Adventure 640 tank guards/trip pics

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  1. Scoot Jockey

    Scoot Jockey BST Faithful

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    Recently I installed the new tank guards from Hepco Becker on my 2003 Adventure, and am pretty happy with the results. Upon pulling them out of the shipping carton I was quite impressed with the build quality, and the finish. The fun really starts when you go to install them.

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    As you may be able to tell in the photo, there are two places it attaches to the bike. the first is a crossbar which mounts to the headlight mask/instrument holder, and sits underneath the headlights. Because of this, you have to either mount the dirt bike style fender like I did, or you have to buy two more aluminum distance bushings, and two longer mounting screws for the enduro style fender.

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    The second place it attaches is down on the front motor mount. It uses one of the frame bolts, and the through bolt that goes through the front of the motor. These were very difficult to get bolted down, because they were sprung a little outwards, which is hard to explain, but it took a big "c" clamp to pull them together before I could bolt them. It kinda makes me nervous having that tension on my motor mount, so I hope with time the tension will relax. The middle bar going in front of the radiator mount is simply a crossbar between the two sides of the crashbar. This is also a challenge to fit since at first it wanted to rest on the fronts of the tank sides. I then tweaked it by bending it towards the front of the bike, but in doing so, the crossbar starts to make contact with the rear of the fender. These crashbars were probably made using a 2004 model, so for anybody with a low fender should not have as much trouble.
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    Now that they are all installed, I am satisfied, but I put it on a difficulty scale of about two oil changes, and valve adjustments!

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    This weekend, I decided to put the new guards to the test. Well, or at least go for a ride in the desert. The west desert in Utah is full of roads like this. These bikes are definitely made for fast riding over dirt. What a rush!

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    I followed the Pony Express trail which stopped at places such as this in Simpson Springs.

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    I also stumbled upon an old graveyard in an abandoned mining town. Nobody was there but me, even on Memorial Day.

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    It was at this tower that my tank guards first came into play. When I was trying to jockey my bike around to leave down a really steep hill, I dropped it right on the side with the fuel cock. No damage yet!

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    I covered about 500 miles total in about two days. It is such a blast to ride these race-bred machines out here.

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  10. BlitzBike

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    Are you saying that you mounted a non-stock fender to make it work??

    If you go with the stocker fender where do you get the "2 Aluminium distance bushings?"
    Where did you purchase your neoprene fork boots?? I like that they don't show a logo of any sort.
    I have the same bike and crash bars coming.
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  11. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    Thanks for the heads up on the guards, is it possible that you can take some close up shots of the contact points? I would love to see what the issue is with these pieces not fitting right and thinking of the possibilty of putting these things on a quick release for the ease of serviceability.
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    I wonder if there are any clearance issues if you want to mount the KTM Sommer Skidplate/toolbox??
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    flyshop Been here awhile

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    Was Thinking The Same Thing ????? Any body know.???

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  14. Cat0020

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    I think it just might get in the way.. but why would someone need the bashplate/toolbox and the crashbars on the same bike?? that would be overkill.. not to mention weighing the bike down when it's already heave enough for off-road..
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    Alright, I think both the Crash bar guy and the skid plate/toolbox guy should give us nearly identical profile close up shots of their bikes where the lower crash bar and upper tool box would be meeting so us overkill fanatics can guestimate if both will fit?? I'm going to be carrying my tools ANYWAY so I may as well have them down low where I don't feel it so much and the center of Gravity is better!!
    And I don't have to explain why I NEEED the crash bars----Ok... I'm a lunatic!
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    Doesn't look like these HB bars will work with the factory tank/toolbox/plate...

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    But they do look more worth having, imho.
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  17. Scoot Jockey

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    I have a few minutes on lunch right now to drop a quick note, and I will take more pics, but they will have to wait for tonight. Swampy, you do have to modify the stock fender to get enough room between the headlights, and the top of the fender. If you take a good look at your existing fender, the top mounts with two aluminum spacers, and long bolts to the top of the triple clamp. To reuse that fender, the mounting has to be reversed, where the top of the fender is mounted tight to the top of the triple clamp, and the distance bushings go underneath the triple clamp. All of the parts for moving the fender are available from KTM. I went with the Rallye "mud" fender instead, because I prefer the way it looks, and it is automatically low enough to compensate for the oil cooler on the Rallye bikes. As for combining the rallye bashplate, and the crashbars, in my opinion is overkill. I do like the rallye bashplate, but the price is too high, and it looks like it would be hard to see the oil sight glass on my 2003. I like the looks of the stock bashplate with the KTM logo cutout on the side. I also feel that the crashbars provide better protection for the tank. The price was also more reasonable.
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    Looks like both the tool box and the crash bars mount onto the same bolts but, the tool box is in-the-way??? Although it should be noted that the picture shows the taller water carrying skid plate/tool box, where as, I would only want the lower double tool box which may have enough clearance.
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  19. BlitzBike

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    Could you advise where I'd find the part numbers on the Rallye mud fender or the extenders to use the stock fender??? I prefer the "look" of the 2002 fenders and, I prefer the "high" fenders too--that lowboy 2004 fender setup is a stick/rock magnet and an accident waiting to happen in my opinion. Are the part numbers in the Hard parts catalog??
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  20. psari

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    I am also interested to keep the stock fender in the case i will put the crash bars, so, please provide some info for the extenders in order to use the stock fender.

    I have also checked the Hepco Becker site in germany but there is no info about crash bars for the 640 Adventure!! How did you found out about it?

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