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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-11-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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All right folks, 'tis the season and being that it is my first year having my bike wanted to know "If you could get one thing for your bike this year, ANYTHING, what would it be?"

For me I think it would be stainless braid for finishing the look of my brake lines, clutch cable, spedo cable, ect...

So, what will it be?
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I'v thought about this a long time actualy. Even talked to my wife. I realy like haveing an almost stock bike. But the one thing I would want, its a toss up between engine gaurds with highway pegs, and a taller sissy bar. Yes I already have the extenshon but I'm talkin another 12" slanted back at a 75 or 80 degrees. That would be a hard choice for me to pick just one.

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A real virgin to ride on the pillion??

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I think I would choose headlight and brakelight modulators, with additional lighting at the back such as a LED surrounded license plate frame, and a high mount brake light on the back of the toolbox.

Then for my birthday in April, I would add a pair of 20 watt driving lights and a Stebel Nautilus compact air horn paired with a Fiamm Lo-tone Freeway blaster, to make my presence known to inattentive drivers to the front and sides of me.

The stock horns can only be heard by nearby dogs, IMO.

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I actualy and happy with the bike, I just wish I had more gear...

A nice set of armored and lined pants for colder weather would be great. I have a nice set of mesh pants, but no winter pants. I recently discovered that my long time leather pants just do not fit me the same anymore, and althought they were heavy leather, they did lack armor or padding.

Be nice if they would zip to my Fieldsheer jacket.

A nice pair of "touring" boots would be appreciated under the tree. Waterproof ones of course.


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I think I would choose headlight and brakelight modulators, with additional lighting at the back such as a LED surrounded license plate frame, and a high mount brake light on the back of the toolbox.

OlHoss, I was thinking about trying to get this working for additional lighting on the back of the bike. Taking (1) 9" strip and pairing it up with each blinker. Maybe even replacing the original signals. I was thinking about somehow stretching it out to the saddlebags. Don't have all the details yet. Just a thought at this moment.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=98408


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I want Santa to install all the stuff I've accumulated (hard bags, tail light relocation bracket, Fiamm horns, petcock rebuild parts, etc., etc.) but haven't put on 'cause I'd rather spend the time riding.

Oh, and rebuild the engine on my '87 project bike. That should do it.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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OlHoss, I was thinking about trying to get this working for additional lighting on the back of the bike. Taking (1) 9" strip and pairing it up with each blinker. Maybe even replacing the original signals. I was thinking about somehow stretching it out to the saddlebags. Don't have all the details yet. Just a thought at this moment.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=98408
Anything to get more light at the back is a good thing IMHO. If/when I get some hard bags to hang some lights on, they will be LEDs of some sort.

About May of 2008 when I bought my bike, the Princess Auto surplus section had some adhesive strips of 6 or 8 LEDs for the back of a helmet, that were powered by 3 little button batteries, IIRC. There was a transmitter which you spliced into the brake light wire running under the seat, that signalled the LEDs to come on when the brakes were applied. A sort of High Mount brake light.

They had hundreds of them for about 2 bucks apiece. I tried a couple of them, but I only got them to blink once or twice, and they died. The replacement batteries cost several times what I paid for the lights, so I just returned the LED strips. I like the concept though.

The high visibility of extra lights, reflectors, bright colored clothing, helmet and machine are all a good idea, and will probably attract the attention of 75 to 90% of the other riders and drivers on the road. However the only protection we have for the last 10 to 25% who are on the phone, tuning in the radio, eating, putting on makeup, can`t see through an old cracked, sandblasted windshield or are drunk or stoned, etc., is to be aware, keep your head on a swivel and have an escape route planned and the skill to use it.

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Purchased May 16, 2008
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H-D windshield
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MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15


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a sport tourer to replace it ,just being honest,I still like the 750 but looking for something more interesting




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I'll settle for a charging system that works.
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