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Old 02-01-2007, 01:03 AM   #5
Dirt Doctor
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Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Bathurst 1000, Australia
Oddometer: 1,060
640 v 525

My 02 640 now has over 45,000k on it and I've had no problems......touch wood. I've had an 03 525 and a 05 525. I got rid of both before I put too many k's on them and had valve probelms. Both had about 10,oook on them and the valves were getting a little bit tighter each service even when I changed the oil and filters every 500k .

I think you would be very brave turning the 525 into a tourer and expecting to get decent k's out of a high performnace engine. also if you plan on loading it up with touring gear you may also need to look at reinforcing the rear subframe to take your panniers/saddle bags/sleeping bag/thermarest/clothes/food etc.

steering damper is highly recommended. I have only just put one on my 200 EXC and it totally changed the stability of the bike.

stick with the 640 as an adventure mount and have a look around for a cheap bike for the tight stuff...
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