640s 127,000 service and again at 212,000

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by gunnerbuck, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    I have done a similar thing with my Mosko R80 (re top plate). Never found the need to reverse them (which I can't do anyway as mine are Version 1), but I don't ride with a pillion, so I have removed the pillion pegs and use the top bolt of the pillion peg mounts as a mounting point for the leg strap.

    To protect those straps (through the plate), I run them inside bicycle inner tube as I found that regardless of the radius I put on the slots there was still some major wear.
  2. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I like to keep them away from the passenger area, this definitely creates some extra hassle to make them stable to the racks..
  3. GS2Trout

    GS2Trout Adventurer

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    Gunner,

    Great looking bike!

    Could you share details on painting and decaling the tank? I might be faced with that task.

    Even though I love the orange of the newer 640 Adventure, I find your gray/black color scheme to be the most appealing.......

    Thanks,
    Bill
  4. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Hi Bill,
    The silver and black is the original color scheme of the bike... I only painted the wings of the tank and left the decals as they were by taping them over before painting... I took a side panel into an automotive shop and they were able to color match and supply me with some spray cans of paint.. I do a touch up once in while to cover up scratches + wear spots from my tank bag and tank panniers..
  5. timeOday

    timeOday Long timer

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    So have you tried the new EXC forks offroad yet?

    (If they're a big improvement, part of me doesn't want to know...)
  6. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I haven't had a chance to get out for a long ride yet, but in the bit of riding I have done the forks don't feel that much different than the old units..

    The old units had the triple bushings which sometimes caused complaints about stiction, I found they would stick a bit when the bushings were new after a rebuild but after some wear in time it was no bother...
  7. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    My EXC has the triple bushings. My suspension tuner moves the top bushing to the bottom, simply by installing the spacer tube first, then the top bushing, then the bottom bushing. Says it makes them more like a normal twin bushing fork.

    It's probably more economic and a better result to simply revalve the 640 forks, than source EXC forks... which will still need revalving. If you can get 'em real cheap in good condition, might be worth it. But I suppose it depends on what forks are on your 640 in the first place; mine are the same.
  8. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Mosko Mounting..
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    Cut a piece of rubberized mat for a protector.
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    And it fits like so..
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    Because the bottom straps were below the frames and did not work to tie in, I had to come up with a new plan.. Instead of cutting strap holes in the forward edge of the bags I decided to use fender washers and 1 bolt per side to stop the bags from sliding fore and aft..
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    The one hole in each side was easy to do. I used a hole punch to make a small hole and then pushed a red hot screwdriver through to cauterize the fabric..
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    Once the bolts were tightened the bags became very solid to the bike
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    The should protect the base of the bags from getting rubbed up..
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    My 2 gas bottle pouches will clip nicely the the rear attachment webbing panels..
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    Finished now, just need some camping weather..
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    They mount pretty cleanly when looking from the back view.. They feel as sturdy on the bike as my Mosko BC 35s..
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  9. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    Tidy setup.
  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Yeh, if they move around too much I'll just hook a rock strap from the pannier frame loops over the bag on each side..
  11. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I have put over 2000 km on the build so far and the bike is running well and feeling broke in..
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  12. Bobski911

    Bobski911 advn00b

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    Wow, good for you man! What do you have for kms on your second bike?
    Your paint job looks good too! ;-)
  13. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I put 17,000 KMs on my other bike last year ...