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Online Ianmc

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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8400 on: July 10, 2018, 20:21:26 »
Took the front sprocket cover off,saw that the sprocket is just showing signs of wear after 14,000 mls.Took the sprocket off and turned it around to equalise the wear.If it does another 14K.I will be happy.
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8401 on: July 12, 2018, 06:56:19 »
While cleaning the chain last night I noticed about a millimetres play on the drive side of the rear wheel.  Not a big problem if I was at home but I'm in Dornie Scotland.  Hopefully it'll hang together the next 3 days and 500 mile to home.  Fingers, toes and everything else crossed too !

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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8402 on: July 13, 2018, 10:11:23 »
Porter: Hmm, assuming the rear is torqued up correctly I'd be thinking cushdrive rubbers need replacing (simple job). Good look on your tour, just got back from Scotland (again) myself.
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8403 on: July 13, 2018, 21:47:04 »
Thanks.  Its got no worse the last two days and I'm off home tomorrow so hopefully it'll hang in there one more day! 

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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8404 on: July 15, 2018, 20:49:43 »
Had two near misses recently, with cars pulling out and braking at the last moment... So I decided to fit some extra lights to be seen.

So I bought some very bright Cree LED units off eBay, designed and 3D printed some 3 axis mounts to suit my Givi engine bars. Wired everything in this afternoon, switch on the handlebars, relay off the ignition and Hello presto! Miss me now you blind bats  :icon_batterup:
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8405 on: July 15, 2018, 20:55:41 »
Those brackets look excellent! I love it when people make well made bits for their bikes at home. Well done!
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8406 on: July 15, 2018, 21:30:23 »
Thanks tallpaul. There are some great lights on eBay but the brackets are shocking... At least these fit, adjust and by luck match the colour of my bike  :)
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8407 on: July 16, 2018, 16:45:23 »
Those look just the job  :thumb:

I’ll be after some LED lights soon, which model did you order off eBay? Would you be interested in selling some more of your home made brackets ?

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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8408 on: July 16, 2018, 19:17:53 »
https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/2X-12V-60V-Universal-Motorcycle-Motorbike-LED-Front-Spot-Light-Headlight-Lamp-HD/142357782981?epid=794168765&hash=item21252f61c5%3Ag%3Apb4AAOSwxupbFfqH&_mwBanner=1&_nkw=Motorbike+led+spot+lights&rt=nc

Possibly the cheapest LED lights on Ebay, but actually not badly made. The main body which acts as a heat sink is an aluminum extrusion. The lens unscrews, so my advice would be to silicone the lens cap and the internal bore where the wires come out. Once sealed they feel very robust and look far more expensive than they are.

It may be a bit premature to make more brackets just yet. I have only covered a few hundred miles, although solid I would like to run them for a week or so (so another 600 miles), see how they are and if needs be make any mods. The printer takes about 8 hours to run off a pair, so if all good I can make some next week  :text-woo:
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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8409 on: July 16, 2018, 22:28:30 »
Yesterday I went on Ride of Honour 2018 from Squires Café to Withernsea by back roads. Good day out, albeit it was far too hot - not so bad at speed, but no good in slow traffic (the Glee temperature gauge showed an optimistic(?) 32°C at one point).

Not as many bikes there this year - I think it was the lowest number I've seen in the 8 years it's been running, maybe down to the World Cup Final or Wimbledon final?
I did see one orange Wee/Vee but didn't get chance to say hello.

Here's some pictures:
The bottom one is my brother's bike - had a quick run on it along the M62 - not too bad but I won't be trading the Glee which is far more comfortable over distance (3 fuel ups on the run out - the Glee did it all on one tank and still has fuel to spare)

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Re: What have you done with your V-Strom today?
« Reply #8410 on: July 16, 2018, 23:45:15 »
Thanks for the link to the lights Graingerblaze, bargain ! Good tip about sealing them too. No rush for the brackets, my Strom is still in the Suzuki shop, picking her up at the weekend . Let us know how you get on with them, thanks again  :thumb: