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Old 03-27-2013, 08:28 PM   #4051
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Irish, you are correct. I built mine from some cable from HOme Depot. it is mainly to keep branches from wedging between the cases and that pedal. It won't keep the pedal from getting smashed in.
Thanks Kevin, that makes sense. I thought I was missing something. Is there a pedal that folds up like the shifter to possibly alleviate some of the bending?
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #4052
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Good looking bike...I'm thinking seriously about buying one of these bikes for my wife and 17 year old son to share and ride with me. Of course I'll also use it for stuff too "off-road" for my F800GS. Who makes the fender eliminator kit/tag mount you have? Also who makes the rear luggage rack? Thanks
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I cut one of the rear spacers in half to mount with the tail light kit....it fits perfect
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:09 AM   #4053
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Thanks to everyone who gave information on sprockets. I'm heading to Home Depot or some such place to see about getting what I need to make both a brake, and shift snake, probably attach to the Ricochet.

Weather finally gave me a chance to get 80 miles on the bike yesterday, mostly back roads, but some nice offroad where I had never been which included a small stream crossing, and plenty of mud. It seemed to take it all in stride. Probably be better with a D606, but I'll wear the original out first, which shouldn't take long, if the weather holds out. I'm at nearly 900 miles now.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:29 AM   #4054
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Has anyone mounted a removeable top box yet? I am going to start riding the bike to work and need secure, waterproof storage, but I would like it to be easily removeable when not needed. I don't need a lot of capacity (change of clothes, lunch, and my portable radio). Thanks, Bill
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:31 AM   #4055
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Snake brake

Just thought of the route I'm going with the snake brake/shifter. Go to where they sell single guitar strings, the kind with a eyelet on the end. Put the end through loop to make a hangman's knot. Pull it tight over the shifter, and secure it with bailing wire (the kind we used to put where the spokes crossed, or similar), to make sure it can't back off. Drill a hole somewhere on your skid plate, nut and bolt from hardware store/Locktite, trim off excess. On the brake side, I'll drill a hole through the lever. Hey, if you know someone who plays, it's free, they're going to trash them anyway, except for the hardware. Leave a little slack, you won't even need a tuning fork. Hey, the blue bike guys have tuning forks on the tank.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:31 AM   #4056
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Has anyone mounted a removeable top box yet? I am going to start riding the bike to work and need secure, waterproof storage, but I would like it to be easily removeable when not needed. I don't need a lot of capacity (change of clothes, lunch, and my portable radio). Thanks, Bill
If you are looking to keep the price down these knock off Givi trunks can be found in various places on the net and they come with their own mounting plate. Looks like Amazon has the best prices. The only thing you need on your bike is some sort of rear rack to attach their mounting plate too. You can easily take the bog off and just have the mounting plate there which isn't that intrusive.

I can tell you from experience on these cheap ones, don't ever slam the case down on the locking mechanism without actually unlocking it and pushing in the button. You can do it with the Givi's, but I actually broke the lock mechanism on one of these some years back.

Amazon has the smaller one for under $30 - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Deta.../dp/B008OIUQXG



Here's another one even a bit larger and cheaper - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Moto.../dp/B004IAC3ZS


One more - http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Moto...=pd_sbs_auto_2



Another smaller one - http://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Sco...d_sim_sbs_sg_1
- Pic is too big to hot link - http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1500_.jpg
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:58 AM   #4057
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For those that installed the DRC 12 o'clock Labs LED Tail Lamp, was it a plug and play, or did you have to tap into the factory wiring harness with connectors that were not factory plug and play. Thanks for any info on this.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:24 AM   #4058
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BlueLghtning, thank you for the links, I never even considered Amazon. I just have to figure out if a flat rack is the way to go to mount it on. Thanks again, Bill C
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #4059
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For those that installed the DRC 12 o'clock Labs LED Tail Lamp, was it a plug and play, or did you have to tap into the factory wiring harness with connectors that were not factory plug and play. Thanks for any info on this.

