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Old 09-08-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Team KLX head west

Well here I go again, It's every adventure riders dream to be able to take his eldest son on his first adventure ride, So I'm getting in early so you can follow us through the prep for a ride we are going on in late October. We live in the Hunter Valley of New south wales in Australia, which is a wealthy coal mining area. My eldest son Aaron is 16 years old and will be able to get his Learners permit in a few weeks. Here in NSW a few years ago they changed the law that on your Learners permit you are allowed to ride a 650cc bike now instead of a 250cc, Why I don't know and not sure I agree with the idea, but hey, for adventure riding, it suits us fine.
I ride a 2002 model KLX650R, you may have see it in my other ride report ( Singleton to Innamincka )


I went searching for a bike for Aaron and came up with another KLX650R 2001 model. Why you may ask, well their cheap and have good suspension, It had spent a fair bit of time out in the weather which meant the plastics weren't the best looking, but it did have a big fuel tank on it, which were getting very difficult to source over here.



Not the best loking bike, but we plan on getting to look indentical. The trip to Pooncarie is about 1000 klms and we plan on doing a big loop to have a good look around, so 3000 klms in 7 days will do the trick.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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7 weeks to go.

We have started to change a few bits and pieces on Aarons bike, I got rid of the aftermarket Polisport headlight and put it back to original, Cost $500. ouch. We made a Lexan windscreen and changed the mirrors. Looking better already.


We are going to be traveling on some sandy roads on this trip, so I thought I'd better get him brushed up on some sand riding lessons. So off to the dunes we went, He really suprised me and only had one stack all day.

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Old 09-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #3
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Trouble in the camp.

I dropped the oil out of my bike to find the oil filter full of metal, I pulled Aarons oil filter out and cut it open and found the same. Hold on to your seats boys and girls, this is going to be one hell of a ride. Both bike are going, so they can mill themselves to destruction. Two bikes enter, one bike leaves, proberly one bike made out of the two.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:44 AM   #4
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Bling time.

Well, I will have to pop the tappet covers off another day and have a little peak inside to see whats going on. But for now we are getting on with the strip down and grease all the bearings and change wheel brearings, new tyres. Aarons bike is getting a full set of plastics and months ago I managed to help organise with Acerbis a rerun of 15 Acerbis 18 litre fuel tanks, so I got one of them too just to make his bike look like a new one. NOW the money would have been better spent on the engine to make sure it will get us there and back. But hey, what would adventure riding be with out the adventure.



Here is Aaron learning how to get a rear tyre off cold.



The traditional Desert Express stickers to go on the swing arm.



Notice the hand, 3rd deg burns to my left hand after a cooking oil acccident, I'm going down to Sydney every 3 days at the moment to The Royal North Shore burns unit for treatment and extensive therepy. They are worried about my hand seizing up, so I am making sure it is going to lock up in the riding position, then I can just slide it on.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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All hands on deck.

We are going to run Pirelli MT21's up front and Mitas E07's on the rear. I haven't tried a E07 on the back yet back can't wait too from the reports they get.



Aaron and my middle son Mark putting the swing arm back in. Cant wait until all the boys are old enough to ride, we might have 4 KLX's going by then.

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:43 AM   #6
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Been searching for a while to try and work out how we are going to talk to each other, I run a GME TX3100 compact 40 channel on my bike. I purchased two, 5 watt waterproof two ways off Ebay USA and when they turned up they were on the yanky channels, so I rang my local comunications store to see if they could reprogram one yanky channel into my unit, but no they couldn't. So they are getting resold at the moment and I bit the bullet and bought a Uniden 5 watt hand held waterproof, for $260. I also purchased a splitter box off a electronic guy in town that allows you to run your UHF and IPOD through it and into your helmet.

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:46 AM   #7
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:39 PM   #8
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Nice write up! Loved your last ride report as well

Just wondering why your not running bark busters? After a bash plate it's always been the first modification I make from stock...

Good luck with the ride and your hand! Looking forward to reading more
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:32 AM   #9
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Nice write up! Loved your last ride report as well

Just wondering why your not running bark busters? After a bash plate it's always been the first modification I make from stock...

Good luck with the ride and your hand! Looking forward to reading more
Thanks mate, I kinda like the look of the stock KLX handgaurds, not practical but I keep spare levers in my saddle bags.
Cheers Fogo..
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:52 AM   #10
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A day in the shed.

This morning in the shed I wanted Aaron to take his tappet cover off so we could take a little look inside, so he took out the Right hand side radiator and took the tappet cover off. It all looked pretty clean in there with no obvious signs of any failure. I told him that it would be a good time to check the valve clearences. So I showed him how to check them, Bucket shims, so I didn't really want to get right into it unless they were really out, I have got a good selection of shims now. Inlets were .004 and and exhausts were .006, perfect. we spun the cams over and the lobes were in great nick. Nothing like a Dad teaching a son skills for life. I'm the kinda ADV rider that doesn't agree with back up vehicles following on a trip, So my family needs to know how to fix their bikes on the road. If I can get the parts I can rebuild in the dirt then ride it home. Trailering bikes is for pussies.
Aaron checking his valves.



