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Old 11-15-2009, 07:22 AM   #61
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They should be quite decent ... they are the same Hella 90mm modules Lukas was talking about in a different thread. How do you find them with the HIDs in there in terms of light output, even-ness of the spread of beam etc?? Do you have / could you make a picture or two of the low and high beams shining against a concrete wall or down a blank road?
as you can see I also have a DL1000 and lighting compared, the DL has a better spead (wider) but the HIDs are a way more powerful so good distance in the beams, I've only done minimal night time riding as I'm waiting for some clear lenses for my goggles but I'm happy with them for what they give, as they are an emergency fit when I get caught out and have to ride at night (cows hurt at 110kph)

These are taken on a slightly upwards slant 1.5-2m from the wall but you get the gist

Low Beam

High Beam


Pic of the unit from the front I've lost the TT tank due to me snapping the vent hose connection when I was replacing the thin line with a thicker better quality fuel line as I got caught out in the middle of nowhere and the hose was heating up and kinking or it was sucking to much for the thin line and being hot, squashed it and fuel was not getting to the main tank


and a view of the cockpit


in a desert habitat don't know why I pulled off the track as no one around fro 50k's at least


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Tool kit looks good, but maybe too good. I cant believe you need 13 different hex bits for the X-Challenge, and 13 different torx bits. I spose they dont weigh much. Guessing you could lose a few of the spanners too. Does it have a 26mm socket for the wheels?
Yes has the 26mm socket and if you're getting a few of the hex and torx bits might as well get a range as they weigh bugger all, and I might lose a few spanners, I have a leatherman PST II and a normal double headed screwdriver I usually carry this in a camel back and can't really feel the weight that much I have the Micro pump in the box on the Safari bash plate

yeah thats why I'm thinking I might go soft bags and pacsafe, just for peace of mind just some deterrent as most stuff stolen is opportunistic any way maybe just paranoid from living here?

Oh how I miss the east London lifestyle and when I was living in Edinburgh the late nights in Cowgate, mmm Karratha we have a night club called Trawlers nicknamed Brawlers oh the 'mischief'
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Old 11-15-2009, 07:28 AM   #62
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+1 ... whats that Ironman part number?
I've sent 'em an email as I checked my sprocket and I near shit my self as she is nearly pins sticking out on the rear, this red dirt sure kills 'em

If they email me back with a part no. I'll post it up
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:17 PM   #63
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So round in the fitting bay I installed


- Chain guide (front)

- Chain guides? Absolutely Essential. The rotax engine is shaped so the generator cover is right in front of the front sprocket. I have twice seen 650cc rotax engined bikes I am travelling with (including once on this trip) have major problems and risk breaking open the generator cover when chains come off. I had two chains break on me this trip, and the only thing protecting the engine housing was the front touratech chain guide. It doesnt seem to be listed as a part for the XC anymore, but I got one for an F650 single and modded it slightly to fit.

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I'm pretty sure the front sprocket/case saver is actually available as BMW part along with the bits like the frame/tankprotector for down by the right footpeg, the aluminium upper chain guard etc

Great thread BTW Walter ........
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Old 11-15-2009, 02:29 PM   #64
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I couldn't help but notice where you took that pic. Your X-Challenge setup is really nice Looks a bit lighter than my KLR did in 06'
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:30 PM   #65
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if you are reading this... judging from the beam pattern and Oly's comments that hella low beam module seems to have the same insides as the micro DEs - and the same narrow beam
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:32 PM   #66
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I couldn't help but notice where you took that pic. Your X-Challenge setup is really nice Looks a bit lighter than my KLR did in 06'
Well you seemed to get better weather in Khuzhir than me!
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:33 PM   #67
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Congratulations on what seems to be one definite adventure thumper!


I may have missed it, but can you tell us the weight of the bike with this setup (Ready to roll, sans luggage)?
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:35 PM   #68
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Colebatch, apologies ahead of time if I'm not supposed to ask but how do you manage to adventure so much? with plans for large trips that for most would be once in a lifetime each year or two I'm curious.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:39 PM   #69
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The resulting corrosion in electrical contacts, plus some not very well put together parts, (shoddy soldering in ignition switch) have caused me a lot of problems.
That all sounds very familiar ... but you have to remember the bike is only designed by BMW ... it isnt MADE by BMW ... and I think that provides a clue to the pretty messy welding and soldering on the bike.
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:42 PM   #70
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Congratulations on what seems to be one definite adventure thumper!


I may have missed it, but can you tell us the weight of the bike with this setup (Ready to roll, sans luggage)?

