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Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Auxilliary indicators for panniers
« on: October 20, 2019, 02:43:37 PM »
I've got panniers for my X. They stop further back than the indicators so they obscure sight of the indicators at some point when you're alongside the bike. Givi do a bracket to move the indicators back but it makes the bike look stupid.

I've been looking for some tidy amber LED lights for a while that I could stick to the rear of the panniers. I bought a few types of marker light from Amazon but sent them back because they were poor quality or not right. Then I found some on Amazon USA so thought I'd give it a go.

The rear indicators have a separate plug for each side under the seat. I bought a couple of these plugs and made a harness to plug between the loom and the bike indicators. Then using positsaps I tapped into this loom. That way if I ever sell the bike it goes with an undamaged loom. Now I have panniers with functioning indicators that I can just plug in under the seat whenever I want them on the bike....

I've got a 2018 'X, and I'm looking at wiring some additional rear lighting. Can someone please tell me;

-The plug/socket behind the seat latch that connects the rear light cluster to the loom -what type of plug is it? I want to buy male/female and make a loom up to slot in here.

-The plug is fixed to the mount on the bike. How do I release it? I don't want to just tug it off and break it.

-Colour-wise, which wire is which?


Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Pannier inner bags
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
Sometimes I've bought the OEM inner bags for pannier and top boxes, as it's a neat solution.

I've got Givi TRK33 panniers now and the Givi solution isn't neat. They offer the same bag that fits their TRK46 pannier, which is a fair bit deeper. And that's not a neat solution. The bag has more material (obviously) so takes up more space in the pannier, and you can't fill the bag, so it's floppy.

Has anyone come up with a nice tidy (cheaper) solution for these cases?

New and unused. It came with a top box I've just bought, but I've already got a plate on my X.

30 ono posted.

This one...

I bought a screen off another forum and it has arrived with damage to it. The seller isn't interested and says either I did it or it happened during transit. Either way, he's not interested in doing anything about it.

If it was a business then goods in transit are his responsibility.

What do you think. My problem? Put it down to experience? Would you expect the seller to be take some responsibility?

On Two Wheels / Bikesafe
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:08:28 PM »
I finally did the one-day session on Saturday, after cancelling two a couple of years ago and then having a scooter(?!).

I picked the Cwmbran base as the Bristol one doesn't have many dates and I guessed that Wales would have the better roads. And it did.

There were 4 of us on the day (5 if you include one bloke's wife who went as a passenger). A couple of hours in a classroom with a presentation and an interactive DVD, led by a Police biker. Then his colleague arrived and they took a couple of us each. The rest of the day consisted of the two groups riding out separately, one in front and one behind the police bike. We'd ride for a bit, stop and get some feedback. Then we'd swap over and repeat.

We did a good 90 miles in all, on some excellent roads. I'm mainly a commuter so I ride pretty conservatively. After my first session in a roundabout way he told me that I could go a lot quicker. So the next time I did. Pushing it a lot more than I would on the way to work, but it was good to see that the limits are much further away than you might think. And it was fun. The sessions when I was behind were pretty good as well, because you could see that if the bike in front could get around the corner then so could you.

The Police bikes were capable of ove 150. The others were all 1200 adventure bikes. It took a lot more use of the gears but the CB did a really good job of keeping up. It was good to spend a day around a couple of Police bikers.

I learned a fair bit. That I'm a pretty safe rider, but also I was able to start to tune myself out of following the racing line, especially on right-handers. It feels counter-intuitive to stay out to the left and keep the curve of the road, but after a while it got easier.

40 for the day. Which included loads of coffee, a hot meal, and a goodie bag which included a copy of Motorcycle Roadcraft. Bargain!

On Two Wheels / Bike insurance on foreign license
« on: May 20, 2019, 01:10:13 PM »
The father of my South African friend is coming over during the summer and we're trying to arrange for him to get hold of a bike. He's had an offer of a loan one if he can get it insured, but as I understand it it is very difficult to get UK insurance for a visitor on a foreign license as the insurer doesn't know anything about their history.

Has anyone experienced similar and been able to find a solution?


The top of the 2018 screen isn't very wide. I want to try a wind deflector that isn't the extortionate cost of the Givi 1. A lot of the options are wide and will overhang the 2018 screen. Is anyone having any success with a narrower one?

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Givi s250 tool box
« on: January 25, 2019, 05:39:26 PM »
Has anyone fitted a GIVI s250 tool box to their pannier rack(s)? It fixes between the frame and the bike so doesn't foul the panniers when they're on. But I'm wanting to know whether there's a problem accessing it as the indicators sit rear of the box. I can't find a picture online of them fitted.

Maintenance and Servicing / Removing throttle housing
« on: December 26, 2018, 08:46:53 AM »
I seem to have excess play in the throttle housing on my handlebars. There's about 4 mm of twist on the whole unit. If i remove the two screws to take it apart am I likely to find springs pinging around the shed or is it pretty safe and easy to do? Do I need to disconnect the throttle cable at the other end?

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