I was still wondering where this metal was coming from , so I thought stuff it, I said "Hey mate, see that top Cam tunnell, you want to see whats under there?" So we turned it over to top dead centre and backed off the cam chain tensioner. The can tunnell came off and and what a bloody relief. Not a mark on the can journals or the can tunnell. Thank god, Hopefully the metal is from a hard days riding in the dunes crashing through the gears.



While Aaron was putting his engine back together I thought I should get onto a couple of bloody annoying oil eaks on my engine, Last time I split and rebuilt my engine I used a cheap and nasty engine gasket kit as I am a tight ass.
I am going back to genuine Kawasaki orings and gaskets, I just bought a tappet cover gasket, $76, what a joke.
Look at the poor thing, bleeding everywhere.



Aaron and I had to head off at 400 pm to go and go and see the guy who is setting up his intercom for him, rewiring the speaker mic to be compatible with the splitter box.
On the way home we called in too Thunder Dans house to check out his new bubs and some of his current projects, and let me tell you he is a prefectionist.

Cheers Fogo
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #11
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Good news.

Junior fogo (Aaron) has just been offered an aprenticeship with a local mining company as a plant Mechanic.
Today I am going to start strengthening Aarons sub frame, I let you know how it goes with some pics later as well.
Cheers Fogo...
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:30 AM   #12
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Metal in the filter.

A couple of weeks ago I went on a 1200 klm camping trip, before I left I flushed out my engine with petrol and fitted a new engine oil filter. I bought two magnetic sump plugs and fitted one to my bike, the other is for Aaron.



I got back from my trip and dropped the engine oil again and there wasn't much on the plug and it was only very fine. Good investment off ebay for $3 each.



Cut the engine oil filter open and it was clean, so I guess I'm good to go.


Stay tuned over the next few days.
Cheers Fogo....

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Old 09-18-2011, 03:47 AM   #13
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That's quite an increase in power from a 250 to a 600 for young lads on learner permits. Hope the government know what they are doing???
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:25 AM   #14
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G'day Edmond,

There's a few sensible restrictions our government put in place. Not all bikes up to 650cc are approved. Likewise, not all 250cc bikes are approved either. Bikes such as NSR250, RGV250, CBR600, GSXR600, etc are not approved.
The power to weight ratio limit allows the use of big singles & some v-twins (ie, TransAlp 650).


Fogo,
Finally, found the thread!!! Nice work so far. I see what you mean about the shims - they don't look too flash do they.. I see Mr. Softie snuck into one of the pictures. Did you notice?

Hope the other parts start showing up this week. Hope you & Aaron have a good time. I suppose you've already considered it, but warn him about fatigue. Make sure he knows it's ok to make the call to stop for a break if concentration is escaping him. Especially in the evening / night if you're pulling a big one.


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Old 10-14-2011, 03:24 AM   #15
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Two weeks to go!

Hi guys, sorry for the delay, Aaron pissed off for the school holidays, sunning his ass on the beach somewhere.
Anyway, I have been pluggin away in the shed alone. My cams have been out for the third time due to me not being happy with my hard starting on the electric starter when cold, turning to hard starting on the electric starter when hot.
Fark me, I would rather kick it over in the morning once then all day. So exhaust cam out again and knocked off the Decompression mech for good. Now it starts hot and cold everytime, just the starter has to work a lot harder and near impossiable to kick start, but new battery in and starting well, so time to focus on something else.

Aaron was struggling with his fabrication of his saddle bag racks and extending his side stand, so I had to finish them off for him. Standing to bend up the LHS saddle bag rack.




The finished product, it does not take any weight, it just stops the saddle bag from swinging in and hitting the chain.



The RHS saddle bag rack.



Since we will be doing a few big days and Aaron is into making movies we will be stopping and starting to get footage and pics ect, there may be a few days where we will be getting to our camp at night, so both bikes are running HID headlights and I thought some extra lighting would not go astay, I found these CAT flood lamps kicking around the shed, so I welded a 10mm bolt to the light mount and plan on at night time getting our lights out of our saddle bags and removing the LHS mirror and screwing the flood light into the mirror mount and the wiring loom plugs into the 12v aux socket.



The HID throws a great light out long distance but lacks in any light along the side of the roads where the Roo's are waiting to jump out in front of you, the flood covers that nicely, may like gay but practical. In this situation we plan on riding side by side to get the most out of the lights at slower speeds.

Both bikes are goers, Plan on doing a test day ride once Junior gets his licence, which we be this Monday, 3 days from now. Then we need to sit down and start packing.

I bought a Spot tracker, so you guys can check in and follow our progress.
Leaving Wednsday the 26/10/11.

Cheers Fogo...


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