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    It was with a heavy heart that the Drifter had to move on, but it was time. I hadn't ridden it much in a while and had other endeavors I wanted to accomplish.

    So enter the new member of the garage....

    It's a 2011 W800.
    When it arrived in my garage, after a trip back from Wagga in the back of the ute, it was stock as a rock with the exception of a set of flat handle bars that I didn't particularly like.

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    The plan for the next day was to put on the standard bars and just tidy a few things up.
    Heh… so that didn’t happen.
    Following a quick post on Canberra Cafe Racers FB group, a nice set of clubman bars landed in my lap, so the work begun.

    Over the next two days it got:

    • New bars
    • New grips
    • New mirrors
    • New indicators front and back
    • New tail/brake light
    • Lowered the front.
    It’s only baby steps compared to some peoples cafe racer, but its a good start. Next will be seat, fenders, and then perhaps a change in colour.

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    Since these pics the mirrors were swapped for ones that…. work
     
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    Sweet bike!
    How do the pipes sound? they arent stock are they?
     
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    Headers are, mufflers no.
    The mufflers have been baffled fairly substantially. So not loud, but sounds good.
     
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    we should have a race :)
     
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    To a cafe perhaps! [emoji13]


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    Started returning the bike to stock this arvo ready for rego.
    Kinda depressing.
     
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    Bars and all?? That fucking sucks.
     
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    Yeah, the stock indicators foul on the clubman bars.


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    Progress

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    Post work shake-down run this afternoon.
    Only things to report:
    - Slight exhaust leak (easy fix)
    - Slight adjustment to bars/levers (easy fix)
    - Fairing that vibrates like a bitch and hits various things when going over a bump. Fix as follows (has been painted since)

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    Quick update.
    Instead of lowering the front I've decided to raise the rear instead; so today on went a pair of 20mm oversized YSS shocks.
    Also knocked up my own tail-tidy over the weekend and ditched the whole rear fender. Front fender got swapped out for an after-market trimmed one.
    Really just waiting on the seat to arrive now.

    With all that sorted, the next two major things will be a trip to Laurie for the for the front end and eventually a complete respray.
     
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    What was the length of the stock shocks and what are u doing with them?
     
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    330mm. An old set of Koni's. 14mm top, 10mm bottom. No idea.
     
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    Seat arrived!

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    TL;DR - I took a factory cafe seat and fixed it.

    The below photo isn't really the best comparison, but....
    So I got a factory cafe seat. Once it was on I really wasn't happy with it. It was too wide and too tall. Theyre just completely dis-proportionate to the rest of the bike. But I wasnt about to give up.
    I pulled it apart and took a loot at it. I cut off 1cm from the bottom edge of the fibreglass base to begin with. Looking at the foam, much like most factory seat, the internal foam is molded to all the bumps and lumps of the seat base. You dont want to loose this. So with an electric knife I sliced off the very lower layer of the foam. Just enough to capture all the molded bits. After that I flipped over the remainder and look a 1cm slice out of it.
    Put the top bit back on and it all (mostly) lined back up. Next with copious amounts of gaffer (cloth) tape I pulled everything back into shape and also reshaped the rear of the seat area to narrow it down as much as possible.
    Then it was just a case of putting the vinyl cover back on, pulling it down as tight as I could get it and fixing it in place with fresh staples.
    Like I said, the photo doesnt really show the change, but it is significant.

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    Also, I made up some new injector covers

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    looks sweet mate - getting closer to a nitroheads style seat.

    Dig the mesh cover aswell - I can see this bike getting a few mods over the next few months...
     
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    Nitroheads dont actually make a 'cafe' seat for the W800. There are kinda five options.
    Peyton Place
    Corbin
    RB
    DIY
    And lastly, the factory option Cafe seat that I scored for a decent price.

    The first three are ridiculously expensive.
     
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