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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #100 on: June 07, 2019, 10:11:19 am »
 I once rode a XT500 to Somalia and back

Cannot remember reading a RR about that? :peepwall: ;)
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« Reply #101 on: June 07, 2019, 10:17:20 am »
I used to replace my bikes every 2 years but since buying my 690 (in 2014), I haven't felt the need to replace it with anything else. I'm very content with how it suits my kind of riding on varied terrain. I can ride it to work in the week, detour home via the local sand pit, then join the quarry gang on the weekends and strip it down and race the Tankwa Rally on it. Oh, and ride a cameraman around on the back at MTB events, enjoying the gnarly single track. But each to their own, if it's got 2 wheels then it's awesome  ;D
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« Reply #102 on: June 07, 2019, 10:21:24 am »
I used to replace my bikes every 2 years but since buying my 690 (in 2014), I haven't felt the need to replace it with anything else. I'm very content with how it suits my kind of riding on varied terrain. I can ride it to work in the week, detour home via the local sand pit, then join the quarry gang on the weekends and strip it down and race the Tankwa Rally on it. Oh, and ride a cameraman around on the back at MTB events, enjoying the gnarly single track. But each to their own, if it's got 2 wheels then it's awesome  ;D

Yup   :thumleft: this is in a nutshell the 690/701.


I once rode a XT500 to Somalia and back

Cannot remember reading a RR about that? :peepwall: ;)

Yeah seems every single ride needs to be documented with pics of every event around these  parts for fame reasons.  :sip:
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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2019, 10:54:30 am »
I once rode a XT500 to Somalia and back

Cannot remember reading a RR about that? :peepwall: ;)

WD wasn't invented when we did that trip.....

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But here's a pic of a Real Adv Bike circa 1994....
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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #104 on: June 07, 2019, 12:13:51 pm »
Would love to read your story CT. Your ankle must have cleared that bedroom drawer by mm every time you kicked the beast to life!! :lol8: ;)
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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #105 on: June 07, 2019, 12:39:10 pm »
Would love to read your story CT. Your ankle must have cleared that bedroom drawer by mm every time you kicked the beast to life!! :lol8: ;)

LOL - Until one day when it didn't and I couldn't walk for a week....

I will eventually write it all down - I have started numerous times......
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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #106 on: June 07, 2019, 12:41:14 pm »
Something that's not been spoken to much in this conversation is the cost of "adventuring" with a big bike. Taking a big bike into highly technical places requires a very high tolerance for aesthetic damage. It gets prohibitively expensive real quick if you want the bike to still look like itís a high money bike.

I used to stick by the 950 as the ultimate adventure bike. But that's only because I was very willing to crash it AND it crashes really well.

These days, once I got the 525 and Iím older, I am more on the fence.

If I can only have one tool, I might go the bigger bike, but with the knowledge that I am not going to go everywhere I want.

If I go the smaller bike, I will have to be happy that the distances between towns grows by a large factor and tar is not fun anymore.

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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #107 on: June 07, 2019, 01:40:50 pm »
The ultimate adventure bike is the one that brings you back from the ultimate adventure. And if all you remember is the colour of the bike, so much the better.
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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #108 on: June 07, 2019, 02:23:09 pm »
The ultimate adventure bike is the one that brings you back from the ultimate adventure. And if all you remember is the colour of the bike, so much the better.

Blue? :biggrin:
 

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« Reply #109 on: June 07, 2019, 03:16:22 pm »
The ultimate adventure bike is the one that brings you back from the ultimate adventure. And if all you remember is the colour of the bike, so much the better.

Blue? :biggrin:

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« Reply #110 on: June 07, 2019, 03:49:37 pm »
Take that chain off  :eek7:
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« Reply #111 on: June 07, 2019, 04:44:35 pm »
Take that chain off  :eek7:

Why? Its in neutral..not good?!
 

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« Reply #112 on: June 07, 2019, 05:49:01 pm »
Shaft still spinning in gearbox bit no oil being pumped to bearings etc
 

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« Reply #113 on: June 07, 2019, 08:27:23 pm »
Shaft still spinning in gearbox bit no oil being pumped to bearings etc

The whole lot is sitting in oil.
 

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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #114 on: June 07, 2019, 08:51:10 pm »
It's much less arduous to ride a 690 at 120 on a tar section than carry a GS1200 up Robbie's Pass.

In fact the tar bit on the 690 is also fun.

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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #115 on: June 07, 2019, 09:33:54 pm »
Something that's not been spoken to much in this conversation is the cost of "adventuring" with a big bike. Taking a big bike into highly technical places requires a very high tolerance for aesthetic damage. It gets prohibitively expensive real quick if you want the bike to still look like itís a high money bike.

I used to stick by the 950 as the ultimate adventure bike. But that's only because I was very willing to crash it AND it crashes really well.

These days, once I got the 525 and Iím older, I am more on the fence.

If I can only have one tool, I might go the bigger bike, but with the knowledge that I am not going to go everywhere I want.

If I go the smaller bike, I will have to be happy that the distances between towns grows by a large factor and tar is not fun anymore.

Itís a largely unsolvable puzzle trying to answer the question of whatís the Ultimate Adventure Bike? Mostly because itís not really about the bike, itís about us.

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« Reply #116 on: June 07, 2019, 10:55:58 pm »
Shaft still spinning in gearbox bit no oil being pumped to bearings etc

The whole lot is sitting in oil.
You don't say I've worked on a few gearboxes where the oil won't be in the right place without the pump running, and just splashing oil over the gears is not going to get it where it needs to be.

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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #117 on: June 08, 2019, 07:52:53 am »
Shaft still spinning in gearbox bit no oil being pumped to bearings etc

The whole lot is sitting in oil.
You don't say I've worked on a few gearboxes where the oil won't be in the right place without the pump running, and just splashing oil over the gears is not going to get it where it needs to be.

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Re: 690/701/PR7 - The best adventure/DS bike on the planet!!
« Reply #118 on: June 08, 2019, 09:45:45 am »
Shaft still spinning in gearbox bit no oil being pumped to bearings etc

The whole lot is sitting in oil.
You don't say I've worked on a few gearboxes where the oil won't be in the right place without the pump running, and just splashing oil over the gears is not going to get it where it needs to be.

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« Reply #119 on: June 08, 2019, 02:17:57 pm »
You don't say

It's a 2smoke with the wheel high up meaning all the oil sits right at the output shaft, it likely will submerge it.
Then also, the constant mesh gearbox will splash the oil everywhere, and this is all this gearbox gets when the engine is running... so it's the same.
Hence no problem.
Bit different than with a 4-stroke whereby the cranks drives the oilpump(s), ad then it also will depend on wetsump or drysump.
Besides, how do you take a riveted chain off?  ???
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