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Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« on: April 05, 2013, 02:17:08 PM »
Well, aside from one piece, all my parts are in and ready to be installed on the bike.





Parts List:
New Tires - Shinko 705 - tread is more for street than offroad, which is where most of my riding is, anyway
HID Headlight - Brighter and draws fewer watts
LED Turn Signals (with signal flasher and isolator diode) - Brighter and draws fewer watts
Luggage racks and Wolfman Expedition soft luggage - prepping for long, multi-day camp/fish rides
Acerbis fuel tank - 5.3 gallons.  Stock is 3.2, which only got me 120 miles before having to switch to reserve.  This boosts my range from 120 to roughly 200 (plus reserve)
Rear rack - comes with mounting plate for a fuel pack (which is on order - a 1.75 gallon Kolpin fuel pack).  This alone will boost my range an additional ~75 miles
Barkbuster hand guards - The stock hand guards do a serviceable job, but they have a single mounting point, which means the left handguard folds back and applies pressure to the clutch handle at highway speed...not ideal

Other bits: Additional fuel storage - in the form of 1 liter MSR bottles - two of them, which will mount directly to the soft luggage via bottle holders made by the same company as the luggage.  To complement this, I found a Coleman stove that burns unleaded fuel, which means the spare fuel I bring will also be used to cook with.  Assuming I don't use it to cook with, the additional fuel bottles will give me another ~50 miles

Boosted range - Larger fuel tank + Kolpin fuel pack + MSR bottles = ~325 miles (plus reserve which should get ~40 miles).  Pretty dramatic improvement, at the cost of weight, of course.

The roads are pretty clear right now, so I'm talking to my brother-in-law about getting the bike in his shop for general maintenance (oil change, chain lube, filter checks, etc.) and getting everything installed.

I'll post progress and final pics when I get it all done!
 

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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 06:57:59 PM »
That's gonna be sweet man.  I know your excited about.  Can't wait to see the final pics of it. 

I have wanted a motorcycle of a long time for fun and saving on gas.  Of course i want a 4 wheeler as well.  Is are very likely that i won't have either one since the 4th child was born. LOL

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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 10:12:23 AM »
Nice!



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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 06:02:25 PM »
awesome

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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 02:07:17 AM »
Build is done, less the tires.  Turns out I've still got some life left in my old tires, so I'm going to run them another month or so.

Before teardown:


Seat off, wiring exposed - wiring in the rear LED turn signals:


More wiring - starting chasing out the front lights and looking into the headlight:


then some magic happens and I forget to pick up the camera

Complete, profile:


Head on - new handguards:


Rear - soft luggage installed, LED tail lights are much smaller and fit in closer to the fender, but they're brighter.  Fair trade:



All in all...massively pleased with the outcome.  The HID headlight is VERY bright.  My buddy and I managed a ride after getting it all done and, when riding ahead of me, he said the headlight was very bright (he's putting in an order for one, soon, as well as LED turn signals).

And, of course, when I got home from the ride, my rear rack was waiting on my doorstep.  So I've got one more install to go, but it'll be an easy one.
 

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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2013, 08:43:38 AM »
Nice!



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Re: Cars, Trucks...and bikes?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2013, 11:19:25 AM »
Looks great, Keet!    I bet you love riding that thing.  I know I would!

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