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Old 03-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #2521
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Margus, can you please tell us what did you do to protect yourself and Kariina (also the tent) from snakes, scorpions and spiders?
Nothing really, just common sense. Animals are the least risk and the least worry (another human is about 1000000X bigger risk!). We keep our riding gear inside the tent so it's safe to put it on in the morning. We only keep our boots in the vestibule of the tent - we shake them before putting on in case some spider or a small snake has gotten in during the night.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:09 AM   #2522
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Coming together

As you know we've been working on our bike's "refreshment" - it is still our only means of transport, so we better get it ready for the season to avoid public transport and get some freedom in the weekends




Some work on the bike.



And as report followers know we had to replace the "Made in China" bearing we got installed as a last-resort-method in Nouakchott, Mauritania. When I opened the box at home, it was definitely on it's last legs so it was a good idea to open the gearbox again. So in reality Made in China bearing last around 1/5 or less compared to the original NTN bearing.

While I was there I decided to make the gearbox as good as I can by replacing all the bearings and install the new design input shaft since our old had been well worn by the multple failed bearings. It's not a cheap investment - a flippin' 480€ (!) for a complete brand new shaft plus many gray hairs but hopefully this investment considerably improves the approximate 150-200Kkm (around 100-120K mile) "life expectancy" of one bloody small bearing. Other thing I could do is just get a brand new bare input shaft (€180), but with our old gears siting on it would still be basically an old flawed design with the bearing taking a lot of unnecessary punishment. I'm guessing not all '97+ R1100s have had such issues as ours. M97 gearbox input shaft design "weakness" is described by Largiader.

Here's the old vs new design, from outer shape its hard tell the difference:











But the difference is marked on the modified gear, the new is marked with "R". Also the end is not coned-out on the new design, making the new one a little harder to install over the o-ring.








You can see how tight is the wavy washer on the new one compared to the worn old shaft having done 252 000 kilometers / 150 000 miles.








And while there I let an aluminium welder to reinforce the clutch arm since I have still heavy duty clutch spring installed and the original design can't take the pressure. We had the arm brake in Cameroon once, so better reinforce it even more.



Sorry, didn't make any more pics in the proccess, you can see the video how I did it on the hotel room's shaky table in Mauritania.



Dan Căta sent us his Throttle Body repair kit. Our left TB made some ticking serious sound when cold and I never got the synchronization ideal so it was another good thing to do.



Dan Căta TB rebuild kit.


The kit is relatively easy to install, only hard thing is getting the old bushes out. I used a thread-maker that I forced/grinded into the old bushes and just pulled them out.



TBs done.







With the rebuild kit installed.







Just in case I added some Locktite on the screws so they don't fall into the engine when they somehow get loose.







Here's the cause of the ticking noise - old worn TB shaft - 250 000+ kilometers of throttle twisting abuse .





And a vid how it's done very carefully, inspecing, cleaning and double checking everything (when doing it sraight-forward, this vid would be easily some 4X shorter):









No wonder our throttle was so worn too that it had a natural "cruise-control" just before we got home








Everything was utterly dirty on the bike when open, the third world dirty conditions really started to show with thick layer of fine mud-sand-gravel particles on every small detail you can find and I'm surprised the bike did so well - we had zero problems with electrics on our BMW other than self-modified front headlights ("Made in China" relay and wiring installed by myself 4 years ago ).





One other small thing - half of the speedo and tachometer bulbs were burnt out so I decided to install the fancy new red LEDs instead.



New on the left Old bulbs on the right






This is how it looks now. Fancy reddish like on the premium BMW cars :P



Now we need to sync the TBs, get the tech-inspection and insurance. Then we're ready to GO to another expedition (...hold on... got to earn some money first )

Ride safe,
Margus
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:57 AM   #2523
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Your adventure continues!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:01 AM   #2524
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:02 AM   #2525
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A small update - we've finally both found jobs so it seems our lives are getting back "on track" and into the reality. It definitely is a huge change for us, but we are just taking it as a challenge. We must say that it is a lot easier to handle with such and experience behind us - not just because of the strength and flexibility that we've gained through it, but also because it feels fantastic to get lost in the memories. One thing that provokes those memories is of course the fact that we are attempting to write the book. A tough job it is, considering there are thousands and thousands of memories that need to be worked through.

Moreover, we have been invited a few times to talk about our journey, and it has been a great experience. Of course, many people listen to our stories in disbelief, but they still seem to enjoy them. Maybe it helps to broaden their horizons as well, not just ours :)

One of our last appearances was at the biggest bike fair in Estonia where our trusty GS drew quite a bit of attention and we could chat to many followers of our journey - it is still funny to realise that a lot of people that we've never met know so much about us.





