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Old July 12th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #11
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How do you take off the grab handles and still have the mounts for the bags?
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Old July 12th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #12
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Jokeshopbeard, My past Ducs were all red, but this is a nice change and I am really digging the white. Yours looks great! What's your highly recommended mods?
I think you've got the version with the charcoal canister (we don't have those here) so ditch that asap, and disconnect and/or remove the exhaust flapper valve.

Those two alone should make the bike a lot more 'rideable'.

If it's fun you're after, then I highly recommend a 14T front sprocket and an Akra (the noise is fucking sublime). I've found fitting a set of Michelin PR4's a vast improvement over the OEM tyres too.

When it comes to aesthetics, I recently fitted a tail tidy and integrated tail light, which has really worked wonders for clearing up the rear end.

And then, for sheer perfection, get in touch with kuksul (member here) and ask if he can make you up one of his lighting kits - they're fucking amazing.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 06:22 AM   #13
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Whoa - it's a real bonneville -that's a whole other story. Just keep the shifting/braking thing straight!
Definitely needs some getting used to, but can be done. I got MINI JCW with stick, Hyper, Bonnie, and planning to get a classic Mini with RH drive in near future. Imagine rewiring your brain when you ride all of them in a day!

Here she is.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 06:25 AM   #14
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Welcome to the club... hmm, 2014 white from Sac you say? I wonder if that was the demo bike @ A&S that I test rode before buying my 2015?
She came from the original owner who got the bike as a leftover deal. I think I got pretty good price, the bike was pristine (he didn't ride much and I could tell he was very meticulous with his toys), and got a year of warranty left. I think I did quite all right.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 06:28 AM   #15
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How do you take off the grab handles and still have the mounts for the bags?
That was the original owner's handy work. He cut the grab rail part off, sanded down, and refinished it. You'd think it's a factory job if you didn't know. That and the fender eliminator (bolt-on of course) were the only mods. I love what he did with the grab rail and I'll keep it, but I'll swap it with regular one for two-ups.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 06:58 AM   #16
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I think you've got the version with the charcoal canister (we don't have those here) so ditch that asap, and disconnect and/or remove the exhaust flapper valve.

Those two alone should make the bike a lot more 'rideable'.

If it's fun you're after, then I highly recommend a 14T front sprocket and an Akra (the noise is fucking sublime). I've found fitting a set of Michelin PR4's a vast improvement over the OEM tyres too.

When it comes to aesthetics, I recently fitted a tail tidy and integrated tail light, which has really worked wonders for clearing up the rear end.

And then, for sheer perfection, get in touch with kuksul (member here) and ask if he can make you up one of his lighting kits - they're fucking amazing.
All great suggestions. Will have to look into into charcoal canister and flapper valve. I had Termi slip-on (with race mapping) on Scrambler and LOVED the sound. The stock can is surprisingly good sounding on Hyper so I'll see. I've got carbon headlight fairing coming as well.

zippy49,
I usually ride only in dry weather (SF Bay Area doesn't get much of rain nowadays), but I'll have to think about longer touring when that happens.

monocog007,
Really good advice. Thank you. Yeah, looks like I better get a proper setup with supporting brackets.

I just couldn't let her sit in garage till weekend so I had a quick ride around town while running some errands. Can't wait to hit the twisties this weekend.



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Old July 13th, 2016, 11:00 AM   #17
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Definitely needs some getting used to, but can be done. I got MINI JCW with stick, Hyper, Bonnie, and planning to get a classic Mini with RH drive in near future. Imagine rewiring your brain when you ride all of them in a day!

Here she is.
Lovely bike. I've driven RHD on British roads, and it's easier than remembering which side the shifter is on my Velos. After all, you are sitting on the 'wrong' side...unless you forget and go the passenger side. Been there a few times!

I had a friend with a proper Mini Cooper 40+ years ago. I got to drive it, and have to say that it was a bit of a handful at speed. Super quick steering, a very short wheelbase, and 12 inch wheels...
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Old July 14th, 2016, 04:38 AM   #18
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I also drive a Mini, however it's just a R56 base model auto. Still scoots fine for me.
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