Kriega US-5

Posted: 28/01/2014 in Equipment archives
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Hey!

Lets start off this year bloging with a short review of my new pack, the Kriega US-5. If you don’t know Kriega, RevZilla made a short video of the brand and products guide.

Now these pack are supposed to be 100% waterproof, and there is quite a lot of happy users out there. So I thought I would get the smallest one to check it out. Also the bag contents has been changed for 2014->, they added a aluminium hook strap kit to it and raised the price for £10 (~12€), but the plan(hopefully) for my US-5 is to attach it to Hydro-3 and I don’t need the alu hooks for that, so I bought the “old” bag.

So what do you get when buying the US-5. Well you get the bag itself, 2 mounting straps and 2 strap keepers so that they don’t flap around in the wind.
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The bag itself is a roll-top design with outer water resistant layer and inner removable white waterproof layer.
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On the outside of the bag there is a mesh pocket and a zipped pocket. On the zipped pocket there is a YKK water resistant zipper.
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This bag can work as stand alone bag or you can attach it on any of the Kriega backpacks and other dry packs. There is a very long thread about those packs and all of the Kriega gear on AdvRider.com and its worth reading.

Stay safe!

Happy 2014!

Posted: 01/01/2014 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone!

Happy, productive, successful and most of all a safe 2014 to everyone that is following my blog. There is a lot of interesting things coming to this blog in next few months. Some gear reviews some bike modifications and hopefully some future season ride plans. So stay tuned for some interesting stuff.

Have a great 2014 everyone!

Hey!

It has been a few week from a very unpleasant surprise of a attempted brake-in and damaged door on my garage. At the first sight it looked like the repairs would be expensive, but thanks to my dad’s help and ingenuity, we managed to save the door’s and keep the costs to the minimum.

So while looking around eBay for some better locks and stuff, I also fund a low priced GoPro camera that I kinda liked. So I placed a bid and crossed my fingers. In two days I got an e-mail that I have won the auction for the camera. I was really excited as I wanted one for a long time. Hopefully I will be posting some video clips on here, and make this blog more interesting.

So what did I actually won? I won a GoPro HeroHD Naked camera. It is the original HD Hero without any mounts, and I paid only 81€ delivered. Some of you might think that I am crazy buying such an old used camera, but I am not a professional movie maker and I don’t need Bluetooth, LCD screen and all that crap.

On to the camera now. Here it is as delivered:
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With the camera itself I also got all the manuals, usb cable, dive housing with both doors, that white thingy and a spare buckle mount.
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The camera itself is in a perfect condition:
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From recommendation on different web sources I have also bought a Transcend class 10 16gb SD card which is big enough for a one full battery of video. Also a good friend gave me his vented helmet strap as he didn’t have any use for it.
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Now I have a question for all of you HERO users out there, which mounts do you suggest I buy, for mostly motorcycle use? You can post your suggestions below in the comments section.

Have a safe day!

After a long and wet first day, me and my grandpa woke up to a beautiful cloudless day.
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We had a quick breakfast, got our bikes loaded up and head out on the road. Our first challenge was to get to a main road out of the coastal area and not get on the highway. After a lot of wrong turns and dead-ends we finally managed to get to Črni Kal. We have been here yesterday but haven’t stopped because of the rain. But today it would be a shame not to stop and enjoy a great view.
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My camrea doesn’t have a program for getting a panoramic view, so I had to take three pictures of the Črni Kal Viaduct. It is the bigges one in Slovenia.
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About 15min later we were back on the road, enjoying the weather, open and empty roads, scenery, grabbing a bite to eat,… and before we knew it, we were at our destination for the day. Sitting there in the shade, drinking beer I realised I haven’t take a single picture that day… Ow well, it happens if you are enjoying the ride so much. But I have a few pictures of our destination of the day.

At lunch I have called ahead reserved a room for us at Kanu camp Radenci at Kolpa river. The camp is really beautiful, it is located in a small village so it is peaceful and relaxing. For those who don’t want to camp, like us, they have a few small rooms which are really nice.
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Area around the camp is really nice to. There is a river Kolpa nearby where you can go rafting or swimming if you want.
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And so the day came to an end and after a few beer’s we went to bed and slep like baby’s.

To be continued…

Hey all!

This is a continuation of my fork change project. At the same time that I have changed the forks, I also changed my tyres as the Heidenau K60 rear was gone after a bit over 7000km.

I chose to try out a knobbly set-up for my KLE. After much research on the best possible tyres, I chose to go with Mitas front and rear. But before I go into detail here is the list of tires I was looking at (this is what I have found out on different forums):
>TKC80: To expensive for its wear rate, not good in mud or soft sand
>Karoo 3: To expensive to be a guinea pig, will wait for some reviews
>MT21: Doesn’t like cold wet roads, otherwise the front is the most used in different combos
>Mitas E09: Rear holds up good, front washes out and has little knobs
>Mitas E10: Simmilar to TKC80, cheaper, worse in wet

In the end I chose to go with a Mitas combo, C17 up fornt and E09 on the rear. I took this combo as it was the cheapest knobbly set-up out there, with 103.99€ delivered.
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In person the E09 looks a lot bigger/beefier than on the pictures. So I took a few minutes and measured thread depth. First the C17 front:
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And the E09 rear:
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So the front has 12mm of thread and on the rear there is almost 14mm of thread. Hopefully I will be able to get around 5000km out of the set.
For a better track-ability I took a picture of the ODO-meter when I got them mounted.
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Here are a few pictures of them on the bike:
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So far I have only done around 20km so can’t really comment on their performance, but will do a update in the spring when I will have at least a 1000km under my belt.

Stay safe everyone!

Possible blog inactivity

Posted: 27/10/2013 in Uncategorized

Hey all!

