The Parsimonious Africa Twin Farkler; or cheap-ass ways I saved nearly $9000

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by chinook1, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    The tail bag plate was made in California which is cool.American company making a good product for a reasonable price.
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  2. chinook1

    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Color me intrigued. I have a good home and shitty oem forks...
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    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    You win! I've thought about that same concept but with little bitty bags. Photos?
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    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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  5. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    PM replied!
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  6. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    these are not stupid cheap, but work great. Center the weight down low.
    https://www.lomo.co.uk/acatalog/motorcycle-crash-bar-dry-bags.html#SID=83

    they worked a treat on the IDBDR this year. Highly recommended.
    They got the really heavy stuff, that sat in the tank bag. 3L of water, camera (will need a better spot for that next year), chain lube, and some odd ball things like gloves.
    Their soft bags are the cats vagina!
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    Kiwi Canuck Been here awhile

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    I spied a SW Motech Center Stand, that was not stock, so add that to your list. :-)

    I too have been shocked by prices of some items, it seems outrageous until you try to make that simple little item yourself.

    As an owner of a pretty good amount of equipment including a well equipped Lathe, Knee Mill and Mig Welding kit, I should be able to knock off almost anything.

    An example, just to make a couple of brackets to hold a pair of LED lights, I needed to go buy some aluminum angle and then spend 3 hours in the shop to make something I could have bought for around $70.00.

    Wow I really saved a lot, NOT.

    Actually it probably cost me $200 to make those, factoring everything including the costs of fuel, materials, machine costs, tooling etc, not factoring in my lost labour, if I was "working" instead of "saving money".

    Reminds me of this skit by Russel Peters on being cheap.



    David.
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  8. chinook1

    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    @canuck. I missed that center stand entirely! I thought it was stock! Thanks!

    Point very well taken on the time and materials to make something that seems simple. I've definitely wasted hours on seemingly small projects. My wife constantly points out that if I billed out my hours of internet sleuthing I could buy whatever I wanted 10x over.
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    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I've been intrigued by the Lomo bags too. Looks like you were down in my neck of the woods for the IDBDR run. Got a ride report? Did you do the whole thing?
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  10. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    No ride report. In short it was pretty awesome. Went north to South. Didn't make it all the way due to some bent rims, and technical issues (bear spray blow up in a saddle bag). We ended up NE of Boise.
    Pics here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGvZXhT
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  11. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    too funny. The phone numbers were funniest.
    Agreed on the make it your own. I have the mechanical ability of a drunk chimp, but I know my limits. If I can't think of how to make it...ebay it is!
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  12. mentolio

    mentolio King of the island of unwanted toys...

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    Greg the Pole: cool pics, looks like you had a great time!
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  13. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    thank you sir, yes it was!
    The best were the drunk pictures!
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    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    yeah...but if you're not looking for cheap stuff on the internets...then you have time for other stuff...like getting into trouble...idle hands are devil play things..

    btw..I forgot to add to your el cheapo list (price in Canadian pesos):
    -Adjustable levers from china. Less than $35
    -Footsie extension knock off. $20. One of the screws came out. I drilled the whole thing, right through the side stand, and its good to go
    -Givi shortie screen. It's a copy of the touratech shield for 3rd of the price
    -LEDs. Again, flea bay chinesium. 10w items with yellow film on them. Been great. Including the mounts, they were $40 to my door.Getting replaced with slightly brighter, 2 by 2 Chinesium knockoffs. Those are $42 including mounts
    -Aftermarket pipe. I had a staintune left over from my super tenere. Had a buddy weld up to fit, and cut a skookum custom bracket for the hanger. Less than $50
    -LED blinkers.. Yep...fell on my ass early this year, and the bike hit the ground pretty hard. Broke the left turn signal, but luckily nothing else. I wanted to get rid of the hideous things eventually anyways.
    I'm currently screwing around with getting the right resistors to slow down the flash rate. $15 for the signals, abooot $24 for four resistors. May only need two in the end.
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    will think of what other hacks I have done to the AT..but the above is the cheap end of things.
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    chinook1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well you had to save up for that expensive front end...
    I can't even articulate how much I loath the stock blinkers, especially seeing the sexy ones the Europeans get.
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  16. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    I didn't save for it. I was fed up, so just you know...pull out the master card...priceless. except when you have to pay for it.
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    Not an Africa Twin, however, this is what I did for side cases on my Super Tenere. Two 20 MM Navy ammo cans, 25 bucks each off the bay, sand blasted and painted with truck bed liner paint. Some one inch strap from Lowes, two piano hinges and some inch aluminum bar, center drilled to accept a metric stud to fit into the pillion hand hold mounting points. Racer side case racks 003.JPG side case racks 007.JPG side case racks 006.JPG side case racks 013.JPG finished panniers 005.JPG
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  18. Junglejeff1

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    Thank you,that is dirt cheap compared to what I have and they carry more.
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  19. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    That not a klr650 lol.
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  20. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    they stood up well Jeff. and the crash bar bags are damn handy too.
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