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Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 12-18-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By syzygy9
Oz Central Desert - Hema or Garmin

I had a Hema HN5 mounted on the bike - next to useless, low res screen unreadable in daylight! and pretty crappy hardware specs.

Swapped to a Google Nexus 7 tablet running OziExplorer Android...
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,925
Posted By syzygy9
I use methylated spirits; cheap available...

I use methylated spirits; cheap available everywhere and burns very cleanly, I have no soot on any pots.

I am also a big Trangia fan, simple reliable, light, compact; everything on inside a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
A little presumptuous given that you don't know...

A little presumptuous given that you don't know me. Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. For every positive review/opinion/advice for *insert favourite tyre here* there will be someone...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
Now your just being rude (my riding partner rides...

Now your just being rude (my riding partner rides the BMW and he has never been to a Starbucks . . . hard to believe I know).

I was thinking more in terms of how stretched it was and what...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
Read your RR, great ride, a little too hectic for...

Read your RR, great ride, a little too hectic for me though!

Interesting to see the 606 ran Perth to Alice. Frankly, I am surprised and looking at the photos they do look a little stretched but...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
No offense, I didn't realise you were riding a...

No offense, I didn't realise you were riding a 990, based on your avatar I thought you might have been on a smaller KTM, a 500 exc or equivalent.

I am surprised that you managed to spoon on a 130...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
Impressive! 2000 kms on a full knob on a 990. ...

Impressive! 2000 kms on a full knob on a 990.

Wet I don't have to worry about (it doesn't rain much here :])

What are you running as a front?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-16-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
The D606 are too narrow, the 990 takes a 150 and...

The D606 are too narrow, the 990 takes a 150 and you can get away with a 140. The D606 front seems to be a popular dirt choice, a D908RR (140) could work on the rear but am not convinced (by the...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 08-15-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 937
Views: 125,345
Posted By syzygy9
Perhaps the 1290 will open up the gap between the...

Perhaps the 1290 will open up the gap between the 690 and 1290 enough for a lighter 750'ish twin. The dream has always been a dirt capable twin at ~180 kgs wet.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-15-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
Anyone have any experience with the Michelin...

Anyone have any experience with the Michelin Desert Race rear, I have read conflicting stories of <1000 kms to >3000 kms tyre life. I realise this really depends on how hard you push it, but our...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-15-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By syzygy9
what tyre (tire!) for 1000 kms of tar followed by 2000 kms of sandy tracks

For the (Australian outback) winter of 2015, my one decent ride of the year (oh the deprivations of work and the sickening lack of annual leave) is a planned crossing from Perth (Western Australia)...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-09-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By syzygy9
As much as I and other right minded adv'ers try...

As much as I and other right minded adv'ers try to do the right thing, Garmin seem determined to punish their paying customers and, in the process, end up pushing them to other sources. Frankly, it...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-08-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By syzygy9
Being somewhat annoyed that I couldn't use my...

Being somewhat annoyed that I couldn't use my legitimately purchased Garmin map, which is locked to the SD card it came on, to install on my legitimately purchased Garmin Montana, I used one of the...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-05-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,222
Posted By syzygy9
copy garmin topo map on SD card to internal memory

I recently snapped up a local bargain Montana 650T (relatively speaking, still cost A$700!) from a reputable local supplier (JA GPS in Australia).

I was a little surprised to see these advertised...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 06-19-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 30,917
Posted By syzygy9
Anyone use the Garmin 55? Looks like a good cheap...

Anyone use the Garmin 55? Looks like a good cheap option; good screen resolution, non-reflective screen, fixed screen orientation (landscape), accepts topo maps, takes SD cards.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 06-04-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 30,917
Posted By syzygy9
I love the idea of using a cheap car orientated...

I love the idea of using a cheap car orientated GPS for the bike. The motorcycle specific ones are a complete rip off.

I have been using a Nexus 7" tablet with moving map s/w and georeferenced...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-08-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,069
Posted By syzygy9
So next time I don't service my bike properly,...

So next time I don't service my bike properly, engine blows up, I bag manufacturer on FB and he gives me a new engine - fantastic!

Clearly Thagua (not the OP) fcuked up but somehow manages to...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-07-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,069
Posted By syzygy9
Seems to me 'that email' was pretty well spot on....

Seems to me 'that email' was pretty well spot on.

Poster was a little economical with the truth. Frankly, the fact that the tyre lasted as long as it did on a rim half the stipulated size is a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-07-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,069
Posted By syzygy9
So let's see if I have got this right. You run a...

So let's see if I have got this right. You run a tyre for 7,000 kms on a rim half the required width, finally have the tyre fail, besmirch Heidenau on Facebook, and than get pissy when you don't get...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 03-30-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,152
Posted By syzygy9
On a fully laden 2011 990, rider only, 2500kms of...

On a fully laden 2011 990, rider only, 2500kms of 'high speed' (60-90km/hr) dirt road ran 25psi both ends. No flats, no bent rims. Took a few big hits including 1 across a cattle grid at speed where...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,748
Posted By syzygy9
I have had the AlpineStars Durban suit for about...

I have had the AlpineStars Durban suit for about 18 months and have done 2 trips in it.

