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post #6841 of 6880 Unread 08-25-2019, 03:29 PM
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Yeah mcromo44 thats the shed I put up last winter. I'm glad it hasn't blown down.
The concrete slab behind the bike is for a processing plant.
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Looks great. Have you done any work to the headers? I also like the seat. And the backpack rig on the back. Do you recall its make? Sweet ride.
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The headers I recently had off the bike and cleaned the crap out of them. Used a toilet cleaning product to remove most corrosion. Then finished off with a green scotch Brite pad. I used to polish next but might not anymore. Polish dulls/yellows quick and it's a real chore to re polish. The scotch brite finish is quick.
The seat is just a cover. Firma Wijalis.
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It was easy to put on. Remove old cover, stretch new one over and staple the shit out of it. I love it.
The pack is Kriega OS18. It's a roll top bag and is sitting on a rear rack.It's an awesome pack but expensive. The smaller soft pack strapped to the seat is a brand called Uglybros. It's a Kriega knockoff and was very cheap.
The rear rack I think is called a Ventura? Bolts to where the rear grab handle mounts.
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I purchased the DanMoto cans on here used, but didn't come with clamps or straps. I've been running them without the straps and using hose clamps and exhaust gasket sealer, but they jiggled around a lot on bumps and had a a lot of travel when you wiggled them. When I reached out to DanMoto to get replacements in March, they said they didn't have replacement parts. I tried again a few weeks ago, and they were able to send out the clamps and the straps for $40, but they didn't include the piece to mount the strap to the frame. So, I made my own. They turned out very well after some trial and error and test fitting, and I'm very happy with the result! Now the exhaust is very solid and doesn't move at all, like it's rock solid. In hindsight, I shouldn't have been running these without the straps but whatever. I'm just glad I have it now!
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I put on the new yoshimura pipes that I bought used on this forum. Was a real pain in the ass to put on because of the givi rack being mounted in the same place. They just barely touch the givi rack and my license plate, which caused a bolt from the rack and both screws that hold my license plate on to vibrate out. Fortunately I had my rear turn signals mounted to my plate, so the wires held my plate on. The pipes sound amazing, and are just the right volume. A couple people complimented the sound.

The past 2 weekends I did track days at NYST for a bit of a birthday celebration and rode the absolute balls out of the 919, ticking over 60k miles on its 11th trackday. Still haven't had the valves checked. Also took some video this time.



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I own a Ducati, and a couple of KTMs. Nothing sounds better than a 919 with dual high pipes. Mine had Satos. Damn, that thing was loud. I remember chasing a young guy who was on a Kawie 6, on the track at Putnam Indiana. He said"I could hear you back there". That's pretty loud when you can hear another guys bike, behind you.

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Yeah mcromo44 thats the shed I put up last winter. I'm glad it hasn't blown down.
The concrete slab behind the bike is for a processing plant.
Mine is getting close to completion.
To the point that the 20 ft storage container that was jammed with stuff is now gone, with everything back inside the garage.

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Mine is getting close to completion.
To the point that the 20 ft storage container that was jammed with stuff is now gone, with everything back inside the garage.[/QUOTE]

In time for the winter eh mate!

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I got my little 2006 599 out yesterday. Hard telling how old the gas was, that was in it; Possibly 5 months has old. Sadly, that how long ago I've ridden the poor neglected thing. It wasn't real happy at first start up. It did pretty good until I was way low on fuel, then put some fresh gas in it. It ran REALLY good then. The 599 has a little "cam kick" at around 9000 rpm. It's a great little motorcycle. It's a nice change of pace from the big thumping 990 SD, and 848 SF.

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I've been just busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest and I have zero business acquiring or even room for another bike, but I bought a Harley even though I am smack in the middle of trying to track prep my wife's brand new fully built R6 so I can get it broke in next weekend in the C Group at Buttonwillow. Then I've gotta get the new BST Rapidtek wheels installed on the Kyle Racing R6 Project Bike and then I will concentrate on the American bike...



2000 Fatboy with 515 Miles on it. Definitely will take some patience and love and SAE tools , but this should be quite an experience from my usual work
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I've been just busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest and I have zero business acquiring or even room for another bike, but I bought a Harley even though I am smack in the middle of trying to track prep my wife's brand new fully built R6 so I can get it broke in next weekend in the C Group at Buttonwillow. Then I've gotta get the new BST Rapidtek wheels installed on the Kyle Racing R6 Project Bike and then I will concentrate on the American bike...



2000 Fatboy with 515 Miles on it. Definitely will take some patience and love and SAE tools <img src="https://www.wristtwisters.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />, but this should be quite an experience from my usual work
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Lots of old guys on Harleys these days...

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What are you going to do with that thing, Mike? Turn around and sell it? Look at it? Then there's always the unthinkable....

