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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by theantipaul, Feb 1, 2013.
Another one here too - 690 Enduro R - would be perfect for my needs!
Does one of you knows if Paul is still ok ?
I sent an email with his website, but no reaction. I hope he is fine ?
Hi Athlon, sorry was out of town last week to deal with family business, I'm still working on clearing all the emails I missed while I was gone, but yes we are still around and I'll get you and anyone else I've missed taken care of today.
This is probably a dumb question, but what is the real world difference in steering weight and rideability of the rally-lite style system of mounting road book, ICO etc. to the bars vs fixed steerer-head mount? Almost all the Dakar bikes seem to have a fairing/fixed mount, but your system looks much simpler & cheaper for the occasional part-time warrior...
On the Dakar and official FIM rallys you have to carry a lot more gear, e.g. IRITRACK, Sentinel, Balise, so you need more space and it weighs more.
For all other rallys you will just carry a roadbook reader, tripmaster, GPS and if you want a Cap repeater (RNS is awesome!). For that stuff the HDB setup is sufficient, simpler and stronger.
I used it in the Tuareg Rally last year and was very happy, didn't feel that the weight on the bars was a problem at all. And it survived my many many crashes - - including some front endos going down steep dunes - without problems (the two small brackets that hold the plastic fairing on got tweaked, but I bent them back), which would surely not have been the case with a full fairing setup and frame mounted nav tower.
Great value for the money, I can highly recommend it!
Having used both setups, fixed and handlebar mount the difference, when the bike is set up properly is not that different.
The thing that is affected in both cases is the suspension which, in reality does not ''care'' of you put the weight on the handlebars or on the frame. The difference in steering the handlebars (is this is what you are asking) is very small anyways.
Do not confuse the large Rally bikes with the hybrids that exist (enduro bikes converted to carry rally equipment). It all depends on the type of racing. Large rally bikes have fixed fairings too and carry so much more electronic equipment, tools, safety kits etc.
We used it in the anual 24hrs rally with great success,
Great looking setup Lukas!
Thanks for the feedback. I'm doing the 5-day Amageza rallye raid in South Africa in November (amageza.com if you're interested - 4th year & better every time). I have a faired 2011 690 but it doesn't have enough fuel and I'd like more from the suspension. These mods get super expensive on the 690 - I'm seriously looking at flogging it and moving to a 2010 530 with HDB setup and big Acerbis. Should be pretty much good to go - keep it super simple and light. Well, it's the plan anyway... It's my first rallye raid so over complicating matters seems like a bad idea.
Stupid question from me but havent those 690's got enough fuel for 250?? Its an older rally bike after all.
Armageddon, that is a sweet looking setup you have there (complete with Aurora RB too)
Can you tell me more about that LED spot - did you like it was it worth it, and was it difficult to connect up?
LEDs are made from ADVmonster, another Vendor here in ADV. The connection was a piece of cake, just wire them to a switch and you are good to go. I have two flood lights and two spots. The spot lights are only for hand use. literaly... . Way too focused and honestly they are like a very (but very) powerfull flashlight.I would use them as helmet lights for example.
The flood ones worth every $. It is powerfull and so far for their price they behave. I have run them in three bikes and a couple of 24hr races and they are still there, only their mounting bracket needs to be heavy duty (vendor sells them extra) - you can make them yourself if you want.
Worth it? >> LEDs have a very white, bright light. imo dark penetration is better with the HID's (that is why you see them on the bike). For close/medium distance, leds will win most of the time (provided no fog, no rain etc). For high beams and diffucult weather conditions, HID are hands down for me. In my 640 it will be two HIDs and two LEDs again.
Don't forget this is a specific vendor's thread. Lets try not to clutter it with other vendors items.
I'm actually coming out with an adapter to use the ADVMonster lights in the fairing, so it's all good Dan. BTW, what you been up to? Show some pics!
Apologies for the hijack, got a bit carried out there
Looking forward to see the adapter Paul
Any idea on timing or price for the ADVMonster Adapters?
Here's some pics of the kit on my 690.
Bolted right up, fit great. Thanks HDB!
Epic powder day in Breck today.
It looks perfect on a 690....ok I want one
I would be VERY interested in an option to use this kit with the ADVMonster or other similarly priced lights.
I am sure the BD lights are excellent, but the cost adds up fast, and that price put a bit of a dampener on my enthusiasm to buy.
How about Rigid, as I already have a pair of these I could use with the Rally Lite on my 690?
Any updates on the progress of this?
or, are there any other lighting options available that may work?
Whilst the Rally Kit itself looks great, the idea of spending an additional:
- Baja Designs Squadron = 2 x $300 = $600
- Stator Rewind (CRF450x) = $150
- Rectifier = $49
... and really, I don't ride much at night!