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Old 08-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #46
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:58 PM   #47
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Here's a preview of what's to come...


Items en route:
> Dominator smoke windscreen
> Givi top and sideracks
> Givi V35 sidecases
> Barbed hose fittings for my stainless steel coolant tank

Still need to order:
> Tires (thinking about Avon distanzias due to recommendations from fellow ADV riders)

Still need to:
> Install front turn signals
> Install gravel guard
> Prime and paint
> Work on wiring
> Install handlebar guards
> Find a new home for my horn
> And most importantly, plan the next on/off road ride!


Almost there! Hope to be done soon!
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:41 PM   #48
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The Givi topcase rack will not last off road. I had three of the bolts shear off riding my Ninja over Cinnamon and Engineer Pass a couple weeks back. I only had a rainsuit and a gallon jug of water in the trunk. I have the sidecases on now and they have an aditional bolt down at the passenger pegs to give a little more support, but I still have my doubts on the top trunk. Givi says the weight limit is 20lbs per bag, and I guess they meant it on pavement not trails.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:45 AM   #49
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I have the SW motech topcase rack on mine and it has survived without a problem.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:00 AM   #50
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The Givi topcase rack will not last off road. I had three of the bolts shear off riding my Ninja over Cinnamon and Engineer Pass a couple weeks back. I only had a rainsuit and a gallon jug of water in the trunk. I have the sidecases on now and they have an aditional bolt down at the passenger pegs to give a little more support, but I still have my doubts on the top trunk. Givi says the weight limit is 20lbs per bag, and I guess they meant it on pavement not trails.
I'm not planning on installing a topcase. But I need the top and side racks for my V35 sidecases. It doesn't make that much sense to me yet until the items come in. But this is what I was told.

And even if I did utilize the topcase rack in the future, I'm not too worried about it. Whatever breaks, I can fix! Or better yet, I might see if I can go ahead and add stiffeners just in case. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:54 AM   #51
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you don't have 2 have blinkers on the bike to pass inspection
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:27 PM   #52
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you don't have 2 have blinkers on the bike to pass inspection
Hey, that's good to know! But I'm not worried about passing inspection. I'm worried about my safety!
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:02 PM   #53
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Hey, that's good to know! But I'm not worried about passing inspection. I'm worried about my safety!

but if you have any on they have 2 work
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:24 PM   #54
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you don't have 2 have blinkers on the bike to pass inspection
She could use the PIAAs as blinkers
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:19 PM   #55
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She could use the PIAAs as blinkers
Hey that's an idea!
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #56
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Ok, so I was able to order the tires earlier today and thanks to a great ADVer, they should be mounted to my stock wheels on Friday! You know who you are and thank you!

Then it was time to start wrenching.
It started off really well with my first conversion battle wound ...




But the minor scratch didn't stop me from installing my new gravel guard. It took a lot of time figuring out the best way to fabricate this as I wanted to keep as much clearance as possible. This was the best way to utilize much needed space and protect the headers as well. Still needs to be painted keep in mind and might add some holes in the bottom for drainage.

Right side...



Left side...




With a little time to kill, I played around with the wiring some. I hope I'll be able to finally see at night with these...



Tomorrow, I'm expecting a lot of goodies to arrive via UPS. Should be a busy and productive day!



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Old 08-25-2010, 10:21 PM   #57
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Been kicking around again about getting a Versys and making it a dual sport. Sheesh, should also have considered the Ninja as well. You build is giving me ideas! Watching with wonderment and taking notes.

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Old 08-26-2010, 06:14 AM   #58
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Ok, so I was able to order the tires earlier today and thanks to a great ADVer, they should be mounted to my stock wheels on Friday! You know who you are and thank you!

Then it was time to start wrenching.
It started off really well with my first conversion battle wound ...




But the minor scratch didn't stop me from installing my new gravel guard. It took a lot of time figuring out the best way to fabricate this as I wanted to keep as much clearance as possible. This was the best way to utilize much needed space and protect the headers as well. Still needs to be painted keep in mind and might add some holes in the bottom for drainage.
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You big wimp

glad that didn't hold ya back any
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:05 AM   #59
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How many stitches did it take?

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Old 08-26-2010, 08:31 AM   #60
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You are a fabricating fool.

What did you mount the front of your gravel guard to? Looks like the exhaust?
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