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Old 02-04-2013, 07:30 PM   #226
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The Undisputed King of Cobble!

Digging thru my bone pile (again), I found this useless piece of jewels.



The stock OEM skid plate from PIG…my 2005 KLR. A nice hard piece of worthless plastic on the pre-08 model KLR.

BUT one man's junk is another man's treasure, as they say. Does that still count if you're one & the same man?

Oh well…..scratched my head a bit, then drilled a couple small holes:




Trimmed it a smidgen on both sides:




Notched it on top to give the clutch cable a little more freedom of movement:




Heavy duty cable-tied it top and bottom……Voila! I've got MAJOR frontal protection for my engine.




Doesn't look so bad to me…









It clearly qualifies me as the King of Cobbled up solutions. BigDog don't got nothing on me. Let me tell you….this thing plain works. And darn good!

Fits like it was made for this purpose. Very strong, and has excellent air holes to ventilate the motor (a very important requirement). You don't want to block off airflow across the lower portion of your engine.

I mean….check this fit out:





Ain't that incredible? Well, at least I think so.

Now you know why I finally headed out to the woods for a proper thrashing in the rocks. Bit surprised though, that no one mentioned it after seeing the photos. Maybe everyone has been too preoccupied with one hundred and one hypotheses regarding the possible future of Husqvarna a la KTM.

I'm not worried about it. Why would I be. I've already got mine and I'm enjoying it to the max, now that I have serious engine protection. I'm riding hard and sleeping good.

HF

p.s. I'm reeeeally liking this Motosportz skid plate. I cased over some big rocks on my ride yesterday and it didn't even phase it. This plate is probably the strongest structural member on the bike, now. I gave her a bath tonight to wash off all the mud. It was super easy to clean out the skid plate and bottom side of the motor. I hadn't thought about that before. I like it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #227
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It clearly qualifies me as the King of Cobbled up solutions. BigDog don't got nothing on me. .
You beat me to it Scott
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:46 AM   #228
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Sturdy bash plates for me. Slowbike had this happen to his x on the way to Cape Yorke FNQ.



He DNFed.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:48 AM   #229
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Hi HF,

Thanks for the thread.

Great advice and info.

Cheers,

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:07 AM   #230
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Scott, my new Man Cave is 32'x32' with a 10' downstair ceiling height. the roof has a 11/12 roof pitch (41 degrees). Using engineered truses with a 2x10 bottom plate and on 16" centers I was able to get a clear span downstairs (no center supports) and ended up with a 18' x 32' room upstairs. Full bath up stairs with a Kitchenette and down stairs a commode in a little room under the stairs with a shop sink just outside the door..

Complete build thread here,

http://www.motorcyclistcafe.com/foru...est-House-East
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:57 PM   #231
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Scott, my new Man Cave is 32'x32'

Complete build thread here,

http://www.motorcyclistcafe.com/foru...est-House-East
My-oh-my, what a gold mine (literally). I am enjoying that thread immensely. Thanks for sharing! Appears I might have reason to go dragon hunting in Tennessee again.....on my Terra this time.

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:21 PM   #232
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You guys are doing a great job to keep this thread entertaining... Good stuff...
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #233
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Can I get a butt-tuck?

If your butt is as fat & ugly as mine, then you darn sure should!

In fact, a butt-tuck ought to be the first priorities on a New Owner's To-Do List.

This big hunk of metal license plate holder has to go…no doubt. Its a brick!



I definitely don't want a cracked rear fender like some others have experienced. So, preemptive countermeasures are in order. I like what others have done, but I don't want to give up that rear reflector. I'm a big fan of being seen at night from all directions. In fact, I usually add small pieces of "Solas" tape around my bike, in very clever places, which will blind a driver that gets to close at night. I'll explain it in another post, I guess. It might save your life some day…..literally.

So, here's the spot I've got to work with:



And here's another piece of scrap plastic from my scavenger hunting bin:



I like to visit plastic engineering type companies and ask politely if I can dumpster dive in their scrap pile. Doesn't take much to find a few useable pieces…..for who knows what purpose. That always comes later.

