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Old 04-01-2013, 09:25 AM   #4711
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I like the kangaroo painted in the side , like a fighter pilot who has shot down planes , good job .
I do too, noted that right off! But there's not much room for adding more! I guess this is one place where "Ace status" is not a plus, so no reason to plan for it!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:00 PM   #4712
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Puig windscreens

Who's running a Puig sport or touring windscreen? How does it compare with the stock screen?
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #4713
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Hi Doc,
I'll have to disagree with your vilification of the panniers' hook system. I actually believe it was intended to tear off in case of low-siding and other incidents. Planned failure of non vital components like pannier hooks can be a safety device. I have firsthand experience. I hit a 60 kg kangaroo at 4500 rpm in 4th gear, the panniers ripped away with the 'roo, fairing got damaged, but I was not thrown off. The crash bars caught the sharp broken fairing parts aiming for my leg. All I had to do was collect belongings and Duke tape the stuff back on the bike. Finished the remaining 2000 Ks without any weird handling issues. Insurance company picked up the tab. Yup, I got the same set up again and am piling on the mileage.
To make a case for non-break-away luggage: When I put my Ulysses on its side after avoiding a critter in some loose stuff, the solid-mounted Pelican case kept the bike clean off my leg and most of the bike (save for the frame puck and handlebar guard) off the ground.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:38 PM   #4714
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I use my 2011 mainly for touring and no offroad (I have dirtbikes for that) any good hints on tires that stick good and will outlast the Scorpions?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:53 PM   #4715
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Michelin Pilot Road 2 or 3, Dunlop Roadsmart I and II, Pirelli Angel ST are all pretty good wearing, sticky wet or dry tires. Of that list, the PR2 is the longest lasting of the bunch from my personal experience, but my favorite is the PR3, great grip, a profile that's pretty neutral on my bikes, and decent lifespan.

Before the PR3 hit the market, I liked riding on the Angels the best, but they also had the shortest lifespan.

Might also look into the new Angel GT which is the OEM-spec tire on the Multistrada Gran Turismo, though it's too new to have much owner feedback yet. The Angel ST is a single compound tire, the GT is a dual compound, which in theory means it should wear better in the centre.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #4716
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very good tire all around and the best Tire ive ridden in the wet in many years. jury is out on how long they last. mine ar eat 2000 now and look to be wearing well.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:14 AM   #4717
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Echoing the PR3 wet/dry comments......for dry only I've had great rides on my Continental Road Attack 2s, they just don't last that long. Going to try some other dry oriented tire from Michelin next.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:46 PM   #4718
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Keep in mind you're in a cool, damp climate and probably been sticking pretty close to sea level so far. I suspect if you have it up in say, Winthrop in July, you'll notice that surging more. :)

And there's just no getting around the effect those big twin power pulses have on a chain drive at low RPM, it'll always be lumpy when lugging the motor.
As a hot, dry, high altitude rider -- I've NEVER noticed the surging. I guess I've been lucky, but it's been thru' southern UT in the summer, and regularly up to 10k' and above.

I will say I noticed a TONNE more power when down at sealevel, though.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #4719
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As another option, Metzeler Z8's are very, very, good tires.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #4720
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Which header guard?

Trying to decide which of these header guards to get. The Touratech seems better because it has no holes on the front and would stop mud from getting into the header area but may limit cooling in that area.

The twisted throttle looks better and is $25 cheaper but i wonder if it would pack up with mud or stones on a sloppy road.
Any opinions before I strike?

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Old 04-02-2013, 03:24 PM   #4721
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Trying to decide which of these header guards to get. The Touratech seems better because it has no holes on the front and would stop mud from getting into the header area but may limit cooling in that area.

The twisted throttle looks better and is $25 cheaper but i wonder if it would pack up with mud or stones on a sloppy road.
Any opinions before I strike?

Personally I'd go with the Twisted Throttle one, it's more visually appealing, and should have less heat retention. Then again, I'd never have a Multi (or any bike) in the mud if I could avoid it. :)

As for stones, any stone small enough to go exactly through those slits at high velocity would be too small to dent the alloy header in the first place, most would be deflected, or have their velocity absorbed by banging off the grill if they do get inside, and the guard would still prevent large rocks from damaging the header.

And if it does get packed with rocks or mud, so what? You've just turned it into the solid Touratech version, essentially, until you get a chance to clean it out.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #4722
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Personally I'd go with the Twisted Throttle one, it's more visually appealing, and should have less heat retention. Then again, I'd never have a Multi (or any bike) in the mud if I could avoid it. :)

As for stones, any stone small enough to go exactly through those slits at high velocity would be too small to dent the alloy header in the first place, most would be deflected, or have their velocity absorbed by banging off the grill if they do get inside, and the guard would still prevent large rocks from damaging the header.

And if it does get packed with rocks or mud, so what? You've just turned it into the solid Touratech version, essentially, until you get a chance to clean it out.
Thanks Croak! I agree with your comments.
Unfortunatly, the mud will happen as will the stones. I will be taking my new Multi to Prudoe Bay in June.
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #4723
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Trying to decide which of these header guards to get. The Touratech seems better because it has no holes on the front and would stop mud from getting into the header area but may limit cooling in that area.

The twisted throttle looks better and is $25 cheaper but i wonder if it would pack up with mud or stones on a sloppy road.
Any opinions before I strike?
I went w/ the SW Motech unit sold by Twisted Throttle because I thought it looked better and upon close inspection of the pics it appeared to fit better. 13k miles and no issues, fit is perfect.

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Old 04-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #4724
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I went w/ the SW Motech unit sold by Twisted Throttle because I thought it looked better and upon close inspection of the pics it appeared to fit better. 13k miles and no issues, fit is perfect.

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Old 04-02-2013, 06:07 PM   #4725
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Thanks Croak! I agree with your comments.
Unfortunatly, the mud will happen as will the stones. I will be taking my new Multi to Prudoe Bay in June.
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