Tewster's Traveling Circus 2018 (planning stuff)

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Tewster2, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Good.......because that NATURAL fuel tank from Safari will look better on a White bike :-)
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  2. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Yes I'll be going with a natural 30 liter Safari tank.
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  3. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Sorry I forced you into it.......peer pressure is a bitch :jack
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  4. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    30 liters or 8 gallons @50 mpg (probably) will give me over 350 mile range.
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  5. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    $6500 plus the BMW. Not a bad deal.

    Ben.
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  6. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    I wanted a simple bike...the DR fit my wants perfectly. Plus it weighs 140 pounds less than a Strom. (Strom = 490 pounds wet.....DR...350 pounds wet) per Google.

    Woodys Wheels is gonna Superlace and seal for tubeless a 3.5x17 Excel rim to my stock rear hub for around $450. I'll run a tube in the front as the fronts are super easy to replace a tube.
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  7. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Haha we will see...the weather will determine where I go and when because I'm a pussy.

    :thumb:thumb
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  8. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Tim, if it were mine.....which it is not......I would have Woodys' do his thing to the rear, as you already have planned, but I would also have him lace up a 19" wheel to the front...slightly WIDER wheel, and a tubeless wheel...on the front. Having that 19" tubeless front wheel was one of the main factors that directed me to the Wee-Strom 650XT.
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  9. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    I'll be installing a 250 watt stator....will handle my grips and jacket line well.

    I called Cogent and talked to Todd this morning...all is well...I'll install the suspension after the first of the year.

    I'll give you a buzz if I have any questions during the build, thanks.
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  10. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Yep I may do that...just looking to keep the initial build and first trip at the budget...but you never know...
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  11. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Haha...keeping the 700...for now :-)
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  12. rodrigzj

    rodrigzj Adventurer

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    That's awesome!
    Adding another iron horse to the stables
    Right on!!


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  13. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Here is a list I've put together for the initial farkles for the DR. Please comment yay or nay, thanks.

    IMS 4.9 liter natural fuel tank (Safari tank much too expensive for the additional 3 gallons, $269 vs $629)
    Sargent seat (I'll give it a try, if my ass hates it I'll order a Russell)
    B&B bash plate
    Barkbuster Jet hand guards/shields
    Front fender brace (will carry my spare front tube in a Wolfman pouch on it)
    SW-Motech center stand (easy to service the chain)
    Cyclops 3800 Lumen LED headlight (20 watts low, 40m watts high, may not need an up-graded stator, we will see)
    LED rear tail light bulb
    Parabellum headlight guard (simple)
    Woody's Wheels 3.5x17 tubeless rear wheel
    2 inch handlebar risors
    Oxford Heated Grips
    Madstad 20 inch tall windshield (had one on my 250 and loved it, same design)
    Metal Mile saddlebag racks, rear rack, Rotopax mounts
    Wolfman Rocky Mountain saddle bags

    dr650.jpg


    Leaving the motor and exhaust stock as I don't need a lot of power or noise.

    More after the break....
  14. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    After some miles on the new bike I would like to see a list of pros and cons between the F700 and the DR650 when applying criteria for an Alaskan trip.
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  15. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    will do
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  16. KKORO

    KKORO Been here awhile

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    Keep up the good work Tim. I like your planning threads as much as the trip itself. Sorry I missed you this last summer. Hope you keep to your "every year to Alaska" thoughts as I'm planning to be up there again in 2019. (After checking the Maritimes off my list this summer.)

    Be Well! KKORO
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  17. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    Would you be willing to do a youtube video on setting up the DR650 as an adventure bike? Look up Yenkro and Acerbis (fairing kit and tank)
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  18. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Build thread! Build thread!! Build thread!!!
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  19. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    I might do sometime like that.
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  20. Draganee Racing

    Draganee Racing Adventurer

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    Hey Tim, hope all is well. Quite the Alaska Adventurer.....that’s cool. 36 months left at the S.O.... been to Utah , Montana aboard the GSA, about 30k in 3 years. Early planning stages for the TAT aboard the KTM690 for next year...