Further to my
I've done some more work on my 'project' Skorpion.
As I've started a
new job that I can commute by bike to, I've decided to make my white
Skorpion my 'commuting bike' and modified it to suit. For the last
few weeks I've been using my silver Skorpion and noting what
improvements I could make to the white bike to make it better in its
First thing I did
was buy a new battery. I'd replaced the one in my silver bike earlier
this year and had bought a Motobatt
based on favourable reviews
online. So far it has worked well, so I bought another one for the
I label batteries
with the date I fir them so I know how long they last. I'll report
back when the Motobatt fails – hopefully not for a long time!
Next was a
voltmeter. I don't really think a Skorpion needs a voltmeter,
but I'd bought one some time ago as I saw it cheap on Ebay and
thought it would 'come in handy'. To test if it was waterproof I put
it in a bucket of water for a day, it worked when I took it out so
will probably be OK.
My commute is 15
miles (24 km) each way, almost entirely on motorway or dual
carriageway, but during the busiest times, so it tends to be 30 –
45 minutes on nose to tail riding. The white bike has lower Tour
gearing, so although I don't have any problem with the silver bike,
this should make things a bit easier.
As I'm travelling in
busy traffic, a pair of loud horns are handy.
As is a high level
brake light on top of the topbox. This should be roughly at a
following driver's eye level.
And as I intend to
ride through winter, so are a pair of heated grips.
I also fitted a
generic LED rear light below the numberplate with the 'normal' light
wired to the rear light and the 'brake' function wired as a foglight.
I replaced the standard and unreliable rearlight with an LED unit and
covered the lower part of the mudguard with reflective tape.
Added switches to
the fairing – additional front lights (still to be fitted), hazard
lights, rear foglight.
When I posted this
picture on Facebook, Terry replied 'you need a white topbox', however
I plan on having something brighter than that!
I'm going to paint it
with high visibility paint and attach reflective tape. I've painted
the lid so far and it's a lot brighter than it looks in this photo.
At the front there
is the alarm plus relays for the additional lights and hazards.
At the back a
Scottoiler. (Automatic chain oiler)
So that's where I've
got to so far, shouldn't be long until it's on the road.
I've calculated that
if I use the bike for commuting 80% of the time (due to holidays and
times where the weather is too poor), by the time I retire I'll have
ridden 47,000 miles (75,600 km). In the last article I'd mentioned
that the bike shows 31,618 miles (50,884 km), however, it has been
pointed out that some Skorpions came with a speedo that showed speed
in miles but the odometer was in km. So it is possible that my
bike has only done 31,618 km (19,646 miles). Either way, I think it's
fair to imagine that this bike will last me until I retire – that's
a great feeling. Even if things go wrong, I've a spare Skorpion
engine although, like an out of favour footballer, it 'on loan' at