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What did you do to your scout today?

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finally got around to making a seat lanyard, ended up that when the seat is hanging it makes a good place to lay your tools while working with battery or making connections. also made these bungee spools for about 10 bucks. Auto part Engine Fuel line Vehicle Wire
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Got this Saddlemen R1300LXE Tactical Deluxe rigid bag for an 2 day trip come spring. Rok straps look like they are going to work quite well. Much better than bungee cords. But without the saddlebag spools it would be a * to make the bag properly secure
. These luggage racks are designed for retro looks, not actual use.

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I found zip ties to be more useful for the tail bag on wife’s solo rack.
 

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18 worked awesome on the front. A 19 might even fit. The 17 lifted the back up quite a bit though. I think an 18 might throw off the geometry a little but give it a go! Obviously has to drop the tire wall size as well so it is a 160x70R17 on the back and a 130x70R18 on the front instead of the ...x60R16 from stock.
 

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18 worked awesome on the front. A 19 might even fit. The 17 lifted the back up quite a bit though. I think an 18 might throw off the geometry a little but give it a go!
17” front 18” rear. Geometry can be adjusted if need be to suit. Bars may need to be cranked up a little or replaced entirely.

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17” front 18” rear. Geometry can be adjusted if need be to suit. Bars may need to be cranked up a little or replaced entirely.

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Now that looks mint! Love what you've done with the pipes. So she doesn't ride weird with the larger rear? I changed mine over because I'd riden an octane before and knew they were a straight change over. Wanted a little more rim and a little less meat to the look. The handling translated over amazingly well and I look it up into the twisties. The bikes is heaps more capable than I am so I could just push and cruise control was still maintained perfectly for the fwy. All in all, good modding weekend.
 

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No ‘weird’ ride at all for my stature and position. So many people ask me or say “She must be difficult to get round corners?” Which is getting mundane to say the least, with the compensating much skinnier front and if road conditions permit and you lean on the gas with the low centre of gravity she tears round corners and with the Avons the rear remains firmly planted and can be very much relied upon! She also affords a greater lean angle than OEM.
 

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No ‘weird’ ride at all for my stature and position. So many people ask me or say “She must be difficult to get round corners?” Which is getting mundane to say the least, with the compensating much skinnier front and if road conditions permit and you lean on the gas with the low centre of gravity she tears round corners and with the Avons the rear remains firmly planted and can be very much relied upon! She also affords a greater lean angle than OEM.
Ahh not that weird from the thickness but more having the rear wheel a larger size. Is the total diameter the same or does your bike now lean forward more?
I know when you mean with the lean angle! I think mine is a little over 1" higher now which has drastically improved the lean angle. Hills rides are now more fun and you can just push! 🤙
 

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I had tried a 3.8 litre flat fuel tank on my rear rack, liked it so added another one on.I hsd to modify the holding bracket to get 2 cans on. Decided to see if I could make a bracket behind the seat to add a backrest on. Got it done, just waiting for paint to dry. I have a backrest off a pillion seat that works good. Only problem is the colour. It is tan leather and my seat is a black Mustang seat. Looking around for the materials to clean off the tan and then dye it black. Amazon has it but may take a couple of weeks to get it. Going to start looking tomorrow and see if I can find some locally. I figure the added gas will allow me about 300 miles give or take. Been looking at maybe heading out to British Columbia this summer depending on covid restrictions, forrest fires.or floods like the west had this past year.A lot of iffs. They had a lot of roads and bridges closed and need to be rebuilt..I will have to wait and see. If not possible I may go to the east coast. I will post pictures when I get her done.
 
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