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Old 04-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Bike modification for long trip.

Is is really necessary/important to modify f 800GS for multi continent travel(South America,Europe,Asia. in all about 50000 miles) I will be on main roads 90% of time. All thoughts appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Errrrmmmm I modified the hell out of mine for a 6k mile trek....
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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Is is really necessary/important to modify for multi continent travel(South America,Europe,Asia. in all about 50000 miles)
Necessary? No. But you might be more comfortable if you do. You may also avoid damage .. You may find dirt roads are required to get to the spots you'd like to see.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/gea...ke-preparation

You'll find lots of good info over on the HU site for international travel - use the blue bar at the top to get to the FAQs ..
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:43 AM   #4
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At the very very very least ....
I'd sure as hell modify the seat somehow
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:27 AM   #5
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At the very very very least ....
I'd sure as hell modify the seat somehow
OP, you would be wise to listen to JR, he was normal until he rode a long trip on the stock F800GS seat, now look at him, stiff as a board.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:36 AM   #6
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Long ride: seat, risers, pegs (even some touring pegs if you like), crash bars, hand guards, skid plate, I would at least protect the pieces that will touch down in the event of a crash. Besides that it is up to you.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:40 AM   #7
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At the very very very least ....
I'd sure as hell modify the seat somehow
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OP, you would be wise to listen to JR, he was normal until he rode a long trip on the stock F800GS seat, now look at him, stiff as a board.


i dunno... i've done 60,000km on the stock seat... and dont have any issues with it...

but you'd know your arse better than anyone else


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Old 04-22-2013, 04:35 AM   #8
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As suggested before: Comfort will be an important factor whilst you are traveling. I'm not sure you'll be happy with the stock seat and screen. Those would be the first things I'd change. After that I'd add some crashbars "just in case". After that no modification is a must have but that's the beauty of farkling, you never need it but once you have it you don't want to miss it.
After that I'd change the front springs to avoid all that diving and add some risers too. Well there you caught me again with the farkle fever...
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:47 AM   #9
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Mods are a preference and what one rider thinks is absolutely necessary another thinks it s silly. After 50k kms on our current trip I will say that basic protection / crashbars is a given and what ever you need to get the bike comfortable. Little pains become very big pains over a long distance of day after day riding. Spend less and ride longer is my advice.

VERY IMPORTANT you need to take a gasket for the stator cover, right side of the engine. Stators fail on our bikes at around 50k kms and without a new gasket you are potentially very SOL.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:16 AM   #10
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Short answer: no.

Best answer: yes, in moderation.

1) for comfort
2) for reliability
3) functionality

Find what seat works for you. She doesn't mind her seat. After 2 hours I want to ride off a cliff to end my suffering. My inner thighs were bleeding after 4 10 hr days. The Airhawk solved my problem butt is not practical on a RTW trip cause it may fail. I just bought a OEM comfort seat cheap so I'll see what happens. After her accident, her rebuilt wrist hurts after a few hours so I'm looking at grip puppies and risers. Spend the money on comfort whether the bike or gear. You will need the endurance.

Learn the faults of the bike so the Devil you know. Suitable long wearing tires, good quality chain/sprockets, replace all wheel bearings and lube well. Stator issues, fuel pump controller etc. Be prepared and carry likely spares or plan ahead for maintenance along the way.

When that's all done and there's money left, go for the farkles. Engine/rad protection is a given. Bash plate too. Shouldn't be riding at night so maybe the aux lights aren't feasible for that one time they'd help. RR protection? Why, please tell me! I hear suspension is a must but I haven't rode an F8 with better so I don't know better. I like it that way. I just accidentally bought an Akropovic real cheap to save weight. Not necessary but at that price, impulse took over. Scour the ads to find cheap used parts. Many posers farkle all to hell then trade it in where the Dealer won't pay for accessories. Then you find a guy with tons of parts that won't fit the new bike. Sic'm!

I could be talking about ANY bike here, right? Nothing is perfect.

The more offroad and remote you go, the more prepared you should be. With that though, how many "minimalist's" make it just fine? Are you mechanically minded and resourceful? Pack accordingly.

Finally, like BcDano and Radioman that are doing it right now, read their RR's and the others and heed their advice. I ride with my GF who won't go offroad loaded up with a newer bike so my miles are 95% pavement.

YMMV
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #11
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Is is really necessary/important to modify f 800GS for multi continent travel(South America,Europe,Asia. in all about 50000 miles) I will be on main roads 90% of time. All thoughts appreciated. Thanks
I would not travel without the ability to monitor the health of the charging system. Learned this the hard way. Was able to avoid trouble the second time around because of the Argus BB-SBM12-PS Battery Bug Battery Monitor.

It (or something like it) can tell you if you need to take a closer look at the bike before you plunge into the jungle and leave civilization behind.




....and sorry, I know nothing about Canadian beaver fetishes...
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:36 AM   #12
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A spare clutch if you're an amateur at water crossings....................

These bikes are hard on headlight bulbs. Always carry spares. High and low bulbs are the same so you can swap them in a pinch. I've been caught "in the dark" enough times to know better.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:07 AM   #13
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I've been caught "in the dark" enough times to know better.
I yes sure I forgot that canadians are afraid of the dark. Poor thing!
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:28 AM   #14
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I yes sure I forgot that canadians are afraid of the dark. Poor thing!

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don't forget the windshield :o)
Well at least we're not afraid of a little wind in our faces. We don't slow down for big rodents like otter's but here in the Great White North there are king sized moose that will attack and destroy transport trucks and bears that would eat 5 wee frenchmen as an apéritif.

So yeah, Canadian bikers ARE afraid of the dark.


On topic:

Many people swear by deer whistles and say they've never hit one since installing them.

My mind has never been controlled while wearing my tin foil hat.

You decide.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:42 AM   #15
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Winter must be sheer hell in the Yukon.

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If you want to see how we do things, check out Brokentooth in our regional forum. Part two is a page or so later. This guy is is either determined or just plain F'n nuts!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=20927

Maybe Google Brokentooth Project instead. Either way, he still stitches himself with a fish hook.

Sorry for the sidetrack.................
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