For the love of God, think before making mods
Please make life easier for anyone who has to wrench on the bike.
It's going to be very hot the next several days, I figured I'd take the windscreen off.... Yeah right.
The previous owner installed and HID, and bolted the unit (ballast, igniter?) to the cross beam of the windscreen.
I couldn't take the frame off without removing the HID unit first. Closer inspection finds the unit is bolted behind the windscreen bag. Neither the windscreen bag or HID unit can be removed without removing the windscreen from the frame.
Removing the windscreen from the frame is no big deal, with the frame OFF the bike. It's a major PITA with the frame on the bike (it's almost impossible to get to some of the cap nuts on the back side).
But I can't remove the frame because the HID ballast has no quick disconnects, and not enough cable length to unbolt the frame and lean it forward.
So, get the windscreen off the frame (about 45 minutes), then start disassembling stuff.
SWEET BABY JESUS, if you're going to add stuff to the bike, use METRIC!!
I had SAE and Metric sockets, Metric and SAE allen wrenches, star wrenches (!), Phillips and standard screwdrivers to remove all the various nuts, bolts, and screws.
After all the stuff was off, the HID is a rats nest of units, resistors, relays, and other stuff.
OK, lets see how it's wired and where we can hide stuff. I went to open of the headlight bucket.
THE LIGHT BAR BLOCKS THE BOTTOM BOLTS of the bucket!
I'm done for tonight.
Alan in Denver
2009 1300 Tourer
Cutdown windscreen, MS fork deflectors, lizard lights, Mustang seat and backrest