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Thinking outside the box...Post your Farkels!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HighTechCoonass, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    It's a good luck bell. It has to be given to you for luck. You see them mostly on HD, but lots of others have them too.

    Jim :brow
  2. Squeaky

    Squeaky A Few Loose Screws...

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    I've always heard it called a Gremlin bell - to ward off the bike gremlins. I was given one last year by a friend and it's got a rose and "Lady Biker" on it. One of the coolest gifts you can get. :thumb
  3. ducwad

    ducwad Livin' the dash

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    We put bells on our horses and mtn bikes out here to warn the cougars & bears we are coming. Being kodiakfrank I thought it might be something more interesting. Oh well.:rofl
  4. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    That's a gremlin bell givin to me by my neice. I guess the ringing drives the gremlins crazy so they fall off the bike... thereby protecting you from harm.:deal
  5. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    Those are not swivel joints, they are support tie-ins for the actual light bar. The light bar itself is a one piece unit (welded at the angles) the entire width.
    I made the extra supports because I didn't feel the bolts under the beak were sufficent to stop movement or prevent failure. The aft bolt of the tie-ins attach to the frame where the turn signals normally attach.

    The bar was designed to hold four lights of similar size (top driving lights/bottom fog lights). I found that I really don't need the fogs so I may trim the bar accordingly... or maybe I'll move the turnsignals and put the fogs on anyway.
  6. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    I'd need a really big bell...




















    to crawl under.
    :lol3
  7. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I got nothin'. Made this for my DR650.

    Start
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    Cut a piece of .190" aluminum
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    U-bolt it onto existing rack
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  8. torags

    torags Long timer

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    Do you get a "spoiler" effect at speed?
  9. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    I made these for my Ortlieb soft bags. I also made a top rack extension to hold a duffel bag.

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  10. CODIY

    CODIY Adventurer

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    I'll start with the convert... I have an07 F650GS. Apparently BMW changed the weld of the foot to the sidestand from the previous years, because the TT fat foot does not fit on the 07. I spoke to TT, and they were very nice about it, and surprised the the weld had changed. They allowed me to return the foot I bought, but I decided that I liked their basic design, so I just fabbed a new top plate to fit.
    Here it is installed:
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    Here is how the original doesn't fit:
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    And here are the component pieces. The plate on the bottom right is the original top plate:
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    Here it is before installation next to the original top plate. The pencil shading is my estimate of how much material I would have had to remove in order to make it fit. (this was the initial suggestion from TT, but that was before I supplied pictures):
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    Next would be my auxiliary fuse box mount, which I put in the tailbox:
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    A quick explaination of that can be found on this post:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=311572&page=2

    And the current project that is almost finished is a first aid kit and bracket. I had the sticker made from reflective vinyl as I plan to mount this on the back of my left Caribou side case. As you can see, it's a Pelican as well. Gotta love those cases! I plan to install it on the bike as soon as Lowes has the bolts and rubber washers I need (they were out yesterday!). The case is held on with two snap buckled straps. I am thinking of making a similar set-up for tools at some point, but maybe with a lock. I figured that I didn't want the first aid kit locked in case some one should need it. If it gets stolen I'll be bummed, but at least the hard part is already done and I'd just need to buy a new case and supplies.
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    That's about all for now, until my bank account builds up and I can "justify" something new.

    Keith
  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Nice work Keith!:thumb

    Jim :brow
  12. CODIY

    CODIY Adventurer

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    thanks Jim. I feel like not enough F650 owners post on this site, so I am trying to do my part ;)
  13. pfestus1

    pfestus1 Slash 5er

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    I was thinking about gettin one of those Kolpin fuel tanks and see if there is a convenient way for me to carry one on my R12GS next year on my Alaska trip. I'm wondering if it'd fit in place of the passenger seat, in front of the stock rack and Vario trunk and allow me to stack gear on top of it?
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    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta? Supporter

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