Unfortunately I have some bad news. This bolg will be inactive for a while, as far as the bike modification and gear reviews. This is because a sorry ass bastard attempted to brake in my garage last night. Luckily for me he didn’t succeed at his attempt and all the contents of the garage is still intact, including both motorcycles. But the damage on the doors is enough to make a big hole in my wallet. I will finish my “Around a country” ride report and answer all you questions, but won’t be doing any of my planed winter-projects as I have relocated both motorcycles to a good friend of mine and as I won’t have any founds left when I repair the doors.

Stay safe everyone!

Hey all!

As you all know from my previous post, I have started a little project on my bike and that is changing the OEM forks with some WP4357 forks. This will not be a “How-To” post but I will only show you how much work it is and what it takes to make a swap. If you chose to do the same on your bike, you do it at your own risk!

After over a month of work and solving problems with the change, I have finally finished my project. Before I go into any detail about it, here is the finished product:
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For me, this project began around December last year. It was a cold and snowy winter here and I had nothing better to do than read different forums. But not the ride report ones, but the wrenching sections. And after seeing how many people on Africa Twins, KLR’s, XR’s,… change the front suspension I thought it would be a good idea to swap the front end on my KLE. After reading a lot of these threads I was sold on the idea of better suspension on KLE. With my mind set on this project I now needed to find a suitable set of forks. The key thing is to do your research good and chose a set that would suit your riding style.

There is a lot of options out there, KLX, DRZ, CFR, YZ, WP,… Looking around eBay for months and losing a few actions, I finally got lucky and scored a nice set of WP43 forks.
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I got the forks, but now I need a set of triple clamps. It was hard to find a good set of clamps for those forks, as all the newer bikes use the WP48 forks. After a week I finally found some. They are a Applied Racing billet aluminium clamps. Those clamps were still in factory packing and newer on the bike at all.

It took a while to get everything as I was ordering from UK. After receiving everything I checked the parts out to see if they are as described. And they were all good.
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Now with these parts at home, it was time to start thinking of what it will take to fit them on the bike. I didn’t have the money for a KTM front wheel and new speedometer unit and KLE wheel is in great shape, so I decided to make use of the KLE components, wheel, axle, brake caliper and speedo unit. This also meant more machining of custom parts was necessary.

First thing to sort out was a new stem that would fit KTM clamps and KLE barrings. It would be easy to addapt a KTM stem to KLE barrings if I had it, but since I didn’t I had to make the whole thing. With some help from people on differant forums I had a drawing in CAD quite quickly. Next on the list was material for it. Some factories use 7075-T6 alu, some C40 steel, some people suggested stainless steel. But I wasn’t convinced by all this inthernet info, so I turned to the best metalurgist at the company, where I had a summer job. I explained him what I need and he said I should use a tempered steel (VCMO 140) that has been normalised, in efect this would produce a tesile strength of 1000-1200 N/mm², for reference 7075-T6 aluminium mas a tensile strength around 524N/mm². A co-worker on a lathe was also kind enough to make the stem for me during a brake.
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I have also got a set of brand new barrings. I didn’t go with Kawasaki OEM barrings as they were to expensive, just over 60€ for a set. Instead I went to a local engineering supplies shop and got a set of FAG barrings that were the same specs as OEM.
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With that part under the roof, next thing was to tackle the axle diameter problem. KLE has a 15mm axle, but KTM uses a 20mm axle with one side expansion to 24mm. I had to draw up a few inserts to convert KTM axle hole for KLE axle.
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I also had to make a insert for top triple clamp as the hole was bigger than the stem, I used the same diameter as stock KLE stem.
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Now with all the parts at hand, it was time to take the bike apart.
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I didn’t have to take the dash and handlebars off, which was a real time saver. Here is a quick comparion of the OEM and WP forks, I have aligned the axle holes.
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First on were the clamps, I really like the looks of them on the bike without a fairing on. Maybe one day I will put a EXC front mask on the bike.
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Finally the forks went on, followed by the front wheel. And for photo purposes only, the headlight assembly.
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I had a bit of a problem with front wheel not being centred, I even asked around a few forums. But after careful check of the bike I found out one of the inserts wasn’t completely seated. After seating it, the front wheel fitted in the forks without any spacer needed to align it. It was dead centre.

Next on the list was a brake calliper adapter. I was hoping it would align with KTM calliper holes, but unfortunately it didn’t. So I had to make some measurements to draw it up and have it lase cut. Later I decided do just make a cardboard part, throw it in a scanner outline it and print it to see if it fits. After a few try’s I had my CAD design done. I had it laser cut out of 8mm mild steel as they didn’t have any stainless steel in stock, so over the winter I will have to pain it.
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After this all that was left to do was bolt on some fork guards, route the cables, check for clearances and go for a test ride.
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All the stock cables were long enough for this conversion. It is 99% done, the only thing missing is a ignition switch mounting plate. At the moment I have it zip-tied to the handlebars.

After a quick 30km test ride, on some backboards without traffic, I can’t be more pleased with the new suspension. KLE became a completely different bike to ride and handle. I am wondering why I didn’t do this at the beginning of the season. I can’t even put it in words how good it got. A few pictures after a second ride for the end.
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What can I say about this project. It was longer, harder and more complex that what you usually read on forums, but it the end it was really satisfying and rewarding. If anyone is wondering if a conversion like this is worth the trouble and cash I can, without a doubt, say that it was well worth it.

Stay safe everyone!

P.S.: A quick “step-by-step” guide for those who want it:
1. Find a set of suitable forks.
2. Disassemble the bike
3. Take measurements and get the parts machined, also order all the OEM parts you might need
4. Reassemble the bike
5. HAVE FUN!