Since DR. Rock & La Donna Fugata supported our RTW this pic is dedicated to them - we have a nice biker-friendly Rock beer in Estonia and our was only box in the fair (and probably in the whole country) that had a free beer for every biker who stepped in





















But not all of course - we heard about an old man who, looking at or bike, genuinely asked what this worn piece of equipment was doing among all that new shiny stuff at the fair. It definitely is worn but it is still running, and - the riding season here in Estonia is coming closer each day!

Also, what we forgot to write about earlier, is that with not much serious competition we won the contest of the longest bike ride in 2011, measured the longest point visited with motorcycle "seen" from Estonia, and were given a complete riding suit each (great timing, as our BMW suits are pretty worn by now) sponsored by Rukka. When we visited a bike fair in Helsinki a month ago and went to thank the Rukka representative, they gladly agreed to send us for free the back protection that was otherwise not included in the set. A great company!
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:15 PM   #2526
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Agree Rukka are the tops for customer service
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:25 PM   #2527
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Take all the time you need to write your book. No need to rush. We (your loyal followers) want all the details! Maybe you could include a CD/DVD with the book of photos and movies not posted on the web. Or if that isn't possible then maybe have a DVD (series) made of the whole journey. I'd buy one (or 2) for sure.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:59 PM   #2528
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:13 AM   #2529
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Great to hear that the bike is ready to roll again and that you're now kitted out with new Rukka suits (I have an Armas suit, best riding kit I've ever owned) and set for new adventures. As has been said, take your time with the book, I'm sure we're all happy to wait, we've followed the adventure all the way through, we'll follow along some more without worry.

Oh and congratulations on both getting jobs, what will you be doing?
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:52 AM   #2530
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Thanks for the beer, mate!



I'll see if they have it at the Blind Tiger next time I'm there.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:56 AM   #2531
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As you know we've been working on our bike's "refreshment" - it is still our only means of transport, so we better get it ready for the season to avoid public transport and get some freedom in the weekends
While I was there I decided to make the gearbox as good as I can by replacing all the bearings and install the new design input shaft since our old had been well worn by the multple failed bearings. It's not a cheap investment - a flippin' 480€ (!) for a complete brand new shaft plus many gray hairs but hopefully this investment considerably improves the approximate 150-200Kkm (around 100-120K mile) "life expectancy" of one bloody small bearing. Other thing I could do is just get a brand new bare input shaft (€180), but with our old gears siting on it would still be basically an old flawed design with the bearing taking a lot of unnecessary punishment. I'm guessing not all '97+ R1100s have had such issues as ours. M97 gearbox input shaft design "weakness" is described by Largiader.

Here's the old vs new design, from outer shape its hard tell the difference:






)

Ride safe,
Margus
damm, so you got the last one

I have been told to wait until July to get one of those input shafts

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=769262

lucky you,
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #2532
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I'll see if they have it at the Blind Tiger next time I'm there.
This must be an über-amazing place if they have Saku Rock available - you can also look check for A Le Coq which is another producer, plus Puls I've named all the "big" 3 producers we have in the country. I don't think there's much Estonian beer exported considering the whole country is just around 1.3 million people - even some NY's suburb has more people to consume more beer.



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Oh and congratulations on both getting jobs, what will you be doing?
We're now pedant universities' workers :). Kariina works as a marketing specialist for Estonian University of Life Sciences and I'll take care of all the IT side for the Faculty of Physics in the University of Tartu, the same faculty I graduated years ago.



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damm, so you got the last one. I have been told to wait until July to get one of those input shafts
Didn't know they were that highly demanded parts. They ordered one for me in just one week from factory warehouse since I ordered it from Siebenrock in Germany, I don't deal much with Estonian BMW stealership. Maybe just blind luck.



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Take all the time you need to write your book. No need to rush. We (your loyal followers) want all the details! Maybe you could include a CD/DVD with the book of photos and movies not posted on the web. Or if that isn't possible then maybe have a DVD (series) made of the whole journey. I'd buy one (or 2) for sure.
Hard to tell how much video material we have - if it's good enough for multiple series or enought for one film. One thing for certain is that we're not actors and we haven't done any acting or dramatizing Ewan/Charley style. So it'll be more like a documentary with our own narrative/voice-over. Video seems like a distant future now since the book is the first in que now and we have no money to send the material to be cut out and finalized by some video production company.

It'll be slow making by the vid-amateur like me...

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Old 03-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #2533
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Just watching that video...brought back so many memories of watching and reading your many post about this fantastic trip...made my heart warm with emotion.

Blessings to you,

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:55 PM   #2534
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Great to see the bike getting ready as your only transport!
Around the world and now around the corner to work!
252k is some impressive distance too. I thought I was doing OK with 114k!
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:35 AM   #2535
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Great stuff, book.....anytime you like, can just keep flicking through these pages in the mean time Glad to hear youve both found jobs.....so how many years till you get to fill that empty space on the map you put up
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