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Forum: Ride reports 01-25-2008, 03:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By BirtDike
Wicked Doing Africa: The 2Muppet Way

Hey Everyone - like most people on this forum I've gotten plenty of good advice, and shedloads of good info on bike maintenance etc from the advrider community. As such I'd like to provide something...
Forum: Thumpers 11-26-2007, 11:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 26,607
Posted By BirtDike
Thumb Goddammit bmwktmbill!!! I've been thinking about...

Goddammit bmwktmbill!!! I've been thinking about doing that to mine, now I'm jealous! It really irks me how far the standard rack sticks out... I'm going to be thinking about this job for the next...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2007, 03:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By BirtDike
Cheers for the input

Hey fellas,

Sorry, I didn't mean to abandon this thread, but things were a bit hectic at work this week, and I've hardly been at home. Really appreciate the input from everyone.

Zerodog - I'm...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2007, 02:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By BirtDike
Luke, I assume that the linkage that you're...

Luke, I assume that the linkage that you're talking about here is the linkage that is on the bike, and not an add on part? In that case it confirms my suspicions that a progressive spring would...
Forum: Thumpers 11-12-2007, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By BirtDike
Question Progressive rear spring on 640 Adv???

Next year I'm doing what is probably all of our dream trip, and riding London to Cape Town. I will be riding badly corrugated roads loaded with the usual junk on the back including TTech boxes,...
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2007, 07:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,553
Posted By BirtDike
Thumb Setting up the 640 for someone TALL

Just to revive an old thread with some updated info...

I recently found this thread when I was looking to make my bike more comfortable for long days spent standing (I'm riding it through...
Forum: Europe 10-31-2007, 08:49 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 17,792
Posted By BirtDike
I thought it was cool, but maybe a bit formulaic....

I thought it was cool, but maybe a bit formulaic. They've got to create drama somehow I suppose, and it's a damn site better than all the other reality TV bs that's on the rest of the time.

They...
Forum: Europe 10-26-2007, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,193
Posted By BirtDike
Thumb Things are looking up!

After being thoroughly depressed for a couple of days the boys got themselves very drunk over the weekend (thanks to the Rugby WC final and the Weston Beach Race) and we were able to convince them to...
Forum: Europe 10-19-2007, 07:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,193
Posted By BirtDike
I don't have any recent photos (perhaps Shaun...

I don't have any recent photos (perhaps Shaun will be able to add some later), but Shaun's plate number is/was AE06 HRU. I don't know Radak's.

It's just heartbreaking when stuff like this...
Forum: Europe 10-19-2007, 03:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,193
Posted By BirtDike
Pissed Stolen - 2 x 2006 KTM 640 Adventures

A couple of buddies of mine had their bikes stolen from near Ross-on-Wye last night - just a week and a half before they were due to start their England to Cape Town trip of a lifetime.

Shaun...
Forum: The Garage 09-21-2007, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By BirtDike
Now that's the sort of answer I'm looking for!...

Now that's the sort of answer I'm looking for! I'm right up on the pints for work scheme!

I'll check the forums for a machinist, but failing that I might try using a Dremel type rotary tool....
Forum: The Garage 09-20-2007, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By BirtDike
Question Who you gonna call?!

I need some work done on my peg hanger, but as I know feck all about machining I've no idea how to achieve what I want done, and who to call about getting the work done!

I'm trying to fit some...
Forum: Thumpers 09-11-2007, 01:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 816
Posted By BirtDike
Cheers

Cheers Guys,

File and tape it is then - this is actually a trick I've used before for things like mountain bike brakes, to stop the levers breaking off. I should have thought of it already.

I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2007, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 816
Posted By BirtDike
Question 640 Adv Handlebar Swap - to drill, or to file?

I need some advice on fitting a new, higher bend handlebar to my 640 Adv. This evening I removed the standard Magura bar, revealing a couple of locating holes, one of which is shown below:
...
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2007, 01:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 882
Posted By BirtDike
I'm doing the same trip starting January next...

I'm doing the same trip starting January next year, and agree with most of the stuff on your list, and most of the other stuff that people have mentioned. In addition I would add the following:

-...
Forum: Thumpers 08-15-2007, 08:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,522
Posted By BirtDike
Talking Me too, me too!!! -My 07

A bunch of the standard Advrider mods, and a few others...

- Stenhouse Submount and Scotts Damper (cheers Loaded:thumb, best customer service I've had all year!)
- SW Motech side stand
- SXC...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2007, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,950
Posted By BirtDike
A mate I ride with put me on to washing the...

A mate I ride with put me on to washing the filter out after you wash it with petrol...

Basically rinse it out with a small bowl of petrol, then pour on some dishwash liquid, and wash it out with...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2007, 12:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,240
Posted By BirtDike
Nice one Tele-Steve!:thumb I put some...

Nice one Tele-Steve!:thumb

I put some proper knobblies on mine and got it proper off road for the first time about a month ago - I could not believe this thing! It is even more capable than I...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-27-2007, 05:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By BirtDike
Ah yes, MvG not MvP! I must have been thinking of...

Ah yes, MvG not MvP! I must have been thinking of that kids movie about the chimp that plays ice hockey - Most Valuable Primate! :lol3

Nick Plumb at TTech here in the UK said he hadn't had any...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-23-2007, 03:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By BirtDike
Mounting the Zumo on an KTM 640 Adv

Hey Duckbill,

I'm not sure you're going to want to copy my mounting - I'm riding my bike from London to Cape Town, so I wanted the thing mounted PROPERLY (you're right, it does weigh a tonne)....
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-20-2007, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By BirtDike
Wicked The solution came to me at night...

