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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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Captain Cheapo's mods


here's some cheapo mods I did on my XC. If you are worried about keeping your bike pretty you may want to look away..

First is a Captain Cheapo Cruise Control system. Using thin bungee cord wrap and tie to appropriate tightness around hand guard. Add doubled over two inch (5cm) Soft Velcro for Operation Handle.
How to Use: Using the Operation Handle - wedge bungee into gap between throttle and starter switch. Turn to appropriate speed. Enjoy wrist relief. To disengage - Using the Operation Handle - Remove bungee from gap and place in crevasse beside starter button. Enjoy normal throttle function.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Captain Cheapo Mudflap

Using old car mats or other sources or free rubber at hand, cut out appropriate size mudflap. On mudflap use 2" Industrial Strength Self Adhesive Soft Side Velcro on top of flap. Remember to heat up the glue with an open flame of your choice to ensure good stickage.
Now on the bottom on the battery compartment exterior in the wheel weld place the Hard Side Velcro (don't forget to torch the velcro very briefly) Now attach the mudflap by marrying the velcros together.
Refrain from blasting this too hard with pressure washer.

Will it last? Time will tell.
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Captain Cheapo Tankbag

This is for other KLR owners who have seen the light.
Use your old KLR specific tankbag, Gently remove(800) side panels Remove Panel on tank near keyhole. Remove top of tank panel bolts and loosen the ones near the headlight assembly. Cut 1 inch line in tankbag where it would impede on replacing the keyhole panel. Using expletives - gently manouver tankbag into place and poke holes in appropriate place to facilitate getting top panels back on. Now pull the rear tankbag tabs down to the frame and wedge in using the 800 panels. As you can see, this is not a quick release system but you never have to worry about someone stealing your tankbag. It's a bit of a bitch but can be done and a cheap solution while you mull over which tankbag to buy.
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...Captain Cheapo Cruise Control system...
Oh Captain Cheapo, you are my hero! Your cruise control system is so pathetically cheap and simple it's brilliant. No bolts, no nuts, no screws and no messing around taking things to bits or aligning stuff.

I love it.
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I like the cruise control. Might try that myself.
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Wow, hard to find so many people in one place with a death wish! I'm scared!

I sure hope that I'm on the joke page!
Even if it is a joke I hope no one does this and gets hurt doing it!

I didn't get to be 70 by doing or promoting something like this!

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Wow, hard to find so many people in one place with a death wish! I'm scared!

I sure hope that I'm on the joke page!
Even if it is a joke I hope no one does this and gets hurt doing it!

I didn't get to be 70 by doing or promoting something like this!
Lighten up. you can still easily turn the throttle. it just takes much of the tension off.
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Lighten up. you can still easily turn the throttle. it just takes much of the tension off.

If you don't/cant see the inherit dangerous problem with it, I'm through talking about it!
I would just hate for someone to take your advise and get hurt, or worse, following your advise!
Some people just have to poke at the hornets nest with a short stick because they see nothing wrong with it!

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I am not sure how it is any more or less an issue than any other throttle resistance mechanism. If you have a problem with them in general that is fine, but I see little basis to come on so hard regarding this particular implementation.
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Question

If you had a friend that was doing something that you knew was really wrong and had the potential to harm him, wouldn't you try to help him by warning him of the impending dangers?

Kind of like pulling him back up on the curb if a bus is going to hit him!
If I was about to step on a rattlesnake I feel that you would try to warn me about it instead of trying to get someone else to think that it was a good idea to step on the snake!

I'm trying to warn you as a friend, if I didn't care about your safety enough for me to warn you about a very dangerous situation that has the potential for harm, I would have just moved on and forgot about you and your Rube Goldberg apparatus.

Comparing dangling strings and Velcro to a manufactured throttle lock is .....well you know!

Now that I know you don't care about your personal safety enough to take the wisdom of my 70 years of experience and seeing little things like yours become life changers for people I will just move on!

If you don't want my caring advise maybe someone else that thought your idea had merit will give it a little more thought than you did and let good sense prevail!

Take care!

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