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Nothing beats picking up ideas while travelling! Especially if it means getting a new toy... Well done!

So now that I'm allowed to post pictures here's a few of my bike as it sits right now.

I'd love to go crazy with mods but I already have too many projects going on. Still, within the first 2 weeks I got a screen, handguard, phone holder, tank bag, installed a connector for my heated vest ("Winter is coming, lol"), a small tank protector sticker and a rear lock.

I also got proper riding gears, all used but great shape!

Still waiting for my tidy tail and a few small things but quite happy right now.

For the curious, the 2 old vans are my 1969 and 1970 Ford Econoline (both with poptop). The white one is my 2001 Econoline 4x4 diesel camper that used to be an ambulance:)

And I also have a 1965 econoline camper but she's hidden ;)

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David


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Your bike looks great, l like the screen and other accessories you’ve fitted to it.
Thanks! I'm looking to add a rear rack then it should be fine for a while. Trying to be more practical than anything else... along with getting ready for winter season.

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So my wife finally found out yesterday that I had bought myself a new bike. Took her one full month, lol. And the only reasons she found out was by browsing through my pictures on the computer. She never realized I hadn't driven my truck to work all those weeks! All good, I still have a roof :)

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So my wife finally found out yesterday that I had bought myself a new bike. Took her one full month, lol. And the only reasons she found out was by browsing through my pictures on the computer. She never realized I hadn't driven my truck to work all those weeks! All good, I still have a roof :)

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Congrats sir - you are a role model to us all! :)
 

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So my wife finally found out yesterday that I had bought myself a new bike. Took her one full month, lol. And the only reasons she found out was by browsing through my pictures on the computer. She never realized I hadn't driven my truck to work all those weeks! All good, I still have a roof :)

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Especially those lovely fat rubber on the Econoline, they look absolutely sweet. I love these types of wheels, than too much bling and alloy stuff. Old school, rugged, practical, reliable and hauls arse. Oh and by the way, happy to see that you have a roof now. :D Ride safe.

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I now realize keeping your Duke stock is much harder than anticipated!

So if I'm failing at it, might as well fail miserably, hahaha!

Also, it paid out to regularly check for local used KTM parts! I got this brand new (still in the box) original KTM crash bar for $110usd and this barely used tail rack for $35usd. Not bad at all considering how much they retail.

I was hoping to find a Pelican case to fit a helmet but doesn't seem to exist. So I'll still mount a smaller lockable Pelican case on that tail rack. But that's another project to come.

The crash bar... not the greatest fit! Those upper bars sure didn't line up properly. The bolts supplied for those upper bars were too small as well so still need to buy some proper size/length.

Finally, enlarged my muffler for a deeper tone (took me 2min to do!) And added some LED bulbs on all 4 corners, nice and bright!!!

And upgraded my riding gears along the way with some Oxford Montreal 3.0 jacket and pants.. my oldest boy offered to model some gears :)

Next, I got a RB Evo to install and a tidy tail. Finally, waiting for my Delkevic new-car exhaust to show up and my 1fngr filter lid.

After all this I think I'll be good for a while, running out of money, Haha


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Nice finds! Did you find them on Craigslist?

I have a few more extras on my list: Galfer wave rotors (not a fan AT ALL of the stock front disc), EvoTech radiator guard & rectifier guard/exhaust hangar, and a pillion delete. Maybe the ignition and clutch guards. Then I will be satisfied.
 

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Are you sure the bolts are wrong on the guard? The holes often need the powder coat chased out of the threads.
 

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Nice finds! Did you find them on Craigslist?

I have a few more extras on my list: Galfer wave rotors (not a fan AT ALL of the stock front disc), EvoTech radiator guard & rectifier guard/exhaust hangar, and a pillion delete. Maybe the ignition and clutch guards. Then I will be satisfied.
Yes, Craigslist. Theres a nice exhaust for sale now but for the older model.

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Are you sure the bolts are wrong on the guard? The holes often need the powder coat chased out of the threads.
Yes, those supplied were too small. Haven't had issue with the powder coat as reported by some. I just ran the bolts 1st to make sure they fitted.

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Ok I lied.

I thought I'd be good for a while with those latest mods but... I ended up buying a RapidBike Evo, a 1FNGR air lid cover and a full cat delete 9" Delkevic exhaust. I also mounted a Pelican box on my tail rack. I know it's not for everyone's taste but that waterproof/lockable trunk has been a game changer for my daily commute.

I followed the videos from "Moto Mirius" on YouTube to figure the RB Evo install. His explanations are spot on and if you haven't seen any of his videos I think they're worth it. I'm no expert and my judgment may left to be desired but so far everything he explained worked out for me.

So, first impression on those recent mods. The RB Evo probably does what it's supposed to but it's not very noticeable. I let the bike idle for 10min after the install to reset the ECU and started driving. Only put a couple hundred km's so far and haven't noticed yet smoother low speed as most people report. I think my bike had already "learned" quite good on it's first 1000km and wasn't horrible like some earlier model but I'm still hoping after more km's under it's belt it will smooth out.

Now, the MUFFLER! As expected it is LOUD! Gorgeous guttural low deep tone until you throttle up then it wakes up (and wakes everyone else too!). I like it but I wish it'd be 30% quieter. I think it's rated at approx. 102 decibels. Not sure if my neighbors will let me get away with it as I normally leave my house at 6am... But who can argue with the clean look of no cat and no silencer, just a beautiful Stainless pipe :)

Now I think I can say I'm done with major mods (for a while anyway). Still planning to ride through our mild and wet winter or until the frost covers the ground. Then it will be back to my 4x4 beast until weather allows. I don't have picture of the bike back together but this gives an idea...

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David
 
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