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fog
03-21-2008, 01:06 PM
Hi I have purchased a second hand hugger off fleabay and the fit is very bad using a bar and clamp that fixes to the swing arm, has any one fitted an after market hugger that fits well? :trust: I have looked on websites but they all show the chain side, there seems to be no pictures of the exhaust side that fits to the swing arm. I do not want to buy another one that looks naff, any help appreciated.
Hugger is a must in the UK:thumb:

treybrad
03-21-2008, 01:23 PM
It's on this side of the pond but:

http://www.holeshot.com/Bandit_1250/1250hugger.html

Looks like a nice unit. I have no idea how large of a company ERMax is, maybe you can find a distributor in the UK and save a bit on shipping/time?

trey

GregH
03-21-2008, 04:03 PM
Fog,
Please provide a definition for "Naff." (We may want to begin using it on this side of the water!)

bones
03-21-2008, 04:21 PM
Fog,
Please provide a definition for "Naff." (We may want to begin using it on this side of the water!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naff

fog
03-21-2008, 04:32 PM
Hi Bones a polite word for something that is crap! many thanks

windman
03-24-2008, 08:02 AM
Here's the hugger in detail...I bought it at: http://stores.ebay.com/suzukispecialists

It's in fiberglass and has a lower tongue.

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2083/huggerqy0.jpg

fog
03-24-2008, 12:45 PM
Here's the hugger in detail...I bought it at: http://stores.ebay.com/suzukispecialists

It's in fiberglass and has a lower tongue.

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2083/huggerqy0.jpg

Many thanks for the pictures Windman, how is the hugger fixed to swing arm on exhaust side?
Regards

windman
03-24-2008, 01:33 PM
IT's not


It's supported by the 2 standard bolts on the chain guard and with 2 bolts on the swing arm center together with the bottom part. On the second picture you can see one of these 2 bolts just to the left of the exhaust bracket bolt

Huladog
03-25-2008, 01:59 AM
IT's not


It's supported by the 2 standard bolts on the chain guard and with 2 bolts on the swing arm center together with the bottom part. On the second picture you can see one of these 2 bolts just to the left of the exhaust bracket bolt

Looks pretty good. I assume it bolts up to stock holes in the swingarm and does it have any kind of rubber mounting or washers? Does it keep the road grime off the shock and area in front of the hugger? Not a bad price if it fits well since it has that lower extension.

Aloha,
Huladog

Big H
03-25-2008, 04:13 AM
Hi Guys. A little off-topic I guess but I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who contribute to this monster thread. I was an invaluable source of information for me while looking for a new machine. In the end I did not buy a Bandit, but nevertheless the Bandit is still an awesome machine. I should also add that you guys have the best, and certainly the most welcoming, motorcycle forum on the net. It offers an outstanding example to all the cliquey little forums who tend to ignore newcomers. So once again thanks y'all (poor attempt at Texan accent), and enjoy every minute of your riding.
Big H

windman
03-25-2008, 06:06 PM
Looks pretty good. I assume it bolts up to stock holes in the swingarm and does it have any kind of rubber mounting or washers? Does it keep the road grime off the shock and area in front of the hugger? Not a bad price if it fits well since it has that lower extension.

Aloha,
Huladog

Didn't do any hole to install if I remember.And yes the shock still very cleaned.

cruizer
03-26-2008, 04:22 PM
I went with the factory hugger mostly because I wanted it to match the color of the bike. Looks great...fits perfect. Very happy with it.:rider:

http://http://www.suzukicycles.com/Accessories/detail.aspx?modelId=f7335ae7-62c8-4684-8f0a-04beadb77745&accessoryCategoryId=&accessoryId=36d53dec-8364-4f6c-b79d-9e985ececbf6

bones
03-27-2008, 08:56 AM
Linky no worky Cruizer ;-)

Try this (http://www.suzukicycles.com/Accessories/detail.aspx?modelId=5b3e2131-e55f-4b66-a293-61b1e882b97d&accessoryCategoryId=&accessoryId=36d53dec-8364-4f6c-b79d-9e985ececbf6) I like this one a lot more, but **** that's a lotta coin. Only money right?

