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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by jut8, Mar 20, 2017.
Well said and about sums it up for me.
Hey,nocalbruin.Do you have any pics of your lowered NC?,also if you don't mind me asking,what's your inside leg measurement?.
Tnbrit, here is a picture of installed Soupy Link and also their adjustable sidestand. With my HD motorcycle boots on, I can flat-foot both sides, but as you can see, not much ground clearance. Highway riding will be ok, but I will probably raise it up a 1/2" or so if I plan to do any gravel or dirt. I'm 5'4" and my inseam is about 28".
I also made my own aluminum rear rack from some channel stock and 1/8" bar stock. I had a propane torch lying around from a plumbing project so I thought I'd try out aluminum brazing. Actually pretty simple to do. I drilled and pinned the pieces together with self-tapping sheet metal screws, then brazed the seams. Definitely got better as the work went on and the last few joints were very nice. The top piece is removable and attached to the arms with nuts and screws. Finally I painted everything flat black and finished it off with a semi-transparent light reflective top coat. Turned out pretty good. I had most of the tools so the project cost me about $60 in materials. The channel stock I used for the arms are little bit light so there is some flex. If it becomes a problem on my summer trips, I can always make a heavier set.
nocalbruin,Thanks for the pics,i know i'm a mithering pain,but do you have a pic of the whole bike from the side,to give me an idea of the stance once lowered?
Also you refer to HD boots,have you been riding a HD previously?,if so i'd be interested in your opinion of the NC in comparison.
Whenever i read ride reviews of the NC(which is a lot)it sounds likke the engine behaves a bit like a Harley(grunt & low revs),but no one has ever said so.
That NC just isn't fast enough.
Sorry to butt in on the conversation BUT here is my NC700XD DCT...lowered with Soupys Lowering Links...with TKC80 front and Shinko 805 rear...Puig Touring Screen...SWMoTech Skid Plate BASH PLATE!
...and a quick video of what the NC cant do...hahaha!
Finished "stage one" of my NCX build and decided to take it up one of our local non-maintained roads to test it out.
This road ends up on the ridge top and the hill portion is virtually inaccessible by anything other than 4wd or, obviously, a motorcycle with some mild off road capabilities.
The first two pics are up on the ridge top and the last pic is just one outside of my garage to show the other side.
The suspension upgrade, gearing and tires really transformed the bike and I am chomping at the bit to move on to "stage two" but I have a couple of other projects going on at the moment so it will have to wait a couple weeks.
Is the front tire directional and mounted backwards? Most directional-type treads seem to have the opposite orientation from a rear tire.
Has anyone fit the LED headlight from the Canadian market 750x to a US market 700x?
Well originally it is intended as a rear tire and does have a directional arrow on it in the direction that it is mounted.
I debated whether I should mount it backward as that is pretty typical when mounting a rear tire on the front and many manufacturers also design the fronts this way.
To be honest I forgot to tell the shop that mounted the tire to mount it backward so I got what I got and decided I would just try it.
So far I have not noticed anything weird on road or off.
Tnbrit, here's a couple of wide shots of the bike. I also installed the factory light bar today and can confirm that you do NOT need to remove body panels as per instructions. Just remove the under cover panel from the beak and cut out some material to fit the bars. A little jiggling and the lower clamp fits easily on the existing frame bars. Finally I added a pair of adjustable shorty levers, about $10 from Aliexpress.
Nocalbruin.Thanks very much for posting the pics,i just needed to see if the lowering upset the balance(looks)of the bike,looks good to me & with carrying a passenger all the time,at least one foot flat on the tarmac is essential(to me)
I love this bike.
Its so much bigger than it really is.
Waiting to burn up my stock tires, but once they are spent, I would like something more aggressive....what tires do you got on there VWHammer? Also, what do you think of the Shinko and TKC combo Vman? I mostly ride on the pavment, but it would be nice to know i can take a dirt road when i need to.
I am running the Vee Rubber VRM163 in a 120/90R17 front and a 140/80R17 rear.
So far I really like this tire set up.
I have experienced no ill handling on anything that I have done thus far.
You will not be able to run the stock fender in the stock location with a tire that size.
I also have the front lifted 3/4" with some fork extenders because the front hits the plastic fairing where it goes up and over the exhaust output.
I am having parts made now for a new fork brace that will clear the tire and have tabs to mount a new custom front fender.
If you have an aftermarket skid plate the lift might not be necessary to clear the tire.
but you would have to raise the stock fender and it may start hitting things.
This is why I am building a new front fender.
In case you have not seen it yet here is the link to my build thread that covers everything I have done in more detail.
I enjoy my nc with dct. this thing is tough as nails. I took it on the Continental Divide Ride on some single track and no track trails. Beat the snot out of the dash plate, rode over baby heads, many water crossing. A friend of mine on a KTM 1290 said my bike reminded him of a mountain horse. I can do 1000 mile day on the NC just as easy if not easier than my goldwing when the temp is above 80 degrees.
Been thinking about the Africa Twin and a GSA. The only thing is I love the DCT. I already have a budget of about $4k to add to the twin if I decide to go that route. The only reason for me to go from the NC to a Twin is the 17" front wheel (#2 reason) and the suspension (#1 reason). The rocks in Colorado beat me pretty good. I had to stand way back to help get the front end up a little.
The DCT Africa twin is a lot of fun, not that I'm pushing you to change bikes.
Been on the hunt for a new '17 DCT. A Woodinville, WA dealer has one but they want $850 shipping and setup. Too steep?. Looks like it's gonna be an '18...