F700GS cross country road trip preparation

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by jmrobyou, May 18, 2013.

  1. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    Geoffster - Sorry to hear about your experience with the ZTechnik light guard! I ran an acrylic light guard on a KLR for a while and kept popping the bulb - air couldn't circulate behind it, too hot. Changed to a screen type and all was well. YMMV. Had a screen type on an R1200GS. No lens breaking but plenty of fine pitting.

    I also downsized from an R1200GS to the F650GS twin and couldn't be happier. Lighter, great gas mileage, etc. While loaded for traveling I've ridden a few 500 mile days on fast roads and it was fine for me. Didn't seem that much different than same on the R1200GS. Being able to fuel on the side stand is a real plus on high mileage days with the bike fully loaded.
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  2. mustardfj40

    mustardfj40 Been here awhile

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    I like the ride on Skyline and BRP, the speed limit was only 40 mph, but the views were beautiful and I wasn't in hurry getting back home :). Every time I got stuck behind a slow vehicle, I simply pullover to one of vista points taking a small break and enjoyed surrounding and chit chat with fellow bikers who love to share their riding stories and wondered how I rode all the way California to BRP.

    The only thing I missed were riding the Tail of the Dragon because of big storm.
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  3. malloy

    malloy Been here awhile

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    I don't know about adjusting the chain daily. Check it, yes but probably won't need to adjust it that often. In 15,000 miles I've only adjusted mine 3 times - OEM Regina chain. A plentiful lube daily helps to keep it clean but real cleaning (cleaner & grunge brush) can be a little tedious on the road not to mention messy for the environment.

    I usually ride for an hour or so in the morning to warm up the machine then stop in some inconspicuous, shaded dirt side road for a while - lube the chain and let the oil settle before checking it as well. Didn't burn a drop in 5700 miles on my last trip:clap:clap.

    Great bike!
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