Husky TR650 - New Owners Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by HighFive, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Well....I be a Monkey's Uncle!

    Please show me those top mounting points. I've very interested to see how you chose to do that. Looks like it slips under the tailrack....maybe. Let's see some close up photos. Purdy pleeeeease.

    HF :D
  2. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Time to get back to some Terra-bizness. Work has swamped me with far away travels lately. I'm looking forward to some "Me" time…..and a bit warmer weather would not be unwelcome. After a warmer than normal winter, we've had some nasty Oklahoma windy cold conditions. It even snowed a little bit here today.

    After much riding and further thought, I just couldn't stand it any longer. I wanted black handlebars on my Terra! It just seems sooooo right. :deal

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    Besides, I really needed to put the Beemer bars back on my F800GS. It was pretty pathetic looking for 3 months with no handlebars on it. Not to mention, its been rather challenging to ride. :lol3

    I love Pro Taper Evo bars, and I chose the Woods High bend, which is the tallest height & most pullback in their lineup, I think. Sounds like a lot, but its not. Their models are fairly close in measurements….the differences are small. Even so, the Terra, for me, needed some lift.

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    This bar along with the Motosportz tall risers feels perfect to me now. The F800GS bars were a bit tall (with the MZ Riser) and had too much pullback for the Terra. I like it….a relaxed & comfortable feel, but the Evo feels even better. It has a more neutral (parallel to the ground) bar end at the grips. All the Evos are like this….a flat, level, bar-end. Many after-market handlebars have more up-sweep at the bar end. I don't get along well with that design. It makes my elbows sore. Just me, maybe.


    I also FINALLY started my fabrication work for my bag racks. Here is the first part I schemed up.

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    I'll let you stew on it a while…..figure out what its for. Took me better part of the day to fashion using a hacksaw, grinder, & welder. If I had a plasma cutter & a bender, it might have taken one whole hour…..maybe less. Add it to My List.

    At least, my welds are getting better:

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    Little by little…

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. Rugged Exposure's Mexican Border Road - Ride Report has begun. Hump it on over to the RR forum and jump on board, if you haven't yet. Its quite a ride.
  3. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    There are a few ways to go building racks. We were going to build a solid crossover bridge on the rear rack mounts but decided not to.

    I think this is rather elegant.

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  4. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Interesting.....thanks.

    How sturdy are those metal strap mounts? They look like they could flex in a fall (versus tubing), but maybe not. Just thinking out loud.

    A solid crossover bridge is what I am holding in my hand (above) that I built today. I'm planning to bolt the rack to the side flanges.

    HF :lurk
  5. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Does the brace in the back mount to your license plate dong?
  6. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Looks like you're making a new license plate mount?

    Welds are looking good, work on being consistent with the tip manipulation and change your angle a little bit (more towards a 45* with the joint).

    Here's a link for the Ride Report: Border Road Rally Raid
  7. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    While changing the oil today (I've had the bike for one month now and I've already done my 3rd oil change, almost 3k miles!)
    I noticed this hanging out by itself in front of the motor and behind the frame:
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    Any clue what this is? Its soft rubber and looks like a plug for a large grommet... wth?
  8. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Yep the rear brace mounts to the "dong" (small steel plate and solid tube stock). The rack does not flex and now the tail does not either:clap.

    Three mounts to each frame (one of these is the handy pillion peg mount) and the loop around the back.

    I have no flex Mr5.
  9. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    I did about 1400km in the past few days including a trip along the Snowy River.

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    Tip
    Keep an eye on your rear brake reservoir cap I found mine undid, A mate pointed it out - I did not lose any fluid! Lucky.
  10. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Curious :scratch
  11. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    I like the idea of a flat strap if I were going with that luggage option... I'd prefer it bend a bit in an offroad fall, and could be bent back into shape. Better than a break, especially if you're remote.

    Looking at the potential mounting points, I might have moved the rear two to the two countersunk rack holes that make up the front edge of the triangle of three holes... but that design looks fine too.
  12. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    You can put any wheel you want on it as long as you bolt up the same brake disc. The ABS sensor bolts into the disc.

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
  13. davorallyfan

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    The local guy in OZ is making these. Only two mounting points:eek1 by the looks. Me no likey.
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  14. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    davo....in looking at yours again, your mounting points make the most sense since they're the places where the rack is attached to bike.
    Much stronger than using the two to the rear that mount to the rack alone.
  15. Nev..

    Nev.. wannabe advrider

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    These are Andy Strapz frames. Keep in mind that he's designing them to be used only with the Andy Strapz Expedition panniers he makes, which by design bear the weight of the panniers through the straps over the pillion seat and only use the frames to push the bags away from the pipes and the wheel. Having only the two mounting points might not protect the pipe if you lay the bike over with great force, but should be adequate for normal use.
  16. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    I agree.

    It's my experience that Andy's products are good quality and fit for the purpose they are designed for. I would purchase the pannier frames with the knowledge that they are not designed to provide substantial protection in the event of a crash.

    Then again, if you throw anything at the ground hard enough, you're likely to bend a few things and more mounting points and rigid structures attached means that the force of the impact may be transferred to other points on the bike.

    If I tip the bike over, such is life. It's likely to be operator error anyway :D No amount of crash protection is gonna fix that!

    Just my thoughts.

    Cheers,

    JM.
  17. kjackbrown

    kjackbrown Been here awhile

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    Looks like you were able to use that Kaoko throttle lock thingy too! I really really want one but they seem to be bike specific and I want to change out the bars and get risers too. Is that one a generic application Kaoko or is it recycled from your Beemer bars?
  18. Chazbo

    Chazbo Been here awhile

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    If you are using a soft bag that has over-the-seat straps to take the vertical loads, this should be fine. Happy-Trail has only two attachments on many of its SL racks like this KLR 650 rack http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/SL-Side-Rack-KLR650E.aspx.
  19. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Good eye....excellent question!

    NOT the same unit from my F800....which has a threaded bar mount. This was the most contentious part of changing my bars out. I HAD to have one of these Kaoko's on my Terra. :deal. Yup...it's that nice.

    I had to sift thru a few until I nailed down the winning combination. The guys at Touratech are pretty good to work with, but a bit tunnel-visioned on this subject. They had a difficult time getting past "what bike is it for" and accepting the notion that I'm not using OEM stock bars. But in the end, we sorted it out together.

    Buy the Kaoko Cruise Lock for the BMW HP2......Part # 330-0004

    It fits a handlebar with 14mm ID (Pro Taper Evo & many others).

    Perfect fit and works like a charm! The lock is quite failsafe and simply screws against the end of your throttle tube as a friction lock. FYI....for those who might not know how it works.

    HF :thumbup
  20. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Well, after 2k+ rough ass miles (jumps, washboards and hell), I finally had an issue with my Rotopax mount setup:
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    It may have been Highfive, or someone else, but they could foresee the rack having problems. They were kinda right.

    The rack didn't give it up, but the factory mounting hardware did.

    Today on my way home from work I noticed that my Rotopax seemed a little flighty /likely to abscond. So when I got home I took a closer look and noticed that the back right torx fastener was backed out and loose. So I proceeded to take it off to put some loc-tite on and crank it down. To my surprise it was broken.

    So grab a beer and start taking the rack off, fully anticipating having to drill and tap for new threads.
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    Luckily I got it backed out by spraying it with penetrating oil and tapping it counterclockwise with a flathead and a hammer.
    Little known fact: BMW mounting hardware is made out of cheese:
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