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Old 10-22-2012, 08:45 AM   #14041
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Are there any threads on skid plate recommendations???



No threads per-se, but if you look slowly back through the other 900 odd pages on this thread you might just find something.

If nothing else I might keep you quiet for a while. We can live in hope.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:37 AM   #14042
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No threads per-se, but if you look slowly back through the other 900 odd pages on this thread you might just find something.

If nothing else I might keep you quiet for a while. We can live in hope.
Don't you have a wheel to go spin?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:41 AM   #14043
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You're kidding, right?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804637

Lots of info in the last 50 pages of this thread, too.

Learn to use Google search!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #14044
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You're kidding, right?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804637

Lots of info in the last 50 pages of this thread, too.

Learn to use Google search!
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Thanks for the link. I'm on my second bash plate and the bike has never
been off road. Opps, I think it just happened again.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:09 PM   #14045
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Are there any threads on skid plate recommendations???



Mallard !!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:42 PM   #14046
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HID bulbs from DDM Tuning

Based on a recommendation from another inmate (Page 924-ish of this thread), I just installed HID H7 bulbs in my S10 from DDM Tuning. Kit was $60 delivered to my door, and all of the components seemed well made and fit together nicely. I went with the 35-watt 4500K kit. I was tempted by the 55 watt, but I expected the 35 watt lights to already be much brighter than stock and I wanted to work them right off the stock headlight wires without having to resort to yet another relay circuit crammed into my fairing. Installation was straightforward and took me less than an hour for both sides. The hardest part was actually getting the old bulbs out and the new ones in - nothing to do with the kit, just getting my big hands in that tiny space.

The only thing that stumped me a little was the mounting of the ballasts. I ended up using some extra heavy-duty industrial Velcro to stick them to the inside of the fairings steering well on either side. They seem pretty solid, but I'm still going to try to come up with some kind of additional reinforcement for them.

They worked great on start-up and still have the nice flat cut-off on low beam. There is a barely perceptible dark spot to the left, but it's not really dark - more just slightly less bright. On the whole, they put a LOT more light down the road than the stock lamps and I can go back to a stock H7 at any time. Having instant-on HID high beams is pretty nice as well. Without knowing anything about reliability at this point, I'd have to say that it's a really great modification for very little money. DDM Tuning does offer a "lifetime guarantee," so presumably they'd replace a ballast or bulb that went wonky. I actually was so happy that I bought an H11 kit to replace the low beams in my Toyota Tundra.

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:29 AM   #14047
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So there really is a Loch Ness Beast.


Tim, I've read that excessive travel can cause hair loss. Any comment on that?
Nice to see you back!

I don't put it down to excessive travel but excessive helmet wearing may have made a difference. I spent 8 years as a moto-cop and the only one on the department of eight riders who didn't suffer from hair loss was a girl!

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:40 AM   #14048
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Pluric,

It was only a few days. So actually, didn't miss you that much.

But PUT A HELMET ON.

We don't wanna REALLY miss you. :)

Nice wheelie though. Hooligan.
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Nice to see you back!

I don't put it down to excessive travel but excessive helmet wearing may have made a difference. I spent 8 years as a moto-cop and the only one on the department of eight riders who didn't suffer from hair loss was a girl!
Snakebitten, now do you understand why I don't wear a helmet?

Confirmation from a policeman it causes hair loss.

Okay, so the other option causes brain loss. It would only add one more republican to the masses.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:01 PM   #14049
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HID bulbs from DDM Tuning

i did the install also. the lights are awesome. i got the 55w ones though. i used big zip ties to mount the ballasts. i ordered the wire harness for the extra $15 but never used it. it come with the relay all wired in. it was just too easy to mount without. they set it up nice and clean. using the harnes makes the install more of a pain in the ass.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 PM   #14050
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i did the install also. the lights are awesome. i got the 55w ones though. i used big zip ties to mount the ballasts. i ordered the wire harness for the extra $15 but never used it. it come with the relay all wired in. it was just too easy to mount without. they set it up nice and clean. using the harnes makes the install more of a pain in the ass.
I highly recommend a relay with the 55 watt HID's. It's a pain in the ass once, and you'll never have to worry about it again. I've seen the melted electrical connectors because of switching to HID's, and the Tenere is already known to have cheap headlight plugs: http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=2707.0
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #14051
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I highly recommend a relay with the 55 watt HID's. It's a pain in the ass once, and you'll never have to worry about it again. I've seen the melted electrical connectors because of switching to HID's, and the Tenere is already known to have cheap headlight plugs: http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=2707.0

i checked that mike. one side was a little cooked. but that was from shitty loose connection. those shitty crimp connectors loosen up and that is what causes the problem. i pinched them tight and havent had a problem since. i hooked one up with the harnes and one direct. no difference. also, the wiring on the new stuff isnt any fatter than the bike wiring. just the wire going from the ballast to the new bulb. i will be keeping an eye on it
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #14052
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Nice to see you back!

I don't put it down to excessive travel but excessive helmet wearing may have made a difference. I spent 8 years as a moto-cop and the only one on the department of eight riders who didn't suffer from hair loss was a girl!

I love the picture! Thanks for posting it! I considered going the bike route, my agency uses Kawasaki Concourses 1400, but I want to keep riding a hobby for off shift. Plus we are starting to just use the bikes for motorcade and parade stuff.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:27 AM   #14053
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Pluric - thanks so much for the Vstream screen comments

Hmmmm - interesting but not sure I go for the moulded section all that much even though it no doubt makes for a stiffer screen.

Still think the Parabellum Tall or XTall might be a "preferrable" option
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:35 AM   #14054
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I had vstream on 2 other bikes. They are the best. Can ride in 20* colder than anyone I am with. Can keep my visor open. Was just waiting for a review from someone. I'm getting one.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:01 AM   #14055
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I've used the Parabellum medium windshield with Motorrad adjustable brakets and it works great. I can move it way down for dirt and slow stuff or way up for blasting down the freeway. I'm 6'1". Done some 900 mile days with this setup, and it works great.

If I didn't have the Motorrad brackets I would prefer the Parabellum Tall.

That Vstream is a sail of windshied, way too big. I hate looking through windshields too. What happens in dusty conditions or heavy bugs, especially at night with on coming headlights? <-- you can't see, that's what happens.

If wind really bothers you then get a Goldwing.
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