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Old 10-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #8686
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almost done. just need to finish the snap on and then put things back together. remapping will take place tomorrow hopefully....



sorry about he big pic. just went to the dark side with a mac and haven't quite got everything figured out yet...

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Old 10-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #8687
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:03 AM   #8688
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Well, I had the Kenda Big Blocks fitted yesterday. So far I've done about 60 miles on pavement. max speed of 65 and generally taking it slow until they are scrubbed. So far no squirrilyness and headshake like I had with new 908s. Lean into a corner is also very progressive due to the round profile of the 150 on the standard rim. I will take it on some dirt tomorrow and then come back via the highway to test higher speeds. I'll report back on the longevity, but I'm generally light on tires and if I get 4000 miles I'll be happy. 200 Bucks for the set.
Right, took rides on Saturday and Sunday and here is what I think. The KBBs definitely have no headshake at high speed. I had them up to 90 mph and they are stable. However, they are not balanced and above 70 mph you can feel it. I will talk to the dealer who did the installation. If he tried to balance them it could be the HD tubes, I know these make it difficult. Noise is OK and low speed is smoother than the 908s.

Off road is a different story. The front lacks the bite of the 908s and seems all over the place in thick sand. It was interesting. The rear seems OK but I think it breaks loose easier than the 908s. Overall the KBBs feel a lot more squirrily in the sand. On gravel they are fine. I'm sure this is due to the thicker blocks which facilitate on road grip at the cost of off road bite.

So, overall i'm OK with the change, but I think these are not what I'm looking for. The bike is a challenge in the sand at the best of times, and since I like that type of riding I prefer the 908s by a wide margin. I can live with the headshake.

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:24 AM   #8689
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Nice shot. Love the tree behind the bike.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:26 AM   #8690
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Nice shot. Love the tree behind the bike.
Thanks, FL has some amazing trees. Love the forest.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:50 AM   #8691
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:09 AM   #8692
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:25 AM   #8693
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #8694
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+1 to the nice photo.

How many miles so far? How are they holding up? There's a thread from a couple of fat Texans on fat Beemers (kidding ) that managed to destroy a rear in a thousand miles or so. Do you think you can manage 3k Miles?
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:59 PM   #8695
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+1 to the nice photo.

How many miles so far? How are they holding up? There's a thread from a couple of fat Texans on fat Beemers (kidding ) that managed to destroy a rear in a thousand miles or so. Do you think you can manage 3k Miles?
I honestly don't know. It's been 200 miles so far, but I will report back. I'm really not heavy on tires because I'm a cheap bastard, but I have to say it helps to ride in soft sand the whole time.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #8696
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That's a beautiful thing. I love how mine cleans up the bike. I used to hate going in to work on carbs, but now it's not that big of a deal. Just cool all around.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:01 PM   #8697
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+1 to the nice photo.

How many miles so far? How are they holding up? There's a thread from a couple of fat Texans on fat Beemers (kidding ) that managed to destroy a rear in a thousand miles or so. Do you think you can manage 3k Miles?
The Karoo 3? Those seem to wear fast down here. Heavy bike + heat + heavy throttle + chip seal "pavement" means tires wear fast down here.

We have a guy with one on the back of his 1200gs (non-adv) that's showing more wear at 300ish miles than i'd like. He's not as ham fisted with the throttle as Slowoldguy (the guy you're probably talking about) so hopefully he can get 2000 miles out of it. SOG took his off and threw it away around 700 miles iirc.

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #8698
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That's a beautiful thing. I love how mine cleans up the bike. I used to hate going in to work on carbs, but now it's not that big of a deal. Just cool all around.
ya i'm shocked by how much more room i have. the snap out is a huge plus in my book as well. that stupid glove box was designed by engineers and obviously not by riders.

everything is done and just needs to be buttoned up. i keep running out of time and having other things added to my list of shit to do. funny how that happens huh?

hope to get it all back together and the MAP loaded withing the next day or two. cant wait to fire it up and go for a spin.

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Old 10-28-2013, 09:01 PM   #8699
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:36 PM   #8700
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Replaced a front brake pad pin, that was bent and binding the pads up.
Also, adjusted the chain.
yeah yeah pictures or gloves covered in grease.

Tomorrow, hard cases and mounts on the new rear racks. Then a short 3 state trip!
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