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Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Head2Wind, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    Ken's special Skunk Works that is....
    A pair of Black 1550 Pelicans measuring 34" side to side mounted to a custom pannier mount system. Its been in the works for a while and needs a little tweeking to make it uber cool, but over all I am super happy with the result.

    Coming up in the Skunk Lab is a 2-1 muffler and a AUX fuel tank that will mount on the left where the muffler was.

    The 1550s are mounted to the lids so the major volume is in the down position when loading, then the bungee helps keep things in place while closing. My Dell 830 laptop and bag fits easily into the case.

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  2. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    maybe I should have used a different title. No comments? wow :cry

    I guess that I am the only one that is excited :puke1

    I have also verified that the new POS camera that Head2Wife purchased is truely a Piece of C@#$@#$^%@#$%^P
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  3. cpmodem

    cpmodem Orange Caveman

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    Maybe folks are just so overwhelmed that they are speechless :D
    I love Pelican products. You go brother:thumb
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  4. Madhatter

    Madhatter More bike than brains

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    Very cool Ken, but why? You didn't like the Gobi boxes? Too many euros? Too small? Why reinvent the wheel here?

    Of more interest to me is the 2-1 pipe project. What is the advantage of 2-1 exhaust? I like the idea of the fuel can for sure, but are there benefits to going 2-1?


    Jack
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  5. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Weight saving.
    Some tests have shown slightly improved bottom end torque too - else very little diff, performance-wise.
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  6. mutt2jeff

    mutt2jeff Keep firing assholes!

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    I have a 2-1 on order for my adventure, main reason being that I can do useful things with the space saved, spare gas, tool holder, any number of things. All for $700, making it one of the cheapest exhaust options as well.
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  7. AntoD

    AntoD Adventurer

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    With a 2 to 1 you also loose some low end torque as well though....if you do nto mind that...no problem.
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  8. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    I suppose that there is not so much new about this nor do most find the need to reinvent this particular wheel. I just can't help myself.

    1: My bike is a early 04 that did not come with the Gobi boxes nor the mount system :huh . the PO did not buck up for the system. Hell, it only had 562 miles on it when I purchased it in Dec 06
    2: I wanted as narrow of a total package as possible. I don't know how many times Hammer and Furndog had to get off their bikes to open vehicle gates when I could slip through the man gates on the KVR. I did not have these bags then but it is part of the incentive to go as narrow as possible. :deal
    3: Yes, I am frugal (cheap, parsimonious?) :lol3 . I am just not into spending $300 +/- for the KTM mount system and another 3-400 +/- for a pair of Gobi bags that fall off. This set up so far: $200 total + my time and they are not going to fall off.
    4:Why Pelican 1550s? they are "just the right size" (for me at least). They side load. they are black. they are inexpensive for quality that you get. they will be narrower than a Gobi and have better exterior to interior volume capabilites.

    The 2-1 exhaust is driven by the desire to keep it simple, reduce overall weight, open up the left side for a AUX fuel tank. Most with a ADV are not looking to carry extra fuel (unlike the SE crowd) and for those who are, they are willing to do it with a TourTech or a MSR jug. Agian, I want to keep it tight and clean, so an extra 3-5 liters of fuel tucked into the bike somewhere is my preference if I can manage it. There will be a slight change in performance, probably slightly less peak HP, maybe a little reduced TQ. There has been a fair bit of development with the SE running a 2-1, most like the result. I just picked up a used SS supertrap and a secondary pipe from a SM.... A little metal carving and welding and I will have 2-1 to test. If I don't like it I can go back to the stock 2-2 can solution.


    Cheers,
    Ken
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  9. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

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    No you dont! You gain low to mid and loose a little on top. Do your homework.
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  10. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Meeow! :lol3 :amazon
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  11. Madhatter

    Madhatter More bike than brains

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    The previous owner did put a rack and Gobi's on my 950A, and so far I like 'em well enough. I could do w/o the double wall feature. Just makes 'em wider. But overall I like them. Didn't hear about them falling off though...:huh

    How much space do you save with the Pelicans? I suspect that Pelicans will also stand up to the occasional ding a bit better than the H&B plastic. Pelicans are tough.

    I'd make a liner bag, or bags, for them to make loading/unloading easier. Side loading has it's advantages, but I have found bags make it easier to use side loaders.

    Very cool project though.

    Please post pics of the 2-1 exhaust and fuel system. These bikes could benefit from a bit more fuel capacity IMNoobO. (I carry a couple 1L bottles as you predicted :lol3.)

    Cheers,

    Jack
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    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    +1
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  13. AntoD

    AntoD Adventurer

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    What a jerk....

    Did you do yours?
    Cause I have the damn thing on for years.

    :deal
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  14. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    AntoD,

    Do you realize that reply was from 4 years ago? I think we are all past it now.
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  15. LoFlow

    LoFlow Been here awhile

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    Nice that he could finally get it off his chest and move on with his life. :D
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  16. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    That was awesome, I like the way you spent years thinking of the perfect reply. Then once you got it you just simply attacked with no hesitation


    :rofl
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  17. cholla

    cholla earth rover

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    Just like a KTM big cat. The element of KTM surprise. Wait another 4 years and see what happens.:D
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  18. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Give the guy a break-- he was busy changing his oil & adjusting his valves.
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