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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
Ah that explains the km's :eek1
I now have around 14.500km from 1 december till today.
10.000km service done today, oil change + rear tire (went for a BW502, had excellent experience with these in the past)
Saw a brand new Worldcrosser in the workshop, asked about the parts being available serparately and they said "yes, but it's waaaaaaaay too much money!"
I recently had an experience with the BW502. There are at least three of them. H and V speed rated. Word has it that the V rated tire is better for the Tenere. One does not have a load rating letter (A through E). The second one has a load rating letter of E (after the word Radial). The E rated tire got 9,000 miles. The non load rated tire got 5,000 miles.
Might not work for you but Cycle gear has V rated tire for $136.14 (originally $203.xx). Still trying to find out which tire is the E rated tire. Left a voice mail a few minutes ago. Plus 10% discount this weekend only.
I've got 14.500km at the moment on my first set of BattleWings now
Excellent tires, but I'm going to try the K60s as my next ones.
Thanks for the intel Tomatocity, i'll have a look in the morning! I'm in europe btw, shipping a tire would negate all savings i'm afraid!
Good to hear dinx! 😃
I have bought two replacement BW502 Battlewings rears, one from Motorcycle Super Store and one from Chaparral. MC Super store lists 4 different ones and the E was stated as being OEM replacement for the Super Tenere. My recent shipment of a set of OEM BW502's from motorcycle super store was $121.59 for the rear and $97.84 for the front, delivered. That was on April 30. The rear is showing $127.99 today.
got my first ticket today on xtz....138kph...2kph more and i wouldv been walking !
So anyway was surprised when told speed on radar as exactly same as i saw on speedo when glanced down thinkin oooppps:eek1! 1km from home after 972km day. i thort the speedos read high on these?
Any sugestion on radar detectors
check it via GPS as my speedo is showing 100kmph actual is 92 kmph so a fair margin for error.
So who is HighADVTours?
Nice little ride. If your stuck at home here is 20 odd minutes....
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GPS speeds aren't exact either. Usually closer than the oem speedos but they can fluctuate a bit too.
These throttle cables are driving me nuts! They are right in the way, I can't see my instrument cluster.
I'm going to try rotating them down out of the way. Anyone do this? Have any lessons learned to share?
Hi CafeRacer ... I did that and the only thing you have to do is to get rid of the plastic little buttons on the 'cable holder' that prevent it to turn because they fit on holes drilled on the handlebar .... since I replaced my handlebar with a SW Motech Non Shock Endurance, I didn't want to drill any holes.
I just tie them to the handlebars with a tie-wrap. They're just long enough for that
Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable binding the throttle cables further down the bar - they work better with single-curve large radius bends and with plenty of slack to handle lock-to-lock steering angles.
My solution is to use a tie warp on the cables where they go through the guide to provide a "catch" that snags the guide and pulls the cables a little lower and below the line of view to the instrument panel. This works in a fashion, but the next time the steering goes to the full left lock, it unsnags so you have to re-snag it again to get the benefit.
Another person came up with this rather clever solution.
I'm going to look into the "rotate the housing" solution this winter.
Guys I went with Mark's second photo, the hose standoff and it works great for me. If you have any fuel line lying around with some zip ties give it a shot and see what you think.
Also, I tried the "fuse in the clutch wiring" mod. I was holding off until I got through the first 600 miles, but only made it to 500.
Wow. Just, wow. I don't care if it gains horsepower or loses mileage, it's just so much smoother. Love it. Someday I'll look into an ECM upgrade just to have the peace of mind that everything is tuned properly. But until then, I don't see this little fuse ever coming out.
Had a *perfect* day yesterday.
Left house at 0600. Rode 120km's all backroads to the German Eifel forest. Arrived there at 0730. Saw about 5 cars on the entire trip. Loaded a GPS track called "Huge Eifel Tour 350km's" in the GPS. Rode all day, on a brand new Bridgestone BW502, with the clutch mod on. Arrived at Vogelsang Military area around 1330, and it was absolutely PACKED with bikes, cars, motorhomes, trucks,....saw hundreds of bikers taking nice sweeper turns in 1st or 2nd gear. Loads of squids and pirates, sweating their asses off. I was laughing in my helmet for the rest of the way home Got home with 600.8km's on the odo.
1. I don't care what anyone thinks, I prefer my BW502 tire over the Tourance EXP's. Little cheaper on the buy, and alot better on the road!
2. Clutch mod makes a big difference. Had it on for most of the time, and didn't see a big consumption increase.
3. What an awesome bike!
Here's my dilemma.
I'm nearing the end of my first year riding here in Australia - have been restricted to 660cc bikes but will be free of this in August. I dropped into a Yammie dealer with a mate today for him to look at helmets and saw a brand new 2011 Super Tenere with a price tag of $18990 (Aussie dollars, yep - things cost more here). They have only one at this price (blue) as it is plated 2011, not 2012. Couldn't believe it. Just to put it in perspective, the BMW 1200GS kitted up with ABS and spoked wheels here is about $28000 and my G650GS was $13500 new. So the ST seems too good to be true, AND it comes with the "Adventure Pack" for free which includes the Yamaha aluminium panniers, headlight protector and bash plate ($2000 value). Sooooooo, do I buy it now and let it sit for 3 months until I'm unrestricted - then sell the Beemer? Are they as good as y'all say they are? What do I need to be aware of? (No - I haven't read the 823 pages under this thread).
Thanks for your help
Seems like a good price to me. I bought mine in Nov 2010 (ex demonstrator with 1000km on the clock for $18k). I reckon you could do better on the price though. Wait until a few days before the end of June and you'll be able to name your price. The sales guys will be deparate to do a deal before the end of the financial year!
Is it new or a demo unit?
And yes, they are as good as they say, especially for long distance trips.