Review: Highway Dirtbikes "big bike" kit for the 950.

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by Geek, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    So I got some time in the garage tonight and finished everything up :evil

    I don't have time to finish this report tonight but hopefully tomorrow or the next day I will.

    It looks brilliant. Very happy.

    Here's a teaser:
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  2. Holaday

    Holaday Man of Leisure

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    Looks great!! I like the black anodizing. :D
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  3. Pete640

    Pete640 Long timer

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    Get out and go for a ride geek - I'd like to hear if they reduce the turbulence that the stock screen arrangement causes. Me thinks the mirrors are partners in crime. Otherwise - great write up and farkles. Might be investing shortly.

    Pete:1drink
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  4. Geek

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    Snow scheduled today but Saturday's forecast is looking great. I'll get out and snap some pics and make some observations about if there is any effect. I'll be sure and wear the same helmet I just rode the bike 1700 miles with so it'll be a direct comparison.
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  5. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    All looks very slick.

    Shame they werent around 18 months ago.

    BTW, regarding Blackdog skidplate - just put the 950 on the sidestand. Comes all the way down.
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  6. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Hmmm I wonder if they work with the Emig Racing triple clamps. Looks great, love to give them a try. I need a new set of hand guards.
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  7. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    Contact Paul- I'm pretty sure he has a clamp that works with the Emig stuff.

    You NEED these, Steve. :evil :lol3
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  8. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Hey Duke, just finished sending them an email.

    There are lots of things I need, but do I REALLY need these?
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  9. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer Supporter

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    Geek,

    I may need to get with you and Paul in the future. I really like this stuff. :thumb

    Marc
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  10. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    Wisdom of the Forum (tm) strongly recommends that you do not put one-way breathers on your 950 tank vents, but rather simple open vents.

    It's all explained in the www.ktm950.info flapendectomy post...
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  11. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    A bit off topic, but since you asked about tank venting...

    If they have not already retrofitted a "tank balance tube" between the two tanks that one of the TSB's called for, don't let them do it!!

    It's unnecessary with proper tank venting, and is done in a completely half assed way. They drill holes into your tanks, then stick in expanding rubber plug/nipples with a piece of hose connecting the two tanks together. Not pretty, not necessary, not reliable.

    This is one of the holes you don't want them to drill (not my picture)
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    This is the balance tube they put between the two holes... (not my thumb either, thankfully :eek1 )
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    If they have already butchered your tanks, I recommend removing the balance tube and repairing the tank holes. I used JB Water Weld Putty to fix mine.
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  12. Geek

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    Is there anywhere else those holes could be or are they always in that location.. if so looking at this photo of my bike when I had it apart on the side of the road in Alabama... it doesn't look like I have those holes?

    I'll make sure I don't let anyone do it when I have a TSA check.

    (and yeah.. I gotta find a new unifilter :D )

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  13. Yellow Pig

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    Make sure you check the chain slider bolts and lock tight them. That was a major TSb and several people had some close calls when it came loose and blocked the chain.
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  14. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    You (thankfully) have an un-butchered tank. And a "high-altitude modified" prefilter!:rofl
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  15. Geek

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    ok.. finally have time to finish this up (and got to ride it today for 6 hours :ricky ).


    When I last posted assembly pics I was threading the bar ends...

    I used red loctite on the threaded inserts and then blue loctite on the hand guard's bolts.

    Bolted up the guard and then mounted the mirror in the guard
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    put the shield on
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    Got the powerlet wired up and the heated grip controller installed
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    Got the remote control perch mounted and removed the switches (didn't have time to wire them up yet so I put the plugs in for now)
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    et Voila!
    (sorry for crappy iphone pics)

    I really like how it cleans the bike up. Not only do the mirrors work great but the bike looks so much cleaner without the "big mirror stalks". Personal preference and I'm very happy with the overall appearance. :thumb

    Lots of random pics of what the bike looks like mirrors in and out:

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    ...and the clean lines of the bike with the HDB mirrors are really exaggerated in this photo when you compare with d-trains bike because he has the tall mirror stalks with a short windscreen

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    How do they work?

    GREAT. But I already knew that because I have had them for a year on my Husqvarna. The mirrors being out past your hands/elbows gives you an unobstructed view behind you and they have "just a hint" of convex to them so that you have a wide clear view.

    ...and of course you can tuck them away when offroad.. but even if you don't and you drop the bike they'll fold up out of harms way on their own :thumb

    I am very pleased with the location of the powerlet. Very convenient on the riser.. and the remote for my tunes is so much easier to reach mounted on the bars instead of having to lean/reach forward to the dashboard.

    I'm also happy with the length of riser I installed (the smaller of the two - still 1" taller than stock). I'm comfortable sitting down and standing up my elbows are loose and comfortable. I'm 6' tall and have fairly long arms. I don't know that I'd like the taller ones as much as when sitting my hands would be higher up and blood flow could be an issue.

    That's my review.

    I hope it has helped some of you decide whether this is a product you'd like or not.

    cheers,
    Edward

    p.s. Someone asked is there "less turbulence" without the mirrors. I think there is, yes, but no, it doesn't solve the "turbulence problem". If you wanna experience the wind-noise difference, take your mirrors off and go for a ride... :freaky

    Q.E.D.
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  16. Geek

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    For the person who asked "where are the other bikes" - they are in the other garage :ksteve

    My "workshop garage" gets too crowded to work :patch

    Tomorrow's job is to install HDB handguards on the DR350 for my girl. :thumb

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  17. plumbtired

    plumbtired plunging into the farkle

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    I got my order today:clap, just 1 prob. The stock Neken bars (08 990A) won't fit the new guards.
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  18. Geek

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    I have no idea.. I thought my bars were stock? :dunno

    My bars even have the holes in them that key in the switch gear.
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  19. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    Looking sweet Edward! Up for another 950 ride this weekend? :evil
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  20. Hayduke

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    Worked perfectly with my stock bars. :dunno
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