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Old 08-21-2013, 02:38 AM   #7981
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None of you run a Centrestand on your XCountry ??
Hi JB, I've never seen one. All I can ay is that H & B stuff is very good quality.

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Old 08-21-2013, 03:07 AM   #7982
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It worked perfectly except it just didn't quite feel right, as stupid as that sounds. At first I bolted it to the front of the bash plate, that made perfect sense but I think it was just rubbing under hard braking as I found a trace of dirt on the top. Otherwise that was probably spot on.
I have a more radical plan for next time. I'm aiming to replace both of the rad cowls with metal supports that work as protection and use a normal enduro plastic cover. With the covers off, it should take a tank either side for when I really need to push the range.
I've been following your pictures, you really find some spectacular trails. Cambodia is pretty flat, even the mountains aren't really amazing but your shots really show off your bike... even though it's yellow.
Hi Matey,

More and more radical at every step

I've seen some of your posts from Cambodia - it's doubly inspiring for me and perhaps others of my generation who just have memories of Kissinger, Agent Orange, Kmer Rouget, etc. etc. There's obviously a long way still to go but nevertheless it's wonderful to see the vitality of the human spirit in action.

Thanks for your kind words about my pictures - it's actuall not difficult to find spectaculat scenery in Spain - too may Europeans, especially the Brits perhaps, succumb to the sun, sand and sangria stereotype - more fool them

Here's some from the album, note how the bike has evolved - as time goes on I find it's black underneath the yellow





















. . . OK, you guessed, I'm trying to avoid getting down to some wrok

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Old 08-21-2013, 03:13 AM   #7983
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Hi JB, I've never seen one. All I can ay is that H & B stuff is very good quality.

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Thanks Simon

Your pics are stunning, how do you find the HB rear rack?

Does the short vertical bar, impede getting on and off (or are you really tall)
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #7984
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I was in Spain a while back (few years), in a town while looking for a guesthouse. We were lost and trying to find some WIFI so we pitched up in a MCDonalds on a roundabout. I was travelling with an ex who had no idea why I was so excited when we clocked two X-countries, one in black and one in yellow go past. Could it have been you????
I was on a short schedule so I saw nothing like this. Funny your bike is black underneath (told you so ). I painted mine yellow for a while but the opposite way so it was satin black up top and yellow at the sides. Now she's white and I kind of prefer it but the yellow looked damn sexy.
I kind of go through spurts of refit punctuated by a constant state of flux. I start work soon (I rent bikes in Cambodia and also teach, just about to start the new year) (kids last year leaned a lot about bikes). I have a pretty long holiday coming up and planning to hit the Bokor mountains and try to get some shots that rival yours. No promises...
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:00 AM   #7985
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Thanks Simon

Your pics are stunning, how do you find the HB rear rack?

Does the short vertical bar, impede getting on and off (or are you really tall)
Hi JB,

Glad you liked the pics. Most are from my 2011 tour from Cap de Creus to Cabo de Touriñan, i.e. from the easternmost to the westernmost extremes of mainland Spain.

For next year I'm thinking of doing it again but on trails this time. After my accident* I've promised Mrs S not to ride trails alone so I'm looking for a few others to join me, probably late June/July - any takers?

Meanwhile. the H & B rack. I hadn't thought it was tall in any way until I dug out these images from when I fitted it a few years back. I'm not tall in the least and found it easy to get my leg over - well, we can all dream of forgotten youth - now I have Nanook hard case fitted to the rack and the extra width does cause me the odd twinge!

Basically I chose the old fashioned style because it gives me loads of anchor points for my ever growing collection of Rock-Straps. It also preserves the passenger** grab rails and I was keen to be able to add panniers later, as I did the following year when a) the camping/touring bug had bitten and b) I had some more cash!






The racks fit very easily, just a case of shorter shims, as did adding the panniers racks. But fitting an X-Tank is a real nightmare, with the rack, the pannier base plate, the X-tank itself and about six shims and washers on each bolt, which is getting pretty long! A genuine need for eight sets of - very small -fingers !

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* for those that don't know: I crashed going through an algae coated concrete ford a few k's from home, having spent the privious three weeks riding hundred of miles of trails in central Spain!

** OK, carrying passengers is not my main concern, in fact only the lovely Violeta was brave enough to spend a day out with me a few years ago - Mrs S has sensibly insisted on a bike of her own

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Old 08-22-2013, 03:10 AM   #7986
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I was in Spain a while back (few years), in a town while looking for a guesthouse. We were lost and trying to find some WIFI so we pitched up in a MCDonalds on a roundabout. I was travelling with an ex who had no idea why I was so excited when we clocked two X-countries, one in black and one in yellow go past. Could it have been you????
I was on a short schedule so I saw nothing like this. Funny your bike is black underneath (told you so ). I painted mine yellow for a while but the opposite way so it was satin black up top and yellow at the sides. Now she's white and I kind of prefer it but the yellow looked damn sexy.
I kind of go through spurts of refit punctuated by a constant state of flux. I start work soon (I rent bikes in Cambodia and also teach, just about to start the new year) (kids last year leaned a lot about bikes). I have a pretty long holiday coming up and planning to hit the Bokor mountains and try to get some shots that rival yours. No promises...
Hi there,

It certainly wasn't me - X-Co's are like hen's teeth in Spain. It's rare to see one let one two together. Mrs S passed one coming out of a side trail a year or two ago - both nearly fell of their bikes gawping at each other

Actually i prefer the yellow/orange over the black, which is a bit dour for my taste, especially bearing in mind that all of my riding kits s black as is just about all of my luugage

Have fun in the mountains.

