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Old 07-29-2012, 08:26 AM   #13816
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My experience re the above post has been quite different. I recently disconnected the battery while installing my heated grips. Upon reconnecting the battery, my fuel gauge showed nothing and the fuel light was on. Yes, fuel in the tank and it started right up.

I drove about 1/2 a mile when the gauge came online and showed the correct amount. Also the fuel light went off.

This has been normal every time I have had the battery out of circuit.
The EXACT same thing happened to me too.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:30 AM   #13817
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Is the rear flap just a piece of rubber or did you purchase from someone?

How long did you have to wait for the engine bars? Mine are on BO to and was curious.
LLM,

When I see you at the RTB this week-end I'll show ya my fabbed up mudflap; easy, cheap and effective.

My engine bars are the Happy Trails. Twelve days from order to install (they're in ID). Most protective bars out there. Don't believe me? Check out av_mech's ride thread.....

If you went with the TT bars; things can get a little "sluggish" on the other side of the Atlantic.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #13818
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LLM,

When I see you at the RTB this week-end I'll show ya my fabbed up mudflap; easy, cheap and effective.

My engine bars are the Happy Trails. Twelve days from order to install (they're in ID). Most protective bars out there. Don't believe me? Check out av_mech's ride thread.....

If you went with the TT bars; things can get a little "sluggish" on the other side of the Atlantic.
Cool. Looking forward to meeting you. I know the HT stuff is good, just decided to use the T stuff. Headed out to Paint bank this afternoon with my dad. Probably won't hit too much gravel today.

Maybe next weekend
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #13819
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Bross, did you buy the Touratech fender raisers or something else?
Yep Touratech risers.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #13820
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I did a thread search without success.

So what rear tube do you prefer for our XC?

TIA
I use these. http://www.zenoverland.com/tyres_tub...nnertubes.html Good quality and much cheaper than Michelin.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:40 PM   #13821
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Fellow ADV riders, I have fallen on some bad luck and need your help and support.

As I would find out later, it is also very hard to find a 525 chain in parts of South America.
I've been on holiday so have just seen this and the unfolding story. Hope you get everything fixed Clay.
What I'm posting for is to say ; "don't be afraid to run a 530 chain on the 525 sprockets if that's all you can get". A 530 is only 1/16" wider and will get you moving again.
Also don't be afraid to connect two lengths of chain together with a couple of rivet links if you can't get the correct length of chain. So long as they're not right next to each other it'll be fine.

I also agree with some of the comments about Triumph's spares supply and service. If they want to compete with BMW they've got to get their overseas service and delivery up to standard as that will influence buyers into their choice of steed for these long distance trips.
Having said that, it's also useful to realise that a lot of service parts for Triumphs are not unique and are widely used on Jap bikes, as shown in the post showing compatible sprockets, so they're available from almost anywhere. You just need to do a bit of research before you go and take the info on a memory stick along with all the other stuff (documents etc.) you've scanned in.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:51 PM   #13822
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Hi all. My first post here

I'm a super sport rider who got the bug of dual sports and adventure riding after going for a ride with friends who ride BMW and KTM's.

I test roade the F800GS and Tiger XC and plan on buying the Tiger XC in a couple of weeks.

I wanted to know if the 2013 models have come out and if not, when are they coming out. I'm in California if that makes any difference.
2013 should be shipping now as the Triumph model year runs from July. The only difference is the colours.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:59 PM   #13823
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I also agree with some of the comments about Triumph's spares supply and service. If they want to compete with BMW they've got to get their overseas service and delivery up to standard as that will influence buyers into their choice of steed for these long distance trips.
Well, 2 years ago on Corsica, just shy of Italian coast waiting time for ANY (including 50 cent o-ring) BMW part was 1 week.
In Austria we been offered to wait 5 working days for thermostat for K1300.

The only companies who do 24 hours here is Honda and Suzuki. Yamaha comes third on level with Triumph, Kawasaki as bad as BMW and italians.

In Ukraine big powerful BMW service center tried to sell 900 Euros final drive assembly because they were unable (read greedy) to buy special tools required to change bearing in it.

And in Morocco we had no way to do ANYTHING with BMW in all but 1 city.


I always amazed how successfully BMW marketing created myth of BMW "worldwide service"...
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:40 PM   #13824
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The following (from Orange Crush) was one of the primary reasons I sealed my rear XC wheel.

My question to any that may have done this: The front wheel doesn't have the "safety lips" or raised portion on the wheel so running tubeless is not such a great idea, but would sealing the spoke nipples and using some type of rubber washer/grommet around the nutted valve stem have the effect of slowing down the escaping air in the event of a blowout? Seems like it might work.

I've lost air in a couple rear tires before and it was quite a task to rein the pony in. If the front went down quickly, so would you.

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I was on my way to CJ Racer's Tech Weekend. Early morning. Raining. Going west on I96 near Lansing, MI in the right lane. Thursday morning last week. 2006 950 ADV

Riding along on concrete, and I think I feel the bike wallow a little. "Maybe that's the new front tire I just put on...maybe it's the combination of the new tire and the concrete and the rain", I think to myself. Then I feel some vibration, then the bike almost starts to bog. "I better pull off at the next exit and check the tires," I think to myself. Then...BAM!!!

