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Old 05-25-2013, 05:48 AM   #2551
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Metal on the magnet is not uncommon in any new engine. The magnet is doing it's job of removing filings. Lots of new parts wearing in. If you are concerned, do it again in half the recommended interval.

Differenet engine configurations produce specific results. I had a GM 305 that built sludge like nobody's business. Some build carbon, some make oil dirty. I have no specific info on the Sertao engine. But I have owned a few Rotax engines and they have been bullet proof. Also having been a P.S.S.R. for Caterpillar, I have seen a few engine internals, and astonishing amounts of ferrous meterials on magnets. On that side, I have cut filters open with so much brass in them they looked like Christmas tree ornaments with no ill effects.

Oil is cheap, relatively speaking, and it sounds like the filter and drain plug are doing their intended job. Make a good mental note of the amount and it should be less next time, depending on the interval.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:41 PM   #2552
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I think I will do a second change somewhere in the 2000-3000 mile range for a second flush. I have used shell Rotella t 15w40 in most of my bikes and its so cheap there is no reason to try to extend intervals.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:19 PM   #2553
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I am using wolfman expedition bags and their roto pax setup on my Sertão. It installs easily and hasn't loosened in any way. I have one water and one fuel container. So far in my round the Americas trip I have only filled it once and then never needed it. I also have 2 liters in Wolfman holsters which I have used several times. I think I will probably need the capacity in Bolivia or maybe Patsgonia later on. Because of the width I can seldom split lanes in traffic. It also requires more careful balancing of the load. I've been bumped a few times by taxis that couldn't fathom the width. I've also scraped off the nylon on my fuel holsters working the twisties today on the Costa Verde, Brazil :)
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #2554
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Awesome thanks,

It does push the width out there. But I like the modularity of it.

Seems like a fairly sturdy set up.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:38 PM   #2555
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Pasomonte,
How many miles are on your bike now ?
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:00 PM   #2556
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Tempered Lobster

Paging Mr. Tempered Lobster. would temper lobster please come to the service counter please .

hey so how is the build coming ?

lets see some progress pictures on the fork conversion


also,
what front fender are you using?
does it rub on the frame? (i had to cut mine)













... on a side note: These tires dont last long at all. Perelli mt60 i think they were? 110/80/18

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Old 05-26-2013, 02:08 AM   #2557
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Paging Mr. Tempered Lobster. would temper lobster please come to the service counter please .

hey so how is the build coming ?

lets see some progress pictures on the fork conversion


also,
what front fender are you using?
does it rub on the frame? (i had to cut mine)
It's coming together now. Finally got the 18" rear wheel back and mounted. Front is almost finished, just need to finish the steering stop and a simple ignition mount. ABS has gone, but still can't work out how to re-enable the speedo.......



The front fender is the Polisport Free Flow front fender. It clears the frame nicely, but if you use the standard radiator shrouds, they will need trimming slightly - i've gone with the touratech guards.



Still got a few more touratech goodies to fit (bash plate and rallye foot pegs) and then I'm pretty much done.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:09 AM   #2558
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Nice job lobster

Ill give the polisport a try
I gave up on the speedo


How is your chain tension and rear tire clearance from the swing arm?

You are the only other person I know of who has converted their Tao
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:52 AM   #2559
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Swamp - you must be so pleased to find another! ;)

PS. anyone ever in wyoming, go here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Desert_(Wyoming)

Some of the most amazing wide open twisty technical riding ive ever done.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:08 PM   #2560
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Nearly-night time shot taken in Wyoming. Used a 60 second shutter to get that much light in - you can even see a few stars.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:03 AM   #2561
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Nearly-night time shot taken in Wyoming. Used a 60 second shutter to get that much light in - you can even see a few stars.
Excellent pic!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:09 AM   #2562
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Sweet!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:43 AM   #2563
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One more post, while i have good internet: Here are a couple of videos from 2 days ago:

Me riding through some pretty fun terrain in the Red Desert, Wyoming. I found it by accident, but its an amazing place. Its the largest unfenced area in the US, and I rode 100 miles without seeing anyone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPcC945hbDg

And here's me picking up the bike after i fell over, after coming to a stop in deep sand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-2CJkjq38s

Now, im higher up and its snowy!
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:24 PM   #2564
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Handlebar Replacement

All right, after running in to a slippery creek bed and the resulting fall in Ohio this weekend, I've decided that I'm done with BMW OEM bars. The right side was so bent I was hardly able to ride out of the valley of death I found myself in. I know some of you have switched to aftermarket bars so here's a few question for ya:

What'd you get?
Do you like the switch?
Did it change the ergos drastically? (I like the feel of the bike currently)
Are you running Touratech hand guards? (I'd rather not spend more money than I need to, but if I have to I will)

I know that most of the info. is buried somewhere in this thread, but I'm lazy... so please humor me.

I'll post some pictures of the damage to Serts when I get a chance this evening. She's down and out until I can get a new Excel laced on the front.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:45 PM   #2565
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so what you are saying is that you ALSO smashed the front rim?


good job
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