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Rise of the Bemaha

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by dazzadm, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    The wind was heaps of fun on a WR250...
  2. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I bet...
  3. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    Here's a map of our route: 20200204_212108.jpg 20200204_212036.jpg
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  4. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    Looking at the recent weather reports, we timed the dry weather right, much easier to handle the wind than floods...
  5. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    Been quietly working on a few things on the Bemaha.

    When I installed the Forks, I didn't do anything about the steering limit locks. So I made up a spacer that clamps onto the stock limit and prevents the forks crushing the cables.
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    Seems to work well. Already noticed the reduced turning arc, bugger.

    I had made up a single seat with a rack on it, but wasn't happy with it. So I stripped it down and removed the rack. The old foam I had used was stuffed so I had a single seat from a K1100 ambulance bike and removed the foam which fitted almost perfectly. I extended the alloy box base and have created a 5 liter cavity which is where I can store gear instead of strapping it on. I had it recovered and some extra foam added so that it can be used as a rear seat if required, not going to be comfortable but usable.

    In order to prove if it was comfortable, I had to test ride it. So arranged to have a ride with @Night Falcon. So I left home pulled into the Garage to fill up with gas, only to feel the front end do a little wobble, weird, damn front tyre flat. So I filled up and went over to the Taihape Baurepairs and pulled the tyre off and they put a new tube in. Then headed off to Palmy.

    By the time I got down there the forecaste rain for the afternoon, had started early and we looked up to the North Range Road to see it disappearing into the mist and drizzle... maybe another day. So we had a good chin wag discussing motorbikes:thumb.

    I then carried on with the shopping for parts I had gone down for only to find that 75% of them would have to be ordered...:devildog. So I got what I could and rode home via Rangiwahia.
    20200309_130402.jpg Heading into the drizzle, never really got wet all day. But it was all around me. The new seat held up the distance so now I just need to make a bag to sit under it. Always something to do...
  6. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Structural Failure

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    Was great catching up. NRR isn't going anywhere, we'll definitely have to do it now. Delay will give me a chance to get a decent front tire on the Tiger :D
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  7. dazzadm

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    And yet again I modify the headlight...

    I just couldn't get to grips with the GSX headlights. So I recently bought a 2013 R1200GS headlight and have modified things to suit. I have hard wired low beam so that once selected it stays on. High beam comes on only when required. The light module is nice in that it has adjustment for up and down that i can easily access.

    I have also made a new fairing to suit. Bit experimental at this stage, as i think it might be a bit flexible. It is made out of plastic drum material.

    The lights seem to work reasonably well at night. Which is a relief, and i feel more comfortable with the look.

    The windscreen i have remounted. At high speeds, the front of the bike would start to try and wobble through the air, so i have mounted it slightly further forward, to suit the headlight and tilted it back at the top. It is now more aerodynamic and rides better at higher speed. Also being a short arse, i can see over the top better...

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  8. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Structural Failure

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    Mate, looks the business!

    I reckon the fairing would look sweet painted red to match the tank.
  9. dazzadm

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    I plan to but the plastic I have used does not look like it will take paint. If it works, I will look for some better material, the chemical that the tank had had in it has reacted with the inside layer of plastic and is brittle, which I found out after I made it. Luckily I have bent it in the right direction...:doh
  10. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Structural Failure

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    Arrrh the frustrations of the motorcycle fabricator. The final product never tells the full story of the trials we bike tragics edure to get it right.... a labour of love for sure :fpalm
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  11. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I am doing a little more experimenting. I would like to try a steering damper but don't want to shell out for the full blown costs if it isn't going to work. So I ended up buying a K1200S steering damper off trademe last year some time ago for $50. There are some potential issues to take into account: the stabilizer is designed for road but hopefully will at least show me if it is worth pursuing. The amount of travel is a bit less than what I have with the current steering.
    Will be trying it out over the next few weeks when we are allowed out...
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    I have also been catching up on a bit of outstanding maintenance.

