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

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

  1. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    I stand corrected Sir !

    We (my wife) had a Dakar as her first bike ! We got a Defender too :clap
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    Not my Defender :lol3
    My buddy's who helped me make the tank. He was sand blasting it the other day, so maybe it'll be back on the road soon. Not sure if he'll sell it or kit it out for overlanding.
    I have a Pajero4 mid overlander build :super

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  4. cpallen

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    The barnyard XCountry is finally back together and I was able to take her for a short maiden voyage around the neighborhood this afternoon! Just in time for spring!

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  5. computer_freak

    computer_freak Been here awhile

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    The black panels look nice, should've left the factory like that.

    There is still salt on our roads and I refuse to subject my X to that. I hope a good rain will wash it all away so I can enjoy some bike time.

    I'm also jealous of how clean your X looks without any form of rack on the back. The X-Rack the only modification I dislike on my bike, from an aesthetic point of view.
  6. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    Thanks, I like the black panels too. I just Plasti-Dip sparayed them to see what it looked like so probably next winter I will strip them down and spray more permanent paint. I would love to be able to buy an X-Rack and X-Tank over here in the USA. I'm going to try and design a rack based on the grab handles that would support soft panniers and a roto-pax can. It depends on how comfortable it is over distance.

    That was the problem with my X Challenge - 100 highway miles at 70 mph with 50/50 tires was pretty rough on this old body. 400 miles in a day on my GSA is pretty tiring too, and then I'm pretty limited as to what I can do off road due to 80/20 tires and loaded weight. Sadly, I think the answer is going to be to make better use of my Kendon trailer.
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    FWIW
    Very clean and minimal
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  8. cpallen

    cpallen Nearly Adventurer

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    That pannier rack looks much like what I had in mind. I wonder what the other side looks like.

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  9. DGR

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    Pretty much identical @cpallen
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    Really cool bike, a CCM GP450. Same Kymco engine that BMW used in their G450X, but with a lower tune for regular service intervals.
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  11. computer_freak

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    Looks like a nice solution but it seems designed to work with smaller bags.

    My XRack with Magadan 2 bags. It's a bit wide on the right side due to the missing XTank.

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  12. cpallen

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    :cry
    If only the X-Rack and X-Tank could be purchased in the USA...:cry
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    Isn't the Magadan bags slung over type? You could probably mount them at least 15cm/6in higher judging from your pic and probably even higher. The CCM450 rack can easily be made a little larger to fit the size bag you have.
    It was just meant as a suggestion for @cpallen so he had more than a single source to base his creation on, not a one solution fits all type of deal :thumb:lol3
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  14. computer_freak

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    This was about as high as I could get them. And this way the bag and the loops for the strap lined up correctly with the horizontal bars of the rack. You also don't want to go much higher with the weight.

    Pictured below I could raise it by around five centimeters but if I do that the loop on the bag is at the same height as the horizontal bar and then I can't use the loop anymore.

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    I have the bottom of the Magadans about level with the bottom bar on the X-rack maybe even an inch (2.5 cm) lower.
    You want weight as low and as close to the center of the bike as possible.
    The higher the weight is, the more weight you will have to move from side to side throwing the bike around, not to mention lifting it up.
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    Any suggestions on source for good rear shock bumper stop? Mine disintegrated and OEM is a mushy need something better.
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    Having a closer look at your pictures: Your seat is mounted incorrectly. This can potentially damage the brackets. The seat needs to be flush with the tank, not have a gap as yours. There are two hooks on the subframe that should latch on your seat. You currently have your seat resting on top of them. If you position the seat correctly, you should only be able to lift the rear section up a little bit. I rode around like this for a month before Hyperbas told me about this.

    And replace your shifter if you tend to go offroad, if you fall on your current one the axle might break.
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    Best ask at a local suspension shop. The shock might be in need of a fresh up as well. Stock shocks are not the best and the stock spring is too weak for most riders.
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    Well the ZF shock isn't rebuildable and is not leaking.. and shops are closed/covid lockdown
  20. cpallen

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    Good eye and thank you! I noticed that in the photo too and fixed it - I missed the hook on only one side in my rush to go on a ride.
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