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Old 04-23-2012, 08:38 AM   #13951
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She hasn't posted since 2007 and her TankGirls.co.za has had no activity since 2010. Wonder if she's still riding? Makes me wonder about the fate of Tonto. Is she permanently in stable?

From her TankGirls website...

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #13952
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I haven't ridden in weeks due to a minor knee surgery, but I felt well enough for some easy riding on Sunday.
So I headed out onto the Apache Trail.





My 2008 990 Adventure loves to pose.





Yeah, but it's all washboard...





Then the sunset happened.





Good Night!

Man those are some pictures!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #13953
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initial reaction?



Is that an exhaust or a culvert? Ugly ass windscreen in pursuit of eliminating turbulence?
Cool swingarm. I like the idea of a solo seat like the new Tenere or a GS.
Where's the skid plate going to bolt to? Is there a new luggage system with clips that attach to the bulbs on the backend?
I have a feeling it would look a lot better with a high fender because the beak is so angular...

I'll pass judgement after I see what it looks like ready for dirt
Millions of dollars of R&D and testing. Do you really think the flat black gas tank is the only thing they do to disguise the bike's design from corporate espionage?
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:22 PM   #13954
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Ugly. My God...uglier than a BMW!
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:57 PM   #13955
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Laugh

As promised I posted some thoughts on the Touratech seat here.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...t18527092:evil
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #13956
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:49 PM   #13957
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Ugly. My God...uglier than a BMW!

Don't go freaking out... that's just the test mule. You can bet dollars to donuts it won't look anything like that in production.

My 990 is heavy enough for my skinny, short body. I can only imagine what this one will feel like in the dirt.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:10 PM   #13958
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Hopped on some of the ATV trails here in Wisconsin. They seem to be doing a little logging here and there.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:51 PM   #13959
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No pix in use; thankfully haven't needed it. We've rigged it up and the kids have pulled various things around the yard, no pix of that.

The kit:



This is 160 feet of ~1300 lb 4mm; 100' of 6mm takes almost exactly the same space. I like the reach of the longer rope, once you start creating MA with pulleys it uses up rope in a hurry.

The 4mm is harder on the hands, but a clove hitch on a 'biner helps that significantly.
==

Zipped up. In addition to the stuff in the pic above, there's a big 4mm loop (about 5' diameter), another about 3', and a few odds n ends. The bag is about 11x5x4 inches.


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I reckon you should make these up and sell them along with some laminated weatherproof instructions. Some of us aren't clever enough with this soft of gear and have no real off-road recovery experience other than swearing and sweating. I would buy one. I reckon a few of my friends would too.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:32 PM   #13960
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initial reaction?



Is that an exhaust or a culvert? Ugly ass windscreen in pursuit of eliminating turbulence?
Cool swingarm. I like the idea of a solo seat like the new Tenere or a GS.
Where's the skid plate going to bolt to? Is there a new luggage system with clips that attach to the bulbs on the backend?
I have a feeling it would look a lot better with a high fender because the beak is so angular...

I'll pass judgement after I see what it looks like ready for dirt
Come on Geek, you know you want that exhaust. I personally hope that bird cage thing on the back is included....
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:30 AM   #13961
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I swopped Tonto almost two years ago for a Triumph Scrambler. For the last year that I had him, he was mostly standing in the stable waiting for parts... SA KTM support........

The triumph is called Griet.

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #13962
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I swopped Tonto almost two years ago for a Triumph Scrambler. For the last year that I had him, he was mostly standing in the stable waiting for parts... SA KTM support........

The triumph is called Griet.

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:58 AM   #13963
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Is that an exhaust or a culvert? Ugly ass windscreen in pursuit of eliminating turbulence?
Cool swingarm. I like the idea of a solo seat like the new Tenere or a GS.
Where's the skid plate going to bolt to? Is there a new luggage system with clips that attach to the bulbs on the backend?
I have a feeling it would look a lot better with a high fender because the beak is so angular...

I'll pass judgement after I see what it looks like ready for dirt
Glad I bought when I did...
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #13964
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I reckon you should make these up and sell them along with some laminated weatherproof instructions. Some of us aren't clever enough with this soft of gear and have no real off-road recovery experience other than swearing and sweating. I would buy one. I reckon a few of my friends would too.
There are a few options out there, and a few threads dedicated to 'em around here somewhere. I didn't like the cheapo northern tool/harbor freight/china block and tackle solution--it's cheap but this is gear that you have to depend on, not hope that it works. Plus the reach is far too short for the country I live in.

Separating the pulleys instead of using double blocks means that you can get both more reach (but shorter pulls between resets) and more MA (mechanical advantage).

The EZ pull from adventure engineering is small and light, and if I was going to buy a prebuilt system, this would be it:

http://www.adventureengineering.com/...oducts/ez-pull

But is only rated for 500 lbs; despite the fact that they show a BMW hanging from a rafter with it, 500lbs is a little too close to the potential "actual pull" that I might need. I've been at the bottom of an embankment looking up....

Also, some very valid points have been made about small rope-diameter vs. hands. Even with gloves, the very-small diameter dyneema/spectra/etc lines can really hurt--the EZ pull, if I remember right, claims a max 5:1 MA, which means (ignoring friction) that you'll pull 100 lbs to get that 500 lbs pull. Go carry 50 lbs aroung hung from some dental floss and let me know how that feels. Add friction loss and it'll be something more than that. The system in the pic can get to 9:1 with a little thought and prep--and, most importantly, practice. Last but not least, many of those lines handle knots very poorly, making it potentially even more difficult to safely set up a high-angle pull or anchor or.... (you didn't think you'd need this where it's EASY, didja?)

I like the (relatively) larger diameter kernmantle ropes with the syneema or similat core and a polyester cover. They handle knots much better than the bare dyneema/etc lines and are easier on the hands. The 4mm in the picture you quoted is rated at a mean breaking strength of ~1300 lbs, which with the figure-8 knots for the loops is probably reduced to somewhere between 1000 and 1150lbs...still twice that of the EZ-pull. It's probably three or four times bulkier, though. The separate pulleys/biners/loops take up a bunch of space relative to the EZ-pull as well.

Just a note--this goes in the top case, always. Wanna bet which side case the bike'll be sitting on when it's over that embankment if you carry this on the side?

I'm not interested in putting these together; you'd be surprised what that kit cost, even with the bargain-basement price on the rope. What I could do, though, is maybe take some pix of various setups and post 'em here with some instructions for ya. Might not be soon, though, it's finally spring and the boss is after me for yardwork.

I've been curious to see if my two kids (8 and 11) can lift the beast with this.

Steve

PS: If you never ride alone, you could do this with fewer pulleys and less MA and more muscle. I'm one of those who does ride alone more often than not (please let's not go there....it's MY choice), and I'm an old, slow, weakling. I need to be able to at least stand a chance of getting the bike back up to the trail, alone. This means I overprepare, but as always, there will be situations that defy any level of preparation.....
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:15 PM   #13965
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