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Old 06-09-2013, 08:00 PM   #4696
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #4697
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neat.

hard to tell from the photo, i can't tell whether the pipe attaches to that tank, or what looks like a small diameter "frame" right underneath it.

now that looks like a project for someone!
Not so much a project, more a very large pile of money to Mecasystems...
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:42 AM   #4698
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I've got those same bags. They're great but that duffle on the seat is always in the way. I suggest making every effort you can to keep it as empty as possible.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #4699
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The back rack keeps it in place pretty well. I'll report back after the weekend.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:08 PM   #4700
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The back rack keeps it in place pretty well. I'll report back after the weekend.
Its not a problem of the bag moving around, the problem is that the bag is in the way anytime you try to move your butt further back, even while standing. You can get by with it but its annoying. I generally try to limit how much I put in that duffle as best as I can. So long as its mostly empty it stays out of the way. When I absolutely have to put stuff in it, I just deal with the loss of weight transfer.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:07 PM   #4701
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I generally stand as much as possible. Like 95% of the time...when I'm not standing, I sit close to tank. I don't think it will be a problem.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:10 PM   #4702
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Fork oil. Who has found the optimum air chamber depth? Changing the oil in my shocks, I'm going to set mine at 150 mm. I'm 210 lbs with heavier springs. I have hit the front end pretty hard and still had 2 1/2" of dust on the fork tube. My fork was set at 110 mm per the manual. Any experts?
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:14 AM   #4703
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any one seen this thread ?? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834987
do you guys think a 525 with HT oil cooler S/S valves and maybe a thicker gasket to lower compreshion a bit would be up to the challenge of taking on a trip of this lenght ?
any ideas welcome
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:12 AM   #4704
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I generally stand as much as possible. Like 95% of the time...when I'm not standing, I sit close to tank. I don't think it will be a problem.
you sit up on the tank, and hit some silty/sugar sand or some muddy water at speed, and you're gonna see a problem immediately if not sooner....
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:05 AM   #4705
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you sit up on the tank, and hit some silty/sugar sand or some muddy water at speed, and you're gonna see a problem immediately if not sooner....
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:44 AM   #4706
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any one seen this thread ?? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834987
do you guys think a 525 with HT oil cooler S/S valves and maybe a thicker gasket to lower compreshion a bit would be up to the challenge of taking on a trip of this lenght ?
any ideas welcome
thanks kito
Yes, but add in the expense of a better seat too.

I wouldn't worry too much about the oil cooler. The stock valves will go about 300 hours under hard use. (ie: racing) They could probably go 400 if you don't wring it out. Certainly a nicely set up head with SS valves will go longer though.
In 18K you will need several sets of tires, wheel bearings and roughly 20 liters of oil along with ten sets of new oil filters, replacing every second oil change. You will need as many air filters but you can reduce this by half if you use peel-off filter skins. Chain and sprocket life depends on quality but even using the best you will likely run through a few chains and rear sprockets. Count on several fronts. You will probably wear through a few sets of brake pads and at least one set of hand grips too.
Keep in mind this is an estimate based on how I have been riding my bike over the years and is likely a worst-case scenario for someone who rides more conservatively.

I've got over 23K kms on my 05 525 EXC now and it's still tough as nails. I've replaced the swingarm bearings and the steering bearings once at about 19K kms. The original wheels have some nice dings in them now from hitting things at speed but I keep the spokes in check and they are still holding up.

Even though it's not what the bike was really designed for, this thread is proof it can be adapted to almost anything and it can do it.



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Old 06-14-2013, 12:08 PM   #4707
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I generally stand as much as possible. Like 95% of the time...when I'm not standing, I sit close to tank. I don't think it will be a problem.
I ride the same way. Honestly I never realized how often I shift my butt backwards going over whoops/obstacles until I tried riding with the bag. For easy terrain its fine, you'll forget its there. How'd it work out for you this weekend?
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:51 AM   #4708
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This is my 525 exc setup for a rough firetrail (3 day) ride earlier this year. The Kriega Overlander 30's a simply awesome. Next years ride I will add the Kriega US-20 or 30 up top and tidy the whole thing up.

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Old 06-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #4709
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installing a Rekluse today in my 2004 525 EXC...

should I go with "low hard" setting or a "low soft" setting.

I ride mostly rocky singletrack here in California. slow speed stuff with technical sections. but I like some fast desert riding too.

my friend that has a 525 said "low hard" so you don't lose the engine breaking but my other buddy that rides a 250 Yamaha said "low soft" cuz of the tight technical stuff.

what do you guys run?
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #4710
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I ride the same way. Honestly I never realized how often I shift my butt backwards going over whoops/obstacles until I tried riding with the bag. For easy terrain its fine, you'll forget its there. How'd it work out for you this weekend?
Worked out perfectly. The dry duffle kept everything dry through 3 days of deep water riding, and pouring rain on Sunday.

The only complaint I have is getting off and on the bike. Takes a little more effort. My hips are not flexible enough to swing up and Over the duffle bag, and I'm tall. About midway through day one, I started "front kicking" my leg between the tank and bag to mount my bike. This works out well, but gets harder the more days you've spent in the dirt.

Take a look at the roaming rally thread to see the terrain we road. Not overly technical, but definitely not easy.
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