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post #1 of 4 Old 10-23-2006, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Yayyy! I Rode My Bike To Work Today!

Well, it's been a long and ansty summer not having my bike. I got it fired up yesterday for the first time and I just had to take it for a spin! I had made so many modifications during this whole summer I had the bike apart. Some of which were getting an 18" Front Wheel, Pro Tapers, Euro Turn Signal Switch, Mondo Huge Brake Rotor, Stainless Steel Brake Lines and some other stuff.

Anyway, not having ridden the bike for so long, just riding it felt different. I wish I was able to get a back to back ride between mods to see how much of an improvement, if any there was with the upgrades.

The 18" Wheel kicks all kinds of arse. The bike feels more planted in the turns and you get more of a solid feel up front. It's definately harder to explain. You have to feel it.

The 320mm brake rotor feels solid and substantial. Coupled with the Stainless Steel Brake Lines, stopping power will not be anything you'll hear me complain about anymore.

I really didn't notice much difference in handlebar vibes with the Pro Tapers... but then again, I never really had a problem with the vibration to begin with. I was just under the false impression that based on everyone else's rave review of the bar that somehow the bike would feel like a smooth V-8. This wasn't the case, but you can get a feel of the bike better with the Pro Tapers. When gripping the handlebars, you can tell there's something there more substantial. They are definately stronger than stock. But magic pill for reducing vibes they are not. I'll mix up some Silicone I've got laying around and pour it down the bars, but it's not a high priority.

The turn signal switch should be on everyone's Christmas list this year. I don't know why this unit doesn't already come on the bike. Just plugs right in, and has no downside to it at all. Other than "Push to Cancel" had me flummoxed for quite awhile. Because you "Push" the slider to either the left of right to activate the blinkers. So, in my thinking you just "Push" again in any direction and it should cancel. Well, it wasn't working and on my first test ride I ended up just riding the whole way with the blinker on becuase I couldn't figure it out. I thought maybe it had something to do with some LEDs I installed, or the wiring was messed up. Turns out that "Push" also means "Push In" to cancel... ops: The slider goes from left to right... and also "In" when you want to cancel the blinking. Very cool. Buy one... very well made unit.

I got some other stuff, but I can't recall off the top of my head what it was, but right now I think I've got some timing issues to work out, and some additional wiring to finish. But the main thing is, "I'M RIDING AGAIN!!!"
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-23-2006, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Uhh... it kinda looks like a Rat Bike at the moment. ops: I'll post pics of some of the highlights, I guess.
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