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.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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1)After going through original rear shocks like gumdrops on my 1988 Suzuki Dr 600. I am looking at the possibility of modifying another rear shock to fit. I have a 1992 xr250r shock (free) that I was just wondering if I had a custom spring put on it, would the valving take the heavy spring and weight of the heavily loaded bike. I am trying to find the (elusive) cheap alternative to buying a White Bros, or something like it.
2) why is it that no one seems to be able to find me new fork springs for my DR 600. They say that the bike is too old. Rubbish.
the originals worked well up to almost 100000 kilometers.
3)Has anyone looked into the possibility of building a fully enclosed case for the drive chain and sprockets. Maybe even a continuous oil bath. I have seen some bikes that have wrap around chain protectors, but are not capable of oil immersion. I do long trips of over 60,000 kilometers and carrying extra chains and sprockets is getting to be a pain in the ass. I built an automatic chain oiler, but that was a bit messy.
4)I have also spoken to other international riders that are grafting heavier (than 520) chain and sprockets from roadbikes onto their overland bikes. Any real advantages?
MZ has a closed chainguard, maybe...
Did you tryout WP suspension (NL) for youre front springs (OO31-413-255400). They somethimes have used rear suspensions which they can adapt to youre Susie. This is a little cheaper than a new one and they even adjust it for youre bike with extra load. I could tell you a story of a friend of mine who bought a (cheap) Bilstein chockabsorber and was brought back by plane because his bike didn't cope with a hole he didn't saw.
A goed (rear)suspension is not cheap but very vital.
Patrick & Monique
1. >>1992 xr250r shock (free) that I was just wondering if I had a custom spring put on it, would the valving take the heavy spring and weight of the heavily loaded bike
<< I'm pretty sure you'll find that the XR250R damping is hopelessly inadequate for the job, especially if you add a much stiffer spring to it. The shock is carefully designed to provide adequate damping on compression and rebound with a particular weight and spring - you're going way outside the acceptable parameters. I think you'll end up with a pogo stick!
2. Have you tried Progressive, Works, Pettersson Pro Suspension (at http://www.ppsracing.com/) or White Power? Failing there, take your old springs to a wreckers and start comparing springs - you may end up with something very close - there can't be an infinite variety of springs, there are only so many dimensions to play with here! Progressive may even be able to match you up with something close - assuming they have a database of spring specs.
3. Fully enclosed chain is terrific, I've had experience with them on old Bultacos, BUT trying to build your own is a big job and not one I'd care to tackle. Modern chains are much more durable. Try a ScottOiler - they seem to work a treat, everybody I know of that's tried one loves it. Having built them myself in years past I'd say yours is too messy because you're using too much lube, or too light.
4. A heavier chain is just that, heavier, but not necessarily stronger. A 520 is however not a particularly big chain for a 600. I used to use a 520 on a 175!
Shouldn't be too hard to go to a 530 o-ring chain. Check your dealer.
For good suspensions whitout the heavy -but justified- cost of WP or Ohlins you may try the italians "BITUBO" they have a site ..should be www.bitubo.com , I used them either on a old XT500 (16 years and they still works well!) and on a Teneré where they changed dramatically (for good!) the behaviour.
A friend built a chain oiler using the injector off of a car petrol system and the bubble/airator pump end from a fish tank. Wired the injector in to the accessories live, used a big plastic washer tank with gear oil (I think) for the lube and added some tubing.
Not nessecarily better than a Scottoiler (or easier) but a lot cheaper (5 UKP) and something you could rig up anywhere with a scrapyard and a pet shop...
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