Eyabusa
03-29-2008, 10:20 AM
I like the Suzuki OEM hugger.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/Eyabusa/P1020353.jpg

Sheep
03-31-2008, 03:20 AM
It's on this side of the pond but:

http://www.holeshot.com/Bandit_1250/1250hugger.html

Looks like a nice unit. I have no idea how large of a company ERMax is, maybe you can find a distributor in the UK and save a bit on shipping/time?

trey

Ermax is located in the UK, though I know the factory that makes it is actually in France. I have the Holeshot Ermax hugger on my bike. The Suzuki one is cheaper but not as good-looking IMO. It's a quality piece with an extremely smooth, glossy finish. Some rigidity, not flimsy like some.
Here's 2 pics from both sides of the bike....
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w225/sheepstb/Bandit3-1.jpg

Sorry it's perhaps not close enough, but it fits great and still "matches" though it doesn't have the nearly invisible blue metalflake of factory of my black Bandit. If you have another color, you'll perhaps want it paint-matched.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w225/sheepstb/Bandit5.jpg

fog
03-31-2008, 12:48 PM
I like the Suzuki OEM hugger.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/Eyabusa/P1020353.jpg

Hi Eyabussa
Which make are your hand guards and were did you get them from?
Cheers Mike

Eyabusa
03-31-2008, 02:52 PM
Suzuki OEM handguards for 2006 V-Strom 1000
Google: RideNow Powersports for really good prices.

sproggy
04-01-2008, 07:39 AM
Mike, I know you're thinking about fitting Renthals - you won't be able to use hand guards with the Renthals that I recommended because there's not enough (read 'no') clearance against either the tank or screen/fairing with the steering on the lock stops. Well, I guess you could but your steering lock would be severely restricted.

I'd hoped to fit hand guards too but had to decide between lower, more comfortable bars or the guards - the bars won.

It looks as if Eyabusa might have fitted bar risers as well which I guess gives more clearance for the guards?

Eyabusa
04-01-2008, 07:46 AM
Sproogy,
You are right, I installed Rox 2" articulating risers which will accommodate a host of aftermarket bars. I didn't have to disconnect cables or lines to reroute them either. I'm very pleased with the clean look and ability to go with other bars now.
Erik
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/Eyabusa/P1020372.jpg

fog
04-02-2008, 02:40 PM
Guys many thanks for the replies and pictures its a great help:thumb: I must say the members are very helpful and a great site. Cheers :chug:

theopj
04-07-2008, 10:21 AM
The Suzuki Specialists / Banditmania hugger is a Powerbronze one. I thought it attached to the Brake somehow on that side, but I don't actually have one but have been thinking of getting one - might wait till next winter now.

Can confirm the handguards don't fit very well with Renthals if you have the SA, I had to take mine off, even after trimming them down to fit better they were too much of a hinderance.

Where abouts are you in Worcestershire Fog? I lived in Worcester till about a year ago, and just north of Stourbridge now.

fog
04-07-2008, 12:05 PM
The Suzuki Specialists / Banditmania hugger is a Powerbronze one. I thought it attached to the Brake somehow on that side, but I don't actually have one but have been thinking of getting one - might wait till next winter now.

Can confirm the handguards don't fit very well with Renthals if you have the SA, I had to take mine off, even after trimming them down to fit better they were too much of a hinderance.

Where abouts are you in Worcestershire Fog? I lived in Worcester till about a year ago, and just north of Stourbridge now.

Hi Thoejp
I am not a million miles away 1/2 mile out side Kidderminster towards Mustow Green Island. I have not fitted Renthals yet I am still thinking of it, which set did you fit? how do you find them? regards Mike

DRW
01-17-2009, 12:44 PM
Thinking of getting a hugger. Curious if anyone, after having one for awhile has any input. I'm wanting it more from a guard aspect ( water and debris from the rear tire ) as opposed to aesthetics.