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What are you going to do with that thing, Mike? Turn around and sell it? Look at it? Then there's always the unthinkable....
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Got a HD Specialist doing the detail work the last couple days. He is about to start on the paint
I kinda like the riveted panels look. Like it more without the flames...

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What are you going to do with that thing, Mike? Turn around and sell it? Look at it? Then there's always the unthinkable....



I'll ride it for a season then sell it and buy a new cargo trailer with living quarters. Not Toy Hauler style, but something that will accommodate sleeping in air-conditioned comfort ya know

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Excellent - what's the plan?
Ride the piss out of it!!! It's meant to be beat up, and it loves every minute of it.

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Dual Sport the shiz out of it and make it super hooligan like and add a turbo to it

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That has actually crossed my mind, but I have other things to pay off first. I just took this one out riding to about 9,000 feet up in the Idaho Sawtooths and MAN, was it fun! Nothing like doing 80mph on rough logging roads! Every gear spins the tire when you roll fast on the throttle. I think I have the carb perfectly dialed in.

Conversion list so far is for sure upgraded suspension (probably CRF450 USDs up front) and something in the rear. Maybe just a re-spring for my weight and new oil. It's already been uncorked, so it it runs like a bat out of hell, but a FCR pumper carb, maybe the larger gas tank, LED headlight, etc are all in the wannabe list. It already has the Baja street legal kit, so I can run it on the road

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Horsepower is of no use unless your tires are in contact with the ground. I had to look up what a TTX-GP is. That looks expeeeensive! A well set up suspention is a wonderful thing.

Chevy always made decent looking trucks, but how square fender wells ever made it out of a committee, is beyond me. I think some bean counter figured they could save a dime's worth of metal with those goofy looking square fender wells. The newest Chevys have a round fender wells, which I think look a lot better. I'll bet the die hard Chevy guys hate the round ones.

Which old Honda is that?
This truck is actually a GMC, but yeah, pretty much the same thing. I actually like the square wheel wells more. I look at Ford's and they just look too old-school and have never changed. I see with the new 2020's that they actually are coming back 'around'. hehe. Punny.

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I had a Yamaha WR450F. I called it "The Blue Trencher". It too, was jetted to perfection. A well jetted carb'd bike is a very satisfying experience. It was a great bike. But here in the woods and hills of southern Indiana, prescision is the name of the game, and too much engine is way bad. Most of the enduro guys around here are on 250s. I sold the 450. I replaced it with a WR250F, that I just love.

I saw one of the 2020 (I think) Chevys at a dealership the other day. It had the round fender wells and a big ol grill. I'm not a Chevy fan, but that was a good looking truck.

I tried riding a Harley once. I honestly don't know what keeps those guys awake. There's something about chugging around on that thing and the sound it makes, nearly put me to sleep.
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I had a Yamaha WR450F. I called it "The Blue Trencher".
I hear ya. I remember one time in an off-road event tip-toeing my Gas-Gas 200 2-stroke up the side of a rutted trail, while in the middle some trenching boys were hard at work with their throttles wide-open. They might even have still been there when I came by on the next lap, sneaking past on a whiff of throttle.

(The illustration is neither my bike nor yours, it's the clay that trenches out real well under a 450 4-stroke...)
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I think it's the rider more than anything.

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It was time to hand-polish the cuppola.


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I think it's the rider more than anything.
Agreed.

But unfortunately using all the horsepower is effective as a solution often enough that the rider never develops any other strategies. Taking horsepower away is helpful in increasing other skills, eg Kenny Roberts using XR100s at The Ranch, training riders for GP racing.

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Taking the horsepower away can be crazy fun.
The Aussie postie bike GP. Very funny.
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A no-horsepower bike I enjoy is the cbr250r. Think left, go left. Think right, go right. It's fun, for what it is...

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Hand-polished the rest of the bike.



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Installed a Cyclops Ultra 10.0 today. Just finished a long night ride. Very pleased with the results. Thanks for the tip rmb.
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Man that is POLISHED. It took me a bit to figure out that was the tank. I thought it was a brand new windscreen sitting on the seat.
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I've always said "I'll never stick a milk crate on a bike".
How things have slipped of late.
It's just for the honey season. I need to carry a bee smoker and tools. I use the bike to get round the hives scattered about the bush, here and there.
Also handy for a bag of groceries.
I cut it down and painted it black in a feeble attempt to disguise it. Everyone says "Oh it's a milk crate!".
It's bloody sad...I hang my head in shame.
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Rainy day, parts bin, project.. I made a 1/4 stud for a camera or GoPro, out of a spare boat bailer plug. I just drilled and tapped the backside, 1/4-20, and ran a clearance drill through the front side washer. I ran a bolt through it backwards, snugged up to the newly tapped washer on, what will be, the inside.
Insert the plug in the bottom of the lower triple, install original washer, another washer, a nut and tighten until you like it. I put a zip tie through the mount as a back up... That's it.

