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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-23-2013, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Under seat cowl space, vent or not

Just purchased my first SP1, i noticed a lot of space under the rear seat cowling - looks like an ECU and a Power Commander in this space as well as a tool roll. My question is - can i pack this area with an over-suit and spare gloves or should this area be well ventilated. Thanks.

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there's room back there but not enought to hold a suit and gloves.

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I'd use a tank bag instead.

With an aftermarket undertail you probably have wires that your storage would come in contact with.
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Welcome Colin,

Good looking bike you have there! What are the roads like in the Stetlands?
I'd guess as there is an after market undertail, many of the original lugs to hold the relays, etc. are no longer there? If so, remove te tail cowl & do your best to tidy up the wiring as nicely as possible (& Use plenty of cable ties too). The tidier it is under there - the better, or electrical problems can result later on.

For my tool roll, I checked the tools there were all I needed and added a couple more - then I wrapped the PVC bag with a clean microcloth, then put it in a ziplock bag before firmly securing it (although the plan is to make a custom leather tool roll, complete with puncture repair kit & CO2 inflator soonish...).

Get a good well compact waterproof bag containing some storm overalls. Put that in a ziplock bag too. I carry some tightly compacted waterproofs under my seat cowl - but they're well compacted and out of the way of the cover's mechanism.

And finally - ALWAYS make sure the lid is well secured when taking the key out. Over the last 6 years or so, I've lost two covers, last one was a few weeks ago when carrying a 1 litre bottle of fork oil inside!

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Shetland is a bit small and can be covered very quickly on a ride out but we still enjoy our bikes.
This SP1 has been purchased off the internet unseen but i am very pleased with her condition.
Thanks for all the help.

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Aah, I think there is enough room for your needs, from my experience packing for mountain extremes. Although I tend to use it for beer and wine transport
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I've been as far as John O Groats, never made it to Shetland. Cool pics. Enjoy the new bike and watch out for sheep! lol. I'd recommend a small tank bag with magnets on it.

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