PhilS
05-17-2009, 07:17 PM
I'd like to re-ignite this thread if y'all don't mind.

I will be buying Dale's rear Cogent Shock about Aug 1. I am looking to keep things clean under there as well so the concept of the hugger came up.

Dale's version is the Ermax at $210 and comes in black glossy.
The Factory versions is $220 and comes in matched colors (or colours for you Euro guys.
There is an Ebay version in the UK for about $110 in black gloss.
There is a Puig version on Ebay for about $185 in black carbon fiber.

Can any of you who have one these or other chime in and give an opinion?

Thanks - Phil

Down Under
05-17-2009, 07:49 PM
Have a look at the Ermax hugger. There is a major distributor in the Uk. I have one fitted to my B1250 and the fit and quality of the finish is very good. If your interested I can supply some pics of my bike.

Link to ErmaxUK (http://www.ermaxuk.co.uk/pages3/dbc.php?bikecode=215&product=869).

PhilS
05-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Dale stocks the Ermax...he only stocks good stuff.

Can you post a picture as well as a photo of how it mounts?

Thanks - Phil

MetrickMetal
05-17-2009, 09:33 PM
Have a look at the Ermax hugger. There is a major distributor in the Uk. I have one fitted to my B1250 and the fit and quality of the finish is very good. If your interested I can supply some pics of my bike.

[URL="http://www.ermaxuk.co.uk/pages3/dbc.php?bikecode=215&product=869"]

I fixed it so that the link works now.
http://www.ermaxuk.co.uk/pages3/dbc.php?bikecode=215&product=869

Sheep
05-18-2009, 12:14 AM
I looked at several huggers, but the Ermax which DW sells was best looking one and fit perfectly. Nice smooth black finish... very light.

Hope this helps.

Here's several pics as installed on the former Bandit 1250:

The band under the leading edge of can holds right side to swing arm. Fits close to tire and NO slop on shock. No warping either. Factory hugger I believe is bit thicker and stubbier I believe as I had factory one for an SV650.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w225/sheepstb/Bandit-2.jpg

Here you can see how it's mounted the OEM bolts on left side.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w225/sheepstb/Bandit-3.jpg

Closer shot. You can see band on right side on swing arm. I sprayed mine black so it would match; normally it's natural aluminum.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w225/sheepstb/Banditpaint2.jpg

yamadavidson
05-19-2009, 12:36 PM
I like the gold centers on your wheels Sheep, thought about doing this myself. Looks real good with the goldish color of the stock headers. I assume its just gold paint, how does it hold up and does brake dust stain it. Sorry didnt mean to change subject.

Sheep
05-19-2009, 07:18 PM
I had the wheels stripped at the powdercoater, then he sent them to place to get the outside edges polished. Then he powdercoated them in gold as well as clear powdercoating over the gold and polished parts. That way the gold has more "jump" and the polished parts of wheels will never oxidize... this is far better than painting, none of which was done on these wheels. Brake dust will not affect the powdercoating either, plus when the tires are removed/new ones installed the machine or tools will not gouge the powdercoating. It's much capable of taking abuse; paint is too easily scarred/damaged as the tools move around the rim. Powdercoating won't easily chip either. It cost about $400 for entire job: removing factory black paint, polishing, then powdercoating in 2 colors. The guy who did it was a real pro... does an awful lot of custom and show bikes. I could have found someone cheaper, but they would not attend to the details like he did. You can't tell by these pics how immaculate his work is. You probably don't live in NC but you can see some of Roger's work below; you can usually find someone good in your area. Here's link....
www.finaltouchpowderdoating.com

I personally don't care for monochromatic schemes... the all-over black Bandit was too monochromatic for my tastes. The bottom pic's gold is distorted by the flash; the top two are more representative. It's not a bright gold like on jewelry, but a darker tone of gold (Sahara gold).

