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Old 10-15-2010, 07:13 AM   #61
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I didn't realize there was a DD thread here. I picked mine up this spring from a auction. It had been laid down on the right side, but the damage was very minor. I ended up selling my Speed Triple and Tiger and set this up for touring. I got the Aprilia side bags and rack, tail bag, tank bag, gel seat. It also had the Akra's from the previous owner when i got it and tail tidy. I also installed a HID headlight and removed the evap canister.

I took it on a 3 day weekend trip and used my Alaskan butt pads for my wife and i which made it very nice to sit on all day. My wife also complained about no backrest so i had a friend fab one up that bolts to the factory locations and is easily removable. I only use it for long trips with the wife.

Anyways its been an awesome bike and i get compliments everywhere i go. Few pics.





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Old 10-15-2010, 09:53 AM   #62
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I didn't realize there was a DD thread here. I picked mine up this spring from a auction. It had been laid down on the right side, but the damage was very minor. I ended up selling my Speed Triple and Tiger and set this up for touring. I got the Aprilia side bags and rack, tail bag, tank bag, gel seat. It also had the Akra's from the previous owner when i got it and tail tidy. I also installed a HID headlight and removed the evap canister.
Nice looking bike. Where'd you get the HID conversion? How was the install?
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:05 AM   #63
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Nice looking bike. Where'd you get the HID conversion? How was the install?
Thanks!
i got the hid from ddmtuning.com
It is the bixenon kit 55watt 8000k.
Took maybe an hour to install, but i redid it a little bit recently and everything is hidden/tucked away much better. The only thing i had to do was ream the hole in the back of the headlight about an 1/8" bigger to allow the hi/lo reflector to fit in the housing.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #64
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Thanks!
i got the hid from ddmtuning.com
It is the bixenon kit 55watt 8000k.
Took maybe an hour to install, but i redid it a little bit recently and everything is hidden/tucked away much better. The only thing i had to do was ream the hole in the back of the headlight about an 1/8" bigger to allow the hi/lo reflector to fit in the housing.
Gotcha, thanks. A buddy is installing the same kit on his VFR this week. I may have to order it up.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:27 PM   #65
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Gotcha, thanks. A buddy is installing the same kit on his VFR this week. I may have to order it up.
its worth it. i think it was only $50 or $60
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #66
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Nice bike Bwolfgti! What's your opinion of the side bags? I'm trying to decide on a set. Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:41 AM   #67
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Nice bike Bwolfgti! What's your opinion of the side bags? I'm trying to decide on a set. Thanks!
I really like them. Semi hard and quite a bit of room really. My wife and i went on a 3 day weekend ride with friends and he has an r6 so no luggage. They used one saddlebag and we used the other plus the tank bag and backpack and we has enough room. If i was touring alone, there would be plenty of room between the saddlebags, tank bag, tail bag.

They are super easy to take on and off also. The only thing i didn't like is if you want to lock them to the rack, the key lock is on the inside of the bag and kind of hard to get at when full of clothes.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:05 AM   #68
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I didn't realize there was a DD thread here. I picked mine up this spring from a auction. It had been laid down on the right side, but the damage was very minor. I ended up selling my Speed Triple and Tiger and set this up for touring. I got the Aprilia side bags and rack, tail bag, tank bag, gel seat. It also had the Akra's from the previous owner when i got it and tail tidy. I also installed a HID headlight and removed the evap canister.

I took it on a 3 day weekend trip and used my Alaskan butt pads for my wife and i which made it very nice to sit on all day. My wife also complained about no backrest so i had a friend fab one up that bolts to the factory locations and is easily removable. I only use it for long trips with the wife.

Anyways its been an awesome bike and i get compliments everywhere i go. Few pics.

Love it!

Might ask a stoopid question, but since you obviously wanted a touring
rig, wasn't the Shiver a better package to begin with, or you just bumped
into this one and made it work?

I was shocked how good this bike was when I tried it, everything a lot
above the level of my 650r/er6f, and actually the comfort (on my short
ride) seemed better too, regardless of the SM-type seat.

I loved everything about the bike, and figured I'd be very happy with
a Shiver if I wasn't a coward (I read some aprilia forums daily) re:
reliability.

Anything to add about the reliability of yours?
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:45 PM   #69
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Rode one of these last weekend. Fantastic bike with excellent ergos.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #70
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I really like them. Semi hard and quite a bit of room really. My wife and i went on a 3 day weekend ride with friends and he has an r6 so no luggage. They used one saddlebag and we used the other plus the tank bag and backpack and we has enough room. If i was touring alone, there would be plenty of room between the saddlebags, tank bag, tail bag.

They are super easy to take on and off also. The only thing i didn't like is if you want to lock them to the rack, the key lock is on the inside of the bag and kind of hard to get at when full of clothes.
Did you carry extra fuel? I've got a DD and I am starting to convert it into a semi ADV rig but fuel is still my biggest problem.... My low fuel light comes on after 120 K's.. (although i do get the 120K's done very quickly.. )

Love the bike...
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:11 AM   #71
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Love it!

Might ask a stoopid question, but since you obviously wanted a touring
rig, wasn't the Shiver a better package to begin with, or you just bumped
into this one and made it work?

I was shocked how good this bike was when I tried it, everything a lot
above the level of my 650r/er6f, and actually the comfort (on my short
ride) seemed better too, regardless of the SM-type seat.

I loved everything about the bike, and figured I'd be very happy with
a Shiver if I wasn't a coward (I read some aprilia forums daily) re:
reliability.

Anything to add about the reliability of yours?
I got this one at an insurance auction. It had been laid down lightly and i got a good deal on it. Its been reliable so far and i haven't had to do anything to it. I bought it with 1800 miles and it has around 3800 now i think.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:13 AM   #72
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Did you carry extra fuel? I've got a DD and I am starting to convert it into a semi ADV rig but fuel is still my biggest problem.... My low fuel light comes on after 120 K's.. (although i do get the 120K's done very quickly.. )

Love the bike...
No i didn't have to since there were gas stations every 25 miles or so. If i do a trip out west i will definately carry some extra gas. I can usually get 100-110 miles before the gas light comes on.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:06 AM   #74
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I got this one at an insurance auction. It had been laid down lightly and i got a good deal on it. Its been reliable so far and i haven't had to do anything to it. I bought it with 1800 miles and it has around 3800 now i think.
I figured it was a good deal.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #75
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I am seriously considering the DD as my next bike. Need to sell my GRISO!
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