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I used the finish washer on top because that was the only 1/4-20 stainless screw I had on hand...
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Looks like the GoPro might get hit by the front fender under full fork compression?
Then there's blocking airflow to the radiator. Don't know if it's an issue.
To prevent photos from uploading sideways I edit and trim a little bit from the top and bottom before uploading. For some reason this prevents photo from turning sideways.
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Yes, thanks. Good points. The screw sticking down is reversible, it should be up.. the arm the camera is on articulates, and can tuck under the headlight a bit more than it is. I could use a 2-1/2 screw as well.. I wondered about air. It didnít seem to obstruct much. It may end up being a terrible vantage point as well.. Iíll swap the screw, and make sure it clears, if itís a go, Iíll check the point of view. If not.. Iím out 10 minutes.. I donít ever use it anyway. Iím just bored. This can be done on top, for bikes with clip ons and make a phone mount from it. Iíve used it for 6 years now on my other bike..
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Been a fucking year since I've ridden and I'm losing my mind!

New chain/sprockets on order (thx LDH!), replacement IAC valve on the way, and will soon book an appt at the Aprilia shop. Work is finally starting to let up, but only slightly. Gotta train and onboard the new supervisors so taking it to the shop will just be much quicker.

Not to mention trying to use Google translate to translate an electrical wiring diagram from Aprilia is next to impossible. If the replacement IAC does not cure the problem, then it has to be an electrical fault somewhere and I'll have the shop deal with it.

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New chain/sprockets on order (thx LDH!), replacement IAC valve on the way, and will soon book an appt at the Aprilia shop. Work is finally starting to let up, but only slightly. Gotta train and onboard the new supervisors so taking it to the shop will just be much quicker.

Not to mention trying to use Google translate to translate an electrical wiring diagram from Aprilia is next to impossible. If the replacement IAC does not cure the problem, then it has to be an electrical fault somewhere and I'll have the shop deal with it.
Your bike hates you. A year!
They are like women. Take it out once in a while.
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Rainy day, parts bin, project.. I made a 1/4 stud for a camera or GoPro, out of a spare boat bailer plug. I just drilled and tapped the backside, 1/4-20, and ran a clearance drill through the front side washer. I ran a bolt through it backwards, snugged up to the newly tapped washer on, what will be, the inside.
Insert the plug in the bottom of the lower triple, install original washer, another washer, a nut and tighten until you like it. I put a zip tie through the mount as a back up... That's it.

*Boat plug
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*1/4-20 nut and washer
*1/4-20 Tap and drill bits.

I used the finish washer on top because that was the only 1/4-20 stainless screw I had on hand...
I made one and the vibration was just too much. I even added rubber/foam and tried other things.

IMO, the helmet or chest is the best place. The helmet has the advantage of looking where you turn your head. So if you wanted to catch someone running a red light, you just look towards them, you don't have to turn your bike towards them.

However, the lack of vibration on the helmet makes all the difference. I made a custom mount for mine, but it broke in the last accident, so I'm up for some repairs.

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Your bike hates you. A year!
They are like women. Take it out once in a while.
Seriously, chasing electrical gremlins is the worst.
Tell me about it! Replacement ECU didn't fix the issue. That was hard to source for a reasonable price! Then tried a different IAC and that didn't work either. It's seen better days so I'm not convinced I've fully ruled out the IAC, hence a second one.

Electrical gremlins suck!

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I took the 848 Streetfighter for a ride Saturday. I got about 15 miles from my house, and stopped to shove my earplugs in further. Then I noticed the cords were about to come thru the rubber on the rear tire. I turned around went home and changed it. A single sided swing are is the greatest invention in the world, if you change your own tires. Nothing to line up. No chain to adjust. No shims to get mixed up. I was back on my way in no time.

I've only had it for about 16 months, but that Ducati has be a great motorcycle.

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Keep us posted. I'm keen on putting a camera on my bike.
The camera mount worked well during it's first 2 road tests. I put up 60 seconds of video from a fairly rough piece of road. I didn't think the vibration was too bad at all. A little blurry- but.. I forget to clean the housing after handling it so much... sorry.
https://youtu.be/yCRyquuP8u4
The bolt length ended up at 2-1/4, overall length. There was still room to shorten the screw, but the camera itself didn't drop low enough to interfere with the radiator airflow, and had fender clearance- so I stopped. I think it's a go.
I get the benefits of having it helmet mounted. That is where it was previously. I just don't like the look of it sticking up on top, out from the side or the out from the front/chin. The chest mount is more subtle, but I tend to flatten out on the tank from time to time for wind blasts, or for a break from wind noise, and wouldn't want to wreck the tank, scratch the camera, mess with the harness everytime I get on and off, or have a video blackout everytime I duck. I wanted an out of the way, not-on-me, place for it.
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Nice work WxN. Very novel approach to mounting the unit to the triple.
Given me something to think about.

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