Hmmm dunno .... if the stock bike is 144kgs ... and I have cut about 3kgs off the exhaust ... added about 4 kgs in a luggage rack, and 5 kgs in the front fairing, and 2-3 kgs for the fuel tank. Maybe another 3kgs for bash plate and hand guards ... takes it up to 156 kgs.
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:24 PM   #71
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II was surprised to see that the stock alternator kept up with what you had + heated clothes???
Actually it didnt. I flattened the battery on a few days with both headlights and all the heated gear on. After that I began riding with only one headlight during the day, and saved the second for night riding.

One of my mods prior to the next trip will be to fit a 400w alternator, replacing the 280w stock item
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:31 PM   #72
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Having done all the Dutch stuff, and with about 1 week to go till departure, I rode the bike back to England. With the new seat, suspension and engine / airbox mods, it was like a new bike! I began to think to myself, that this could really work!

First stop was a quick visit to the North, where I stopped in to see Les at HID50 and swapped my 50w HID gear for 35w HID gear to limit stress on the electrical system. While I was swapping that stuff over, Les was prepping Simon Race's bike for a long distance tour through the Americas.

Then it was time for a new colour. I wanted something that looked different. Thanks to ADV rider I had seen a few other colour variations on the X, including a camouflage paint job over a sand coloured base. I like the sand base, but thought riding into Russia or along the Afghan border with a bike painted up in camouflage is going to get me arrested or killed. I decided to stick with sand, highlighted with black. As everything (except the fibreglass front fairing) was plastic, I got a hold of a couple of cans of Krylon plastic spray paint, 2 in sand and one in black. The venue for the respray was the basement garage at webmaster Jon Fox's apartment block. The panels came off the bike, a couple of coats were applied, and we went off to dinner (me riding a naked bike - and a naked rally fairing is an ugly thing indeed. The bike looked like Wall-E and got some very strange looks as we rode 30 minutes to the restaurant of choice.

In the morning, a couple of coats of clear were applied and all was reassembled. It was hardly a professional paint job, but the bike was going to get beaten up pretty bad anyway, so it would do.

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Old 11-15-2009, 05:06 PM   #73
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Hello Colebatch. Excellent review and information here I was wondering about your lighting set-up. I'm building a fairing for my DR650 from a KTM 640 Adventure, but i don't have the lights. I'm looking at HID's due to my limited charging capacity. Were the lights you were using these?




If they are, they don't appear to be very well protected from rain and dirt, i believe they are inside of a housing for cars. What mods did you do, or better yet can you be more specific with what lights you used ,maybe a part number? I also noticed you don't have any grills in front of your lamps for protection. Was this kind of risky? These are really expensive and probably hard to replace where you've been. Thanx!
...okay, i just re-read that part of the thread. so it appears you did seal them. Could you provide some details please?
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No Ron, those are not the projectors I used. The projectors in your picture look like Hella's standard OEM projectors. They are very open .... from the reflector forwards they are about 80% open ... it will be a very tough job to seal those up. (Hella make a few types of bi-xenons, but they are most common)

My A6 projectors were about 5% open ... here is a pic ... with assorted bits of caulking to seal them ... the main open part on mine was on the bottom of the units, where the hi/lo solenoid sits.

I sealed that up with duct tape as I didnt have enough time to come up with something more durable. The duct tape worked for a long time, but began coming unstuck later in the process and now I have a cleaning job on my hands.

I am currently looking for a more sealed projector unit to work with. I have some ideas and will keep you posted.

If you want an easy solution, Hella make some aftermarket projectors: A finnish guy on here (Seikkailu_R) fitted a single one to his KTM 640 to replace the low beam unit:

He fitted a bi-halogen unit and converted it to HID. They have the advantage of being sealed, but Hella's aftermarket headlights tend to have a narrow beam - too narrow for my tastes. I personally want a better, wider beam pattern as found in the top of the line OEM style projectors. The Hella projectors you already have, have a much better beam pattern than the aftermarket model.



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Hello Colebatch. Excellent review and information here I was wondering about your lighting set-up. I'm building a fairing for my DR650 from a KTM 640 Adventure, but i don't have the lights. I'm looking at HID's due to my limited charging capacity. Were the lights you were using these?




If they are, they don't appear to be very well protected from rain and dirt, i believe they are inside of a housing for cars. What mods did you do, or better yet can you be more specific with what lights you used ,maybe a part number? I also noticed you don't have any grills in front of your lamps for protection. Was this kind of risky? These are really expensive and probably hard to replace where you've been. Thanx!
...okay, i just re-read that part of the thread. so it appears you did seal them. Could you provide some details please?
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:00 AM   #75
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if you are reading this... judging from the beam pattern and Oly's comments that hella low beam module seems to have the same insides as the micro DEs
I am still here, thanks for the info.


Fender is on the way to Erik.

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