RTW X-Challenge Adventurization

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Colebatch, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. olyflyer

    olyflyer Long timer

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    as you can see I also have a DL1000 and lighting compared, the DL has a better spead (wider) but the HIDs are a way more powerful so good distance in the beams, I've only done minimal night time riding as I'm waiting for some clear lenses for my goggles but I'm happy with them for what they give, as they are an emergency fit when I get caught out and have to ride at night (cows hurt at 110kph)

    These are taken on a slightly upwards slant 1.5-2m from the wall but you get the gist

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    Pic of the unit from the front I've lost the TT tank due to me snapping the vent hose connection when I was replacing the thin line with a thicker better quality fuel line as I got caught out in the middle of nowhere and the hose was heating up and kinking or it was sucking to much for the thin line and being hot, squashed it and fuel was not getting to the main tank
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    and a view of the cockpit
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    in a desert habitat don't know why I pulled off the track as no one around fro 50k's at least
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    Yes has the 26mm socket and if you're getting a few of the hex and torx bits might as well get a range as they weigh bugger all, and I might lose a few spanners, I have a leatherman PST II and a normal double headed screwdriver I usually carry this in a camel back and can't really feel the weight that much I have the Micro pump in the box on the Safari bash plate

    yeah thats why I'm thinking I might go soft bags and pacsafe, just for peace of mind just some deterrent as most stuff stolen is opportunistic any way maybe just paranoid from living here?

    Oh how I miss the east London lifestyle and when I was living in Edinburgh the late nights in Cowgate, mmm Karratha we have a night club called Trawlers nicknamed Brawlers :fight oh the 'mischief' :D
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  2. olyflyer

    olyflyer Long timer

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    I've sent 'em an email as I checked my sprocket and I near shit my self as she is nearly pins sticking out on the rear, this red dirt sure kills 'em

    If they email me back with a part no. I'll post it up
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  3. RushyUKOK?

    RushyUKOK? Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty sure the front sprocket/case saver is actually available as BMW part along with the bits like the frame/tankprotector for down by the right footpeg, the aluminium upper chain guard etc :thumb

    Great thread BTW Walter ........:clap
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  4. MarkC

    MarkC Genuine Adventurer

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    I couldn't help but notice where you took that pic. Your X-Challenge setup is really nice :thumb Looks a bit lighter than my KLR did in 06' :lol3
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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    if you are reading this... judging from the beam pattern and Oly's comments that hella low beam module seems to have the same insides as the micro DEs - and the same narrow beam
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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well you seemed to get better weather in Khuzhir than me!:thumb
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  7. Flood

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    Congratulations on what seems to be one definite adventure thumper! :thumb


    I may have missed it, but can you tell us the weight of the bike with this setup (Ready to roll, sans luggage)?
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  8. banjopete

    banjopete broke, student, lurker

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    Colebatch, apologies ahead of time if I'm not supposed to ask but how do you manage to adventure so much? with plans for large trips that for most would be once in a lifetime each year or two I'm curious.
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  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    That all sounds very familiar ... but you have to remember the bike is only designed by BMW ... it isnt MADE by BMW ... and I think that provides a clue to the pretty messy welding and soldering on the bike.
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  10. Colebatch

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    Hmmm dunno .... if the stock bike is 144kgs ... and I have cut about 3kgs off the exhaust ... added about 4 kgs in a luggage rack, and 5 kgs in the front fairing, and 2-3 kgs for the fuel tank. Maybe another 3kgs for bash plate and hand guards ... takes it up to 156 kgs.
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  11. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Actually it didnt. I flattened the battery on a few days with both headlights and all the heated gear on. After that I began riding with only one headlight during the day, and saved the second for night riding.

    One of my mods prior to the next trip will be to fit a 400w alternator, replacing the 280w stock item
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  12. eakins

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    if bikes have personalities that one is mad.

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  13. Ron Seida

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    Hello Colebatch. Excellent review and information here :clap I was wondering about your lighting set-up. I'm building a fairing for my DR650 from a KTM 640 Adventure, but i don't have the lights. I'm looking at HID's due to my limited charging capacity. Were the lights you were using these?
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    If they are, they don't appear to be very well protected from rain and dirt, i believe they are inside of a housing for cars. What mods did you do, or better yet can you be more specific with what lights you used ,maybe a part number? I also noticed you don't have any grills in front of your lamps for protection. Was this kind of risky? These are really expensive and probably hard to replace where you've been. Thanx!
    ...okay, i just re-read that part of the thread. so it appears you did seal them. Could you provide some details please?
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  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    No Ron, those are not the projectors I used. The projectors in your picture look like Hella's standard OEM projectors. They are very open .... from the reflector forwards they are about 80% open ... it will be a very tough job to seal those up. (Hella make a few types of bi-xenons, but they are most common)

    My A6 projectors were about 5% open ... here is a pic ... with assorted bits of caulking to seal them ... the main open part on mine was on the bottom of the units, where the hi/lo solenoid sits.
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    I sealed that up with duct tape as I didnt have enough time to come up with something more durable. The duct tape worked for a long time, but began coming unstuck later in the process and now I have a cleaning job on my hands.

    I am currently looking for a more sealed projector unit to work with. I have some ideas and will keep you posted.

    If you want an easy solution, Hella make some aftermarket projectors: A finnish guy on here (Seikkailu_R) fitted a single one to his KTM 640 to replace the low beam unit:
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    He fitted a bi-halogen unit and converted it to HID. They have the advantage of being sealed, but Hella's aftermarket headlights tend to have a narrow beam - too narrow for my tastes. I personally want a better, wider beam pattern as found in the top of the line OEM style projectors. The Hella projectors you already have, have a much better beam pattern than the aftermarket model.



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  15. LukasM

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    I am still here, thanks for the info.


    Fender is on the way to Erik.

    Cheers
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  16. Colebatch

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    All part and parcel of being a Moto Pornographer :evil :thumb
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  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Thanks Max, I have been in touch with him about that stuff
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  18. Cruz

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    Colebatch, do you have any photos of your rack and pannier mounting system without the panniers on. Want to get something made up as well over a standard X tank.
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  19. Erik RS

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    Hi Cruz,

    Is this the picture you need?

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    But this is as it was originally made. I believe that Mr. Colebatch has the whole rack rebuild several times on his trip :evil

    Btw: Via this German thread I found out, that the Hepco & Becker rack fits over the Xtank also:

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  20. MaxThePanda

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    Hey Colebatch - what tyres did you run on your trip/s? Been fiddling with a number of options over here. Seems a shame to work the suspension nicely then fit long-lasting but poor gripping tyres and have a bike with limited traction in the rough stuff. What compromise did you go for?
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