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Old 03-18-2010, 12:40 AM   #3736
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tidy tail

The Large Ugly plate bracket broke on my X Challenge, so I decided to build a tidy tail. I am not a fabricator, but I have my moments. I have built a plate bracket for every bike I have had, I am actually proud of this one. What do you think?

Oh, and that is the plate they pulled out of the drawer when i registered the bike, I asked but G650 had already been issued. Missed it by 3.

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Old 03-18-2010, 08:25 AM   #3737
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652 was also already issued (actual displacement of the engine)? in that case you need a big bore kit!
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:05 AM   #3738
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652 was also already issued (actual displacement of the engine)? in that case you need a big bore kit!
LOL,

Where do I get the coveted 1cc big bore kit.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #3739
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The Large Ugly plate bracket broke on my X Challenge, so I decided to build a tidy tail. I am not a fabricator, but I have my moments. I have built a plate bracket for every bike I have had, I am actually proud of this one. What do you think?

Oh, and that is the plate they pulled out of the drawer when i registered the bike, I asked but G650 had already been issued. Missed it by 3.

Mr AZ-Twin - Now THAT is one TIDY tail!! I really like it!
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:36 AM   #3740
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The Large Ugly plate bracket broke on my X Challenge, so I decided to build a tidy tail. I am not a fabricator, but I have my moments. I have built a plate bracket for every bike I have had, I am actually proud of this one. What do you think?

Oh, and that is the plate they pulled out of the drawer when i registered the bike, I asked but G650 had already been issued. Missed it by 3.

I would buy one in a heart beat. Looks good and compact but still usefull.

I've been thinking about cutting up my stcok plastic one. I have no such skills as you.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:02 PM   #3741
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Touratech Tank - White or Black?

Im about to purchase a TT tank, but the only thing that puts me off is the big 'wings' make the bike look a bit ugly. I was thinking a black one might hide the bulk a bit. Spoke to TT Australia and they can do black, so now I need to decide.
Has anyone else got a black one before? Any photos of it?
What do you reckon, maybe it would look stupid with the white fenders, or maybe I could strip the paint of them too?
Interested in your opinions
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:10 PM   #3742
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Thanks for the kind words. I used a piece of aluminum, a vice, hammer, jigsaw, drill and file (a bunch of filing) The best part in my opinion is the spray on bed liner paint job, it worked much better than I expected.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:11 PM   #3743
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Im about to purchase a TT tank, but the only thing that puts me off is the big 'wings' make the bike look a bit ugly. I was thinking a black one might hide the bulk a bit. Spoke to TT Australia and they can do black, so now I need to decide.
Has anyone else got a black one before? Any photos of it?
What do you reckon, maybe it would look stupid with the white fenders, or maybe I could strip the paint of them too?
Interested in your opinions
Cheers
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I reckon a black tank would look great - as you say painting the other panels would be the go.

Check out the last few pages here, there is a guy who sprayed his dark grey.

Here's a link:http://www.offexploring.com/marcussd...650-xchallenge

If you want a white one let me know, I might get a black one........
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:24 PM   #3744
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Im about to purchase a TT tank, but the only thing that puts me off is the big 'wings' make the bike look a bit ugly. I was thinking a black one might hide the bulk a bit. Spoke to TT Australia and they can do black, so now I need to decide.
Has anyone else got a black one before? Any photos of it?
What do you reckon, maybe it would look stupid with the white fenders, or maybe I could strip the paint of them too?
Interested in your opinions
Cheers
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The problem with painting the TT tank is that the plastic is permeable to gas vapors, so unless you have it sealed (or maybe use bedliner), your expensive paint job is going to bubble and peel off.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:03 PM   #3745
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I think it is black plastic not a paint job if supplied by TT is that correct?
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:53 PM   #3746
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I think it is black plastic not a paint job if supplied by TT is that correct?

I think so. Safari (TT) make black tanks


so it shouldn't be an issue
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:39 AM   #3747
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I think it is black plastic not a paint job if supplied by TT is that correct?
Thats right, safari supply them, so I could probably have yellow too if I wanted!

On the fenders, I believe they are black plakky under the paint, so I wouldnt repaint, I would just strip them bare.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:41 AM   #3748
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I reckon a black tank would look great - as you say painting the other panels would be the go.

Check out the last few pages here, there is a guy who sprayed his dark grey.

Here's a link:http://www.offexploring.com/marcussd...650-xchallenge

If you want a white one let me know, I might get a black one........
Im a tight-arse, I'll take your white one (if you're serious?)
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:55 PM   #3749
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Some work in light of a ~3,000m ride Apr/May

So prepping my bike for a 2 weeker...thought I'd share for those that may benefit:

1. www.highwaydirtbikes.com top clamp with dual Powerlet outlets with High-Off-Low switches and dual color 5mm LEDs:



2. I used 18ga electrical wire to make some shifter/lever lines...wrapped them up well and then used heat shrink tube to make them less ugly...pretty cheap to do, and if I ever decide to take them off, it'll be easily to do (didn't drill) and cheap to make better...





3. Made a pull handle up front for those times when my heavy ass (and the bike) need a pull:



4. Storage units: Heavy tools (mostly ALL my tools) in the TT Rallye skidplate, and all my light tire stuff (except the levers which are zip-tied to the frame under the seat) in the black top-fender box:





5. Seating & load: RENAZCO! Enough said! Using a Wolfman enduro bag and a Giant Loop Great Basin for all 2 weeks (non-camping, but that wouldn't change much out back). The saddle is spacious so you can chance seating position when you are on the road for a while, the rear bag is close enough for back support, and you can sit on top of it which is pretty comfy and have a quasi-aggressive-stance position:





Detail on the GL Great Basin with the stock exhaust: I replaced the missing rubber spacer on the exhaust with a 1" rubberized metal loop so that I can space out the plastic off the exhaust and keep the bag off the exhaust (~1/2" at the closest and won't get any closer):

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:35 PM   #3750
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Nice work DD. I'm quite interested in the top clamp and just browsing http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_...how&ref=BMW_TC now. Do you have risers fitted?
What I want to know is if there are any issues fitting their top clamps to XC's with risers
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