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Old 09-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #76
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Is the subframe strong enough to add some frames via that top bolt for the seat? Not good getting even soft luggage if the subframe won't hold any weight. It looks very skimpy from the outside. What is underneath?
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #77
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Sub frame is strong enough to carry a passenger.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #78
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Here is a pic with the covers off. Lots of metal back there. I made a rack that plugs into the sockets where the seat goes.



Made the rack out of 1/2 inch thinwall chrome molly. Works well buts looks a little vintage, maybe I'll try again some day out of carbon fiber. I don't seem to have a pic off it and I am away from the bike.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:54 AM   #79
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Very cool. Thanks very much for the photos.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:12 AM   #80
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Yesterday while riding at a "very good clip" I detected a quick blur out of my peripheral vision; the bar-end slider bolt had loosened up enough that the entire slider/weight assembly flew out, with the brand new CRG Arrow mirror attached - costly little event. Guess I will check the bolts more often and also try some locktite.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:32 PM   #81
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I lost a mirror once, too. the motor vibes a lot so it kind of mandatory to check your bolts every few hundred miles. my clutch cover bolts keep loosening up causing oil seepage. i was told that ktmna is now telling their techs to use 5nm more torque than what is listed in the service manual.

also don forget to keep an eye on the rad cap. when summer comes and your bike gets hot, it can loosen up.

My rc is in the shop right now for the ignition interlock system locking up the bike. i feel like ive had every single problem that i could have happen to my 2012. im dissapointed honestly, but i love the bike so much i keep looking past that.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:19 AM   #82
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Checked my clutch cover bolts and sure enough they were not snug, no oil seepage yet, but it probably would not have been long.

Instead of buying a new CRG mirror I filed and sanded the road rash and repainted it and put in a new piece of glass. $15 instead of $90 or so.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:15 AM   #83
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i use a spot of blue loctite on just about everything that isnt on the motor. has worked out well so far. another few bolts to look at are the three bolts that mount the stock muffler. ive lost all three in two years, and im currently running some grade8 fasteners with lock washers. theyve stayed in place since the switch.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #84
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I use locite on everything. even fairing/body screws. I lost 3 - 4 before I loctite them.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #85
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I use the CRG's also. Mounted them to the original bar end weights by necking a section where the mirror clamps. The weight is held in place by wedging due to the slope on the bar weights and the end plug. I used a delrin washer here to lubricate the wedge. Grease would also work as long as you keep it off the part that clamps against the inside of the bar. Several thousand miles with no issues.

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Old 12-13-2013, 06:02 PM   #86
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I have a 2010 RC8 but Im too stupid to add pics so you will just have to believe me
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:26 AM   #87
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Lightweight wheels......

I've got the bug for some light wheels; the Marchesini forged are great looking light wheels, but typically quite expensive if you can't find a used set, which has me thinking about a set of those gorgeous BST carbon......
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:43 AM   #88
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bst's for the street? probably not the best idea
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:12 PM   #89
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Yeah, I must agree... CF wheels are crazy light and stiff, but also brittle. A friend of mine had them on his 1098, went over a wood plank on the road and the front wheel split.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:53 PM   #90
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Once you study and understand carbon fiber technology, you will not want to use it on as a rim.

Body panels, fairings, support structures...sure, but not as a wheel, especially for street use. If you must have the most exotic but don't have military clearance...hold on for a few more years. Wait until nanometal coating technology matures and becomes more commercially available. Than we will see some crazy light wheels that will be safe to everyday use.
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