I get it. I am a towering 5 foot 7 inches. When I sit on the bike my heels are about 1 (maybe 2) inches from the ground, but the balls of my feet are fairly well planted. The Corbin Gunfighter looks to be the trick, however as was pointed out by Member *ducvet the Gunfighter isn't very well suited for "doin' the monkey" in switchbacks (aka hanging off the side of the bike). The stock type seat is rounded off allowing for gymnastics. I'll allow myself to put some time on the stock seat before I throw any money at something different. $500 bucks (cost of a new Gunfighter) can go a long way towards perhaps more necessary items other than a fancy seat.I really liked the Corbin seat, too, but it put my knees too high in relation to my hips and was uncomfortable to ride for longer period. A shame because I like being able to touch the ground.
That is a good quote and it's the way I ride as well. Nothing else matters on the bike but the bike and the ride. Also being 5' 7" with short legs myself I've never really been able to touch the ground on my bikes. You will get good at low speed maneuvering and low speed balance to avoid putting your feet down. You have to be careful of off camber stops too, I track stand my Multistrada at lights when I can't reach the ground.Being a combat related "complex PTSD" sufferer, I am very much looking forward to what is described by the following:
''The man hunched over his motorcycle can focus only on the present instant of his flight; he is caught in a fragment of time cut off from both the past and the future; he is wrenched from the continuity of time . . . in other words, he is in a state of ecstasy; in that state he is unaware of his age, his wife, his children, his worries, and so he has no fear, because the source of fear is in the future, and a person freed of the future has nothing to fear.''
That's the stuffs!!!
Nicely done. Your approach makes sense to me. In fact, you've reminded me that here in Yuma there is a Mexican fella that works at an upholstery shop that has made custom motorcycle seats for me in the past. He does excellent work. (Geez, it's been a few years ... I hope he's still alive and working on bike seats!).The problem with corbin is they weigh to much so I bought a stock seat off ebay for $50 and reworked the foam...now I sit on the bike with my butt not with my thighs like the stock seat. Comfort level is greatly improved and for 300+ miles days are no problem and " Doing The Monkey" is easy.
Holy Radioactive Coyotes, Batman! A thousand miles per day? Way out of my league, that's for certain!I personally ride on Corbin saddles -yes they weigh a little more but all day comfort is more important for me on a street bike --I have well over 1 million miles on BMW's & Corbin saddles--that said I have not put one on my 91 900ss--(I do have one on my 91 907ie) -I dont plan at this time to use the 900ss for long distance touring -but if I did -it would have a Corbin saddle on it--But for touring the BMW is a far better and more comfortable bike--For me by the way serious touring is over 1000 miles a day, I did the Iron Butt Rally 3 times many years ago-early 90's--But now I'm old and dont plan to do that again lol
Noted. If it's a mistake to use the GPR Deeptone rig, then it's my mistake to make, and I'll own it. This is Harley country. There are plenty of straight "drag pipes" out here. My first Harley had the cores of the less than effective mufflers drilled out. Again, if the GPRs are wrong, I'll make changes. Attached is a pic of my first Harley (1984 XLX61 1000cc Sportster). Thanks for your suggestion.I've had a couple 900's, including a '95 900SS/CR. A few comments...
Those "mufflers" are too small to be very effective. I love how those bikes sound with more era correct Termi or FbF style mufflers - larger diameter and longer, stuffed with fiberglass mat. The 'glass takes out the high frequencies and gives them a nice rumble. The pipes shown will just be f'ing loud. I'm not a fan of obnoxiously loud bikes. I know all the cool kids are putting miniature SC Project mufflers on their bikes these days but they sound like shit. Loud does not equal good. FWIW I developed OEM auto exhausts for years so am admittedly a bit biased on this. My 900ss/sp was the best sounding bike I've ever owned, including a couple Ducati Superbikes.
That's because I didn't mention it. I didn't mention it because I've no intention of doing it.Open intake - if you mentioned anything about this, I missed it.
I'm not throwing money around. I'm a disabled military vet on a tight income. We had to dip into our savings just to buy this bike. I would never have even bought it had it not been for my wife and my doctors encouraging me to "get back on the bike". There are many (many!) riding vets here, many of whom are like myself, PTSD sufferers that deal with nightly horrid nightmares involving combat. Motorcycling is "the temporary cure" for most of us. Perhaps my enthusiasm has presented the wrong impression, but I'm not throwing money around. I've already been looking at various sets of Showa front ends on eBay (most run roughly $250 shipped). There are several shops the do excellent work on such front suspension systems, Race Tech being one. I have a number of motorcycle engines/frames/parts that will be sold to finance some of the uprates and changes on this bike. It comes down to "one step at a time".Front end - I didn't notice any mention of this either but if you're throwing money around, put decent forks on it.
I've already said in previous postings that I intend to get the bike right and blow off any new seats. If anything I'll go with modifying the stock seat as has been depicted by Member *califblue. It makes a shatload of sense to me.... Save the money on a Corbin seat and upgrade the suspension instead. .... I'd upgrade the suspension before the seat.
