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Before I start, lemme clearly explain where all I think I can improve,
- I know the entire front part behind the front wheel is open which kind of looks messy, But it is very important to maintain the airflow inside and hence im working on a cover with a better design to let in more airflow to the engine.
- Although not visible in the pic, I have not clearly covered all the wires from open air. When it rains the wires are bound to get wet. Itís not a big task. Iím just a little lazy L
- Thereís a noticeable gap between the front fairing and the speedo when viewed from the side. Damn it.
I used to own a P180. Things started changing after my ride to Ladkah ( http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/best-tra...back-ride.html ). Though P180 gave me no reason to complain, but the Highways in India just got better J. So thatís when more power became a necessity for me. But I was not able to make up my mind on either of the 2 best bikes in the country. The P220 had the power but not the looks, The R15 had some kind of a looks and power but was too short for me(just my opinion, not a statement from me). So was waiting waiting for something to turn up that can fit my pocket as well. Apparently nothing did turn up. Thatís when I stumbled upon a few links where they had modified a P220 with the R15ís parts, The perfect recipe for great looks and great power. This time I made up my mind that Iím gonna do that.
So I sold my P180 and got myself a P220-S ( street edition). Chose a street edition coz I didnít need the P220ís fairing. Just on the second day, got myself a pair of IRC tyres, the ones that are used in the Ninjas. Trust me guys the difference this curvy tyre gives to the otherwise not so great handling of P220 is huge. Youíll suddenly feel you can twist and bend this bike just like the old P180s.
But as soon as I got this bike, a series of events in my personal life bashed me up and pushed me to a corner. My bike was the last thing on my mind and any thoughts of a makeover dried out. But eventually, time had its course and I had nowhere else to turn to but my bike. Thatís when I decided to take up this project.
I immediately went out and bought the main fairing parts from a Yamaha dealer. But he refused to give me all the screws, nuts, grommets, etc. I could have easily chose to use local nuts. But Xioniteís ( My Green-Mean P180!) convinced me to keep everything original. Thus began the greatest search for those few nuts, bolts and screws across cities J. Most of the yamaha service center either didnít have stocks of those small parts or were not ready to give it to a different bike owner. It took me over 3 months to gather those small stuffs. Sometimes I had roamed the entire city in search of just 2 or 3 screws. In the meantime, I got in touch with PROvRODZ (http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/members/pro-v-rodz.html) from Nagpur to get myself the projector lamps and the stunning Angel eyes. Since I could not find a shop where this can be done in Hyd ( I may be wrong, but with my contacts I could not find one), so I had to courier my Head lamp to PROvRODZ in Nagpur. And my bad luck, they ran into some unexpected problems and my head lamp got delivered only after a month. But as I said it was unintentional and even they were helpless. In the end, I was happy to look at my angels and thatís what mattered.
And one fine day my search for all the parts ended. Thus started the process of mounting things on my bike. Xionite (http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/members/xionite.html ) gave me some valuable inputs on the mounting points and welding techniques which were of great help to me. Although by this time I had gathered all the knowledge to modify my bike, I didnít have the welding equipment to weld the brackets onto my frame.
SO I found a electric welder( generally welds the gates) near my house. He had no idea about bikes. All he did was to weld things exactly where I asked him to do.
It took me 3 days to weld and mount the whole thing up. All these 3 days I was sitting and working in that welding shop without a shirt, just like a welder. People even started asking me to weld their stuff J. The welding alone will not take 3 days, but to carefully weld every bracket by fixing and removing the fairings to check its fit, was time consuming. But eventually we completed the weld and my Ride was ready.
Now started another pain in the neck for me. I wanted to give a nice theme to my back my modification. Days and days of searching for decals lead me to one theme Ė Transformers. Since there not much we have in India on the decal front I had to import everything, including the rim stripes. I still have few more decals to be put on, to give it a complete AUTOBOT look. Itís just that getting things through our customs is one big pain in the ass and every single item is delayed by weeks.
Now the AUDIT,
Fairing Costs Ė 6 Ė 7k
All original yamaha screws, keys and grommets Ė 3 Ė 4k
Welding Ė 3k
Projector lamps and angel eyes( including courier from Hyd to Nagpur and back ) - 13k
Tyres Ė 4.5k ( front and rear IRC)
Imported Decals including rim strips Ė 5 k ( 2.5k worth is still pending to be delivered)
Giving a Makeover for my best buddy Ė Priceless.
It was not as easy as I mentioned, to roam around the city every weekend for small stuffs for over 4 months, to juggle btw work and the welding shop for 3 days, and then sitting and figuring out the wiring of my bike just by myself. But at the end of the day Iím glad that I took this journey, and where the journey has taken me. This bike was the only thing that gave me some respite in those disturbing times and Iím so grateful for that.
Guys, I'm working on a name for my new two wheeled Autobot. Do pitch in with your suggestions.
Thanks to Xionite, ProVrodz and to this dude who created this link - http://yamahapricelist.blogspot.com/...r-browser.html - This link was my bible, gita and Koran for everything single detail of the bike.
EDIT: More pics of the Xenon lamps as requested.
More pics of the lights in Day light coming soon.