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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Cheap mods

Just thought I would show you don't have to spend a fortune to modify easily.
1) Just filled the handlebars with kiln dried sand. Had to blank off the drain hole in the centre of the bars using polyolefin tubing. Had to deal the switch location holes with a bit of silicone sealant also around the bar end tapped hole adaptors in the ends of the bars to stop the sand leaking out. Total cost for this mod < £1. This mod alone has made it less vibes and the mirrors are more useable too.
On reassembly I gave the handlebar a light coat of petroleum jelly (Vaseline or similar where the throttle grip slides over. This has made the throttle action a lot smoother.
2) Bought a generic fenda extenda off eBay for £3:50. Because of the small amount of clearance between fender and tyre I bought plastic rivets from a Triumph dealership. These are supplied with their genuine extends kits but are available separately. Total cost £4.70. Not a perfect solution but the original fender is far too short really. (GS version far better but more tricky to fit)
3) Purchased a 17T front sprocket from BMW dealership in Northants. Cost £18.60. Resulting in lower engine RPM and less vibration. Added benefit is now my bike does around 80mpg.
4) Cheap "Fly" screen off eBay. Cost £25.99.....just been informed of a 5% price reduction.! Excellent value and I feel really does look the part and for me it works.
5) Added a 3rd number plate bolt to reduce vibration (Dealership only fit 2 thus allowing plate to vibrate on the triangular shaped moulding of the NP mounting and wearing the numbers). Cost about 25p incl loctite.
6) I manufactured a back brake pedal cover plate from a small piece of Aluminium I had lying around. I realise not everyone can make one of these but they are not expensive to buy (approx £14 - £19 ish). Mine was free apart from 2 x M8 button head screws but I had them already.
7) I replaced the undertray nuts with stainless versions just because of where they are. Cost < £1

Again not everyone is able to or wants to do these same mods but for me they have made the bike much more "useable" and "biker friendly"
It would be interesting to hear if anyone else has "Economy Mods" they can share. If anyone wants more info on my cheap mods then please ask.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 03:19 PM
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Hi Ian,

Any photos?
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Hi Mike I will sort some photos out tomorrow hopefully. Anything in particular you want to see?
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Some photos. Bit difficult to show the handlebar mod as it's all sealed now. I'm enclosing a photo of the polyolefin tube (heat shrink). I will post links later for the items bought off ebay.
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Someone at BMW needs to get fired for the stupid rear brake pedal.
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