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Old 08-22-2007, 10:32 AM   #31
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just so you know, the most important protective piece you can buy is the HepkoBec side case mounts. When the bike is dropped, these protect the bike more than the engine guards. Twisted throttle. has them also
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:47 PM   #32
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Question to the collective, I've been concerned about getting a flat when I'm out in the middle of nowhere by myself with no centerstand. I know with smaller dirt bikes you can stuff a log or a rock and prop it up but a fully loaded 470+lb bike is another matter. Anyone have any ideas how to deal with this?
I know there are a couple of centerstands available but they won't mount if you have the HB engine protectors mounted.
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:44 PM   #33
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I know there are a couple of centerstands available but they won't mount if you have the HB engine protectors mounted.
Not true, I have both the engine guards and a centerstand. It took maybe 20 minutes of filing and fiddling, but they can be used together.
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:50 PM   #34
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HB protectors/ bark busters

I know you can get the HB crash bars from eurotechmotorsports.com when they can keep them in stock. I spoke with the owner and I guess they supply to twistedthrottle.com. The last time I spoke with him he was going to try and keep a few of them instock. He had four people waiting for the current shipment. He had an order for 6 more sets coming in and they would take a few weeks. This was awhile back.

I got a pair of Acerbis Uniko for an atv. They mount only on the bar end. I had to shave about 1-2" off of the plastic but they clear the fairing and go all the way to the stops. They still loo great and function very well. I bought mine from Rocky Mountain Atv and Motorcycle.(rockymountianatvmc.com ??)
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:58 PM   #35
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just so you know, the most important protective piece you can buy is the HepkoBec side case mounts. When the bike is dropped, these protect the bike more than the engine guards. Twisted throttle. has them also
Another option for good cases is this guy:

http://www.moto-sportpanniers.com/

Extra points for anybody making motorcycle gear that keeps a GC picture on his home page.

I almost want to sell my GIVI setup and get some of these.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:04 PM   #36
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Not true, I have both the engine guards and a centerstand. It took maybe 20 minutes of filing and fiddling, but they can be used together.
Cool, I stand corrected. Which centerstand do you have? I've read lot's of reports over on the GC Yahoo group, as well as from the fellow over in Holland that sells one of the centerstands, that because they shared mounting points they were not compatible. Got any pics?
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:06 PM   #37
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Another option for good cases is this guy:

http://www.moto-sportpanniers.com/

Extra points for anybody making motorcycle gear that keeps a GC picture on his home page.

I almost want to sell my GIVI setup and get some of these.
I've got the Moto-Sports, it is good stuff and they are good people. I think they were the guys who worked with a local machinist / fabricator to get one of the two centerstands that are available for the GC made.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:39 PM   #38
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Here's the way to haul your stuff! I have this and a Buell Ulysses. The Uly is the better highway runner, they are real close in the twisties and the GC is better in the dirt. These bikes are such compromises one could say they were designed by a committee! All I know for sure is they are definately fun to ride!

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tootal, what makes the Uly a better highway bike in your opinion?

Also, what makes the GC a better dirt bike. Is it the 19" front vs. the 17" front on the Uly? I have thought of putting a 17" rear Conti on the front of the Uly if I got one. Wheelbase?

I have considered a Uly to get my wife on the bike more. My pa in law is a Harley road captain and we could go on rides with the Harley club if I had a Uly.

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Old 08-24-2007, 12:01 PM   #39
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sorry for displaying my ghetto centerstand.

1. dig trench with rear tire
2. find log and stick it under the engine guards
3. inch it back till the front tire is off the ground

remember, its only shameful if someone sees you doing it

also I carry a ratchet-type tie down strap to lift the front or rear if a suitable tree is nearby.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #40
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what cat

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Hey, don't post stuff like that. The cat may be lurking and start wanting one.
what cat are you talk'n about?
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:58 PM   #41
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:42 PM   #42
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nothing is wrong with them, very popular in Europe, good handling bike and it has a Ducati motor, which makes it that much better.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:46 AM   #43
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It needs maintaince , 55,000 km valves not touched original plugs and belts air filter changed twice . just put the third chain on , front sprocket changed once , rear original .

Its time , I need to lube head bearings and swingarm bearings might check valves and change belts just for the hell of it . Charging system needs attention too output wattage has dropped off . Its a seven year old bike , its time for a little TLC . SEYA
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Old 08-26-2007, 11:02 AM   #44
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sorry for displaying my ghetto centerstand.

1. dig trench with rear tire
2. find log and stick it under the engine guards
3. inch it back till the front tire is off the ground

remember, its only shameful if someone sees you doing it

also I carry a ratchet-type tie down strap to lift the front or rear if a suitable tree is nearby.
That's awesome. I think I just decided to spring for a centerstand
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:09 PM   #45
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Thumb Awesome bike!

I've ridden a friend's Gran Canyon.
Comparison to V-Strom(large):

GC - Much lower center of gravity & thusly much more "planted" feeling.

GC - Much more nimble and maneuverable.

GC - Same grin factor in most situations

Haven't tried the GC on anything knarly/unpaved, but considering above factors it probably shines!
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