Adventurizing my F800GS

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  1. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I've been running an Ohlins rear shock for a couple years. It's the non remote res version. I decided to upgrade to the Nitron 3-way adjustable, remote res, Adventure shock with the hydraulic pre-load adjusted. I had Nitron built the shock with an extra 10mm of travel. At 3:1 swing arm ratio, I picked up 30mm (1 5/16") of travel to match the Shivered forks.

    I ordered some 26mm Oilites bushings to mount the new shock with the Indy upper shock mount mod. The bushings are back ordered and 2 weeks out. I'm not much for waiting on things so I decided to try a new approach to the upper bolt bending issue.

    Traced out the thick factory shock tab and cut a new one out:
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    Welded it in place:
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    Bridged the remaining gap and bolted it all together. We'll see how it holds up after the race:
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    I don't have pillion pegs anymore so I'm not sure where I'll mount the preload adjuster.
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    I'm not crazy about the res location, my boots rub on it. I'm concerned that the res will migrate in and mess up the compression adjuster on the sub-frame.


    The extended length shock and forks give me 11.75" ground clearance:
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    Also give me a 39.5" seat height :eek1 Good thing I'm tall:
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    The side stand is WAY short. Looks like a SideKicker needs to happen.

    Hopefully the shock performs as good as it looks.
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  2. ebrabaek

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    That is some nice welding Cory.....:clap
  3. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I plan on doing that when I get somewhere static for a bit, I was thinking about doing it with a larger block though, was there a reason you did it the way you did? It looks good! I wish BMW would have just started doing that from the factory!!!!
  4. Camel ADV

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    Larger block? I assume you mean the new mounting tab? It's 3/8" so it should be more than enough. I may gusset a few spots too.
  5. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    It turned out pretty good :thumb
  6. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Yeah the mounting tab, sorry poor choice of verbage. I figured that would be sufficient just curious. Also that beautiful shock will need some protection :evil The one I sent you is the one I made for motoriley but he couldn't use it.
  7. Camel ADV

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    Looking forward to installing it :nod
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    First, went through all 13 pages of this thread, incredible work and great documentation!

    What windscreen is in the picture, and are those side deflectors part of OEM stuff, or an add-on?

    Thanks for the great reading!

  9. Camel ADV

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    The wind screen was a prototype from MadStad. It worked well but I don't run a wind screen at all any more. The side deflectors are 1/8" lexan that I cut, heated and bent. They made a huge difference in wind noise and buffeting.
  10. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Camel - So you cut the pilon pegs off of the sub frame? I was thinking about doing something like that. How did yours turn out?
  11. f800kris

    f800kris Been here awhile

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    It's always cool to see some of the mods people make their bike their own. Love it man. Have stolen a couple ideas from you.
  12. Camel ADV

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    Glad you got some ideas from it. I've definitely picked up lots of things from others on here too :freaky

    I never have a passenger so it's not an issue. It does limit pannier options though as many brands use the tubes as the forward mount.
  13. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    Pity it was done with a mig :D tig is for style!

    But seriously, any tips on welding? Disconnect battery etc to protect electronics? Any tips greatly appreciated.

  14. Phreaky Phil

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    I reckon your new top shock mount is how it should be from the factory. :clap I will be interested to see how it handles the use/abuse. The top shock mount on these bikes is one of the reasons I dont own one. I have ridden one and liked the bike but I ride two up and was sure the stock setup would have caused me problems. I like all your other mods too. Keep up the good work , and the report.

    Cheers Phil
  15. Camel ADV

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    I don't have a TIG, never learned to do. Definitely plan to sooner or later though.

    I'm sure other will jump all over me for this but I usually don't disconnect the battery when welding. I have been doing it for years on bikes and offroad race trucks (EFI too) and never had an issue. I'm not suggesting everyone should leave the battery connected. If I was working on someone else's bike I'd disconnect just because it would fall under best practices. I keep the ground clamp as close to the welding area as possible, make sure the area is clean and ready to weld. 20yrs, no issues yet!
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    I don't, and haven't done so, ever. I'l help ya distribute the flogging Cory....:clap:freaky
  17. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Hey when I welded up my foot pegs I found the more beer I drank the straighter they looked :freaky but all jokes aside it is always good to practice welding before you mess something up. My dad had me weld chunks of iron together with stick welders for a while then I progressed to a mig. But even then he would beat it with a hammer to ensure the weld was strong. Its fun but it sure wreaks havoc on your clothes...
  18. Camel ADV

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    After a few good crashes my stock headlight was sporting some cracks and broken bits. The HIDs didn't do the reflector any favors either. The fairings also had some cracks that have been plastic welded but they have cracked again. The simplest solution was to replace it all.

    I had a Trail Tech X2 mask from my Husaberg. The mask straps on to the fork tubes at the top and drops on to pegs on the front fender at the bottom. Since I have a KTM front fender, the X2 seemed like the logical choice for a new headlight.

    I'll save you the hacking and slashing pics.

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    Had to make an aluminum bracket to move the gauge cluster to the bars:
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    Highway Dirtbikes "3D" hand guards with folding mirrors and LED turn signals:
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    Found a home for the remote res. and hydraulic pre-load adjuster.
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  19. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Looking sweet! Your bike is a Frankenstein and I love it! Need to throw that CF guard on when you get a chance.

    Hey when you put your big risers on did you reroute your throttle cable? I had to do that with my Scotts/roxriser combo because at full pull to the right it would rec to 3k which isn't that good of a thing.
  20. Camel ADV

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    Hey Adam, yes it's very Frankenstein and there's no confusing it with another F800. The CF guard is here but uses the same mounting holes as the SW Motech and V2 Camel Tank that I currently have on the bike. I haven't modified the SW parts to work with the guard yet but it's on my list.

    I've got a 2" longer throttle cable on the bike but will likely go back to stock one. I'm running Fast Flex bars which are narrower than stock and my risers are offset to the front of the bike so the extra length isn't required.

    Cory