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Old 05-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #2611
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Cool, and don't forget to post some pics of your corroded rims and spokes! (Daytona Beach? )

Nice pic above. Since you know more than all the magazine guys combined ... how about a ride review? Did you ride your bike from Minn to Fla ... and back?
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you seem to be the type of guy that leaves the plastic on the couch.

i don't know more than the magazine guys. but i know how to make a decision and just be content and happy with what I ride.

ride review: everytime i ride the terra...i'm happy.

i did not ride from minn to fla....and back. but i'm sure you'd think i was a better man if i did.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:57 PM   #2612
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My rear rack broke off too. If some aftermarket company were to offer a metal one (hint hint) I'd buy it in a snap. I suspect there'd be a pretty good market for it too, because the OEM plastic racks are not strong enough to do the job.
B&B offroad have an aluminium plate that either bolts through the original rack mounts or comes with a kit to replace the original rack (like on my KTM 950).

They also have strong bash plates and assorted other guards for the Terra.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #2613
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In the photo on the website, it looks like the B&B plate is mounted over the factory rack. It is priced well, and would be awesome with some sort of direct mounting kit.

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Old 05-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #2614
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Yeah, but have they ever used that range? It isn't very far between Starbucks anymore....
Closest Starbucks to me is 500 ft from the end of my driveway. Takes longer to put gear on than to walk.

Hey now, that range comes in handy. I've been in the 300's between stops while out travelling. Somewhere in the high 100's I find a zone and don't want to stop.

What I can't believe is that folks in this thread are talking about the Terra/Strada being a problem to pick up if dumped. Now my GSA, picking that pig up is worthy of discussion. (Ahem, I actually carry a snow mobile high lift jack in my top case). From my perspective the Terra/Strada is a featherweight.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:14 PM   #2615
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In the photo on the website, it looks like the B&B plate is mounted over the factory rack. It is priced well, and would be awesome with some sort of direct mounting kit.

Not super impressed.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #2616
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you seem to be the type of guy that leaves the plastic on the couch.

i don't know more than the magazine guys. but i know how to make a decision and just be content and happy with what I ride.

ride review: everytime i ride the terra...i'm happy.

i did not ride from minn to fla....and back. but i'm sure you'd think i was a better man if i did.
Looks like you are out and about having a great time. The beach would be hard to resist.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:54 PM   #2617
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Great pic

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:02 PM   #2618
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That is a nice looking bike!

That rear rack looks familiar...

In fact, I saw one on the road this morning:


Ah yes, that would be mine!:

Shit. That's where I have my Roto-pax bolted. Sure hope some one comes up with a stronger rear rack.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #2619
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Shit. That's where I have my Roto-pax bolted. Sure hope some one comes up with a stronger rear rack.
I'm pretty sure my commute is rougher than most, being its nearly a 100 mile roundtrip adventure. The road pictured above is an old railroad bed from the 1800's that has been turned into a county road in the past 50 years and is poorly maintained. It is just over 14 miles of rocks, ruts, washboards, silt beds and 6 steep cattleguards. I usually fly over it all @ 60-65 mph since that is the smoothest speed.

I hit this rock several months ago at night at about 65, popping my tube and bending my front rim:


My point being is that my Terra is going through a torture test and will probably show us all what will break first on these bikes.

My new shop should be up and running by mid-late June, and my first project anticipated (aside from completing the shop), will be a rear rack for this bike. If I can find the right materials and design something stout but light enough, I may build some extras for sale on here. I'll keep you guys posted.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:23 PM   #2620
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Is that the 1.75 gal Rotopax?

-looks good and "crashy"

Sorry to see the broken rack though.

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #2621
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Is that the 1.75 gal Rotopax?

-looks good and "crashy"

Sorry to see the broken rack though.

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Unfortunately its only the 1.0
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #2622
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B&B offroad have an aluminium plate that either bolts through the original rack mounts or comes with a kit to replace the original rack (like on my KTM 950).

They also have strong bash plates and assorted other guards for the Terra.
I'm not looking for a plate that bolts on top of the OEM rack. That won't do me any good when the OEM rack mounts are broken off at the bolt holes. There was a post about some German outfit showing the kind of rack I'm looking for and I'll check that one out. Thanks for your input though, appreciate the effort. I've got a Motosportz bash plate and I'm totally happy with it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #2623
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I had thought about using the rear footpeg/...I will never use the tHe Strada for hauling a passenger...so if it was easy to do something back there I'm all ears..the Strada gets great mileage even running hard...but the adv GSA buddies I ride with love to Bragg about how far they can go between stops...I'm sure they would enjoy running me dry. Trying to keep that from happening.

But you could ride another passenger if you wanted. You have over 400 lbs cargo capacity. That's a real nice feature of the bike!
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #2624
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re: the broken rack - so much of that rack cantilevers back beyond the mounting points, that it's going to turn any weight back there into a pendulum and eventually crack the plastic swinging up and down.
I looked at the Rotopax 1 gallon as an option, decided the rack probably wouldn't hold up.
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Thanks for the Woody's idea! I've submitted a request and hope it comes back with a bit less sticker shock. Being the first kid on the block with an ambidextrous Terra/Strada sounds pretty fun. :)
Woody's is 20 minutes away....it's nice having them local. They've built a few sets of offroad wheels for me, and it can be done for around $700-$750.

RAD has an "economy" hub, and while that sounds like it might be cheapo cheeseball stuff, all it is is their zoot hubs with fewer passes thru the milling machine to remove material and make them lighter.
I ran one set on an XR628 in some pretty rugged stuff for a few years before I had to tighten a spoke.

So you get an excellent quality hub that's a few ounces heavier than the expensive stuff...but just as tough and high quality.



A set I put on an XR650R I built a few years ago.










the XR628 with RAD setup out back

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Old 05-10-2013, 05:21 AM   #2625
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Woody's is 20 minutes away....it's nice having them local. They've built a few sets of offroad wheels for me, and it can be done for around $700-$750.

RAD has an "economy" hub, and while that sounds like it might be cheapo cheeseball stuff, all it is is their zoot hubs with fewer passes thru the milling machine to remove material and make them lighter.
I ran one set on an XR628 in some pretty rugged stuff for a few years before I had to tighten a spoke.

So you get an excellent quality hub that's a few ounces heavier than the expensive stuff...but just as tough and high quality.
That's good to hear. I've submitted an online inquiry, but no response. If they make their own hubs I can imagine them being able to help. I'll give them a call and try and the old-fashioned way today to find out....I'm going to choose either a Terra or Strada tomorrow and need to have this issue put to bed. $750 for a set of rims + rotors and ABS ring is totally doable...$1400 for that part OEM not so much.
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