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Old 08-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #13231
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I've had mine flop on both sides a few times with the Altriders and could not notice
any bending.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:16 PM   #13232
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I talked with touratech about the bending of the center brace on the crash bars. They said during testing they make their products to fail before someting major on the bike fails. The rear racks are very strong but they are built to bend and fail before the rear subframe fails. The same goes for the crash bars. The bar will bend before the rear frame point cracks the frame, or the front bar rips the front mounting points. They basically said they would rather the bars bend than break something on the bikes. Seems to make sens to me and I agree.

The TT bars are my favorite looking bars.
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I think that's a good idea, but in this case I think they over did it. I think they have been working with BMW's too long.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #13233
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I had an interesting problem with mine the other day. I was doing some (illegal) mph passing some trucks when a loud flopping sound erupted from the nose of the bike. At first I thought I had just thrown a rod or something equally catastrophic but no, it was the wind catching the little plastic piece that has the yamaha logo which covers the back of the clocks. It looks like the weak little clips can't handle the pressure, so I replaced them with some bolts.

Here is the now fixed one.



And this is where the windscreen was. Also the Touratech bracket completely hides the shiny bolts.



Same here with the sudden "floppy" triangular part.

I fixed it by simply removing the plastic pins and adding a small black washer to each pin and reinserting them. That removed the "slop" in their design.

Not as robust as your bolts, but the flapping in the breeze is gone.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:55 PM   #13234
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Mine's flopped a couple-three times (very lightly on the left, hard and real hard on the right - real hard was fully loaded and de-center-standed the side stand onto my foot) with no apparent damage to the Altrider bars. My foot was sore for a couple days, thanks for asking. Several parking lot rocks were broken however!
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:25 AM   #13235
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Yesterday we have a photo session of my bike with the Yamaha dealer. We where in a park and the ground was soft. The bike was in the centre stand and fell slowly to one side. The bar bend and now is touching the plastic side.
If I knew such a little protection I dind't spend the money in the bars.
In the GSA I had lot of much heavier crashes, never where bend and nothing breaks.
They are as well my favourite looking bars but I want them for protection, so I'm going to replace them for a custom made ones. Do you want mines?
If you are offering them to me at the "i feel bad for you because you are in a wheelchair relearning how to walk, have them for free" kind of offer! Haha

PM me what youre thinking

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #13236
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What tools are needed to install the Yamaha side cases? Dealer didn't make it clear that "purchased with bike" did not mean "installed" so this might be a parking lot job. Not a problem, I swapped an alternator in a Toyota dealer's parking lot once. Just want to make sure I bring all the tools I'll need since being 80 miles from the house will force me to surrender to the service department.

I found these installation instructions.
http://www.whizmoandgizmo.com/Misc/S...ierInstall.pdf

But internet homework also said something about needing a T-50 Tamper Proof/Security Torx bit in addition to basic allen wrenches. So someone who's actually seen this thing, the same size allen wrenches that get the passenger handles and passenger foot pegs off will get the mounting kit on or are there specialty tools?

Thanks!
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:54 PM   #13237
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Yes you need the torx. Looks like a regular torx with a hole in center. I had to but a set (about $17.00) to remove my attachments or racks.

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:00 PM   #13238
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Yep, had to buy a set for the FJR Bags as well to install the locks..
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:12 AM   #13239
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Harbor Frieght has 'em.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:25 AM   #13240
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Harbor Frieght has 'em.
Yup I'll track it down this afternoon. For a speciality part it's more common than I expected. Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:31 AM   #13241
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Yes you need the torx. Looks like a regular torx with a hole in center.
My dealer's mechanic lent me the tool. Didn't seem worth buying for what would more than likely be a one-off use.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:03 PM   #13242
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Didn't seem worth buying for what would more than likely be a one-off use.
You definitely don't understand the mentality of many of us "tool junkies". ;-)

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:08 PM   #13243
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My dealer's mechanic lent me the tool. Didn't seem worth buying for what would more than likely be a one-off use.
Blasphemy.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:25 PM   #13244
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My dealer's mechanic lent me the tool. Didn't seem worth buying for what would more than likely be a one-off use.

My dealer let me use the restroom there once... Didn't mean I don't have one at home.

As a great man once said, "Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it."

There will come a day you want to pull those bag mounts off at home, or where something else will appear that needs that size torx bit. Best to just get a full set of torx bits now.

You can *NEVER* have too many tools!!!

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:43 PM   #13245
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You definitely don't understand the mentality of many of us "tool junkies". ;-)

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So it's a "mentality". I always thought it was an "illness".

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...You can *NEVER* have too many tools!!!

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