Accessories on handlebars
It's 90+ degrees, humid and sunny here in Richmond today, and pretty inhospitable to work on a bike outdoors, but I had things to do. Got the bike inspected today, and my neighborhood mechanic came out to give it a quick glance before signing off, and said "WHOA!!! WHAT is THAT?!" So we went through the bike and he was pretty impressed. He was kind enough to ask me where I wanted the sticker, and since I have no bolt-on plate, I had to go with the fork tube (ARGH!). Broke my heart to slop up the bike with that, but what can you do. He suggested a plate, and I told him technically they're not legal because they can be removed and put on another bike. He said "good point".
Then I decided it was time to move some accessories from the CTX to the Valk. I have a RAM phone mount, a RAM cup holder, and the power port to put on. Being used to much longer bars on the CTX, I was stunned at how little bar space there is on the Valk. Not many permutations will work with that many gadgets. So I started with the phone mount. I removed it from the CTX. What a pain. The U-bolt screws are longer than they need to be and finely threaded, and without an extended socket (which I do not have), you can only use a socket so far before the socket won't reach the nut anymore, and then you have to use a Crescent wrench. What should take 3 minutes ended up taking 15 just to remove it from the other bike.
Then I had to make difficult decisions. With the windshield in place, there is already a great deal of handlebar room taken up with those mounts, leaving minimal space for the rest. Then we have the cable clips that are attached in the front. So it's either between the cable clips and the windshield mount, or the windshield mount and the instrument panel. I decided to place it between the windshield mount and the panel. It is VERY tight in there, and the RAM mount does not seat flatly, But I did what I had to do. Then I had to position the double ball grip so that the X-grip feet of the phone mount didn't hit the windshield mounts. I finally found a suitable configuration and got it on. I'm not 100% happy but close. This all took the better part of an hour. Just try to maneuver a small Crescent wrench underneath that windshield, and in between all that hardware! NOTHING is ever easy!
I guess now I'll mount the cup holder on the right bar, and the power port on the left of the phone next to the clutch hydraulic box. Does this sound doable and advisable? How do you guys have your phone mounts for those that have them?
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