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Old 08-19-2011, 06:18 AM   #106
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That looks like one of the Landing Zones in Halo ... You even have one of the ODST helmet's ... ... I cant tell if that guy on the wall looks like the Master Chief or a Hunter...
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:02 PM   #107
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:12 AM   #108
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GREAT RR. Just rediscovered it...again. Liked the vids so much I copied them to my FB account. AWESOME JOB!

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:48 AM   #109
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I remember this from pnwds... Awesome RR
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #110
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This is an awesome report ! So inspiring ! But I wonder how you dealed with oil ? For a 530, KTM recommend 15h intervals .. And, what tires do you have ? I'm running on Kenda Trackmaster II, but they're melting so bad fast !
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:12 AM   #111
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Originally Posted by ABeaulieu View Post
This is an awesome report ! So inspiring ! But I wonder how you dealed with oil ? For a 530, KTM recommend 15h intervals .. And, what tires do you have ? I'm running on Kenda Trackmaster II, but they're melting so bad fast !
The 530 works perfectly for long distance desert travel. When around home I change oil at the recommended 10-15hrs. When on a long trip I usually push it out to 800-1000 miles between changes (engine side oinly, I change the trans side once I return home).. Often you are covering ground quickly in the open desert and the bike is plenty capable of going a couple changes past the recommended interval.

When on a trip I carry a full qt of oil in the Giant Loop bag and a 2oz Nalgene bottle (LINK HERE) full of oil in the tank bag for topping the bike off with each morning. The Nalgene bottle works perfectly for filling the bike and once low I just refill it with the bottle in the GL bag. Since the 530 only holds .6 qts on the engine side I can change oil half way through the trip and have plenty of oil left over for topping off with. Having the qt of oil is also handy if you end up getting water in the engine durning a failed stream crossing and need to change oil before continuing on.

Also when carrying the oil on the bike take a roll of electrical tape and tightly wrap the lid, it's a extra guarantee that it won't leak and keeps the lid tight and secure.

For tires I run Dunlop D606's while on long trips, along with Extra heavy duty tubes. They hook up remarkably well for a DOT legal tire and wear like iron, after a 1500 mile trip I'll still have 40-50% tread left. Another plus for the 606 is they have stiff side walls which helps prevent pinch flats while on the trail. The 606's are notorious for being out of balance, when balancing the tires it can help to play with the position of the tire on the rim to minimize the amount of weight needed. I use and love these removable wheel weights from a ADV member (CLICK HERE), having the wheels balanced makes a huge difference when you need to hop on the highway to connect the next trail.

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #112
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:43 PM   #113
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Man what a kewl ride and report with pics and vids! Thanks!!!
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