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Old 11-17-2009, 11:34 AM   #91
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Colebatch, you have mentioned that you've been using soft luggage for a long time. I recently parted out the aluminum boxes and steel racks off my Dakar to some friends and am planning on making a lighter rack that will carry soft bags. How have previous bags mounted compared to the Ortlieb's? What diameter and wall thickness was the steel tubing that you used for the rack? Just curious as you said it all was a little weak for the abuse it took.

This is a really great thread. You've done a lot of interesting things with the bike. Honestly, the clip board is one of my favorite mods.

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Most soft bags these days are joined together and throw over the seat / rear rack jobs. So the side racks involved dont really need to take the weight of the bags, thats mostly thru the seat / rear rack that they get thrown over. The side racks just need to hold the bags off the exhaust / aux fuel tank / rear wheels. In my case, the initial bicycle bags actually had the weight directly attached to the side of the rack. This caused more stress to the rack than would otherwise have been the case with throw over bags.

Do bear in mind that for rough roads, many throwover bags can bounce around like dumbo's ears, so apart from the rack keeping them away from the exhaust / wheel, you also want a system for keeping them from flapping too much. An elastic strap should be enough. One of the guys I rode with for a month this year was using Andy Strapz soft bags and I could hardly stop laughing on the rough stuff. It looked like his bike was trying to fly it was flapping so much.

The tube we used initially was 15mm diameter and 1mm tube wall. But the rack now has all sorts of stuff on there now - square tubing, round tubing, 15mm, 16mm, 18mm etc ... .
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:02 PM   #92
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headlamps

Another pic of the headlamps for those who have been interested in the headlamp mod: This is one with the lights actually on!

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Old 11-17-2009, 02:28 PM   #93
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Got an email off of Nate at Dirt Tricks and he has one 48 tooth rear sprocket left (I bought 2 and left one so someone else could get one cause I'm a nice guy) they are $134.60each (edit that was with postage to Oz) from him not sure about BMW but

I asked if he is going to make any more but doesn't look likey unless there is a fair bit more interes, but this is his response to my question;
The shop we made them for is called BMW of Tigard Oregon. Their phone
number is: 503-597-7097 They also have a website, do a Google search
for BMW Tigard.
Thanks, Nate D.


google search done, result; http://www.bmwor.com/


Sorry to be slow in responding with a part number, but my parts manager was out and I wanted to get the story straight....

Yes, the above info is correct, Dirt Tricks sourced some Ironman Xchallenge rear sprockets for BMWOR, both the Tigard shop and the Eugene shop, as many of the employees of the two shops have Xchallenges, myself included. After several months wait the sprockets came in, looking like production items, packaged like production items. But when I could not find a fitment for the Xchallenge on dirttricks.com after posting before I realized this may have been a one-off production run. We did have extras but I understand they are now gone.

I think the best thing to do to drive more production of the Ironman sprocket for the Xchallenge would be to hit up either shop and request another prodution run, when the demand is there maybe Dirt Tricks will supply more. I certainly have no issues with mine, it seems long-wearing, and it certainly looks better than stock.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #94
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Sounds like a group buy in the making!
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:33 PM   #95
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Got an email off of Nate at Dirt Tricks and he has one 48 tooth rear sprocket left (I bought 2 and left one so someone else could get one cause I'm a nice guy)
Phew ... lucky you're a nice guy ... i got the last one. Otherwise I would have to put the guilt trip on you mate !
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:51 PM   #96
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Phew ... lucky your a nice guy ... i got the last one. Otherwise I would have to put the guilt trip on you mate !
You must have either been up very early or very late to see that post before I did. I emailed off straight away but you got there before me.

Thanks for all the info on your bike. It is probably the GX with the highest miles and the fact that those miles have been done in pretty extreme conditions makes the information even more valuable.

Until my boys are a few years older my adventure trips are limited to a week away each summer. Tame by comparison but you have given me a few ideas.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:52 AM   #97
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Phew ... lucky your a nice guy ... i got the last one. Otherwise I would have to put the guilt trip on you mate !
I would of sold it to you at mates rates, mate

Thank god Australia is way ahead of the world in regards with time
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:43 AM   #98
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I should have bought the remaining stock at Dirttricks before making that recommendation, and then auctioned them off between all you rich BMW riders.

Let us know how they hold up, if they suck it's not my fault.
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...rich BMW riders.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:47 PM   #100
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Yeah, yeah, that's what they all say. I bet you are getting ready to settle down in the Caribbeans with all those millions you must be making off fuel tank sales.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:09 PM   #101
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During a lunch break at Erik's we went for a drive down to see Erik's friend Bas, who happens to be the man who runs the Hyperpro fitting and service centre in Holland. (think there are two now, but 8 months ago there was only one). Everywhere in Holland is just a short drive away anyway
Hi - do you have an email add for Bas? Hyperpro aren't responding to me via their website and I wanna check out options from them before I pull the trigger on the Ohlins I was planning. Thanks
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:32 PM   #102
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Hi - do you have an email add for Bas?..
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:20 AM   #103
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With the new exhaust and the single throttle spring, the engine now had a much sportier feel than stock..
Colebatch, did you just leave the inner spring on the throttle cam after disconnecting it?

Did the spring mod to mine today and it certainly makes it easier on your right hand/wrist with only the one spring working.

No known problems caused by this mod?
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:08 AM   #104
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Colebatch, did you just leave the inner spring on the throttle cam after disconnecting it?

Did the spring mod to mine today and it certainly makes it easier on your right hand/wrist with only the one spring working.

No known problems caused by this mod?
I don't know the full details on that mod as it was done prior to me picking up the bike by Pavey's mechanic. It looks like one spring is just popped off its clip. But having ridden it with the one spring and with the stock two springs, there is no comparison. It feels much lighter and snappier with the one.

I have had absolutely no problems in all my miles with it
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:24 PM   #105
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Fantastic looking X-Challenge, nice trip to take it on.

For soft bags did you consider the Dirtbagz? I have been running mine on my Husky for more than 2 years now with good results.

Thanks for taking the time to put the report on the bike together, I wish the factories would read these reports to get ideas.....
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