my XS650 project and it will come off when it's done, and probably never go back up on...
So this is a sad state of affairs. Jan 31 and we only have 1 bike in the running? It's worthy of BOTM for sure, and if we don't have another nomination, then so be it.
Might be time to wrap up the BOTM contest :P