What I ended up doing was to hardwire it to the battery, and I'm going to install a little red (or amber to match the bike!:wink: ) illuminated switch. That way, hopefully I'll remember to turn it...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-18-2007, 02:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By BirtDike
Cheers Woodbutcher - that's what I was afraid...

Cheers Woodbutcher - that's what I was afraid of...

I'm going to be riding with this thing for a long time (London to Capetown), and although my 640 Adv does have a kickstart, I'd rather not...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 07-17-2007, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By BirtDike
Question Zumo power draw when TURNED OFF in cradle

I have read a few other threads that touch on this, but didn't find one that answers the exact question that I have... Should be a simple answer anyway.

When the Zumo is in the cradle (i.e. the...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-02-2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By BirtDike
Thumb My 2 cents on the SE MC

Alright - I got my 950 SE master cylinder last week, and put it on over the weekend.

I ride a 640 Adv, so it's a bit lighter (and slower) than the 950's and 90's, but I pretty much agree with...
Forum: Orange Crush 06-21-2007, 09:32 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By BirtDike
Thumb Thanks Mate!!!

Cheers Evil -:thumb

Really good info on the banjo bolt. Right after I wrote the last comment to you I had a fit of enthusiasm and ordered the Super Enduro MC myself.:D Now I know I've got to...
Forum: Orange Crush 06-14-2007, 04:51 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By BirtDike
You baaaaaaaastard!:D I'll be chasing you...

You baaaaaaaastard!:D

I'll be chasing you for an update now!
Forum: Orange Crush 06-13-2007, 10:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,908
Posted By BirtDike
Hey Evil, Let us know how you get on with...

Hey Evil,

Let us know how you get on with that, and how the feel of that MC is. I'd much rather someone else was the guinea pig before I do the same to my bike!:D

Cheers!
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2007, 06:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,392
Posted By BirtDike
Fecken A!!!:thumb I couldn't have said it better...

Fecken A!!!:thumb I couldn't have said it better myself! As my good mother always says, "If you've got nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all!"

Congrats on the new bike, now get it...
Forum: Thumpers 05-11-2007, 05:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 448
Posted By BirtDike
It's in there alright, under "Loaded Wiring...

It's in there alright, under "Loaded Wiring Handwarmers" - here's the link:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102930
Forum: Thumpers 05-01-2007, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By BirtDike
IIRC I read somewhere that the F650GS was the...

IIRC I read somewhere that the F650GS was the biggest selling bike for women in the UK... My mate's sister (a brand new rider) has one and she loves the thing. She's not very tall and has the non...
Forum: Ride reports 04-18-2007, 08:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,433
Posted By BirtDike
Question Would I cope with Metzler Enduro 3's next weekend?

Hey Pumpy,

Great write up - I've been looking at the meeting thread for a while now, and am pretty damn close to deciding to jump on my 640 Adv and ride out from London to join you all...

One...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-11-2007, 01:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,156
Posted By BirtDike
Personally I love being able to easily swap the...

Personally I love being able to easily swap the Zumo from the bike to the car, and am glad I plugged for the more expensive unit for that reason alone...

I don't use XM and have no interest in...
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2007, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,602
Posted By BirtDike
Sidi actually make a very similar boot to the...

Sidi actually make a very similar boot to the Sidi Discovery: the Trial Zero.

I think about the only difference is that the Discovery have a steel cap on the very front of the toe. I don't know...
Forum: Equipment 03-28-2007, 02:37 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 123,375
Posted By BirtDike
Good call, that'd be appreciated. Also your...

Good call, that'd be appreciated. Also your thoughts on airflow and breathability would be great - I want to wear the thing through some proper hot countries, so it not being a pressure cooker is key...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2007, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,162
Posted By BirtDike
Cheers for the responses!

The advice is fantastic - there's always something that you haven't thought of isn't there? Like the reaction of the local military to a full "combat ready" biker!:nono To be fair, I'm not sure how...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2007, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,268
Posted By BirtDike
:rofl Exactly!!! You ain't gonna be leaving your...

:rofl Exactly!!! You ain't gonna be leaving your gloves behind in a gas station! Only problem is taking a different pair of gloves in the first place and wishing like hell you had them...
Forum: Equipment 03-27-2007, 04:13 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 123,375
Posted By BirtDike
Sizing for a long streak of weasel piss!

Hi Dukeryder,

Timely thread my man - I posted this thread here just yesterday: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=216137

Bugfnnuts/Tim Hall is a fecken legend! (If you haven't...
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2007, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,162
Posted By BirtDike
Well, that's 100% affirmative so far, and some...

Well, that's 100% affirmative so far, and some good advice thrown in! I love this forum!:thumb

Really appreciate the feedback fellas. Looks like I'll be adding to my shopping list.
Forum: Equipment 03-26-2007, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,162
Posted By BirtDike
Would you take a pressure suit to Africa?

A mate and I are going to be riding an offroad oriented route from London to Capetown next year. We have the bikes for the job (KTM 640 Avd), and want to ride the most remote routes that we can.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2007, 02:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,735
Posted By BirtDike
You don't even want to know the UK price... Well,...

You don't even want to know the UK price... Well, maybe you do.:D Too much if you ask me, but fack it I'm buying the thing anyway.

Price here is 6500 POUNDS!!!:splat You end up paying the...
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