My little bike is the orange one, 2nd from the right.
The Ducati Monster 821 got a lot of attention at all the rest stops.
Patriot 9/11 Memorial, Wellington FL.
1. Create route in Google Maps “My Maps” section. You can create waypoints, notes, alternate routes, etc.
2. Share the map and copy the URL link to your clipboard.
3. Convert that URL to a GPX file at GPS Visualizer:
3.A) – click the download link there, it saves a GPX file on your computer.
4. Email that GPX file to yourself.
5. Install OsmAndMaps on your iPhone or Android phone.
6. Check email on your phone. Open the email, tap the attached GPX File.
7. Choose “Open with OsmAndMaps application”
Enjoy. Once the map is loaded into OsmAndMaps, you can follow it even with no cell signal, anywhere.
Hat tip to the pace podcast, and their listener Chris Duffey, for this method.
April 11, 2016
I ordered the over-fender luggage rack and turn-signal relocator kits from Manracks a week ago.
Shipping was very prompt, I think Mike had them out the same day.
The luggage rack is very sturdy. Solid. The paint job is even and looks thick. The bolt location was perfect.
The turn signal relocator bracket attaches at the same location on the rear grab-bar as the luggage rack. They can fit one on top of each other.
One of the rear attachment points, the forward hex head bolt, is directly under a bar on the luggage rack, making it more difficult to install than it needed to be – there is no room for socket so you are left using an open ended wrench instead. Trying to do that while holding the bottom nut still with a different wrench, while trying to keep the parts from falling off the bike, all really requires two sets of hand – one of them preferably very small. I had an 11-year old help, his smaller hands really worked out well.
I found it was easier to install the bolts after taking the brake light assembly off, otherwise it was way too tight a space to work down there on the rearward bolt.
Only one negative comment: I will say that the hex head bolt included in the kit were garbage. The hex head was soft, it did not fit my metric wrenches correctly, was just a crummy piece. Do yourself a favor and replace them with quality stainless fasteners. (The washer and the nylon-insert nut was fine.) I opted for a replacement philips-head bolt instead of a Hex because if I need to take it off on the road I am likely to have one screwdriver and one wrench with me – not two wrenches the same size. But it was a little tough to get to from above, maybe there was a better way than what I did. The space was so cramped, I was just glad to be done with that work. Your choices may vary.
Mike’s service was excellent, he got back to me quickly when I had a question (whether I could combine both products) and seems like a nice guy.
However this is a fairly small complaint, overall, and it’s not a reflection on the manufacturing of Mike’s products – just the hardware included.
I still need to move the turn signals to the new attachment points. I intend to use the stock indicator brackets as a way to hold some small boxes (ammo boxes, actually) that I’m going to bolt on there.
I also picked up a pair of bar-end round mirrors. I really liked the look of Robbo’s mirrors in this thread. I found a similar pair on Amazon. They went on very easily, using the existing bolt with the bar-ends still in place (only after I learned about how the expansion plug works in this thread I created. Mistakes were made, and corrected, and lessons learned). The replacement mirrors have a wider view, are much less prone to vibration, and look the way I want. And I don’t have a view of my shoulders anymore – I can see behind me.
Feb 15 2016
I did my 1st scheduled service yesterday, it was a few miles early of 600 but it was going to be my only available Saturday for a few weeks so I went ahead and did it. Afterwards I wanted to drive with the good oil in (wow what a difference, shifting is so smooth now) so I spun her out to the southern point of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge (link 1) (link 2) in western Broward/Palm Beach County FL.
It’s a pretty spot to look out over the Everglades, and folks use the boat ramp to put in airboats.
January 15th, 2016
I went over to a dealership day before yesterday and closed a deal on an orange one – the 2016 model.
This is my first bike, ever. I took the MSF course last week (and we used the TU in that class too) and that was what sealed the deal for me that the TU was the bike for me. Quick, nimble, not too powerful but spry. Quoting Obi-Wan, the TU250X is an elegant weapon … from a more civilized age.
Taking it easy here, not trying anything flashy or crazy. Got the dealer to throw in some merchandise so I have gear now. I have a grand total of 50 miles experience under my belt (counting 11 in the course) so I’m staying away from any crazy traffic. Basically, I know that right now I’m officially qualified to ride around in a parking lot.
This will be my main transportation, a commuter for work and it’s how I’ll get around town all the time. I live in South Florida so the riding season is year round. I expect to get wet sometimes (been rained on three times already.)
Enough with the jabber, here are some pics:
Parked next to my buddy’s Harley … the colors are identical. It looks like his bike had a baby:
Unfortunately, South Florida seems to think it’s the middle of summer, with several inches of rain on tap:
I love this feature in Google Maps, you click “Avoid Highways” and see what comes up.
These alternates add about time to your trip, but they add character, too.
They used to call these the Blue Highways. William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book about them. He had coined the term to refer to small, forgotten, out-of-the-way roads connecting rural America (which were drawn in blue on the old style Rand McNally road atlas).