Day 20 – 131 km

The PowerParts which arrived last week, with the exception of the hand-guards, have been fitted.

The first item to receive my attention was the rather splendid seat.  Not only does it look very snazzy (see last photo in this post), but also allows you to position yourself further back than is possible with the standard seat.  It is slightly less plush than the original, but still comfortable.  The seat comes off fairly easily – you need to pull it back and upwards – once the single screw which secures it is removed.

Seat removed – mounting point on left.

The PowerParts item would however not seat fully, so the attaching screw could not be inserted.  On closer inspection, I noticed that the fixing tab had slightly high molding ridges, which I thought might account for the problem.  After some careful filing, the seat slotted in, and could be secured.

The securing tab – this photo shows the original, but both seats share a common base, only the padding differs.

Whilst the seats were off, I also connected a lead for my Optimate4 battery charger.  This is really a great piece of equipment and is available from Optimate SA at a discounted price of R718-00, postage included at the time of writing.

Optimate lead with water-resistant quick connect head.

Next, was the PowerParts exhaust hanger, referred to in a earlier post.  The PowerParts catalogue claims that removing the rear footrests results in a weight saving.  I was a bit sceptical about this, as the steel PP item felt, subjectively, heavier than the cast aluminium  unit it replaces.  It turns out that KTM are correct – the weight of the PP hanger is 201 gm, whilst the item it replaces weighs 335 gm.

Together with the lighter left-hand footrest (232 gm) this means a weight saving of 366 gm (actually probably about 5 gm less as I weighed the original footrest with a rubber bushing which has to be removed and transferred to the PP item).   Anyway, only the most obsessive of weight shedders would buy the PowerParts hanger for that reason – it simply would not be worth it.  Aesthetically however, fitting the PowerPart hanger results, in my opinion,  in an improvement which is worth every cent.

The bike as it now is – rear crash bobbins and silencer still to arrive.

Today, after a bit of a gloomy start, turned into one of those glorious early spring South African days – and provided the perfect excuse to ride down the hill to Pietermaritzburg to do a few chores.  Perhaps I can think of a few more to do tomorrow.

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