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Old 09-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #1816
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Installed: Holan 45L Nomada Top Case and Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddlebags

Alrighty! Here's how everything looks bolted up!

I was thoroughly impressed with how everything came out and did a few circles taking pictures and admiring the rugged beauty of it all...

I will admit, I thought everything was going to be bigger in person. Glad it wasn't. I think that top box is perfectly proportioned and fits well with the bike. I really digged the Pelican I had on there, and may still throw it on if I'm hitting the trails, but this thing is killah! And it locks! And it fits a helmet and gear!

Start with my fancy new mounting plate, Gen 2, which has wings! But.. sadly, our press brake didn't even dent the 1/4" 6061 :/ Anyone in Connecticut with access to a real press brake? I want to fold those over 45deg or so to loop a strap through one of the slots with the box on it. I also made the whole thing on a manual readout Bridgeport (including the angles!)







Add a couple of button heads and some rubber washers



And shazam!



I adjusted this one so that I could still remove the pillion seat if needed with the case on it. You know, just in case....

If you'll note, since I made my own heavy duty plate, I spaced the mounting holes to the corners to take advantage of it. The Holan top rack is thinner and they recommend using their reinforcement plate in the middle. I used the same spacing as on the Pelican so they swap in and out. The factory mounting holes are the front ones that go to the bike and the two rear ones that are behind the plate mounting holes and counterbored. I didn't see the point of having a big plate with sandwiched sealing washers and using holes that were fairly close to centerline.







Next, we slap on some Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddlebags!











And Bob's your Uncle!

All we need now are some travel stickers!
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #1817
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Looks like a good setup.

You'll have a lot of junk in your trunk.

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #1818
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So, is the Kaoko setup the defacto cruise control option? Anyone have something else they prefer?
I have the Kaoko, moved it over with the ProTaper bars off the KTM.

However I've read of another interesting solution that is dirt cheap, effective and you can toss without any concern.

Find an O-ring that will fit snugly between the inside portion of the grip and the housing. Put a piece of tape on it as a tab for inserting and removing it. It should be thick enough to hold the throttle, yet still allow the rider to easily turn it.

I've been using a friction throttle lock on every bike since 1986, when my K75C had a screw type available as a factory part. I ride all the time with a throttle that stays put and have become so used to it that it surprises me when the Kaoko backs off and my throttle closes when released.

This has been an issue on the occasional time when I switch bikes with a friend and forget to release it.

Give the O-ring a try and see if you like that style of riding. Just be careful to make it only just enough friction to get the job done. The throttle should still be easy to turn.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:01 PM   #1819
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I ride my tiger like a sportbike. When on the twisties, I am up on the balls of my foot, digging my heel in, leaning off the bike (turns out I have to lean off a LOT to keep the pegs from dragging).

Apparently I was pressing my right heel guard against the exhaust... and it started melting against the pipe.

Can't have that... so I ordered the SW-Motech heel guards, right and left. Unfortunately they only come in unpainted aluminum... so I scuffed them up with sandpaper, coated them with duplicolor self-etching primer, then some rustoleum semi-gloss black bbq paint. Happy with how they turned out.






I also installed the Triumph tall adjustable windscreen. I'll try this before the more expensive options. I actually like the height of the OEM screen, the problem is that on twisty roads I like riding with my visor up - and it created a vacuum pocket right at the top of my helmet which pulls my visor back down!

Doing a long ride with the girlfriend this weekend, we'll see how this does.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:41 PM   #1820
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:44 PM   #1821
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The unboxing of a Holan 45L Top case, gray, and Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddlebags from ADVMotorrad!
Man that is a sweet looking top case. I dig!
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #1822
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Can't have that... so I ordered the SW-Motech heel guards, right and left. Unfortunately they only come in unpainted aluminum... so I scuffed them up with sandpaper, coated them with duplicolor self-etching primer, then some rustoleum semi-gloss black bbq paint. Happy with how they turned out.
I did the same thing after melting the right cuff of my Klim Badlands pants to the exhaust.

I also coated the cat converter cover in Hi Temp black spray.

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:15 AM   #1823
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That is a fine looking box. Blends with the pillion seat color well.

Nice job on the fabrication of the plate!

