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It rained most of today, so I installed the OEM centerstand and the Koubalinks. The centerstand seems slightly more difficult to use now that the links are on, but that might be my imagination. I used the "bootlace technique" on the centerstand springs. It worked real well.

I also raised the fork, but I'm not sure that counts as a farkle since no parts were changed.

The new peg feeler on the left side makes the footpeg looked like a buck-fanged viper, so I decided to keep the original. I may install the new one later if I start cranking the lean angle more, but I don't think that will happen any time soon.

I couldn't quite flat foot the bike prior to adding the lowering links. Now I can get both heels down. I may well go back to the original configuration after I get some miles under my belt, but for now it's nice to feel a little more secure when stopped.

Next on the list are handlebar risers, and that should take care of the mandatory stuff. Then I can start thinking luggage and electrics. And poverty.

Tim
 

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Go for broke, buy everything you can. At least that was the x-wife's theory.
 

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Bunker said:
I may well go back to the original configuration after I get some miles under my belt, but for now it's nice to feel a little more secure when stopped.
Biggest thing on a high bike is to think about the angle of the pavement when you come to a stop. Is it higher on one side more then the other, etc. Put your foot down on the high side. I'm only 5' 9" (32" inseem) so this was a consideration for me too. I didn't want to lower my suspension if at all possible, so instead raised my forks .5" and cut out 5/8" off the seat height. This made a big diff and the balls of my feet are firmly on the ground now on level ground. And with a narrower seat (some foam cut from the sides), on most ground I can easily sit flat footed on one side without leaning far at all (almost upright).

Bunker said:
Next on the list are handlebar risers, and that should take care of the mandatory stuff. Then I can start thinking luggage and electrics. And poverty.
Tim
Tell me about it, I'm spending $$$ and I have no real luggage yet. :lol:

Beyond risers, think about new bars instead. Same price and you are getting stiffer bars in addition the higher bars, etc. you're probably looking for. For me that made more sense. The bars will have less "pull back" in most situations which may or may not be what you are also looking for. Do a search in the handlebars section first and think about that maybe.

I'd recommend Pro Taper SE ATV-High bars for you most likely. I have the "Mid" bars which are not as high as the "High" bars (but still more then stock) and have less "pull back" then the "Highs" but still more then the stock bars.

Have fun! Farkle it!
 

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Bunker said:
I used the "bootlace technique" on the centerstand springs. It worked real well.
What's the bootlace technique?

I've had good luck installing springs on stuff by slipping a thin piece of metal (like a quarter) between each loop of the spring. The 25-cent pieces expand the spring length which makes it easier to stretch to a distant attachment point.

If the spring is very long, you might need to take a wad of dollar bills to a change machine. :lol:
 

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afm956 said:
What's the bootlace technique?
See: http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=121176287561

Basically, you tie a bootlace around one of the rear spokes, run it forward to one of the spring hooks, then pull aft to stretch the spring into place. Kind of a rope and pulley setup. Repeat for the other spring.

I wrapped the free end of the lace (actually, I used nylon cord) around a screwdriver handle to make a T-handle to pull on.

Tim
 
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