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Let the modding begin!

SO I have exactly 1 MILE on the bike and she has already gone under the knife/wrench:

Cycra probend Handguards & mirror extenders:


Reflector removal and trimming rear mud flap:


Swingarm spools and Bikemaster lift:


Red LED strips from Custom Dynamics wired into the rear flashers. Attached right on the bottom edge of each side of the taillight:


Fork reflector removal and black fasteners installed:


Footpeg lowering kit and bar riser:


Shiny Shiny, outside @ 20 degrees:


That's all for now More to come.....


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Lookin' good! Makes me wanna go ride...

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Jeff - HOW did you "photoshop" in those clear, SUNNY skies...?


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Great AlaskaJeff,

What kind of tires are you running on your V?
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bada$$ tires.

i recommend adding the givi windscreen, to prevent that cold wind, looks very nice too (screen is as size as the bmw r1200gs).
if you are going to put some topbox, or tie up some bags at the back, ktmdual's rack (a member here) makes a very nice rack with top plate.

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that may be the best looking bike ive ever seen. you're not really going to ride that on those dirty muddy roads in Alaska are you? that would almost be a crime!----well, I guess it will wash off,but I wouldn't do it if it was me----
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Just curious what tires you have?

You will find the bike behaves best off road with minimal damping and minimal pre load, however these settings will make it wallow a bit on road.

I would be careful about riding fast on pavement with those tires. In my experience even my 95% on road/5% off road Pirelli Scorpions had noticeably less pavement grip than my Michelin PR3's.
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Jeff - HOW did you "photoshop" in those clear, SUNNY skies...?
HA Eddie! We are enjoying better weather than most of the Lower 48 right now.....
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Great AlaskaJeff,

What kind of tires are you running on your V?
TKC-80 on the front and Heidenau K60 Scout in the rear. A VERY popular combo for the dual sport crowd in these parts
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You will find the bike behaves best off road with minimal damping and minimal pre load, however these settings will make it wallow a bit on road.

I would be careful about riding fast on pavement with those tires. In my experience even my 95% on road/5% off road Pirelli Scorpions had noticeably less pavement grip than my Michelin PR3's.
I've ridden a 88 Honda XR600 with Kenda K270's on it for the past 3 years and put over 12K miles on it..So these tires on the highway will feel like I'm floating

THANKS for all the kind words guys! It WILL be hard to get it dirty for the first time, but I RIDE my bikes in all weather and all terrain. This one will be no different.


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Looks really good, and nice mods. The tail trim looks good too, though I would think the full size mud flap would be handy in Alaska with those knobby tires.

I'd suggest one more simple and cheap DIY mod: a mudflap off the battery box to keep the crud off the underside innards of the bike. Here's some example threads:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=42394
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33337
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ight=mud+guard

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Looks really good, and nice mods. The tail trim looks good too, though I would think the full size mud flap would be handy in Alaska with those knobby tires.

I'd suggest one more simple and cheap DIY mod: a mudflap off the battery box to keep the crud off the underside innards of the bike. Here's some example threads:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=42394
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33337
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ight=mud+guard
Thanks Some of the BEST suggestions I've read. I will for sure be doing this with my V


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Did you have to raise the front fender for those tires?
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Did you have to raise the front fender for those tires?
Nope, it fits in there just fine!


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I like your Scripture reference. All glory to Him!
May I ask where you purchased those tires! Do you like them?
I am reading many people "say" they are getting almost double the miles out of them.
Can you tell me the tire sizes. I want to get them for my V. Revzilla is out of stock.
Thank you in advance for your reply.
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Thanks TEK, good to have another man of Faith in the mix. God is good, ALL the time! I got the tires online, probably Revzilla for the front TKC80 in the stock size of 120/70-17. The rear Mitas E07 I can't remember off hand where I got it, but they are being carried by more suppliers these days. It is the 160/70-17 size. Hope this helps.


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Looks great, also get rid of all those stickers on the swingarm!
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Jeff,

Have you had to replace your fork tube seals yet?

I tried out 3 protector types and these give the most coverage, but are $43 shipped from USA ebay (it costs much more going through UK ebay site.)

Cream Carbon Fiber Fibre XL Adventure Upside Down Fork Protector Covers | eBay

Instead of how the company picture installs them (top pic below), I flip them over where they cover near 100% of the lower fork tube (bottom pic below.) BUT you have to put 3 zip ties on the bottom of the tube flattening the tube covers, so the disk brake won't saw through the covers (I learned that on 2 cheaper sets

You have the best GS style bike (better than BMW), so I thought these might come in handy in AK. These or gators are on all my bikes after replacing a fork seal set just once (never again!)



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Looks Great! Enjoy!
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Jeff,

Have you had to replace your fork tube seals yet?

I tried out 3 protector types and these give the most coverage, but are $43 shipped from USA ebay (it costs much more going through UK ebay site.)

Cream Carbon Fiber Fibre XL Adventure Upside Down Fork Protector Covers | eBay

Instead of how the company picture installs them (top pic below), I flip them over where they cover near 100% of the lower fork tube (bottom pic below.) BUT you have to put 3 zip ties on the bottom of the tube flattening the tube covers, so the disk brake won't saw through the covers (I learned that on 2 cheaper sets

You have the best GS style bike (better than BMW), so I thought these might come in handy in AK. These or gators are on all my bikes after replacing a fork seal set just once (never again!)



I have not replaced fork seals as of yet. I thought I was going to have to last summer though. I had one leaking that I could not clean out for quite a while, but I finally got it to stop leaking. Then I installed these:
And they are doing great.
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I have not replaced fork seals as of yet. I thought I was going to have to last summer though. I had one leaking that I could not clean out for quite a while, but I finally got it to stop leaking. Then I installed these:
And they are doing great.
Good deal Jeff! Those look sharp.

Just watch out when your forks depress. They will cut your covers because it's no room between the fork tube and disc brake. And it's hard to even notice it until you take them off. I'd still put 3 tie wraps on each side towards the cover bottoms (the height of your disk brake) to make sure. Only the Kreiga shorties may be an exception, but midsize tube covers up, it will slice them on the insides. After I took my second cheap pair off and it did the same thing on both, I had to find out what is going on before the (relatively) expensive pair were installed. fyi
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