To John's GTS part 1: Overview
part 2: Frame and hub steering
part 3: Fueltank modification
part 4: Electrical
part 6: Givi Monorack
part 7: Exhaust system modification
Because of all extra lamps and gadgets a bigger battery was welcome. I removed
the originally battery and placed a much bigger battery in the sidecartrunk.
It can give a huge current for starting the bike but is also capable to give
little a curent for a very long time (it's a start and deep cycle battery, it
needs a smaller loading current then normal batteries). One of the fillercaps
has a window that gives a green sign (a little, floating green ball) when the
battery is fine.
The battery ventilation has a flame arrestor in it. I've made the venting hose through the trunk bottom to the atmosphere to avoid gas in the trunk. The new one is a 75 amp/hour, originally was a 12 amp/hour battery.
By moving the battery to the sidecartrunk, the center of gravity of the sidecaroutfit became better.
The GTS1000 ignition coils connection points are not waterproof. In heavy rain
or when washing the bike with high pressure water, there could be some trouble
The sparkplug wires can be replaced for new ones. The little clips that holds the wires in place will certainly break when removing them but with a silicone based kit and some tie raps it is possible to fix the new wires.
Because of a bit of free play in the wires when using tie raps, nowadays I'm using an universal melt glue. The melt glue is for fixing the wires and the flexibel silicone kit is for keeping the coil connections dry in all weathers.