My name is Case. I live in Flagstaff, AZ. Ive been riding dirt bikes since I was a kid, so now that im older, time to
get a big boys bike. I have a friend who is an adventure photographer, and our plan is to do a trip down though Central
America. Its time to get down to business getting it ready to "Adventure".
That was alittle about me, now about the bike.
This was my bike the day i got it!
This is my bike now:
Right now my ideas are as follows:
Upgraded Lights (not sure what i want to do yet, i have some ideas though)
Upgraded Rear Shock
LED Blinkers All Around
TT Tank In Progress
Steering dampener w/ bar risers Done
High-fender Option *http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...errerid=204199 Done
Upgraded brake lines Done
Wolfman Rear Rack (or something like that) Done
Soft rear luggage Done
Off-road tires, TKC80's Done
Lighter muffler And done
Tail bag Done
Britannia Composites Mirage 2 fairing Done
GPS unit to mount on fairing Done
Center stand guard Done
Rear brake res guard Done
Tank bag Done
Dual USB Charger Done
I have a 800GS. I have crash bars and a bash plate for it already but thats about it so far. Ive been learning how to
ride this bike for a while and i finally think i have a handle on it. A few weeks ago i crashed and my bike slid over the
edge of the road and was stopped from plummeting down a 500ft cliff by a small branch that caught the front tire. i
smashed up the left side of the bike. all the body panels have atleast some damage. This was a sign to me, and my
wife, it was time to start the buildup of my 800.
Here is some great pics of my crash...
that bush and a root from a nearby tree was the only thing that kept it from going all the way over!
after leaving her overnight, i was pretty happy to see that she was still there!
and i still had to ride it out!
Buster714 took all of these pictures by the way!
Today i started to pull apart the panels to see what i have, and if anything was broken under the panels
because of the crash.
Then once all the strews are out, it took alittle pushing and shoving but i got it off.
I would recommend taking off any crash bars.
After i get the panels off i take a look at my radiator. the only thing holding it to the
bike was the radiator lines. The plastic mount that strews to the frame has broken,
and there is only one hard attaching point.
Im not sure why BMW thought it would be a good idea to have the radiator
mounts be plastic on a adventure touring bike?
But the mount wasn't unusable so i just strewed it back together and will hope
that it doesnt fail completely. but other than that, nothing else seems broken,
so yay me!
I took off the black plastic air scoops from the panels because im going for a
White on White on Black color scheme. I wanted the front to have more white,
and since the scoops were scratched during the crash, it was a perfect opportunity
to sand them down and paint them.
And since im planning on going with a high-fender, i cut the small fender.
i cant take it off just yet because i need to reroute the break lines.
Im going to paint the fork guards, so i cut them off.
After tapping the reflectors off with Scotch Tape, because the wife forgot
to pick up painters tape from home depot, i painted the guards.
As you can see, i run a high end operation. I put on 3 coats, all 20 mins apart.
the sun was going down so im not sure i got all the coverage i wanted,
so ill check in the morning and maybe put on one more coat before work.
then i plan on putting on a heavy duty clear coat.
I hope it turns out well. i will let you all know if it does.
My next thing to do will be to reroute the break lines and install the high fender. i hope to do that next week.
My build is being sponsored by SoloMotoParts.com these guys are great. they carry a
bunch of parts and have free shipping on almost all orders. They are going to hook me
up with some discounted parts, i think thats the deal of the year!
Sorry the pictures are so huge, not sure how to fix it,but im working on it.
Please shoot me any good ideas you may have for this build. im not 100% on any one idea yet so im a sponge.
Thanks for reading,