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Old 03-28-2010, 07:21 AM   #946
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Great report Gus. So, I am guessing Red n Black is about done then?
Boy, I wish:

Side panels coming & will need paint.
New air cleaner coming:
Install tusk bag.
Build bigger foot pegs & install.
Hang 12V battery to power my GPS for multi-day rides.
Build rear rack.
Build or buy saddle bags-tank bag.
Raise handle bars at least 3-4 inches so I can stand.
Repair throttle cables.
Replace all brake shoes when new ones arrive.

But she is working now so as to be able to go about & enjoy Spring.
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:15 PM   #947
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How I do my naps:

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Old 03-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #948
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2 things come to mind. Why do cats always give you the ass? God knows nothing else large or small can stink up the place like a little cat fart.

And for an old fart you sure get a lot of pussy.

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Old 03-28-2010, 07:57 PM   #949
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And for an old fart you sure get a lot of pussy.
You don't know the half of it.... Bawahahaha

In about 10 years I have had 2 (two) up close cat farts. (we have 8 now, always had at least 3-4 in the early days) They treat me good. Get Colleen much more often than they do me......

Took RednBlackSmoke out for a night light test and my high beam has gone away. I prolly screwed it up when I raised my headlight to get over the "Tusk" bag. Going to space the fender down about an inch also when I get some new bolts that will reach, going to try for stainless bolts and anti-size to keep the dissimilar metal corrosion down.

Saddle bags and a tank bag are going to be a real problem, may just go with credit cards & motels and skip the camping out part.

I've got my 12V battery in the "Tusk" bag and so I can power the GPS a long time with the backlight on......

Maybe a back-pack and a workman belt will substitute for saddle bags.... ???
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:06 PM   #950
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You don't know the half of it.... Bawahahaha

In about 10 years I have had 2 (two) up close cat farts. (we have 8 now, always had at least 3-4 in the early days) They treat me good. Get Colleen much more often than they do me......

Took RednBlackSmoke out for a night light test and my high beam has gone away. I prolly screwed it up when I raised my headlight to get over the "Tusk" bag. Going to space the fender down about an inch also when I get some new bolts that will reach, going to try for stainless bolts and anti-size to keep the dissimilar metal corrosion down.

Saddle bags and a tank bag are going to be a real problem, may just go with credit cards & motels and skip the camping out part.

I've got my 12V battery in the "Tusk" bag and so I can power the GPS a long time with the backlight on......

Maybe a back-pack and a workman belt will substitute for saddle bags....

???
You could supplement storage some with some ATV tank bags from Wally World. You will find them where they have the ATV bits n pieces in Sporting Goods. $17 bucks I think. I have a set on the 250. Not ideal but they work. I sprayed them with 3M waterproofing and they don't leak.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:09 PM   #951
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You could supplement storage some with some ATV tank bags from Wally World. You will find them where they have the ATV bits n pieces in Sporting Goods. $17 bucks I think. I have a set on the 250. Not ideal but they work. I sprayed them with 3M waterproofing and they don't leak.
Ive got a set of those, they work well, But, I think I remember Zecatfish showing some similar ( but better made) bags for about the same money, maybe they were stearns brand or something?
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:21 PM   #952
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Eek

Hummmm, I thin you are correct, I'll fuss at Zecat about that and get Charlie to post up the picks of his solution also and then I'll do something totally different. he he he
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:31 PM   #953
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Tractor Supply has some really good ones in their Equine department. They are made to slip over the horn of a saddle. They have two, this ONE and this ONE. I like the second one better because it has the lids that close by flopping them over but don't know if they would fly up at speed. Both would require you to cut out a hole for the gas cap.


The Wally World ones are THESE

The Walmart ones don't have a way to tie down the bags at the bottom but I used a hole punch and made a loop of parachute cord, then shock corded under the tank from those loops.

Then there are TUSK TANK PANNIERS. I think Terry has a set of those on the XT. They look like they are pretty good too.

I also found WEAVER POMMEL BAGS. These look like they would be high quality.

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:39 PM   #954
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Ive got the walmart/stearns

Terry had the TUSK, and they LOOK more sturdy, pic could be deceptive though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:22 PM   #955
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Yea I have used some Tusk products, I've used their oil filters for a while now. I buy my Tusk products here http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/home.do
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:56 PM   #956
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I got more stuff today.

Being restless, irritable & discontent, I went for retail therapy to Russellville, AR. I got stuff to lower my front fender by 1 inch. Now my totally ineffective 6 volt head light has clearance over the tool bag to shine ever so weakly on the ruts & deer in the road that I can't quite see.

The tank bags I saw did not come home with me.

I dropped off my chain breaker for repair and discussed professional welding on foot pegs and kickstand attachment.

Washed the purple egg car.

By the time I got back the mail lady, Mr Brown and who knows all, had left packages for me:

Lower fender -- check
Install clutch & front break levers of the correct type -- check
Admire the new kickstand-- check
Admire the new spare coil & points -- check
Install the new UNI foam air filter after servicing it -- check
Reinstall the hidden tool cases about the frame -- check

Mounted the GPS and put on the helmet and went to see how the new filter would do and see what would fall off.

Back out after dark to see how bad the 6 volt system really is. Yepper, really bad.

I guess I'm gonna have to sew up some carry bags the way I need them for RednBlackSmoke ....

http://picasaweb.google.com/Dragon43...65721790133970 <-- I never saw a low boy hook up before. + new stuff and my sewing machine.... he he he

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Old 03-29-2010, 09:20 PM   #957
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That bike is really looking good Gus. Hey, when is a good time for you, Doc n Me to hook up so we can plan the food for SLAP? Oh, and BTW Doc clued me in on the KALP Brigade...keep up the good work.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:21 AM   #958
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That bike is really looking good Gus. Hey, when is a good time for you, Doc n Me to hook up so we can plan the food for SLAP? Oh, and BTW Doc clued me in on the KALP Brigade...keep up the good work.
Any time you want. Set a time & place. I tole Doc this also but he is so busy chasing goats that he forgets.

I think he is allergic to goats and that is why he feels bad all the time. The boy needs a 12 step program I thunks.... *snerk*
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Any time you want. Set a time & place. I tole Doc this also but he is so busy chasing goats that he forgets.

I think he is allergic to goats and that is why he feels bad all the time. The boy needs a 12 step program I thunks.... *snerk*
I kind of figured he was the "Goat Whisperer" as he is always talking about em!

If there is a 12 step, I wonder if he would need a goat eez translator so he could write letters? Making ammends could be tough because of the "shish ka bob" factor.
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The Tusk tank bags work nicely and are water repellent but not water proof.
I've had batteries and other odd bits in the bottom them bouncing them around and not worn a hole in them yet.

The bad part of the XT500 is that the fuel cap is not centered on the tank. So with most any hanging bag solution your going to have to make a new cap/filler hole.

They also used velco to keep the bags from flapping. The glue sucks. I just used some spray adhesive and glued the bottom of the bags to the tank.
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