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Old 03-29-2015, 11:21 AM   #31
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:53 AM   #32
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If I recall correctly, Nitron USA is in Utah.
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:56 PM   #33
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Ah yes, that's correct. Sorry, it has been a while since I've ordered. I think this ran me about $800 but I'm not 100% sure on that either.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:06 AM   #34
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Just took a nice 3 day touring ride down to Santa Cruz. Had the bags fully packed and my gf on the back. The Nitron rear suspension had a perfect amount of adjustment needed to accommodate all that extra weight in the back. The bike actually felt better with her and the bags on the back than it does when it's just me by myself.

I also added some MondoMoto fork lights and a Kaoko cruise control both of which came in handy on the trip. I didn't get to use the cruise that much, but I know it will be very useful for my trip down to Malibu at the end of the month.

All in all, this bike has become a great sport tourer for me.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:12 PM   #35
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Thanks for the update on the usefulness of your improvements to that bike. Good platform to build on.
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Just took a nice 3 day touring ride down to Santa Cruz. Had the bags fully packed and my gf on the back. The Nitron rear suspension had a perfect amount of adjustment needed to accommodate all that extra weight in the back. The bike actually felt better with her and the bags on the back than it does when it's just me by myself.

I also added some MondoMoto fork lights and a Kaoko cruise control both of which came in handy on the trip. I didn't get to use the cruise that much, but I know it will be very useful for my trip down to Malibu at the end of the month.

All in all, this bike has become a great sport tourer for me.
Extra weight over the rear is often liked, I know I like it. If ya know what I mean...
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Old 06-09-2015, 02:08 PM   #37
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Just took a nice 3 day touring ride down to Santa Cruz. Had the bags fully packed and my gf on the back. The Nitron rear suspension had a perfect amount of adjustment needed to accommodate all that extra weight in the back. The bike actually felt better with her and the bags on the back than it does when it's just me by myself.

I also added some MondoMoto fork lights and a Kaoko cruise control both of which came in handy on the trip. I didn't get to use the cruise that much, but I know it will be very useful for my trip down to Malibu at the end of the month.

All in all, this bike has become a great sport tourer for me.
Looks Great, and how you think, sounds great...

You may decide on different things, as the touring grows... But.. That's the way things progress... You're lookin great, now.
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:15 PM   #38
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Thanks guys I'm really happy with how it turned out. The big test will be at the end of the month covering 1000+ miles in 3 days. I wish I had actually picked up the Versys when I was in the market for a new bike, but at that time I was attracted to the sportier look of the Ninja 650.

With how light of a bike this is vs some of the dedicated touring bikes that are like 600lbs+, I think it's fitting me pretty well.

Next up for me is to pick up a 600cc+ super sport for track and weekend riding. Then I can finally put some risers with stock bars on the 650 and have it be even more comfortble.

One thing I am struggling with is the comfort of the pillion seat. My gf is worried for the upcoming trip. I think the longest she's been on is about 100 miles, and we will be doing 400 miles on the longest day. Anything that we can (safely) place on top of the pillion seat to make it more comfortable for long distances? We tried the Corbin seat in the rear, but we were not confident in the way it attached so we went back to stock for that. Open to hearing what you guys might think.
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I have never tried them... but I hear great things about the beaded seat covers...

other than that, just make sure she wears comfortable, breathable clothing and under garments.
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I have never tried them... but I hear great things about the beaded seat covers...

other than that, just make sure she wears comfortable, breathable clothing and under garments.
Good advice.

All the solutions - bike shorts, beaded covers, sheepskin covers, Airhawks, aftermarket seats - work differently for different folks. You'll have to experiment.
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Your bike looks good. See you soon for the trip down south.

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