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Old 12-03-2011, 10:46 PM   #61
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Great ride report !!! Good luck to you !!!
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:51 AM   #62
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Im all ears and with genuine interest in your trip!

Im planning ahead for some trips aswell with my Yamaha XT 660 X SuperMoped and was like millimeters from trading it in for a XT with a 21" frontwheel but after reading this Im convinced hat Its more of a sport going sideways on a SM!
Ive gone true most of the discussions and since a TKC 80 or MetZ Karoo simply wont fit in my front due to the forkstabilizer Ill stick to the Pirelli MT60 in front and the Heidenau K60 in the rear for my upcoming trip between Northcape and Southcape.

Ive tried your bike once & I feel sorry for your ass....A LOT!
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:57 AM   #63
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Ive tried your bike once & I feel sorry for your ass....A LOT!

Youre not kidding! I did 250kms of dirt yesterday and my ass was tore up when I got in town.

I really cant ride more that in the dirt, and a bit more on pavement. Im def no iron ass with this bike. The Renazco helps but its still pretty brutal.


It all makes up for it when I find some twisties and hammer down.


The dirt was great yesterday, I made a normal 10 hour buss ride in less than 6. Lots of woops, rollers, air time and general dirt business. I almost felt like I was on a dirt bike. No problem at all with the 17s.


And heres my reality. Im doing more than 80% street, so Id rather have a street tire. I can deal with the 20% dirt when it happens.


Ill consider getting a real dirt tire for Bolivia though as I heard my dirt % is going to skyrocket.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:36 AM   #64
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Nice to hear from you!

What are your experiences so for in the handling of the bike in offroad conditions with the 17" MT 60 front tyre?
Probably the most important question many of us wants to hear about...
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:53 AM   #65
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Awesome RR! My curiosity is definitely piqued! The new tire looks great! But, I know another size is hard to get used to - how is she handling now?


EDIT**** Sorry, I must have still been reading when you made your last post! Glad she is handling well for you!
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:25 AM   #66
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Nice to hear from you!

What are your experiences so for in the handling of the bike in offroad conditions with the 17" MT 60 front tyre?
Probably the most important question many of us wants to hear about...

The MT60 is good, its a great great street tire, never felt anything but 100% confidence in the front on the street as long as I scootch up on the seat and put most of my weight on it. The rear slides out every now and then (with all rear tires, mt60, distanzia and BT016s) but its predicatable.

Its a great tire on hardpack, loose grit and other firm off road surfaces. It gets sketchier on gravel and loose duff, and downright scary on mud. Though my mud experience is limited to that one time and Im wondering if it would have stuck to any tire.


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Awesome RR! My curiosity is definitely piqued! The new tire looks great! But, I know another size is hard to get used to - how is she handling now?
She was downright nasty yesterday in the dirt. Stuck thoguh every corner, confidence inspiring. Sticky in the turns, hard to break loose on the straighaways, just a pleasure.

And most interestingly, after about 250kms on dirt, when I got on pavement I was so exciting about seeing asphalt that i all but forgot the steep turn in, and just layed into her, she stuck the whole way over, lost traction a few times in the rear but really fun. Seems like if I just power through the fear of the steep fall into the turn it keeps traction below that point - not sure if that makes any sense.


Although - Ive been riding a bald mt60 for over 1000kms so anything gotta be better than that.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #67
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Yup, your dirt percentage is going to increase in Bolivia, and it will in Peru as well if you take the proper routes through the Andes.

Man, I think you might have gotten lucky in Lima finding that slave cylinder. Stoked for you that it all worked out. Now get your butt back out in the Andes on the dirt two tracks. No more Starbucks for you!
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:26 PM   #68
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Excellent RR! I love seeing supermotos out on adventure. One question: (sorry, I may have missed it earlier) What's the longest distance between gas stops?

Thanks. Keep living the dream!!!
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:43 PM   #69
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Yup, your dirt percentage is going to increase in Bolivia, and it will in Peru as well if you take the proper routes through the Andes.

Man, I think you might have gotten lucky in Lima finding that slave cylinder. Stoked for you that it all worked out. Now get your butt back out in the Andes on the dirt two tracks. No more Starbucks for you!


So yer sayin Im doing it wrong?!? Just following your route - to a T.


I even remember you telling me about that Starbucks so dont start that chit!


Luckyyea, should have grabbed a spare!
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:44 PM   #70
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Excellent RR! I love seeing supermotos out on adventure. One question: (sorry, I may have missed it earlier) What's the longest distance between gas stops?

Thanks. Keep living the dream!!!

Nice thanks for checking in.

My light goes on at 100 miles, depending on how liberal I am with the throttle.


With the two gas cans (which are usually empty) I can go about 200 miles if I really stretch it.


I usually gas up every 80 miles...
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:07 PM   #71
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Snohobo,
What computer setup are you using for your ride reports? I saw you mention the use of a 7" tablet, if so what hardware and apps are your using? Any color commentary to offer on lightweight electronics for a trip such as this? Enjoying the report, keep up the good work.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:08 PM   #72
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Snohobo,
What computer setup are you using for your ride reports? I saw you mention the use of a 7" tablet, if so what hardware and apps are your using? Any color commentary to offer on lightweight electronics for a trip such as this? Enjoying the report, keep up the good work.
Im using a Barnes and Noble Nook Color. I have it rooted to run Cyanogenmod 7 Android (Gingerbread?).

I have a bluetooth keyboard, and am using the tapatalk app to browse ADV - but im all honesty, ive lost too many posts writing them up on the tablet and having the app crash, or reset so Im just using hostal pcs to write up the posts.

I use the tablet for email, FB, maps, Kindle app, movies, pr0n, etc etc


I was thinking of doing this trip without electronics but ended up leaving with a camera, ipod, phone, gps, tablet, mini speaker, and probably something else im missing.


If I were to do it again - I may just pony up for a macbook air (a la crashmaster).


I find myself wanting to/needing to use a pc on a regular basis - but im getting her done without it. Id be pretty bummed if I got a mac stolen...which was why I decided against bringing a PC.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:31 PM   #73
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third straight day with the runs
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:59 PM   #74
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Lots of woops, rollers, air time and general dirt business.
Hey bro, nice ride! Take it easy on the airtime off of those rollers!
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:55 AM   #75
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Snohobo.Thanks for doin such a good RR. sorry to hear about the screamin yayas. never fun. Think of it as a colon cleanser. be safe and enjoy. also do not cut the hair. find a stylist and color it. what the heck, your on the road. go all out.
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