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Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:07 PM

Adventure 640 tank guards/trip pics
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Recently I installed the new tank guards from Hepco Becker on my 2003 Adventure, and am pretty happy with the results. Upon pulling them out of the shipping carton I was quite impressed with the build quality, and the finish. The fun really starts when you go to install them.

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:13 PM

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As you may be able to tell in the photo, there are two places it attaches to the bike. the first is a crossbar which mounts to the headlight mask/instrument holder, and sits underneath the headlights. Because of this, you have to either mount the dirt bike style fender like I did, or you have to buy two more aluminum distance bushings, and two longer mounting screws for the enduro style fender.

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:25 PM

The second place it attaches is down on the front motor mount. It uses one of the frame bolts, and the through bolt that goes through the front of the motor. These were very difficult to get bolted down, because they were sprung a little outwards, which is hard to explain, but it took a big "c" clamp to pull them together before I could bolt them. It kinda makes me nervous having that tension on my motor mount, so I hope with time the tension will relax. The middle bar going in front of the radiator mount is simply a crossbar between the two sides of the crashbar. This is also a challenge to fit since at first it wanted to rest on the fronts of the tank sides. I then tweaked it by bending it towards the front of the bike, but in doing so, the crossbar starts to make contact with the rear of the fender. These crashbars were probably made using a 2004 model, so for anybody with a low fender should not have as much trouble.

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:29 PM

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Now that they are all installed, I am satisfied, but I put it on a difficulty scale of about two oil changes, and valve adjustments!

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:34 PM

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This weekend, I decided to put the new guards to the test. Well, or at least go for a ride in the desert. The west desert in Utah is full of roads like this. These bikes are definitely made for fast riding over dirt. What a rush!

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:36 PM

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I followed the Pony Express trail which stopped at places such as this in Simpson Springs.

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:38 PM

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I also stumbled upon an old graveyard in an abandoned mining town. Nobody was there but me, even on Memorial Day.

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:42 PM

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It was at this tower that my tank guards first came into play. When I was trying to jockey my bike around to leave down a really steep hill, I dropped it right on the side with the fuel cock. No damage yet!

Scoot Jockey 05-31-2004 10:45 PM

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I covered about 500 miles total in about two days. It is such a blast to ride these race-bred machines out here.

BlitzBike 06-01-2004 05:13 AM

Hepco and Becker mounting issues
Are you saying that you mounted a non-stock fender to make it work??

If you go with the stocker fender where do you get the "2 Aluminium distance bushings?"
Where did you purchase your neoprene fork boots?? I like that they don't show a logo of any sort.
I have the same bike and crash bars coming.

Renazco 06-01-2004 05:28 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the guards, is it possible that you can take some close up shots of the contact points? I would love to see what the issue is with these pieces not fitting right and thinking of the possibilty of putting these things on a quick release for the ease of serviceability.

BlitzBike 06-01-2004 07:38 AM

Crash bars
I wonder if there are any clearance issues if you want to mount the KTM Sommer Skidplate/toolbox??

flyshop 06-01-2004 10:13 AM


Originally Posted by Swampy
I wonder if there are any clearance issues if you want to mount the KTM Sommer Skidplate/toolbox??

Was Thinking The Same Thing ????? Any body know.???


Cat0020 06-01-2004 10:38 AM

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I think it just might get in the way.. but why would someone need the bashplate/toolbox and the crashbars on the same bike?? that would be overkill.. not to mention weighing the bike down when it's already heave enough for off-road..

BlitzBike 06-01-2004 11:08 AM

Alright, I think both the Crash bar guy and the skid plate/toolbox guy should give us nearly identical profile close up shots of their bikes where the lower crash bar and upper tool box would be meeting so us overkill fanatics can guestimate if both will fit?? I'm going to be carrying my tools ANYWAY so I may as well have them down low where I don't feel it so much and the center of Gravity is better!!
And I don't have to explain why I NEEED the crash bars----Ok... I'm a lunatic!

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