If you look carefully, I also had the powdercoater spray a non-glossy black on the aluminum covers on edges of radiator, and later had the bracket on right side swingarm coated too.

I had a custom painter (for this bike and my SV650) epoxy a Fenda Extenda to the front fender and fill the gap, then respray entire fender in factory metallic black as well as the side covers matched. Had an awful lot of styling touches/upgrades done to the bike apart from the performance I kept adding through Dale's website. If you have any other questions, fire away.

BMW powdercoats their wheels; going to have the color of the K1300S's wheels stripped and redone in more contrasting color, rather than the OEM anthracite.

yamadavidson
05-20-2009, 12:24 PM
I didn't even notice the fender extender until you mentioned it, the bike looks really great. thanks for the info on the wheels I figured you went with paint but powder coating is the way to go. Do the wheel bearings have to be removed to powdercoat? and if so can you take them out yourself or are they pressed in? Nice new bike its getting good reviews, did you get the quick shifter option?

Sheep
05-20-2009, 01:40 PM
Yes, you must remove the bearings. Local Suzuki shop just tapped them out with hammer and reinstalled same. I'm sure there is a tool/machine to press them out. If your bike has good bearings/lower mileage there is no need to replace with new.

The K1300S has tons of important upgrades/improvements on it over the K1200's, much more than bigger motor. They revised powerband/torque curve so that it begins lower and carries through range linearly, and that was major attraction because of spt touring I do which Bandit was good at.

But there is so much tech in the bike that some "little" electronic bugs are beginning to surface... like their new universal switching. [The switches were subcontracted and the outfit never followed BMW's specs for building the mini circuits; they were replaced under warranty along with recall.] The bike has monstrous power, very balanced handling with low CoG, crushing non-pulsing ABS brakes, fully electronic adjustable suspension which works, etc. It's a total pkg which really needs little or no additions with aftermarket "upgrades." It has Gear Shift Asst (upshifts only) and works fabulously. So if you're into drag racing and/or not so good on speed shifting, this is trick... and if you're into hardcore drags, you'd be better off building up a chain drive Jap bike: better parts availability and cheaper. It never misses shifts, all in split second with utter smoothness. It doesn't like low-speed or "soft" shifts like in traffic.

I really liked the B12.5 but the current K1300S is just awesome machine for true sport touring. The fairings are actually aerodynamically functional, and actually give pretty decent weather protection for sporty bike. Heated grips std! ASC, electronic susp and no more greasy rear wheel. Can vouch for its brute force power, even before the recent PC5. You just don't ever "need" to downshift the bike unless coming to stops or dogging traffic. Over 21K miles and not a single issue since the switch recall & software update for poor US fuel. The recent K12's are not remotely as good a bike. Average overall (calculated) 50.1mpg. The brakes/ABS are truly monstrous like on a Duc. Hides its weight extremely well. More aftermarket stuff appearing.

Sloth_27
07-12-2009, 04:18 AM
Resurecting this thread again...I commute on my bike so i'm really keen to put a rear hugger on it. Decision is between either the factory suzuki version or the ermax, unless anyone knows of a better one?

Can anyone let me know how the factory suzuki one attaches to the bike on the exhaust side. How well does it work? Any close up photos (there's none on the suzuki website)?

Dmaxhall
07-12-2009, 06:58 AM
Received my Skidmarx ( www.skidmarx.co.uk ) hugger on Thursday but was away all weekend. Will fit next weekend and post report.

Aussie rep for skidmarx is Bikemonkey ( www.bikemonkey.com.au ) about three weeks from order to delivery.
My hugger is carbon and looks very well made. RHS attachment is using the rear brake hose clip on the fwd end of the swingarm.

Hugger came with packet of new bolts, washers (nylon and metal) and a couple of nyloc nuts.

Should go well with the Blueflame Carbon oval can that arrived in the same shipment.

