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Isn't he cute!!! :lol: Saw a few other people who did this so I went out and got a dremmel :D :D :D (love new tools!) and went to work on it yesterday. I removed the whole fender from the bike to work with it and it went smoothly overall. The hardest part was getting the cut to look straight, but after some sanding it looked acceptable to me.

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I mounted the license on a piece of aluminum attached to a hinge with a spring to keep it up. I have ordered an actual spring hinge so I will be changing that when it comes in and using rivets to hold it on instead of bolts.

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I wanted to take pics during the process but the camera ran out of batteries. I can get a closer pic of the cut if anyone wants to see it, but it was pretty simple to do once you get started.
 

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Are lights for the plate not required in your state?

We here in WI, would have every local cop in hot pursuit. Otherwise good job.
 

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I was a little worried about the lights but I have since ridden in front of a cop at night for a few miles and rode by several others (some at night) and so far none have cared. If it becomes a problem there are several options I have looked at that will get it done.

I would like to see the rooster tail too! I probably won't though unless I look in the mirrors :D
 

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Think again - The large dorsal fin may have a use.

Call it ugly, but I like the "Peterbilt Mudguard" that comes stock on the V-Strom. To me, it's a safety item.

My Florida license plate now says "MyFlorida.com" where it used to say "Florida", but it is still green-on-white with a teeny orange and some dinky leaves in the middle. Nobody can read the "Florida" part.

When I go through Ontario or Vermont or Nova Scotia, people wonder where the dickens I am from, and they try to get close enough to me to see. Some, failing that, ask where I am from.

Enough is enough! I bought a large white oval sticker with "FL" in the middle of it. The mudguard and the sticker are the same width, so now perhaps the busybodies will not have to drive dangerously close to me to satisfy their curiosity. Of course, some will, but I sure hope some will not.

Anyway, if you wanted a beautiful bike, why did you buy a Dimetrodon?

Keith
 

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Call it ugly, but I like the "Peterbilt Mudguard" that comes stock on the V-Strom. To me, it's a safety item.
Word to that. Hey, the whole bike is ugly, but it's a safety item :)

(ducking...)

No seriously, after a few painful 500-600 mile days on previous bikes (below) I decided I do NOT care what my bike looks like as long as it's comfortable and safe. And fun. And doesn't cost as much as the new K1200GT...(sigh)


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What Mirrors?

Hay bigtallguy, What mirrors are you running, I like the looks of them??:confused:
 

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I have since replaced the ones in that pic. Those were some emgo scooter mirrors I got off denis kirk on accident, but I made them work with a hex head bolt. There is a thread somewhere with the part number if you're interested. I switched them because I got tired of the bolt, just didn't match to me.
 

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I've always wondered if the long dropdown rear fender on the Strom had a dual purpose. Of course the obvious, mud control, but I wonder if it could be a safety feature in the event of a car/truck bumping the rear tire at speed. Awhile back I had the misfortune of having a truck bump the rear tire on my KLR at around 15mph. The result was pretty scary, my bike did a nose dive and I almost was ejected over the front of the bike. I'm guessing the truck bumper hooked a knob on my rear tire, basically it felt like I slammed the rear brake on.

This is just a theory but I'm thinking if I had the dropdown fender like on the Strom and this happened (having something between the tire and this guys bumper) it may have prevented this from happening. I don't have aggressive tires on my Strom but if I did I'm guessing the tire would have a place to safely slide or spin against rather than snagging a bumper, since the dropdown fender is flexible and would move in towards the tire.

Some beemers have a type of rigid tire bumper attached to the swing arm to prevent contact with the rear tire from a car/truck. I think something like this would be a very useful safety device on the Strom. I know folks that have installed Huggers to keep their wheel wells clean but does anybody produce a rigid tire bumper like this for the Strom?

Dan
 

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I got hit from behind (on my '05 Vee) by a chick driving a compact car. I was moving across an intersection but she was going much faster than I was. The front end of her car climbed over the rear wheel on my bike and the lower cowl pinned my feet to the pegs. At the moment of impact, I went backwards and my upper back and helmet caved in the hood of her car. After that was recoil, where I was back on the seat but couldn't get off the bike. I couldn't step off. Then she decided to back up, and the bike fell over.

The bike was totaled. The fender . . . what fender? Oh yeah, that was the thing holding what was left of the sub-frame together.
 

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im still waiting for my strom too arrive in april,i keep seeing the keyslot in the back fender,is it to release the seat?does the bike have helmet locks? one or two?and where are they? thanx
 

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Yea, the one in the back is for the seat. There is a helmet lock on the left side on the 1000.
 
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