LC4E Long distance tourer

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by kickstand, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. kickstand

    kickstand Adventurer

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    Looking for some constructive opinions about the use of my 2002 LC4E as a long distance touring machine not so much pounding up and down the interstate but more secondary roads across our Beautiful country maybe speeds up to sustained of around 60 - 65 mph. My ultimate goaled is to riding it to Alaska. I know somewhat of the bikes history as a RTW mount just not sure how it ultimately worked out in that roll. A lot of people complain about the vibrations of the single but that has not been much of a issue with me. Your opinions and questions are appreciated.
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  2. rz35027

    rz35027 Been here awhile

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    The biggest difference between your LC4 E and the 640 adventure is the gas tank/fairing setup. You've already got most of a 640 Adventure...

    You should be able to take it almost anywhere...
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  3. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    A lil' windscreen, 18L tank (if you don't have it already), plus the factory comfort seat (or redone seat of your choosing) & you're good to go.

    Brace up the subframe if you carry lots of crap (applies to the Adv too)

    Mine has done a 2000-5000 mile trip most years since new & lots of ~ 1000 mile long weekends. It's a great tool for the job if you like mixing some offroad into your touring.

    Cheers
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    you'll be fine. mine is the same year, fcr39, 15/45, dunlop 606s and has a fuel range of 150 miles. will cruise 70mph all day. did a 700 mile ride to baja last week and not a single issue.

    LED aux light is a MUST when riding at night!

    also had a running 640adv, which is now my parts bike....:cry

    get a good battery - yuasa or odyssey pc310; i just put a new shorai, but could not comment on it yet.

    vibrate a lots, but loctite keeps it together. right now, i don''t see another bike to replace this.

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  5. kickstand

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    Thanks clintnz yes I have the 18L tank. Man you put some serious miles on your lc4 I have to admit I got 08 1200 GS awesome bike the LC4 is just more fun to ride much easier to ride off road even on gravel not to mention much much easier to pick up :rofl Thinking of up grading stator can get about 50% output now could run some heated gear then especially if I switch over to HID head light. By the way I have my original wind screen off my GS was thinking about mounting to the LC4
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  6. ram1000

    ram1000 Long timer

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    I had a 2002 dual sport model also and did some long distance weekends. I geared it up one tooth on the front to match the Adv 640 and it was totally OK on the street. The vibs never bothered me either.
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  7. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    All the suggestions were good ones.
    With HID lights you can run a small electric vest and heated grips with the OEM stator and a good battery.

    KTM's love to have money spent on them...you can hot up the exhaust, add a chain oiler and install a Scott's steering stabilizer for starters.

    I lowered mine. Last year I did a thousand mile day.

    Renazco seat. Leather top.
    Accept no other.

    The main roads to Alaska, there and in the Yukon are very good and your BMW would do fine. The roads in Mexico, Central and South America are a different story.
    IMHO.
    bill
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