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Old 04-22-2013, 02:20 PM   #4426
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Leave the vest plugged in and turned on all the time, use it to keep your lunch warm if your not wearing it.
Was think along those lines....time to add a pair or more of highly inefficient driving lights and switch them on when the volts are too high on the new volt meter.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #4427
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:13 PM   #4428
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As said before a nice Mosfet R/R will even things out very nice.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:59 PM   #4429
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I am in the market for a skid plate and other things and came across this one for a good price and this, but as usual poking around for other things I came across this. The second item uses a skid plate and engine guard that seem to be one level down than the first items, which makes a little nervous, as are they the same caliber parts?
My long winded question is has anyone used either of these items from HT?
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:04 PM   #4430
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I am in the market for a skid plate and other things and came across this one for a good price and this, but as usual poking around for other things I came across this. The second item uses a skid plate and engine guard that seem to be one level down than the first items, which makes a little nervous, as are they the same caliber parts?
My long winded question is has anyone used either of these items from HT?
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I got the HT plate,and guards they fit my Gen1 well,if I had to do it over I think I would go for a big natural color IMS tank(so you can see your fuel level)and the HT skid plate,the tank really protects and you get extra gas,but I'm still very happy with my HT stuff.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:42 PM   #4431
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PD Nerf Bars with highway pegs and skid plate

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I am in the market for a skid plate and other things and came across this one for a good price and this, but as usual poking around for other things I came across this. The second item uses a skid plate and engine guard that seem to be one level down than the first items, which makes a little nervous, as are they the same caliber parts?
My long winded question is has anyone used either of these items from HT?
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I use these
http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/PDNerf-KLR650A.aspx
and got it as a package deal with a skid plate.
They don't have the skid plate I bought as they upgraded to this
http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/KL...kid_Plate.aspx

I had a get off (low sided) last year at Laurel Fork and broke my leg.
The PDNerf bars did the job protecting my plastic, radiator and engine.
The highway pegs also did their job, but got bent in the process.
I only had to replace the highway pegs and I was good to go.
I'm pleased with the Happy Trails stuff.
See if you can get them to give you a package deal.

And I don't believe this provides enough protection in my opinion (especially for the plastics as it provides none)
http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650A/E...l-KLR650A.aspx
I would suggest the PDNerf bars over this.


EDIT: Here is the older skid plate that I got with my package deal http://www.happy-trail.com/KAW-KLR65...te-KLR650.aspx
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:49 AM   #4432
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I am in the market for a skid plate and other things and came across this one for a good price and this, but as usual poking around for other things I came across this. The second item uses a skid plate and engine guard that seem to be one level down than the first items, which makes a little nervous, as are they the same caliber parts?
My long winded question is has anyone used either of these items from HT?
Thanks,
Asa
PD nerfs, engine guard/highway pegs, skid plate; Generation 1. Effective protection in a crash, in my experience. Accepting the fact these may be SACRIFICIAL components, giving their all to protect radiator/tank/plastics, HT may offer some price consideration for replacement parts.

Nerf bags (extra-cost accessory) work very well; handy and accessible for on-board hardware, or could be stuffed with clothing, etc., for a trip.

Highway pegs? To each his own; I'm not a particular fan, feel some vigilance and reaction time may be lost while using the footrests. However, they enable me to fit in when I ride with my Harley friends!

HT stands behind its products, provides excellent customer support. And, produces abominable printed/illustrated instructions, unfortunately!

If you go PD nerfs on a Generation 1; installation tip: Insert upper bolt for LEFT nerf from RIGHT side of frame; then, you need only remove one 10 mm nut to fold the nerf away from the radiator cap for access.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:27 AM   #4433
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Ya last 500 mile day I did I used the highway pegs allows a person to change position,but otherwise the pegs are usually folded.Good idea on the nut on the radiator side.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:58 AM   #4434
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And, produces abominable printed/illustrated instructions, unfortunately!
They must be improving this! I recently purchased the new skid plate from them, http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/KL...kid_Plate.aspx, the first HT made product I've bought. The instructions were very clear, detailed and had good pictures with them.

I cannot comment on the older skid plate designs, but the new one is GREAT. It's beefy, looks good, and clean. Lots of protection for the water pump, doo-adjustment port, etc. I am really happy with it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:09 AM   #4435
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As said before a nice Mosfet R/R will even things out very nice.

I believe I'll go this route (pouring yet more money into my cheap dualsport scoot ;-} )

Any suggestion for a close to plug and play unit?
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:21 AM   #4436
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My skid plate is older version and I was gonna notch it for the Doo,but its easy enough to take it off when I do an oil change and Doo adjustment,gives me a chance to check stuff out under the bike,4 fasteners and its off.I hear all kinds of stuff banging the skid plate when Im off reading and glad it's there.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:37 AM   #4437
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They must be improving this! I recently purchased the new skid plate from them, http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/KL...kid_Plate.aspx, the first HT made product I've bought. The instructions were very clear, detailed and had good pictures with them.
Good news; glad to know of it!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:07 AM   #4438
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I've got the Happy Trails PD nerf bars. I don't think the protection can be beat, but the need to loosen and fold out the left side to access the radiator cap bugs me. Mine don't fit exactly right, never did from new, and must be pulled, pushed, and cussed at to get them on.

I'm wondering if anyone has had theirs modified by a welder to allow access to the radiator cap without loosening and moving the left side?
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:07 AM   #4439
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I've got the Happy Trails PD nerf bars. I don't think the protection can be beat, but the need to loosen and fold out the left side to access the radiator cap bugs me. Mine don't fit exactly right, never did from new, and must be pulled, pushed, and cussed at to get them on.

I'm wondering if anyone has had theirs modified by a welder to allow access to the radiator cap without loosening and moving the left side?
No, but . . . the trick of inserting the left nerf bolt from the RIGHT side of the frame permits easily folding the nerf away, for radiator cap access, after removing only a 10 mm nut. With the nut removed, I find the nerf clear to fold away outward; YMMV!

Left-side nerf, attached at two points:



Upper attachment, 10 mm nut on bolt inserted from right (radiator) side; radiator cap shown at right (incidentally, fastener used also for frame ground of headlight relay harness):



Lower attachment; nerf, when freed from the surly bonds of the 10 mm nut shown above, folds outward, for radiator cap access:


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Old 04-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #4440
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I believe I'll go this route (pouring yet more money into my cheap dualsport scoot ;-} )

Any suggestion for a close to plug and play unit?
Yup... Jack at Roadstercycle!!! Helluva guy, if your having probs just call him and he'll do a tech session from where ever he is. (Including on vacation! )
Here's the link:

http://roadstercycle.com/

Put one in 25-30,000mi ago and have been EXTREMELY pleased.

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