Installed Buell turnsignals on my DL650 today

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  1. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

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    I ride my DL650 in challenging dirt a lot and no suprise, I fall down a lot. And with those falls the front turnsignals keep getting smashed.

    This weekend I started researching the alternatives, pouring over the turnsignal threads here and on the VStrom forum. I ruled out flushmounts because I thought they compromised turnsignal visibility too much. So I was starting to lean towards short stemed aftermarket turnsignals, when I saw several references to the Buell turnsignals, their flexible stems and cheap price.

    Here are the results.

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    They are about 1" shorter and very flexible:

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    Posted more pics and instructions over here.

    http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=110472994935
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  2. FT BSTRD

    FT BSTRD Welcome to The Dispersive

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    Sorry, I just couldn't drink the flush mount Kool-Aid. :lol3
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  4. FT BSTRD

    FT BSTRD Welcome to The Dispersive

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    You a guitar player?
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    Huh ???? Oh, those are my wifes hands.
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  6. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    I heard you can get a 4 pack of the Buell signals for $18... is that an exaggeration? I think I paid about $18 for a single BMW GS turn signal last time I broke one, and it's not even flexible.


    Nice! :thumbup
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    FT BSTRD Welcome to The Dispersive

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    I was wondering. I was thinking either you are a Joanne or you are guitar player with nice hands.

    I had a musician buddy who kept his nails that long on his "pickin" hand. Said he didn't like picks. He did mostly classical guitar work.

    I always laughed at him because he was the only banjo player I knew with a "beeper". I told him that was the pinnacle of optimism.
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    FT BSTRD Welcome to The Dispersive

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    Shhhhhhh! Don't tell everyone that Buell parts are cheap. Everyone will want one!

    Yeah, I threw it in a ditch and had to replace the front faring and shifter components from the shaft out. Total bill?

    $110

    Race Kit with new ECM and Race Muffler, $625

    Brand new seat $90

    I bought a new inner airbox. $35
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  9. joefromsf

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    I had seen references to $6 prices for a single Buell TS assembly, but I just paid $12. Stock Suzuki is something like $40-$50. I used a lot of cheap electrical tape to keep my smashed turnsignals operable, before tackling this project.

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  10. thunder1200

    thunder1200 Been here awhile

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    I ran them on my Tiger too. I think some of the Buell lights come with longer stand-offs...but I may be mistaken. $18 for a set of 4? Close ... maybe $20.

    Go ahead and check out the other accessories that come with those lights when you test ride the whole bike. You may be happily surprised.
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  11. KTMRyder

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    Nice mod, I will definitely do this mod if I ever break my stockers.

    I am not too thrilled with the flush mounts either.:hide
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    Last I heard they were $6.25 each (a while ago). I put them on my old DRZ. I have a set in waiting for when I bust up the ones on my TE beyond repair (soon).
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    Since we are talking about turn signals I will show you my rear turn signal upgrade.
    since the stock signals aren't very bright and kind of hidden by my bags I decided to install the Shock Racing led signals lower and leave the stockers where they are.

    seems to be pretty bright and should help with rear visibility.
    that is a Hyperlite brake light just above the license plate.
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    maybe time to buy a dirtbike and have the best of both worlds.
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    swalterj Been here awhile

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    I think you should add a Ulysses to the Strom turn signals.

    :D
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    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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    :lol3
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    Is that the plastic exhaust guard hangin down there?

    edit--umm I didn't see the exhaust pipe at first---Nevermind

    heh
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    No plastic guard at all just a Staintune pipe.
    sounds good too!:evil
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  20. joefromsf

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    I've got 2 sets of wheels. For the street I run Michelin Anakees and for the dirt I run Continental TKC-80's which seem to be the only knobbies available to the big bikes.
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