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Old 09-02-2011, 07:19 AM   #196
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not me, I am using the 41 touratechs with top mount bags and still have the seat and luggage rack. I am rolling with as many comforts of home that will fit.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:34 AM   #197
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Man, I just spent some time on the Motorcycle Superstore tire page. There are a ton of tires available for an 18" wheel. Of course they are all rear tires, so they have to be mounted backwards. It looks like Shinko 705s are the best deal. The only problem I see is that the 705 in 150/70-17 is a radial. That means whatever I mount on the front, either a 705 or a 700 Shinko is a bias-ply. I've heard not to do that. Does anybody know why? What problems could it cause? I know dad is in the same boat with the VXA and I think I remember someone mentioning something about it in this thread. Gentlemen, explain it to us. Why can you not run a radial on one end and a bias-ply on the other?




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You have fun getting tires for the 18" front wheel. I still say put some touratechs on that GS and take it. Did you get my email about hitting up Salmon Glacier on the way up in Canada. Starting to get an idea for a good route to Alaska crossing the border into Canada around Glacier National Park.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:08 AM   #198
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I think the shinko might come in a 140/70or 80-17 and if it does it too is biased.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:12 PM   #199
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I don't have the backing plates made for the bags yet, however I do have the material. This bag is extended out to full size.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:15 PM   #200
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This what it looks like when not extended out.

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:33 PM   #201
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Excuse my hand in the pics, my Kodak died so I had to use my helmet camera, It takes a wide field.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:36 PM   #202
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I think these bags will be large enough. Did I mention they cost me $50 on ebay?
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:59 AM   #203
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Dad, did you get a Shinko for the front yet? I like the 705, but the tread on the 700 looks much more agressive. I just wonder how long it will last on the street. When I wear out the street rubber on my TDM, I'm going to give it a try (the 700 I think). I still don't understand why you can't have a radial on the back and a bias on the front. I get the reason on a cage. I wouldn't want different types on the same axle, but front and back just doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:44 PM   #204
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I will be ordering the Kenda K761 Rear tire for the front, in a couple weeks. When I ordered the Shinko 705 Radial for the rear, the salesman assured me that there wouldn't be any problem with the Radial on rear and bias on the front. I have ridden it several hundred miles that way and I cannot detect any kind of handling problem. He also told me that most of the new custom built bikes with the wide rear and skinny front is radial and bias. This info came from Motorcycle Supper Store where I'm getting my tires, best price also.

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:54 PM   #205
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Mounting plate for side luggage. A piece of expanded metal that I had and some flat bar welded around the outside for reinforcement and protection from sharp points.

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Old 09-07-2011, 12:59 PM   #206
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Bag mounted on now plate. Total cost of the bags and mounting $50, metal material cost, zip.
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:28 PM   #207
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nice

That bike looks like it's ready for Prudhoe Bay.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #208
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Is there enough room to slide one of those Roto-pac gas jugs under the tour pac?
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #209
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Roto-pac

I've looked at the roto-pac, but couldn't see where to put it that I liked, but you did. Sportsman Warehouse just 2.5 miles down the road have them in stock. I'll check it out tomorrow and let you know if it will work, I really think it will. Thanks Baker.

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:22 AM   #210
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That will be perfect if it will fit. You can always modify if necessary, right?
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