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What did you try that improved your K50?
« on: May 21, 2014, 05:37:37 pm »
Hi fellow K50 owners. After about 15000km I decided that I really do not like the seat sloping forward so much :peepwall:

Two weeks ago while cleaning the bike I started fiddling and found a solution that works for me. The seat has two height adjusters, one front and one rear. I set the front to high and the rear to low and put the seat back and voila, my seat is now level and I am no longer sliding into the tank while riding  :ricky:

Given my average length (1.77), both the higher and lower setting works OK for me so this workaround suits my requirements. Go try it :thumleft:

Please share your own ideas on this thread so we can all make the most of our K50's  ;)
 

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 06:10:19 pm »
Jip, that works great. Also, setting the pillion seat in the backwards position also makes more space for the rider.
 

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 06:57:19 pm »
Great idea for a thread. Thank you for the tips!
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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 09:20:53 pm »
Jip, that works great. Also, setting the pillion seat in the backwards position also makes more space for the rider.

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 11:21:17 am »
Although the std screen was ok for me as the rider, my wife complained of a lot of buffeting on the helmet as a pillion.
So I fitted this screen, slightly wider and a fair bit taller:
http://www.nippynormans.com/products/screens-deflectors-and-winglets/higher-and-wider-screens/item/nippy-high-wide-screen-tint-r1200gs-lc-r1200-adventure-lc-wde-1200gslct

It works great and looks close to original in style, so really liked it.

But I was worried about it being rather floppy in the wind or bumpy roads, so included this:
http://www.nippynormans.com/products/screens-deflectors-and-winglets/higher-and-wider-screens/item/cymarc-r1200gsa-lc-adjustable-screen-strengthening-brackets-pair-black-cym-cy260314assb

It's a simple brace that stiffens the whole screen yp and a great idea for those with the GSA's that complain about the floppy screen, I reckon.

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 11:54:46 am »
Very nice DaveW

Did you order from the UK? How did this work out for you with regard to waiting times and shipping costs and and and???
 

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2014, 12:02:06 pm »
Are there no crashbar bags available for the K50 yet??? I am referring to the ones that sell on the forum here?
 

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2014, 09:56:27 pm »
Very nice DaveW

Did you order from the UK? How did this work out for you with regard to waiting times and shipping costs and and and???

Draadwerk, I now live in the UK, so I ordered and got them in under a week  :ricky:
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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2014, 10:00:42 pm »
Very nice DaveW

Did you order from the UK? How did this work out for you with regard to waiting times and shipping costs and and and???

Draadwerk, I now live in the UK, so I ordered and got them in under a week  :ricky:
Needs to be some advantage to living on mud island!

Ah ha, and for us knowing you there now ! Good news I reckon???
 

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Re: What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2014, 10:07:08 am »

Ah ha, and for us knowing you there now ! Good news I reckon???

We I'm not beyond playing local middleman for mates back home. Just need a steady stream of commuters between London and SA to bring goodies in.
Small stuff, like screen brackets can be posted, I guess
 

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What did you try that improved your K50?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2014, 06:14:41 pm »
I fitted the Touratech breather today. Supposes to ensure that the breather on the final drive not suck water during a crossing. By the height it looks like it will do the job :thumleft:

It uses to be here where the black hose enters:



And now its here where the hose ends: