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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I have a 1999 XR650L, that I'm an planning to pick up from storage in Germany and take it for a trip to the Middle East and or Africa.
Currently I'm on a trip touring around Central/South America on my Kawasaki KLR650. Before leaving for this trip I did all the research and prep work on the bike. It was easy to find out what was recommended to do, such as the balancer doohicky upgrade, and the rear subframe upgrade, etc. Since these bikes have been basically unchanged for the past 18 years, all the problems that will crop up have been pretty well documented.
What are the items on the XR650L that typically fail that should be replaced / reinforced before leaving?
Modifications I've done so far:
Large Plastic Gas Tank
Acerbis Rally Pro Hand Guards
Headlight kill switch
Modifications I plan todo:
Heavy duty innertubes
Remove Rim Locks and Balance wheels
Dip motorcycle in Loctite
One tooth up on the front sprocket
Any other recommendations? I always favor preventitive work on the motorcycle over road side fixes.
[This message has been edited by TerryMoto (edited 28 May 2004).]
what's your riding style and luggage set up? I spent yonks testing and trying suspension settings including springs and oil weights and for full-on riding off road, its a great set up. having tried rainsing the gearing, I went back to standard cos its fine at 60mph through africa and overgearing doesn't help any on fuel burn.
Gear setup will probably be a Givi 50L bag on a Happy trails top rack, and a dry duffle bag on the passenger seat. Thus am wondering if there are any rear subframe upgrades, or upgrade kits.
Riding style is road, highways, bad roads, dirt road, gravel roads, but tend not to do the full off-roading. I was reasonably pleased with the stock suspension setup (especially compared to the KLR650).
The different gearing (one tooth up in the front) is mainly to have it rev a bit lower at highway speeds.
From further reading it seems that the basic failure piece of the XR650L is engine internals. One guy in South America had to have a new piston and cylinder sleeve put in, and then there was there recent post from the PanMed guy who had problems after a valve dropped.
Guess these aren't so preventable, other than picking another motorcycle.
the XR650L engine is the same as the Dominator and it has done millions and millions of reliable miles. statistically, you can forget about Honda singles blowing up or wearing out. I stripped my engine after 37000 African km out of interest and rebored it. I also replaced some clutch parts, but no big deal.
the engine is great. don't sweat it.
I had rim locks in there from a previous trip. I was attempting to go from Germany to India, but only got as far as Turkey, because I couldn't get an Iranian visa.
The rim locks required a ton of balancing weights to counter balance them (or two rim locks making getting tires on a real pain). Eventually some of the weights came off, and it cause it to be very out of balalance, causing more of weights to come off.
This caused excessive vibration at highway speeds and lead to additional problems on the motorcycle, such as the Big Gun exhaust seperating into three distinct pieces, and bolts migrating of their sockets.
Now I realize I don't ride with extremely low tire pressures, or typically ride on routes requiring extremely low tire pressures, so the rim locks are un-necessary, and caused a lot more problems than they solved.
One more thing- I never had rim locks in 50,000 km in South Am and it was never a problem. I think it's better without because the local guys who change tires are not used to them and they can screw things up if you have them.
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