Check. I've worked on (quite literally) roughly a thousand starters and starter solenoids when I owned and operated my industrial equipment factory authorized repair and warranty center for fifteen years. Many of which have that same problem on the hot stud, even worse is the fact that many of the hot studs on those starters and starter solenoids are made of plated copper. When the nut that secures the cable to the positive in stud loosens over time, and arcing occurs, it really screws up the threads on the stud(s) and makes for replacing the starter and/or solenoid. So thanks, I'll take care.... Larger battery cables are a great idea. Dial in the carbs, upgrade the cables, that thing will start instantly when you press the button. Seriously, people commented on how fast mine started. No whirwhirBoom... press the button and it's running. I ran AGV batteries too which probably didn't hurt. Be careful disconnecting the lead on the starter. If you spin the post you'll have to rebuild the starter motor... which may not be a bad idea anyway.
Good advice, thank you. I've been into the idea of using a LION batt for quite a while back when I was building a certain bike that didn't get finished due to the lack of available engine parts.If you're into losing weight, a lithium battery will likely attract your attention. Fair enough, I'm running one on my 851. However... if you take the plunge, add a mosfet regulator and a voltage meter too. Trust me, just do it. And buy a battery that has built in battery management, like an EarthX. Don't buy the battery now thikning you'll add the rest later. My 851 now has a new ECU, a new lithium battery, a few other electronic bits, and a few scars compliments of a regulator dying and a battery melting down.
The smaller front tire is a nod to the sport bikes of the 1980s that used a 16" front wheel and an 18" rear wheel. It makes the bike handle better at lower speeds (more responsive). My comments about "the look" are about how it reminds me of those bikes and how they were a "trick" used that made those bikes out turn bikes with a 19 inch front wheel. Keep in mind that a lot of what I say is motivated by raw enthusiasm. Thanks for the input on this.The lower profile front tire that the CRs used sucks IMHO. I put the same tire as an SP on my CR. It will hit the stock fender, but it's an easy fix that doesn't cost a dime. Install the front wheel, put something between the fender and tire where it rubs to hold them apart. Watch where the fender flexes when you do this. Shove the rag or whatever in place, then blow on the area of the fender that flexed with a hairdrier set on "high". It should get too hot to touch but not melting. Do that on each side where it flexed then let it cool. When you pull the rag the fender will hold it's new shape and not rub. I think you said something about how the low profile tire looks but get over that, make the bike work well. It'll still look cool.
I already have an Oberon clutch slave in my "shopping cart" at Motowheels.Clutch slave cylinder... If yours doesn't leak now it will eventually. Aftermarket units are typically a larger diameter for an easier pull. I never thought that was needed until I put one on my 851. Look into it.
I've no intention of using some open type clutch cover.Clutch covers - open covers are popular but remember it's what protects the clutch if the bike falls over. I prefer beefier covers with holes over the minimal covers that show off the clutch itself.
My bike already has bar-end mirror (one). Look at the pics of it. I rarely ever use the mirrors, rather I check my blind spot by actually turning that thing on top of my shoulders (my head) to see what's up. Having ridden Harleys for a few years (the mirrors are 100% useless on them) I'm used to checking behind me by actually looking.The stock mirrors droop. Bar end mirrors aren't a bad idea though I never used them on those.
Noted. I'll give it a good look.The gearing has likely already been changed from stock. If not, 15/41 is popular. One thing that often gets overlooked on those bikes is the plate the holds the countershaft sprocket in place. They wear out. If the teeth on it aren't the same thickness as the rest of the plate, replace it. On the last 900 I bought, that plate was worn at least half way through.
Will do. 10-4, 10-8.That's about it from what I remember... The SS's are fun bikes but usually take some TLC to make up for past owner's sins. Enjoy!
That's a given with any used bike. There are legions of people that have more money than brains. I feel fortunate that the 900CR I bought is one that wasn't subjected to too much squidly dumassery. It could have been a whole lot worse, that's certain. A bit of neglect, sure. But again, that's a given with pretty much any used bike.He's telling the truth... :crying::crying::crying:
Way back in the '80s when I was an apprentice mechanic I worked for a civilian employee who'd been a P-51 mechanic in WWII. He owned his own John Deere dealership and worked at the air base for fun."*Jesus key" A nickname for internal snap rings, named for the hassle they can be to remove or install sometimes, making one yell out "JESUS!" while working to remove or install them.
:laugh: I have a long, deep, scar on my right shin that reminds me of that landing mat stuff. I was a squad leader on a nuclear weapons tactical response team (think of a heavily armed "SWAT" team that protected nukes). One night we were responding to a perimeter alarm at one of the eighteen Titan 2 ICBM silos that surrounded the City of Tucson. Usually those alarms were tripped by a rabbit or a coyote but you could never take that for granted so we were spread out, silently clearing the entire area. It was pitch black out that night, no Moon. I was quietly making my way through a sand wash, stopping ever three or four steps to assess, look, and listen ("ALL") when one of the M-60 machine gunners got my attention to say something to me. I was still silently creeping along on foot as I whispered to the M-60 gunner my response, my visual attention drawn to my left flank. I felt a sharp pain on my right shin, and started to trip over something, my reactions went into play and I did a forward ~flip~ landing flat on my ass on the other side of the mat. I had tripped over a length of landing mat that had somehow been caught up in a flash flood and was half buried in the sand, up on it's edge, those hooks being about 16 inches above the sand....Now imagine, working on a aircraft parking ramp built of PSP on a muddy field and trying to find a tiny snap ring that flung off onto the stuff pictured below.....only covered in mud.
Thank you for the advise. It's good advise.My condolences to you on your friend. I didn't know him, so I can't say anything profound to you about what happened. I only know, that sometimes, there truly wasn't anything you could have done. Honor his memory, but don't beat yourself up over what you perceive you might have been able to do.....sean