Note: Not all of the pictures are my work. Some of them were taken from various social media pages and they are the work of other photographers at race!

Day3: RACE Day

So the day whe have been looking forward to has finally arrived… …race day is here. We grab a good breakfast and headed to the start line. Once at the start you could see all kind of motorcycles in heavy, super heavy and C class.
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Looking dow the start line I was getting a bit nervous. Why? Well I have never jumped a log before and this was the first obstacle here.
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So it was time for me to start. Adrenaline was already high. But after clearing a log and hearing the roar of the crowd the levels of adrenaline went sky-high.
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Here is a video from the first special test of the race, the rest can be found on youtube:

There are not a lot of pictures during the race, but I have found some from the start of the last special test. This was a fast one, with speeds well over 100km/h.
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This was a really great experience to have, and it kinda got me a race bug, but don’t tell anyone.

After the race it was time to get the bikes ready for a return trip home.
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While setting up the bikes, we got a visitor…
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After all that work, we were quite hungry, so we went to the hotel restaurant to eat. We got the menus but it all looked like I was going to bed hungry.
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Luckily Robert knew how to read this gibberish so we ordered a plate of grilled meat. After a good lunch, we took a few hours off for a nap. Later in the evening, it was time for a debrief and a few beers with old and new friends.
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Here is a promo video from one of the media that was there, it gives a great overview of the action taking place:

We went to bed quite early as we still had 2 rainy days of riding to do to get home. We took a different route back home. It was quite interesting, and we also hit some dirt roads.
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After this pic, it started to rain, heavily, and after all day of riding in rain, my hands looked beaten.
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We heave booked a room in the hotel we were staying on day 1, so we knew we are going to be warm and dry in the evening. Another drying marathon commenced when we arrived at the hotel.
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We were hoping to get better weather in the morning, but we weren’t so lucky. At least the weather was stable the whole trip.
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So we geared up and headed for home, another whole day of riding in pouring rain. Got home late in the evening, got dried out and well rested, before I reflected back to the whole adventure. All I can say is that it was worth all the riding in the rain. I have to thank Robert for great company along the way, all the friends we have meet and made and organisers for making a event for big bikes. See you next year!

Stay safe!

Today I have finally fund some time to install a proper chain guide to my 640. Thanks to advrider.com inmates for pointing me in the right direction for the parts I needed for this.

Parts needed:
-54607066100 CHAIN GUIDE REAR ’94
-50207070044 RETAINING PLATE CHAIN GUIDE’94
-1 large M6 washer
-1 M6 nut

Note: On KTM 660 Rally they only use the chain guide without retaining plate

This is what we will be replacing
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With this
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Remove the 2 bolts that hold the old chain guide on the swingarm and be careful, there is a spacer back there.
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That spacer will be replaced by the retaining plate front bolt hole.
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The bad thing about this upgrade is that you have to take the chain apart. So if you are changing your chain, now it is a good time to add a proper chain guide if you wish.
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Once the chain is threaded through the guide, you can start bolting everything back together. Tighten the front bolt just enough so that the whole thing doesn’t fall apart, now align the rear bolt for desired hight.
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Now this is where I have been playing around and swapping parts. Since there is really small gap between the rear bolt and sprocket (5mm or 0,20 inch) I have used a collar nut from the front bolt to save on space, and used a new nut and washer on the front as there is more than enough space. Once both bolts are tightend (don’t forget to use Loctite) the thing is rock solid.
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That is it. You are done. I feel this is a worthy upgrade to anyone that rides more off road.
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Stay safe!

Last year, about the same time as today, I was going around Google searching for some enduro gatherings, rides,… here in central EU/Balkans and curiously enough I came over a Serbian enduro challenge. Unfortunately I have been to late for last years edition of it, so I have decided I will make a mark on the calender so that I don’t miss it next year.

New year has passed and a new site was created for the race. I marked the date 22.5-24.5.2015 and asked around a bit if anyone wants to join. I was lucky enough that a good friend decided to join the ride. As we live around 750km from the race site and we have decided to ride our bikes there, do a race and ride back, we needed more than just a weekend off from work. And that is when we have decided to start on Thursday, after work and return on Monday evening.

So the fact that we are leaving for a race got me a bit worried and I packed more stuff for the bike that I might actually need. I had a redundancy planed for almost every occasion and the gear showed that. From oil, to coolant, clutch fluid, spark plug, levers, patches, engine block sealant, JB weld,… It might have been a bit of a overkill but better safe than sorry.

Day 1
The departure day has arrived… I left the work early as I had 3h of riding to do to our meeting point. All packed up and ready to go I left for my first destination, Bregana border crossing.
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Half way to the border it started pouring from the sky. But I was on my LC4 heading towards a adventure. I arrived to Bregana a few minutes early, just enough to stretch a little and grab a sandwich.
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From here on out, there was 2 KTM’s riding towards the same goal. Since we were a bit tight on time for the first day and it was raining we took the Croatian highway from Samobor to Slavonski brod, which took another 3h of riding. Riding a enduro bike, without any fairing and with knobbly tires in pouring rain on highway is not my idea of fun ride, but it was a necessary evil to get half way towards our final destination.

