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@keithu - Is the Rally still scheduled or has it been cancelled like everything else this year?


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10 minutes ago, betoney said:

@keithu - Is the Rally still scheduled or has it been cancelled like everything else this year?

Officially it has been postponed to September (was July). The event is still at risk, we'll see what happens.

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That's another in a long line of shames.  Hey, it'll be cooler in September and the kids will (hopefully) be back in school.

I'm glad my shield reinforcement design helped you, though your Z- brackets look a bit thin but probably are adequite. I used thicker aluminum brackets not only for stiffness but also vibration damping (higher mass changes the natural frequency and lessens harmonics that cause can metal fatigue cracks).  As will the epoxy bosses I molded around the upper tube vertical fin junctions.

I may go to a Madstad too this fall.

good luck!

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9 hours ago, 2and3cylinders said:

I'm glad my shield reinforcement design helped you, though your Z- brackets look a bit thin but probably are adequite. I used thicker aluminum brackets not only for stiffness but also vibration damping (higher mass changes the natural frequency and lessens harmonics that cause can metal fatigue cracks). 

Yes, it is relatively thin stock but it's what I had laying around. I may remake them later with thicker stock, but even with these thin brackets there is a noticeable improvement in windshield stability. Thanks again for the idea!

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My pleasure, "we're in this together"! 🙄 I'm a retired aeronautical engineer in structures advanced alloys & composites, so this type of stuff is relative childs play.

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Okay, this should be the last mod before the rally: hydration system. Proper hydration is important for all of us, and it's easy to neglect on a motorcycle ride. But if you're just doing a single day ride or touring at a 300-500 mile per day pace, your body can tolerate some short term dehydration and you have more time off the bike to rehydrate.

But on a multi day LD rally like Butt Lite, a disciplined hydration regimen is critical. To solve this, I bought a one gallon Rtic jug, and modified it with a quick-disconnect fitting and an integral straw. A drinking tube with bite valves plugs into the quick disconnect and clips to a chest level carabineer on my Aerostich. The Rtic jug keeps water ice cold all day, and I should only need to refill it about once per day.

On my long test ride a couple weeks ago I strapped the Rtic to the passenger seat, in front of the aux fuel tank. This didn't work well because the jug made it really difficult to get on and off the bike.

Version 2: I bought a Yeti Rambler jug holder, which is the perfect size for the Rtic. It rests on the passenger footpeg, and I made some simple aluminum brackets to hold the jug in place.

The new location works great! There's still plenty of room for my big feet, and it isn't in the way at all when I mount and dismount. The drinking tube is easier to manage, too. I tried to use a badge retractor for the drink tube but quickly found that didn't work well. Clipping the drink tube directly to the suit worked fine.

In fact it almost works too well! I drank quite a bit during yesterday's 320 mile ride, and I had to stop and water the trees a couple times. Oh well, that's better than the alternative.

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Excellent, not really relevant here though, I just open my visor and mouth and let the rain hydrate me.

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1 minute ago, Stew said:

Excellent, not really relevant here though, I just open my visor and mouth and let the rain hydrate me.

That's how I do it in the winter. A little road grime mixed in with the rain also helps replenish electrolytes.

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@keithu - Great idea and nicely implemented.👍

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