Bike modification for long trip.

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by edevus, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    I rode my 2010 here to SA last year. Pm me if you have any particular questions. There is a BMW Mc dealer in every country except Peru so don't bring a lot of parts. You need to be able to fix a flat and adjust the chain. My mods were Sargent World seat, SW Motech center stand - not necessary since the stock one is redesigned. BMW headlight cover. I brought an ADV designs tool kit, jumper cables, throttle cable, clutch cable, but still have em. I installed a new chain in Santiago Chile and picked up several tires and tubes along the way. One of the most important mods is to bring a second wallet with a plastic wrapped color copy of you license and a couple of expired credit cards, and never more than 15 bucks of local currency in it. Dave
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  2. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    My bike was backed into, the bike came off the center stand and fell to the side. Damages were to the panniers, handlebar, bark busters, engine guard, lower front forks plus associated scratches... Protection is worth it!
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  3. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Agreed. I've dropped the bike half a dozen times, because my skills are shit, and the plastics haven't been dinged at all. Crash guards and luggage racks have totally payed for itself :D All this without having plans for a RTW.
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  4. edevus

    edevus n00b

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    seat
    crashbars
    bashplate
    Bearings
    charging system
    chain

    keep it coming , guys and girls :clap
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  5. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    don't forget the windshield :eek:)
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  6. Reaver

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    A spare clutch if you're an amateur at water crossings....................:huh

    These bikes are hard on headlight bulbs. Always carry spares. High and low bulbs are the same so you can swap them in a pinch. I've been caught "in the dark" enough times to know better.
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  7. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I yes sure I forgot that canadians are afraid of the dark. Poor thing!
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  8. Reaver

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    Well at least we're not afraid of a little wind in our faces. We don't slow down for big rodents like otter's but here in the Great White North there are king sized moose that will attack and destroy transport trucks and bears that would eat 5 wee frenchmen as an apéritif.

    So yeah, Canadian bikers ARE afraid of the dark. :D


    On topic:

    Many people swear by deer whistles and say they've never hit one since installing them.

    My mind has never been controlled while wearing my tin foil hat.

    You decide.
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  9. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    If you want to see how we do things, check out Brokentooth in our regional forum. Part two is a page or so later. This guy is is either determined or just plain F'n nuts! :vardy

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21105285&postcount=20927

    Maybe Google Brokentooth Project instead. Either way, he still stitches himself with a fish hook. :huh

    Sorry for the sidetrack.................
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  10. JRWooden

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  11. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    I feel like I made friends with the wrong canadian :gdog
    but well I take what I can get, n'est-ce pas mon cher ami.

    So after watching this video I'd say that you need no suspension modification and that you even can forget the old one, useless accessory that is taking up space and weight :wink:
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  12. edevus

    edevus n00b

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    As suggested by you eminent folks i have done following

    Sargent World Sport Performance Seat

    Cee Baileys 20 Windshield

    Jesse Luggage Odyssey II 10 Aluminum Panniers

    Grips

    don't want to touch engine(at the moment) or any mechanical part yet. But i do want to know if handle bar raisers would help , i don't feel comfortable with the stock handle , too low , which ones are the the best ?
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  13. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Why don't you put enough miles on it first to see what you need to get changed? Not everyone "needs" every mod. Heck, half the people here farkle for the joy of adding bling.

    Seriously though, go out and ride the darn thing and you'll know what things you like about the vehicle, what things you don't.
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  14. edevus

    edevus n00b

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    i am happy what I have have done it so far, don't want to over do it .sincerely never had a Baby so sweeeeet :ear
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  15. Reaver

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    Is this the Harley thread? :(:

    I typically do without for at least a year or until I've sufferred enough. Only then I can justify the expense. I'm far from poor so it's not so much about the expense as it is being careful in a tough economy. I have a 50% GS. :D Bought it from BMW Canada well battered for less than half price with full warranty. It was a "Press" bike that went up to Alaska and the Arctic Circle for a Magazine's view and comparison. I've carried on with that theme and only buy like-new used farkles at half price. Akrapovic muffler-$350, BMW Comfort Seat-$300, Touratec Tank Bag-$100, Wunderlich 20mm risers-$25, USB port-$5 etc. I basically got all that for the same price I would have paid for a Brand new Akrapovic shipped off Ebay. Let someone else pay the depreciation. If you don't like your latest mod you can sell it for the same price. My 800 looks like it's never been dropped and is well appointed. Spend your money on gas first.

    As far as Bar Risers, I went with the spacer type to raise them an inch. Feels better but maybe Rox Risers might be best. I met other 800 riders with them that didn't require a new brake line, only re-routing of the cables. My GF has a 650 Twin and wants Rox but will need a longer brake line. I bought a used longer Speigler brake line for my 800 ($25!) and will put my old stock line (longer than hers) on her bike so I've modded two bikes for one low price. :evil

    YMMV! :1drink
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