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    The Motorcycle Modifications Thread

    Thought Iíd start a thread and see where it goes...

    Today I fitted the following to my Bobber..

    Started off with paddock stand bobbins..




    Then I moved onto a battery charging point... dead easy on the triumph as itís all pre wired for the kit.






    Next came my new quilted seat.




    And finally my new swing arm saddle bag

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    Impressive, both of you.
    Don't take my silence for agreement. I've just realised you're too stupid to argue with.

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    One of my GPz750s; it started off looking like this



    It currently looks like this.



    Next job is this front and rear end; 17Ē wheels for more modern rubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundrush View Post
    Most of mine end up modified to some extent, some more than others.

    1956 Tribsa scrambler. Basically a BSA B31 with a 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 motor, alloy bits and bobs. All period correct but never came out of any factory looking like this.



    GSXR600K4 track bike. 750 motor, Ohlins, K-Tech, assorted Harris stuff, Vortex engine casings, track bodywork, power commander. Cracking bike.



    2007 Ducati 1098S. Carbon everything and other assorted sparkly bits. A complete missile.



    Almost a motorcycle. Caterham 7. All steel full rally spec engine. close ratio box, LSD, more bits done than I can possibly list. This is a pretty special car.

    I think the theme here is , don’t judge it by first impression, otherwise you will be wasted!

    Great selection of toys to cover all options from mud plugging to blasting , Im envious

    Steve

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    arrow exhausts
    k+n filter
    custom mapped
    bar end mirrors
    back/front brake reservoirs
    white rim tape
    r+g frame sliders
    evotech tail tidy
    grab rail
    mini back lights
    rear wheel finishers
    smoked fly screen (currently off)
    bar end finishers

    ..... prolly some more stuff i forgot about

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    The two most modified.........................

    My 2006 50th Anniversary R-1.


    • Dymag carbon-fibre wheels,
    • Galfer discs/pads
    • Ohlins R&T Forks with superbike cartridges.
    • Ohlins Remote Preload shock
    • Power Commander 3
    • Factory-Pro Velocity Stacks
    • K&N Filter
    • CRG Levers
    • Two Brothers cans


    (my final litre sportsbike)








    And................

    My first bike after passing my Direct Access back in 2004............

    BMW R1100s Boxercup Replika

    Been upgraded along the way, with:

    • Dymag Magnesium/Carbon-fibre wheels
    • Wilbers suspension
    • Lennies Induct,
    • K&N Air filter
    • Staintune Exhaust (decat)
    • Power Commander 3





    Even though the Boxercup has 'only' 100BHP - it is still a rapid bike on 'real' roads, especially with the wheels..........

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    2008 Ducati 1098R, 1 of the first 500 homologated by Ducati for WSBK.



    On top of the standard spec, I have had the following done:

    Engine
    Polished heads, ported oilways, HC Pistals - 1mm squish + 14:1 comp, Corse throttle bodies, Corse velocity stacks, balanced crank, Samco hoses and thermostat, DP air filter, ceramic coated 70mm system, slash cut Termis, custom map

    Drivetrain
    Superfinished gearbox, Oberon clutch slave cylinder, stainless clutch springs, DP pressure plate, Renthal QR carrier, RR520 chain and sprockets, GIPro gear indicator

    Suspension
    KTech 20SSK, correct weight Ohlins springs front/rear, 5wt oil

    Electrical
    Shorai LiPoFe battery, Exact starter cables, 3 x 2A USB, integrated mic for recording

    Controls and Ergonomics
    Ducati Corse RS rearsets, integrated HM reverse QS, Accossato QAT, Helibars, Rizoma levers, Superpole seat, DP mirror extenders, DP clear double bubble

    Bodywork and Misc
    DP aluminium tank, DP Tecno clutch cover, Panigale indicators, DP carbon hugger and panels, Rizoma fluid pots and QR tank cap, titanium bolts all round, R&G under panel frame and fork sliders, RAM mount, Brembo SC pads, Motul 300v, custom painted wheels, Ventureshield
    Last edited by spareparts; 25th October 2018 at 22:20.

