Adventurizing my F800GS

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  1. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I dropped the fork sliders off at the machine shop to have the bottom holes opened up to fit the compression adjusters. I hope to have them back mid week.

    My BRP chain guide showed up and I copied Indy Unlimited's process and got it mounted with ease. It took about 2 hours (half of that searching my metal rack for suitable chunk of aluminum).

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    As noted by others, the boss cast into the swing are are nearly 1/2" thick and drilling and tapping them to M6 will not be a strength concern.

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  2. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    Since my bike is in pieces due to fork machining, I decided I should probably bite the bullet and get moving on my rims. I was sitting on the fence about re-using the stock hubs or upgrading to the Eagle/Rad hubs but the cost of the Eagles almost doubles the cost of the rims. I have over 35,000km on my bike and have no hub or bearing issues. I decided to strip the front rim and get it sent off to Woody's Wheel Works.

    An angle grinder and zip disc sped the process up.
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    I was up in the air as far as the rear rim. It wasn't in too bad of shape and I'm not sure if I want to switch to an 18" or stick with the 17. As strange as it may sound one of the main reasons I'm considering an 18" is that Michelin Deserts are no longer available in a 17". I think it's a great adventure tire, long lasting, damn near bullet proof and great traction. I know there are hundreds of other knobby choices that are available in a 17 but I really like the Desert and who can bad mouth a tire that's won the Dakar 26yrs in row?!:deal Of course going with an 18" means limited DS road tires. No Anakees, no Tourance etc. The Conti Trail Attacks are available in an 18" but I don't know a lot about them.

    I still don't know what size I'll go with but did decide to upgrade to something stronger so again out came the grinder and zip disc. I have a week or so until they arrive in Colorado so I'll have to figure it out in the meantime.

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    My bike looks like to was stolen and stripped:cry

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  3. rumblefish

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    Which crash bars do you have on there? Can't quite make them out...
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  4. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I didn't like the engine case mounting of some of the brands and didn't like the upper extensions offered by Touratech so I split the difference and went with the TT lowers and I fabbed the uppers.
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  5. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    I got the fork legs back for the machinist with the feet opened up:

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    The compression adjusted fits like a dream!

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    The version of Shiver forks I bought are 3/4" longer travel but about 4" shorter overall so some dampening rod extension need to made or I need to find a different set of forks:deal

    Top is the stock F8GS dampener and the bottom is the Marzocchi Shiver 45 unit, note the length difference:
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  6. Y E T I

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    Looking good and it looks like you're addressing all the right issues.


    I've got a Leo Vince for my bike and it's got about 10k miles on it so far and still sounds awesome. Especially with the baffle out! :evil

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how your forks turn out, I suspect that's going to be the next thing for my bike.
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  7. Camel ADV

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    My rims showed up today. Woody's did a great job, they look awesome! The beads are much thicker and no doubt much stronger.

    I assumed my dealer had Anakees in stock, they don't, so now I'm waiting for tires. I'm still waiting on my forks so the tires aren't holding me up yet.

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  8. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Hey if you want, I've got the pair of Anakees that came on mine stock. I don't see ever using them again and they only have a couple thousand Kms on them. Make me an offer if your interested.
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  9. MSH

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  10. Maddaddy

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    oh come on, those rims deserve proper knobbies!:ddog
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  11. Camel ADV

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    I have a fresh (now discontinued in 17") Michelin Desert for the rear and a Pirelli MT21 for the front. A friend and I are headed to South America this winter so it's Anakees until I get there and then the knobbies at some point south.

    However, the Rocky Mountain GS Challenge is next weekend so if I get the bike back together next week then I'll install the off-road tires.

    But yes, I agree, road tires on these rims is sacrilege!
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  12. adv_rider

    adv_rider Out riding not posting...

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    Just a thought on knobbies - Have a look at the Mefo Stonemaster in a 140/80-17. I just ran them to Cape York in Aus which included Sand, Corrugations and bad roads for 3000 km then another 2000 km tar to get home. The rear is only just over 50 % worn. They are also really agressive and traction was never an issue. They did however feel twitchy and terrible for about 500 km.

    Oh yeah and no punctures to speak of.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Paul
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  13. Camel ADV

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    I like the look of that tire! I did a quick search for Mefo dealers in Canada and it appears that only the 130/80-17 is available in the Stone Master here. :cry Hopefully I can track down another dealer or 2.
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  14. adv_rider

    adv_rider Out riding not posting...

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    Mate i couldnt speak more highly of them. The other bikes on the trip had D606 and Karoo Travellers. The 606 was as good as toasted at the end of the trip i would think the rear on mine has another 3000 km easy. Front still looks new.

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    Apparently the sidewalls are really strong as well which i guess i have to take the word on.

    Cheers

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  15. JemezMtns

    JemezMtns Been here awhile

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    .... how did the Karoo Travellers fare on your trip?
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  16. hasenwerk

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    My Leo Vince SBK exhaust lasted about 10.000km on my 1100GS before it needed to be repacked. There are enough "weasel words" in their statement that it can be read always as true - half way thru a riding season isn't "rare" nor "does not need to be replaced very often" - but perhaps to some people it is.

    I have a rebuild kit sitting on the bench ($15 kit from the local dirt bike store) so we'll see how that goes!
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  17. Camel ADV

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    That's not encouraging! Having to repack 3 times on a 30,000km trip is a huge pain in the ass!
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  18. hasenwerk

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    I'm am not sure if the bike kicked 100% of the stuffing out, but it is certainly louder now than it was back in the spring. The wife tells me I am approaching pirate loud when I take off in a hurry. Just plain riding is still certainly acceptable.
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  19. adv_rider

    adv_rider Out riding not posting...

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    While the karoos seemed like a good tyre i am unable to report because when the going got tough the guy turned round and went home. Mind you that still would have been about 4000 km so i will ring and find out.

    Cheers

    Paul
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  20. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    ... SUBSCRIBED ... :super

    Just brought my 2010 F8GS home on Saturday, 600 miles on in two days, yeah I LIKE IT.

    Your mods make me a little bit horny - can I wait until I wear shit out before I replace it all? Doubtful.
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