Tuesday, March 8, 2011



To all our Tragics riding new XT660Zs Ténérés who flung their rego plates off into the rocks and rubble on the side of the trail somewhere in the Flinders Ranges last weekend, well, all I can say is 20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing ... but boys, you obviously weren't reading TRAIL ZONE closely enough!

Back in issue 28 of TRAIL ZONE in one of our of first updates on our XT660Z Ténéré Project Bike, one of the first mods Dr Phil made to our bike was to shift the rego plate up under the tail light, spin the rego plate lamp around 180 degrees to shine upwards, and then trim off the lower part of the rear guard extension, with a small slice of rubber/foam hanging low to help give a more legal look. He then also remounted the blinkers up higher (see pic) -- although where the blinkers are placed will clash if you run soft saddlebags. I use a Giant Loop Great Basin bag on the XT660Z and it mounts fine and misses the relocated blinkers.

So guys, once you're done down at the RTA getting your replacement rego plate ordered, get down to the workshop and make this mod. And then all cry in unison: "Thanks, Dr Phil!"

-- Clubby, Ténéré Tragic #1

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