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    and my BMW R1200 GS Triple Black




    BMW HP adjustable pegs
    BMW HP levers
    BMW HP Akrapovic Titanium exhaust
    HillTop map
    Hex EZCan
    CREE LED spots
    BMW foglights
    GSA screen
    MRA Tour X-Screen
    Screen supports
    RAM mounts
    Bumot panniers + rails
    LiFePO lithium battery
    Sargent front and rear seats
    Touratech frame guards
    Altrider engine bars
    Altrider engine shield
    Altrider brake guard
    Wunderlich Gearshift
    Wunderlich camcovers
    Wunderlich inlet grills
    Wunderlich radiator guards
    Wunderlich pillion pegs
    Wunderlich handguards
    Wunderlich Bigfoot
    Wunderlich tailbag
    R&G spindle guards
    Avant Fender extender
    Mudsling
    Optimate USB ports

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    And a 2014 MV Agusta Brutale Corsa



    MV Corse Arrow Titanium full system
    MV Corse fluid pots
    MV Corse rear hugger
    MV Corse footpegs
    Lightech frameplugs
    MV Corse tailtidy

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    HP levers - fitted by original owner
    HP rearsets - fitted by original owner
    R&G exhaust protector
    SP Engineering tail tidy
    8" x 6" Number plate
    R&G front spindle bobbins & rear cotton reels
    LighTech Frame Protection/Sliders
    Techspec Gripster Tank Pads
    GB Racing Engine Cover Set
    HP / Gilles chain adjusters
    Andy

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    Hereís my Triumph Scrambler
    Too many mods to list completely ..
    U.S Works BSA-Triumph colours from the 60ís
    Speed triple front brake
    Lower geared
    Airbox/rejet /Arrow exhaust
    EtcIMG_2743.JPG


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    Just the one pic at the moment - it not everyoneís cup of tea but I like it



    Started life as an 883 low - nice enough and have had a standard before .

    Currently runs a set of wiseco 1214 pistons in standard jugs suitably bored out .
    Fuel supply is controlled by a piggyback Ďdigital fuel optimiserí using standard injectors and a less restrictive air filter . Vance and Hines exhausts - I wonít call them silencers . Itís not stealthy and Iíll add more muffling in the spring .
    Suspension is low - really low ! The rear shocks are pretty decent but itís not the smoothest ride in town - it scrapes a little on hard cornering .
    All in all itís a fun steer !

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    Cool Forward Controls

    My FC kit finally arrived, so I fitted it...

    Printed the instructions from Triumph and all pretty straight forward... about 2.5 hours start to finish, with a couple of tea breaks








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    Quote Originally Posted by spareparts View Post
    2008 Ducati 1098R, 1 of the first 500 homologated by Ducati for WSBK.

    On top of the standard spec, I have had the following done:
    Engine
    Polished heads, ported oilways, HC Pistals - 1mm squish + 14:1 comp, Corse throttle bodies, Corse velocity stacks, balanced crank, Samco hoses and thermostat, DP air filter, ceramic coated 70mm system, slash cut Termis, custom map
    Drivetrain
    Superfinished gearbox, Oberon clutch slave cylinder, stainless clutch springs, DP pressure plate, Renthal QR carrier, RR520 chain and sprockets, GIPro gear indicator
    Suspension
    KTech 20SSK, correct weight Ohlins springs front/rear, 5wt oil
    Electrical
    Shorai LiPoFe battery, Exact starter cables, 3 x 2A USB, integrated mic for recording
    Controls and Ergonomics
    Ducati Corse RS rearsets, integrated HM reverse QS, Accossato QAT, Helibars, Rizoma levers, Superpole seat, DP mirror extenders, DP clear double bubble
    Bodywork and Misc
    DP aluminium tank, DP Tecno clutch cover, Panigale indicators, DP carbon hugger and panels, Rizoma fluid pots and QR tank cap, titanium bolts all round, R&G under panel frame and fork sliders, RAM mount, Brembo SC pads, Motul 300v, custom painted wheels, Ventureshield
    Thatís some serious work, on an already serious bike!

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    Some of my current fleet,my Bonnieville,too much to list mod wise,includes suspension,paint,bodywork,performance,brakes,every thing pretty much,still a work in progress,bought as the stock black bike...

