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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #80 on: June 04, 2021, 09:21:38 pm »
Teebag your bike looks the business  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #81 on: June 20, 2021, 06:08:56 pm »
With the cockpit all wrapped up I fitted the Double Take Enduro mirrors from my Husqvarna (I have since moved them further outward on the bar)



The final item of practicality also arrived after a lengthy supplier backlog.





That should make any longer days in the saddle a lot more comfortable.



 
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #82 on: June 20, 2021, 07:07:24 pm »
This last photo looks great.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #83 on: June 21, 2021, 01:20:11 am »
This last photo looks great.  :thumleft:

+1  :thumleft:
 

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Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #84 on: June 21, 2021, 03:28:30 pm »
Having ridden the grand total of 200km, I figured it was time for an oil change - service intervals eh

The main reason was to fit this Motion Pro filter magnet (PN 11-0064  18-22mm) for a little extra protection (no magnetic drain plug here)

Note to self: remember not to throw away when doing the next oil service



The oil was murky with no surprises, still after removing the ďoldĒ filter, I cut the element out and rinsed it in a little turps to see what we caught.



Not unexpected, fine particles and shavings - I would expect to see less next time (and no I didnít get lucky and score a 10mm socket, I included it for scale )
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #85 on: July 06, 2021, 03:51:54 pm »
I think it is run in now...

971km gravel long weekend - time for another oil change  :biggrin:

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #86 on: July 06, 2021, 06:05:13 pm »
Any water in the Gamkapoortdam Teebag? Nice route!!! :thumleft: :drif:
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« Reply #87 on: July 07, 2021, 09:45:42 am »
We didn't get to the dam side, and didn't ride to the Boplaas gate so didn't see the river level, The road into the kloof was pretty dry with only a few stream crossings, It was my 1st time there, so I am not sure what is normal.
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #88 on: July 07, 2021, 10:27:24 am »
It was a blast  :ricky:
 
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #89 on: July 07, 2021, 11:08:45 am »
We really have a good looking bike  :drif: :drif:

Cant wait for my turn...
 

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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #90 on: July 07, 2021, 11:12:53 am »
anytime, just no riding with JoDan
 
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #91 on: July 07, 2021, 11:53:57 am »
@ravingDIODE hier is jou volgende bike.
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #92 on: July 07, 2021, 12:03:07 pm »
What was comfortable cruising speed Teebag? For the engine?
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #93 on: July 07, 2021, 12:27:53 pm »
Bearing in mind it has under 1000km on it I wasn't pushing too hard, and the route was rather twisty to ensure the engine got a good workout and not sit a constant revs for any length of time, but easily 115 GPS, for the final stretch on tar from Riversdale to Swellendam I varied from 120 to 130 GPS and it still had more to give and was able to perform overtakes without concern, I don't want to push it much harder at this stage while the engine is still tight.
 
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #94 on: July 07, 2021, 12:29:43 pm »
and the route was rather twisty to ensure the engine got a good workout and not sit a constant revs for any length of time,

Route would have been perfect for running a engine in!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #96 on: July 16, 2021, 12:41:30 pm »
That is one nicely sorted bike TB  :thumleft:

I know it's well down on power but in real life, how does it compare to a 701 in terms of fun factor?

I've always been a Honda fanboy, it's just been a while since they made anything that suited what I wanted.
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #97 on: July 16, 2021, 03:11:36 pm »
Just focusing on the riding experience and ignoring all other aspects.

The Husqvarna is a better long range, gravel highway and touring bike, and feels more planted at higher speeds. Outright power it has the edge over the Honda.

The Honda comes into its own when it is time to play, and is more nimble and agile when changing direction. The Honda is certainly not lacking power with the US ECU and if I ever feel the need for more I can add a Vortex, and if I want to die, I can add a cam too.

I said the following to @deapsquatter after this ride

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iím having to learn to ride again, 1st time I am riding the bike, and itís not riding me

Maybe he can add his 2c here as our last 3 bike journey has been the same, and he has just got back from the Specialised Adventures Namibia trip
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Re: Back to Honda - (This time with a CRF450L)
« Reply #99 on: July 20, 2021, 02:48:20 pm »
The afternoon before the trip it was time to fit the GPS and throw some luggage on - but these things always take longer than expected.

I had a AdventureSpec mini fairing and a Giant Loop enduro rack, so i fitted those, drilling through the rear fender and wiring temporary keyed power from the factory supplied plug on the LHS frame.







Then it was on to the luggage.



Disappointed that this probably wonít work, I need to fit it flat on the seat and see how much of an interference it is, but for this trip I left it at home because I didnít want to find out on day one it was in the way and have no place to move it.

After a quick update from @deapsquatter who had recently returned from his Nam trip i quickly decided to put some protective film on the side panels before fitting my Giant Loop Mojave, and post trip inspection show this helped minimise wear in that area.

All that was left was to bolt my tools etc contained in the GL Possibles pouch to the rack and it was good to go.



All in all, it worked well, but there are a few tweaks I will make to improve things for the next tripÖ or not, if I manage to get away again this coming weekend
« Last Edit: July 20, 2021, 05:01:44 pm by teebag »