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Old 03-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #1951
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I'm lifting the bike off the ground by just the crossbar.
Initial reaction: Panic

Second reaction: I can't wait to show that off!

Loving it!
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #1952
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Initial reaction: Panic

Second reaction: I can't wait to show that off!

Loving it!




It's very stout. You'll see...



That's how I move my KLR and my old XRL around...grab the crossbar and just drag it around while on the sidestand.

It makes moving bikes around in small areas very, very easy.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:55 AM   #1953
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Progress continues.







Happy Trails mounts are spaced to allow fore and aft adjustment.






Anther gold nugget of info. gleaned from JVB: leave enough room for key clearance.


Lid fab begins after lunch...



You boys and your junky BMWs are going to make me get a junky BMW of my own. ;)

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Old 03-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #1954
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You boys and your junky BMWs are going to make me get a junky BMW of my own. ;)
Stare at the picture. You can hear it calling you...
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #1955
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Chop, chop.



Bend,bend.





More picture frames.



Clamp, clamp.

Square, square.



Checking for fit after tacking...





Weld towards mass, weld towards mass...GOT IT!



AWWWWW YEAHHHHH BOYYYYYYYYYYY!

On my KLR bag lids like this, I also bent a reverse bend in this piece. The brake could do the short end easily, but not the long end - the apron felt like it wanted to spring, so I let off and finished the long ends by hammer forming on the vise.

This will get another flange welded to it for the "trap door" storage compartment. Still figuring things out as I go...

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Old 03-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #1956
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Stare at the picture. You can hear it calling you...
I know!!!!! You guys are wearing me DOWN!!!!

After a bad experience with a Ducati and a Triumph, I swore it was all Jap bikes from here on out, but...but...

These darn GSes are calling out to me!
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:56 PM   #1957
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I know!!!!! You guys are wearing me DOWN!!!!

After a bad experience with a Ducati and a Triumph, I swore it was all Jap bikes from here on out, but...but...

These darn GSes are calling out to me!
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #1958
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Looking great Kirk! I'm really liking your new lid design!

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:24 PM   #1959
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I dunno... I think stuff inside might get a little wet if it ever rains...
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:31 PM   #1960
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Looking great Kirk! I'm really liking your new lid design!

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Thanks, Jim!
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #1961
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I dunno... I think stuff inside might get a little wet if it ever rains...
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:38 PM   #1962
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More chop, chop.



Creative clamping.





1/4" flange for future trap door.



I stitch weld it to keep from tweaking the main flange.



Time to keep the rain out.





Cut, cut.



Mucho cuidado.











Lids will hinge forward. Some would say that's a lot of work for a little storage compartment, and they would be right.

I'm whupped. Time to knock off for the day.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #1963
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I dunno... I think stuff inside might get a little wet if it ever rains...
Moon roof baby! What other pannier maker has that option?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #1964
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I look forward daily to seeing your progress and admiring your skills. Wish I had half your talent.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:57 PM   #1965
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I know!!!!! You guys are wearing me DOWN!!!!

After a bad experience with a Ducati and a Triumph, I swore it was all Jap bikes from here on out, but...but...

These darn GSes are calling out to me!
All teasing aside, Kirk - my GSA is the most comfortable adventure bike I've ridden - after changing out the seat for a Corbin. With the stock seat, I couldn't ride 20 miles without a sore butt. Add the Corbin, and I can ride 500 and still be ready for more. But you either have a Corbin butt, or you don't.

I almost didn't buy the GSA because of the "image". But after you've ridden one, you find out how amazing it is on back roads and wide open unimproved roads.

If you are going to ride tight two track or limited single track, the 950/990 is still my choice. But after riding my 950 all of 450 miles with a Renazco seat, I thought I was going to die.
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