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Old 02-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #151
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Where have you been, ya big Jessie?
show some respect Oscar.

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Old 02-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #152
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hey koko the traditional upholstery guy in waimauku does good work...
He did seat cover on my R80G/S. I guess I'll have to talk to him about riveting this thing on. First I'll need to modify the seat rack a little bit. The Basic is a just a little bit different to the G/S.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #153
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It took me a while, but I've now managed to install the rear indicators. But not without cutting and burning myself. Nothing serious.



Purists might shudder, but it would not be hard to reverse. I've never liked those big blob indicators and they kept falling of the stalk.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:49 PM   #154
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My usual commute involves up to 6 km of lane splitting. I usually try to restrain myself, but still move at a reasonable clip. However, there are people out there who go a lot faster. I let them pass if it's convenient, otherwise they have to follow me for a while. One guy passed me just as I was pulling into the lane to let him pass, I also indicated. He went around me on the left and then pulled back into the gap. I don't like it when other people mess with my health and safety.

When I see them go, I wonder why they are in such a hurry. It doesn't take much for things to go pear shaped. If you do this everyday, the law of averages will get you eventually.

This morning, traffic was stopped before I got onto the motorway. It makes lane splitting a lot easier. Unfortunately, the reason for the delay was a fellow motorcyclist. People were looking after him and his black sport bike was parked on the side of the road. I hope he is all right and that his jeans worked for him.

I guess after this I'll cut back one more notch. The 1150 is not a skinny cat. I can't wait for them to finish the bridge construction on my regular route. Better to be an old rider and leave the fast lane splitting to bold riders.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:39 AM   #155
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Thumb My sentiments exactly Koko

Couldn't agree more with your approach Alex - the speed / risk with which some folks lane split IMO beggars belief ;) but then I'm just an old pipe n slippers fart
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #156
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Yep, things are still happening here. I just got the single seat back from the upholsterer and fitted it to Basil. I'll need to get some outside shots, but it's getting dark and it has been pissing down with rain lately.







I've managed to tweak the seat-rack to suit the Basic's subframe. Now I'll need to look at an alternative solution for the toolbox. The original one does no longer fit. I'll have to test if one form a G/S will fit instead. Otherwise I'll fabricate something out of blue tac and an old shoebox. Oh, well I would if it was KLR, but I guess my options are limited.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #157
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I'll fabricate something out of blue tac and an old shoebox. Oh, well I would if it was KLR, but I guess my options are limited.
do you have any drawings for this and how much blue tac are we talking about - there is only a limited amount that I can recover from the walls in the kids bedrooms....?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:42 PM   #158
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do you have any drawings for this and how much blue tac are we talking about - there is only a limited amount that I can recover from the walls in the kids bedrooms....?
here you go

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:11 AM   #159
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You know how water falls off the end of an infinity swimming pool onto the ocean? That's the extent of your skills my friend
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:41 AM   #160
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blue tac is this some German product.

we got blu tack here.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:45 AM   #161
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blue tac is this some German product.

we got blu tack here.
yabut not likely that you can build anything with the nz stuff that won't leak
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:54 AM   #162
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what's that big hori gap between the tank and the seatl
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:55 AM   #163
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looks like a bus park
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:13 AM   #164
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It's there to match all the other gaps, but I can make it go away with the small tank. But really, for someone with a purple bike with a bloody big screen, this should look just right.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #165
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Here are a couple of pictures with the small tank. I've told the upholsterer to slightly modify the seat, so it wouldn't the leading edge would not be so far above the large tank, but this of course affects the fit to the small tank as well. A bit of a compromise that I think I can live with, keeping in mind that the single seat was never intended to be used on a R80GS Basic.



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