I also must give HUGE kudo's to NW Motor Scooters for getting me the parts needed with a minimum of fuss. As with all special order parts there's always some drama, but the parts department came through in a huge way!
I must be honest, before beginning, that I was very very worried that would run into problems and not be able to complete this for whatever reason. At the same time was fairly confident though still had that gnawing feeling would have issues. Turned out was fairly easy with one minor issue that resolved shortly after.
|Handlebar somewhat messed up.|
|Virgin handlebar, with hole front and center|
Is to get handlebar mounted with a minimum of fuss.
How exactly is this done.....
As mentioned in the preamble, really would like to say I had it under control and knew exactly what I was doing, but really had no clue. Doing mechanical work, in general, isn't rocket science, and if I can fix a computer I can fix a scooter, right? Right? RIGHT? Say yes....
Looking at this afterword writing up this post, the replacement was fairly straight forward. This is how I did it, not how it's meant to be done according to Aprilia.
Step 1 is to remove the instrument cluster. This was already done for me during the act of it falling off, so this is fairly easy.
|All tupperware removed|
|Old handlebar remove|
Once all the bolts and stuff were removed, with a little rocking and sliding and that happy stuff, the ends slid off without too much effort. Think, on the left hand side, it was a little effort to get off but couldn't have been all that much as was able to reuse the rubber handle part.
|Secured in place|
Taking a breather and admiring all my handiwork. I am missing some nuts and inserts and stuff here and there mainly related to the windscreen, which I scrapped. There are a total of four rubber inserts with metal threads that the windshield supports screw into. This is what those two bars on either side are for. On the bar, at each end, will see a larger hole. The inserts slide into these holes. and machine screws go in there to hold windscreen in place.
|Tupperware back on, mostly|
While I don't have a final picture of the instrument cluster in place, here is an almost final picture of the front with most of the tupperware in place. The only two things that aren't in the picture is the full windscreen which had and a cover which goes over the screws holding the windscreen in place. I chose to get rid of the windscreen as it was all scratched up and hard to see through at night.
With any major undertaking such as this, there's always one or two things that fall through and don't work as intended. Such is the case with this and it the issue had to do with an antenna that's part of the instrument cluster. This antenna detects the computer chip within the key. Presence of a known chip allows the scooter to be started. Without said chip, something in the innards disables the start button and couple other things to prevent someone from easily starting the scooter.
I don't have pictures of this, and it took some time to find a solution that worked, but was able to use some Goop, goop up the two wires and slide the rubber sleeve over it. This has held it in place so far. TI can't find the tube of Goop, and didn't see it in a quick internet search, but pretty sure it's called Goop, and it works great!
Knock on wood, to this day it works great and replaced it before Christmas sometime, sometime around end of November, beginning of December, 2014.