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Okay, so, we had set off but we still needed to get power take offs fitted to the bikes, fit a Sat Nav and sort out and fit the comms system. This meant that en-route to the ferry port it was necessary to pay another visit to Tich at TWS wiring services in Swindon, this time for him to wear his proper job hat of electrics guru.

Essentially Tich makes wiring looms and sorts out electrical problems for anything from a moped to an aeroplane. He likes to work on bikes and trikes and is currently completely rewiring my 30 year old V50 Moto Guzzi to include upgrades to modern components and modern Guzzi switchgear.

He has made an independent fused wiring loom for each of the V7’s to run completely separately from the original wiring loom in order to supply power to the Sat Nav and to three separate din power sockets, one under the seat and two waterproof ones on the top yoke by the handlebars. He has also made leads that can plug into these sockets to convert to a standard cigarette lighter power output socket, and other leads to supply power to various pieces of equipment that need power or charging whilst we are travelling.

The wiring is hefty enough to handle plugging the 150w dc to ac converter I had bought into the cigarette lighter socket. This provides a mains type plug socket that any piece of UK electrical equipment up to 150 watts can be plugged into and run, although 150 watts would drain the bike’s battery in very little time!

Together (well I made the tea) we fitted the din power outputs and loom, the powered cradle for the Sat Nav to Sarah’s bike and the coms system to both bikes. Excellent, job done and Tich has made a very neat job of it with everything neat and all properly heat shrink wrapped.

Whilst we were at Tich’s getting the pannier frames sorted he agreed to carry out some modifications to the bike’s stands for me.

All ‘Proper Adventure Motorcycles’ have a plate attached onto the bottom of the foot of the side stand in order to increase the surface area and to help to stop the stand from sinking into soft surfaces. Touratech make beautiful bolt on billet aluminium ones that are rather out of our price range so Tich just used an angle grinder to shape a piece of steel plate, which he then welded onto the bottom of the standard Guzzi side stand. Superb, it looks the part and does the job at very little cost.

Tich then welded a shaped plate onto the mainstand so that when it was in the up position whilst the bike was being ridden it would prevent any rock or tree root from catching on the stand’s cross brace. He also extended the plates on the ends of the legs of the mainstands so that they flow into the leg rather that sticking out downwards like hooks that were just waiting to catch on stuff when we go off road.

It may seem silly given how cheap and easy these two mods were to do, but I am very pleased with them and I smile every time that I look at them. I suppose that it’s because they are real modifications to the bikes themselves in order to improve them for the use that they are going to get in the years ahead. Also, if I’m honest, it’s also the customiser coming out in me. These are now two unique V7 Moto Guzzis and I do like to ride something different 🙂