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Old 11-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #669
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Meanwhile .... while 3 other bikes (including Rod Currie's KTM mentioned above) were winging their way to Astana, Kazakhstan with Sambor's bike transporter ....

Terry and I were due a rest break ... and I needed to fix my cracked front subframe. The ride to YuzhnoUralsk had opened up the crack a bit and we stripped back the front of the bike (big job since I had run all my electrics and instrument wires up through the centre of the subframe. Headlights, ballasts everything was in the front subframe. All the wires had to be labelled.

I took a bunch of pics and got on the chat to Erik at Hot Rod, The fairing subframe was a prototype by Erik .... subject to final testing on this years ride. The conditions recently especially thru the Urals, were really rough. We decided I should patch this one up and he will redesign with more strength. I asked Erik if there were any other prototypes out there. He mentioned a couple of Norwegians had some too. I guessed they should be OK unless they do stuff this stressful with them.

Terry used the days off to look at ways to improve his bike. One problem that had been dogging him was the fan being on much more than might be ideal. Closer inspection revealed the radiator grille on the X-Country covered up half the radiator. Terry took to it with a drill:

I liked his work ... gave him mine to do ...

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