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Old 05-02-2013, 04:37 PM   #17371
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As requested, here is my bracket. As you can tell my day job is manufacturing bespoke parts for Moto GP and WSB bikes!
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #17372
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MikenI am sorry to hear about your get off. But I am glad you were not injured. Good luck on your quest to buy another Tenere.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #17373
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Quick tire review

I haven't really kept up with this thread, and I know the subject of tires have been beat to death, but I thought I'd share anyway. I think most will disagree with me on this, but for others in the same boat you might find it useful.

So Heidenau K60s, the current holy grail of adventure tires. Reputed to take you everywhere, get silly high mileage , increase dirt performance and not give up anything on the street. I'd actually agree with all of that except the last part. Here's my experience after running through one and a half sets. Keep in mind I bought the Tenere as a ADV bike/sport tourer, because I like the street a LOT. There I said it, asphalt is cool. But I like to explore dirt roads to.

First the break in period is horrific. I can't remember the last tire I've run that required more than getting it hot and then to the edge once to break the mold release and then all was good. I almost dismounted them in the first 500 miles, hard braking left the front squirming in a very not-so-confidence inspiring way. Somewhere north of 1000 miles they came in and I built some confidence with them, throw in the increased dirt ability and if they stayed this way I'd probably continue running them. Problem is around 2500 miles or so so they started cupping and getting uneven wear to the point that mid corner corrections were a constant for me. Keep in mind I really like to trail the brake into corners and I think this just isn't the tire for that. Somehow I kept them on, and this is what the front looked like at 7K. The rear was toast in about 4K. Truth is I couldn't wait to get these off of my bike.








Anyway being honest with myself I needed a streetier tire, and I know I'll kick myself in the ass the first sand I get into or mud, but the truth is most of my dirt is fire roads, and I can get any big bike with street tires down a fire road.
Put some Tourance Next tires on last week and holy crap I remembered the bike I feel in love with. On an absolute rail in the corners, total braking confidence and can definitely put down more power at lean angle.





Now it sounds like I'm bagging on the K60s, not really. They are a heck of a great compromise, and if I were to ride to Colorado seeking dirt I'd put them on again in a heartbeat. But after reading constant reviews of how they are just as good on the street as 90/10 or full street tires I just thought I'd chime in with how much I felt my Tenere was neutered for the majority of my riding.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:25 PM   #17374
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Hi Mike,

Sorry to read about the off. Really glad you are OK.

So after all that how did the rumbux stand up?

Could Old_Git_Ray pop in and design you a full roll cage for next time?
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:12 PM   #17375
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The gear fared very well.

Here is my ride report, crash details, and tons of pictures and tons of pictures and information

http://www.mikef5000.com/2013-ride-and-crash.html
Mike, wow, glad you are okay and walked away without major injury

Looks really scary, the moment your front wheel lost traction your heart must have stopped.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #17376
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The gear fared very well.

Here is my ride report, crash details, and tons of pictures and tons of pictures and information

http://www.mikef5000.com/2013-ride-and-crash.html
Wow, yeah, good you're ok. I've dreaded something like that all my years of cornerblasting. Been lucky. It does look like the crash plate levered your wheel off the ground. I am wondering, where did you have the suspension set? Did you chop power in that curve? Thanks for posting this, should make fellers think a little---did me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #17377
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I adjusted the suspension for the luggage (maxed out the rear preload and increased the front 50% more than normal), it was actually a bit stiffer than my (per the manual) solo non-touring settings. I was lightly on the throttle through the corner, no chopping the throttle or braking... I had not time to panic or input any controls... Went from a normal hard corner to sliding on metal/asphalt in an instant.

About the rumbux... The left side bent in and crushed the fan and cracked the radiator, but it high-sided, went completely airborn, and landed squarely on it. Nothing would have saved it.

On the right side, there was light directional scratching where it scraped the ground, and heavy scratching once it low sided, but no penetration. All the mounting points seemed intact. There is a close up picture of the rumbux on my website (now in my signature as well).
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #17378
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Hi Mike, I am very happy for you the damage is only on the bike!

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:53 AM   #17379
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Should I see someone about this?

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:56 AM   #17380
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Yeah.

There are a few good detailers who could clean that bike up like new.

Or you could try it yourself...
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/onl...id=10395#Cross
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:04 AM   #17381
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Should I see someone about this?


Is oil leaking out of the boot or the "join" in the swing arm?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:23 AM   #17382
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Should I see someone about this?

Woohoo... First Super Tenere swing-arm break I've seen. How'd it hapen?
Ohh, that's right - it's a Yamaha.. They DONT break.
Not sure if there is a gasket at that joint or just some sealant.

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:59 AM   #17383
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Should I see someone about this?
How many miles on the bike?

There is some assembly lube/packing grease in that joint that seeps out for the first few thousand miles as it gets hot. Once you wipe it off a few times, it will have all seeped out. Mine did it a few times early on, but by maybe 5000 miles it was done.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:52 AM   #17384
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mikef5000

Im thinking that after a low/high side flip slam them tumble end over end 200ft down a mountain and the only damage behind rumbux was a cracked radiator. ... wonder how the competition would hold up?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:02 AM   #17385
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Im thinking that after a low/high side flip slam them tumble end over end 200ft down a mountain and the only damage behind rumbux was a cracked radiator. ... wonder how the competition would hold up?
Testers anyone? Testers?

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