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Old 02-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #4051
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It's been a while since I've read an MCN issue, but I always found his articles to be kind of ditsy and egotistical.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:34 PM   #4052
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One more thing. The front fender does run pretty close to the tire. That could be a problem in sticky mud.
the positive side of that is the fender can be removed without dealing with the brake lines....I've seen a few KTM 950 Adventures that was an issue with when mud packed the fender.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:32 PM   #4053
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Looks like I need to get these mounted up now.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:05 PM   #4054
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Looks like I need to get these mounted up now.
Those don't look bad at all. They will take tons of abuse I would bet.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:11 PM   #4055
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Those don't look bad at all. They will take tons of abuse I would bet.


I got them installed tonight. My OEM racks are really bent, but the Caribou cases just fit. Pictures when the sun is up.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:49 AM   #4056
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I got them installed tonight. My OEM racks are really bent, but the Caribou cases just fit. Pictures when the sun is up.
How easy are they to install? Do you need to buy additional hardware?
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:52 AM   #4057
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Latest issue of Motorcycle Consumer News states that the Stelvio along with the Yamaha Super Tenere, and the Triumph Explorere are basically copies of the best selling BMW GS. Writer states it is tatamount to Hero Worship and ruins their brands prestige.

Funny cause the reason I purchased a Stelvio was that it was the Anti- (current) GS in my opinion.

Reasons include:
Conventional front fork as opposed to a TelemaLever or whatever they call it
Symetrical headlights as opposed to goofy (one big one small ) headlights
No ugly Beak nose which was copied from Suzuki anyway.
Rock Solid rear drive as opposed to...well occasionally solid...

Don't really see how the Stelvio copied unless trying to stay within the Adventure Tourer category automatically makes a GS clone

Just me thinkin'

Oh don't pay too much attention to MCN saying that in an overall good article. I see what theyre trying to say and agree with it. BMW has blazed a trail and, sure, copies are obvious. No, other than for purpose, the Stelvio is not a copy of the GS. lol On the other hand, there are some similar design features. Look at the seat set-up and design etc.

Generally speaking, MCN is the best motorcycle magazine out there, in my opinion. They get more things correct than wrong.

They kinda botched up their original review of the NTX and said a few things that are not applicable. Their man, David Searle, said the hot air from the left cylinder burned blisters on his leg. lol I've written about the noticable heat from the cyilnder but it's not enough to burn blisters. Good lord. I talked to david about it and he kinda sorta backtracked a little.
He actually really liked the Stelvio.

Most of these magazines have not really taken the Stelvio on dirt very much and they automatically assume it's not good at it. They also have assumed that it is waay heavier than the BMW Adventure. I disproved that by a weigh-in (posted elsewhere).

Anyway, lord bless them. At least they're writing about the Stelvio and, generally, the assessment is not negative.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:04 AM   #4058
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How easy are they to install? Do you need to buy additional hardware?
Easy to install, yes. I was missing some M6 washers in my kit but had some lying around.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:05 AM   #4059
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I don't think that you could easily carry a passenger with these bags, but there are also smaller versions. These are the largest bags that Caribou offers (40L).
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:57 AM   #4060
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This Glen Kerr fellow, is he the one that they cal Wang?

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #4061
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Evidently I'm a slow learner so one of you folks can probably help. I'm taking the fuel tank off. All is going well until it comes to the 'quick disconnect' for the fuel line. This is very similar to what I had on my Norge but it is even more reluctant to disconnect than the one on the Norge. I push in on the fuel line, it moves in about 1/8", I pinch the black outer ring, I try to pull the assembly off....nothing moves. What am I doing wrong?

It's going to hit 60F today but snow tomorrow so this is the day to mess around in the garage with the bike. Damn, I sure don't want to spend the entire afternoon fighting with this darn fitting! Arrrrgh!!

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:14 AM   #4062
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Evidently I'm a slow learner so one of you folks can probably help. I'm taking the fuel tank off. All is going well until it comes to the 'quick disconnect' for the fuel line. This is very similar to what I had on my Norge but it is even more reluctant to disconnect than the one on the Norge. I push in on the fuel line, it moves in about 1/8", I pinch the black outer ring, I try to pull the assembly off....nothing moves. What am I doing wrong?

It's going to hit 60F today but snow tomorrow so this is the day to mess around in the garage with the bike. Damn, I sure don't want to spend the entire afternoon fighting with this darn fitting! Arrrrgh!!

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GOT IT OFF! I saw the locking tabs and used a very small pick to pick them open...not the way it's supposed to happen but it worked. Oh, found one of my throttle cables showing some wear against one of the motor mount bolts.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #4063
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With the tank off it's time to check those engine mount bolts. If I read the specs correctly they call for 80NM on those bolts. That seems like an awful lot. Mine were probably at about 40NM or less. They were not on the verge of falling out but certainly not at 80. Am I missing something here?

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:25 PM   #4064
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With the tank off it's time to check those engine mount bolts. If I read the specs correctly they call for 80NM on those bolts. That seems like an awful lot. Mine were probably at about 40NM or less. They were not on the verge of falling out but certainly not at 80. Am I missing something here?

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I know I've posted on this before - but many pages back...

One of my upper bolts was laying on the wiring harness, the other 3 not more then finger tight

Much smoother since re-torqued (with blue locktite)
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:13 PM   #4065
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I know I've posted on this before - but many pages back...

One of my upper bolts was laying on the wiring harness, the other 3 not more then finger tight

Much smoother since re-torqued (with blue locktite)
That's exactly why I was checking mine. What torque figure did you use?

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