Featured Project Payday: Customizing My Street Twin

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  1. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    Time to make a thread to document my Street Twin customizations. I called it project Payday as I am trying to keep it budget friendly and do the customizations over a longer period of time. This to keep my spark going and get as much fun out of it as I could possibly can.

    I work in IT, so I'm not skilled in welding and what not. As a result my customizations will most likely stick to bolt on parts and I'm fine with that ;).

    To get things started I'm posting some pictures of what I like to call "factory customs". These are the customizations I had factory fitted on the bike. Some of the pictures where taken after coming home from a ride out, so apologies for the dust on the bike.

    So to the point, the part I had factory fitted: a tank pad, engine pads left and right, heated grips, drop bars.
    Although, the drop bars aren't present in some pictures, they didn't arrive with the bike due to production issues and where fitted by my dealer when I went to get my first 1000Km warranty service.

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  2. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    Any motorcycle project requires some tools. I didn’t have some of the tools, so part one of this project was to acquire some of them.

    I had a paddockstand for my old bike that came with both the l-shape supports and the V-hooks (or whatever they are called). As I couldn’t use the l-shapes for the street twin, because the brake line runs on the bottom of the swing arm, I had some bobbins fitted. When trying to lift the wheel, I noticed that I had to put the brackets to far inward for my comfort. They need to support the bike, so I need to feel confident they actually can. So first purchase, a new paddockstand.

    Secondly, I figured, I’m going to have to bolt on quite some pieces and I don’t have a torque wrench, so I bought one.

    Lastly, any motorcycle job requires a Haynes manual. There isn’t one for the 2021 street twin yet, but I figured That the 2019 manual was still quite up to par

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  3. Geoff Butler

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    Nice, it’s very satisfying to make your own personal mods isn’t it. I have a similar Street Cup (2017) with lots of minor tweaks. :cool:

    From personal experience, for safety, confidence and also based on feedback on this forum, I recommend replacing the factory Pirelli Phantom tyres after the first year though. The bike will handle much better with a new set of Avon RoadRider MkII, Pirelli Scorpion Trail or Avon Storm tyres.
     
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  4. robert moore

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  5. Bikerman

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    Have fun and enjoy yourself. y115.gif
     
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  6. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    The tyres were a little worry of mine when I just got the bike, having always actually loved the Michelin Pilot Roads. Changing the stock Pirelli’s for Michelin Pilot classics was something I was considering.

    But, there’s a but :yum, on the third day that I had the bike I went out for a long ride with some friends. It was 300km ride and we got caught in a huge downpour for about 220km of that ride. The Pirelli’s didn’t botch even a tiny bit, so at the moment I’m more doubting to actually keep the tires, then too actually swap them. But, that being said, I still have a long ride ahead until these tires go bust, so plenty of time to go back and forth.

    Thanks for the link by the way, will be an interesting read.
     
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  7. beerkat

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    Nice to hear from another ST owner. Had mine for over 4 years and made loads of changes. Other than the TEC camshaft swop not one required a torque wrench! If you want any info on my extremely tasteful and aesthetically pleasing mods then ask away.
     
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  8. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    The first custom part I fitted was this panier rail from Sw-Motech. Actually I fitted this part on day one of owning the bike, one of the first things I did when I got home after picking it up at the dealership. But for the sake of this thread I switched posting order.

    I went with the Sw-Motech legend gear range. I like the way it looks, I find it very fitting for a modern classic bike. What appealed to me was the fact that it gives the security of hard luggage panes, but with an appropriate visual style. They make the rail bike specific, so you can be sure it works.

    I know it is less flexible than universal luggage solutions, but I just prefer the way the bag is fixed to the railing! I do love the looks of for example trip machine gear, but I just know it is only a matter of time before I scratch my paintwork with one of their brass buckles should I use their gear.

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  9. beerkat

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    I agree with you about the SW-Motech gear. Unfortunately that pannier rail can't be fitted to a bike that has rear shocks with a remote adjuster, such as those from Fox or TEC. I've got TEC shocks so had to go for the universal pannier rail.
    By the way (and I've said this in other posts) will you please get rid of the tacky, stick-on reflectors on the fork legs. That should have been your no.1 mod ;)
     
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  10. TheBeardedPunk

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    The reflectors are a legal thing, can’t ride around legally without them. Am on the lookout for alternatives though.
     
  11. beerkat

    beerkat Senior Member

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    Are the Belgium cops really that hot on stick on plastic reflectors? Are they that observant? I would have thought they had more important crimes to deal with but I guess Belgium must be pretty crime-free.
     
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  12. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    Am not that worried about the Belgian cops, but I do enjoy crossing the border into The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Germany. Especially Luxembourg & Germany can be a pain, so better safe than sorry.
     
  13. beerkat

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    Fair enough. I bet the Swiss are 100% pro stick-on reflectors as well. H&S mad they are. Actually I no idea whether the Swiss give a :poop:
     
  14. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    Box with the next part arrived today! Don't be fooled by the size of the box, I ordered some other stuff as well. Hopefully I will have some time to mount the piece on the bike somewhere next week. I have a ride out planned this weekend (watch my other thread for that;)) and I plan on giving the bike a good wash before fitting the part, so hopefully the weather will cooperate with me.

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  15. Bikerman

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    Is it from Amazon ? I bet you've bought a 5ml washer.
     
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  16. TheBeardedPunk

    TheBeardedPunk Well-Known Member

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    While waiting for the part in the box to be fitted I ordered the next part today. It should take a week or three for it to arrive, so perfectly on time for my November update!

    I wasn’t planning on ordering already, but they tricked me with a 10% discount. Just don’t tell the misses o_O.
     
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