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Old 11-03-2011, 01:54 AM   #76
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Who'd you end up going with Joe? mpe or noosa moto?
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:57 AM   #77
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Noosa Moto mate, went in and spoke to Nick (I think....) about it all and he really knew his stuff. Right price too. With the leaking fork seal, it was the push I needed to get it done finally.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:01 AM   #78
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good on ya mate, I'll go up and hassle Casey (the guy doing the work) and make sure he goes the extra mile for you mate.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:14 AM   #79
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Sweet! The bike will be in the shop next Friday. I said they can have it for the week and I will pick it up the next Friday. So go hassle him good to make sure he uses the best of the best stuff and sticks to the quoted price!
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:19 AM   #80
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Good on you Joe and Joe.

About time you had the boingers done, you won't know the bike when it is done.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:01 AM   #81
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Ok, so we were well overdue for an update.

I took it for a ride with my WRR owning mate, had a blast!











On the ride home along the highway, I ran out of fuel.......with at least four litres left in the tank!! Was not happy. Had to ride for about 1km then the bike would die, I would pull over, lean the bike right over on its side to get fuel into the fuel pump valley and ride again, had to do this at least 20 times before I got home!!!

So pulled off the tank and did a thorough check over.















Everything was where it should be, checked the piping for the vacuum pump and all was well there. I tried blow/sucking on the line to make the vacuum pump work and it kinda did, but it would not work when connected to the bike....... So e-mailed IMS about it and the leaking bungs in the wings which I had to fix like four times. They said they would see what they could do about it.


Got some goodies in the mail, but took me a long time to even look at them, let alone fit them.





I then got a full suspension work over. New heavier fork springs, fork oil, fork seals and gold valves. Full service and heavier rear spring too. Bike is now amazing to ride!! So plush, yet so stiff......?? Took it on a sweet ride to test it out. Some big jumps on erosion mounds really tested it out!

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Old 01-28-2012, 03:08 AM   #82
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It was then time to tackle the new cockpit setup with steering dampener!

What it looked like:




A few minutes later:




I think I may be onto something here.......




So time to start refitting everything and setting up the steering dampener.



New bars shortened a tad:



The bars I am using:




Coming together!




I then had to wait for my new grips and new bark buster mounts to suit the fat bars.

It was just before Christmas and another project got in the way, this was two nights before Christmas.....




Phew! Done with a day to spare:



Made for happy kids on Christmas day!




The little adventure bike!!




Anyway, back to the real project at hand, the bark buster mounts arrived with the grips:







And it all came together!!



Mirror mounts needed some work to fit the fat bars:






Then added some rise:







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Old 01-28-2012, 03:15 AM   #83
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So the wife says when I get home one day "There was a big box at the post office for you". I had no idea what it was. Turns out IMS sent me a replacement tank with all the updates! So it was off with the old:





Updated bung holes:



Updated fuel valley for the fuel pump:






The new one was noticeably "browner" but hopefully the sun with fade that out a bit like the old one.

So with the new steering dampener, you cannot simply remove the front tank bolt, so I set about finding away to remove the tank easily. I had to shorted the two front tank mount bolts so they could to removed and refitted easily:





I elongated the holes a tad more on the rear mount too, just to make things easier:



The new tank actually fit a lot easier than the old one.

The left hand "radiator" guard now touched the tank though, so it needed a quick little modifcation:





I could also now refit the one way vent to the gas cap without worrying the tank would expand enough to push the bottom bungs out like the old tank:

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Old 01-28-2012, 03:20 AM   #84
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I use a giant loop bag and it was getting a bit hot where the standard exhaust guard didn't really block the heat, so I quickly whipped up a little guard to stop some of the heat soak:







Heat reflective tape:



Done!






Worked great!! These little bikes can sure take a load LOL



AFter the ride though, my giant loop was literally stuck to my exhaust guard, not sure if it is the paint on the guard or the material the giant loop is made out of!






The bike has been stripped of all of the adventure style stuff for the last few weeks as all of my mates have started buying dirt bikes and we have been riding on my farm track (See video on previous pages).

The gangs bikes so far (Three more have been purchased since this was taken two weeks ago)

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:47 AM   #85
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Wow that's a big + to IMS i am going to get one for mine
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:03 AM   #86
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Update time.
I mounted the switch for the heated grips and fitted an hour metre / tacho. Both on custom made aluminium brackets:
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What's with the hour meter?
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #87
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Wow that's a big + to IMS i am going to get one for mine

Yeah, I would definitely buy from them again, they were great to deal with. Even if you can't get those last few litres out, it got me an easy 400km which is HEAPS! On the old tank I have totally fixed the bungs, so they will never leak again now.

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What's with the hour meter?
I bought it for the Tacho really, but the tacho was definitely way out, so I don't actually use it any more, it is removed from the bike.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #88
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Grips

Love the work you are doing on the 250.
Looking like a very competent ADV bike after the mods done by you. Very interested in those grips, as I am trying to eliminate tingling hands after a good long ride, especially at the end of a transport leg.
Any chance of a heads up on brand and where from?
Cheers and keep it coming.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:45 AM   #89
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They are Progrip 786 Rally Grips:

http://www.jtr.com.au/pdfs/progrip/p..._964_grips.pdf
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #90
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Took the bike out to a motocross park the other weekend, what a blast!! I have never really jumped a bike much before and damn it was fun!! My suspension has been fully reworked with heavy springs etc, but the front end bottomed out a fair bit over the day. I will definitely be doing it again.











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