John
It's not a plug and play.

I'm installing mine on Saturday, I'm sure others will let you know, but my quick read of the destructions it states you cut the bikes wires about 6" from the harness and connect them with the supplied connectors. It looks like they give you at least 12 connectors... I'm guessing crimp on & male/female???

I was suprised mine came with the separate 12 o'clock labs circut board that you have to install into the DRC light. Not a huge deal, but I wished it would have come preinstalled into the light, those screws are small! I guess I will have a back up circut board if the fancy one ever dies.

Did everyones come separately, or did I get a "rush job" do-it-yourself kit.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:38 AM   #4060
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It's not a plug and play.

I'm installing mine on Saturday, I'm sure others will let you know, but my quick read of the destructions it states you cut the bikes wires about 6" from the harness and connect them with the supplied connectors. It looks like they give you at least 12 connectors... I'm guessing crimp on & male/female???

I was suprised mine came with the separate 12 o'clock labs circut board that you have to install into the DRC light. Not a huge deal, but I wished it would have come preinstalled into the light, those screws are small! I guess I will have a back up circut board if the fancy one ever dies.

Did everyones come separately, or did I get a "rush job" do-it-yourself kit.
Destructions, I like that. Do the directional lights just unplug, or you snip the wires?
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:29 PM   #4061
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For those that installed the DRC 12 o'clock Labs LED Tail Lamp, was it a plug and play, or did you have to tap into the factory wiring harness with connectors that were not factory plug and play. Thanks for any info on this.

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Yes you have to cut the original end of the stock tail to use its socket...










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Old 03-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #4062
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For those that installed the DRC 12 o'clock Labs LED Tail Lamp, was it a plug and play, or did you have to tap into the factory wiring harness with connectors that were not factory plug and play. Thanks for any info on this.

John
I just did this mod and it was very simple. Don't forget to add electric grease on your connections. This will help to prevent any corrosion.


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Old 03-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #4063
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BlueLghtning, thank you for the links, I never even considered Amazon. I just have to figure out if a flat rack is the way to go to mount it on. Thanks again, Bill C
Most of those appear to come with what I call the wavy clamp that basically grabs onto the bottom of a bar type rack. So in that case, I would think a bar type rear rack would work better, but even if you got one of the more solid flat ones, I think you'd figure out a way to attach the base. The thing I like about the bar type ones is they are pretty stout.

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #4064
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Most of those appear to come with what I call the wavy clamp that basically grabs onto the bottom of a bar type rack. So in that case, I would think a bar type rear rack would work better, but even if you got one of the more solid flat ones, I think you'd figure out a way to attach the base. The thing I like about the bar type ones is they are pretty stout.

The Givi, or Coocase, while more expensive, have the feature of the two red buttons you can see on the back. The top one opens it up, while the bottom one releases it from the base unit. Some of them have a handle incorporated , so you can carry it like a briefcase. I have a Givi top case on my street bike, made by Givi, sold as an accessory through Kawi. http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop-...=3019&limit=48
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #4065
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Just thought of the route I'm going with the snake brake/shifter. Go to where they sell single guitar strings, the kind with a eyelet on the end. Put the end through loop to make a hangman's knot. Pull it tight over the shifter, and secure it with bailing wire (the kind we used to put where the spokes crossed, or similar), to make sure it can't back off. Drill a hole somewhere on your skid plate, nut and bolt from hardware store/Locktite, trim off excess. On the brake side, I'll drill a hole through the lever. Hey, if you know someone who plays, it's free, they're going to trash them anyway, except for the hardware. Leave a little slack, you won't even need a tuning fork. Hey, the blue bike guys have tuning forks on the tank.

Well as a guitar player - no matter what gauge guitar string, they aren't going to be stong enough - same with the bailing wire - my brake snakes appear to be braided steel(?) wire
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