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Old 09-03-2011, 11:41 AM   #13756
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Keep the original lens and reflector to change back after you get it all approved. It HAS to be better that the POS assembly that is DOT approved here! I knew that it was bad but was surprised one night to realize that I could see more by the light of the bike behind me (stock Yamaha sportbike) than I could with my own light. My Scrambler is currently on loan to friend while he searches for one of his own, there was only one rule - DON"T EVEN THINK OF RIDING IT AT NIGHT!


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Thanks for the advice, Bruce. I don't really have any issues with the UK lens, but I did fit a Phillips MotoVision HID bulb, which made a world of difference. I would guess that the only difference between the UK and US lenses is that one directs the beam slightly to the left and the other to the right. But either way, I have seen some very nice after-market bucket jobs, which I may try myself after importation.

Flick's solution sounds pretty sweet too.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:54 AM   #13757
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Great looking set up !
Thanks, man. I used these bags on the last three bikes I owned, but they look best on the Scrambler. On weekend or longer trips, I tend to use them in a 40L tail pack configuration, with either another 30-40L and/or a rollbag on the rack for the tent, sleeping bags etc, and one US-10 on the tank for when I plan to ride longer, along with a waistpack for important documents / cash / cards etc. The backpack is generally used for short runs and commuting etc. Never needed any more than that and only would for the most epic rides, at which point I could comfortably go up another 30L on the tail packs and 10 on the tank.



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Old 09-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #13758
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That is alot of weights on your front wheel. You shouldn't normally need more than 3/4oz (21g) on the front and double that for the rear. When I balanced my last set of tires I was upset that I had to use weights at all on the front and 1/2oz (14g) on the rear. It takes a bit more time to static balance wheels and use very little weight but the ride is better.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:57 PM   #13759
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One of the best mods I ever did to my bike was putting on a Bonneville headlight bucket and Cibie lens. It was a night and day difference. I got my lens from Daniel Stern http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html. He is a really nice guy and talks to each customer personally.

Naturally, I couldn't stop tinkering with the headlight so I installed a relay kit from Eastern Beaver. http://easternbeaver.com/Main/Produc...s/h4_kits.html Now I had full battery voltage at the headlight instead of the stock one volt lower, and more voltage means more light and as an added bonus you can run a bigger bulb.

The low beam was now bright enough to see my way home but not so bright it blinded other drivers. But I wanted a high beam that could set a squirrel on fire at 100 paces. So I replaced the stock 55/60 watt bulb with a 55/100 watt bulb. http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-HLA-H831.../dp/B000COBLJI Now then it was like I could turn the sun back on with a flick of the switch.

If you want even more light you can get a higher wattage bulb or when you get the relay kit you can have him put a jumper in that will keep the low when you turn the high on (stock switches one off and turns the other on). The latter will mean the stock bulb will act like a 115 watt high beam and the bulb I ran will be about 155 watts

Thank You, I had seen your advice about changing headlight buckets to get a decent lens some time back but MBS prevented me getting around to doing it. I don't find myself doing much night riding anymore so it wasn't until I loaned out the bike that I remembered just how much the OEM Scrambler light sucked (don't need to lose anymore friends, buried 5 since April) and that I had not improved it. I don't know what they actually test for to get DOT approval, certainly there is no minimum level of performance! I used to run the 55/100 bulbs on my Hurricane, High beam during the day and I rarely got cut-off, when I did I invariably found that the light was still on Low from riding at night previously. Something about that Scram lens keeps most anything used for a bulb from being much use. While I am big on nostalgia and keeping "old looks" I am not pleased with Hinckley's choice to bring back the old Lucas choices in lighting ..... OFF-DIM-FLICKER (No offence intended when writing that, didn't notice the "similarity until I typed it). One of these days I will get a decent bucket and lens swapped onto my Scram. Thanks again.


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Old 09-03-2011, 04:38 PM   #13760
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:47 PM   #13761
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Those do look good becsta. Really good. So what did that setup run you (panniers and mounting hardware)?
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:53 PM   #13762
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I love this pic. One question: are you allowed to paint that gas can to match the rest of the bike? or do gas cans have to be red/orange for legal reasons?
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:40 PM   #13763
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I love this pic. One question: are you allowed to paint that gas can to match the rest of the bike? or do gas cans have to be red/orange for legal reasons?
Here in Australia they have to be red for petrol, not sure about anywhere else
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:32 AM   #13764
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I love this pic. One question: are you allowed to paint that gas can to match the rest of the bike? or do gas cans have to be red/orange for legal reasons?
I don't think there's any legal requirement here (UK) for it be red, I have a couple of Jerry Cans which are green and as far as I know quite legal to carry gas.
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:51 PM   #13765
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I still believe, that there's a (alright, a small) market for a Scrambler with better off-road abilities. Frame and suspension something like a slightly up-dated XT 500, brakes in actual state-of-the-art for mid-sized bikes, loss of some 50 kgs, fuel-range for 300 kms and the possibility to ride the whole day long at 130 km/h if necessary. The goal shouldn't be to give modern enduros a run for their money but to ride a bike with classic looks that could do nearly everything for you. Except Trials and high-speed ...
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:09 PM   #13766
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:08 PM   #13767
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Those do look good becsta. Really good. So what did that setup run you (panniers and mounting hardware)?
Total cost including shipping and the 3 litre fuel canister and bracket that is on the back of the left hand one was just over $1400au.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #13768
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Here in Australia they have to be red for petrol, not sure about anywhere else
I bought a 3 litre canister and bracket that is fitted on the back of the left hand pannier and the canister is black.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:59 PM   #13769
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Total cost including shipping and the 3 litre fuel canister and bracket that is on the back of the left hand one was just over $1400au.
Thanks. That's actually a bargain for an industrial-strength setup like that.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:57 PM   #13770
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Sorry can't access any of your pictures which is a pity as I would really like to see them.

Is it my end or yours ??
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