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Few more Z750S Changes

I decided to put unspent Christmas money (my mom and stepdad still 'owe' me from last year) towards some luggage. I got the saddlebags and a few other things last week, and it was a good 90+ degrees in the garage, so I decided to start wrenching!

First I tried the saddlebags just over the seat to see if they would even fit. Not too bad for a sportbike. So then I set out to get them strapped across under the seat instead of on top. I pulled the little grab handles off because I knew they wouldn't fit with them on. After I got it all situated the handles really would fit so I put em back on! Doh. Then I retrieved the stock tie downs from the rear fender which I eliminated earlier in the year. It wasn't too hard to figure out how to put just that part back on, but I should really pick up some washers because tightening the bolts pulls the tie down piece through the soft plastic undertail. End result is the saddlebags go under the seat, strap to the tie downs in the back, and strap to each other under the tail. Whew.

Now that I was sweating like a pig anyway I decided to try my hand at wiring up some new front signals. They have a clear lens with amber LEDs so match the aftermarket rear better. And, they don't stick out like bug eyes on the front. They don't really fit too well and they 'mount' using double sided 3M stuff so I'm not sure how they will last. These probably aren't an end solution but for now they will work.

Putting so much work into the bike made me rethink frame sliders and I scored a set. They are supposed to be long enough to protect my plastics as well as the frame. I don't have a torque wrench or locktite but they are on there pretty solid. Before any long hauls I will have to get them tightened down properly.

That brings us to yesterday...
Picked up the tailbag the previous night and the whole system works like a charm. One of the reasons I wanted to make sure the saddles were so secure is that this tailbag hooks right into them. It can also be used separate, but I was going for the whole setup. And, I caved into the bling. I put stickers on my bike! Well, on the rims anyway. I have always had a respect for decalers, and now that respect is renewed. There are some bubbles, very wavy curves (not supposed to be), and even a few pieces of grit under the stickers. Lol. I was going to get all agitated about it, but for $10 I can just buy more stickers later.

Wee!

Before you ask, there aren't presentable pics yet because she is so dirty. I hope to fix that this afternoon.
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I decided to put unspent Christmas money (my mom and stepdad still 'owe' me from last year) towards some luggage. I got the saddlebags and a few other things last week, and it was a good 90+ degrees in the garage, so I decided to start wrenching!

First I tried the saddlebags just over the seat to see if they would even fit. Not too bad for a sportbike. So then I set out to get them strapped across under the seat instead of on top. I pulled the little grab handles off because I knew they wouldn't fit with them on. After I got it all situated the handles really would fit so I put em back on! Doh. Then I retrieved the stock tie downs from the rear fender which I eliminated earlier in the year. It wasn't too hard to figure out how to put just that part back on, but I should really pick up some washers because tightening the bolts pulls the tie down piece through the soft plastic undertail. End result is the saddlebags go under the seat, strap to the tie downs in the back, and strap to each other under the tail. Whew.

Now that I was sweating like a pig anyway I decided to try my hand at wiring up some new front signals. They have a clear lens with amber LEDs so match the aftermarket rear better. And, they don't stick out like bug eyes on the front. They don't really fit too well and they 'mount' using double sided 3M stuff so I'm not sure how they will last. These probably aren't an end solution but for now they will work.

Putting so much work into the bike made me rethink frame sliders and I scored a set. They are supposed to be long enough to protect my plastics as well as the frame. I don't have a torque wrench or locktite but they are on there pretty solid. Before any long hauls I will have to get them tightened down properly.

That brings us to yesterday...
Picked up the tailbag the previous night and the whole system works like a charm. One of the reasons I wanted to make sure the saddles were so secure is that this tailbag hooks right into them. It can also be used separate, but I was going for the whole setup. And, I caved into the bling. I put stickers on my bike! Well, on the rims anyway. I have always had a respect for decalers, and now that respect is renewed. There are some bubbles, very wavy curves (not supposed to be), and even a few pieces of grit under the stickers. Lol. I was going to get all agitated about it, but for $10 I can just buy more stickers later.

Wee!

Before you ask, there aren't presentable pics yet because she is so dirty. I hope to fix that this afternoon.
But I'm sure the leg humpers wouldnt mind seein the bike dirty or you all sweaty.

Good work tho. Nuttin like a chick that can do her own wrenching.
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What bags did you get? I have the Cortech Sport saddle bags for mine. One of these days I need to see that bike in person.
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Haha! I wasn't just sweaty. I was drenched, grease streaked, rolling around on the garage floor nasty!

I opted for the Nelson Rigg luggage since they come with a lifetime warranty. And, I managed to buy the saddles and tailbag for $125 total; Can't remember which was $60 and which was $65. They should provide plenty of room for a weekend or even a week long trek.

I still need to get the foot plate welded back onto my kickstand and the spool/sliders are supposed to be here by Tuesday.
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Haha! I wasn't just sweaty. I was drenched, grease streaked, rolling around on the garage floor nasty!I opted for the Nelson Rigg luggage since they come with a lifetime warranty. And, I managed to buy the saddles and tailbag for $125 total; Can't remember which was $60 and which was $65. They should provide plenty of room for a weekend or even a week long trek.

I still need to get the foot plate welded back onto my kickstand and the spool/sliders are supposed to be here by Tuesday.
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Damn it's hot out there!

Here are a couple of full bike shots to start off:



Rear so you can see I put on the rear rim stripe and added back the tie-downs brackets (with reflectors):


Front so you can see the frame sliders, turn signals and front rim stripe:


And the luggage; There seems to be plenty of room on the exhaust side for the saddlebags, you can see the straps which connect the tail bag, and finally, you have the whole luggage setup:


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That is a sweet setup you got there.


Now about those greasy, sweaty pics
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pretty awesome setup chica, nice to see another gal gettin it done!
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Hey, your side panels are gray. Mine are silver, want to trade?

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Looks like a nice setup. Going anywhere with those bags? or did I miss that in my skimming?




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different luggage option...

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whos that?
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aw dude! nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! thats wrong!!


you should be
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Hey, your side panels are gray. Mine are silver, want to trade?

Do it!

That would work so well for BOTH of you guys!
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aw dude! nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! thats wrong!!


you should be
Whatever... You know you saved that as your desktop.
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yea rite-but i did send it out, i believe in passing on the nastyness. you got me, ima get my friends-big disgusting circle

and those signals look pretty sweet, to get back on topic
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