Fortunately, "later" arrived at Rancho HighFive and I was able to cut out this simple pattern with a pair of snips.



I simply traced the license plate perimeter and added the little pointed slope on bottom to match a mounting point on the fender. Yeah, I know….it ain't CNC Router perfect (like my improved tailrack plate) but I figure nobody will notice because they will be so mesmerized staring at my amazing engine guard.

It was real easy to trim, drill, & mount this support plate all by hand. Tucked it up against the rear reflector like so:



Piece of cake…..all finished!





Looks OEM, if I don't say so myself. Oops....I guess I just did.

Sorry BigDog, no zippy-tie for me this time. I started to, but decided we ought not look like Twinkies.

Did you know Twinkies were made in Tulsa? Except no longer. They just closed the plant about a month ago.

The Union said they were "calling the Company's bluff". Apparently, the Company wasn't bluffing. And we lost our Twinkies forever.

No more of HighFive's "Twinkies on a Stick" over a campfire. It was my own invention….better than roasted marshmallows or even Smores. I'm likely to lose all my camping buddies. I think that's what they were really hanging around me for.

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #234
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Hey HF, you should make a stack of those plastic brackets. If you could get them CNC machined, but leave the plate holes un drilled, I would buy one. Im sure you could sell these to a bunch of us terra owners who want retain the rear fender for roost protection.

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:14 AM   #235
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I don't know if you can still buy it, (or if it would even be cost effective) but my X-challenge came with a plate very similar to that.

It had a 3 bolt pattern and was used to replace the big honker one with the reflectors on the sides.

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:22 AM   #236
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indeed that is thin wall alum. looks sub 3mm and maybe only 2mm.
I always go for 3+mm thick alum. plates and prefer the beefy 4mm ones.
I know that 4mm plates do not bend as i've smashed mine hard so remember that when choosing a plate for the TR

on a side note: i'm putting 2 layers of dynamat down on my DR plate to reduce the harmonic noises. http://www.amazon.com/Dynamat-10415-...f=cm_lmf_tit_6
talked to a tech, who knows bikes, at dynamatt plus an audio installer, who knows bikes. they both said that kit $15 and doing a dual layer makes a huge difference in reflective noise. yes I wear ear plugs, but nothing wrong with a quieter bike & the added weight is down low.

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Sturdy bash plates for me. Slowbike had this happen to his x on the way to Cape Yorke FNQ.



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Old 02-06-2013, 08:25 AM   #237
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Just finished browsing through this thread, I put some money down on the next Terra that arrives a few hours away in El Paso, TX. (Should be the 15th of this month). Ironically I put the money towards the bike the same day Husky got sold... grrrr....


Anyways, since I'm a fair distance from the dealership, I'm more than likely going to be doing the services myself. Unfortunately I heard this machine has to be plugged into the BMW mothership. They informed me at the 600 mile break-in service, there is an oil change and the computer is reflashed (it comes from the factory in a low power mode for the break in period).

Is this true?

I look forward to this thread growing.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #238
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Mine came from the factory in full power mode - some first shipment bikes needed the reflash. I hope to never see the inside of the dealer shop.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:44 AM   #239
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It clearly qualifies me as the King of Cobbled up solutions. BigDog don't got nothing on me. Let me tell you….this thing plain works. And darn good!

Bit surprised though, that no one mentioned it after seeing the photos. Maybe everyone has been too preoccupied with one hundred and one hypotheses regarding the possible future of Husqvarna a la KTM.


HF
Good stuff HF...

As far as the KLR add on, I did notice it right off. I have one off my old KLR and was scratching my head pondering about it. You beat me to it. Not sure what will do yet about a skid plate. Seems more are coming out. I like yours tho, but I don't want to be a "copy cobbler" !!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:25 AM   #240
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BMW have sold Husky and the new owner says road bikes no mas.

How will this effect the Terras?
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