Buell S3T?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by EmptiMind, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Hah, good reason I don't ride a KTM, I like my ass not to go numb. Though I'm so used to narrower seats than this, wonder if I just need to get used to it, bruised my thighs.

    Oh, as far as repairing that bag, anyone got a favorite compound?
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  2. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    [​IMG] How did forget that?! :shog
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  3. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    I'm a big fan of the westco marine epoxy resins. Not cheap, but not so smelly and toxic as the polyester fiberglass resins. If you don't have a local fiberglass and plastic shop check in with a marine supplier.

    Mixed its a bit thick, like honey. I have had best results when making this sort of repair to paint the surface with resin using a disposable chip brush, lay on the pre-cut cloth, and stipple the cloth into the resin with the brush. It's easy to use too much resin- you want to have just enough to soak the cloth. The cloth will look translucent when thoroughly soaked, and you can lay a 2nd or 3rd layer once the resin has soaked into the first.

    Regular scissors can be us to cut the cloth, but I like pinking sheers better as the edge will be less prone to unraveling. If you cut some heavy paper stock between every few cuts of the fiberglass cloth it keeps scissors cleaner and will make cutting easier.
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  4. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    I hated the Corbin on my S3T. Little BigIron and the twins were seriously unhappy every time I dynamited the brakes.

    I ended up with one of the Buell aftermarket seats. Way better. No perfect, but way better and good enough. And it wasn't a bank account killer.
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  5. bills3t

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    ran a corbin on mine , secret is to have a gel pad on top of the corbin ( the infamous modified walmart auto seat cushion ). but keep the stock seat for the days you plan to run alot of twistys , the bikes handling dynamics are better with the stock seat .
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  6. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Well, here's a chance to replace that sorry-ass D&D muffler with the genyouwhine, stainless steel, stock muffler the bike came with:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859770

    I have either two or three spares, in addition to the one already on my S1W. If I buy another, it's going to count as hoarding. :lol3
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  7. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Thanks for the heads up Greg. I actually like the sound of the D&D, probably because I wear earplugs. But it sure as hell lets people know I'm coming. Unfortunately, it lets my neighbors know when I'm home from work at 2am as well, so I'll probably pick up that stock. Heck if Pancho's got a good price for the seat too, might get that so I can send one off to Sargent and be able to ride on something more comfortable than some bungied blankets.
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  8. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    I had a '98 S3 and installed the touring package my self. Rode it 42,000 before selling, twice coast to coast, once solo & once two up. I loved that bike.

    The later model S3 bags were reinforced quite a bit. Once I upgraded, I never had anymore problems with them cracking. However, the first time I noticed the mounting area cracking, we were in a motel parking lot in Gunnison Co. Luckily there was a Truevalue hardware store accross the street where I bought some hardware and screws to brace them up. They held up fine till I later found upgraded inner cases on ebay. I used to weigh our soft liners when we packed for a tour. I never let them exceed 18 lbs,fwiw. Now that I think about it, there was an upgraded latch kit, too, which I installed, asap after I found out about it.

    We regularly got 60 mpg , sometimes 50, 70 once in a while. Mine was box stock except for a Dyno jet kit & a K&N filter.

    I also fitted the '01/02 rear shock. It has the much larger shaft and the 01/02's also had a slightly higher GVW, which I attributed to the upgraded shock.

    I found the S3 to be very sensitive to suspension sag adjustments too. It'll make a big difference between solo and two up, in my experence.

    RB
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  9. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Wish I could find these upgraded parts now a days. My bags say they're rated for 22lbs. I think I'm just going to fiberglass the crack, then shove some aluminum in there to reinforce mounting points. I probably won't ever take them off, even in town it's nice having them on. Curious, what'd the upgraded latches change?
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  10. bills3t

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    check bad weather bikers you can modify where the bump stops at the lower rear of the bags to a forth mounting point. bags are secured better, down side not quite so easy to remove .loved the bags , so rarely took them off. had the stock seat modified by sargent but did not help with being up on the tank all the time.hope things work out better for you.they realy are great bikes.
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  11. Donkey Hotey

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    Well, I've got the stock and the Corbin for my 2000. The stock seat was plenty comfortable but, a little soft for my liking. I got a decent deal on a brand new Corbin on Ebay.

    The Corbin is obviously firmer; good in my book. The weird part is that I seem to sit higher and further back than on the stock seat. The net result was a noticeably longer reach to the grips and the pegs. I like the legroom but, the arm stretch...not so much. It also raised my head into more turbulent airflow over the stock windscreen.

    The Corbin also has a weird shape compared to other Corbins. My tailbone and hip sockets are over an oval pocket and most of the seating pressure is on my thighs. That's actually a GOOD thing but, it's different from the other five Corbins I have, which are more of a flat, firm seating surface.

    I'm still undecided whether I like the stock or the Corbin better. Only miles will answer that.
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  12. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Another thing I meant to ask about. Windscreen, I've only seen one aftermarket out there, the Zero G, also seen the laminar lip. Wondering if anyone has experience? Stock has wind hitting my shoulders at highway speeds.

    As far as seat goes, it's not really my butt that's uncomfortable, it's my inner thighs. I've got bruises on them just from the last few days riding, seems no matter how I sit myself on that seat I end up on the gas tank.
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  13. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    Can't comment on the ZG screen, but I did run a Laminar Lip on a Ulysses for a couple of years. It looks a little funky, but works quite well. I never had any kind of wind problem with the Uly when using the Lip.
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  14. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    I've got a ZG, very happy with it. I'll be fitting one to the ZX this year as well.

    The Buell aftermarket seat is grippier than the stocker. I think it's also a bit wider, but it's been awhile since I've been on a stocker.
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  15. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Wish I could find the Buell aftermarket seat, seems the one most people like. I got an ATV pad from Wally world, cut it up to give me a nice bit of padding when I ride the tank. I like the stocker seat, just not the gas tank.

    Can't decide if I should go for the laminar or the zg. Just want something to keep the air off my body and the bugs off my face.
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  16. zilla

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    [​IMG]Not a S3T, but i've got a line on a S1 with 9k on it for 2200.

    It does need some love as it's been sitting for awhile.
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  17. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    After having this bike for a few days, I can't say that I'd be happier with anything else. I've had about fifteen bikes, and so far, I love this S3.
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  18. RBrider

    RBrider Been here awhile

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    I've got a set of '98 fairing lowers that need some tlc and an oem windscreen and the Gustafason with a 3' rise that I'll send you for the cost of postage.

    I hate to throw them away, if someone can get some use out of them.

    RB
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  19. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    RB! Sounds like a deal to me, just let me know how much. PM incoming.
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  20. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Did I miss some pics? Let's see it!
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