Design

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BASICS

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BASICS

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  • On 27th May 2015

Miles of wires.  Literally.  Some say that modern cars may have as many of 40 miles of wires in them.  Add to this hundreds of individual electrical components (such as relays, circuit breakers, switches, sensors, instruments, etc., not to mention heated steering wheels, computers, video cameras, folding mirrors at the push of a button and…

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THROTTLE ASSEMBLY

THROTTLE ASSEMBLY

Well, I failed.  NO PLASTIC was one of the design principles I followed.  And in my enthusiasm, I failed to appreciate that a battery’s case is made of plastic and no other material is available.  How could I not realize that?  What was I thinking when I declared NO PLASTIC? Was I blind?  No.  The battery…

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GOLDEN RATIO

GOLDEN RATIO

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  • On 18th March 2015

Mona Lisa conforms to it.  So does Michelangelo’s David.  And so does “The Creation of Adam” on the famous ceiling of the Sistene Chapel.  These are, the scholars enlighten us, the very best works of art in the world because of the Golden Ratio.  That is precisely what makes them so beautiful, so owe-inspiring and so memorable.  Golden Ratio? Really?…

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MINIMALIST APPROACH

MINIMALIST APPROACH

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  • On 7th March 2015

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Another guiding principle in building BLACKSQUARE was the quintessential bobber principle of “nothing superfluous”.   I personally find it very appealing (but do not necessarily endorse it).  As a result of my affection,…

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DESIGN PRINCIPLES

DESIGN PRINCIPLES

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  • On 3rd March 2015

I am not a designer.   I only found myself forced to think about “design principles” in order to keep this project manageable; confined within certain boundaries.  After all, it had to be finished. As I spent hours looking at the bike in the workshop and as the notion that I would eventually have to work…

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IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE (I-MIGHT-AS-WELL)

IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE (I-MIGHT-AS-WELL)

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  • On 2nd March 2015

When all this started, I had no intention of building a custom motorcycle.  The idea didn’t even cross my mind and at that point I wasn’t even sure I knew what exactly a “bobber” was. My plan was to take the engine apart, learn what was what and how all these things inside worked, put…

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