Adventurizing my F800GS

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Camel ADV, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    Right now we are planning on riding Baja then taking the ferry back to the main land. If that doesn't change I expect we'll be crossing at Tijuana. I see you're in NM, would you suggest a different crossing?

    To be honest, we haven't planned much of this trip. I think that's one of the great things about TDF and back, only a couple of easily attainable visas and no carnets :deal Most of the trip will only be planned a few days in advance of actually doing things.
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  2. ebrabaek

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    No... That`s good..... 10 years back....I would not get within 10 miles of Tijuana........ All is now changed......and The T. is not all that bad. I just wanted to offer any assistance needed if you ended up crossing in Juarez..... But I figured after voted the worlds most dangorous city in the world..... Nobody sane would cross there......:D
    If anything changes.......And I can be of assistance.....let me know.
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  3. Y E T I

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    If you're going through Tiajuana and want to stop the night before in San Diego, let me know. :thumb
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  4. Camel ADV

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    That sounds like a great idea! I'll let you know when we get closer:freaky
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  5. Camel ADV

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    I got the tank back from paint...it turned out great! A huge thanks to Jenssen and Eric for all the hard work.

    Once I got my valve adjust completed (was waiting on one shim) I got the motor back together, airbox, battery etc. The tank install went pretty well. The quality of the product is great but the instructions left me scratching my head several times. The english translation is barely tolerable at times and the small and grainy photos left me cursing. I managed to get it all installed (with a ton of fasteners left over:huh )

    I'm running out of prep time for the trip so I didn't snap a ton of assembly photos. While I was in the garage I installed some HID headlights, re-installed the StarCom 1 and wired in a couple USB outlets, one cigarette lighter plug and 2 SAEs. The re-vamped pannier racks went on (well). I swapped the fork oil to 5wt (from 10wt).

    The first ride with the new tank (full) was surprisingly pleasant. I was expecting to really feel the extra weight but it doesn't feel bad at all. Others with this tank have stated it felt more stable and planted with the extra weight and I have to agree. An added bonus of the tank is that it seems to have blocked some wind too.

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  6. danman

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    Hey man,

    Digging the thread and bike modifications. Can't wait for the ride reports. Had a gear question for you. Noticed from your web page that you guys were using the BMW enduro helments. I am want to try a non flip face helmet and was conidering the enduro model. Anyway was wondering if you wouldn't mind giving a quick report on how you liked (or didn't like) the helmet and are you using them again for the upcoming trip?

    Have a great ride.
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  7. Camel ADV

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    We've both been very happy with the helmets. Yes we are both using them on this trip as well. They are very comfortable and light. I can't really compare it to other brands as this is the only hybrid helmet I've ever owned. The only downside is the cost of replacement visors (about $100) seems to be more than the Shoei or Aria.
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  8. klarue

    klarue Been here awhile

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    In fact, let's make it a party! I'd join you guys for a leisurely jaunt or to hang out and soak up the Baja adventure stories! :evil Keep us San Diegans posted...
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  9. LukasM

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    Great build thread, thanks for sharing! That bike is certainly no garage queen. :thumb

    Really like some of the mods you have done, the tight fitting pannier racks, DIY muffler, Anderson connector etc are all great ideas that you won't just find in the Touratech catalog.

    What size rims did you end up with and what are you going to fit as a headlight protector?

    Cheers
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  10. Camel ADV

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    Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately this year it has been a garage queen. I've only put on about 1000km since November last year. The joys of being self employed!

    I ended up going with an 1.85"x21" and a 3.5"x17". I really wanted to go with an 18" rear but the lack of good road rubber in 18" changed my mind. Versatility is extremely important for an ADV bike so I went with the 3.5" width so I can comfortably run a 150/70-17 or 140/80-17. In a pinch a 130 would work too.

    I'm not sure what to run for a headlight guard. I had the wire mesh TT unit last trip but it now looks like pretzel. I my just add some of the high end stick-on lens protector film. I had doubts about it but held up really well on my Subaru WRX. It didn't crack, peel or yellow.
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  11. MCMXCIVRS

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    I'll throw in a few comments on the BMW helmet also. I had a Shoie Hornet for a short time before replacing it (after a crash) with the Enduro. The BMW helmet fits quite comparably to the Shoei. The BMW helmet is lighter, has a better visor that is actually useful, and does not catch the wind as much. In fact the visor hardly has any adverse aerodynamic effects at all. I also have had no fogging issues with the BMW visor, while I did with the Shoei.

    Its much more expensive (I got a steal on mine second hand) and not available in the US, but I like it a lot better than the Shoei.
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  12. Y E T I

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    I can't recommend the BMW headlight protector highly enough. It's very sturdy and pops off easily to clean the lense and the protector. I had one on my 1200 too.

