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Old 02-28-2013, 03:01 PM   #136
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tourance tyres

Hi Plodalong,

I have to agree with your observations about the tourances. I hadn't had much experience with this sort of tyre before only full knobby's, road bike tyres or back in the days the old trials universal. When I first saw the tourance's on the XT I was very dubious and going by the look of them I was going to rip them off straight away without even trying them going for something more aggresive. But then the tight arse came out in me and I decided to at least run the bike in on them. While in mud I think they would be not much good on tar and made gravel roads they have been great. I have even done some tight steep ( DRY) trails with them and they have surprised me on what they can do. I can't recomend them for checking the cows on a duey / frosty morning unless you want to practice your side ways action though. Anyway after my long windedness all I really wanted to say is that if they work for you and the type of riding your doing stick with them.

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Old 03-02-2013, 06:22 PM   #137
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Well I bit the bullet and ordered the SW Motech pannier and rear racks with the extender plate. Will get some photos of the install if anyone is interested.

Also on another note, when I'm not prepping bikes I love to read about adventures from around the world and came across Adventure Bike Rider magazine from the UK and $30 Aus get you a digital subscription to all of their mags for an entire year. Great reading, highly recommend it.

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:10 AM   #138
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Xt660r rim locks

Just realised when I was checking spoke tension on my wheels, my XT660R doesn't have rim locks nor a hole to install them into. Is this just mine or is it the same across the board?

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:08 AM   #139
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Just realised when I was checking spoke tension on my wheels, my XT660R doesn't have rim locks nor a hole to install them into. Is this just mine or is it the same across the board?

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Yep, there all like that & I carnt find a sutible one that will fit either, a 18inch rim would best solve this problem.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #140
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my xt is in townsville. flying to townsville easter holidays riding to cairns and dirt back home to newman on the burke develoipmental/savannah way.wanting a few clarifications.

the bike has 50%/75% rear/front tourances. how are these on the dirt? i want to kill them before i put 606s on in katherine.

bash plate-any recomendations .the bike is stock standard.

need a luggage rack- any recommendations?

once i am in newman i will decide how i am going to configure the bike with.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:30 AM   #141
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New bits to install

My RAM mirrors which screw into the existing mirror mounts and Barkbusters (Storm) turned up.....oh so close to riding now









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Old 03-05-2013, 03:02 AM   #142
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my xt is in townsville. flying to townsville easter holidays riding to cairns and dirt back home to newman on the burke develoipmental/savannah way.wanting a few clarifications.

the bike has 50%/75% rear/front tourances. how are these on the dirt? i want to kill them before i put 606s on in katherine.

bash plate-any recomendations .the bike is stock standard.

need a luggage rack- any recommendations?

once i am in newman i will decide how i am going to configure the bike with.
Hey Stormsearcher, that's one hell of a first adventure for her. Can't speak from experience with the Tourances, but just looking st them in photos....I wouldn't want to be going anywhere near those tracks with those glorified road tryes. Stick the 606's on straight up, I reckon you'll be sorry if you don't. The rest of the XT660R inmates are a bit quiet on this thread if you're after any advice or suggestions, probably should delete this one and go with either the XT660 X and R Thread or the Lets see your XT660R
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:24 AM   #143
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Stormsearcher,

The tourances will get you there IF (and its a big if) there got plenty of meat on them, if your taking main dirt roads, and it doesn't rain (mud they definatly don't do). What I would be more worried about are the tubes. The standard ones are paper thin. Depending on your budget I suppose but for peace of mind and enjoyment of the ride I'd be changing both tubes abd tyres.

B&B racks are great, big enough, light, strong, fit well and look good (in my opinion)

Can"t help you about the bash plate with low pipes.

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:05 AM   #144
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Rim locks

Robo,

You could try "Ballards" for rim locks. There on page 43 in their cattle dog, it's on the net. There not that hard to fit. If they can't help a motorcycle wheel specialist might be the go.

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:19 AM   #145
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Thanks for the info guys.I might change the tourances in cairns. Will run mousse in front and HD tube rear with decent knobbies.was wondering about crash bars to protect the water pump etc.H&B or swmotec but they need to allow the bash plate to be fitted.
Any idea of bash plate crash bar combos that work with standard pipes? I like the metal mule stuff as well.I am asking these questions as I haven't even seen the bike and don't have the time till I get the bike back to Newman.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:38 AM   #146
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Thanks for the info guys.I might change the tourances in cairns. Will run mousse in front and HD tube rear with decent knobbies.was wondering about crash bars to protect the water pump etc.H&B or swmotec but they need to allow the bash plate to be fitted.
Any idea of bash plate crash bar combos that work with standard pipes? I like the metal mule stuff as well.I am asking these questions as I haven't even seen the bike and don't have the time till I get the bike back to Newman.

Mate B&B do a great bash plate, H&B crash bars are great to but you have to take a bit out of the bash plate to make it all fit. Pain in the ass but worth it.
Have a look at the black 660 with the big tank in this thread ( page 3 ) and you should see what I mean.
Anyway the B&B bash plate provides plenty of protection.
Any tyre will work on good dirt roads just depends what you are used to and how ya ride .

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:30 AM   #147
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Am thinking SW motec bash plate, crash bars, sw luggage rack with sift luggage adaptor as the bash plate might not need any cutting to fit the engine guards.also cheaper than B&B..how are the handle bars? Good quality or do I need rental? Any other suggestions for my ride? Thanks
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:48 AM   #148
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Am thinking SW motec bash plate, crash bars, sw luggage rack with sift luggage adaptor as the bash plate might not need any cutting to fit the engine guards.also cheaper than B&B..how are the handle bars? Good quality or do I need rental? Any other suggestions for my ride? Thanks
SW Motec is good gear so you should have no problems, but for what its worth the B&B bashplates are the toughest I have seen and used.

Ask Boneman how soft the standard bars are , so yeah a good set of bars and Barkbusters and shes all good.

Have you been on to "xt660.com", lots of info and plently of help.
Look to get one of Kev's o2 controllers, it's plug and play and works.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:55 AM   #149
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SW Motec is good gear so you should have no problems, but for what its worth the B&B bashplates are the toughest I have seen and used.

Ask Boneman how soft the standard bars are , so yeah a good set of bars and Barkbusters and shes all good.

Have you been on to "xt660.com", lots of info and plently of help.
Look to get one of Kev's o2 controllers, it's plug and play and works.
Yeah, standard bars are soft.... BUT I crashed at very high speed , and they did bend. I was fine, though... Renthals (Jimmy Button bend) MUCH better but you may have to re-route your clutch cable... No biggie...
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:12 PM   #150
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Went for a sunday morning ride and proceded to get lost, Fuel light comes on in the middle of nowhere, Bugger thought the tank was pretty full. Riding in economy mode made it 65ks back to town (15k dirt 50k tar) and she only takes 12.5L to full. Light normally comes on around 215k and she takes 10L to fill.

Whats the most fuel you've put in the tank? and how many ks on reserve (fuel lamp on).

Going by most bikes I've owned you'd be lucky to get the quoted 15L in the tank and it would be nice to know what the actual reserve is.

Might have to look into a big tank or a fuel pack (rotopax)

By the way I got 296 klm out of the 12.5l in sunday morning relaxed mode.
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