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Old 08-07-2012, 04:16 PM   #13861
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The reason why i am not looking at the husky or ktm is i want a bike that has decent to good wind protection. I plan on riding hundreds of miles of road/dirt...sometimes 300+ miles of road to get to the dirt. It wont be hardcore off road..more like harder fire roads and double track. I personally feel a 800gs or xc will do the job fantastic. I like the xc more for reliability but the peg frame breaking issue caught my attention.
It does this ^ very well. Perfect for it actually.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:25 PM   #13862
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Mine did the same. That sticker had the adjustment lines on it.
Now it's gone, so long as you keep the adjuster lubed (I use a teflon type spray) and know where you are on the scale, I just do it by number of turns in or out. If fact, I think it helps to wind it all the way in and (almost) all the way out every so often to keep it all moving freely. If you don't do that it'll seize solid.
My thoughts too...
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:29 PM   #13863
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With bog standard "P" clips. He's lucky to find the tubes on the pannier frames at just the right distance apart. I'm currently trying to figure out how to mount my tool tube to the SWmotech frames which are completely different.




I added another clip to the one on the right and another tool tube underneath attached with 2 pipe clamps (Jubilee Clips to you...)
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #13864
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Be careful about putting too much weight in a tool tube mounted by the tabs, they can rip off. Also, brake cleaner will take that yellow paint right off.

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I added another clip to the one on the right and another tool tube underneath attached with 2 pipe clamps (Jubilee Clips to you...)
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 PM   #13865
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I added another clip to the one on the right and another tool tube underneath attached with 2 pipe clamps (Jubilee Clips to you...)
I like this. I have a TON of space with the way they did the HT racks. Install one and their tray, or make my own. Or put two in there. Or a rotopax for water or something.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:37 PM   #13866
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Be careful about putting too much weight in a tool tube mounted by the tabs, they can rip off. Also, brake cleaner will take that yellow paint right off.
I have a couple on my XR mounted in a similar manner with no issues - I only use them for MSR fuel bottles which aren't super heavy.

As for the yellow..I like the contrast with the orange on the bike
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:05 PM   #13867
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This is the type of trail I want to do as well as some overgrown grass double tracks.
Personally, for stuff like that I prefer a WR250R. Lighter, cheaper, tougher (less breakage on drops), easier to ride in this terrain.

I can't understand why people insist on taking 210+ kg bikes that cost 13k+ USD on trails like that. Might be that I don't have enough money for stuff like that. Or that I rather spend my money for the right tool for a job.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:19 PM   #13868
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Personally, for stuff like that I prefer a WR250R. Lighter, cheaper, tougher (less breakage on drops), easier to ride in this terrain.

I can't understand why people insist on taking 210+ kg bikes that cost 13k+ USD on trails like that. Might be that I don't have enough money for stuff like that. Or that I rather spend my money for the right tool for a job.
Hav'nt we had this conversation before?
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:21 PM   #13869
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Hav'nt we had this conversation before?
Possibly. It's still my opinion. Just can't wrap my head around it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #13870
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That would be the hardest stuff I would do and it wont be the whole trail like that. Just short sections.
I've done stuff like that on my TransAlp in Europe in the 90s. I'm over that now ... I'm not attempting that on my big bikes anymore.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #13871
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That would be the hardest stuff I would do and it wont be the whole trail like that. Just short sections. The reason I dont want a WR or similar is because I want a bike I can ride the 100 to 500 miles to get to the trails comfortably. I have ridden a ton of miles on a bike that doesnt have good wind protection, and I do not want that again....just personal preference really. This is going to be my solo off road bike. If I want to do anything harder I will buy a WR or DR.

I do appreciate your input and opinion though.:)

Joe

For your stated purpose (i.e., hundreds of miles of slab/light dirt to get to short sections of the stuff shown in your picture), the XC will do great.

Check out "The adventures of Tyson and Hobbes" on this website......you'll get a good idea of what an XC is capable of doing.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #13872
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Check out "The adventures of Tyson and Hobbes" on this website......you'll get a good idea of what an XC is capable of doing.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:57 PM   #13873
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This is the type of trail I want to do as well as some overgrown grass double tracks.



I have a super tenerefor 2up touring, fire roads, and my alaska trip.

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You mean like this?

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:57 AM   #13874
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Personally, for stuff like that I prefer a WR250R. Lighter, cheaper, tougher (less breakage on drops), easier to ride in this terrain.

I can't understand why people insist on taking 210+ kg bikes that cost 13k+ USD on trails like that. Might be that I don't have enough money for stuff like that. Or that I rather spend my money for the right tool for a job.
It is a challenge, which makes it fun. I think what you want to use an XC for has been covered many times over. We get it, you don't want to ride challenging terrain on your tiger. Some of us enjoy it. Different strokes......as they say.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:47 AM   #13875
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This is the type of trail I want to do as well as some overgrown grass double tracks.



I have a super tenerefor 2up touring, fire roads, and my alaska trip.

Joe
Joel,

I'm not a good offroad rider and that wouldn't even slow me down on my XC. That line on the left I would avoid unless I had enough speed to bounce the suspension over that step, but otherwise the only concern I would have is to have the right tyre pressure and tyres for whatever I'm carrying.

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