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Old 07-01-2009, 11:30 PM   #16
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In the grand scheme of things, I think this is a low priority. Unless you've already spent your money on your suspension, I wouldn't bother. The three or four 17" options should be plenty capable for virtually anything you can navigate with the 800.
I think this is a pretty fair comment although my desire for a wider tyre choice is not simply based on what I think might work better off-road. For example, I have had the opportunity to compare the wear characteristics of a Dunlop 908RR on a KTM 950 SE and the TKC 80's on my bike over enough of the same miles to convince me that I would really, really like to run the 908s.

In truth, I don't know enough to say whether the different aspect ratio (140/80 rather than 150/70) would make a difference to the handling of the bike, so any change would be a it of a gamble.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:05 AM   #17
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Although not exactly a fix, it does make things a bit better...

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...t=20868&page=3

scroll down to post #73
I'm the author of that post. I think it helped, more relaxed driving now. But read the posts after no.73 also before using the hack-saw. There are different opinions on this, but i'm sure the pulley needs some kind of modification if you wan't to get it less "snatchy". As all other mods presentated on forums, you need to decide for your self what to do with it.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:45 AM   #18
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I was pretty dissappointed about the 17" rear wheel when I initially bought the bike, but in my search for tires for a baja trip I ended up with these ...

Michelin Deserts
http://www.michelinmotorcycle.com/in...m?event=Desert

I come from the dirt bike side of things rather than the street bike side of things and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a tire that wears substantially better than this if you're talking a knobby tire.

I did 2100 miles from Phoenix to 3/4 of the way down the baja penninsula and back up with a KTM 990. We did as much dirt as possible while in baja and the tire wear was comparable bike to bike.

The Michelin Deserts have a super stiff sidewall and performed great!
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:53 AM   #19
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I will give Deserts a try at my next tyre change, although I would observe that I know a number of folk with 18 inch rears who moved to 908RRs from Deserts and prefer them on wet pavement and in mud.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:02 PM   #20
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It seems to me that it might be nice to have a real off switch on the ABS, something you could turn off when you began your day in the dirt & forget about (which of course is why they aren't shipped this way). What comes to mind would be to wire a switch in to one of the sensors so that when the ABS runs it's preflight check it can't see the sensor if the switch is off so the system reverts to the normal braking mode. I'm sure you'd have a big annoying ABS light on your instrument cluster all day, but hey, that'd remind you to turn it back on!
If You wan't to disable the ABS for a whole day you can easily remove the ABS sensor from the back wheel and zip tie the sensor to the brake caliper or hose to secure it. Of course your ABS warning lamp will be flashing all day, but that might be a good reminder the next day you are using the bike. I can't see what harm this could do to the bike.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:48 PM   #21
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Although not exactly a fix, it does make things a bit better...

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...t=20868&page=3

scroll down to post #73

Very nice. Thanks.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:50 PM   #22
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deserts

michelin arent listing the desert in 17" anymore in the uk at least.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:15 AM   #23
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I couldn't get the 17" Deserts in Canada either. Had to order them off Ebay from a US store.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:25 AM   #24
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Have more info or a link for this?!
Look at post 15 in this thread.

And be careful before cutting in the pulley. It's only a few millimeters thick where the wire rests. It cut through it but don't bother about that. Seems to work fine anyway.

I think you will get the best result if you take away some material at the point where the wire "leaves" the pulley on low revs (or should I say where the wire first touches the pulley when in idle). No matter where you take avay material from the pulley I think decreasing the diameter is the most important thing. Then you need to twist the pulley more to get full gas and that in turn should make the bike a bit less snatchy. It's similar to changing size of sprockets.

You should also try to remove as much slack ass possible from the wire. But be careful so it doesn't rev by it self when you turn left since the left forkleg will touch the wire on full left turn.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:26 PM   #25
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Look at post 15 in this thread.


You should also try to remove as much slack ass possible . .

Allways a good idea!
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:28 PM   #26
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:16 AM   #27
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I have also found that adjusting for a bit more slack on the clutch makes it eassier to handle the bike at low speeds since there is less risk that you release the cluth to much by mistake.

So before you start cutting in the throttle pulley you should try adjusting the slack on gas and clutch wire to see if thats enough.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:04 AM   #28
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If You wan't to disable the ABS for a whole day you can easily remove the ABS sensor from the back wheel and zip tie the sensor to the brake caliper or hose to secure it. Of course your ABS warning lamp will be flashing all day, but that might be a good reminder the next day you are using the bike. I can't see what harm this could do to the bike.
And now i'm starting to quote myself....

Here's an easier way to disable the ABS for a day in the dirt: http://f800riders.org/forum/showpost...6&postcount=20. It's just to remove a connector under the seat.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:10 AM   #29
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And now i'm starting to quote myself....

Here's an easier way to disable the ABS for a day in the dirt: http://f800riders.org/forum/showpost...6&postcount=20. It's just to remove a connector under the seat.
Thanks for that - a good one!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:31 PM   #30
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So did anyone lace an 18" on the rear? Issues with ABS?
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