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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
Wait until you see what YAMAHA has in the wings for the new S10....
we will see, but next year will be the year of the +100kW 1200's
There were more than one of you who picked up on this and mentioned it. Thank you very much!! I had the bike in to the dealer today and they changed the throttle grip so that the cables came out on the rider side of the mirror and SHAZZAM!!! I can now see ALL of my digital display.
I need a confidence boost...
I just recently installed the Yamaha top case and it just seems like a flimsy connection. Its on there correctly, but I find myself looking back a lot to make sure its still there.
Has anyone had problems with them coming off? I wish i'd of had a chance to see the bags before ordering them with the bike. They seem very cheaply constructed.
Mine work great. Had it for almost a year now along with the side cases. Been down many a dirt road with the top box overloaded. No problems at all. We like them. Liners work well also. My wife uses the top box for a backrest.
Mounts are strong but you do get a small amount of flex as you would with any top box setup with a disconnect system.
Mounts are out of the way when boxes are off the bike and they look good too when on the bike.
With all the weight I put in my top case and panniers I am surprised I haven't lost one yet. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
I did finally get my Yamaha top case/pannier liners last weekend. They are much nicer than I expected, much nicer, in fact they rock <o></o>
The top case connection seems pretty robust to me. You've got a substantial mount bolted directly to the bike, and the top case latching mechanism on the bottom of the bag with engages the mount, while plastic, is fairly robust. The weak point is the keyed latches - here, I think you just have to be very deliberate to make sure it latches properly and never force things.
I've got 10K of fairly hard riding on mine - no problems. But I don't pound the bikes over rocks in the dirt. If it gets seriously bumpy, I slow down.
Yesterday I did a short but intense crash test to the new ACD skid plate I'm helping to develop.
I hate to do it, every clonk it hurts to me but I dont know another way to try it.....
The marks in the aluminum are evident but it did it's job.
Even so, we must modify quite a lot the original design: its too low and wide, it must be closer to the engine, needs a foam, must change the rear bolts, etc.
But considering is the first prototype was a good start
Crash test video:
Calling our international friends...
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Ever thought of some mild corrugations in the plate OR a slight bowl / shovel profile?
All great stuff mate, lots of effort on your suppliers and you.
I think they are the kind of hit you try to avoid
Glad you like it. This people know his work.
We realise (as most of you said ) the rear bolts are too exposed and damaged, we need to improve that. The rest was ok
Youre right, the plate huge skid plate is flexible with big hits, they are thinking about bent the bottom for better strength
It's a promo video for a German product on Amazon. It's GPS data, Map and a DVD of motorcycle tours of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia
Damn, Looked like the guy could ride a bit.
Im gonna be getting ready to ride the TransLab next summer on my Tenere...
I was thinking about drilling the back of the stock Yamaha side bags and mounting a 1 gallon rotopack on each of them but im not too sure about the integrity of the materials. It just seems so thin. Has anybody done this? Think it'll work?
I was thinking about the same actually and i had the same concern.. I am panning a trip in Morocco this fall, so have time to think about it still... During the summer i will be mainly riding in europe and most of it in more or less civilized areas, so no need before the African trip..
Ride hard, die free
If you are concerned about it I would just put an alloy plate on the inside to spread out the stress areas.
I carried 1 and1/2 gallon cans on top with no problems. Some very rough terrain too.
Great test ride video
Have you been also developping customized crash bars maybe?
Ride hard, die free
Jaumev, LOVED that crash test video you did. Was lottsa fun. Especially hammerin over the big rock. Looks like my driveway(in Idaho). Keep up the good works. You obviously ride well. Wonder if you can get rid of those big,bulging bolt heads on the rear of that good working crash plate you're cooking up? Looks GOOOD.