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Old 01-29-2014, 05:36 PM   #5551
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I to ended up with 13/52 because of where and how I ride this bike. I like to be able to stay in 3rd gear in the woods here in the east 65 mph is not a big handy cap when trying to stay in front of your buds except on the road. I have been a tech for over 30 years and tune bikes for a living so I think my seat of the pants feel is a little more refined than most some days I may ride 10 different bikes all before and after work. AB:-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:21 PM   #5552
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I to ended up with 13/52 because of where and how I ride this bike. I like to be able to stay in 3rd gear in the woods here in the east 65 mph is not a big handy cap when trying to stay in front of your buds except on the road... AB:-)
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Hey Ab, what's the weather like down there in mid-march? i am thinking about visiting the Hatfield McCoy trails.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:25 PM   #5553
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Hit or miss but probably better than you neck of the woods:-)
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:42 PM   #5554
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I've ran MSR hand guards during the winter for the past couple seasons and really like the added weather protection they offer. I recently ordered up a set of the GL hand guards to replace the MSR units with and finally got them mounted up.

I really like the new GL guards, they are bigger/taller and should do a better job at keeping the cold wind off my hands. I also like rubber strap system for mounting and the lack of Cordura fabric covering that the MSR units had (they got torn very quickly).

With either units I like to drill a small hole in each hand guard and mount them to my plastic guards with a bolt. This makes the whole unit super solid and keeps them from moving around while on the trail.

Comparison shot between the MSR and the GL guards.




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Old 01-29-2014, 07:59 PM   #5555
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I've ran MSR hand guards during the winter for the past couple seasons and really like the added weather protection they offer. I recently ordered up a set of the GL hand guards to replace the MSR units with and finally got them mounted up.

I really like the new GL guards, they are bigger/taller and should do a better job at keeping the cold wind off my hands. I also like rubber strap system for mounting and the lack of Cordura fabric covering that the MSR units had (they got torn very quickly).

With either units I like to drill a small hole in each hand guard and mount them to my plastic guards with a bolt. This makes the whole unit super solid and keeps them from moving around while on the trail.

Comparison shot between the MSR and the GL guards.




And mounted up.










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No chance of taking flight I hope.. :-D
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:02 PM   #5556
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Wow. I actually laughed out loud. As soon as I saw your hand guard I pictured my dogs cone. The one they put on him at the vet. Lots of protection there for sure!! Anyways thanks for the answer on gearing. I tried the calculator and the gearing should be fine for me. I will still try the 14-51 combo to see if I like it better or not. Pretty cheap and easy to try it. If top speed is 184 km/h the 13-51 looks like it would drop me down to 140 km/h. With the stuff the bike will see 110-120km/h will be as fast as I need it to go. Unless someone on their yz450 needs their ass handed to them lol.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:02 PM   #5557
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No chance of taking flight I hope.. :-D
LOL...I've had the MSR units on the bike when I've been out in some very high winds, it can catch you off guard once in a while but if it's not 40mph winds outside you really don't even notice them. Sure makes it more comfortable when riding on days like this...

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Old 01-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #5558
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Snow and ice on ground and fog, BBRRR!
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:13 PM   #5559
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Snow and ice on ground and fog, BBRRR!
Yeah it was a cold ride for sure, we covered about 50 miles that day in those conditions. Here's a few other pics from the same ride . Hand guards made a HUGE difference.








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Old 01-29-2014, 08:54 PM   #5560
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Id take those big guards over frozen hands. Last weekend i rode at broxton bridge in SC it was 34 degrees and my hands were frozen with reg guards
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:19 PM   #5561
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LOL...I've had the MSR units on the bike when I've been out in some very high winds, it can catch you off guard once in a while but if it's not 40mph winds outside you really don't even notice them. Sure makes it more comfortable when riding on days like this...

Hodakaguy who did your custom decals on the front fender, and if you think they may be interested in my business with the same cut-out template and different graphics can you post or PM me their contact info? Did they also do the rear? Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:37 PM   #5562
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Hodakaguy who did your custom decals on the front fender, and if you think they may be interested in my business with the same cut-out template and different graphics can you post or PM me their contact info? Did they also do the rear? Thanks!

I got them from Jeremy at Stuck On Racing, Give him a call he's great to work with. Link Here: CLICK HERE

He can make just about anything you can think up I have a full set of graphics from him including the rear and the side covers.



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Old 01-29-2014, 09:51 PM   #5563
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If somebody has their tank of the bike and could get an ohm reading on the red and green wires going to the ignition pulse generator from the blue plug that would be great. I've got no type of reading from that component.
Pulled my tank tonight and checked the red/green wires for ya. 96.2 Ohms.

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Old 01-29-2014, 10:09 PM   #5564
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I got them from Jeremy at Stuck On Racing, Give him a call he's great to work with. Link Here: CLICK HERE

He can make just about anything you can think up I have a full set of graphics from him including the rear and the side covers.



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Old 01-30-2014, 08:58 AM   #5565
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I have been a tech for over 30 years and tune bikes for a living so I think my seat of the pants feel is a little more refined than most some days I may ride 10 different bikes all before and after work. AB:-)
Cool. A butt-dyno is what they are called on the Vette forums. :-) Motobene, an engineer over on the trials forum calls this "machine awareness." Enjoy!
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