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Old 05-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #166
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Hi Jochem

I've had my S10 (a '93) for three months and I'm very happy with it. Parts the previous owners fitted:

heavier fork oil and progressive springs, to counter the heavy front-end dive.

Hagon rear shock, there's a 'lower' option as well.

touring screen

crash bars

extra power outlet

I also added aluminium brush guards.

Mechanically these seem as bullet-proof as most jap bikes. I'm told the frame needs to be strengthened for off-road work, and luggage is hard to come by (top boxes OK, but not many people make pannier mounts). The front brake is very weak as well.

But the upside is a 70bhp dual-sport bike that is very versatile and a pleasure to ride.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:07 AM   #167
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Hi Jochem

I've had my S10 (a '93) for three months and I'm very happy with it. Parts the previous owners fitted:

heavier fork oil and progressive springs, to counter the heavy front-end dive.

Hagon rear shock, there's a 'lower' option as well.

touring screen

crash bars

extra power outlet

I also added aluminium brush guards.

Mechanically these seem as bullet-proof as most jap bikes. I'm told the frame needs to be strengthened for off-road work, and luggage is hard to come by (top boxes OK, but not many people make pannier mounts). The front brake is very weak as well.

But the upside is a 70bhp dual-sport bike that is very versatile and a pleasure to ride.

Enjoy!
Rayrev, I asked about how the S10 rode with progressive fork springs on the xtz750.com site and no one who had the spring mod replied. How are they?
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Old 05-17-2008, 05:35 PM   #168
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Rayrev, I asked about how the S10 rode with progressive fork springs on the xtz750.com site and no one who had the spring mod replied. How are they?
Dseenya; the trouble is that I don't know how the S10 felt before the springs were fitted. The bike still dives a lot; I can make it 'bunny hop' easily; just dabbing the front brake makes the whole bike rock front-to-back. Braking from speed (70mph) is quite scary, you have to leave a good 30-40 metres on the approach to junctions.

That said, I don't think the fork oil has been changed since 2004, and I'm quite heavy (95kg?). If I had the money I'd fit a better brake caliper for sure.

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Old 05-18-2008, 12:53 PM   #169
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thanks rayrev, hopefully pockey (on xtz750.com) will let me know how his rides as he recently changed to progressive springs. I'm going to fit steel braided brake hoses to help the spongy brakes, does your bike have these?
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:06 AM   #170
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front end upgrade

Hello,
Can anyone help me with some advice regarding a front end upgrade on a 91 S10? What wold be the best choice? I was thinking of a KTM 640 adv front end because it has 2 discs, but I saw some pics with bikes with single discs.
Do they have enough stopping power?
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:30 AM   #171
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Hello,
Can anyone help me with some advice regarding a front end upgrade on a 91 S10? What wold be the best choice? I was thinking of a KTM 640 adv front end because it has 2 discs, but I saw some pics with bikes with single discs.
Do they have enough stopping power?
regards, Alex
Ktm forks will do and I think most brakes are better then the original brakes from the S10
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:46 AM   #172
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Ktm forks will do and I think most brakes are better then the original brakes from the S10
what about a single 300 or 320 mm disc?
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:26 PM   #173
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Achile, post those questions on xtz750.com; the sire admins are working on different front-end configurations for their rally bikes
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:28 PM   #174
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thanks rayrev, hopefully pockey (on xtz750.com) will let me know how his rides as he recently changed to progressive springs. I'm going to fit steel braided brake hoses to help the spongy brakes, does your bike have these?
Nope. Afaik braided lines don't actually improve stopping power, they just prevent excessive heat in the brakes, keeping them strong even when used a lot on one ride.

I could be wrong, but that's how it was explained to me.

And it looks there is no 'easy fix' for the weak front brake, as no other calipers fit w/out major fiddling about
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:44 AM   #175
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There's a good thread developing on XTZ750.com regarding the fork conversion. WR450 front ends are the biz.

And one more note....I apologised to Jenna for thinking Jenna was a dude.
She's probably going to paint my centerstand pink.
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:47 AM   #176
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I made the same mistake a year ago on the TRX850 forum.
Girl named Jak, and I thought it was a guy.

Keeps us both laughing even after a year.
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What did I say earlier about guys losing their nut over a 20 year old bike?

FOOL I TELLS YA!
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Old 05-28-2008, 04:19 AM   #178
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Im always up for whoring a few pics of my bike.

So here she is.









Nice to see some familiar names from XTZ750.com
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:53 AM   #179
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Darren, welcome to ADV! And where/how did you get that higher front mudguard? Me likey

Come to that, what pannier side-rails are you using?
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:44 AM   #180
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Darren, welcome to ADV! And where/how did you get that higher front mudguard? Me likey

Come to that, what pannier side-rails are you using?
Hi Ray, Thanks mate.

The mudguards from Acerbis, The mount I made myself, Although Kedo do a high front mudguard mount for the S10. It's 45 quid though!!!!!

The racks are from 5star. Bought from a company in Germany if I remember, There's a few posts on xtz750.com about racks, I thinks catsbum has the same ones, I had to brace the back and tops of them as they seemed a bit flimsy, (Couple of straps of metal) easy enough and pretty solid now.

Still not sure if Im going to be keeping the high mudguard as it makes the front end a bit light at anything over 85 when fully loaded, Nothing to seriouse but enough to notice that it felt more grounded before i stuck it on.
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