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Old 09-05-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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F800GS Urine sample replaced w/ Rizoma

I don't know about you but I didn't like the way that big ugly front brake reservoir looked on the bars. Adding a gaurd to it makes it a bit better but the Rizoma billet res. looks better and is cheaper than some of the gaurds. I had heard a bit of talk about it on here, (that's how I knew to Google Rizoma) but couldn't find a good post about it.

I went with the 35mm CT027 in black from Desmo works. $71 plus shipping

http://www.desmoworks.com/index.php?...roducts_id=402

Its a beautifully made piece of Italian billet goodness. ( I had to laugh at the difference between Italian and German designs when they were side by
side on the bench.) It comes with interchangeable outlets. I had to switch to the small one for use with the stock hose. Its machined for an Allen wrench in the end.

Installation was easy. The supplied bracket fits under the mirror. Take care to cover your bodywork in case you spill brake fluid. I unbolted the old reservoir first, clamped off the hose (needle nose vise grips w/ fuel hose over the jaws) and tilted it as the hose came off so I didn't even have to drain the fluid. I trimmed about a 1/4" off each end of the stock hose, it fit a bit neater after that. The two bolts for the front brake master will be too long after the Urine cup is gone. I cut mine down but Im sure you can find some shorter stainless allen heads at the hardware store ahead of time. Thread is 5mm x .8 Dump some fluid in the new cup and you're done. If Rizoma had a shorter mounting bracket might look a bit cleaner. Or if you're good, make a shorter one or modify theirs.

Its quite a bit smaller so watch your fluid level as the brake pads wear.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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I remember the initial talk on this. I think "Bobble Head" was the term used. But now I don't look twice at it.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:33 PM   #4
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I used the original rubber washer and mounting bracket -

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Old 09-07-2009, 10:38 PM   #5
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Need to get me one of those!. Cool....

One question though. How can it come in "clear"

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Old 09-07-2009, 10:50 PM   #6
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Need to get me one of those!. Cool....

One question though. How can it come in "clear"

I believe "clear" would be the silver aluminum color, clear-coated. "Natural" might be a better description.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:28 AM   #7
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Its quite a bit smaller so watch your fluid level as the brake pads wear.
How? Do you have to take the cap off every time you want to check the level?
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #8
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How? Do you have to take the cap off every time you want to check the level?
The CT027 has a sight window. Some of the other models do not.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:26 AM   #9
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without meaning to slag anyone at all, this bling over function thing is a lil surprising on this board -- 'course, I may be proving my naivety


(btw, I don't like the pee-cup on my Tiger, either, but you can't beat the ease of checking the fluid level)
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:30 PM   #10
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You can call it bling, (No offense taken) which I guess it is. But its also much less likely to be wiped off the bars by a branch. Just wondering if the guard for the original is bling too? The original was just ridiculous to me. My buddies 1200GS has a hard mounted reservoir, Why the counter weighted version on the 800??
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without meaning to slag anyone at all, this bling over function thing is a lil surprising on this board -- 'course, I may be proving my naivety


(btw, I don't like the pee-cup on my Tiger, either, but you can't beat the ease of checking the fluid level)
I did the same thing when I had the Tiger plus the Pazzo levers on the Tiger -

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You can call it bling, (No offense taken) which I guess it is. But its also much less likely to be wiped off the bars by a branch. Just wondering if the guard for the original is bling too? The original was just ridiculous to me. My buddies 1200GS has a hard mounted reservoir, Why the counter weighted version on the 800??

I don't think it is bling. I don't like the pee cup look at all. Just hate it bobbling around up there. For now I put a black wrist sweat-band over it - you know, like the ones chevy chase had on in Fletch.

It still bobbles but since it is all black its not as noticeable. I definitely liked the ones on my old BMW Dakar better. This looks like an easy solution if you don't like the urine sample.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:46 PM   #13
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I posted about this a while ago, my biggest beef with the bobble head was that it prevented me from unscrewing the right hand mirror when I reached a dirt stretch where I thought that might be prudent. You've got to loosen the control pod clamp bolts enough to let the reservoir on it's bracket move out of the way of the mirror stalk when it revolves as it's unscrewed. That's a lot of extra hassle.

I made a flat bracket for the stock reservoir that moves it out of the way. I retained the stock rubber grommet mount, but removed the counterweight, mostly because I needed the clearance to get the thing as low as possible.

I mention all this because the first poster shows a picture of the bracket he got with the Italian reservoir, and it mounts to the mirror stalk. That would be no good if you ever wanted to protect your mirrors by removing them.
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I posted about this a while ago, my biggest beef with the bobble head was that it prevented me from unscrewing the right hand mirror when I reached a dirt stretch where I thought that might be prudent. You've got to loosen the control pod clamp bolts enough to let the reservoir on it's bracket move out of the way of the mirror stalk when it revolves as it's unscrewed. That's a lot of extra hassle.

I made a flat bracket for the stock reservoir that moves it out of the way. I retained the stock rubber grommet mount, but removed the counterweight, mostly because I needed the clearance to get the thing as low as possible.

I mention all this because the first poster shows a picture of the bracket he got with the Italian reservoir, and it mounts to the mirror stalk. That would be no good if you ever wanted to protect your mirrors by removing them.

That's weird. I didn't have to remove mine to get the mirrors off. Just used a wrench and removed them.

That said, I thought the same thing about the bracket from Rimonza or whatever they are called. Personally I'd find a way to keep the stock braket and just bold the alum container on there.
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Personally I'd find a way to keep the stock braket and just bold the alum container on there.
Keeping the stock bracket was pretty straight forward -

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