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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 1/3)

Unlike our many other yearly TWIKE adventures, TDE2017 took a heavy toll on TW560.

Time to give TW560 some TLC and make TWIKEing great again! 🙂

First stop is at Andreas Martin’s Ksenotek, Switzerland’s newest TWIKE service partner in northern Switzerland.

The 360° sphere below was created by me during TWIKE Klub Switzerland’s 2016 general assembly which started at Andreas’ workshop.

 
Use your mouse to pan around in any direction. Andreas workshop is right behind you 🙂

Ksenotek

Ksenotek


 
As usual, Andreas greets me enthusiastically and before he starts working on my TWIKE offers me a coffee and catches up on the TWIKE scene’s gossip.

Ready for some TLC!

Ready for some TLC!


 
He then proceeds to roll my TWIKE into the workshop and starts working on one of the more pressing things that need attention: the tyres.

Time for a new set of tyres

Time for a new set of tyres


 
I know, I know – they’re completely run-down. TDE2017’s crossing of many mountain passes is to blame! Happy to have made it back instead of what has already happened to me: being left stranded at the side of a road with a flat tyre due to them being completely run-down.

Not much to see

Not much to see


 
Without wheel case cover and missing the tyre, TW560’s setup looks awfully inadequate for 100km/h driving!

New tyres

New tyres


 
Ready for another 10k km

Ready for another 10k km


 
With about 5mm tread added to the wheel’s diameter, I’ll have to measure the tyres circumference again and change this parameter in TW560’s controller to keep it’s information as accurate as possible.

Next up is a new wheel case cover to replace the one lost during a storm whilst driving in Hungary.

Wheel case cover

Wheel case cover


 
New ones can still be bought – TWIKEs are still in production today and there still is a stock of replacement parts available – even 20 years after they started building these vehicles!

the cover needs a reflector!

the cover needs a reflector!


 
Only a reflector is missing before it’s ready to be mounted in place.

Andreas getting the cover ready

Andreas getting the cover ready


 

Final touches

Final touches


 
Since every TWIKE is slightly different, even standard parts don’t just fit – Andreas has to adapt some parts and – above all – repair the cracks left by the old cover being violently ripped out of its anchor points. All of these have to be re-fitted and repaired.

With this TW560 looks like it should from a distance – Part 2/3 will take care of TW560 close-up. Stay tuned!