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Old 01-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #2866
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The Xchallenge need the extra fuel capacity and from my opinion it is a must for adventure riding. I have the HotRod tank on my Xchallenge and am happy with it. Whatevery you do - the 9litre stock tank is just too small unless you have a following car with fuel and supplies :)
question I had was: did you have XL x-tanks (9,3l) or the regular (6,5l) ones and is the 9,3l tank overkill for the XC rearframe including luggage.

I have touratech fairing with Infinity projectors and zumo660 on the upper edge- I love this setup.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #2867
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Terry and Geir were chatting up Ice Cream ladies in the nearby shopping mall.

The Emperor's new ice cream ?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #2868
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Steve, I think you're to be applauded for taking on this challenge. You had planned for different roads altogether, a different style of trip, and outfitted accordingly and then this opportunity presented itself. And you joined! And then prepared your gear for this completely different journey! That's the spirit!!! Hope you'll keep chiming in.....Rod, P, and Beemster set a high bar but I'm hoping the biking Vikings can match it!
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #2869
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On the transport stretch from Norway to Krasnoyarsk Erik and I regularly did between 800 and 1.000 km per day. Not possible with the standard saddle. Unless you are heavily into S&M
And perhaps with a fondness for the M part more so than the S.....
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #2870
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Walter, the video seems to not be working. Could you re-post it?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:28 AM   #2871
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question I had was: did you have XL x-tanks (9,3l) or the regular (6,5l) ones and is the 9,3l tank overkill for the XC rearframe including luggage.

Yes, we had XL tanks.

No, but you need the steel subframe.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:36 AM   #2872
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Steve, theres no need for excuses, you rode your 800gs amazingly well ! , i was quite surprised how tough that bike is.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #2873
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Walter, the video seems to not be working. Could you re-post it?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #2874
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Thanks! Wouldn't work in IE so I switched over to Chrome.

Nice video! Looking forward to Part 3 of this report, looks like the best is yet to come.

Minus Rod's Scottish humor.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #2875
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When do you expect the DVD to be available Walter?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:59 AM   #2876
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While we set up camp in the evening and listened to the partying Russians nearby, Steve was asking about tyres.

I cant remember what front tyre he had on (might have been a TKC80), but he was looking at the front tyres Terry and I just bought, and was wondering if he would be better off with those.

There were a stack of tyres in Irkutsk at the tyre dealer - I had ordered 5 sets to be there waiting for us. Terry and I had taken a set each, which left 3 front K79s tyres at the dealer.

In the end Steve decided he would go back tomorrow morning and get a new front to fit when we approached the BAM Road. Geir was going to take him first thing in the morning, while Erik, Terry and I would cruise slowly up to Olkhon Island.

Well that was the plan anyway ....
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:04 PM   #2877
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When do you expect the DVD to be available Walter?
Good question. I have just finished my Morocco DVD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvqgPrPN2x8), so will be able to put more time into this one.

Hopefully May?
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:38 PM   #2878
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Now that the Bongo hysteria has died down, I thought y'all might want to learn a bit more about the beast.
Wikipedia.
Sorry to hijack the topic a bit, been reading for a few weeks now now and then when i can spare the time, really enjoy it, BUT i think we must get the bongo truck picture on wikipedia as a typical use for this mighty adventure (hauling) machine!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #2879
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As for the Rally Fairing, Erik has that one to. As Walter mentioned, it makes life more comfortable when doing long stretches.
Just a short question. Is he making that only for XC ? Or may it be custom-made to any dual-sport bike ?
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #2880
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... Unfortunately, we couldnt get the rubber we wanted so both had to settle for some Heidenau K79 (fronts) and K69 (rears)...

...There were a stack of tyres in Irkutsk at the tyre dealer - I had ordered 5 sets to be there waiting for us. Terry and I had taken a set each, which left 3 front K79s tyres at the dealer....
Walter/Tony: Did you order your tyres from http://www.motorezina.ru/ ???

There website doesn't list Michelin Desert's or T63's (my personal favorite). Have they stopped stocking them or were they just out of stock? I seem to recall you previously collecting Desert's in Sibera which I presume came from motorezina?

EtronX - I'm used to Scandinavian's putting native English speakers to shame with the spoken word, but now you've managed it with the written to. Nice job
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