So we've all heard/seen the 650 xchallenge...let's see your XCOUNTRY!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Olas, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    I wonder if it's the same feeling on the Xchallenge.
    If so that could comes from the front wheel size or the front fork that is longer than on the Xcountry and raise up the front making it a bit litgher.
    Any idea here?
  2. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    Steering will definitely be different (lighter) on the xchallange as the weight balance is further back due to the larger wheel and forks changing the geometry of the bike.

    Just ride your xCountry like you're in the Dakar in vast open spaces rather than chasing rabbits through woods and the problem is solved :D
  3. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    No, it comes from all of the stuff we have on the front ends of the X bikes. The Lynx fairing is pretty bulky once it is installed. Add a GPS and it a lot heavier steering than a DRZ front end.
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    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Upgraded the Mrs. bike a bit today.

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  5. Jim Lad

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    Heading off to the ferry to Spain tomorrow, and then continuing south into Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Aiming for Dakar if the medical situation in West Africa aĺows.

    My first big trip on the XCo, after using a 1200GS for recent trips. Interesting to see how the bike performs and how sussesful the mods will be.

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  6. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Looks good. Can you post the part number and manufacturer for the fender and the front fork guards?
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    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    front fender is from a KTM 85cc MX bike.
  8. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Cool. Going to do a rolling RR ?

    Ta, Ard
  9. leafman60

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    Baloney! lol

    good lord
  10. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    The difference in feel might have been the 21" front wheel on the DRZ.
  11. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Or I can go for a thiner tyre like a 90/90 R19 or something I just realized I may have to increase the tyre pressure. But not sure if It'll do the job.
  12. Yukon Ho!

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    No really - he did hate it. And he's right, for the more technical single-track stuff like we were doing at the time, XCo (with over-farkled bars) steering does suck somewhat. That's not what I bought the XCo to do, but it does suck for that compared to a lighter specialized dirt bike (which in turn sucks on slab. He was jealous of my XCo on the slabs we've done. Many thousands of miles together.)
  13. c-m

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    How do you feel about the rear subframe with the metal top box and tyre?

    I'm presuming that's over 5kg
  14. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    Run into my first problem since I've had the xCoutry.

    I was installing the Dirtbagz Pannier frames, and found that the thread in the aluminium sub frame was stripped. Grrr.

    Now I've got to remove the pillion pegs, remove the DBZ fames, remove the exhaust and remove the rack, just so I can get someone to retap the thread. :(:
  15. Alt_Red

    Alt_Red Adventurer

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    C-m have you ever tried retapping a thread yourself? I've had to use a recoil kit on the ktm a few times now as I keep finding problems (don't laugh Dutch git ) and it's not that difficult, the critical part is drilling the hole straight.
  16. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    Watched a youtube video. It seems simple enough.

    Just pricing up what I need now.

    M6 tap
    M6x1.0x2D helicoil

    Should come to less than £10.

    I think I'll have a go myself. Unfortunately I can't buy locally so will have to wait a few days for delivery.
  17. Alt_Red

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    Yeah I think I got the kit from eBay , I don't know if an m6 tap will be the right size or if you need one slightly bigger to compensate for the coil going in...
  18. Alt_Red

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  19. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    I presume that the taps are oversize as standard as you can't buy a 6.3mm tap only 6mm
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    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Why would you have to remove the rear subframe ?


    @ Alt-Red :rofl