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Old 08-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #16
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How old is your suspension? Hardly used suspension will take a lot of the fatigue out of you, replacing those hits with a plush ride. It may be worth shelling out for new shocks, not necessarily Ohlins ($$$), but even a stock set hardly used will be better than a older stock set with high miles. Also you can buy a stock set hardly used very cheaply.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #17
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Some things that are likely to break when you go down:

1. Windscreen - take it off
2. Front blinkers - buy a set of rear mounts and swap them out (you have to drill out the hole on the stem a bit, easy) or remove them while your off-road
3. Side mirrors - remove them (at the last Roaming rally the trail I must have ran across have a dozen broken mirrors)
4. Handguards - get a set of bark busters

When it comes to weight there is not much that you can really do other than bring minimal gear. I guess the biggest weight savings I can think of is to swap out the stock exhaust...maybe throw in a lithium battery. That might knock off 15 pounds.

As for protection:

1. Upgraded skid plate (despite having the well made BMW upgrade on my current GSA, I still have a ding in my exhaust cross pipe from gravel)
2. Cylinder guards (the OEM are good, but my Adventure design extensions have saved my ass several times)
3. Headlight guard
4. TPS guard
5. Snorkel ? (One of those things that you don't know if you'll need it until it's too late...it's an easy mod. I have a post of my system on a thread around here somewhere)

Performance:

1. I've found the air temperature mod devices useful for slow technical maneuvering. Low speed throttling is smoother.
2. Steering damper (didn't know what I was missing until I picked up a brand new hyperpro here for $150)
3. Tires - the TKC has been the go to tire for most GS riders off road, but the Mitas E-09/dakar is a much better tire for the riding it sounds like you are going to be doing. I just got my first set this summer...wish I had them for the Roaming Rally in June...they are true dirt tires and since you are trailering up...that's the way to go in my opinion.

Gear:

1. I always use MX boots when I'm taking my bike for relatively serious off roading. I think Ankle support/protection is critical when you are riding a moto off road...particularly a big heavy bike. Also helps when you're standing on the pegs all day.
2. Ditch the knee pads in your pants and get MX style knee protection, I have a set of Thor something or another and they are much more comfortable and protective.
3. Knuckle protection. I don't use the MX style gloves, they are light weight and airy, but they don't offer enough protection. My Rev'it dirt gloves, have plenty of scratches on the knuckle guard to prove their point.
4. I actually don't have one, but a compression suit/roost guard etc. probably offers the best protection if you are riding exclusively off road.
5. MX goggles (if you have an MX/DS helmet). They let more air into your helmet and tear-offs make them easier to keep clean.
6. hydration pack. Amen staying as cool and hydrated as possible is critical. Forget the in the jacket crap and go with a backpack.

Equipment:

Above what you need normally, so things that I have found to be useful and don't take up much space or add weight:

1. JB Weld
2. bailing wire
3. Duck tape (they make it in black)
4. 18" inner tube? Rumor is it will get you out of a pinch and works with both rims, but I have thread on this an no one every confirmed it, I've personally usually carry two tubes, but they are bulky. The rear wheel of the BMW spoked rim has an off set valve stem, but I have confirmed that the last tube I used (for thousands of miles) was a centered stem tube. If you dent a rim or rip a tire, your plug kit will be useless...it's happened to me twice and it happened to at least one at Roaming Rally in June.

Just thinking out load here...

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Old 08-15-2012, 01:47 PM   #18
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$200 ?????

The one in the Western half (MOAB) is over $500 for the event. WTF?

One of the main reasons I decided not to try out this year.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #19
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From what I find online the Moab qualifier is a $49 add on to a 4-day (or 3-day for less $) Rawhyde event. The SC qualifier is $200 for the BMW qualifier only, no guests, no spectators and no other activities. Probably not fair to compare the two events on price alone as they seem to be different formats / events.

Which one's better That probably depends on you. I'll bet they'll be more at Moab. YMMV
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:05 PM   #20
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I'm registered and paid up! Going to our training course every other day to torture myself!
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #21
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I'm registered and paid up! Going to our training course every other day to torture myself!
No, no, no, I think you need to make sure you are well rested and that your bike is in good riding order. I would just lie around and save your energy, I am sure your skills are fine. I would also recommend my training diet of lots of cold beer, nachos with extra cheese and chili, and big gordo burritos. After all, the winners get to go to South America and you have to train for the food too. Double helpings too. Its impolite to refuse the hospitality and everyone eats two portions each meal.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:57 PM   #22
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Went to the course today - did a lot of slow speed stuff, hills, and mud......I'm outta shape!

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Old 08-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #23
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Where do I sign up for the GS Trophy? Also, is this in Utah or South Carolina? Thanks, ~Chris
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:57 PM   #24
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Here you go.

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #25
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Rough it for a few days. Don't bring a huge pile of crap to go camping. You'll waste a lot of energy hauling a lot of stuff.

Lose your windshield and mirrors. Look at the daily mileages you'll be doing. The normal GS rider thinks he has to have the bike COMPLETELY full of gas, you don't need that much gas with you. That's the easiest way to lose weight on the big girl.

Start running and doing some exercises, like picking up your bike. If you're in shape, you'll be much better off.

Equipment on the bike isn't going to make much difference. I found that the Kenda Big Block tires hooked up much better in the dirt than the TKC, along with having a stiffer sidewall for running lower tire pressures.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:08 PM   #26
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What is everyone doing for accommodations on the east coast? Anywhere I could crash? I'm on a tour by myself right now and would be making a diversion to attend to this. I'd like to leave most of my stuff somewhere so I don't have to bring it on the trails.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:19 PM   #27
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GSR,
you will be camping both nights at the Trophy Cup. I am leaving Friday morning from Atlanta. Probably not con venient for you but you are welcome to drop gear at my place and ride up with me. You can stay at my place the night before if you need a place to stay.

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Old 09-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #28
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I'm looking forward to this. I have no delusions of winning or doing well. I just want to be challenged, improve, finish and do some beers at nite.
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I'm leaving from Orange, VA Friday if anyone wants to ride down..... I'll be on the bike of course....
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:40 PM   #30
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I'm looking forward to this. I have no delusions of winning or doing well. I just want to be challenged, improve, finish and do some beers at nite.
I am with you Britome. I'd like to learn and not embarrass myself. It will be interesting who shows upand the skill levels as well as the bikes they will be riding. Suddenly I wish I rode a GS 650 vs. the GSA I will be riding!

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