Right, first up, the cheap stuff. Apologies for the crap pics. Had my phone in the garage. I’ll post up some decent pics eventually. You’ll get the gist of it.
Fork shield deflector.
I rode a buddy’s AT last year with a TT shortie, and a fork shield deflector that he made at home. No turbulence, no funny business. Had to build one. Went out and got some 1/8″ black puck board. After many failed attempts,
I finally drew a shield to scale on some 11*17 engineering paper, cut out a shield that actually fit, and we were off to the races. Went to my local bolt place, procured some not so flashy, but functional bolts, and slapped it on the bike. Job done.
It took a bit to get it right, but I got it done. On the plus side, a few versions were gifted to buddies with ATs, and I still have a boat load of puck board left over. Ride report to follow.
Rox fender riser kit.
Ordered the kit on a recommendation. Well made, easy to follow instructions. Sprung for a t-shirt as well. Install was straight forward. Pretty sure I broke a couple of the small tabs on the black parts of the fender. Oh well.
I bought this pipe used off fleabay. Got it modded to fit my tenere (see staintune blog post here: https://thetenerist.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/rear-shaft-drive-seal-replacement-and-staintune-pipe/
Since I sold the ST, this had to go on the AT. My buddy Richie, got to work, cut/fit, welded the staintune to fit the AT. All in, it cost me 1/10th of new. Staintune pipes are not cheap, but they last.
Tractive rear shock.
Got this http://www.beemershop.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=402-5870 ordered up from Ted and Jeff at the Beemershop in California. http://www.beemershop.com/
Not cheap, but that’s why its called a shock!
OEM shock went out without too much fuss. To make the removal easier, remove the hand wheel, and raise the rear wheel to maximum. No need to remove the wheel or swing arm, as per below.
Also, when removing the shock, keep in mind that the top bolt is slightly longer than the bottom one, mark them accordingly, or else they will not work when interchanged.
Tractive shock went in with no fuss. Interestingly the shaft is 2mm larger in diameter than the OEM swinger. Side by side shot:
I have to change the spring in the shock. We originally spec’d a 100Nm spring, but the shock showed up with a 90Nm spring. I’m currently at max preload to get static and rider sag. I’m working with Jeff to get things sorted out. Additionally, I either lied about my dressed weight, or gainded a few lb’s as I’m 13LB heavier than originally advertised.
Stand by for more updates.