You might consider putting fender washers under the button head bolts to provide more clamping area on the bottom of the box. As they are a tip-over that lands the box on something might shear through the base at those small screw heads.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #1824
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That is a fine looking box. Blends with the pillion seat color well.

Nice job on the fabrication of the plate!

You might consider putting fender washers under the button head bolts to provide more clamping area on the bottom of the box. As they are a tip-over that lands the box on something might shear through the base at those small screw heads.
Thanks!

I planned on using the big washers that are currently under it, but the sealing washers didn't come in yesterday. I used M8's vs the M6's that were "stock" since I did it my way. The box is badass, but I like to beef it up as much as possible too. Plus, the screws were too long as I thought I'd have to use spacers under it to keep the box off the grab rails, but didn't and wanted to keep it low.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:42 AM   #1825
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Actually for me I found it wasn't the axle but the handle bars! They were not mounted correctly!

I checked the positioning and there off center about 1/2 inch! I fixed it and it's all better! Word how the dealer didn't checked to see that before sending of the bike.... Oh well!

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Holy crap! Rear axle sliders out of alignment and handlebars out of alignment. That is poor delivery of a new bike. What else should we be looking for that is setup wrong?
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:06 PM   #1826
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Holy crap! Rear axle sliders out of alignment and handlebars out of alignment. That is poor delivery of a new bike. What else should we be looking for that is setup wrong?
Everything!

Many dealers use a 3rd party who do the assembly, discard of the crating material, and deliver the unit to the dealership. It's still up to the dealership personnel to go over the unit. If you're around it long enough, you learn what items the 3rd party install on each model and know exactly what to look at. For example, mirrors are usually just threaded in and not tightened.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:40 PM   #1827
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The Tiger is going under the knife, er, um, so to speak.

Having ridden my KTM with revalved forks, matched with springs at both ends for my weight, I have been gritting my teeth while riding the Tiger knowing what it could be like.

Unlike The Dude, I won't abide by this mediocre performance from the factory boingers any longer. Once you've tasted suspension nirvana it is hard to settle for OEM engineered for Joe Average, which many of us are not.

This isn't a slam on the XC. For OEM it is pretty darn good, but the factory must select a weight as a baseline, and many owners may not be in that target range. I know that I'm not.

When I revalved the KTM it became markedly more plush on the little stuff and was more confidence inspiring than with the already excellent KTM OEM setup and a plethora of adjustability.

Handing her over to a renown local suspension specialist to upgrade the TigerXC forks with RaceTech Gold valves, RaceTech rebound valves, and appropriate springs front and rear, along with new fluid, and likely some fine-tuning when I pick it up.

Will drop Miss Kitty off for surgery tomorrow. Should have her back sometime next week.

I'm hoping the results will raise the ride height (proper sag), eliminate bottoming on big hits, plushify small bumps, and tame washboard sections on gravel roads by smoothing out the chatter.

I'll post up info on total cost and a comparison of before and after once I've gotten a few post-surgery miles accumulated.

Having read the reports from AV-Mech and others about their experience with a suspension make-over I'm excited!
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:08 AM   #1828
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The Tiger is going under the knife, er, um, so to speak.



I'll post up info on total cost and a comparison of before and after once I've gotten a few post-surgery miles accumulated.

Having read the reports from AV-Mech and others about their experience with a suspension make-over I'm excited!
Same boat here the KTM suspension spoils me. I'd love a dialed in suspension on the Tiger and grit my teeth on chatter washboard as I try to accelerate it feels like the wheel is in the air more than on the ground. Are you planing on sending out the rear shock as well or just the forks?
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:28 AM   #1829
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Same boat here the KTM suspension spoils me. I'd love a dialed in suspension on the Tiger and grit my teeth on chatter washboard as I try to accelerate it feels like the wheel is in the air more than on the ground. Are you planing on sending out the rear shock as well or just the forks?
Just the forks, and a spring on the shock for now. RaceTech does have a valve kit for the shock and it could happen later.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:57 PM   #1830
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Mine's got a nicely tuned Wilbers setup both front and back. It's a joy to ride on the rough South Australian outback roads. Ruts, rocks, whoops and washboard (or corrugations, as we call them) offer no problems for it.

I reckon you get great outcomes from upgrading and tuning any bike's suspension but I really do like the way this thing handles dirt tracks. The ralle moto steering damper is a Godsend too.
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