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    Put most of this up on the last forum, but now that the season is winding down thought I would repost and update here.



    This is what I had the last few years:







    Last year I wrecked it in a bad accident, My link.



    Didn't have much money for replacement, so in the spring I looked for something cheap at least to get me back on two wheels, and ended up with this 1996 TW:








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    It had been used as trail bike its entire life, puttering around the mountains. The owner said it had never gone above 40 km/hr.



    It had only 4000 km (2500 miles) on it, but was showing some wear and tear. Headlight and instruments were bent or broken, frame brackets gone, grips worn out, brake lever bust, etc.












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    It would never look as pretty as a fancy new one, but the advantage was modifying it was no big stress.



    Now what I really like a motorcycle for is using it every day, and with few to no trails around here that means driving back and forth to work, getting groceries, etc.



    I had really liked the topbox and small side bags on my Vstrom for this, and part of the reason I got the TW was that hard gear could easily be fitted to it.



    Plus this forum showed that all kinds of other mods could be done. Add in a (briefly) strong Canadian dollar, the much cheaper prices for TW stuff compared to Vstrom stuff, and what I ended up with was boxes of stuff after a trip to a Montana parcel pick-up.:























    And so on.

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    This is kind of the look I had in the back of my mind, the 'Thin-strom'.







    It was going to take a while, especially as I was driving the bike every day to work.

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    This is gonna be good.
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    First things were a round headlight and a topbox, plus the JC Whitney seat pad:







    Used the 8" sidemount headlight from Fly N'Cycle, combined with chrome brackets from ebay.











    Fitting was easy, the old headlight assembly comes off with a few bolts. The chrome brackets just clamp to the fork tubes. One thing I should have done is attached the back of the headlight to the instrument panel backplate with wire to hold the headlight aim. Instead I just tightened up the side bolts alot and I see now it is screwing up the mounting bushings.



    For the top box I ordered the same large JC Whitney unit I had been happy with on the Vstrom. The mounting bracket bolted on easily in place of the stock pad, just had to drill a few holes in the bracket:











    It worked good for me like that, and with a little reinforcement would probably be enough for most things. The only thing I'd do different is slide the mount a little further back to make it easier to take the seat off.

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    Looks like you could use 1cm longer bolts, bend a piece of flat steel and a couple lock nuts to affix it to your longer bolts, and u-bolts and lock nuts on the frame would provide plenty of reinforcement for your box mount.
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    Next were the plastics. Used Krylon Fusion to make them black:











    I think I would try some other product next time, the Fusion is fairly brittle and doesn't seem to adhere super well. Not bad, just not great.



    Richochet bash plate OTOH, easy as pie to fit, nice solid unit, and 1/3 the price of a Vstrom equivalent:












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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Looks like you could use 1cm longer bolts, bend a piece of flat steel and a couple lock nuts to affix it to your longer bolts, and u-bolts and lock nuts on the frame would provide plenty of reinforcement for your box mount.


    Yeah, exactly. Just bridge the plastic.

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    I did not have much success with the Fusion Paint on my Clarke tank either. Should anyone find a good/better plastic 'paint' process, please let us know. Gerry
    Take care my Friend.........

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