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Installed Hugger, Removed Rat Tail

Well I got a burst of energy today, so I painted and installed my Ermax Hugger, per Bear On A Bicycle's instructions. The paint job came out nice, and the install was easy. While I was admiring my work afterward, I couldn't help but notice that the old rat tail was obscuring my handsome hugger. Out came the Japanese handsaw, (the kind that's razor sharp and cuts on the pull stroke) and off came the tail. It literally took about ten strokes, and the cut was so clean it only took couple of seconds with some wet sand paper to clean up the edges. After that, I decided to take off the belly plastics, and go with the stripped down look. I think it made the bike look a little leaner and meaner. I ended the day with a nice ride as the sun was going down, and the thermometer was still at 85 degrees Man I love my Versys...

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Minus the lower plastics

Here's a shot with the belly plastic removed.

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nice looking bike!

I have mixed emotions about the belly plastic being remove. Part of me likes it like that and part of me doesn't.

I need to get a good bike stand. Yours looks like a great setup!a


Oh and that seat looks very nice!
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Nice hugger action...Not to keen on the belly removal though...And how do you like the Corbin?...The boys are getting tired of kissing the gas tank so I'm going to have to do somthin soon...

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If I had to criticize one thing about the Versys' looks, it would have to be that it looks a little too "styled", what with all of the plastic bits that cover up the unsightly frame items. I think the V looks a little more "mechanical" with the belly plastics removed, and I like seeing the engine too.

The Corbin is nice. Beats the stock torture device by a mile. They weren't exactly giving them Corbin seats away, but I just couldn't ride the bike as it came from Nippon.

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The bike looks great! The hugger looks really good! Looks like it came that way from the factory. I really like the "naked bottom" look. I've removed my lower panels as well.

Of course, I'd buy a black oil filter next time...






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That rat tail may not be the V's most appealing visual feature, but if you hit rain you'll appreciate all the road skuck that it keeps off anything aft of the rear axle. A few early-season rides when snow melt made roads wet confirmed that for me. Function over form; whatever works for you.


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Of course, I'd buy a black oil filter next time...


With ya on that one, and maybe it's just me... but, I kinda like that "rat tail," I dunno the more filler on the bike the more it looks like a tourer/adv bike, and I personally dig that look a lot...
but that hugger is cool, nice clean install... I can't tell from your pics though, is that the one with the built in chain guard?
that's the one I would like...


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Pretty is as pretty does

I'm as much of a fashionista as the next guy, but I was never one to buy an oil filter based on it's color. That's a PureOne, and along with it's avant-garde mustard hue, it just so happens to be a good filter. (and it has a pleasing grippy texture too, for those oil covered hands)

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Left Side

Yes, it has the integrated chain guard. In black too, for the discerning connoisseur.

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Colour coded my cowles, think they look great, I also cut my rats tail off the other day, looks much better


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I got the red Versys blues

Your hugger and lower plastic really looks good matched to the color of your bike. I love that blue color period, and only wish it had been available stateside in '08.

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where did you get the paint to match the plama blue

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I love the hugger and the seat. Please tell me where you got them.
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Yeah, me too. I would like to get a hugger. I'm sure this has been covered a bunch of times here, but one more would be nice!!

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That rat tail may not be the V's most appealing visual feature, but if you hit rain you'll appreciate all the road skuck that it keeps off anything aft of the rear axle. A few early-season rides when snow melt made roads wet confirmed that for me. Function over form; whatever works for you.
Really?
I love the naked look of a V with Hugger and the rat tail chopped, or even all the way up to the rear light (a la Ermax Fender Eliminator).

But if that means you can't ride it in the rain without slopping mud all over the place, my preference moves from form to function...
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In the end it's your bike so rat tail or not is up to you. I have to put a complete belly plate on mine soon, looking for one that matches up to th V's factory stuff or looks good on it's own. Ride!!!
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