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Old 02-10-2009, 07:35 AM   #46
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Hmm i don't think the rack I posted is any farther back than the Givi rack:



plus I'm looking to use waterproof duffel bags instead of a topcase to save money, and the style of rack i posted would be better for strapping bags to.
Yeah. I was planning on getting the rack for the same reason. I already have a lockable topcase but no way to mount it. I liked the idea of removing the top case and using the larger rack to strap other junk to the bike. I really don't plan to carry a huge amount of heavy stuff in the top case anyway. I just like having a lockable spot for the helmet or other key valuables.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #47
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Hmm i don't think the rack I posted is any farther back than the Givi rack:



plus I'm looking to use waterproof duffel bags instead of a topcase to save money, and the style of rack i posted would be better for strapping bags to.
Not to mention that if you want to add a topcase down the line, GIVI Makes a universal mounting plate that will clamp to a tube rack.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:14 PM   #48
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so you think that first rack won't work with a top box? I was planning to use that one....
No it would work
It's just going to put the top box even further out on the back of the bike.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:57 AM   #49
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A bit late but congrats for your new used bike!

It's a great bike. It's not the best for anything, but it does everything fantastic. In slow roads it can beat any RR if you want it as it handles very well and has plenty of lows and mids power. In fast roads you can have some minor problems with its soft suspension (i fixed it with more preload).

Sometimes i would like more bottom room to enter trails without thinking on stones, but hey, having everything is for Utopia.

The worst of it, as everyone say, it's the seat after some miles, and the soft front fork. But in any case i could travel fast full loaded without problems with that (well, my butt ended like a mandrill one).

I have a 03 model since 2005. I've made 20000mi. since that, most of them touring like this:



I can't recommend you that renntec rack, as it is only attached to the handguard bolts.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:42 PM   #50
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Tires

So any suggestions for tires for these things
Used as you would think someone who posts on ADV would use it.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:34 AM   #51
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I'm now using the old Michelin Pilot Road. They're giving me good grip and mileage, but they are a bit hard and you can feel it. In any case, when they get hot, i can take my knee to the ground.

I used before Metzeler Z6, with better grip and sensations, but poorer mileage in comparison with PR.

Next ones will be Pilot Road 2. People are saying that they're much better than any.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:47 PM   #52
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Next ones will be Pilot Road 2. People are saying that they're much better than any.

I just talked to a fellow who's about 2,500 miles into his second Pilot Road2
and he got 10,000 miles out of the last tire.

I'm thinking that might be the tire I try...
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:42 PM   #53
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I likes em, so does this guy:

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Old 03-09-2009, 01:38 PM   #54
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Is that Dr. Sardonicus fellow on a 919? Looks like it.

I recently got a set of Pilot Road 2s but I'm not riding them like that.
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Old 03-09-2009, 04:03 PM   #55
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Is that Dr. Sardonicus fellow on a 919? Looks like it.


I recently got a set of Pilot Road 2s but I'm not riding them like that.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #56
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Hello to all--
I have a 2004 919 in that bizarre 04 green color.


So far, it's been a great, versatile bike: great ergos for me and my back problems, excellent for city riding, fine for the short tours I've done, and even a hoot for C-group trackdays.

I'd like to get a Sargent seat refurb for touring...the original owner had a Corbin on it, but it raised the seat height too much for my short legs.

I've also got the GSG Moto footpeg lowering kit for my long-legged passenger. While they're expensive, it's worth her comfort and company on the back.

Adding a centerstand helps with chain maintenance, too--and doesn't interfere with lean angle, as the pegs scrape long before it does.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:14 AM   #57
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Hello to all--
I have a 2004 919 in that bizarre 04 green color.


So far, it's been a great, versatile bike: great ergos for me and my back problems, excellent for city riding, fine for the short tours I've done, and even a hoot for C-group trackdays.

I'd like to get a Sargent seat refurb for touring...the original owner had a Corbin on it, but it raised the seat height too much for my short legs.

I've also got the GSG Moto footpeg lowering kit for my long-legged passenger. While they're expensive, it's worth her comfort and company on the back.

Adding a centerstand helps with chain maintenance, too--and doesn't interfere with lean angle, as the pegs scrape long before it does.
What's that aftermarket passenger grab handle you got on there? Who makes it, where'd you get it, how do you like it?
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:39 AM   #58
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What's that aftermarket passenger grab handle you got on there? Who makes it, where'd you get it, how do you like it?
It's a Ventura grab handle--if you're familiar with Ventura racks and luggage, you know that they make modular grab handles and tall and short racks that "plug" into the base and tighten down. It's nice to have the versatility of pulling off the grab handle, plugging in the rack, slapping the bag on it, and heading off somewhere.

Here's a pic from the rear with the large rack and bag on, as well as a backpack bungeed to the front (I was headed to the Eastern Sierra to do a bit of backpacking that week).


I like the Ventura system and bag (the Europack model) fine for local stuff, riding and hiking, getting groceries since I don't have a car, overnighters etc. but I wanted the greater security and waterproofness of a set of hard bags, so the new Givi rack goes on next--after my next trackday.

http://www.ventura-bike.com/products...ype=PackSystem

Got it from CA Sport Touring.
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:32 PM   #59
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Hello to all--
I have a 2004 919 in that bizarre 04 green color.


So far, it's been a great, versatile bike: great ergos for me and my back problems, excellent for city riding, fine for the short tours I've done, and even a hoot for C-group trackdays.

I'd like to get a Sargent seat refurb for touring...the original owner had a Corbin on it, but it raised the seat height too much for my short legs.

I've also got the GSG Moto footpeg lowering kit for my long-legged passenger. While they're expensive, it's worth her comfort and company on the back.

Adding a centerstand helps with chain maintenance, too--and doesn't interfere with lean angle, as the pegs scrape long before it does.
I love that color. That exhaust looks sweet too.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:13 PM   #60
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Nice green.

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I love that color. That exhaust looks sweet too.
I like the color, too. What brand crash bar/case guard/??? is that on the side?
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