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  • I am going through withdrawls...

    Crap.

    I am waiting for my replacement parts (post crash) to come in, and am getting antsy. It's always the case, when my bike is fine in the garage I take it for granted, but the moment it's in the shop or broken or after I sell one I am suddenly overcome with a feeling of loss.

    I have been keeping busy. I changed the oil and have removed all of the damaged stuff, but I'm getting impatient. Instead of ordering my new stuff online, I decided to support local business and ordered my replacement parts from the Suzuki shop on Oahu (another island from mine). The way I figured, it's not the shop run by that manager I have a problem with even if it is owned by the same man. Anyway....Here I am going on week 3 waiting for my stuff. I don't think I will order stuff through the local dealers anymore. I really hope I don't have a need to anyway! LOL!

    I also installed my steel braided brake lines that I have been putting off and spent some time cleaning the bike real good. I have been having too much fun riding the damn thing I haven't cleaned it as thouroghly as I should have. Shame on me!

    Even if I'm a little sad when I look at her all banged up, I can't help but be excited about getting more mods done on the bike before she gets back on the road. I remember how my '98 TLS sounded with a full exhaust and I am really looking forward to hearing the TLR fully plumbed. How do the members here that own Akropovic pipes like them? Any problems I should look out for when installing them?

    I guess there's always something good that comes out of something bad. At first I didn't want to fiddle with the TLR too much, but now that she has been literally broken in, I figured what would it hurt? I bought my Slip on's and 40T rear sproket with this line of thinking, but that has all changed. I didn't want to change the chain until it got worn which is why I got the 40T sprocket. I've ordered a D.I.D. gold X-Ring and will be running a 42T sprocket out back to give her a try. I ran a 41T on the TLS and really liked it, but I want to try something new with the TLR.

    Yeah, I'm going through withdrawls, but I'm really looking forward to getting my bike on the road again. I LOVE my TLR, but I have a feeling I will love her even more once I free up a couple more ponies on her. I can hardly wait!
    Your Friend in Sport,

    Edwin

  • #2
    I feel the exact same way Edwin

    I wanna see a busted up B/W


    Can you give any more info on that Akro system
    TLOTM:
    May 2003
    August 2004

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    • #3
      SDTLR,

      Brother...I can't do it. I can't take pictures of her like that. It's only a busted windsheild, cracked upper & mid on the rightside and missing blinker & intake cover and some bent levers...but still...It breaks my heart to see her all scraped up! LOL!

      As for the Akropovic, I have been drooling over the HP specs they claim for years now, ever since I had my '98 TLS, but DANG! Them things cost money! Well, my luck may not be too good, but my timing is spot on! I just recently became a Lockhart Phillips dealer and am trying to convince myself that getting the Akro pipe now will be justified seeing as it could be a good advertisement for the business. (That sounds good right?!?! LOL!) Anyway...I need to work out the bottom line cost seeing as I have to figure in the shipping costs.

      Akropovic only makes a "Evolution" system for our TLR's. I think it's just their way of sqeezing out the most $$ they can out of us. LOL! I dunno why these pipes make so much more power than other brands (claimed HP) but if they do, I can see how they would charge so much more for 'em.

      I will be in a better position to give you an exact price for an Akropovic pipe once I get mine and the others (my friends here ordered some too) in. Lemme ask you this: If it were your choice, would you get the Titanium or Carbon mufflers for your TLR? My boys at the shop convinced me to get the Ti mufflers, but I am a carbon addict and would have loved to have some. LOL!
      Your Friend in Sport,

      Edwin

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      • #4
        Tough call on the Carbon or TI. IMO the TI is a pain in the ass to keep looking good, you have to remove the bands everytime you clean them And unless you pull the badges the edges will always look a little different

        There is a lot of talk about V-Twin pulses blowing out the carbon weave, I have seen this damage up-close.... That alone would steer me away from CF.


        So to answer your question...I have no idea
        TLOTM:
        May 2003
        August 2004

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        • #5
          That was good...Oh yeah....that was good....LOL!
          Your Friend in Sport,

          Edwin

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          • #6
            What was the best price you could find on the Akro? Just curious on the best deal going. I am close to ordering....
            Full Yosh - PCII - K&N - Protek rear sets - Joe V mod - Pair Valve removed - Mobil 1 Synthetic - Shaved subframe - BRG 1/5 throttle - Yellow windscreen - Ministalk signals - Hugger - Manual fan switch - TRE - Gap mod with custom tray - GPS - Krisnett spools - Subrame raised 3/4" - 12 volt plug - Rear brake reservoir in tail - M1 Metzlers - Powerlet lead - Extended drain hose - Quick release seat & tank - Top gun undertail with clear lenses - Clock/Thermometer - License plate on swingarm - Belly

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Edwin
              SDTLR,

              Brother...I can't do it. I can't take pictures of her like that. It's only a busted windsheild, cracked upper & mid on the rightside and missing blinker & intake cover and some bent levers...but still...It breaks my heart to see her all scraped up! LOL!

              good way to show your respect to your bike. She would be asshamed if you should her looking that way. She probably still feels bad about what happened. Baby her back to health so she can gain her confidence back.
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              • #8
                Definitely titanium-and I have a boatload of cf on the bike. Just doesn't look right on exhaust though.

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                • #9
                  I feel your pain

                  Going on 6 weeks now without my ride. Looking at at least 6 more before I can get back in the saddle.

                  The only thing cool about it is seeing the bike coming back together, way better than before. I have to go out at least once every couple of days to sit on it .

                  I finally got everything I needed to get her running so at least now I can fire it up and listen to that new Yosh system
                  X-TLR owner
                  05 Black R1, Yosh TRI-Oval Carbon slip-on's, Fender eliminator/mini signals, smoked lenses, Shogun sliders,

                  And the need, the need for speed....

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                  • #10
                    Get the Ti.

                    I have titanium on my Bulldog. Looks soo sweet!

                    And like SD, I have seen cracked Carbon slipons too.
                    Big No No for Twins and Carbon for me after that.
                    TL1000R -99. Yellow/Black.
                    M4 Full system(Alu), K&N Filter, TRE mod, removed Pair valve. Yoshimura clutch cover, removed Scissor gears, Carbon fibre hugger, carbon fibre rearhugger, HammerIt TLR/R fairings, Gilles Toolings rearset. Pazzo racing levers, shorties, Íhlins rear, Brembo front brakes, ET79 undertail, blah blah blah...
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