In Slavonski Brod we have crossed the border into Bosnia and started looking for a place to sleep and dry out as we didn’t have any reservations. At 8:30pm we arrived at a good looking Motel Dvor in Derventa. Luckly the staff was great and though full on their regular rooms, they found a spot for us. Once here a marathon drying has begun.
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Day 2
In the morning we saddled up for another rainy day of riding. We headed south towards Tuzla on on the main road. It was slippery as hell, from all the oil and stuff on it, you could spin the rear wheel in 4-gear. Also the traffic was suicidal. We made a quick break just outside Tuzla to check the map, as my GPS was acting up the whole time.
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From here we started looking for some gravel roads over the hills to get out of traffic. We have found a nice, about 30km, long stretch of gravel, unfortunately no pics as it was raining hard. When we came back to the main road and checked the map, I saw that we were really close to Srebrenica. On my wish we made a detour to there, as I wanted to see the memorial site for the victims of genocide. We didn’t take any pictures there as they were having a ceremony, so we looked for a far and went to get some gas.
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We were really close to the border and weather was getting better. As soon as we crossed the border the rain stopped. So we took one last look towards Bosnian hills from which we have just descended.
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And took a quick look down the road where we had to go.
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From the border to race site and our hotel was just a 20km ride in DRY conditions for the first time in 2 days. Arriving at the hotel, we checked in and went to our rooms. Well lets just say that the rooms weren’t much…
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So we changed into our civil clothes and went to the race officials to get registered. Let me just say that the organisers really had put a lot of effort into organising this event, it was really top notch.
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Now it was time to get the bikes ready for the race day. Lowering tyre pressure, getting rid of all the unnecessary gear and most importantly adding a start numbers to the bike.
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Now it was time to go for a beer and than to bed, because after 2 rainy days in the saddle on our LC4’s we were really tired.

Stay tuned for part 2, the race day.

For long distance off road riding, you need to be able to take care of yourself, your bike and your electronic equipment (phone, camera,…). And to be able to charge all those hi-tech gizmos on the bike you need some kind of a charging socket. There is a variety of things available on the market today, but I have decided to go with a standard waterproof 12V socket.

Once you decide what to use, it’s time to find a place to mount it on the bike. After looking around the bike for a while and testing/evaluating different positions, I have decided to cut a hole in the dash board.

Here is what I intended to use, a socket and a on/off switch. Unfortunately there was not enough room for both behind the headlight mask.
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Now the nerve wrecking part, cutting a hole in the dash… Luckily everything went great and I nailed it on the first try.
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Just enough room to tighten the nut up.
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Now all I needed to do is to strip the bike down and run the wires.
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Crimped on some connectors, plugged them on, and tidy the wires behind the mask. Make sure you put a fuse on the + side as cloese to the battery as possible.
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Now I have constant power at the socket, like I had on my KLE before. Here are before and after pictures
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Stay safe!

Iced out

Posted: 14/04/2015 in Repair archives

A while back I went riding a bit higher up in my region. I took a faster gravel road this time. I quickly got up to the snow line.
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A little way up the road, I hit quite a fast turn, going from the sun into a shadowy area. Which wasn’t too great of a idea… The turn was solid sheet of ice. And as you can imagine, I went flying in one direction and the bike in the the other. After picking up myself and the bike, a quick inspection showed some problems
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First off, Barkbuster was turned upwards, absorbing the force and saving the bars.
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Shift lever wasn’t so lucky. I guess when the bike rotated and slid backwards it broke.
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And my precious Akrapovic pipe got scratched and dented.
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Luckily I had my tool kit with me, so that I could do some field repairs and limp home. At least I was fixing the bike on a side with a view.
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When I got home, I checked the shifter lever. It was useless, scrap. I wasn’t to keen on cashing out 60€ for a new one, so I had a bit better look at this one and the one I broke last year.
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I got lucky, I have 2 broken shift levers, that were broken on 2 different spots, so I thought I would combine 2 good parts. First I ground and puched out the rivet on both levers.
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I got the good parts together and instead of using a rivet, I used a bolt and a lock-nut.
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So over-all this crash wasn’t all that expensive, except for bruised ribs and a sore knee.

Stay safe!

Bagging up

Posted: 05/04/2015 in Modifications archives
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Today I have spent a few hours in the garage looking at where to mount a Kriega US-5 to carry my tool-kit or my medical pack. First I was looking at the rear fender.
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Took a while to disassemble the rear of the bike, only to find out there is no space for the bolts. Looking at the above picture, two most left holes, didn’t have enough space below the fender for washer and a nut. So I reluctantly reassembled the back end together. Checking out the bike with a stuffed bag, I have found a nice spot, on the fairing just above the headlight. On a second thought, that fairing might not be strong enough to support the weight of my tool-kit over rough terrain.

So the only spot on the bike left, was the tank. The stuffed bag looked good on the tank, but I don’t have Kriega tank adapter, so I needed to figure something else out. Bottom strap was not a problem, just threaded it under the seat. Top was a bit more challenging. Straps wouldn’t fit around the frame tube, so I threaded them around radiator shrouds. I was quite happy with the position of the bag, but didn’t like all the straps hanging around. After a few more attempts, I was happy with the result.
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There is enough room at the handlebars not to interfere with steering, or steering lock.
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It sits nicely on the tank. And it won’t get in the way when standing like a standard tank bag.
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That is it for now, field test will be done as soon as the weather improves.

Stay safe!

Today was a nice sunny day here at my place, and instead of riding I have decided its time I tackle the GPS power cable installation. After looking around under the seat, and failing with finding any suitable place, someone has suggested to wire it up to park light.

So I have taken the mask off and had a look inside
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I have stripped the park light wires and tested the polarity. White wire is positive (+) and the brown is negative (-). After that I have found a nice place for for the fuse holder and soldered everything together. Its a bit of a mess behind the headlight on those Enduro models.
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Fuse holder sits nicely above the connectors and tightly wedged untder the dash screws.
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The GPS plug is located at the brake and speed sensor cable guide.
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Here is everything buttoned up, also with new mirrors.
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And the view from the seat is great now, and I won’t get lost any time soon, hopefully.
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Stay safe!