    Not the best picture of it, but (this is right after I decided I wanted to go through a Manzanita bush rather than around it):

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  13. Ceri JC

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    The paranoid will advise against it, but I and plenty of others have successfully cleaned contaminated brake pads by putting them in boiling water.

    If I was about to enter a race or RTW and wanted as much performance/longevity as possible, would I do it? No. If I was just looking to carry them as spare pads, or to keep costs down on a commuter hack, would I do it? Yes.

    Needless to say, be very careful in testing any pads "recovered" this way and if they aren't up to scratch, bin 'em.
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  14. Camel ADV

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    I replaced them not too long ago and did keep the originals as spares. (brake pads)

    We stopped in Seattle at TouraTech and I bought the skid plate tool box and some neoprene fork gaiters. The bike has been excellent with the exception of a spongy rear shock. I wasn't sure if it felt bad in comparison to the new forks or if it was actually on it's last legs so I decided to swap it out.

    Trout had a brand new Ohlins unit so Tony met us half way between San Diego and LA. The Ohlins is a HUGE upgrade to the stocker and I feel much better not having that worry in the back of my head.

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  15. Camel ADV

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    12,000km on the road after the build and I'm happy to report everything has been working very well with the exception of the StarCom 1 Digital. It's been nothing but grief and I ripped it all off the bike and mailed it home.

    The enormous unmarked potholes and speed bumps in Mexico and Central America have really tested the Woody's Wheels and new suspension. The wheels are showing no signs of damage at all, I'm thrilled. The Shiver 45 forks and Ohlins shock are doing very well. The suspension mods really are obvious and a huge upgrade.

    The TT tank is great with a few small exceptions. They don't include hose clamps for the vent line and over flow line. The fitting is a barbed gatorback so I thought there was no reason to clamp the hoses. Both locations have been leaking a bit of fuel. It's easy enough to add a clamp to the vent hose but the over flow line will require removal of the tank which will have to wait until I need to replace the airfilter or check valves as I don't have the urge to pull the tank anymore than I have to.

    I'm still trying to find the best option for switching from the main tank to the front tank. I always seem to forget to flip the petcocks when we're stopped and the main tank is getting low. A soon as I start riding again I notice the fuel light and have to stop and open the valves. Not really a big deal but it can be a pain but that's just nit pickin. I may try to tee the lines from the front tank and run them to the main vent line as other have done and see if I like that option.

    I've dropped the bike a few times and the tank has be unscathed. A couple drops in the sand with no damage (no surprise there) and one pretty violent drop in to some large rocks with no damage other than paint. I still have some concerns about the bike skidding on the tank. Some small crash bars or UHMW/kevlar skid pads on the lower section of the tank would ease my anxiety substantially.

    The rear K60 is wearing like iron. 6000km so far and very little noticeable wear. I'm very happy with the handling on the pavement and it seems to grip well in the moderate off-road/bad dirt roads we've done.

    The front Dunlop D606 grips well but despite being at 35psi (recommend max pressure) it's wearing really poorly. There's 8000km on it so it's milage is OK but it wearing oddly.

    It is a directional tire but is there an opportunity to flip it and run it reverse rotation to try and squeeze some more miles out of it or am I asking for a wicked death wobble or other handling issues?

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    Thoughts?
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  16. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    That's just how the 606's wear when subjected to pavement. I wouldn't reverse it as it is a directional tire. It's also tearing the knobs. Trash it.

    The only thing I have noticed is that the more careful I am about balancing, the longer the tire lasts and wedges less.
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  17. The Griz

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    +1
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  18. Camel ADV

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    Good to know it's normal and at the same time it's too bad it's normal!

    Other options...TKC80 or a Pirelli MT21. I expect that either of these would be a better option for more pavement miles? I have a MT21 at home but only put a couple thousand KM on it so I'm not really sure if it'd be a better choice. Pirellis should be easy enough to find as they are made in Brazil. I believe there's a BMW dealer in Guatemala City and it seems that every beemer dealer stocks TKC 80s.
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  19. itsatdm

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    Regarding the TKC's I am on my 2nd tire on the front and 3rd on the rear. The front got an odd wear pattern, the row of knobs on each side of the center would wear badly. On the first tire, when the tire wore out, it wore very quickly. The second tire I flipped around at 2,000 miles with no bad effects and the wear pattern evened out. I am still running that tire.

    I was told it was OK with a bias cord tire and not to do it with a radial, due to the manor in which the radial cords crossed from edge to edge.
    I think your current tire is starting to show some tread separation and would not do it.

    How do the D606 handle on pavement?. I like them in dirt on my 650's but are not confidence inspiring on pavement. The TKC's handle very well on pavement once you have some miles on them.
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  20. Lost Roadie

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    Not to jack the thread, but this was taken while riding on D606's in Colorado.... I find they do just fine on pavement....

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