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Old 05-23-2011, 01:25 PM   #76
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I'm not a mud monster. Prefer dry dirt and rocks. Definitely don't go looking for it. Hit some on this trip and got through it OK. Still experimenting with pressure levels. First trip--26 lbs. Next I'll try 30.

And I don't know what you mean about not wanting to get it dirty. Look at the 2nd pic in the post above--there is definitely some dirt on the possum scraper! Geez, some guys . . .
Drone....mind me asking what brand make is the front tire. I also need a aggressive front for the TAT in lieu of my 110/80R/19 Tourance. You lookin' awfuly good...... Thanks...
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:42 PM   #77
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Hi Elmer!!

Drone,

In your photos you appear to be using padlocks on your Happy Trail boxes. Many of us have switched out the stock latches for these:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=555262


Seems to work quite well. (Although I didn't have to drill out a new "lower" mounting hole when fitting mine.)

Great photos from Chelan. Nice eye. You missed seeing Clearwater's rig at SSBMW's Vendor Day on Saturday. He even put a decal on all his LEDs with his name on it! ;-)
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:45 PM   #78
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Hi Elmer!!

Drone,

In your photos you appear to be using padlocks on your Happy Trail boxes. Many of us have switched out the stock latches for these:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=555262
(Sorry...for some reason, I can't seem to change the color. I usually can)

Seems to work quite well. (Although I didn't have to drill out a new "lower" mounting hole when fitting mine.)

Great photos from Chelan. Nice eye. You missed seeing Clearwater's rig at SSBMW's Vendor Day on Saturday. He even put a decal on all his LEDs with his name on it! ;-)
LOL
yeah....
there's probably a few folks around here who think i'm associated with that company....
of course, after a child threw up on me today at the office...
well... nevermind

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Old 05-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #79
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when you say 26....
was that in BOTH the bike AND sidecar tire?
I'm running 30 in the sidecar tire.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:10 PM   #80
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Drone....mind me asking what brand make is the front tire. I also need a aggressive front for the TAT in lieu of my 110/80R/19 Tourance. You lookin' awfuly good...... Thanks...
The front tire is also a Heidenau K60 Scout--the current (old) style. Heidenau is in the process of updating the K60 Scout tread pattern.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:20 PM   #81
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I'm running 30 in the sidecar tire.
thank you
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:20 PM   #82
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Drone,

In your photos you appear to be using padlocks on your Happy Trail boxes. Many of us have switched out the stock latches for these:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=555262


Seems to work quite well. (Although I didn't have to drill out a new "lower" mounting hole when fitting mine.)
About the padlocks. They're only to stop the snatch thief. They can be defeated with a screwdriver. But if it's forced, the way the latch is likely to break will leave the latch still functioning. On the fancy latches, if you break them with a screwdriver, can they still be used to close the lids?

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Old 05-23-2011, 06:00 PM   #83
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About the padlocks. They're only to stop the snatch thief. They can be defeated with a screwdriver. But if it's forced, the way the latch is likely to break will leave the latch still functioning. On the fancy latches, if you break them with a screwdriver, can they still be used to close the lids?



Yes, they tighten one turn to cinch the latch.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:17 PM   #84
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Yes, they tighten one turn to cinch the latch.
just like locks on "flight cases" for musical instruments or DJ gear
cool locking mechanism, actually
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:18 AM   #85
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I had an opportunity to ride Wumpa for a short stint through the park last weekend. LOVE that rig. Comfortable, upright, beautiful.

Regarding those latches; I could not get them to stay put on my 950. I ended up having to use straps across the lids to keep them down.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:08 AM   #86
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I had an opportunity to ride Wumpa for a short stint through the park last weekend. LOVE that rig. Comfortable, upright, beautiful.

Regarding those latches; I could not get them to stay put on my 950. I ended up having to use straps across the lids to keep them down.
Which latches now? The original Happy Trail latches or the ebay ones?
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:43 AM   #87
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Which latches now? The original Happy Trail latches or the ebay ones?
I had trouble with the original Happy Trail latches. They would stay in the latched position but the 'hooks' or 'catches' would disconnect from each other and the lids would bounce open. There was plenty of pressure against them from the rubber seal. This would only happen when I would ride the 950 hard off tarmac. I had other issues too that caused me to abandon them.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:08 AM   #88
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I had trouble with the original Happy Trail latches. They would stay in the latched position but the 'hooks' or 'catches' would disconnect from each other and the lids would bounce open. There was plenty of pressure against them from the rubber seal. This would only happen when I would ride the 950 hard off tarmac. I had other issues too that caused me to abandon them.
OK, thanks. Nice to know those butterfly latches are available but not sure they would've helped the situation on your 950. For right now, my lids have stayed shut, so I got no reason to change out those latches. On the other hand, I haven't put them through any rough use yet.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:00 AM   #89
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The latches are installed on my F800GS. It has seen every kind of bumpy riding there is. The last thing I'm worried about on a rocky trail is whether the latches I installed are going to fail.

One man's opinion.

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Old 05-24-2011, 11:28 AM   #90
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Very, very cool rig!

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