Sloth_27
07-13-2009, 05:49 AM
Yeah I like the sound of that one...post some pics when you get it fitted!

Sloth_27
07-19-2009, 08:39 AM
Received my Skidmarx ( www.skidmarx.co.uk ) hugger on Thursday but was away all weekend. Will fit next weekend and post report.

Did you fit your hugger yet Dmaxhall? I think the skidmarx one is the one i'm gunna buy...

Fittysom'n
07-19-2009, 12:01 PM
As already mentioned above, I'll be installing a hugger when I buy a shock from Holeshot/Dale. It's amazing how much stuff can get thrown up into the moving parts of a shock absorber... thus the hugger.

I can only dream of powdercoating wheels that two-tone gold & polished, VERY clean. Add to that, a red, white, and blue paint job like the special 1200 Bandit.... OHMY DOG!

theopj
07-19-2009, 12:29 PM
I've just been servicing my bike, and I noticed my Skidmarx hugger has broken a little bit - the part which is bolted to the brake line clip (under the exhaust on the RHS) has broken away - the clip has worked loose and the bolt was no longer in the hole. I can put the clip back in but it won't be holding down the hugger at all, trying to think of a bodge with a bracket at the moment.

Edit - reading back on this thread it seems I have a powerbronze...the place I bought it from now sells the Skidmarx one instead....hmmm maybe a common problem then!

Dmaxhall
07-19-2009, 07:29 PM
Hugger fitted up with minimal issues.
My only complaint is that the edge is rolled on the section that contacts the swingarm. This means there is a slight gap, I packed it out with some 1mm rubber sheet so that the hugger didn't crack when I tightened down the screw on the RHS.

11301

11302

11303

The two screw heads you see at the front of the hugger are to attach the little bobtail(?) that extend down the front of the wheel.

11304

There is a small gap on the LHS where the hugger does not sit on the swingarm. Probably originally designed for the 1200 Bandits.
I don't know if any others have this same issue.

11305

Apart from that, the hugger looks pretty good in position and I am fairly happy with it.
Cost was AU$374 delivered. Not cheap, but it is the only carbon one I have found.
Maybe next time I would go with the suzuki one in black, just to spend less.

Sloth_27
07-20-2009, 04:21 AM
Thanks heaps for the photos, definately going to go for this one, except probably just black and not carbon.

One more question; do you need to remove the black splash guard thing that is already there?

theopj
07-20-2009, 06:52 AM
Good idea using the rubber on the RHS screw area - mine is the same design and that exactly what has happend to mine and its broken off the area around the screw....all the swingarm that was under the hugger the paint has worn off as well. It took over a year to happen though.

I've now drilled another hole next to bolt that attaches the bolt to hold on the bottom section, moved the bolt into it, and put a heavy duty cable tie through the original hole and around the swingarm.

Dmaxhall
07-21-2009, 03:03 AM
Thanks heaps for the photos, definately going to go for this one, except probably just black and not carbon.

One more question; do you need to remove the black splash guard thing that is already there?

Nope, all factory fitted bits remained. (Except for the chain guard).

A mate fitted one of the Skidmarx GPS huggers to his Kawa GTR1400. Looked the same as mine. Same rolled lip as well.

ItchyBahns
03-08-2011, 06:56 PM
I installed an Ermax hugger on my CBF. Good quality product, and definitely enhanced the look of the bike. The other manufacturing options are; Skidmarx, Powerbronze, and Pyramid Plastics. From what I have read on the CBF1000 Forum, the later wasn't a good product, and was often warped. The Ermax huggers are cheaper if you buy them from the U.K.

Fittysom'n
03-09-2011, 10:41 AM
I got a good deal on some kind of hugger.....

Recently, because a suspension specialist failed to tighten the hardware on my rear shock, my shock spewed it's oil on the interior of my hugger. As a result, the oil was blocked from spraying all over my rear tire (and I was riding on a pretty twisty road at speed!). Huggers is GOOD.