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Old 07-11-2011, 10:28 PM   #7171
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Psst....Lion BR.... We do the same thing on our bikes! The tire pressure is what it is. Sucks when you get into sandy conditions with the stock Battlewings, but it builds character, right?

Besides, sometimes sections of gravel or dirt are only a mile or three long. No point in airing down for a short section, so why bother with a longer section?! We even keep Slime compressors on the bikes, but can't be bothered to take the extra time to air down and then back up.

Thank you Lori, it is great to have company on this side of the equation. On all my several years of riding on dirt, only on one trip I lowered the tire pressure, due to peer pressure (pun intended). Only that one time. And I was going fast on a double track, following on someone's dust and I did not see a rock... probably 5 inches tall with a sharp edge... got it right on the middle of it and bent a rim. Never again. I've hit many rocks like that or larger, with full air pressure, and not a dent on rims.

Like you said... sliding around builds character.
And it is more fun too.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:09 AM   #7172
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i have a rough idle too. Due to other inmates woes with the new maps, I kept quiet at first service. I got a handwritten note of what was done and it looks like a 2 hour, very expensive oil change. Luckily they charged me for a full first service without doing most of the things on the first service list -go figure. Anyway they didn't touch the map and the bike runs fine. I got away lucky.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:45 AM   #7173
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:51 AM   #7174
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Is there a consensus on what are the best engine bars ? I like the look of the SW Motech ones since they seem to be beefier than the Triumph ones and they look like they'll protect the radiator a little better.

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:03 AM   #7175
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Is there a consensus on what are the best engine bars ? I like the look of the SW Motech ones since they seem to be beefier than the Triumph ones and they look like they'll protect the radiator a little better.

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Don't forget to check out the Hepco & Becker bars - they have a separate engine bar and tank protection bar.

Look pretty nice. No doubt there are others out there as well.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:07 AM   #7176
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Don't forget to check out the Hepco & Becker bars - they have a separate engine bar and tank protection bar.

Look pretty nice. No doubt there are others out there as well.
Just looking at the H&B tank guard and I don't think you can use it and the Triumph accessory lights together. Either or
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:12 AM   #7177
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Don't forget to check out the Hepco & Becker bars - they have a separate engine bar and tank protection bar.

Look pretty nice. No doubt there are others out there as well.
Thanks, another to add to the mix.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:27 AM   #7178
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Next up, center stand....so what choices do we have for center stand. I've not heard good things about the Triumph stand ? Twisted Throttle show a SW Motech one but ONLY for Canadian bikes due to the charcoal canister so will they/are they coming out with a revised version to deal with the canister ?

What else is there - Hepco ? Anybody tried a Hepco ?

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Old 07-12-2011, 07:35 AM   #7179
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Nothing wrong with the Triumph center stand. Been working great for me and I use it all the time. Bit of a pain to install but other than that it's fine.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:36 AM   #7180
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Nothing wrong with the Triumph center stand. Been working great for me and I use it all the time. Bit of a pain to install but other than that it's fine.

second that. Works fine for me.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:37 AM   #7181
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Nothing wrong with the Triumph center stand. Been working great for me and I use it all the time. Bit of a pain to install but other than that it's fine.
Do you take the bike off road Mr Jerk ? I thought I read in this thread that it clacks something chronic off-road ? I guess there's nothing to stop me tying it up while I'm off-road I guess.

Is there a way to search just THIS thread ? Lots of good info in here but boy it's long...
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:55 AM   #7182
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Just looking at the H&B tank guard and I don't think you can use it and the Triumph accessory lights together. Either or

I beg to differ. But it looks like they go together really well.

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:01 AM   #7183
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Do you take the bike off road Mr Jerk ? I thought I read in this thread that it clacks something chronic off-road ? I guess there's nothing to stop me tying it up while I'm off-road I guess.

Is there a way to search just THIS thread ? Lots of good info in here but boy it's long...

i use double sided velcro to tie mine up when i am offroad. i would do this with any center stand not for the fact of rattle but for my own peice of mind knowing that it wont catch something, altough it does kill two birds with one stone... i think that its crazy to think something wont rattle when your offroad.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:14 AM   #7184
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I beg to differ. But it looks like they go together really well.

I do like the look of those guards. I've never bought bars like this before, does H&B have a good rep do you know ?
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:16 AM   #7185
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i use double sided velcro to tie mine up when i am offroad. i would do this with any center stand not for the fact of rattle but for my own peice of mind knowing that it wont catch something, altough it does kill two birds with one stone... i think that its crazy to think something wont rattle when your offroad.
Totally agree (as I found out on Sunday ). Bikes rattle like crazy when they are bouncing around and it's just what happens, I thought I had read on here that they actually fell down completely ? Do you have the Triumph stand or another brand ?

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