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Old 10-12-2010, 06:35 AM   #16
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Just finished a 1000 mile trip completely self supporting on the OBDR with my 800. We did a more extreme version of it that was really challenging to say the least. The bmw never complained but I sure did. After my fourth big moto trip each with 900 mile stretches with some serious technical riding I am thinking of downsizing her as she is a beast to throw around. Had about 100#'s extra gear on board and she was heavy! If I keep it up either I will be hurt or the BMW will be. The bike is perfect for long gavel roads and highway. Get it in the technical stuff and it is a handful!
did the route 3 this summer. Only time the cooling fan has ever come on. At the end, I had the same thought... a lighter bike would be nice. She did keep up with my brothers 640adv though, and ran flawless the whole time. I think I'll keep her, just looking now to add a DR350 to the stable as well.


great pics too DP.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:44 PM   #17
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Glad to hear Traxxion is doing things for the F8.
They have been transforming GoldWings for years.
I've had the pleasure of visiting their facility in Georgia; Great Folks!

Now, if they would only update their Site to show our bikes!!!


Looking forward to the full RR,


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Old 10-13-2010, 04:40 AM   #18
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Sorry MT, your correct !
They are still the nuts ! They took a lot of abuse, non stop for 14 days. No fork seal leaks, no blown cartridges because they cant blow, and consistent action. I did bottom them though when I hit a raised cattle guard in Colo at about 60mph
The road was washed out and the steel guard was raised so much my friend who was ahead of me, turned around to warn the rest of us, but not in time before I whacked it. Man did I whack it too.
On another note, my buddie with the R/T units, his seals were leaking after 200 miles believe it or not. When he called R/T to complain, they didnt want to know him.
Ill say one thing, you wont get better customer support anywhere then they give you at Traxxion. 1st class operation. And Dan (Indy Unlimited), is still working closely with them to dial the F8 AK-20's into absolute perfection. Dan and I do both recomend speed bleeders on the forks. Mine have them and they release a lot of air in a short time. They are of course noticably plusher after purging the air. But thats universal with any forks.
In short, the Traxxion AK-20's :
R/T = Race Tech? Why did the seals go? did they over fill the forks with oil? Why would the cartridge and spring affect the seals, or is it an installation thing? Did R/T install the cartridge or your buddy?

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Old 10-13-2010, 04:47 AM   #19
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Hi Dave,
Yea, Race Tech. No big deal, I mean its a consumeable and could have been just a bad set of seals. But they both went in short order. R/T did the install. They know what they are doing, but what was disturbing was they practiclly hung up on him. No after sale support, at least with him. And for the $ they should at least humor you.
Whats short order ? Like under 200 miles.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:50 AM   #20
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Nice Let's get a ride report linked here please!
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:52 AM   #21
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Still weeding out less desirable pics GB. Soon though. It was epic.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:02 AM   #22
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I was curious why R/T would mess with the seals. Seems like you would just replace the cartridge and springs, fill with oil, and ship. But I haven't done this job yet, just looking for info on the interwebs.

Blew out the the fork seals on my bike. I "think" that the oil level was too high after having the oil replaced during service. At least the forks bottomed out with 4" of travel left. Thought I could limp by until the next service. No such luck.

I'm looking for options for catridge and springs, and would replace the seal at that time.

You recommend Traxxion, F800rider is pushing the Ohlins TTX, Ohlins USA has a new drop in kit, R/T hasn't responded to my email yet, Bitubo's are still an option, and ITSATDM is still casting around for the inexpensive fix. Lots of goodies to chose from.

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Old 10-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #23
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Hey Frank! Looking forward to your RR. Nice to hear that your bike didn't have any trouble, it's beemer after all .

Would love to hear some feedback on that front suspension. I think i've pushed mine to its limits this summer, and it's time for updated pogos up front.

Crashed mine pretty hard a few weeks ago. Went from a long sliding low side to a sudden high side that ejected me from the bike. My buddy was ready to give me a '10' for good form. Anyways, after dusting myself off and catching my breath, I hit the start button and she started right up. Other than dented panniers, broken windshield, tweaked bars, and a few scratches... she is fine. I love that bike!
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:20 PM   #24
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Just rode 430 miles straight in one day. I know it's not a lot of miles for some of you iron-butters, but on a dual sport 430 miles in a day makes for a long day.

-no problems, bike ran flawlessly

-my ass didn't hurt at all! (stock seat covered with an Alaska Leather sheepskin)
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:24 AM   #25
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Hi JP!! Thank you my friend. I will have one soon. Send the boys up there my regards eh ?


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Hey Frank! Looking forward to your RR. Nice to hear that your bike didn't have any trouble, it's beemer after all .

Would love to hear some feedback on that front suspension. I think i've pushed mine to its limits this summer, and it's time for updated pogos up front.

Crashed mine pretty hard a few weeks ago. Went from a long sliding low side to a sudden high side that ejected me from the bike. My buddy was ready to give me a '10' for good form. Anyways, after dusting myself off and catching my breath, I hit the start button and she started right up. Other than dented panniers, broken windshield, tweaked bars, and a few scratches... she is fine. I love that bike!
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:39 PM   #26
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:13 AM   #27
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Old 10-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #28
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These things take some time ! Pictures, video and the hardest thing of all "time" !

Its a coming.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:07 PM   #29
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Yes, I know. Got my report done finally and copied into an ADV thread.
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