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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-22-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 718
Posted By randel
When I break mine speedo wiring, I just cut off...

When I break mine speedo wiring, I just cut off most of it and replaced/soldered with new wires with enough length. Basically I used just connectors in both ends. No problems since then.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-08-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By randel
I added a stripe of self-gluing rubber window...

I added a stripe of self-gluing rubber window gasket, 6mm thick, on top of taillight. Worked very well and taillight feels much more solid now.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-07-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,314
Posted By randel
I have used Pirelli MT-21 front with very good...

I have used Pirelli MT-21 front with very good results. Both lasted well over 10000km. Mitas E-07 front is too road-oriented for my taste. No grip on muddy roads while rear manages this surface...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-06-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,272
Posted By randel
I use these mirrors, mounted inside grips and...

I use these mirrors, mounted inside grips and under the bars...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-13-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 7,708
Views: 1,254,077
Posted By randel
As stated before, bikes are still made from...

As stated before, bikes are still made from steel, aluminium and plastic like 20 years ago.
But meanwhile
- CAD programs are in totally new level than 20 years ago
- new high strength steels are...
Forum: EMEA 04-30-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,781
Posted By randel
They are quite busy, it's good idea to book...

They are quite busy, it's good idea to book before arrival or at least check availability of tickets.
http://www.tallink.com/
http://www.sales.vikingline.com/en/international/
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-04-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,765
Posted By randel
My guess based on ITG air filter thread is that...

My guess based on ITG air filter thread is that you will be better with around 1,5 turns IMS when using 45 idle jets. More turns + bigger jet than stock = too much fuel.
With 42 idle jets 2,5 turns...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-03-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By randel
Why is that so important how many rpm you have?...

Why is that so important how many rpm you have? Just use common sense, if rpms are too low and bike stalls too easily, add a little, if it sounds too high, decrease a little. Has worked for me for...
Forum: EMEA 03-20-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 922
Posted By randel
I agree with Oldbear. You can easily spend 2-4...

I agree with Oldbear.
You can easily spend 2-4 hours on russian borders, both entering and leaving a country. Is it worth it? Therefore I would also suggest to skip St.Petersburg and maybe even...
Forum: Equipment 03-17-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,178
Posted By randel
I can't comment about S5, but I have used old S4...

I can't comment about S5, but I have used old S4 model and my biggest complaint was short peak, which didn't block the sun at all. Looking at the new model, it does look like it has same problem.
...
Forum: EMEA 02-15-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,544
Posted By randel
Probably your dates are not fixed yet, but just...

Probably your dates are not fixed yet, but just for information, 23/06 is our Victory Day and 24/06 Midsummer Day, both are national holidays.
It will be difficult to find open workshop then :wink:...
Forum: Equipment 01-05-2014, 03:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By randel
I can't speak about laptop, but I have carried my...

I can't speak about laptop, but I have carried my Canon 6D in small camera bag, which fits inside tankbag. This configuration has worked well during 9000km trip to Armenia and also several shorter...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-29-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,141
Posted By randel
Well, I would say if 800XC freaks you out...

Well, I would say if 800XC freaks you out offroad, then don't expect 990 to be very different there. It's same weight and will behave quite similarly to Tiger - they are both 200+kg bikes though.
...
Forum: EMEA 12-11-2013, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By randel
We didn't have problems to find at least 92...

We didn't have problems to find at least 92 octane and 95 was usually available. When refueling from very small or remote petrol stations fuel quality can be below average though. But we didn't have...
Forum: EMEA 11-28-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By randel
Gasoline price in Georgia ca 1/liter, in Armenia...

Gasoline price in Georgia ca 1/liter, in Armenia ca 0,9/l (summer 2013)
B&B (without breakfast) and motels 10-20/night
Meal prices roadside usually 5-10, of course can be both cheaper or more...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-27-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,392
Posted By randel
Well, I do not agree that chain side plates...

Well, I do not agree that chain side plates doesn't stretch.
Many manufacturers including KTM states "chain is worn if X number of links equal to Y or more mm in length". If chain side plates don't...
Forum: EMEA 11-24-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By randel
For Georgia - you can see my previous trip report...

For Georgia - you can see my previous trip report to find information about Omalo http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=728911 (from my signature)
Basically, no difficulties to get to...
Forum: EMEA 11-21-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By randel
We did the same trip this summer, going from...

We did the same trip this summer, going from Estonia through Russia to Georgia and Armenia. No problems with visas and to get real taste of these countties, definately choose routes away from main...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-08-2013, 03:52 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 13,004
Posted By randel
Just a hint for KTM :) Take two 390 engines...

Just a hint for KTM :)
Take two 390 engines (375cc actually) and make a 750cc V-twin out of that. 390's currently produce 44hp, double that, 90hp is enough.
Now take 690 frame, it can handle 70hp...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-31-2013, 09:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,836
Posted By randel
Don't use ice spikes - they will fail as soon as...

Don't use ice spikes - they will fail as soon as you left ice. Enduro studded tires are what you need. Trelleborg is great advice (now called Mitas). Both 18 and 21 are available, don't pay attention...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-22-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,175
Posted By randel
I imagine this "can" happen, but bearing in mind...