It felt like someone kicked the ass end of the bike sideways 10 feet. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! I went through about 10 fishtails. I have NO idea how I saved it. I wasn't consciously thinking about anything. My arms were frantically moving the bars damn near lock to lock to keep the bike upright. I weave over into the left lane, then gradually back to the right and onto the shoulder....and finally coast to a stop. There was nobody near me in either lane. The semi I passed must have seen me and hit the brakes and gone around. NOBODY stopped to help.

WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT!!!! I yelled it out loud this time. I look down and see the rear tire totally flat and off the bead. Call my wife...get the trailer...thank God I'm not dead.

As it turns out the tube was literally dust...obliterated...pulverized. I can see ZERO signs of punctures, marks, cuts, holes, etc in the tire. You can see tube pieces in the picture below. I left quite a trail of tube dust all over.

Here is some data...

MEFO Super Explorer - usually aired to 35-36psi
Tube and tire as I bought it from the PO last fall. No idea mileage of either.
Checked the air pressure Wednesday afternoon and all was good. I did not check it before this ride.
Two panniers full (probably 60-70 lbs together)with a waterproof bag bungeed to the rear rack.
Heidenau K60 front (brand new) with a new 3mm tube.

I got a new tube and the tire seems fine. It held air perfectly for a trip to Wisconsin and back with a whole bunch of trail riding on Saturday. However, now anytime I feel the slightest wobble, I think the bike is about to crash. I must have checked the rear tire 10 times on the way home.


I'm going to get a new rear tire. I just don't trust this one now after this incident. However, I'm all ears on what better things to go in the future to notice this before it becomes catastrophic or better yet, make sure it doesn't happen again.

Thanks. Ride Safe.

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Old 07-29-2012, 11:12 PM   #13825
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The following (from Orange Crush) was one of the primary reasons I sealed my rear XC wheel.

My question to any that may have done this: The front wheel doesn't have the "safety lips" or raised portion on the wheel so running tubeless is not such a great idea, but would sealing the spoke nipples and using some type of rubber washer/grommet around the nutted valve stem have the effect of slowing down the escaping air in the event of a blowout? Seems like it might work.

I've lost air in a couple rear tires before and it was quite a task to rein the pony in. If the front went down quickly, so would you.

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My dad went to that tech weekend on his new to him 950 adv. Small world we live in.

My sealant is almost cured and I'll be mounting the tire on Tuesday. 6 days after I applied it. Can't wait to ride it!

May not be a bad idea to do some sealing in the front as well. I've never had front flat in 65,000 miles of riding. But, a front flat would be even scarier than the back.

If I had it to do over again, I would use a different compound. The 5200 is great and I'm sure very durable. I don't have many complaints. The two that I do have are the 7 day cure time and the ease of clean-up. I would use some stuff that we have at work called Pro Seal PRC 1422-B1/2 or B2. We seal airplanes with that shit and it cleans super easy with MEK. I'll put some more detail about this when I do my version of the full DIY.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:21 PM   #13826
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I had 2 sets of Tournaces on my R1150GS and like them a lot. Got about 12K out of them! Would buy them again on my next bike.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:23 AM   #13827
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Well, 2 years ago on Corsica, just shy of Italian coast waiting time for ANY (including 50 cent o-ring) BMW part was 1 week.
In Austria we been offered to wait 5 working days for thermostat for K1300.

The only companies who do 24 hours here is Honda and Suzuki. Yamaha comes third on level with Triumph, Kawasaki as bad as BMW and italians.

In Ukraine big powerful BMW service center tried to sell 900 Euros final drive assembly because they were unable (read greedy) to buy special tools required to change bearing in it.

And in Morocco we had no way to do ANYTHING with BMW in all but 1 city.


I always amazed how successfully BMW marketing created myth of BMW "worldwide service"...
Actually you're right. I had rear shock failure on a R100GS whilst in Morocco and called into a BMW (car) dealer in Gibraltar on the way home to be greeted with complete disinterest. I asked "surely you could call Munich to get the part number and get one delivered? You are a main BMW dealer after all!"........No.
Thinking about it, a lot of BMW parts are unique. So Triumph, in using things like Nissin brakes and commonly used oil filters, have an advantage in that these parts are widely available.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:37 AM   #13828
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My sealant is almost cured and I'll be mounting the tire on Tuesday. 6 days after I applied it. Can't wait to ride it!
My interest in doing this is growing. Please do post a link to your "How to" thread. I notice on e-Bay that 5200 is available in 10oz tubes http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3M-Marine-...item27b9e33406
We'll need to know how much of this stuff we need to complete the job.
Cheers.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:45 AM   #13829
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My interest in doing this is growing. Please do post a link to your "How to" thread. I notice on e-Bay that 5200 is available in 10oz tubes http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3M-Marine-...item27b9e33406
We'll need to know how much of this stuff we need to complete the job.
Cheers.
One tube is more than enough. I'd recommend getting the quick dry so the bike isn't down for 7 days.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:39 AM   #13830
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One tube is more than enough. I'd recommend getting the quick dry so the bike isn't down for 7 days.
I actually (and carefully) levered my tire back on after 2 1/2 days of cure time (I'm the impatient sort) and it passed the submersion test, but yeah the "fast cure" sets so much, well, faster.

ad_mech- Looking forward to your pictorial exposé and you have some Idaho dirt roads that need terrorizing.
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