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Old 03-12-2009, 03:47 AM   #16
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Here's my 03 on its last big trip before I sold it.



And here's its replacement on its last big trip 4 weeks ago

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Old 03-12-2009, 04:48 AM   #17
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My '03 Dakar last summer...

...@ ~ 35K miles. Now at 53,xxx and getting better all the time. Best motorcycle I've owned. Will do a bit of everything and travels well.

In over 50K miles the only non-scheduled maintenance issues I've had are fork seals at 25K miles and steering head bearings at 35K miles).



Last Month (camping setup):



Last Winter (with new Dunlop 606s):



Mods:

center stand (big help for service)
TT footpeg relocation kit (big difference)
Fastway footpegs (sure-footed)
TT rear rack (handy)
TT chain and rear brake guard (POS)
TT chain guide (for peace of mind)
TT handguard spoilers (great in winter)
Ohlins rear shock (transformed the bike!)
TT progressive springs and 10 wt fork oil (significant difference)
neoprene fork dust guards (haven't had to change seals again)
BMW dark-tinted windscreen (I like the look better than clear / easier to keep clean)
BMW solo seat (compartment holds a ton of stuff - compressor, tire tools, spare levers, cables, etc.)
clear turn signal lenses (cause I like the way they look)
Brake! LED strobing brake light bulb (for peace of mind in traffic)
DID x-ring chain (I'm averaging 21K miles per chain)
homemade countershaft sprocket guard (better than anything else I've seen - thanks Trout!)
Jesses (hold a ton - still have small profile compared to other bags)
BMW tail bag (cavernous, waterproof)
Wolfman tail bag (great for day trips)

I've been running mostly Mefo Explorers on mine and really like them as an all-around tire. Averaging 7-8K miles rear and 15K miles front. Hard to get though, so I usually have a set ahead ready in the garage. For muddy conditions, I liked the Dunlop 606s (third photo) but they don't last and can't compare with the Mefos on road. I did have the Wolfman Denali tank bag, but for me it was just too damned big and got in the way. I'm just not a tank bag guy though.

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Old 03-12-2009, 05:35 AM   #18
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I did the steering head bearings on my Dakar at 27K. I am hoping I get the same run out of the F8 as I had with the Dakar, they are an awesome motorcycle. They look the goods with 606s on them but I found the rears wore out in 4K. I ended up running D605s on the front and K60 Heidenau's(140/17) on the rear and had great grip and awesome mileage out of them. Awesome bike.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:37 AM   #19
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GSBS

That is one great looking bike especially for that mileage.
one question for you in your mods list you have.
"TT chain and rear brake guard (POS)" Why do you say that.

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Old 03-12-2009, 07:41 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by mcgiggle
Well chuffed you started this thread, i'm prepping the wife's GS for our trip and have ordered a pair of Excel rims, the rear is 18 inch and I read somewhere else that the Dakar has a lomger swinger so found one on a forum, it was delivered yesterday and is exactly the the same as her GS
So i'll just increase the thread length on the chain adjusters and keep the OE one.
Have any of you guys fitted ail bars and kept the heated grips ?
I have a million other questiioms but i'll save them for later !


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I have Protaper fat bars with 45mm risers on my bike and kept the heated grips. Takes a little machining work on the end of the bars but completley do-able.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:40 AM   #21
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TT Chain and Rear Brake Guard...

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That is one great looking bike especially for that mileage.
one question for you in your mods list you have.
"TT chain and rear brake guard (POS)" Why do you say that.

Thanks
Tim
Thanks for the comments Tim!

About the TT guards... They come as a package to replace the possum scraper.

After 500 miles the rear brake guard on had broken at the rear mount where it is bent up 90 from horizontal to vertical. After several emails back and forth they sent me a new one - but I had to pay to return to busted one. Then after another few hundred miles the new one broke exactly the same way. This time I used some JB Weld epoxy putty to fix it and it's been that way for almost 30K miles.

The TT Chain Guard developed a crack just aft of the rear vertical/diagonal section after around 10K miles and I smeared on some JB Weld to arrest its progress which so far has held. I decided it wasn't worth the effort to get another from TT since it'd likely do the same thing.

Also, the black tubular steel mounting for the TT rear rack (which I primarily got to keep the big BMW tail bag from drooping over onto the rear turn signals) cracked and broke due to a flimsy and poorly welded design. I had a buddy who welds repair it and it's doing great. Again, I saw no point in getting another inferior replacement from TT since it would break the same way in a few months no doubt.

It pisses me off that the TT quality is so poor on some items, but they are still the only source for some items - like the footpeg relocation kit and OEM handguard extensions.

