The bike is staring to come together. This is all that's planned until suspension and Unit garage bags upgrade, etc, at Xmas.
Vinyl wrapped tank.
Roadlok disk lock.
Rear luggage rack and OEM pillion seat bag relocated. This was a Ventura sport rack and a universal sw motech plate.
Comfort pillion seat and custom rider seat both BMW.
Replaced the stupid security bolt with a wing nut under the seat too.
Then roadrunner sold a few parts at a very fair price and the bike became a bit off a cast off junky.
Rizoma aluminium fairing, also vinyl wrapped which not only protects it from road dings but I think matched the tank better than the matte finish too.
I also bought his Wanderlich peg lowering kit and Rizoma street pegs. Oh, and a RAF roundel I picked up too (ex Air Force officer). It's the UK roundel, I'll change to the Canadian one (similar but with a red maple leaf rather than red circle).
Lowered pegs are nice and with the rizoma pegs you don't lose any cornering height as they don't have the OEM peg nipple on the bottom. The metal pegs were a surprise, huge difference in the feel and confidence leaning on them in the corners vs the sponge bob rubber BMW ones.
I found the OEM bars too wide. I thought they were also too low and too far from me.
Reading here I decided to try narrower and lower. I definitely like narrower, lower is ok, but I may still bring them up a touch and back a touch, but the bars I put on have made the world of difference for comfort and control. If you are thinking about it, just do it.
I choose the Rizoma BA009B bars and bar end caps. I made two errors (my misses so far). First I wanted the controls to be a bit narrower than the 740 mm bars so brought the controls in a bit on each side, unfortunately didn't get it correct with the left ones a bit less in then the right side. Also when I mounted the clutch controls I didn't rotate the controls (horn, turn signal, etc) down quite enough. Means I raise my thumb to turn just a bit. It's an easy fix, so one weekend I'll re-drill the mounting hole on the left to fix both those issues.
So that's it for now. It's functional (bag and pillion) rides great and fits me (pegs and bars), has a bit of bling (fairing and roundel).
Next round over Xmas I'm thinking:
- front cartridge and rear shock
- steering damper
- unit garage side bags (would then take off the BMW rear bag
- pillion pegs and lowering kit
- rear hugger
- frame plugs
- axel and drive shaft protection
For then or maybe later
- figure out if there's a rear end (lights and plate holder) that works with the Ventura sport rack
- replace front indicators
- gauge clock housing
- fluid canisters (front and rear brake and clutch)
- cylinder head guards
- engine guard (not likely)
- tubeless conversion
- lithium or other smaller lighter battery
- engine tune (flashable gadget style) or booster plug (I've had two near idle stalls since the first run in service).
So ... less than 1/3 there but I can ride happy for a few months as is.
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