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post #1 of 48 Old 07-14-2012, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all!

Signed all the papers on my 12 Wee Adventure yesterday, going to pick it up this afternoon!

I have been browsing for tips on first things to do and was feeling a bit overwhelmed... I love it!

Anyway, other than a center stand, can you all recommend things to look in to?

Whats up with the two different size boxes!?!?! I get that the left one fits a helmet, but WTF is it so far out for? Anything needed to be done for that? If not I am going to install some tool tubes in gap (or maybe park a VW Bug in there)
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post #2 of 48 Old 07-14-2012, 09:38 AM
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To balance out the right side because its offset due to the exhaust. Definately look into a skid plate or lower Cowling (depending on your use). There was a thread on here where some one hit road debris and took out the oil filter and cooler. Also from what I have read on the forums is that the factory crash bars are quite vibey... There are a few threads on how to fix it for about $5.

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To balance out the right side because its offset due to the exhaust. Definately look into a skid plate or lower Cowling (depending on your use). There was a thread on here where some one hit road debris and took out the oil filter and cooler. Also from what I have read on the forums is that the factory crash bars are quite vibey... There are a few threads on how to fix it for about $5.
Thanks for the info on the boxes! That is what I thought too because Suzuki is notorious for having really heavy mufflers (I had an SV1000S), was not sure though.

Vibey you say? Will get looking into that now. They did look a little unsupported where they cross in front of the engine.

Is there a suggested skid plate? I saw the Touratech one, the 2012 version does not relocate the oil cooler (previous years it does). Is the oil cooler in a different place then before? The one from Happy Trail seems like it would keep the oil cooler from doing it's job, but if the 12 is moved, then that is okay I guess.... ACK!
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The Glee uses a heat exchanger, #1, behind the oil filter to transfer heat between oil and coolant. It hastens warm up and stabilizes oil temperature as well as removing the more vulnerable oil cooler.


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SWEETNESS! Thanks Greywolf!!

Any thoughts on which plate to use since the oil cooler is not a problem? I like the Touratech design, not so much on the price tag. Also, since I don't get to lay hands on my bike for 4 more hours (where is my time machine?!?!:mad I don't know if that will cover all the tender bits.

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I don't use a skid plate myself being a pavement rider only.

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Engrave the the "clutch switch plug" diagnostic on your frontal lobes. It'll save you a huge amount of grief, just as did for me; I was already planning out calling a tow truck, getting the bike to the dealer, logistics... and then got smart and looked at Stromtrooper.

Symptoms: bike won't start, headlight dims when you try to start, panel is fine, battery is fine, start/stop switch is fine.
Solution: push in the tiny little plug by the base of the clutch lever till the little bugger clicks into place.

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I don't use a skid plate myself being a pavement rider only.
I am mostly pavement, there are a ton of gravel roads around here that make me fear damage of... is there anything down there for rock damage? Exhaust pipe and rubber hoses?
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Welcome to the " Adventure". Your gonna love it. The first thing you want to do is put on "STUFF'. And I mean all the stuff you can, the more stuff the better. Seriously though, ride it a while. She will speak to you, and then you will know. Ride Safe

just give it a little gas, it will be ok !!!
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Welcome to the " Adventure". Your gonna love it. The first thing you want to do is put on "STUFF'. And I mean all the stuff you can, the more stuff the better. Seriously though, ride it a while. She will speak to you, and then you will know. Ride Safe
I like the thought... sometime the speaking comes in a scream like "OMG WTF were you thinking you should have bought a protector for that !!!" LOL
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