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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by creeper, Feb 20, 2004.
is it brand new. it looks like it.
john in Idaho
Ha Ha Ha - Now THAT was funny.
$4800. I was quoted $6100 by a dealer for a used '01, but I kept looking...
All 3300 miles were road miles. It does look new; like I said, I'm going to feel a little bad when I start thrashing the hell out of it.
Just bought an 05 today
I guess its on a boat somewhere between here an Europe
Cant wait to hit Mexico with it
Once I figure out how not to spend another 1150 on bags...any suggestions???
You might try Happy Trails here in Boise. Great People and I have had two sets of them. Their mounts work well with Ortlieb bags too.
john in idaho
Happy Trails - Solid -Well built.
By the way where are you going in Mexico?
Boise? Theat where I bought it
do they have a web page and pics?
these are soft bags right?
heading last two weeks in april to Baja with a buddy in Boise (Threeply here on advrider)
we will cross at Mexicali and then follow the wind
We are compiling a map of places to see and will just take it as it comes
I took my Aprilia Falco out for a spin Saturday and decided there is no where to ride it here in Mountain Home. Pulled out on the interstate that runs through our town and ran it through 3 gears. I was going 119 mph and then loaded it up on the trailer and put it on consignment at the local dealer. As soon as it sells I will be buying a new KTM hopefully.
john in idaho
I am wanting to take a trip to Copper Canyon in the Spring. I am wanting to visit Justin Lopez at his new lodge. If I dont have a 640 by then I will probably trailer my 450 EXC to Creel. I just registered it here in Idaho last week and they gave me a license plate with no questions and there is no inspection sticker. I love this state.
john in Idaho
did that with a 400 sxc a few years back
CC is awesome
went there aboot two years ago on the GS
Is this what everyone is raving aboot?
soo many options
What size is good for the 640?
Here she is, 03 640 Enduro, shown here in touring mode with 18L tank, roadish tyres & my homebrew carrier & luggage racks that I clip my saddlebags onto.
Great job on the homebrew racks clintnz! any description or closeups?
Keeping this one to yourself are you! This is one party I might crash.
PS: I'm moving back to Oregon, it rains to damn much in Texas...... (The moving part is only in my dreams, the rain is a stark reality of late.)
That for soft bags?
interested in some detail if you care to share
Thanks Meat, a friend with a TIG did the actual welding but they're mainly my work. The top mounts bolt on top of the grab rails with a longer cap screw & the front is bolted to the old pax footpeg bolt hole.
They are made out of 1/2" stainless tubing, first I made the rear mounting points by welding a bush to the inside of a bit of the tube, recessed in on the outside for the head of the cap screw, & protruding in on the inside to fit in the recess in the grabrail mounting hole where the head of the original cap screw sat.
Then I worked out the angle (by eyeometry) that the down tube had to go from there to follow the plastic, & filed the tube end to shape for the butt joint. I left plenty of excess length on the down section.
Once Paul had welded that together I bent the curve a bit in the vice (with aluminium soft jaws), starting at the mount end, then bolted it on & checked that I was matching the curve of the side guard, bent a bit more, bolted it back on & checked, bent bit more....
The horizontal (ish) bars were made the same way, except the mounts to the old footpeg mounting holes were simpler, just a bit of tube with a washer welded on the end. Again I left excess length then just bolted them on the bike & marked where the 2 bits of tube crossed at the lower rear corner of the side guard. I cut, butted & tacked them in place (after shielding the plastic & disconnecting the battery) then took them off & Paul fully welded them.
Cromoly would be a better material for the job, but I had the stainless lying around, so that's what we used.They seem to do a decent job of stopping the bags from flapping around & scuffing the plastic & only take a couple of minutes to put on.
The carrier was really easy to make - just a few bits of aluminium riveted together, It clips under the grab rails & bolts on at the back. I do need to get some nice dome head cap screws to attach it with though.
2013 Edit! After several years of service I made a stronger version of my pannier rails out of cromoly:
SEE HERE for more details.
Is there a structural reason Al Jesse does not make bags for the 640?
yup...he is a structural asshole