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Old 12th May 2017, 20:43   #31
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Beautiful clicks and very nice update.

CBR is a very good and sorted bike and other than the cost and low ground clearance, it ticks all the boxes

by the way, what app or software you have used for post processing.
Yup. The GC issue pops up when riding two up. As it is, roads in and around Bangalore have some super-unscientifically designed speed bumps.

Pics courtesy- the Blore 650F members (some of them clicked with an Iphone 6 or 7 i guess). Benefits of riding in a large group - you don't have to bother with clicking pics yourself
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17,500 km update:

Completed the 24-month service sometime back - bike has been running smooth as usual. For the most part of the last few months, the 650F was handling commuting duties. I guess I'm the only guy to have pushed the stock Dunlops for this long - will have to hunt for tyre replacements soon. Meanwhile, I got to implementing a few mods which I had been planning for a long time..
  1. Handle Bar/ Clip-on risers - The 650F has a relatively comfortable riding position by sportbike standards (yes the 650F is a sports tourer) with its clip-ons mounted on TOP of the triple trees with a built-in half inch or so rise. This leads to a forward lean of around 21 degs. Compare that to around 39 degs for the old Fireblade (a supersport). However, none of this will compare to the fully upright riding stance of a naked bike Eg: CB650F.
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    Most of the CBR650F riders I know are pretty OK with the riding stance but I wanted to the raise the handlebars a bit - the neck used to hurt a little while on long rides (>200kms). The logical thing which I should have done were some neck strengthening exercises and get back in shape. But I chose option B instead - try and source clip-on risers

    The aftermarket (not in India of course) offers quite a few options when it comes to risers - there are brands like Woodcraft, Apex Racing etc (and a whole bunch of others) who provide risers - anything from a 2 inch to a 4 inch rise. But these retailed at around $250 to $300 a pop (ebay). Expensive, I thought. The aftermarket scene in India (Carbon Racing etc) didn't have a el-cheapo version either. I happened to chance upon articles of fork extenders for other bikes (mostly cruisers) and decided to take a stab at creating fork extenders for my bike. DIY rocks I thought. Ok, I asked the local neighborhood mechanic who in turn knew someone with a Lathe to machine them for me. This also required longer clutch cables (found these on ebay - of the CB650F naked sibling). The process took its own sweet time but I was pretty impressed with the finished product.

    The Fork Extenders (material = Mild Steel)
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    Et Voila - Clip-on risers! These can provide upto a 4.5 inch rise. In addition to longer clutch cables, this setup required a means of stabilizing/ holding both the extenders - got hold of a lower triple tree to perform the job.
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    Much more comfortable forward lean now!
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  2. Saddle-Bag stay/ holders - Got Givi soft saddle-bags (model - EA100B) sometime back. Ebay, again - had a friend bring it to me from Germany. Was planning a long ride with my wife for quite sometime but it required some prep. As is the case with handle-bar risers - there weren't any cost-effective options for saddle bag stays/ brackets. Givi do have options but I couldn't find a good deal, nor a friend to bring it to me from Europe. Didn't want to bear shipping costs + customs either.

    Jugaad #2 - got saddlebag stays done by a local welder While not the most aesthetically pleasing, these got the job done on my recent ride to Goa. I'll remove them when not using the saddle bags.
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En route to Goa! 650F riders from across India (with some coming from as far away as Punjab & Orissa) met up during the Oct 2nd weekend in South Goa. Will try and share some pics of the G2G soon. Thankfully the rains stayed away except a few minor drizzles.
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I did a poor job of mounting the saddlebags though.
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The wife abides!
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Palolem beach is probably the best beach in Goa. But food prices at all the shacks seem to have gone up significantly compared to the last time I visited. Despite the off-season.
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Neighbouring Agonda beach. Lesser crowds compared to Palolem!
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Was raining when we started the return journey, so on went the rain covers for the saddle-bags.
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Cheers!

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Great post Loki. Thanks for sharing. Was just wondering how does the 650f's ground clearance stack up to the Ninja 1000 which is available in India today?

Also, good to see the better half taking part in a biking trip. Cause most females these days are into studies -> modelling/acting/job -> money -> getting old. Don't know what comes next after that.

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Great post Loki. Thanks for sharing. Was just wondering how does the 650f's ground clearance stack up to the Ninja 1000 which is available in India today?
Thank you. The Ninja 1000's GC is around 130mm i guess - around 3mm lesser than the 650F. Will scrape the larger speedbreakers especially while riding with a pillion. After the rains this year, I'm sure a lot of Africa Twin-swallowing potholes would have opened up in every city.
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