I imagine this "can" happen, but bearing in mind that oil tank is also supported by triangles connected directly to frame, how possible is that in real life?
Regarding weight advantage - saving few...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-21-2013, 12:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,175
Posted By randel
Just out of curiosity - what benefits has...

Just out of curiosity - what benefits has underseat oil tank? I have never heard about problems with original oil tank and it's weight is in lowest position possible too.
Forum: EMEA 10-17-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,986
Posted By randel
Estonia: camping is legal, additionally you can...

Estonia: camping is legal, additionally you can use this website to find free campsite or hut all around Estonia: http://rmk.ee/en
Promoted and serviced by State Forest Management Centre
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-12-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2,552
Views: 357,563
Posted By randel
690 Supermoto screen works best imho. Also 690...

690 Supermoto screen works best imho. Also 690 Enduro will fit. Height and wind protection is about the same, also price ca 50 Euro. Based on design I prefer SuMo screen. Have this on my bike over...
Forum: Thumpers 08-30-2013, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,355
Posted By randel
I suggested 500EXC because for me...

I suggested 500EXC because for me camping/adventure means less technical riding and longer rides with more high speed sections where more cc could be favorable and less demanding for engine. You...
Forum: EMEA 08-30-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By randel
Sorry I was travelling last 3 weeks. I don't know...

Sorry I was travelling last 3 weeks. I don't know situation in Latvian border crossings as I have never used them. I expect quite many trucks as it's Moscow-Riga route though.
When using Estonian...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,355
Posted By randel
For adventure/camping trips I would suggest...

For adventure/camping trips I would suggest 500EXC with bigger fuel tank instead.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-26-2013, 05:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By randel
You can also use hot air blower (carefully!) to...

You can also use hot air blower (carefully!) to soften gas tank plastic. Most plastics (PE, PP etc) will soften between 150...200degree Celsius.
Give time to heat up evenly and don't heat one spot...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-30-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 5,838
Views: 1,833,154
Posted By randel
Since it has been awhile I posted pictures here I...

Since it has been awhile I posted pictures here I thought it's time for update - my 950SE at 50000km, ready to start to 9000km adventure to Georgia and Armenia this week.
Critical updates - my own...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-28-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,382
Posted By randel
It's pretty easy to understand chain size. For...

It's pretty easy to understand chain size.
For example - 525 chain used on big KTMs. First number "5xx" refers to link length in 1/8" increments, 5 means 5/8" chain link length (as 4 refers to 4/8"...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 07-21-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By randel
And now, KTM, put on 21/18 wheels, proper...

And now, KTM, put on 21/18 wheels, proper suspension and call it 1290 SuperEnduro! :clap
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-20-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,685
Posted By randel
Can anybody suggest what to change? I'm running...

Can anybody suggest what to change?
I'm running CPR airfilter setup with my 950SE
175 main jets
45 IAJ
IMS 1,5 turns out
Factory pro needle on 2 clip from top
Floats 4mm
Bike has great mileage...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-15-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2,552
Views: 357,563
Posted By randel
I managed to fit my fuel pump in original...

I managed to fit my fuel pump in original location, but fitted to the frame with little aluminium bracket. No problems so far, allthoughit was a tight fit between cylinder and fuel tank. I have...
Forum: EMEA 07-15-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,401
Posted By randel
It could be easier to exchange your money before...

It could be easier to exchange your money before your trip and not to count on ATM-s. Its much faster to pay cash usually.
Forum: EMEA 06-30-2013, 12:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 584
Posted By randel
There's no difference in terms of border...

There's no difference in terms of border crossing. For probably easiest and fastest route ship your bike to Tallinn and cross border at Narva. Easy 3 hours to border.
Forum: EMEA 06-28-2013, 05:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,401
Posted By randel
Odessa is Ukraine, not Russia, you realised this...

Odessa is Ukraine, not Russia, you realised this before planning a trip I hope? Why not call to Ukrainian embassy or your own ministery of foreign affairs to find out? It shouldn't be too difficult...
Forum: EMEA 06-27-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,401
Posted By randel
You can check my ride report "beyond arctic...

You can check my ride report "beyond arctic circle" (see my signature) regarding road conditions and more. English is not a common language there, and even more so in small villages.
Electricity is...
Forum: EMEA 06-21-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By randel
You will probably loose alot of time on borders,...

You will probably loose alot of time on borders, but aside that I don't think it's worse than crossing Ukraine. Actually roads will be much better and police will not ask for bribe every moment. Of...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-25-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Posted By randel
I found cause for my problems and it was...me...

I found cause for my problems and it was...me :rofl
During ITG air filter installation I also moved all electrical connections from headlight mask to place where originally is airbox snorkel. That...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-17-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,535
Posted By randel
My regulator went at 47000km. Surprisingly I...

My regulator went at 47000km. Surprisingly I still have working original battery, 5 years old. New regulator is relocated to left side of frame, I also installed voltmeter.
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