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Old 01-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #7036
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Walked past it on the way to work cause it's too cold to ride.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:33 AM   #7037
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First ride of the year! From Sweden.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:37 AM   #7038
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I'm a 950 owner

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:52 AM   #7039
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #7040
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New AGV AX-8! Have an ICON Variant on the way as well
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #7041
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I bought a fly racing helmet in that style. It's noisy but I like it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #7042
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Added some Carbon Fiber Bling to My Katoom. Now I just have to find a damned 31mm Socket so I can split the cases on my old motor.
Who makes the exhaust guard if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #7043
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I bought a fly racing helmet in that style. It's noisy but I like it.
The fly is a good looking lid but didn't fit all that well for me. The AX-8 got great reviews and it is super light! Can't wait for the Variant to show up to compare!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #7044
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New AGV AX-8! Have an ICON Variant on the way as well
I've been looking at those, what head shape do you have and how does it fit........I struggle finding one that works for me and my "long oval" 7 5/8 to 7 3/4" sized melon!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #7045
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The AX-8 got great reviews and it is super light
Got one a few months ago. The cheek pads were a little tight at first, but are better now. I would say the I'm a long oval as well and the fit is good. On my WR it is fairly quiet, but on the 950 at high speeds, in crosswinds it can drone pretty bad. On a long freeway trip I'll wear something else. Nature of the beast with this style.

Super light helmet. I lost one of the peak screws after a short while. They were all coming loose. Put blue loctite on them, and all is well.

Visibility is good, happy with it.

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:01 PM   #7046
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Who makes the exhaust guard if you don't mind my asking?
It's made by CJDesigns. Fit and finish were both excellent. Love the way it looks
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The fly is a good looking lid but didn't fit all that well for me. The AX-8 got great reviews and it is super light! Can't wait for the Variant to show up to compare!
do a report on it for us please
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:39 PM   #7047
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Acquired It.



Just purchased this healthy-looking, 47,000--mile, 2010 specimen (sans fugly luggage, of course!) from the good people at Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals (if you know anyone who wants to borrow a proper bike for a tour out of NorCal, Wolfgang's your man), via our mates at Scuderia West in SF.

Now commencing Project 990 'KDV' in earnest...



OK. So, she may well be a high-mileage, former working girl, which means she'll no-doubt have experienced more than her fair share of club-footed gearshift and cack-handed throttle abuse during her time on the streets. But equally, it also suggests that she's unlikely to have suffered too much of a beating at the hands of aggressive off-road riders. And she's been rigorously maintained by the top techs at Scuderia. So, by my [currency-based] logic at least, the bike's only just run in.

And anyhoo, I fully intend to see 200k+ on the clock at some point. So, if I didn't think it'd still be on-form after a measly 47,000, then I wouldn't have bought a 990 in the first place. Regardless of the odo reading.

Plus, the price was right . Which freed up more funds for... Yup! You guessed it...


F-F-F-F-FARKLES!

With a little (lot of) help from the most excellent peeps at Scuderia West / KTMTWINS.com; Black Dog Cycle Works, CJ Designs; Super Plush Suspension and Crispy Designs (the first four of whom co-incidentally also happen to be long-serving members of the 'Kriega Krewe'), the following upgrades seem somehow inevitable:
  • Uprated suspension
  • 2-into-1 exhaust system
  • Remap
  • Auto clutch
  • Steering stabilizer
  • Throttle cam kit
  • Bars
  • Hand guards
  • Seat
  • Pegs
  • Levers / pedals
  • ABS 'perma / easy-off' switch
  • Brake pads
  • Crash bars
  • Skid plate
  • Brake res. guard
  • Kickstand relocation & foot
  • Headlight upgrade
  • Aux. lighting
  • Canister & SAS removal
  • Hi-flow filter
  • Folding mirrors
  • Shorter screen
  • New rubber
  • High fender kit
  • Aux. rear gas tank
  • Graphics
  • Decent luggage (hmmm... I wonder which brand!? )
  • Probably other bits and pieces, eventually...

Right now, the suspension is with James at Super Plush, preparing for stiffer springs up front, 245mm travel all-round, revalving and custom pre-load range adjustment (more on this later). Seeing as they already have the bike in bits, Scuderia will be checking off, and bolting on, a number of the items above. Others are in the mail, or to be ordered, until I'm all spent up...

From there on-in, I'll be spec'ing as and when it makes 'sense'. But I am aiming to have her fully battle-ready for a quick run down to Costa Rica and back, which I'm hoping to make in early summer.

After all the lurking, geeking out, planning and perving over other people's machines (largely facilitated by the awesomeness of the OC community ) - not to mention working my ass off to make this bike happen - the brands of parts I'll be going for are pretty much set (although I'll be damned if I can find a Hammerhead shifter and brake tip anywhere at the moment!). If anyone's interested - I'll be happy to post whatever pics I can of each stage in the transformation.

In the meantime, here's what I've got thus far: Crispy's first draft of the custom livery.

There are a few basic corrections to make and other options to try out before it's where I want it, but I do like where it's headed…



So there you go.

Thanks for all the superb information, inspiration and camaraderie. It makes me proud not only to be a fellow Inmate, but also to now have acquired your taste for / obsession with the Orange Crush.


Cheers,



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Old 01-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #7048
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Woohoo amanlikemike. Welcome to the madness! I read your list and realized I have done every single one of those mods except crispy and I'm working on that. Can't wait to see your bike take shape.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #7049
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Woohoo amanlikemike. Welcome to the madness! I read your list and realized I have done every single one of those mods except crispy and I'm working on that. Can't wait to see your bike take shape.
Thanks for the welcome Grinderman (please tell me your handle references Nick Cave's super bad-ass side project!).

And, yup! Seems like these mods are pretty much essential for anyone wanting full-on 'drop-a-lot, no-breaky, go-anywhere fast, tank mode', and well worth the outlay. I'll post pics as soon as possible and will also have a dig back through the thread to see if I can find your bike for a peep at the future of mine. If it's not on here, it'd be great if you could post a pic.

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Old 01-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #7050
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