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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Hi, I thought it's about time I started my own build thread.
My main plans are to make my bike touring friendly
As I plan to do some distance rides next year.

I've got the bike in bits at the moment, and started on some of the mods.
Hopefully I'll get some pics up soon

Mods

(1) Replace tyres with Metzeler ME7 Teen 130/70/12 Front and Rear............... DONE
(2) Change fork oil for heavier oil.............................................................. DONE
(3) Make and fit spring Preload spacers...................................................... DONE
(4) Tyga Instrument screen...................................................not doing. see # 14
(5) Make handlebar risers, and fit Renthal alloy bars.......................................DONE
(6) Airbox mod....................................................................................... DONE
(7) Make and fit low exhaust system (Going to try and mod Tyga pipes) ...........DONE
(8) Change out seat foam and recover....................................................... DONE
(9) Engine sprocket change...(tried 14t but too low, may fit +1 rear)...........See # 17
(10)Tail light relocation...........................(Changed to extra light fitted).........DONE
(11)Make and fit throwover bag supports. Rear rack and top box already fitted...DONE
(12)Change out horn for Car horn...............................................................DONE
(13)Raise front fender to clear 130 tyre......................................................DONE
(14) Fit MRA D/B screen..........................................................................DONE
(15) Make rear shock preload spacer as temp fix..........................................DONE
(16) Fit second tail/brake light under topbox...............................................DONE
(17) Fit 35t Tyga rear sprocket................................................................DONE
(18) Paint wheels RED.............................................................................DONE
(19) Upgrade front fork springs with Race-Tech .70kg...................................DONE

Collection day.


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I'd put a new seat/seat pad near the top of the list. I've been out for 4+ hours at a stretch. Anywhere from the one hour to ninety minute mark and my hams are hurting.
 

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Hey Johnyaddy, got to agree about the seat,
but the list is just in sort of "Front to Back" not priority.

Bit of a damp old day today, so been making up the fork preload spacers.

Top right of the pic


One leg spacer installed.


It gives me about a 15mm preload on the forks.
My forks sag around 26mm with my weight on it
So hopefully the 15mm will give me enough lift.
I can't take credit for this mod. It's all down to Brian S on the "Other forum"

I also made up the Handle bar risers, but fugged them up.
Drilled them 8mm clearance, rather than 8mm tapping size
So poss have another go tomorrow
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Did the airbox mod today.
Just to finish off the intake nicely I made up an alloy bellmouth.
(Not my idea, thanks to Brian S again)





I also fitted the Metz ME7 tyres.
130/70/12 front and rear.
I did have to lift the front fender slightly to clear the bigger tyre.





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Looking good! Like those tires. I'm trying to decide if I'll follow the herd and put on some Michelin Power Pures, or find something else. I kind of like some of the chunkier tread patterns I've seen, but don't know how they'll perform. I deal with pretty rough roads and frequently puddles from sudden rain showers, so I have to pay a little attention to how the tires function, as opposed to just picking what I think looks cool.
 

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Ok today I thought I would pull the seat apart.
See what I could fug up...
OMG is that foam hard, no wonder it's uncomfortable





I think the best and easiest option would be to cut out part of the foam and replace with something softer.
But I want something a bit more comfy on long rides.
So I dismantled one of my old scooter seats to get the foam
Then cut and reshaped it to fit the Grom seat pan.



I covered it with the old scooter seat cover.
I will replace it with something better if it works ok



Fitted to the bike, just got to wait for it to stop fugin raining to give it a test.
In the garage it certainly feels better.....Watch this space. :playful:




In case your wondering, no I aint finished the exhaust yet.

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
Got another couple of things ticked off my list today.

Made up the Throwover supports.
Ok they my look overkill, but they serve 2 purposes.
One to hold the bags.
Second to give extra support to the rear rack.
I'm not leaving them on the bike permanently, only fit the for my hol's
It's only a couple of bolts to remove them anyway










Second job of the day was to fit the MRA Screen I bought a couple of weeks ago.
I originally planed to fit a Tyga instrument screen,
but when I see the MRA one I just had to have it.
The Tyga screen didn't go to waste, I donated it to my wife's bike.....Generous hu ??






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I so need a set of these, been using mine for 200 mile journey each way to work using soft panniers. Been really nervous about scratching he panels so a set of these would be ideal.

Think I'll have to ask my brother to make a set for me.

Top job!

 

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Discussion Starter #16 (Edited)
Been a glorious week here so managed to get out and put a few hundred miles on the Grom.

I started off with the 14t front sproket.
It's fine for running around but get's a bit buzzy on a long trip.
So now gone back to a 15t front.
I may look out for a +1 rear, which should be a happy medium.

The second thing that came to light on these shitty French lanes.
With all the potholes the rear suspension kept bottoming out.

Had a look around for a better rear shock.
I couldn't get my budget to run to an Ohlins shock
The YSS looks OK, but Euro dealer is out of stock at the mo.
So for a temp solution I decided to make up a spacer to preload the spring a bit.

Taking the shock to bits was the easy part.


Made the spacer 12mm, which seemed a sensible place to start.



Getting the whole lot back together was a bitch, but finally done it.



Refitted it and the results were great.
No more bottoming out over every dimple and pebble.




So any Lardys looking for a cheap fix, this'll do it.

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Discussion Starter #17 (Edited)
Ok so me and Mrs took another trip out today.
Went to Oradore Sur Glan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane
Clocked about 150miles or so.
Wanted to give the rear shock mod a good testing



Seemed the 12mm rear shock preload was a bit of overkill.
Didn't bottom out, but gave a really harsh ride.
So when we got back decided to cut it down to 8mm.
I'll try that a bit later see if it's any better.





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Yea made up a couple of strong backs with angle iron and some 8mm studding.
Must admit to it being a bit of a c**t to do.
Taking it apart as standard was OK,
but compressing it with the extra shim was a real shit !!!

Don't go to 12mm though, it don't need it and is a really harsh ride
I'll post back how the 8mm works later.

Pappy Dog
 
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