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We were lost and trying to find some WIFI so we pitched up in a MCDonalds on a roundabout.
A good tip for anyone travelling in Europe for the first time. it seems that all MacDonald's have wiFi and even in Spain there is usually one on put of town shopping centres (centro comercial). In general, however, free wifi is very common in Spain, most cafes do it, as do camp sites. As opposed to France in my experience - and let's face it, the coffeee is infinitely superious to both McD's and that sludge the French drink
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:27 AM   #7987
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Which is the best centrestand?

Hepco & Becker or SW Motech?

Anyone have pics on their XCo, down and folded up, please
Hi Johnny
I am using a Hepco Becker centerstand. Quite happy with it. Bit hard to lift it up sometimes, usually at the end of the day! As others will tell you it reduces ground clearance, but that is not really a problem for what I am doing, just dirt roads, no trail riding. Its handy for lubing the chain, cleaning the bike, etc. I have changed a front tube in the bush on a bike with no centerstand, not again! Will get some photos on the weekend if you want them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:32 AM   #7988
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Spanish Biker, again, are you sure you are a native Spaniard? You sure have a helluva command of the English language if you are !

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Old 08-22-2013, 06:32 AM   #7989
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Oh, I forgot. All together now -


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Old 08-22-2013, 11:12 AM   #7990
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Hi Johnny
I am using a Hepco Becker centerstand. Quite happy with it. Bit hard to lift it up sometimes, usually at the end of the day! As others will tell you it reduces ground clearance, but that is not really a problem for what I am doing, just dirt roads, no trail riding. Its handy for lubing the chain, cleaning the bike, etc. I have changed a front tube in the bush on a bike with no centerstand, not again! Will get some photos on the weekend if you want them.
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Yes please Ian, thanks for the reply

Can you post good pics close-up and long of the CS folded up (retracted) and down, as i can only find pics of it down on the Web

Also some good pics of the mount points and pegs etc would be good too

Does it catch the swingarm, when retracted?
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:46 AM   #7991
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Yes please Ian, thanks for the reply

Can you post good pics close-up and long of the CS folded up (retracted) and down, as i can only find pics of it down on the Web

Also some good pics of the mount points and pegs etc would be good too

Does it catch the swingarm, when retracted?
Sorry to but in but one of my concerns would be if it fits with an aftermarket bash plate like mine from Touratech.

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Old 08-23-2013, 02:09 AM   #7992
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Spanish Biker, again, are you sure you are a native Spaniard? You sure have a helluva command of the English language if you are !
Hi Leafman,

Sorry if this has cropped up before. I'm a Brit, well a Liverpudlian at least, which is almost the same apart from being better

'The Spanish Biker' is the name of my blog, so called in the same way as specialist magazines are called - or used to be when I was a lad - things like, 'The Amateur Rat Catcher and Ferret Fancier', etc.

But I've lived in Spain for nearly twenty years - Oh golly, is it really that long! and speak Spanish, and indeed Catalan, well enough, but in no way a "helluva"* good command of these lingo's!

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* for our Spanish friends reading this - most of whom in my experience have much better English than my Spanish and, indeed, often better spelling and grammar than some Brits I could name! - the word helluva = 'hell of a', which translates as tremendo or magíifico, but it's really a slang term so '¡de veridad!' is a better use, e.g. 'That sure was one helluva pizza!' = '!Eso fue una pizza de veridad!'

But we Brits are somewhat more restrained and some still say, 'heck of a' instead of the now more common 'hell of a', but making one word, i.e. 'helluva' is 100% pure U S of A I'm ranting on this as nearly 40 years later I still wince when I recall having to study The Catcher in the Rye for my English (!) 'O' level, two years later I finally worked out what 'sonuvabitch' meant - if only they had internet then
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:43 AM   #7993
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Thank you, sir, for that explanation.

As to anyone's perceived mystery surrounding your long-term stay in the Mediterranean, I suppose that picture of "Violetta" mounted on the XCo with that silky green blouse explains a lot.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #7994
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This is a ride I made in the French and Italian Alpes in August. Pretty nice trails over there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=s4cPbD4HHV4





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Old 08-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #7995
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Hepco and Becker stand.

Hi JB, I fitted a H&B stand to my XCo. It went on OK and as said is a bit hard to pull the bike up, but I do have lower suspension. The bike is sitting on it at the moment but I'll take a photo of the bike with the stand retracted, once I have refitted the newly welded ally rear subframe.

It makes working on the bike much easier and I don't fancy changing a tube on the road with only a sidestand....
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