|05-21-2009, 10:20 AM||#1|
Single Track Noob
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Marysville, Wa
She complete! Yesterday was my first day back on a bike since my accident in July. I was off the bike for 9 months, 25 days, 20 hours, 22 minutes to be exact.
For those of you have don't remember (or care), an asshat cager made a left turn into my radiator while my wife and I were on a 2 lane back road. I was doing approx 43mph at the time of impact. I was riding an 07 650 ABS and my wife was on one as well. My bike was toast, her's was a superficial total. We bought both back as salvage. I de-farkled and parted out most of my old bike, and her bike became the foundation for the ADVstrom.
Before (my seat, tool tube, and center stand already installed)
The true cost of repairing the damage was under $800, but I took the chance to start with a "blank canvas" and build the bike I wanted.
Part's from my old bike
Rich's Custom Seat
Givi side racks
Motech Mirror extenders
Naked Chrome Lady
The new parts list
Custom Fork Tubes 1" longer than stock
Race Tech emulators
Elka Shock adjusted for 1" rise
Touratech Skid Plate/Oil cooler relocation
Dirt Bike Fender
LED Running Lights
Dual Star Grips
Gerbings Dual Temp Controller
BarkBuster Storm Hand Guards
Moose fat bar risers 50mm
Protaper Contour ATV High bars
JCW top box
Mods to come soon later date
SV1000 front calipers
Braided front lower lines
Dirt bike fender and LED running lights
I'm not sure what I think of the fender. It's made for a 21" wheel and I don't really like how it sticks out in front. I may try heating and bending it or even cutting it sorter.
LED running light in action
Made mounts from 3/16" ABS sheet and mounted to the stock fender mounts. They are wired to the heated grip socket
Fender Mount made from 3/16" ABS sheet
Pennytech adjustable folding shift lever and hockey puck side stand foot
Had a local welding shop add 1 1/4" to the length of the center stand legs to compensate for the 1" extra ground clearance. They did a great job for $40
I can't ride without my girls. The hula girl lost and arm in the accident.
I put on about 150 miles yesterday and it felt great to be on a bike again. With all of the suspension mods the bike handles much tighter and feels more "planted" than my old bike did, but since it's been so long and so much has happen since I last ride can comment on details.
I know I did something unthinkable to most. I took a top heavy bike and raised it 1". I can no longer flat foot it, partly because I've lost a little flexibility in my hip. Part of it is because my seat's little too wide at the front. Luckily it doesn't feel too top heavy with a full tank of gas. I'm sure the first time I get in on a fire road and need to get a foot down I'll notice a difference.
Total cost of bike including salvage buy back $4500
Mine: 07 DL650 ABS, 99 DR350SEx, 05 Montesa 4RT Her's: 02 KL250 Super Sherpa
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