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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by motomikedh, Feb 28, 2008.
I'm off to pick up my new (to me) '95 'fant this weekend, and make the 700+ mile ride home with it. I'm wondering what I should pack in the way of tools for the kind of road repairs that might come up. Does anyone have a handy minimalist list? I'm looking for wrench sizes, sockets, stuff you wish you'd had, that sort of thing. Basically, anything beyond the Leatherman and duct tape that are already in my bag.
voltmeter, and wire cable
hi mate, you should get one of these to follow you
but seriously, just keep an eye on the oil, and if the original tool kit isn't with the bike then 8,10,13,15,17mm spanners, 3,4,5,6,8mm hex keys, plug spanner -short box type, philips and slotted screwdriver, 6,7mm nut spinners. one of those foam puncture fix in a can things. just take it easy and i'm sure you won't need any of it. would be reasuring if previous owner has kept it well maintained.
ps don't get paranoid when you hear a funny noise
Yeah. I know.
Sounds like the bike has been well taken care of, so hopefully I won't need much (crossing fingers, toes, nostrils). But thanks for the list, that's very helpful!
I've meant to ask, what made your engine look like that?!
If your bike hasn't had the ignition wiring upgrade, you may want to take battery cables. Or park it inside if you're taking 2 days to ride home. Leaving the bike outside at night will just about make it impossible to start in the morning.
If the PO had the DDL (DumboLabs) wiring replacement, then you'll be ok on cold start.
Good luck - and have fun with your new pachyderm.
Thanks, Nixels. The PO did do the DL wiring replacement, along with a slew of other upgrades. I was happy to hear that. Just rode two weeks on a 'fant without it, and had cables along. Fortunately, I didn't need them (at least not once I watered the battery!)
Durango ...... OMG :eek1 Those F'ing pannier mounts were an F'ing nightmare.
Pics soon ...............
K .... so I finally rode her dry.
285km. Which when you do a semi-accurate / semi-beer induced conversion, that comes to around 35 miles per gallon ....
That's not including the 1.06 gallon reserve tank.
Is that normal for a Elefant?
Granted I ride her pretty agressively, because that's what she wants ....
But I get around 210 miles per tank (before reserve) on my steamer which is an inline 3 cyl. 900 ..... and basically the same tank size.
Peanuts! Heffalumps love peanuts! At least my Heffalumps love peanuts.
Listen to Adventure Kitty, she knows whereof she speaks.
(Just don't put the peanuts IN the gastank.)
the valve stem broke, after many km's of abuse... on a rainy monday morning on the way to work....
Damn you Kitty .....
Over the last few months I've now started calling my Fant a heffalump!
What have you done ?!?!?!?!? :huh
I know it's bad to sell stuff like this but... I have waited 6 months for these to get here, they are really hard to find. I have 2 sets of AFAM sprockets in in 15/46/530. $135 a set shipped. Sorry if this pisses anybody off, I guess I could have put them in flea market and posted a link but I figured this was a rare deal.
Can anyone give me any info on headlights ....
I need to order one, at least - because it's cracked, and I may as well replace both.
I went to my local shop, and the parts guy wasn't sure where to start with finding proper replacements.
I don't have a Duc. dealer in town, so I can't inquire with them.
Does anyone have a part number, or proper aftermarket replacement for them?
Any info is greatly appreciated.
Are the rear sprockets steel or aluminum?
Steel, Im told but they aren't here yet.
Hmmm...I'm tempted to buy both from you and I will likely never need them. The only source for rear sprockets that I knew of was Sprocket Specialists. They only make aluminum. I didn't want aluminum because of its inferior wear characteristics. So I made one out of 304 stainless steel.
The blank was $80, it destroyed two endmills and was in the machine for 8 hours. :huh It's a gorgeous piece and with premium chains, that stainless may never wear out. Unfortunately, it's not something a mortal could afford to buy on their own.
If they turn out to be steel, I'd say anybody who owns an Elefant that doesn't grab at least one set as spares, would be a moron. Even the countershaft sprocket was a 3 month wait.
Where about in Colorado?
If you look back a ways in the "Elefant Sightings" thread you will find a post that took the stock headlight frame and fitted a set of aftermarket 5.25 round headlight units into it. The thread includes pictures and instructions. It's been working well since I made those modifications along with the DDL headlight wiring kit.