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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by madrider5150, Nov 7, 2016.
theres still room in the bag for the jetboil, a pair of shoes etc.
Yep, that's a good idea. Hitting the rough stuff my load kept moving forward onto my seat when I had to stand up, annoyed the fuck out of me. That was even cranked down with rok straps.
Its tough to get a decent picture of mt Adams.. mt hood and of course bridge of the gods
Rear shocks still feel too harsh going over the million huge potholes the last section. Flat smooth forest road with giant potholes everywhere..
Aside from that and having a street tire on the back in deep gravel and mud sucks...the bike did pretty good. For my purposes I'm pretty stoked on how it did
Scoped around mt hood.. hooked up a chipmunk with some salt and vinegar potato chips.
Talked to a guy headed to Alaska on a ural.
The last picture is sisters mountains from hood. Such a cool area, should have tried to get a map of forest roads to ride
Pulled the tool tube off the side of bag support, such a stupid place to put it and I knew it.. way too much leverage and strain. Actually bent it down a bit.
After mt hood I stopped in Gresham for lunch then onto mt st Helens. The roads to it were very fun, curvy and scenic. The whole area there is just incredible, I want to go back and bikepack (bicycle) some of those trails. The second to last pic is where a lahar flowed down
Rode to Seattle that evening, got stuck in some horrid traffic before getting to my hotel. The ride home was uneventful except for turning off on a random forest road that turned out to be really cool
Today I went to install my new rear tire after moving the shocks further up the swing arm and discovered my chain is now too short. Good thing I had one on order. Will also be going 55 tooth rear , sticking with 24T front.
Trick little part from Hughes handbuilt swing arm saver
New chain is on bought a good 10 links too long, oh well. Rear shocks up higher, got the knobby tire mounted. Now for a test ride without killing myself on a greasy knobby..lol
Well my chain tensioner lasted close to 10k, maybe the spring has had it but I have been wanting a fixed tensioner. It was letting too much slack and basically under power in the slack position so it has been cannibalized for the bracket. Looks like it should be perfect, will need some spacers is all.
Just had to grind on it a little
Mock up of the tensioner
Another benefit of the fixed tensioner is increased clearance over the old one hanging way down.
I got one of those bags, definitely helpful but I still can't pack for shit
Got some spacers and got it set up, will test ride tomorrow since I needed a a beer and don't want to ride it the same day I rode an Africa twin. I instantly bonded hard with that bike, really hard lol
I feel your pain! Took a friends AT for a quick spin. Probably the smoothest engine I've ever experienced, and sounded fantastic. Eyes closed, you'd swear it was a V-twin. Just wish they weren't so damn heavy. Honda could take a few lessons from KTM, in that department. Still, a damn nice bike.
Just looks like you’re carrying either way too much shit, or too bulky of gear.
I can pack pretty much indefinitely in 60 liters of space if I’m traveling. Not including food, which I usually pick up on the last stop of the day, or water, which is 3 liters on my back.
That's just a sleeping bag, pad, tent and then underwear socks couple other things. My gear is pretty decent, i think It looks worse than it is with everything piled on the top box
I got to test ride a 1090 as well, didn't bond with it like I did the AT but still amazing machine and the power band oh damn it could get me in trouble
I've not ridden the 1090, but did take a quick ride on a 1290. The power is really amazing. Too much for me. Trying to go smaller/lighter. Just sold my F800GS. So far the candidates are the AT, and the KTM 790 Adventure. Going to wait until next year, to see if there are any major teething pains. Not a fan of buying first model year bikes.
I didn't bother test riding the 1290, 150 plus hp yeah that's too much for me and unfortunately the 790 was booked for both days, seemed like the testers really enjoyed it. I'm with you on not buying first year models; well I've never actually bought a new vehicle yet. The t7 might be an okay first year bike seeing how much testing its already got lol