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post #1 of 13 Old Aug 28th, 2006, 2:26 pm Thread Starter
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Okay, I admit, I'm a po boy with an LT. SO my bike lives in the yard (for now) under a cover. Is there a quick release or fold-over joint for the radio antenna? I know I've seen the Gold Wing guys with this setup. I'd like to be able to cover hte WHOLE bike easily without having to get out tools to remove the antenna everytime I cover it up.

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Okay, I admit, I'm a po boy with an LT. SO my bike lives in the yard (for now) under a cover. Is there a quick release or fold-over joint for the radio antenna? I know I've seen the Gold Wing guys with this setup. I'd like to be able to cover hte WHOLE bike easily without having to get out tools to remove the antenna everytime I cover it up.

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Many of us have put plastic grommets in the cover to allow the antenna to stick through when covered. Not as nice as a quick release fold down, but it works well. Also some have just bent the antenna over and tucked the end under the handlebar to cover the bike. I am not a fan of that because if someone pushes down on the antenna under the cover it can be damaged.

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Not having looked for these items, what kind of plastic grommets? I use brass ones here at work all the time, but never had a call for plastic. From Lowes or Home depot I guess?? Rat Shack? I'll have a look and see and I'll check the bending under handlebar trick too.

This is mostly an "at home" thing anyway, like now, when the forecast is for rain for the rest of the week.

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A plastic grommet would be nice, but if you can't find one, simply put a short slice in the cover and have an upholstery shop or shoe repair shop sew the slice like a button hole.
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Not having looked for these items, what kind of plastic grommets? I use brass ones here at work all the time, but never had a call for plastic. From Lowes or Home depot I guess?? Rat Shack? I'll have a look and see and I'll check the bending under handlebar trick too.

This is mostly an "at home" thing anyway, like now, when the forecast is for rain for the rest of the week.

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You can get a little kit of plastic ones at most boating shops. I have seen them in some hardware stores also. Mine came from a local boat shop.

Like these: http://www.coghlans.com/catalogue/pr...t.php?catID=15
number 706

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http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...0226&langId=-1

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Thanks, I'll find something similar.

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This is mostly an "at home" thing anyway, like now, when the forecast is for rain for the rest of the week.
Um, you do realize the LT still rides fine in the rain?

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Yeah, but I use it for taking kids to school and communting 5 miles each way to work mostly right now. Don;t want to get the kids wet before school and just not worth the trouble of rain gear to ride 5 miles, eh? At least it's not to me. I'm not averse to rain, by any means, if I'm on a ride of anything longer.

And I got the Metzes. Haven't you read about the wet slippage on Metzes??? OMG< it's terrible!!!! How can ANYONE ride on those things??!?!?!....tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course.

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I think one or two people have replaced the stock antennas with the fold-down ones from G-Wings.
My wife sewed me a couple of small velcro flaps onto my cover. Pull em open and I can slip the LT antennas through. Closed, I can use the cover on another bike without antennas.

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I know some people used the hideaway antennae and have done away with the mast entirely.

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I plan on doing this mode when I feel amibitious. The consensus is that they have a slight loss of signal but it's worth the sacrifice.

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Just giving you a hard time, rando. I understand not wanting to suit up for 5 miles, and especially with kids in the equation. When I rode to work in Wales, it was often raining, or about to rain, or had just rained, and so all of my gear was waterproof all of the time. But I usually took the long way to work anyway.

And I know all about wet Metzelers. Never again on my LT, no thanks.

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I haven't had to ride this bike in the wet yet, so don;t know about the metzes in wet. I'll find out eventually I'm sure.

As for the hideaway antenna, our hilly terrain is problematic enough that I really don;t want to lose any more signal.

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