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Old 02-04-2013, 12:31 AM   #121
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WHo's ging ove rto Russia with you? How long do you expect to be away? Why Russia?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:49 AM   #122
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Geez, you sound like a border guard! My wife, Penny. Dunno. And coz it's there!

In truth, I don't really know how to answer completely when asked why. It sort of evolved to this point.

Neither Penny nor I have really done an OE as such, and I always liked the idea of not just taking a plane to Europe, but rather pointing a motorcycle in the general direction and actually travelling somewhere.

I always get a weird displacement kind of feeling when I fly somewhere, even Hamilton. A kind of mini jet-lag maybe. I don't like getting into a container and turning up somewhere else. I want to see the scenery change, feel the seasons catch up to us, and see faces join dots from culture to culture. That's probably the heart of it.

Dreaming about it has given us both the wanderlust. The stepping stones across the ocean lead to Russia, so at some point that became the natural starting point, and now it's stuck.

I'm still busy scraping, sanding, and painting, but soon we'll give our humble abode up to tenants. I've all but left my job and become a renovator/mechanic at home, and Penny has given her notice.

I have an idea that we'll arrive dusty, dirty, and dishevelled in the Dutch lowlands, where we have offers of couches, floors, and bedsits. I have a passport that let's me stay, and Penny has a pair of Derby skates that automatically lets us in to a social circle. From there, I have no idea. If we, marriage, the bike, and the bank balance survive, then we'll stick it out for a while. Otherwise, there's always a little house in Wilton to come back to...
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:06 AM   #123
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #124
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Sounds like fun, The first day I find when flying in is a shock but after a while you just go with it.... I went to Moscow and the then Leningrad in the later 80's, saw old Lenin....hope the food has improved.....
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:09 PM   #125
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Yup! We fly to Seoul, uncrate the bike, ride on to a ferry, then on to Vladivostok. Point the bike West and ride to Europe via Mongolia and the 'stans.

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Sounds familiar ... a couple of mates did something similar a couple of years back, RR here ... I'm deeply, deeply envious.



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Old 02-05-2013, 12:24 AM   #126
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Will you start a separate report, or just continue on here? Had to post something to subscribe. I'd love to do something like this, but I guess we're already too entrenched. Plus the "kids" show no sign of movement.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:49 PM   #127
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Sounds familiar ...
Had a good chat with Michael over Skype a while back - super helpful!

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Will you start a separate report, or just continue on here? Had to post something to subscribe. I'd love to do something like this, but I guess we're already too entrenched. Plus the "kids" show no sign of movement.
I think I'll stay here 'til we leave, then open it up to an "international audience" once we're out in the world.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:08 PM   #128
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Had a good chat with Michael over Skype a while back - super helpful!

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I don't know Michael as well as know Wayne, but yeah, good guys the pair of them ...

Good luck with the final prep, I look forward to the thread going "international", I'll be cheering you on from the cheap seats ...



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Old 02-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #129
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I don't know Michael as well as know Wayne, but yeah, good guys the pair of them ...

Good luck with the final prep, I look forward to the thread going "international", I'll be cheering you on from the cheap seats ...



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how about a pic of the bike...
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:13 AM   #130
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how about a pic of the bike...
Gimme' a clue, which bike? ...

A good few years ago now but L to R, Wayne's (before he went "Orange"), mine and mine (the oilhead's off the road for the foreseeable future).



... but I'm sure we're all far more interested in progress with igor's bike ...



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Old 02-08-2013, 01:19 AM   #131
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Gimme' a clue, which bike? ...

A good few years ago now but L to R, Wayne's (before he went "Orange"), mine and mine (the oilhead's off the road for the foreseeable future).



... but I'm sure we're all far more interested in progress with igor's bike ...



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yes,,not quite sure how i quoted you...nice pic though!
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:25 AM   #132
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So here's the bike we're taking across the world in a couple of months - yikes. Can't think of how many pieces it's in - just gotta tick off the jobs one by one.

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Dropped the oil and sump today...

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... with the intention to fit this:

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Looks like the HPN rallye sump, but a different casting - being uniform in depth, rather than narrowing to the rear. Cleaned up all the surfaces and deciphered the German directions before wondering - does the Drei-Bond go on all mating surfaces?

Had a quick check online to see what the internet says. Shockingly, the internet says that the sky is falling. [yellow font][supershaft][etc]NO ADHESIVE - EVER[/yellow font][/supershaft][/etc]

So, taking all that for what it's worth and thinking about it - perhaps the Drei-Bond should be used only between the bottom plate and the spacer ring, sandwiching the gasket semi-permanently. Then the assembly should be installed like a normal sump presumably, with a dry gasket.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:42 AM   #133
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The other concern is the oil pickup. It's a BMW part and a completely different casting, positioned lower than the piece it replaces to take advantage of sumps with greater oil capacity.

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But it needs to be machined to work with the aftermarket casting, and someone didn't do the greatest job:

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I'm not confident that this will seal properly, and I won't happily leave it like this for something as critical as an oil pick-up.

I'm concerned with how much of the bike is currently distributed across the Greater Wellington community of engineers and specialists. So who thinks I can satisfactorily flat this out with hand tools and abrasives from my tool box?
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:12 AM   #134
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... So who thinks I can satisfactorily flat this out with hand tools and abrasives from my tool box?
If Mike (aka StigNZ) can rebuild a clutch in the middle of a mossie infested Mongolian swamp, I've got every confidence that you can sort out an oil pick up in the greater Wellington area ...

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Old 03-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #135
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Re the sump gasket, it's a heat activated seal. Once on they are hard to get off. However when I put mine on I put a really fine smear of goo to allow the gasket to be removed in one piece should I want to get back in there.

Re the 'pick up', fine sandpaper & flat surface should do the job (maybe a piece of glass or steel). Be careful not to round it.
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