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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sock Monkey, Apr 7, 2008.
Just back from Death Valley...
I thought about getting racks, not sure if Wolfman racks would work with the tail rack. The rack is a love/hate kinda thing, it is in the way sometimes (two up doesnt really work because the rack takes up some seat room) it also makes on/off a bit harder, on the plus side it mounts easy, is very sturdy and is large enough to actually use unlike most of the other racks out there..
Everything I've found (what little there is) is 'replace the head unit'. I'm replacing the battery 'just in case' this weekend (and with a Lithium one, in the hope that it will ALWAYS either deliver solid voltage or no voltage, like every other lithium I've ever used in other devices). If not, it'll be new head unit time.
I don't tend to keep the WR on a tender; it'd been fine and doesn't actually even have a pig-tail installed. Be changing /that/, I can tell you.
Still a great bike. Just no longer as cheap as it was.
Ahh, nice setup, thanks for the link!
How are the HDB indicators as opposed to the Zeta's for actual visibility. I have a set of the latter installed, but the HDBs and the associated mirrors look... great.
Ride report, or some more pics coming?
How did the WRX do jckid?
Did you miss the larger displacement?
Motorcycle riding wasn't the focus of this trip, so no real ride report and that was the only pic I got of the WR. We did get to ride 3 days out of 8 though. My better 1/2 brought his X-Country & my dad his Suzuki 800 Intruder. With the cruiser in the mix, that meant pavement. We rode to Las Vegas & spent the night, and stopped by China Ranch on our return trip. That's where the pic was taken. I'm still running the stock X tires, and they are fine in dirt as long as you're going in a straight line. They can be squirrly when turning. :huh I'm getting Distanzias soon which should help. We also rode up to Dante's View.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the WR and don't really miss my Husky too much. I did love the extra power it had, and it was less effected by wind since it was heavier, but I feel more comfortable on the WR. We don't ride fast anyway, so it has enough power. I was feeling a bit puny being on a 250 in the middle of really heavy traffic on I-15 in Vegas though!
Once I finish getting the WR all set up, it should be great for traveling. I have an appointment with Renazco to have the seat done in January, I'll get my tires soon, and may switch to a larger saddlebag setup w/Rotopax mount. I also need to get the clutch adjustment dialed in. I'm on the fence about getting R wheels. That was my original plan, but for now I'm going to keep my KLX. I think the WR is a better bike, but the low end grunt of the KLX works better for me in the dirt. The WR will be used for traveling, and we usually don't do more than fire roads on trips, and I've found that the Distanzia's work pretty good for that.
About how much for full coverage insurance on one of these?
i pay $140 for the year with allied
+1. The rack is ugly on a WR but it works really good. I dont want to lose my stuff so the rack stays.
+2. I've had mine for 3 years. Talk about strong. Last year a buddy got a flat tire when we were riding in the woods. I put him on back for the 45 minute ride back to the campground for a new tube. When we were finished, he complained that his butt was sore from sitting on THE RACK the whole way. He's 220 Lbs in gear.:eek1
I inspected the rack and mounts - no damage at all.
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
Mine in Ky is about $100/year. But I'm also getting old, discount this, discount that. No matter how you look at it though, they are really pretty cheap to insure.
My r1200gs is cheaper to insure than the wrr. Mine is about $320/ year. The GS is about $250
Wow ! That is just nuts. I wonder if insurance companies have the slightest clue what they are doing.
That doesn't even make sense, a $15,000+ dollar bike costs less to insure than a $6,000 one?
Of my bikes, I only have full coverage on my Tenere due to the loan, but adding the WR to my policy with liability, animal strikes, and fire / theft coverage was... $12 a year.
None of these numbers are comparable to one another. Everyone's insurance profile and history are different, and different insurance companies have different risk profiles and loss histories. For example, my insurance is always high, to cover the gap between normal limits and a business-derived umbrella cap.
The only way to know if a WRR is expensive or cheap to insure is to work with your agent and get an apples-to-apples quote for a wide variety of motorcyles. Use the same liability limits, un / under-insured and medical limits, same collision and comprehensive limits. I can get quotes on-line from my insurance company. Every January I get quotes for 20-30 motorcyles of various types and model years (back to a 1990 CB-1 and a 1998 YZF-600R, which I used as reference points). Each year, the premiums change a little, generally trending downward as bikes age. Supersports and Hypersports cost the most for me; DS bikes and that old CB-1 are the cheapest.
Also note that it can take a year or two (or five) for some insurance companies to get a "new" bike into the correct risk/loss category. For 5 years, my quoted premium for a Sprint ST was the same as a GSX-R1000. Finally it is now in the correct category - at about half the cost.
Also, a WRX is twice the price for me as the similar WRR, due to the risk profile of a street bike (same premium as a Ninja 250) versus that of a dirt bike (same premium as a CRF230L, despite very different purchase / replacement costs).
Insurance is complicated. You must use an apples-to-apples approach for comparison with only your company. You have to do it twice to cross-shop companies. Welcome to 21st Century America. Have fun and stay safe.
I have the Wolfman racks and at one time tried to mount the TCI. It was a no go and I definitely wanted to keep the Wolfmans so I just went with the ProMoto Billet rack. As I recall the TCI and the Wolfmans both use a common attachment point and it looked like some custom fabrication would be required to make them both work.
That's an amazing image.