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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
Baja is a great area too. Had some great days there in October
Well on the xc you open the oil filler cap and start the engine and look into the oil tank - with a torch if necessary
With regards to the oil light issue, see this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571809
It could also be that the fan was stuck according to the above thread?
What rear shock were you using? I looked back and couldn't find in the thread...
Also.. after the fact.. was it a small failure or something worse? AKA is kaput or can/could it be rebuilt?
Once again.. great thread.
Absolutely correct buzzy... This was the problem on my bike. After washing the bike and getting the tip from Niall I found out that the fan were stuck. Just by cleaning it and making it spin freely again solved everything and the warning light never came on again. This is a good tip to bring for the F800GS riders out there - check the fan if you get this kind of warning!
I use Hyperpro which I reckon are about the toughest high performance shocks out there.
No the failure was routine wear and tear - it was just the oil seals
I know you're impatient for the next instalments from the Vikings, but please bear in mind these guys are posting complex updates in their second language whilst holding down day-jobs and running families. I speak French quite well but to compose even an Email in the language takes 3-4 times as long as it does in English, so when you're getting antsy waiting for the next post please cut the guys some slack. It's a huge labour for them-and it's always worth the wait.Thanks....and apologies if this sounds a little schoolmarm-ish.
If it's a seal only, I wonder if it is repairable en-route?
You need to carry a spare seal and a tool to open up the shock, C-wrench or pin-wrench?
Some lightweight oil can be found everywhere.
If you can fix it up enough to last a week, you'll be home free.
Walter, do you by chance have a shock gaiter on the Hyperpro?
Well said Rod. Writing a blog takes ages even in your native tongue, maximum respect to the Vikings and to Prutser and Beamster for their super enjoyable input to this brilliant RR.
W and T - you guys rock! I can't wait to see your next adventure, assuming you have one, and what equipment you choose.
Thank you for this brilliant story, as well as all the others that came before it. I don't think this one could be topped.
i bet he looks hawt in heels w/a nice little skirt, and the schoolteacher glasses/hair pullback thing.....
WOW! What a story! Thanks to all of ya'll ( you all in common english I think ;-) ) for all the time and effort to share this incredible journey with us that will never see it in person. And for all the lesson learned about Hard Core Adventure riding.
I've been on the road putting up with bad weather and it gets harder as I quickly approach older ages and the body says uncle. But comes a time like when Forest Gump finally stopped running across the US from coast to coast and Say's, " I'm tired now, I think I'm going home." Then with your worn out bikes, they have done all and more that you have asked of them. Your bodies and mind followed suit also.
Still, everyday, I'll look for updates to this thread to the end. Again, THANKS Big Time.
Breaking news out of Russia:
"Dont worry Terry , only if a meteor hits the earth can make you stop this trip"
There's pushing it...and pushing it beyond reason. IMO...it takes a big man to know when to quit. I admire the strength and courage that the entire team has demonstrated in this journey.
Yes I do ... to try and keep dirt and mud and dust away from the seals