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Old 03-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #481
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The shadows could be fooling yah Hi5!

Put the rack on and it slides straight in - like a bum in a bucket. With a little jiggling.
Well....I be a Monkey's Uncle!

Please show me those top mounting points. I've very interested to see how you chose to do that. Looks like it slips under the tailrack....maybe. Let's see some close up photos. Purdy pleeeeease.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #482
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Time to get back to some Terra-bizness. Work has swamped me with far away travels lately. I'm looking forward to some "Me" time…..and a bit warmer weather would not be unwelcome. After a warmer than normal winter, we've had some nasty Oklahoma windy cold conditions. It even snowed a little bit here today.

After much riding and further thought, I just couldn't stand it any longer. I wanted black handlebars on my Terra! It just seems sooooo right.






Besides, I really needed to put the Beemer bars back on my F800GS. It was pretty pathetic looking for 3 months with no handlebars on it. Not to mention, its been rather challenging to ride.

I love Pro Taper Evo bars, and I chose the Woods High bend, which is the tallest height & most pullback in their lineup, I think. Sounds like a lot, but its not. Their models are fairly close in measurements….the differences are small. Even so, the Terra, for me, needed some lift.




This bar along with the Motosportz tall risers feels perfect to me now. The F800GS bars were a bit tall (with the MZ Riser) and had too much pullback for the Terra. I like it….a relaxed & comfortable feel, but the Evo feels even better. It has a more neutral (parallel to the ground) bar end at the grips. All the Evos are like this….a flat, level, bar-end. Many after-market handlebars have more up-sweep at the bar end. I don't get along well with that design. It makes my elbows sore. Just me, maybe.


I also FINALLY started my fabrication work for my bag racks. Here is the first part I schemed up.




I'll let you stew on it a while…..figure out what its for. Took me better part of the day to fashion using a hacksaw, grinder, & welder. If I had a plasma cutter & a bender, it might have taken one whole hour…..maybe less. Add it to My List.

At least, my welds are getting better:




Little by little…

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p.s. Rugged Exposure's Mexican Border Road - Ride Report has begun. Hump it on over to the RR forum and jump on board, if you haven't yet. Its quite a ride.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #483
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There are a few ways to go building racks. We were going to build a solid crossover bridge on the rear rack mounts but decided not to.

I think this is rather elegant.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #484
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Interesting.....thanks.

How sturdy are those metal strap mounts? They look like they could flex in a fall (versus tubing), but maybe not. Just thinking out loud.

A solid crossover bridge is what I am holding in my hand (above) that I built today. I'm planning to bolt the rack to the side flanges.

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Old 03-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #485
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The shadows could be fooling yah Hi5!

Put the rack on and it slides straight in - like a bum in a bucket. With a little jiggling.
Does the brace in the back mount to your license plate dong?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #486
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I'll let you stew on it a while…..figure out what its for. Took me better part of the day to fashion using a hacksaw, grinder, & welder. If I had a plasma cutter & a bender, it might have taken one whole hour…..maybe less. Add it to My List.

At least, my welds are getting better:




Little by little…

HF

p.s. Rugged Exposure's Mexican Border Road - Ride Report has begun. Hump it on over to the RR forum and jump on board, if you haven't yet. Its quite a ride.
Looks like you're making a new license plate mount?

Welds are looking good, work on being consistent with the tip manipulation and change your angle a little bit (more towards a 45* with the joint).

Here's a link for the Ride Report: Border Road Rally Raid
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #487
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While changing the oil today (I've had the bike for one month now and I've already done my 3rd oil change, almost 3k miles!)
I noticed this hanging out by itself in front of the motor and behind the frame:


Any clue what this is? Its soft rubber and looks like a plug for a large grommet... wth?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:52 PM   #488
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Does the brace in the back mount to your license plate dong?
Yep the rear brace mounts to the "dong" (small steel plate and solid tube stock). The rack does not flex and now the tail does not either.

Three mounts to each frame (one of these is the handy pillion peg mount) and the loop around the back.

I have no flex Mr5.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:57 PM   #489
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I did about 1400km in the past few days including a trip along the Snowy River.




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Keep an eye on your rear brake reservoir cap I found mine undid, A mate pointed it out - I did not lose any fluid! Lucky.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:00 PM   #490
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While changing the oil today (I've had the bike for one month now and I've already done my 3rd oil change, almost 3k miles!)
I noticed this hanging out by itself in front of the motor and behind the frame:


Any clue what this is? Its soft rubber and looks like a plug for a large grommet... wth?
Curious
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How sturdy are those metal strap mounts? They look like they could flex in a fall (versus tubing), but maybe not.
I like the idea of a flat strap if I were going with that luggage option... I'd prefer it bend a bit in an offroad fall, and could be bent back into shape. Better than a break, especially if you're remote.

Looking at the potential mounting points, I might have moved the rear two to the two countersunk rack holes that make up the front edge of the triangle of three holes... but that design looks fine too.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:13 AM   #492
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Anyone done any research into putting a 17" front wheel onto the Strada? The ABS appears as if it could be a problem because of available tyre sizes.
You can put any wheel you want on it as long as you bolt up the same brake disc. The ABS sensor bolts into the disc.

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:43 AM   #493
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Interesting.....thanks.

How sturdy are those metal strap mounts? They look like they could flex in a fall (versus tubing), but maybe not. Just thinking out loud.

A solid crossover bridge is what I am holding in my hand (above) that I built today. I'm planning to bolt the rack to the side flanges.

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The local guy in OZ is making these. Only two mounting points by the looks. Me no likey.
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davo....in looking at yours again, your mounting points make the most sense since they're the places where the rack is attached to bike.
Much stronger than using the two to the rear that mount to the rack alone.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #495
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The local guy in OZ is making these. Only two mounting points by the looks. Me no likey.
These are Andy Strapz frames. Keep in mind that he's designing them to be used only with the Andy Strapz Expedition panniers he makes, which by design bear the weight of the panniers through the straps over the pillion seat and only use the frames to push the bags away from the pipes and the wheel. Having only the two mounting points might not protect the pipe if you lay the bike over with great force, but should be adequate for normal use.
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