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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LoneStar, Sep 7, 2017.
I would encourage you to look at a Super Tenere. 1200 cc and full of Yamaha reliability!
I Demo'd both the Africa twin std and dual clutch models. What immediately struck me with both was the significant vibration in the bars at higher rpms. Given that and its weight (almost as much as a regular GS), and lack of wind protection, i crossed that off my list. The stock luggage is also pretty pathetic. I did enjoy the DCT functionality.
Sorry to digress, but I have owned a DCT version of the AT for 18 months and I have not noticed this vibration you talk of? Wind protection can be fixed on most bikes easily enough. It's major short comings are small fuel tank (I have purchased a Camel auxiliary tank to overcome this) and softish rear suspension which is OK one up but not one up with lots of gear in my view.
Most bikes require some modification to suit your individual riding requirements.
Back on topic - hoping @LoneStar gets his bike back to working order real soon.
In case this is helpful,
RTW Paul moved from a Super Tenere and, along with his partner also on a DR, is now riding around México on a DR 650. They spent summer and fall touring Canada and the US on them. They'll be in San Miguel while in there and I expect to spend a little time time catching up with them.
But here's why I mention this. Paul's not a little guy. I'm y feet and I'm looking up when I I talk to him. I don't know what he's done to this bike (I think there's a build thread around here somewhere) but it might be worth it asking for about it if you continue to be unhappy with your current ride.
Hoping to for the best for you.
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these bikes have undergone a substantial rebuild. There is a build thread on them too. I'll try and find the link.
At least your finding out all the things that isn't the problem!
now that is positive thinking
Thanks for all the information and suggestions and a couple of chuckles. Once again the bike is supposed to be ready in the morning and if it runs okay I'm heading for the Peru border, even if I have to dive and slide in like home base. I'll respond individually later
In the meantime, famous Chip and Ken of DR350 exploits - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/virginia-to-ushuaia-on-dirt-bikes.1266933/ - messaged me and said they were in Cuenca, so we got together at the plaza and then found a place to chill, imbibe and swap stories. We were joined by Ward, aka "Paisamed" here, who is heading to Ushuaia on an F800GS. Had a lot of fun with all three, and they're all heading for Peru tomorrow. If my bike is ready I'll tail Ward and Phil...
Glad that worked out. Did Ken see the bike and/or offer any words of wisdom?
No, the shop was closed up and it was later
Sure hope it's good to go this time.
Wish me luck brothas...
Bike is running better but not 100%. Clutch slave cylinder was leaking some and Cristo snugged it. Taking a bottle of clutch mineral oil to top off if necessary.
Aiming for Peru border and leaving in 15 mins
May the force be with you LoneStar!
¡Buenos Suerte Gringo Gigante!
Good luck. We're pulling for you!
Que Dios lo acompañe!
Hasta la próxima, Cuenca bella...