BTW, in the next week or so when I finally wear out the current Mefos on the bike I'm going to try a 606 rear and MT 21 front combo for a couple of months (this is the rainy/muddy season here in Alabama). I've heard lots of good things about this combo.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:24 AM   #22
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love new words

I love it when I have to look up a new word. I am going to put pro tapers on mine and keep the hot grips. I have not done it so not sure of any problems.

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Old 03-12-2009, 10:43 AM   #23
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Thanks for the comments Tim!

About the TT guards... They come as a package to replace the possum scraper.

After 500 miles the rear brake guard on had broken at the rear mount where it is bent up 90 from horizontal to vertical. After several emails back and forth they sent me a new one - but I had to pay to return to busted one. Then after another few hundred miles the new one broke exactly the same way. This time I used some JB Weld epoxy putty to fix it and it's been that way for almost 30K miles.

The TT Chain Guard developed a crack just aft of the rear vertical/diagonal section after around 10K miles and I smeared on some JB Weld to arrest its progress which so far has held. I decided it wasn't worth the effort to get another from TT since it'd likely do the same thing.

Also, the black tubular steel mounting for the TT rear rack (which I primarily got to keep the big BMW tail bag from drooping over onto the rear turn signals) cracked and broke due to a flimsy and poorly welded design. I had a buddy who welds repair it and it's doing great. Again, I saw no point in getting another inferior replacement from TT since it would break the same way in a few months no doubt.

It pisses me off that the TT quality is so poor on some items, but they are still the only source for some items - like the footpeg relocation kit and OEM handguard extensions.

BTW, in the next week or so when I finally wear out the current Mefos on the bike I'm going to try a 606 rear and MT 21 front combo for a couple of months (this is the rainy/muddy season here in Alabama). I've heard lots of good things about this combo.
Thanks for the detailed answer the reason I asked. Is I have them on order now.
I will kook at them close, too see if I can see the weak spots and reinforce them before I have a problem.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:48 AM   #24
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While we are talking about Dakar's.
I have a post on f-650.com about a wiggle or weave while hard on the front brake. Could you all give it a look and see if you have any ideas.
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If this is a no no asking others to look at a post on another site please nuke it and tell me to behave.
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:27 PM   #25
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not a problem

The post on that other site is fine by me. Looks like the steering bearings go out around 20k. Mine is stiff under braking at 13k and will get a new set soon. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #26
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I love it when I have to look up a new word. I am going to put pro tapers on mine and keep the hot grips. I have not done it so not sure of any problems.

"Well chuffed you started this thread,"
The only problem you will encounter is that the "hot grips" are hard wired in and go through/inside the standard handlebars. The way around this is to put in electrical connectors so the heated grips can be unplugged easily. I would do this before you change the bars as it will make it easier to fiddle around with when reconnecting the heated grips. Good luck.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:24 AM   #27
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Just had a look at the bars and when I change them I think i'm going to go with pro taper SE as it's going to work out much cheaper ( already have Acerbis handguards so would need new mounts ) and going to look at routing the cables outside the bars but this just turned up so that's this weekend sorted
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:38 AM   #28
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Oooooh, thats nice!!
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:25 AM   #29
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Love this bike. Best travel bike I've owned, but than again I've only owned 2

Way to many mods to list, but I supposed the most important are:

Wilbers shock and Race Tech emulators
Stainless steel oil filter
Neoprene gaiters or face changing seals
Datel volt meter or face running down the battery
Maintenance free battery
Heaps of electrics
Stebel electric horn (no moving parts)
Home made fairing guards (must do mod)
Bash plate extension (dito)
Head light guard
Hand guards
Renthal bars while keeping electric grips. No machining required. Just re-wire the grips. Piece of cake. It's only resistance wire for F sake
Engine crash bars
In-line fuel filter
Foam between frame and radiator or face buying a new radiator (must do mod)
Chicken wire radiator rock guard
NB's Crap flap (must do mod)
Fumoto oil valve
Unifilter air filter (must do mod)
TT counter sprocket guard
Flexible oil return hose
Bar risers
FAR mirrors
Fastway pegs

More info on the following pages

http://tacostyringtravels.blogspot.c...on-part-1.html

http://tacostyringtravels.blogspot.c...on-part-2.html

Ready for adventure. Ignore the hard luggage. That'll be gone when I get them back.






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Old 03-13-2009, 07:41 AM   #30
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that is a lot of mods

tmotten, I would say you are mod happy but it looks like you get out and ride the thing. Thanks for the post, I will have to look into some of the things you have done.
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