New (to me) 640 Adventure, and my head is swimming, need advice!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by pb12, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. pb12

    pb12 n00b

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    First, I know, I know, "Search!". Please believe me, I have. A Lot, and quite frankly, the volume of information is overwhelming.


    My new bike is a 2006 640 Adventure. Just 5,300 miles, and in terrific shape. Id like to keep it that way!

    I need help with two quick issues:

    Lighting and Crash bars

    On the Lighting front, it seems that everyone goes for some sort of HID option. For the sake of simplicity, id really like to avoid that. Is it possible to simply put a brighter bulb in, say and 80w? What other simple and inexpensive options are there?

    Crashbars seem to be fairly scarce. Seems Holan was (is?) making them, but has stopped? Is the only or best option the carbon fiber tank guards? Im quite sure they are effective, but one drop, and they look pretty bad. I like the idea of crashbars, so am wondering if there are any good options? If not, who makes the best tank guards, and is there a way to mount them so they can be pulled off and replaced once they've ben destroyed?

    Thanks much!
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  2. wvrocks

    wvrocks Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the world of 640A's!

    I wired both of my headlights straight to the battery with heavier gauge wire and fuses/relays. They are also set up so that they both burn when the highbeam is on. Makes things a little brighter for not much money. The downside is that it eats up power quickly, don't leave the lights on with the bike not running unless you like kick starting. I'd recommend adding some sort of Voltmeter to the bike so you can see what your charging system is doing. The stator doesn't put out much in the way of extra power. The real problem I have with the lights is the hard light cutoff on the lowbeam. It leaves the inside of left turns very dark.

    Speaking of the stator and charging, you can get better charging to the battery by wiring the regulator outputs directly to the battery. In stock form they are routed into the wiring harness and eventually make it back to the battery. Its as simple as cliping the outputs, crimping on ring terminals and attaching to the battery posts. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=905835


    Check out Jason's build thread for info on lighting options. I'm going to go this route soon.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=888604&page=4

    Crashbars seem really tough to come by. There is an ADVrider in Australia building nice carbon/kevlar tank and engine case guards for a pretty reasonable price though. No personal experience with them but I think Jason from the thread above has a set.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868271
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  3. pb12

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    Thanks wvrocks, that is all very helpfull info! I will look further into the tank guards, and maybe some improved wiring. The electrical work is a bit daunting, but I'll give it s shot!

    Thanks again!
    M
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  5. bisbonian

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    Like has been said, the real problem with lighting is the amount of electrical power you have to work with.

    Even with upgrading all the wiring, installing a fuse panel and wiring the voltage regulator directly to the battery I was still having voltage issues.

    I run a voltmeter on the dash and found that at cruise I was running about 12.8 -13.1 volts with one headlight on. I went with the HID option after reading a bunch of posts on here (thanks Dirty Sanchez!) and the improvement has been amazing. I'm now running about 14.1 volts cruising down the road with the single headlight and getting much more light out of it.

    I have the Chris Barnes CF tank guards. I used some sort of adhesive to mount them and think they work fine. They have a bit of petcock protection built in as well. I have tested them out and can attest that they protect the tank. Sure they are now a bit scarred but then I didn't buy my 640A to be a trailer queen so I consider this to be character.
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  6. Beta450

    Beta450 Been here awhile

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    Alburmoto.com has crash bars for the 640.
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  7. DaddyBigDaddy

    DaddyBigDaddy AKA -Evel Kneilson

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  8. bmwktmbill

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    Go with HID lights and separate hi/lo fused relays,

    Skip the crash bars in favor of a Scott's steering stabilizer, a center stand and a kick stand.

    And then add the Renazco saddle in suede.

    These grips will help.

    http://www.happy-trail.com/ProGrip-Dual-Sport-Gel-Grips.aspx

    Buy a throttle lock.
    Best cure for the vibes.

    bill
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  9. wvrocks

    wvrocks Been here awhile

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  10. pb12

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Looks like Chris is working on a new version of the tank guards, so I'll look forward to the update.

    Any other thoughts, send them my way!

    Michael
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  11. Beta450

    Beta450 Been here awhile

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    What brand of throttle lock for the 640 A?
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  12. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    This one works and helps tame the vibes.

    http://throttlemeister.com/


    bill
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