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Old 02-17-2014, 08:22 PM   #2551
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JD,
Thank you for a detailed walkthrough of the wiring fortificaiton.
The bike looks mean from the front. Your bike in any form should be DAKAR ready :)
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:14 AM   #2552
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JD,
Your bike in any form should be DAKAR ready :)
thanks, but no Dakar, i've seen the footage...be fun on those spectator roads though.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:29 AM   #2553
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...and there was a damn rigorous inspection done before departing on those transoceanic routes you flew left seat.

remember the SPF50, Father Edward, that sun on the AZ golf courses can be brutal.
YES!!! And yesterday set a record at 88F at PHX!

(What temp did you get...?)
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:45 PM   #2554
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(What temp did you get...?)

didn't quite get to 88, but the sleet stayed a little west of me, which was nice.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:00 PM   #2555
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40 here. A nice break before we plunge back under freezing for a week or so.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #2556
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What is your take on the Rowe Electronics PDM60?

http://www.rowe-electronics.com/modules
http://pdm60.com/

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=638076
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #2557
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40 here. A nice break before we plunge back under freezing for three months or so.
yikes!
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:01 PM   #2558
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What is your take on the Rowe Electronics PDM60?

http://www.rowe-electronics.com/modules
http://pdm60.com/

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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=638076
haven't used one, so i can't speak to any issues, like reliability and durability.

as i've said, i want simplicity and proven performance. don't need 6 circuits, no heated anything, and no gizmos besides the GPS. 60amps is beyond the total output of the generator.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:32 PM   #2559
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yikes!
Well... its not coming back up in the 10 day forecast. Thanks for jinxing us.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:31 AM   #2560
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Thanks for jinxing us.
ain't my fault, it's just global warming. we're scheduled for more global warming snow in a few days.

anyway, after changing direction again, the last of the parts are due in Saturday, so when the roads are clear, this beast should be ready for a road test.

then back in for pannier mounts, some kind of gravel guard, and whatever else i decide i need.


on an interesting side note, the Northwest Territory folks are going to interview me regarding moto tourism through that part of Canada. there are plans afoot that would mean huge changes coming to those northern roads i've always called "the big gravel".
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #2561
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from the ride report Offroadpeople: Mongolian cosmonauts 2013

an interesting comment from one of the Russian riders on that trip regarding the relative merits of low vs high mount fenders for bikes being prepped for those kinds of roads...

from grom (rider) "I prefer low fender. Clean radiator is much more important than hypothetical chance of that kind of dirt where it is still possible to ride but only with high fender." i would agree, especially with ptwin platform bikes and their large transverse mounted radiator. been parked with a mud clogged radiator, so there's a larger low fender on the current build.

looking at the photos, the air cooled bikes had high fenders, but not all the water cooled bikes had low fenders. no consensus.

great report with photos and video. gorgeous country for moto travel.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:27 AM   #2562
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I DO recall trying to clear mud from a low-mount fender after it became jammed solid (way back when), w/ a branch from a tree.

Shortly after I put a high-mount on it!

NOW I just try to avoid that crap...!
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:50 PM   #2563
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I DO recall trying to clear mud from a low-mount fender after it became jammed solid (way back when)...
sorry, no photo, no proof. besides, high fenders weren't available in 1930.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:28 PM   #2564
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i've bent, cracked, and broken a bunch of levers, even with hand guards, so i figured i'd try some shorties to move the ends in farther. the bike i rode to Anchorage last year had them, and i didn't see any problems.

found a cheap set of used Pazzos, don't think i would be tempted to pay retail for these, but they seem to be pretty good quality. i've never used the China knockoffs, and have no idea how they compare.





40mm shorter than the OEM levers.



the vacuum bagged levers are spares, and that's how they're packed in the panniers.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:03 PM   #2565
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Cycra guards come with plated hardware, including a set of self tapping screws that hold the plastic to the bar. i've always switched to stainless, and run a tap through the holes first. i have a box of 10-24s on the shelf, and these holes are sized perfectly for a 10-24 tap, so...



only takes a few minutes.
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