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  1. Depends on what you want to use it for. Commuting? Spider's probably a better choice because of the weight (or lack thereof). Mostly fun/hobby riding, I'd go for the III ( really, I'd push the Thunder if you're willing to make the spend... I more than love mine :D)
  2. They use many off-the-shelf parts, like the brake system, batteries, etc., but like a car the structural components are unique to each model so it's not surprising they have an extensive metal fab facility.
  3. That'll do for now, thanks! I was mostly looking at the mirrors and some of the lighting. Also thinking about upgrading the brakes on the Ultra to hydraulic.
  4. @Alien Rides that's more work than you need to do. You can tap anywhere that routes back directly to the DC/DC converter. The easiest to find is the +12 going to the hazard light switch -- in the deck, it connects to the flasher module that's just loose in there with all the wiring near the front of the deck internals. Here's a picture of the flasher: Find that, follow the power side (labeled 5-24V), it will connect to a 2-wire cable that runs up the shaft to the hazard switch. One of the two wires will connect to the flasher module, the other wire in that shaft cable connect to the DC/DC converter. Tap away at that point for as much as many things you need, provided you don't exceed the power capacity of the converter. If it's not labeled, you might have ping MM to get the specs. To tap, I've used these: Taps in-line without having to cut/splice the wire, and is filled with silicone grease to protect from environmental exposure. Don't know where to get them all by themself, as I bought mine as part of a splicing kit from Amazon:
  5. It's asking a lot, and I totally understand if you don't want to go through the PITA, but if you're willing would you list all the parts, price, and where your ordered them?
  6. I don't get it either. I have an Ultra too, and it's basically the same ride without some bells and whistles. In terms of the motors and wheel size, they're the same. But the Ultra has the split rim, which made putting street tires on the Ultra (comes with off-road knobbies) was a piece of cake. I love the Thunder -- like it more than the Ultra, except that rim. HATE that. Enough that after fixing a flat and having it slow-leak, I just bought a new tire/rim set, the rim only adds $15. Believe me, avoiding the time and frustration dealing with a tire issue on the Thunder (or III) is worth $15, even if you're on food stamps.
  7. I have a Thunder. I would have spent as much as $500 more for it (paid $3800), now that I've actually ridden it for months. Thunder has a one-piece rim. It's a biotch to change tires or fix a flat. -- I've done it. I've also done it on an Ultra with the split rim, tubed tire. Much, much, much easier. For tjhe life of me I don't get what the big "upgrade" the single rim, tubeless tire is that MM touts in the marketing literature for the Thunder and the III.
  8. Tires arrived, they're a bust. Missing something in tire size specs, or they're just fraudulent. Pics coming this afternoon, which will make it clear -- they're about 3/4in too narrow, including at the bead. Yet everything in terms of standard tire sizing specs that I can find printed on the tire are the same as the stock Thunder tire.
  9. @Darrell Wesh good point about the tires. I'm also pretty sure the lower CG makes a difference (it does in the physics equations :D), so it puzzled me that you would find it more stable standing. Of course, there are many factors that affect the various forces (we've identified a measly 2 in our brief discussion), so it's not surprising that different people, on very different machines, have conflicting experiences. In the end, I can ride the Thunder at 40+ sitting without sh*tting my pants. Different proposition standing Just thought of another big difference: The geometry of upper body, shoulders, arms and steering handle. So much more leverage and fine control when sitting, less standing; this (if correct) explains why the handle feels so much more squirrelly and harder to control the wiggles from the road surface. At speed, this is much more anxiety-inducing than the firm feel I have on the steering with my arms out forward sitting down. To be clear, I'm not trying to argue or debate here -- this is me free-thinking analysis. I can't help it -- I'm an engineer
  10. No. It only comes with the middle of the 5. The others are optional, $100 a pair. I'm planning on getting one step softer, and should probably check my contact at minimotorsusa and get on with it
  11. Great feedback @Darrell Wesh! Interesting experience on the D2... I find the opposite turning with the Thunder -- more stable/certain with the seat at speed than standing. Could be because it's heavier?
  12. Probably going to upgrade the system on my Thunder, then transfer the stock hydraulic system to the Ultra. Ordered 1 step softer set of suspension insert blocks for the Thunder, haven't gotten them yet. Haven't noticed the stock suspension changing over the first 1500 miles.
  13. Actually not quite. The D3 has a hybrid system. Cable from handle to caliper, then the caliper internally uses hydraulic pressure to squeeze the pistons. Better than an all-mechanical caliper, but you'll still have the all the issues with cable stretch. The all-hydraulic system is much more precise in transferring pressure from the handle to the caliper pistons, making the braking control so much better with feedback. Hard to describe, but you just feel like you're precisely controller the pressure as if you're squeezing the disk with your fingers directly. There's no comparison I'm planning on retrofitting our Ultra with the hydraulic system.
  14. "Gamechanger" would be quite apt. Night and day.
  15. Given your use, I'll go in a little different direction: I'd get a seat, no question. I have one on my Thunder, and it makes it a completely different animal. Riding is much more stable and confident at higher speeds. And, of course, the ride is way way more comfortable, the seat shaft is a shock absorber-like pneumatic piston. I love riding standing, but I use the seat most of the time when I'm just riding from place A to B. When the weather's nice and warm I ride rather than drive just because riding's fun. Probably wouldn't if I didn't have the seat.
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