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Old 05-08-2012, 02:48 AM   #31
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This was one of my choices for overland bike but I didn't like it, the power was a bit low. A friend of mine rode one from london to Thailand and I rode his with some decent mods and what a difference. It was really woken up and gave me a whole new respect for these things. I love what you're doing, it looks like a very thorough job.
Just one question. My brother had one of these, his mate, I met two Europeans in India and my Australian mate, all riding the Tenere and every single one of them had dropped it and the ones I knew well were not guys to drop their bikes. Did you find any balance issues with yours at all?
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:06 AM   #32
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Awesome mods and adventure..
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:38 AM   #33
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looks so cool , and I'm damn jaleous you can do all these things yourself


I have a question on the chain tensioner , this is one from R&G , any info on model , supplier ? fitting ?

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its not a chain tensioner its a toe guard, to stop you foot going in towards the sprocket if you come off, i had a very close call in Bolivia like this so it is really just personal preference, it is a universal fit
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:43 AM   #34
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This was one of my choices for overland bike but I didn't like it, the power was a bit low. A friend of mine rode one from london to Thailand and I rode his with some decent mods and what a difference. It was really woken up and gave me a whole new respect for these things. I love what you're doing, it looks like a very thorough job.
Just one question. My brother had one of these, his mate, I met two Europeans in India and my Australian mate, all riding the Tenere and every single one of them had dropped it and the ones I knew well were not guys to drop their bikes. Did you find any balance issues with yours at all?
i find it well balanced, it comes down to packing, maybe their luggage was the issue? yes power is not great but once you get away from civilization a lighter bike is better in the long run, and as i look at it, i am heading out on the road for years, its not a race, my average speed for the first 38,000 miles was less than 40 mph
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:02 PM   #35
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Do you have any pictures?
I will have to do this mod also. Soon.

I have to admit I made a mistake in my explanation, what I discribed was the original plan
But plans are to change and that's what happened. Instead of a second bearing on the inside of the hub I made the original bearing chamber 15 mm deeper. This way 2 bearings fit in the place where once was only one
With some luck I'll be able to place a photo too


Take a close look and you can see the second bearing under the first one.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:42 AM   #36
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the guy who owned the bike before me put on the lowering links on it and lowered the center stand, not a pretty job, basically his welding sucked, this is what a 50,000 mile center stand looks like, lots of abuse




also some of the gussets had welds missing, so i corrected it all and added BIGGER feet








made some slug to lengthen the stand and welded it all back together and repainted it





regrease the bushings when it was reinstalled





now the rear wheel isn't on the ground like it was before with a new knobbly, when i make new jack up links and add an 18" rear when i get to Europe i now have space

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:35 PM   #37
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What a greet job!

I'm very happy to have found your post!

Can you show us how the front light protector looks like in the bike? What you make to hold this in the bike?

Congrats!

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:44 AM   #38
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You have put a lot of extra weight with those thick plates in the bottom, upper reinforcement and with two round iron extensions. Tube shaped extension would be lighter choice.
I know this, because I extended my side stand that way (with gearbox axle-also heavy) and because of that heavy extension the side stand is also heavy, and spring is too weak now. Result is that side stand is jumping when riding on bumpy road. I have put stronger spring, but problem is not removed completely.

We all know best is to make it lighter, when making upgrades, but sometimes its difficult.
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5kadv check that central stand spring, if you did not already. If it is too weak because extra weight, it might sag too much and you can hit an obstacle one day when riding on bumpy tracks.

Wish you all the best, and give us some more juice about you upgrades!



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Old 05-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #39
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just rode 2000 miles and not a problem, 1200 off road on very bad ground...still on the road, when i get back i'll add more

weight added was less than 1 lb

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You have put a lot of extra weight with those thick plates in the bottom, upper reinforcement and with two round iron extensions. Tube shaped extension would be lighter choice.
I know this, because I extended my side stand that way (with gearbox axle-also heavy) and because of that heavy extension the side stand is also heavy, and spring is too weak now. Result is that side stand is jumping when riding on bumpy road. I have put stronger spring, but problem is not removed completely.

We all know best is to make it lighter, when making upgrades, but sometimes its difficult.
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5kadv check that central stand spring, if you did not already. If it is too weak because extra weight, it might sag too much and you can hit an obstacle one day when riding on bumpy tracks.

Wish you all the best, and give us some more juice about you upgrades!



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Old 06-16-2012, 03:56 PM   #40
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i've been away riding...here is the last thing i did i think!!!

a gas tank mod, the fuel cell (plastic) is stock at 23 liters but its very difficult and slow to get the last few liters in, and even when you do you never get it completely full

easy one minute fix with a HAND DRILL - no power drills for this otherwise you get to hear an EXPLOSION










now i'm getting about an extra liter and slightly more in the tank...result
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #41
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not exactly a mod more like a HUGE upgrade

once all the mods were done i met Al Jesse of www.jesseluggage.com he took my bike to make welding jigs so his luggage would be available for the XT660Z

they are not on his website as of this post but they are available, mine are 10" a total of 110 liters, i have more stuff in them than i was carrying on my pan american ride of 38,000

superb craftsmanship, strength and design. they are adjustable backwards and forwards by around 5 inches

i had more tools as i'd done these mods and was riding back from AZ to Louisiana and just in case something needed fixing on the road that i had do a mod on...it didn't everything was good




i'll add photos of the ride home in the next post
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #42
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i rode from Al Jesse's place to a the Overland Expo (one of the largest gatherings of overlanders in one place, bikes, 4x4 and overland trucks

enjoy the photos...my route was AZ, UT, CO, NM, TX, LA

if you want photo locations/ details make a comment













16 years on the road makes you smile like this
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:16 PM   #43
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time to start the ride home...








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