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Old 11-26-2012, 11:33 AM   #14461
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Pluric: For the places you take your bike, a dry clutch like on the GS wouldn't last you very long! Then you need to BringMoreWallet.
This was an all but new Altrider skid plate. I kept hearing the rocks that were thrown
up hitting it.



This side still got the exhaust pipe. I'm sure it would have been worse
without it. Looking under the plate I can see where it got pushed up to
the drain plug. Probably saving me from a night in the desert.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #14462
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Are you going for Jaxon's bomb proof plate next?
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #14463
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Pluric, you need the 21"/18 wheels and harder suspensions to reach the bike. That's the best insurance against rocks.
I tested the 21" front wheel in the same place I did the skid plate some months ago (with the 19" wheel) and it was really difficult to hit the plate.... with my light weight
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:39 PM   #14464
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Pluric, you need the 21"/18” wheels and harder suspensions to reach the bike. That's the best insurance against rocks.
I tested the 21" front wheel in the same place I did the skid plate some months ago (with the 19" wheel) and it was really difficult to hit the plate....with my light weight
I think I'd go orange before I started to convert the bike into something else.

Opps, was that my outside voice?

You just had to throw that last comment in didn't you.

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #14465
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Are you going for Jaxon's bomb proof plate next?
His set up does look impressive. It's alloy, it will all bend eventually.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #14466
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I think I'd go orange before I started to convert the bike into something else.

Opps, was that my outside voice?

You just had to throw that last comment in didn't you.

Well the new 1190 KTM R looks impressive... perhaps my next bike??
Opps another outside voice!!

To me the biggest problem the ST has is its low ground clearance:

Yamaha ST: 20,5 cm
BMW GSA: 23,5 cm
KTM 990: 26 cm

Now with the new setup I have nearly 24 cm, thats a big improvement.

What is the problem to be light??
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:45 PM   #14467
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His set up does look impressive. It's alloy, it will all bend eventually.
It may be alloy, but it is really thick and mounted only to the frame. You would really have to blast something hard to bend or break it. For whimpy plates I have a few hundred miles on rocky but easy to ride fast roads and my SWM plate looks like it has been through a war already.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #14468
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2012 Yamaha Tenere lowering info please???

I'm 5' 8.5" with 28.5" inseam. Currently ride a BMW with 29.5" seat height- can I get a Yamaha down to my size via rear links,front tubes & seat changes ??? Or should I keep looking-BTW, I ride pavement only & thanks!!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:07 PM   #14469
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It may be alloy, but it is really thick and mounted only to the frame. You would really have to blast something hard to bend or break it. For whimpy plates I have a few hundred miles on rocky but easy to ride fast roads and my SWM plate looks like it has been through a war already.
Yeah, my first OEM plate was like that. The sump mount and lack of any pipe protecton
made me move on. Just trying to straighten the Altrider and get it off the pipe it bent pretty
easy. Maybe the bike is trying to tell me something?
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #14470
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What is the problem to be light??
Well pluric wouldn't know.

I would not say that his size has anything to do with bending rims and bashing bash plates.

He does seem to enjoy himself.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #14471
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Well pluric wouldn't know.

I would not say that his size has anything to do with bending rims and bashing bash plates.

He does seem to enjoy himself.
Yes I do enjoy myself. On the bike and at the dinner table.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #14472
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I'm 5' 8.5" with 28.5" inseam. Currently ride a BMW with 29.5" seat height- can I get a Yamaha down to my size via rear links,front tubes & seat changes ??? Or should I keep looking-BTW, I ride pavement only & thanks!!!
You should ride one first, we're about the same size and height wasn't an issue for me. I'm not sure where the seat was set, but feet on the ground wasn't a problem.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:54 PM   #14473
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I hate the way my radiator fan cooks my left leg at stoplights. It's Texas...it's almost December...I don't think the fan should cycle at stoplights in 76 degree weather.

How much worse will it be in July?
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #14474
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I'm 5' 8.5" with 28.5" inseam. Currently ride a BMW with 29.5" seat height- can I get a Yamaha down to my size via rear links,front tubes & seat changes ??? Or should I keep looking-BTW, I ride pavement only & thanks!!!
For pavement only you can get lower bikes that still have that nice twin power.
I quess I'm a little confused why you would consider the Tenere. It is a nice
slab runner just if you really are pure street I'd sniff around some more.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #14475
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I'm 5' 8.5" with 28.5" inseam. Currently ride a BMW with 29.5" seat height- can I get a Yamaha down to my size via rear links,front tubes & seat changes ??? Or should I keep looking-BTW, I ride pavement only & thanks!!!
I'm exactly the same height/inseam. With the seat on low. I'm on the comfortably on the balls of both feet, or flat foot one and the toe of the other. It's not too tall at all, and I wouldn't even consider lowering it unless you require flat footing both feet.
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