    The Rear right side pannier rack had a crack in it. I have been monitoring it for a while but decided it was time... So off it came and ended up finding two cracks in it so that is all welded up and painted and back on the bike.

    The rear shock setup has been feeling a bit soggy, especially when two up. I normally adjust the rebound rate but decided it was time to sort it out. I have wound up the preload by 2 full turns and adjusted the clicker by 1 down. Well, I should have done that a year ago when I put the WP shock on the bike...:fpalm Riding on the road has smoothed out heaps when going over those big bumps.

    I will have to try it on gravel when I can next.
  12. dazzadm

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    Took the Bemaha out for a ride today before heading to work. I rode up Pukenaua Rd which currently has quite a lot of corrogations on it so was a good test for the mods.
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    The rear spring preload setting is a breath of fresh air. Much better rear wheel control.

    The steering damper appears to be doing its job nicely. Cornering through the corrogations is much smoother, with the handle bars just steering round the corner rather than wobbling around the place.:-)

    The only draw back has been the loss of turning, which I can see will be a problem on very tight corners on tracks...

    And I think I have found the solution. A mate at work suggested looking at the WER brand steering dampers from the USA. They mount under the bottom triple clamp and bolt straight onto YZ250 forks... so looks like it would be a plug and play solution. Now just have to save up some play money...
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    Now that we have been released, it has been time to get out and see how things handle, properly.

    Last week I took the opportunity to ride up Takapari Road. I left late to avoid the worst of the frost. I missed most of it but found some out the back of Apiti. I stopped and had a chat with a guy from Palmy(?) Riding a RE Himalaya at the Pinetum.

    Then up Takapari Rd, which was reasonably dry and most of the ice had melted, making some areas a bit wet. Probably the roughest condition I've seen it in, but good fun.

    The sky had clouded over a bit from the crystal clear conditions first thing. But still good riding.
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    The steering Damper has proved itself to be a good addition to the bike. Unfortunately it is a bit too heavy in damping and not adjustable. I went to avoid a large rock, and nothing happened, so I hit the big rock... and nothing happened. The bike just rode over it, wow. I was expecting to be thrown to the ground... Now I really want to put a proper unit on the bike.

    The only down side was that the forces transferred into the mounts and ripped the threads out of the nav tower frame mount.
    So I have ended up welding a 10mm steel plate tapped with 12mm bolts to remount the tower.... try that again!
  14. Night Falcon

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    Would loved to have joined ya mate.....next time :fpalm Went for ride to Masterton this morning. Great day for it
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    After repairing the mounts and getting the usb socket working again, I thought it was time to go for a ride again.

    So on Thursday I rode up to the Tukino Road skifeild gates. Again, great weather. This time the Steering Damper didn't break anything so am happy to say that it was a great ride.
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  16. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I have finally got all the bits together and mounted on the bike. I am using a Carpe Iter Controller that is linked to the phone via Bluetooth and allows me to scroll through and select various functions without taking off the gloves.
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  17. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Very cool...
  18. dazzadm

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    Who says the old Airheads can't be modern...

    Now if I plan a route around the region, who's in for a route sheet rally...? Maybe this spring some time? It would just be exploring the roads around here, usually too muddy for trail riding. That can come later...

    I can provide a route sheet in PDF format and you see how to use it, down loading your own version of DriveMode software. The Controller is available from DriveMode or Carpe Iter, which is where I got mine from. Let me know if you get his 7 inch tough pad, looks brilliant and a better size for reading maps on, but just too pricey to justify.

    Otherwise, it can be printed out and lunch box style... Or I can provide a gpx file, and again, using the Drivemode software, it can be loaded in and followed on the on board software. Shows how far the next way point is etc. Cool to use.

    Anyone interested, let me know.
  19. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Oh, oh, pick me.... :y0!
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  20. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Structural Failure

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    me 2...gpx file please :D
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