The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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All: is it possible to "clean" some right side knobs? 5 mm doesn’t seem too much to remove…
It's easy enough to shave 5mm off the side knobs on the Desert. I had to do it on my CCM to clear the silencer on suspension compression. My method, involving an angle grinder , only took a few mins but it was a bit messy!
No probs with tyre functionality as you're only doing what the road would do anyway. Actually, the bit you're removing doesn't get anyway near the road but the principle's the same.
The spacers that I find to install the Michelin desert are all 5mm. So if with a spacer of 5mm the tyre will fit, if I remove 5mm in the right side of the tyre I will be ok… or I’m I missing something?
The spacers that I and find to install the Michelin desert are all 5mm. So if with a spacer of 5mm the tyre will fit, if I remove 5mm in the right side of the tyre I will be ok… or I’m I missing something?
The Michelin desert 17 was made in small series and the tolerances was quite big. Some tires are wider then others. It was common that people had to shave the tire even if they used the 5mm spacer.
Depending on what shock you use it might hit your mudguard when the shock gets compressed. It's possible to raise the mudguard a bit but by removing the spacers at the rear mounting-point but I doubt it will be enough.
You can get 1mm spacers from BMW (it was used for some K-models) to trim this but you have to decide if you need longer bolts or not. I'm not a fan of spacers...
Instead of using spacers it would have been better to respoke the wheel with offset, but that's quite expensive.
The tolerances are not on your side, some examples (R80GS Basic):
I've had one Michelin T63 (130/80-17) which rubbed the swing-arm slightly, at least ten that didn't.
Pirelli MT21 (130/90-17) hits the mudguard when the tire is new and I have luggage (subframe flexes). I have not experienced this with the Øhlins shock, but it happened regularly with the WP-shock.
So there is no simple answer to your question, it will work if you are willing to do the modifications needed for your bike and the tire you get and you can live with the compromises. The real question is why going to all this to install a tire that have been obsolete for years when there are other good choices out there?
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