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Old 07-28-2014, 12:07 PM   #21
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I noticed that every picture has dark corners. Is that something you added or a result of the lens?
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can't you tuck the plate under the rear?
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have made that drive. beautiful Have you made it up to Timber cove?
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Yea, he did it before. Last trip he did he only went up to the Arctic Circle. This time around he went past that and up to the Arctic Ocean. Trip wasn't without issue though. 1 guy in the group didn't torque the bolts on the rear tire enough and sheared all 5 bolt and fvcked up the drive shaft. His bike ended up having to be trailered from the Yukon to Fairbanks (nearest BMW place) to be fixed. Last i heard cost him like $4000 to get it fixed and trailered to Fairbanks from the Yukon. My dad's bike was mechanically fine. Only thing that happened to my dad was a truck tire exploded next to him. My dad was wearing a helmet and all the right gear, but he had the visor up a bit and his sunglasses on and the tire nailed him in the eye (almost like a perfect shot type of thing). My dad ended up having numerous shards of glass and rubber removed from his eye as a result
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It can come from a number of things. Sometimes it's a byproduct of shooting in to the sun like that, it creates a natural exposure gradient, you can tell when it's from that when only the side opposite the bright object has a pronounced vignette (term for the dark corners). Other times it's just the lens, wider angle lens are more prone to it. And often times I will also add it if it isn't there, since I like the natural framing effect it has.

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can't you tuck the plate under the rear?
I can! I've actually got a whole bracket built up in solidworks that adds a section for led strip lights and license plate mounts. Some people right now have got some simple more ghetto DIY's to mount the "Tron tail light", like below.




But my plan is to machine out some billet aluminum blocks that allow the light to be mounted with either the rear cover installed or the rear seat. Figured I'd sell them for shits and giggles.

Using that design, I'm then going to fab up a license plate bracket kind of like this,


Which should be easy since the whole swingarm unit is the same as the GS, which has the mounting points for this,


Not sure if that part would be as big a seller though.

Last thing I'll be doing is making and selling fog lights that mount where the turn signals are, with the signals being relocated to the bar ends.

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have made that drive. beautiful Have you made it up to Timber cove?
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It looked so cool driving back at night I had to snap an iPhone photo and stop there for dinner.


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Thanks man, looks like you do some similar trips in the woods up there around you, always gorgeous with those lakes and such.
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I can! I've actually got a whole bracket built up in solidworks that adds a section for led strip lights and license plate mounts. Some people right now have got some simple more ghetto DIY's to mount the "Tron tail light", like below.

But my plan is to machine out some billet aluminum blocks that allow the light to be mounted with either the rear cover installed or the rear seat. Figured I'd sell them for shits and giggles.

Using that design, I'm then going to fab up a license plate bracket kind of like this,
Which should be easy since the whole swingarm unit is the same as the GS, which has the mounting points for this,
I hate factory brackets like that on bikes...... it's like "why bother?"

Sweet.... yeah, I have seen some rninet owners ditch the passenger seat completely and tuck it under the rider seat.... I was also thinking you could do a custom mount on the swing arm .... seems like you already have plans in motion. That LED bar video is pretty sweet.

I,for one, am a fan of it under the seat, just think it cleans things up.
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Great pictures. Glad you took the higher road instead of slouching on the couch/bed. There are far too many awesome things in this world to provoke boredom.
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I hate factory brackets like that on bikes...... it's like "why bother?"

Sweet.... yeah, I have seen some rninet owners ditch the passenger seat completely and tuck it under the rider seat.... I was also thinking you could do a custom mount on the swing arm .... seems like you already have plans in motion. That LED bar video is pretty sweet.

I,for one, am a fan of it under the seat, just think it cleans things up.
It's a stupid requirement that the license plate/all that sh!t extend past the rear tire. So obnoxious.

I'm definitely not opposed to under the seat, and will be making my billet block with the requisite bracket mounting holes. But I want to give the over the tire bit a try first.

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Yeah, I'm never a person to be bored, just sitting and thinking is entertaining enough for me, but this was a good example of how there's always something to do. If it was 4am instead of 4PM, I could have just as easily gone to some mountain peak to watch the milky way and the sun rise. There's never not something.
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PS. That C3 Pro is comfy isnt it?
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It's a stupid requirement that the license plate/all that sh!t extend past the rear tire. So obnoxious.

I'm definitely not opposed to under the seat, and will be making my billet block with the requisite bracket mounting holes. But I want to give the over the tire bit a try first.
I don't think I have ever heard of a cop giving a ticket for that though...... as long as it is visible and not tucked so far under there you can't even see it (which i have seen some guys do).
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I don't think I have ever heard of a cop giving a ticket for that though...... as long as it is visible and not tucked so far under there you can't even see it (which i have seen some guys do).
Well manufactures have to comply with different regulations than an operator. For instance in CA a lot of diesel vehicles didn't qualify for sale in state (such as the V10 TDI touareg), but as a used vehicle, it was totally fine and legal. So people (such as my father), would pick them up out of state, put the requisite mileage (7500) on them, and then register it in CA as a used car. They also did the same thing with a mercedes E320 CDI. The vehicle isn't illegal, but the manufactures just have some bullshit laws they have to comply with initially.

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Sure is! Though I've noticed it's much more quiet at the full upright position, gets a bit noisier in the partial 3/4 tuck I ride at.


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Awesome write up, pictures were awesome as always! I think I may just give up photography after some of those pictures you posted haha.
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I was planning a ride up to the sierras in august, I'll make sure to give you a heads up!

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Awesome write up, pictures were awesome as always! I think I may just give up photography after some of those pictures you posted haha.
Oh that's silly, my photos are nothing special, there's always someone better.

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