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    Also gotta thing for Kawasaki Triples at the moment,started with the 250 which is a jewel of a little bike and just bought the H1 500 Mach111 to compliment it,the Higgspeed pipes make a lovely racket 😄


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    ^^^^

    Love the triples - demo'd a 750 back in the day, way too scary!
    When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks long into you.........

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    My 1987 Suzuki GSXR1100H..bought in a corroded state and stripped,painted,polished,improved and restored..I have two of these,the next one will be blue and white and totally standard..this one will be going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Thatís some serious work, on an already serious bike!
    A labour of love over 10 years based on actually riding her and trying to figure out how she could be better. Weíve toured Europe multiple times, been on track around the UK, and been ergonomically set up to be near perfect (for me). Totally linear power, and actually detuned for reliability to 186rwhp and 104lbft with at least 85ftlbs between 4k - 9k rpm. I59kg dry. Lots of small modcons that allow her to tour. Sadly these donít get ridden much nowadays as they sit in living rooms... the combustion engine must combust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorpey69 View Post
    That is gorgeous, lusted after these back in the day...

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    Had my 749s for about 10 weeks now. Changed the belts as a precaution and added an Optimate charger lead. Cosmetic changes include carbon hugger, sprocket cover, heel & exhaust guards, plus the clutch cover which went on at the weekend. Oh and a custom ECU map for another 10 hp and a nicer ride at the bottom end.




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    Decat pipe fitted today...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    Had my 749s for about 10 weeks now. Changed the belts as a precaution and added an Optimate charger lead. Cosmetic changes include carbon hugger, sprocket cover, heel & exhaust guards, plus the clutch cover which went on at the weekend. Oh and a custom ECU map for another 10 hp and a nicer ride at the bottom end.



    Now - I DO like the 749....... (Especially in a non-red colour)

    Enough performance for the road, and not too expensive to run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Now - I DO like the 749....... (Especially in a non-red colour)

    Enough performance for the road, and not too expensive to run.
    Absolutely. It's showing a tad over 100 at the wheel after the ECU remap, which for me is more that ample. I've been riding for almost 40 years now and have never done a track day, something I'm intending to remedy next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    I've been riding for almost 40 years now and have never done a track day, something I'm intending to remedy next year.
    Strongly recommended.
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    Strongly recommended.
    Have already spoken with the team at Castle Combe https://castlecombecircuit.co.uk/motorcycle-track-days/

    It's only about 10 miles away and I also know one of the instructors which should help too. Just waiting for them to release the dates for 2019.

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    Great thread. I shan't bother adding anything in respect of the Street Twin for obvious reasons. Even yesterday I had some stuff fitted at Herts Triumph before deciding to chop it in

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    Stripped, washed, dried, acf50 and chain lubed.

    Frame sliders and rear bobbins added.


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    Exhaust headers wrapped, and intake covers plastidipped....






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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Exhaust headers wrapped
    Sorry, maybe you like them and that's cool, but I cannot imagine why anyone would you take a brand new pair of headers and wrap them in a grit magnet made of brillo pads.

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    I thought it was actually a bad idea to wrap modern header pipes. Iím sure I read something about it recently.

    How easily did the Plastidip go on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundrush View Post
    Sorry, maybe you like them and that's cool, but I cannot imagine why anyone would you take a brand new pair of headers and wrap them in a grit magnet made of brillo pads.
    And if the pipes are mild steel it serves as a moisture trap and will have them rotten in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundrush View Post
    Sorry, maybe you like them and that's cool, but I cannot imagine why anyone would you take a brand new pair of headers and wrap them in a grit magnet made of brillo pads.
    Yep...I like em thatís why I did it..

    Quote Originally Posted by Dynam0humm View Post
    And if the pipes are mild steel it serves as a moisture trap and will have them rotten in no time.
    A brand new set of headers is only £265 quid.... plus the triumph headers are double skinned.. loads of guys in the USA have done it with no ill effects..

    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I thought it was actually a bad idea to wrap modern header pipes. Iím sure I read something about it recently.

    How easily did the Plastidip go on?
    Its only a bad idea if you donít like the look..... I do so it was a good idea for me...

