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Old 04-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #1801
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shocks

Well, good news on this side, so far..
If the shocks of the Tengai and your KLR are about the same length (400MM), I can get the job done in time. I checked designs and parts lists, and we can build that shock completely from Ohlins parts, and all these parts are in stock. We could ship all these parts to Taiwan 10 days from now.
It's not a small deal, i just found out; This design is an exact version of an Ohlins prototype for the Tengai, that Sweden never made available to the public(!) Much time and money was spent on development, after which it was shelved due to other priorities.
This would mean you would be the only one to have this unique shock, that cost a small fortune to develop, done by the world's foremost suspension R&D department.
And, by the looks of it..in time.
I would however insist you stick a few Ohlins stickers on your hippy bike to keep the people in Sweden happy!
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:17 AM   #1802
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Well, good news on this side, so far..
If the shocks of the Tengai and your KLR are about the same length (400MM), I can get the job done in time. I checked designs and parts lists, and we can build that shock completely from Ohlins parts, and all these parts are in stock. We could ship all these parts to Taiwan 10 days from now.
It's not a small deal, i just found out; This design is an exact version of an Ohlins prototype for the Tengai, that Sweden never made available to the public(!) Much time and money was spent on development, after which it was shelved due to other priorities.
This would mean you would be the only one to have this unique shock, that cost a small fortune to develop, done by the world's foremost suspension R&D department.
And, by the looks of it..in time.
I would however insist you stick a few Ohlins stickers on your hippy bike to keep the people in Sweden happy!
Awesome! If you include the stickers, I'll stick them on!
Prototype eh?? Any test runs done on it? LOL. I'll try them. If I get stranded in the middle of nowhere I'll cal you!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:22 AM   #1803
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Email and discuss what you want, then send it down, you will pay via check, money order or paypal when it is done and then they ship it back.
http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/Pro..._to_order.html

As for spring size take their weight recommendations seriously get the one that matches your normal day to day riding. I got the 7.4 kg and with just me on the bike it is a stiff ride.

Model Year 1987-2007
Stock Spring Less than 160 lbs
6.6 kg Top Gun Spring 161 lbs – 230 lbs
7.4 kg Top Gun Spring 231 lbs – 280 lbs
8.0 kg Top Gun Spring 281 lbs – 330 lbs
Thanks dryden_rider_54. I had already seen the weight options.
Not sure if I should go with the 6.6 or 7.4 yet.
I'm 120 with my jacket and boots on. then I have about 100 and so lbs of stuff on me plus a full tank. I think the 7.4 is the safest option, it just makes riding without gear very stiff.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:37 AM   #1804
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Thanks dryden_rider_54. I had already seen the weight options.
Not sure if I should go with the 6.6 or 7.4 yet.
I'm 120 with my jacket and boots on. then I have about 100 and so lbs of stuff on me plus a full tank. I think the 7.4 is the safest option, it just makes riding without gear very stiff.
Your choice but even at full load you are below the 6.6 weight limit and I am sure there is a "safety margin" built in there somewhere.

Personally if I were you I would go with the 6.6. How about this, if it does not do what you want, I will trade you even for my 7.4
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:58 PM   #1805
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Your choice but even at full load you are below the 6.6 weight limit and I am sure there is a "safety margin" built in there somewhere.

Personally if I were you I would go with the 6.6. How about this, if it does not do what you want, I will trade you even for my 7.4
I do like the color of the 6.6 spring better!
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:26 AM   #1806
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Nomadgirl is still a girl.. Spring color over spring capacity?

Anyways, without wanting to make this a debate, I would not choose a regular spring rate if you normally drive with such heavy luggage and riding gear.
Always set up the shocks to the standard of the most common use. -heavy load-
It is OK to ride a rigid shock once in a while when riding light.
It is never OK to ride heavy on a light shock.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:33 AM   #1807
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Ohlins on the way

Just saw a detailed photo report from Lucky Six. It is clear these 2 tengai and KLR650 shocks are identical.
I am ordering the Ohlins parts today!
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:31 PM   #1808
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Just saw a detailed photo report from Lucky Six. It is clear these 2 tengai and KLR650 shocks are identical.
I am ordering the Ohlins parts today!
Thanks Stan, I'm curious to see how the shock will do!
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:40 PM   #1809
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I learned/discovered something new today!
Did you know that green onions blossom????
I saw this trick about putting your green onion stumps in a jar with water to grow more green onions, just cut them down when you need them and they'll grow right back.
So I've had a never ending supply of green onion.
Today I looked at them in front of the window and what did I see????


Amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous.

After getting home from work I spent a few hours sewing the tupperware bags. They are awesome!
The tank is going to get a new tank bib with an attached tank bag and those tupperware bags in front.
Hard to explain, but I'll take a picture when I'm done!

I'm counting the days till I leave. 51 days and 35 of them at B&N. It looks like I only have 2 classes right now, so not many hours at Joann's. Even though I'll miss the extra money, it's nice to have more time to work on Spirit.
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:29 PM   #1810
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Ooh I did NOT know that about green onions! Nifty!!

Sounds like you're getting prepped and eager to go, best of luck! Lol I remember just yesterday I was reading about you arriving in Alaska. Keep living the dream!!!
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:18 PM   #1811
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Hi Nomad Gal!
On a similar note I heard that if you took the top cut off a live pineapple and put it cut side down in soil it would re-root and grow a new pineapple. I was thinking that being from Hawaii you might know if that is true?
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:48 AM   #1812
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Hi Nomad Gal!
On a similar note I heard that if you took the top cut off a live pineapple and put it cut side down in soil it would re-root and grow a new pineapple. I was thinking that being from Hawaii you might know if that is true?
Regards....justjeff
Yep, that is indeed true!! But it needs lots of sun!!!
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:51 AM   #1813
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Lol I remember just yesterday I was reading about you arriving in Alaska. Keep living the dream!!!
I am trying!!!
But building my hobbit home one day is also a dream! My place to come home to after riding for a while
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:59 AM   #1814
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Remember this picture from when I just moved in?




This is the view now

The melting snow is leaving puddles and little lakes everywhere, but the sun is doing a good job at drying everything out.
It's supposed to get up to 69 degrees by the end of this week

The locals tell me that in two weeks it will all be green! Hard to imagine!!

It is getting harder and harder for me to go to work……..
Hats off to all of you that do this day in and day out!! I don't know how you manage that without getting totally depressed and agitated. Think I need a sick day tomorrow!!
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:48 AM   #1815
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Hey u have less snow than we do. Here is. Pic from my front yard this week
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