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Old 04-14-2008, 09:35 AM   #841
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I just installed a new SDG (standard) seat today and took the bike out for a spin. Nice, much firmer than the stock and feels better (to me anyway). Next will be knobbies and then a 3.9 Clarke tank. That should satisfy me for awhile? I haven't had it in the dirt since I bought a few weeks ago, so I'm going to hit some this weekend and break the new seat in.
Is that SDG seat any wider than the stocker? I need a new seat cover (since the stock one is a slippery joke that makes riding hills offroad difficult), and figure I may just get the whole seat and cover since it doesn't cost much more, as long as the SDG is wider than stock (wider = more comfort due to distributing weight over a larger surface area).
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:04 AM   #842
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Is that SDG seat any wider than the stocker? I need a new seat cover (since the stock one is a slippery joke that makes riding hills offroad difficult), and figure I may just get the whole seat and cover since it doesn't cost much more, as long as the SDG is wider than stock (wider = more comfort due to distributing weight over a larger surface area).
Not appreciably, if at all. Corbins and Sargents, I'd say are how you get significant width gains. That said, I got my SDG and had it shaved down to help with my height (5' 8") and as a by-product of that, it now is a bit wider - just because you're cutting the top off of a trapezoid, so the new "top" will be wider than the old "top".

The real value, in my view, to getting the SDG, is better foam, and much grippier seat cover material.

'Hope that helps ...

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Old 04-14-2008, 10:12 AM   #843
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Is that SDG seat any wider than the stocker? I need a new seat cover (since the stock one is a slippery joke that makes riding hills offroad difficult), and figure I may just get the whole seat and cover since it doesn't cost much more, as long as the SDG is wider than stock (wider = more comfort due to distributing weight over a larger surface area).
No. It's not wider, but I have the standard seat and not the tall one. I thought I read that the tall one was wider? However, it is a little firmer than the stock seat. I bought the bike used and it had a Factory Effex seat cover on it. I thought it grabbed to much and the seat was too soft.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:07 AM   #844
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Here's my '03 KLX400 R (bought shiny and new in '06)
Baja Designs street kit
Moose Racing Tapered bar w/ risers
Scorpion designs skid plate
Kenda tires
That's about it...oh, it's for sale.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:11 AM   #845
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Here's my '03 KLX400 R (bought shiny and new in '06)
Baja Designs street kit
Moose Racing Tapered bar w/ risers
Scorpion designs skid plate
Kenda tires
That's about it...oh, it's for sale.
$5000
You found a 0 mile 03 in 06.

That is one hell of a dealer "left over"
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:19 AM   #846
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Yeah, no doubt. Apparently, as the story goes, the dealership was poorly managed and when they changed managers the new one "found" some old inventory sitting behind some other crates and advertising banners and crap in the corner or out back. Anyways, they put it together and I walked in 3 days later, oddly enough, looking for a used one! Whatever the story, I'm glad I bought it.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #847
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:40 PM   #848
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I lied earlier. I installed a 33-liter, not a 30-liter Givi topcase. It's a little shorter.

Anyway, it was a very easy install. The Givi mounting plate is universal, and comes with four "clips" for mounting to tubular racks. The clips are asymmetric, with each side supposedly for different sized tubes. Whatever, just use what works. An allen-head bolt goes through the plate, through the clip, and then into a locking nut.

I ended up only using three of the clips.


Note that I had to take the "tool box" off the rack to get the front(top) left clip installed.

There is very little clearance between the bolt and the fender. I'm not sure how well cutting the bolt shorter would work, because it was rather fiddly getting the nut on there as it was.


That stuff on the bolt is "Electric Pink" nail polish. My niece has poor taste colours. I prefer nail polish to Loc-Tite and the like because it's thicker, you apply it with a brush, and it's tacky right from the start. Works well for sticking washers to nuts for easier installation, too.

After installing the plate to the rack, you install a plastic cover over the diamond holes in the plate, and you're done! Just pop the topcase on and go.

Note that the way I installed the plate, you can see two of the clips sticking out. It might be worthwhile to paint them.


And, yes, I did make the ritual sacrifice of human blood to the motorcycle gods.


On the whole, the 33-liter seems the perfect size for the SM.


Can't say much about living with it, since I just installed it tonight.

One thing I did notice: apparently the Monolock cases do not have the rubber gasket between lid and case that the Monokey cases do. At this point I'm not too confident that the case is water proof. A little weather stripping should solve that problem, though.

At less than $100 for the case and the universal mounting plate, I think the little Givi Monolock topcases are a bargain.
They are waterproof. I ride in the rain all the time. I have had my rack and topcase on for awhile now. Unless you drop it in a river no water is going to get in.

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Old 04-14-2008, 07:27 PM   #849
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You found a 0 mile 03 in 06.

That is one hell of a dealer "left over"

I hope he didn't pay retail at that point.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:17 PM   #850
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Yeah I have an 05 I'd like to get $5000 for....it's never been dropped



















I mean "on purpose" that is....
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:44 PM   #851
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Yeah I have an 05 I'd like to get $5000 for....it's never been dropped




I mean "on purpose" that is....
I love reading the "for sale" ads where guys say there's no scratches, dings, whatever on their offroad bike. I always wonder, "did ya ride it.... ever?"
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:36 PM   #852
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aren't they only 4600 new?
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:24 AM   #853
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I love reading the "for sale" ads where guys say there's no scratches, dings, whatever on their offroad bike. I always wonder, "did ya ride it.... ever?"
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:40 AM   #854
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Hey guys, I said I bought it shiny and new in '06, I didn't say that it was still shiny and new. Even in the picture, you can see the lack of one of my rear signal lights. Although it is still in great shape and has low hours, it has been riden how I want, when I want. I like to take care of my stuff. Only punks go out and purposely ruin perfectly good things and then laugh with their buddies about it! A dealer in town is asking $4400 for an '03 that isn't street legal and looks like someone didn't really care that much about it. I've put $1200 bucks into mine and it's in great shape.
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I love reading the "for sale" ads where guys say there's no scratches, dings, whatever on their offroad bike. I always wonder, "did ya ride it.... ever?"
Forgive me if I'm wrong here, but if that was for me, I didn't actually say there weren't any scratches on it. Oh, they're not $4600 new, cuz they don't make 'em anymore, Yo.

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Old 04-15-2008, 10:21 AM   #855
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OK. OK. OK. Yeah, they technically still make them. What, then, do you guys think I should be asking for it?
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