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Old 11-08-2010, 09:08 AM   #152
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Originally Posted by spick
Watching this thread as well.

Jenny, what are the chances of picking up tanks such as the ones you had fabbed for water and fuel? They look great and fit really well with the bike build. Not that I need them any time soon but you never know...

Good luck and fast healing!
Thanks Spick!

If you mean one of these tasty tanks (any excuse for a photo eh?):

Then if you contact the guys at GMX Radiators:

I'm sure they can help you. They are happy to do one-offs (on the understanding it fits in around their regular work), but the cost is correspondingly higher of course... I would say though that their quality and craftsmanship is top notch - whether you want a bespoke tank or rad, or just a simple radiator repair.

In fact, since I'm singing the praises of my 'sponsors', then it is probably a good time to run through a few other mods I've made to the bike...

First up, I've finally landed a steering damper for the WR... those of you who followed the build and my efforts in the FIM round in Tunisia earlier this year: will know that due to the last minute preparation of the bike, I went to Tunisia without a damper fitted at all! Actually, it wasn't terrible riding without one (such is the inherent stability of the WR I suspect - either that or my inability to go particularly fast...) but it would have been far less fatiguing both physically and mentally to have one fitted - there were certainly a few OMG moments on the faster rockier sections!

So, having been a fan of GPR dampers on both my XR650R and Tenere rally bikes, I contacted the UK importer: who were able to help me out with a V4 underbar kit for the WR:

The kit includes a new bar-clamp riser block (that mount the bars approx 15mm higher than the stock risers), which is also braced (and machined from natty billet aluminium)... and bolts directly to the stock top triple clamp (note. for the Marathon Class in Dakar, you have to retain the stock triple clamps).

Of course typically the GPS Duo bracket that holds the organisation's Iritrack and GPS unit in place, has bolt holes drilled for the KTM bar-clamp dimensions (that is 90mm bolt centres, rather than the Yamaha 100mm bolt centres), so I had to attack the base of the bracket with a succession of drills (boy that stainless steel is hard stuff, I killed 2 and a half drill bits with it!), so that it fitted low profile and without any unnecessary brackets etc.

note. it really isn't that big, its just a wide angle camera lens x

So with the revised wiring almost complete (still debating on whether to fit an HID to the space above the stock headlight, as that will mean upgrading the stator and battery too), the bike really is starting to take shape again - and not a moment too soon as in two weeks, it'll be on it's way!

I also picked up my recovered seat last week:

Which, as a matter of good taste, I decided to get recovered in subtile, classic, black (well, charcoal) suede this time, rather than the fancy embroidered beige Alcantara I got my Tenere seat covered in (see the Heroes-Legend thread! for that little beauty!)...

Marcus at Paint & Trim in North Wales: did a cracking job in double quick time, including adding an inch of softer foam in the middle and rear of the seat (for extra comfort on those long liaisons!) - goodness knows the stock seat is purgatory! Certainly the new seat is far softer, although perhaps a little too soft (in that it compresses very easily with your weight on it) so will be interesting to see how it rides now - especially after a hundred miles or so - it may be that slightly firmer foam is required after all...

Finally, as part of the general fiddling around I've stuck some (foil) tape over the open ends of the roadbook holder - to stop dust and sand getting in and potentially jamming up the works, even though I didn't have a problem during two sandstorms and countless crashed in Tunisia (and Heroes' last year), it's a wise precaution - thanks for the tip Cummo!

So that's about it for now...

My foot still hurts, but at least I'm able to walk around quite freely now - I really need to get on my bicycle and get some proper exercise through it... but that is going to have to wait a little longer... there is the small matter of another bike to run-in, strip down, and pack up...

And it won't stop raining!

J x

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