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Old 09-13-2010, 03:11 PM   #136
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.... worried that it may drone at highway speeds...
Awarded: Best use of the word "drone" while on DRONE's thread!

Hey leafman, maybe these off-topic posts ideally should go on the main XCountry thread so Drone can have his thread back, which is about *his* bike mods... (he has a Staintune not an Akro)...

I say this just to keep the main thread from splintering off, which is a classic problem.. "where do I post this??" and makes it easier to find stuff... so please forgive... but it's not my thread it's Drone's anyhow ...

sorry, now I'm DRONE-ING on and on...
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #137
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Ah, well, maybe since u r playing Thread Police, you should get Drone to change the title of the thread to indicate it pertains ONLY to his mods and not others, i.e. Drone's BMW G650Xco Mods, etc. That may also become a bit boring and ignore good contributions from many that have posted.

Threads going off on tangents is pretty much the norm on here but that aint always bad. Sometimes the things discussed on a tangent are better than where we started.

Anyway, anyone with any experience with the Akra ?
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:59 PM   #138
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Ah, well, maybe since u r playing Thread Police, you should get Drone to change the title of the thread to indicate it pertains ONLY to his mods and not others, i.e. Drone's BMW G650Xco Mods, etc. That may also become a bit boring and ignore good contributions from many that have posted.

Threads going off on tangents is pretty much the norm on here but that aint always bad. Sometimes the things discussed on a tangent are better than where we started.

Anyway, anyone with any experience with the Akra ?
Looks like Drone liked your idea, it does make more sense now - the new title.

Maybe ask your question on the main thread as surely it gets more readers, and maybe you'll get a reply. Good luck!

peace, -matt
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:04 PM   #139
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re:calls

Thanks leafman, hadn't ran across that one yet.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:28 PM   #140
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Drone,

Your bike is so awesome, and you have provided so much knowledge to all of us. Have you added anythimg of late that we should all consider as "Drone Approved"?
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:32 PM   #141
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Drone,

Your bike is so awesome, and you have provided so much knowledge to all of us. Have you added anything of late that we should all consider as "Drone Approved"?
The last change I made was adding the Ortleib soft panniers. I'm going in tomorrow to get the roll pin recall and the ABS recall taken care of. After that, my rear sprocket will need replacing soon. When that happens, I'll upgrade to steel and maybe also drop a tooth in front to give me a touch more torque in 1st gear for dirt. So that would be 15/47. Maybe 15/48. But basically I'm happy with where I got the bike right now for my kind of riding. It's just right for me. Plus, to be honest, I've spent more cash on farkles for this bike than I should've. I don't regret anything in particular, I just wish I'd spent less on the mods.

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Old 09-30-2010, 01:59 AM   #142
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Drone. try 14/47 works best on my XCH. Unless you are doing a lot of road miles then the 15 will give you a little bit more.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:53 AM   #143
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Agree with Cruz. 14/47 is a lot more fun. The stock 16 has held up well, so I'll throw that on for the long "slab" rides.

.....and thank you for taking the time to post all your great mods!


P.S. What will happen with your pelicans now that you went soft?
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:23 AM   #144
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P.S. What will happen with your pelicans now that you went soft?
I still have the Pelicans (though they are actually Seahorse cases) and will hold onto them for any long slab rides where I need more carrying capacity. I'll sell them when I sell the bike. Though generally speaking, if I'm gonna do a long paved ride with no dirt, I'll probably ride my Norge .

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14/47 is a lot more fun.
14/47 is 87% of 16/47. Hmmmm . . . .
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:43 AM   #145
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Hi Drone, Can you tell me where you got your driving light mounts? Did you reuse the stock headlight bolts? Do you have your Denali LED's mounted the same way?



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Old 01-23-2011, 09:25 AM   #146
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Hi Drone, Can you tell me where you got your driving light mounts? Did you reuse the stock headlight bolts? Do you have your Denali LED's mounted the same way?

Thanks, Scott
Scott, the lights came with the mounts from Martin Fabrication. It's a small biz, so I'm sure you could e-mail them to see if they'd sell you a set of the mounts without the lights. I couldn't use the OEM bolts--too short. But I think the kit from Martin included the longer bolts that I used. You could ask them about that too.

My Denali's are not mounted the same at all. I guess you didn't see my install write-up back on page 7. Here's a link to that post.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:36 AM   #147
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Thanks, I will try to contact them. Do you want to sell your old mounts?
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:03 PM   #148
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Thanks, I will try to contact them. Do you want to sell your old mounts?
Sold them to a guy with a 1200GS last Spring.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:19 PM   #149
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I noticed you put the mounts for your side cases in the lids. How has that worked out for you long term? I've got some Pelican's and I was thinking of doing that exact same thing...
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:29 PM   #150
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There are two reasons for doing that.

1-When I bring the cases into a motel room and toss them on the furniture, the brackets will be on top. If on the bottom, I'd scratch the furniture. Applies to the furniture at home too.

2-When I want to get something out of a case, I lean against it, pop the latch, then slowly crack open the case. Using my leg, I allow the case to slowly open while I fish around inside. All the stuff stays in the case because I'm opening the deep part of the case, not the lid. If I mounted the brackets the other way around, everything would fall on the ground or at least spill out the sides before I could find that thing I'm looking for.

Makes sense to me. Never considered mounting them any other way. But maybe I'm not thinking this through. What are the advantages to putting the mounting brackets on the base instead of the lid? Are there any?
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