Very happy with the suit. In hot weather (42'C!) in central Australia with vents open and at speed I was...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 1,661
Views: 438,144
Posted By syzygy9
Windscreen Disgust ...... again

+1 on the Aeroflow for me. Purchased the standard (low) Aeroflow and for me at 5'10' (178cm) sitting on a sheepskin works fantastically, has transformed the bike.

I was concerned at having to look...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-13-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,256
Posted By syzygy9
Welcome to the 'Australia' tax where the price...

Welcome to the 'Australia' tax where the price charged is related more to what the market can bear as opposed to being linked to actual cost of manufacturer and distribution. And you my friend are...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-10-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,850
Posted By syzygy9
I am aware of that, a bit of rubber on the...

I am aware of that, a bit of rubber on the outside of the sprocket, the only disadvantage for damped as far as I could tell is that it a little more expensive with the possibility it might actually...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-10-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,850
Posted By syzygy9
Thanks for the insight, I have done about...

Thanks for the insight, I have done about 8,000kms (of the 12,000kms on the clock) on dirt up through central Australia from Perth, always running a dry slack chain so I wouldn't surprised if it is a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-09-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,850
Posted By syzygy9
Hard to video as it seems to come on under...

Hard to video as it seems to come on under throttle at 3500 to 4000 rpm under load (lugging slightly) which initially made me think pre-ignition.

But the same sound seems to occur when the rear...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-09-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,850
Posted By syzygy9
Thanks for the tips. I do have CJ racers...

Thanks for the tips.

I do have CJ racers 'thin walled' spark plug socket so should be right there, the hose looks like a great idea to grab and reseat the spark plugs. But do these actually need...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-08-2013, 11:27 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,982
Posted By syzygy9
no but I have Safari tanks

I don't use crash bars but I have Safari tanks which probably don't need them; I have tested them - I fall down often.

No crash bars keeps the weight down and less hassle with maintenance.
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-08-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,850
Posted By syzygy9
about to tackle my first valve check . . .

I am about to tackle my first major service @15,000kms including a valve check. Bike is a 2011 KTM 990 non-R with safari tanks. I have owned the bike since new (Mar 2012) and a first timer on this,...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-24-2013, 07:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,831
Posted By syzygy9
After looking at this thread (and the windscreen...

After looking at this thread (and the windscreen disgust thread) I took a punt and ended up buying an expensive (to ship to Australia) Aeroflow standard height screen. I am 5'10" / 178cm, average...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-24-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,986
Posted By syzygy9
Aeroflow aeroscreen

After looking at this thread (and the windscreen disgust thread) I took a punt and ended up buying an expensive (to ship to Australia) Aeroflow standard height screen. I am 5'10" / 178cm, average...
Forum: Equipment 09-19-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 634
Posted By syzygy9
Jesse (Safari) panniers and accessories

I have attached 2 Happy Trails drink holders to the back of each Jesse Pannier which will hold (Aussie) 1.25L soft drink bottles (my cheapskate water bottles) and bolted a RAM mount on the front of...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-14-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 387
Posted By syzygy9
Aaaah yes, when looking at the exploded diagram I...

Aaaah yes, when looking at the exploded diagram I thought the blind nut in the pic was the bolt - but looking closely I see that is not the case! Excellent news. But (damn) I just ordered a new...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-14-2013, 09:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 387
Posted By syzygy9
ripped the nut out of the headlight mask when mounting windscreen

The windscreen (on KTM 990) bolts into 6 rubber mounted nuts molded into the 'headlight mask' (60008001100 HEAD LIGHT MASK 07). On refitting the windscreen I must have cross threaded the windscreen...
Forum: Equipment 09-05-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 863
Posted By syzygy9
If you replace your stock exhaust with a non-cat...

If you replace your stock exhaust with a non-cat wings or equivalent the muffler/can is much much cooler. I have wings on my 2011 990 and they are almost cool enough to touch and they shed heat very...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 08-27-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,454
Posted By syzygy9
Google Nexus works fine for me! I am using it as...

Google Nexus works fine for me! I am using it as both a in-car turn by turn navigator (Sygic with Australia and Western Europe maps) and an off-road 'moving map' navigator on my motorbike here in...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-22-2013, 06:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,283
Posted By syzygy9
A local shop (here in Perth, Australia) has a 08...

A local shop (here in Perth, Australia) has a 08 KTM 990 on the floor for months (not sure if it ever sold). I bought a new 11 KTM 990 with the expectation that i would keep it to the bitter end so...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-20-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,986
Posted By syzygy9
Thanks Kyler, so at 6'5" you find the medium...

Thanks Kyler, so at 6'5" you find the medium height works for you. By extension that would imply that at 5'10" the standard (low/4") version would work for me. Note that I sit on a sheepskin which...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-20-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,453
Posted By syzygy9
Also fitted a set of Jesses to my 11 990 a couple...

Also fitted a set of Jesses to my 11 990 a couple of months ago - I thought the instructions were pretty good! Didn't have any issues fitting them.

Not with the bike right now but can post some...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-20-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,986
Posted By syzygy9
Kyler, I assume you have the tallest one? I am...

Kyler, I assume you have the tallest one? I am also considering an Aeroflow but at 5'10 am torn between the short 4" above stock (standard) and the medium 6" above stock.
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