My Sport Touring Machine!
Well, after riding my VTX1800R I got used to carrying everything with me on trips. To make matters worse my really good friend rode a Gold Wing and if needed would carry my stuff in his trailer; yeah I was spoiled.
I bought the Hayabusa because I couldn’t pass up a good deal from a family member, and I wanted to convert it into a Sport Touring motorcycle. Last year I didn’t have to worry about luggage because my friend had carried my luggage on our trips. But he moved back to Texas and I needed to make some changes.
So, here’s what I did! The first thing I added was Heli Risers I don't have a picture since it's hard to tell, but they raise the bars up a 1 5/8 what a difference.
I went with the GIVI 46 liter top case with SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack. I like that I can lock my stuff and its waterproof. What’s also nice is that it clips off the bike in two seconds.
Next I added the ZUMO 450 GPS unit. So, far I really like the device and it appears to be pretty rugged compared to my NUVI 350. I used a setup I found online from CYCO Active; it uses a Ram Mount ball threaded thru the steering spindle.
Another option that I was considering was from Gadget Guy really cool site and pictures to view different bike configurations.
Since I already had a helmet ear phones for music, I wanted to step it up and add a communication system. I bought the Starcom 1 Advance communication system from a friend. It had a full face helmet headset for solo rider and power cable. Above is a picture of the mic installed with velcro. The other picture is showing how only one cable is hanging from the helmet; not to messy.
So, far I’m really pleased with the Starcom and its features. In a previous thread I mentioned that the audio is good and clear with cell phone and the music sounds really good; I don’t have to use a mini amplifier. The Headset is comfortable and mic does not get in the way. Although you will have to configure the VOX or determine what works best for you and different level of speeds. I’ll also be adding a two-way radio in the near future for bike to bike and probably the external volume control.
I decided to install the device into the tank bag because I like the idea of having everything easily accessible. I got the idea from RKA communication tankbags. I decided to use one of my older tank bags first before cutting up my 14 liter Cortech. It was also cheaper that buying RKA’s luggage bag. Above is a picture of what’s in my tankbag (Cell phone & Mp3), two-way radio next. I don’t have the ZUMO 450 hooked up because I can’t stand hearing the GPS voice/talking.
I also added power to that tank bag using Powerlet’s SAE cables from battery to tankbag.
I found most of my cables from Spoiled Biker’s website; they seem to be a little less expensive and fast delivery. http://www.spoiledbiker.com/
So, that about sums it up although I am considering installing a distribution block and relay switch as a precaution to not drain the battery in case I leave something on. A really cool feature on the Starcom is that it will not power up until you connect the headset. I’m probably going to do something like this
Hope this helps anyone looking to add a communication device, GPS, or luggage setup. All said and done my friend asked “why didn’t you just buy a Gold Wing”?
, I guess this is just my version of a Gold Wing! And that would be to easy..