    Plastidipping is easy, but to get the best results it needs to be a lot warmer than it is at the moment.... I did mine in a mates spraybooth.... took 20 minutes and they were ready to refit.
    If Iíd painted them in my garage, Iíd still be waiting for them to dry.....👍

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    Nice mate, are you a member of Sportster Sickness ?

    maseman


    Quote Originally Posted by back to the top View Post
    Just the one pic at the moment - it not everyoneís cup of tea but I like it



    Started life as an 883 low - nice enough and have had a standard before .

    Currently runs a set of wiseco 1214 pistons in standard jugs suitably bored out .
    Fuel supply is controlled by a piggyback Ďdigital fuel optimiserí using standard injectors and a less restrictive air filter . Vance and Hines exhausts - I wonít call them silencers . Itís not stealthy and Iíll add more muffling in the spring .
    Suspension is low - really low ! The rear shocks are pretty decent but itís not the smoothest ride in town - it scrapes a little on hard cornering .
    All in all itís a fun steer !

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    I believe the previous owner was - a couple of stickers on the side panels saying so !
    Iíve removed and blown the panels over to match the tanks denim finish now .
    De blinging will continue !

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    One of the reasons for wrapping the exhaust...... my feet are gonna be right by the headers..👍👍


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    One of the reasons for wrapping the exhaust...... my feet are gonna be right by the headers..

    Go straight to 3m 20s if you want a fright.


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    looks like watch collectors speak and motorcycle speak are interchangable (he uses the words 'awesome patina ' - otherwise known as '*ucked' )
    back on topic , arrow high end cans removed sc project 3-1 fitted and remapped engine.

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    ^^^ That looks lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    looks like watch collectors speak and motorcycle speak are interchangable (he uses the words 'awesome patina ' - otherwise known as '*ucked' )
    back on topic , arrow high end cans removed sc project 3-1 fitted and remapped engine.
    That looks fantastic! I'm gong to have to choose between the SC Projects and Yoshimura for my Triple, and for the life of me I can't make up my mind... looks v sound

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    SC Projects make excellent quality and are great value in comparison. Yoshi not quite the same as they used to be. Especially watch out for US-made Yoshi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Go straight to 3m 20s if you want a fright.

    Be careful with that stuff squire.

    Friend of mine did his Harley and all it did was trap moisture and corrode the headers in super quick time!

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    the main thing to ask for when choosing an aftermarket can is ' is the baffle removable' , the sc project i am using the baffle can be removed or put back in 2mins with a single allen key , some after market cans the baffles are spot welded in place( in which case you have to get creative with a dremmel and a broom handle and its a pain if you decide you want them back in).

    *at some point or other you are going to want to hear it with the baffles out :)
    Last edited by pugster; 15th November 2018 at 10:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Go straight to 3m 20s if you want a fright.

    Doesnít frighten me one bit.... my headers are coated, and the way he got that effect was to wrap the pipe and leave it soaking wet..
    On a bike thatís run the wrap dries out

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    Exhaust wrap.... brown seats.... leather bags.....


    *shudders*






    *...aannnnd back in the room*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Exhaust wrap.... brown seats.... leather bags.....


    *shudders*






    *...aannnnd back in the room*
    Whatís your problem??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Whatís your problem??
    Exhaust wrap, brown seats & leather bags?

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    The exhaust wrap may be a bit marmite, but the brown seat and leather panniers aren't (at least, not on that bike).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    What’s your problem??
    Sorry, no offence intended.
    I come from an era where we spent weeks or months even trying to squeeze that extra hp here, or there.
    Oversize carbs, big valves, raised compression, subtle gear ratio swaps, fuel additives, Grimeca tls brake conversions...etc...
    Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING was about performance enhancement...

    Cosmetic mods were the subject of derision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Sorry, no offence intended.
    I come from an era where we spent weeks or months even trying to squeeze that extra hp here, or there.
    Oversize carbs, big valves, raised compression, subtle gear ratio swaps, fuel additives, Grimeca tls brake conversions...etc...
    Everything, absolutely EVERYTHING was about performance enhancement...

    Cosmetic mods were the subject of derision.
    Times have changed though; practically all motorcycles have more than enough power and speed these days so modifying bikes has moved on. Coupled with the fact that weíre all getting older and donít necessarily want to ride as fast either.

    As long as weíre all still in two wheels, surely thatís whatís important?

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