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Old 01-29-2010, 07:19 AM   #151
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So what do you guy's use to lube your chain? Gear oil? Chain wax? WD-40? That what i used to use on my old 2 strokes and i would always out last my buddies 2:1.Sorry, but $200 chain oilers are out of the question .Also, how frequently do you oil your chain, in wet conditions and dry conditions?
You've done a great job on this bike! For your chain have you checked out the Loobman? http://loobman.com/
I put one on a few years ago and use gear oil in mine. You just give the bottle a squeeze and oil gets to both sides of your chain. The parts on your swingarm are very durable and the 'applicators' are zap straps so you can get replacements when they wear out. Works great for me.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:02 AM   #152
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Re: what the KTM guys do? Their extensive complicated bodywork keeps the splash from reaching them. Others simply put on an ordinary KTM dirtbike fender, also known as a High Fender. I would always opt for the high fender, but that's just me.

Great job, I should say. So, knowing very little about different suspensions, why did you choose the different front forks? Why not choose something already suzuki, like some motocross doodads?
Remember, I am a suspension idiot. Mine goes up and down, and that's good by me. Others have said mine is incredibly, terribly stiff, and what do I know? I never ride anything else.
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:24 PM   #153
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Met up with Ron in Creel. The bike looks as bad ass in person. Now I gotta shop for a katoom fairing for my DR.

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Old 01-30-2010, 08:04 AM   #154
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To Jeff, John and Berkley, it was great meeting you guy's! You have some great stories! Cool adventure, have a safe trip back.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:06 AM   #155
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Re: what the KTM guys do? Their extensive complicated bodywork keeps the splash from reaching them. Others simply put on an ordinary KTM dirtbike fender, also known as a High Fender. I would always opt for the high fender, but that's just me.

Great job, I should say. So, knowing very little about different suspensions, why did you choose the different front forks? Why not choose something already suzuki, like some motocross doodads?
Remember, I am a suspension idiot. Mine goes up and down, and that's good by me. Others have said mine is incredibly, terribly stiff, and what do I know? I never ride anything else.
I chose the WP4860 because they are very plentiful, relatively cheap and accept lots of cool KTM add-ons like brakes and hubs. There is also a great variety of clamps to choose from. They are also an excellent fork when tuned right.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:26 AM   #156
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That is one heck of a bike you built. I hope Suzuki is watching and follows your lead someday!
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:50 AM   #157
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With my TM40, I get 40-45mpg. About the same as my K12RS. If you figure out how to decrease the popping by changing something on the TM40, let me know! Really wish I went the FCR39 with air-cut valve route. I am resorting to trying to make the popping less annoying by changing from a TwoBrothers M7 can to the GSXR can. Live and learn.

Your bike looks great and the trip looks fun, keep us posted!
Same here. I have the stock carb with Dynojet kit and get 45 mpg on day rides. Closer to 40 with the camping gear on. My opinion is the soft bags and duffel push a lot of air and that drops the MPG more than the extra weight.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:29 AM   #158
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You can check them out here:http://www.steelpony.com.au/ They come from Australia and are very similar to the Andy Strapz bags. You can get the Andy Strapz from the states though, a cheaper rout as i paid nearly $100 in shipping alone. I hope they are worth it as i have been promised that they are water proof. Although i am skeptical, they have been well reviewed on Horizons Unlimited, so time will
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Hello Ron
What a great build up. I just came down with a case of DR-envy.

What size are your steel pony bags?

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:26 PM   #159
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great build !

might I ask if you've parted with the dr forks and such ? I'm looking for a good set to swap on to a klr...
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:05 PM   #160
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Hello Ron
What a great build up. I just came down with a case of DR-envy.

What size are your steel pony bags?

Loco
Hi Loco. The bags are 37l each. They are quite large, not for the minimalist, but excellent for long trips with camping gear.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:07 PM   #161
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great build !

might I ask if you've parted with the dr forks and such ? I'm looking for a good set to swap on to a klr...
Yes, i still have them, not sure if i want to part with them yet. There was a fellow inmate who had two or three sets for sale in the flea market, i would check there as i'm on the road for the next few months.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:53 PM   #162
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Excellent job! I forgot you were doing this build. The last time I came across it you were working out the instrument cluster and what a surprise to see it finished now. I wish I would have seen your cleverness applied to the Pelican case before I did mine. I may have to redo it. All in all a stunning bike! You should be proud.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:35 PM   #163
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I'm back!

The story, and weather continues...
I left Creel and headed down to Batopilas with the intention of continuing on offroad to El Fuerte and Los Mochis, back into the warm weather...NOT! After arriving in Batopilas, i was informed that i could not cross the river, it was impassable on moto. Damn! So i headed back to Creel for another night while the weather was still good. Some photo's:

Jeff, John and Berkley returning from their C.America adventure.

Top of the canyon
And an awesome ride down!

These thumpers really like to rattle. It's a wonder they don't just fall apart!



I've done this ride before, and although i always try to never ride the same road twice, this one cannot be missed while in Mexico!
The next morning it was raining, again! Fuck! I really didn't feel like taking another snowy mountain off-road pass through Divisadero to the coast, so i decided to leave the Copper Canyon for the end of the trip and rode to Hidaldo de Parrall, a nice little colonial town full of Cowboys and pointy boots. The next morning i was off to Zacatecas to go visit my good friend Federico. Not a 100k in, this happened:

It was only a matter of time, and i was tired of packing that fucking tire around with me anyways!
I spent 4 nights in Zacatecas, which turned out to be a freezing deluge! It rained like crazy, along with storm like winds and about 5 degrees c. These people are tough like nails and make us Canadians look like a bunch of pussies! Nobody has heat in their home, you sleep with your clothes on, or i did anyways
Thats all for now, more in a few days.
BTW, just want to throw it out there, our friend Mezo is about to partake in a grand adventure himself. Lets all wish him the best and give him a great big internet hug!
Later...
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:31 AM   #164
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BTW, just want to throw it out there, our friend Mezo is about to partake in a grand adventure himself. Lets all wish him the best and give him a great big internet hug!
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