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post #41 of 87 Old 04-29-2011, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well i got a few more things ticked off the list yesterday

First job of the day was to replace the headstem bearings with tapered rollers, as i needed to pull the complete front end off the bike i decided to also install a Galfer SS brake line kit that i bought from Blair.



Install of the full SS brake lines..



As you can see from the photo, the fitment of the 2 lines to the ABS modulator were less than satisfactory, i mucked around for about 3 hours with getting the lines fitted where they did not foul anything, finally i gave up and re installed the factory rubber lines

Next part of the day was spent trying to figure out how to adapt the CF BMW GS1200 front guard to the strom. When i saw the pics of the guard, i pictured simply bolting it to the fork brace, unfortunately it wasn't quite that simple. The mating surface was irregular so i had to cut the guard then fabricate up an alloy adapter out of 3mm alloy plate (actually a mate did this as i am useless making stuff)

As you can see we used a stack of washers under the adapter, once we have ascertained the correct length of spacer required, we will cut some tube the correct length and ditch the washers. We drilled and tapped the front of the adapter and used button head bolts to fit it to the front of the guard, the rear bolts go through the adapter and screw into the brace that we drilled and tapped.



Here is the guard dummied up on the bike, i just need to refine the angle of the guard, then it will be disassembled and the adapter will be painted and the install dressed up a bit.



I am very happy with the look, i think the final plan is coming together.

I have been trying to decide what to do about the lights, i have considered mounting projectors in the buell headlight, or even using a buell fairing to suit the projectors and ditch the XB headlight unit After the SS brake line issue, i have decided to keep it simple, cost have been getting out of hand as i usually have the attitude of lets do it properly. i should have just bought the longer front m/cyl brake line, so with ths new found wisdom, i have ordered a H4 conversion relay kit from Eastern Beaver and i will simply use the standard H1 lamps from the Buell XB headlight.

For some stupid reason i decided to add up all my expenses last week, it came to a grand total of about $2,600. I still have about $500-$600 to spend. So all up, it is looking like all the mods will run out to $3K. A little more than i hoped, but i have bought a lot of very nice stuff. So i am happy with what the bike will owe me finished, still way cheaper than any other option out there.

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post #42 of 87 Old 04-30-2011, 09:04 AM
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Wow, Stevie,

that's a lot of mods for an essentially brand new bike.

sorry to hear the galfer front wont fit properly - did u call Blair- i assume u bought it from him)? It is not very clear from the pic - it didnt look that bad - seem like just a mismatch with original retainer - are they rubbing on anything else? My stock K8 650ABS came with s/s line from calipers to splitter factory. I have been keeping an eye on these full s/s lines as one days the remaining rubber lines would need to be changed.

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post #43 of 87 Old 05-02-2011, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Today's journey..

Final job for the day was to install the Ride It billet shorty levers. Easy install but one problem emerged, the clutch lever although sold to suit the strom, didn't have the tab to close the starting safety switch. It will be a simple enough solution of bypassing the switch.


On ADV it was mentioned that simply bypassing the safety switch would cause problems as the ECU will retard the ignition when the switch is open

I have been speaking with Tim from RideIt levers about the problem i had with the safety switch, we have been going through all the data we both had and he thinks he has a solution, so he is shipping me a replacement lever. I am very impressed with their customer service

Once the new lever arrives i'll post up the results so anyone else considering this mod will have all the info they need.

No pics of today's efforts yet, the front guard is finalised, spacers have been made and adapter is now black. The PC8 is mounted (sort of) well the location is settled, now all i need to do is make a bracket.

I have bought a cool stainless steel bracket from eBay, due to the no links policy i can't provide a link, but if you are interested search for item 190398793842

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Wow, Stevie,

that's a lot of mods for an essentially brand new bike.

sorry to hear the galfer front wont fit properly - did u call Blair- i assume u bought it from him)? It is not very clear from the pic - it didnt look that bad - seem like just a mismatch with original retainer - are they rubbing on anything else? My stock K8 650ABS came with s/s line from calipers to splitter factory. I have been keeping an eye on these full s/s lines as one days the remaining rubber lines would need to be changed.
Hi Ace,

Yup, things have got slightly out of control, they may have even got worse as i am probably going to buy one of the Cogent Dynamics rear shocks

The problem was purely not being able to retain the lines, all these mods are hopefully to make the bike as bulletproof as possible, rubbing brake lines don't fit the brief. I did buy them from Blair, but there is nothing he can do so there was no point in contacting him. Yeah my lines to the calipers are SS as well, if i had my time again, i would have simply ordered the longer m/cyl line. I have been in the mode of thinking whilst the bike is stripped back so much, i may as well do as much as possible.

If anyone want's to buy some SS lines PM me

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post #45 of 87 Old 05-02-2011, 09:52 AM
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Hi Ace,

Yup, things have got slightly out of control, they may have even got worse as ....... I have been in the mode of thinking whilst the bike is stripped back so much, i may as well do as much as possible.
I know how u feel, been there done that..... my wife had many go(s) at me stripping a perfectly good bike and take forever to put it all back...

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My Ride-It lever would not activate the clutch switch in position one but works with all the others. The 2007 and later 650s don't like bypassing the clutch switch. Earlier 650s and all 1000s run okay with it though.

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RPO, love the mods. That front guard looks great!
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I just don't get it Guys, if you don'like the look of the Strom, why buy one? My Hubby bought a Kawazaki Versys and when I look at some of the mods done to the V-Stroms on this forum, I wonder why they just didn't buy a Versys!
Maybe it's 'cause I'm a woman that I just don't get it.
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post #49 of 87 Old 05-06-2011, 09:23 AM
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suzi66,I think I can see where Steve is going,the only other options are single pot 650's, so you get the SV twin,best bang for buck bike out there,spend 3 large and at maybe 13g all up you have just what you want which you cannot find on the showroom floor,I like what's going on with this project,Stuart Appleby the Ausie golfer knocked the roof off a Merc and turned it into a ute,not many 300SL utes out there
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Like the rest of you guys, I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.
maybe I'm just a purist at heart
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