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Old 06-16-2012, 03:31 PM   #46
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:20 AM   #47
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Man your upgrade is finished well!
I am impressed about the fuel tank modification.
Please report if there is more fuel leak if the bike is tilted on ground.
I do much offroading, so the bike is on the ground alot.

You have amazing photos!
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #48
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found a few other minor details needed looking at

sump guard had a cracked mount and i was holding it on with safety wire, not good!!!





made a new bracket from stainless steel - fixed easy



after the ride back from Arizona my rear tire had almost 10,000 miles on it so i did a swap




here's a shot of the Jesse Luggage new to the stock Yamaha version




i was riding with a friend and he told me my turn signals weren't too bright, tried cleaning them but no good so i switched to some small LED's





my touratech 12 volt crapped out so i did a swap for a marine grade until



can you see the new one???



its right here...




and also got a new USB adaptor, nice and small


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Old 07-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #49
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i am leaving July 25th to continue riding, check in on my ride report, click this link - round the world on a thumper

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Old 07-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #50
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just found some other stuff i did that i forgot to add

because of leaving to do the www.5000mileadventures.com scouting ride there is a lot of offroad riding i wanted bigger pegs, problems is being in the states finding some!!! Some companies claimed theres might fit??? So instead i had a spare stock set set so i jut made some wider pegs my self









i made them so they still fit the stock rubber tops, and i'm guessing you knew that hole in the passenger peg mount was the place to keep them when not in use??? Well it is now



Also having gone to a single can exhaust i had some space left over on the right side, so utilized the mount from the MTC exhaust and fitted a locking tool tube. I add some tools that were of approximate equal weight to the Exhaust can to balance the bike out again


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Old 08-18-2012, 04:31 AM   #51
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Brilliant and inspiring

Fantastic post and pics of your trip. Nice work to the bike also!
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #52
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Fantastic post and pics of your trip. Nice work to the bike also!

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I really enjoyed reading your post.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:23 AM   #53
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:17 PM   #54
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:01 PM   #55
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Paul, I'm curious as to your choice of bike, especially in light of your background. Did you select it because you knew it to be one of the most reliable available? Or was it because it's easy to work on for you? Knowing that someone with your experience went for the Yammy, gives me pause when considering other brands (but then again, there may be equally as many experienced hands riding them).
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:28 AM   #56
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Paul, I'm curious as to your choice of bike, especially in light of your background. Did you select it because you knew it to be one of the most reliable available? Or was it because it's easy to work on for you? Knowing that someone with your experience went for the Yammy, gives me pause when considering other brands (but then again, there may be equally as many experienced hands riding them).

i researched lots of bikes ib the 650 range - DR, KLR, XR and XT,

i knew i would be travelling to altitude then the XT is the only injection bike

cooling going to high temp areas - XT is the only one thats liquid and has a fan

good fuel range - KLR and XT have 6 gallon tanks

good suspension travel - DR, XR and XT

easiest to work on XR wins

price - all close on comparison

i did think about building a bike specifically for the trip but the cost would be more the double than all the above, replacement parts would be difficult to get - so that ruled it out

so the XT won on pro's and con's
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:09 PM   #57
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Hi Paul,

I bought the same clutch and brake lever as you did. The clutch fits perfectly, but the brake makes my discs always braking, did you drill where the brake piston enters to make more room to move it?

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Old 10-20-2012, 04:34 PM   #58
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Hi Paul,

I bought the same clutch and brake lever as you did. The clutch fits perfectly, but the brake makes my discs always braking, did you drill where the brake piston enters to make more room to move it?

Thanks
i didn't have an issue but doing what you say would work just fine
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:10 AM   #59
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Thanks for the tip! I will try to do that and get back with the results! See you

I made the change, drilled to have more room to the piston, and then the lever is working fine right now, thanks!

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #60
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i crossed the border at Niagra Falls in the rain which had been falling all day long, i headed towards Dual Sport Plus in Stoney Creek, south of Toronto, thisis where my bike lived for the next few days as i stripped it down to try and figure out a an idle issue that would happen intermittently - the bike was idling around 3000 - 4000 rpm on occasion



the tech (Rick) helped out along the way but as an overlander you kind of want to work on your own bike wherever possible, the result of multiple times of stripping the bike rebuilding it, testing it - failure...rinse and repeat about 3-4 times

it looked like a sensor issue, having a bike in the states that isn't available here means a lot of internet research for parts that maybe compatible...every eventually pointed to a faulty sensor...OK order...buy...$171 (fuck)...didn't solve the issue (double fuck) electronic components cannot be returned (anyone need a sensor let me know part 5PS-82380-00)

in the end it was a fast idle issue on the bottom of the throttle body and crystalized coolant and carbon build up on the gas side





here's the broken part that let the dust/ sand get in to make this issue start



some cleaning and the 5 cent fix, a valve cap - yamaha would only sell a full throttle body for $600!!!!



a test ride, a longer test ride, an even longer test ride....all good
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