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Skid Plate, K&N intake, National Cycle windscreen. There was other miscellaneous fluff that wouldn't interest this crowd at all. Plus I had a 20% off coupon from the dealer where I bought my bike. It expires on the 4th so I went there today and ordered the Yamaha upgraded footpegs. 20% off dealer price ends up being the same as the various on line prices. Lol. Oh well.
 

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How does that K&N fit compared to the stock intake?
I don't know that any of the aftermarket intakes can truly resolve the knee-knocker issue, but the K&N setup is slightly better at the point of contact. It is considerably better out by the forward leading end.
The cover plate is retained with 4 small Allen head screws from the backside and 2 of the 4 are extremely difficult to deal with. I changed them all to hex head screws and solved that problem.
The kit comes with a length of breather hose that you are supposed to splice into your existing breather hose. That length of hose is so stiff that I instead found a way to reroute the original preshaped hose and simply cut it to the new required length. I kept the piece of hose that I cut off in case I want to splice it together and go back to the original intake. The splice point would be tucked under seat/tank area where it would be hardly noticeable.
 

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ordered those from Germany..... been wanting something like that ever since I got the bike... will soon get saddle bags / or aluminum boxes... (and put some hi-viz stickers on them) or maybe mount some LED lights
I like that rack, but it doesn't look like it would take to hard-case mounting. The sissy bar is too tall and would mean the base plate would have to be slid pretty far backwards... leaving little room to actually bolt it on. But hopefully I'm wrong about that. I intend to order one of those eventually... hoping a US distributor picks them up, because shipping from germany costs almost as much as the rack itself.

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I love the look of that K&N, but I'm not happy about the exposed filter element. I ride in the rain. A lot. That just doesn't seem a sound idea to me.

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I love the look of that K&N, but I'm not happy about the exposed filter element. I ride in the rain. A lot. That just doesn't seem a sound idea to me.

Charles.
I'm concerned about riding in the rain as well, although I rarely get caught in the rain using my cell phone weather radar apps. I need to contact K&N and order the rain cover. (Basically a shower cap) They claim that it breathes fine with the rain cover in place. If I ever take a long trip I would most likely swap back to the stock intake. Probably take about 15-minutes to changeover.
 

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I don't get "caught" in the rain. I ride in it purposely. I'm going somewhere, and not going to let rain stop me! Also a wet day on the bike is still better than a dry day at work.

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I don't get "caught" in the rain. I ride in it purposely. I'm going somewhere, and not going to let rain stop me! Also a wet day on the bike is still better than a dry day at work.

Charles.
Not anymore for me. 38 years ago I rode the entire distance from Daytona Beach Florida back to Michigan in pouring rain. It never let up. I inadvertently coordinated my trip with that of a hurricane.... I learned that rain suits and duffle bags didn't stand a chance back then when riding freeway speeds in constant rain. I'm sure the gear has come a long way in 35 years, but then so have I. If I'm riding in the rain now, it's because my weather app failed me and I got caught.
 

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Dry bags and hard luggage will keep your stuff dry. Rain gear can only do so much, but it is really good now. Heated gear can make rain more livable even if you’re soaked. With a 3xl rain jacket to go over my XL riding jacket (which is also water proof to some degree), rain pants, motorcycle boots, and boot covers, I’m 98% dry. I’ve not found any truly waterproof gloves yet, but my core, legs, and feet stay dry in all but a torrential downpour.

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I find the old school method of just slapping on a pair of those disposable latex gloves to work brilliantly. Once had to do that in the rain and it worked wonders for my hands, though finding the size needed to go over your gloves may be tricky.
 

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Santa brought me minus -15 degree farenheit weather for the last two weeks.. lol..... Maybe the next vehicle will be a snowmobile!cc
Anybody have a snowmobile out there?
-15F sounds pretty good right now. Try -28C lol! The christmas break was nasty cold in central Canada, not enough snow here and too cold for sledding! It usually gets better in Feb and March...
 

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-15F sounds pretty good right now. Try -28C lol! The christmas break was nasty cold in central Canada, not enough snow here and too cold for sledding! It usually gets better in Feb and March...
Dam!!! Okay... I dont feel so bad now.... lol lol.... Three degrees colder than here! lol... But seriously winter is pretty cold this year. Mild last year. Same up there? Yea we havnt had much snow either.
 

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Dam!!! Okay... I dont feel so bad now.... lol lol.... Three degrees colder than here! lol... But seriously winter is pretty cold this year. Mild last year. Same up there? Yea we havnt had much snow either.
Yeah for sure, the last few years have been exceptionally mild. Today was awesome tho, got up to -2C! The kids were out on the lake tearing it up, caught a nice fat walleye too!

Nothing from santa specifically for the yami, but my betterhalf got me a pretty sweet motorcycle jacket. Not the marlon brando type, just a straight up black leather with zippers on the cuffs and a snap collar. Its got pads in the elbows and shoulders and even one in theback, hopefully I never have to test it out. I told her I wasn't cool enough for it but she said Id be alright cause no one can tell with my fullface helmet on lol. Needless to say Ive been wearing it around the house since christmas, the helmet that is...
 

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For the first year in forever, I didn't get any moto related stuff for Christmas.
I did receive a nice little break-barrel .177 pellet pistol. https://www.umarexusa.com/collections/air-pistols/products/umarex-trevox
It apparently shoots a bit faster than advertised and is quite accurate.
I made up a pellet trap/target holder and was making dime sized groups at about 25 feet without my glasses . =)
 

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For the first year in forever, I didn't get any moto related stuff for Christmas.
I did receive a nice little break-barrel .177 pellet pistol. https://www.umarexusa.com/collections/air-pistols/products/umarex-trevox
It apparently shoots a bit faster than advertised and is quite accurate.
I made up a pellet trap/target holder and was making dime sized groups at about 25 feet without my glasses . =)
You gotta love those precision air guns. I have a long gun and a pistol which are both RWS brand from Germany. I made a pallet trap out of an old steroid speaker box. Removed the speaker and put a layer of electricians putty over the inside back surface. It stops and holds the pellets perfectly. After several hundred rounds you simply take a screw driver and pick away the layer of accumulated pellets and your good for several hundred more. Let me know what you find for the best accuracy on pellets. My RWS guns love the basic Crosman Premier with hollow points. I wash them with soap and water before I use them. Just dump the tin into and sock with some dish soap and run it under water while working the sock with my hands then dump them out onto some paper towels to dry. Have fun!
 
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