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« on: April 03, 2006, 09:28:54 am »
So, I had a ride too, which I thought was going to be a ride ride, but Leon says to me when we get there, no, its a training ride for the BMW club. To say that my lone Black Beast stuck out like a sore thumb was an understatement. I felt proud to be on my bike, as most of the guys looked on it with a bit of fear and trepidation somehow, while some gave me the "elitist what are you doing here" look

heeh that became all too apparent really quickly.

Sum total of bikes ( with my fave first)

1x 950 KTM  :twisted:

1x HP2

+- 10-15 1150's and 1200's

+- 5-10 F650GS's and Dakars


1 lone lady (WELL DONE!!!!) and the rest, stinky ou boera.  :P  :P  :P  I think that as the day wore on in this 30degree heat, we all became stinkier boera.

We rode together to a farm outside Philip where there has been gang revenge killings, even on Saturday. Gauteng can gaan kak, this is gangsters paradise down here........ :?

We got to the farm, Leon did some educational theory for the group, bits and parts and stuffs were taken off the bikes (nice to see others thought like I did when I had my BMW new - there was ducting tape on all the exposed surfaces etc) and we took off. After of course Leon said to the all the lads and lady, take your tyres to 0.6 bar. haha I kept mine to double that minimum, and front at 1.4 (my front OEM rim is made out of fromage)

Some were brand new, some were confident, some were jaag duiwels.

 :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:  

I was there to ride, but Leon the clever bugger, had me there to help  :oops:  :shock:  :roll:  :D  :D  :wink:

Lets just say I have never picked up so many GS's in my life. There was this tall dune, which is a real dune, not like the nonscence in West Beach, and that was a challenge. Quite a few of us made it to the top, but if you didnt know what you were doing, or confident in your lack of sand knowledge, you would run into trouble.

There was this HUGE HUGE HUGE guy with muscles poking out of every bit of his shirt (ex World Body Building Champion he tells us) who rode a 1150GS ADV. Nice guy for sure. It looked like he could pick up that ADV with one hand and do bench presses while grabbing a drink. But even his strength was no match for the sand, and it goes to show its not strength, but technique.

I hit the dune with such speed on one particular go, that my ankle in my fancy bootse compressed to almost touching (OUCH OUCH EINA BLIKSEM PAIN), and at the end of the day, my rear cylinder exhaust BROKE CLEAN OFF





 :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:


Am I too rough on my bike or something?


My lights blew (from when I went past the casino  :D  :D  :D ) and so I was riding in the pitch black dark with Leons orange lights as my guidance at 140 on the non lighted highway back home. hahah what a jol. Sometimes, quite skeery

So today: 1 x clean off rear exhaust from the exhaust port on the rear cylinder, no lights whatsoever on bike (except for flickers and dash), notched head bearings (time to be replaced anyway) and a new front rim.

Man who said motorbiking was cheap?

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006, 10:04:49 am »
there was mention of this day in phillippi at the basics course.
i am curious to know if this smallish guy on a canary yellow 1150 (neil) was there in the sand?
LITO, do you know this groups forum/website? i am curious to go and look in there.....
 

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Re: My ride wiith the Bimmer boys
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2006, 10:21:45 am »
Quote from: "LiveInTheOutdoors"
my rear cylinder exhaust BROKE CLEAN OFF

So today: 1 x clean off rear exhaust from the exhaust port on the rear cylinder, no lights whatsoever on bike (except for flickers and dash), notched head bearings (time to be replaced anyway) and a new front rim.

Man who said motorbiking was cheap?

Cheers, Lito


LITO,

The cause of this could be that it does not have enough damping on the brackets i.e. rubber mounts. When you fix it try and stick some rubber washers between the body and the nuts and see if that improves. Could be that the angle it was fitted on was a bit tight and to be honest some of the welding and finish on aftermarket pipes is really crappy. If the nut sheered out of the exhuast port it would seriously worry me.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2006, 10:40:03 am »
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...notched head bearings (time to be replaced anyway)...


Hey LITO. Are you going to replace the head bearings yourself? How much work is it?
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2006, 11:08:38 am »
Macduff

The BMW forum site is : http://bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za/forum/Yabb2/YaBB.cgi

And yes Neel was there. And he managed very well.

Will let you know when we do it again then you can join.
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2006, 11:24:46 am »
Because of time constraints, I might farm out this work.

I have done my own bearings on the F650 myself before, saved myself R300 minus labour  - just parts - for the exact same thing from BMW!!!!

Maccduff, there was a lot of GS picking up yesterday but I must say that it was HUGE fun, and everyone had fun there. Truly nice to ride with a big bunch of willing and fun characters

Now, my smugmug is down. McD, will you post these two pics for me please (I will email them to you)

Also, thanks Mav for that. Its Akrapovic so its not poor quality thank goodness. And the immediate part is KTM standard, so I dont think thats it either. Hmm! Will check out what to do next, thanks a ton for your input mate!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2006, 03:49:01 pm »
sorry for the delay in these pics....
i didnt see what you wrote george


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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2006, 04:00:02 pm »
WTF???!!! That's surely supposed to be nigh on impossible. Good luck on getting that fixed LITO
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2006, 04:13:06 pm »
That crack looks nasty.  Give KTM a call and ask them WTF??  :?
 

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2006, 04:15:54 pm »
It looks like the bolt is the cause of a weak point in the metal. Thus causing it to crack like it did.
 

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2006, 04:35:19 pm »
Ouch that's not gonna be cheap, looks like metal fatigue caused by the pipes being fixed to tight at some point at the wrong angle OR it's was just a kak down pipe to begin with :shock: Like Grootseun said if started cracking at the bolt would not take much knocking for it to snap off the way it did. Unlucky dude :?
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2006, 05:19:59 pm »
It can be welded, but the whole exhaust will have to be removed and to realign it is going to be tough ! Wow never seen anything like that before  :shock:
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2006, 07:39:06 pm »
Ye LITO, I think you are too hard on the bike. You're legend man, so take it slower. That mus'tif been one hard knok. Ouch!

I am looking at another bike in the near future and the LC8 looks good! So please do not show those picies
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2006, 09:57:57 pm »
What have you done to your bike LITO!!??

Take it easy man, all OK, it's natural loss  :roll:
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2006, 10:57:34 pm »
Thanks McDuff for posting....

That bolt is the area where you can put a type of lambda sensor to check your AFR's........ thats what EFI is all about - but it adjusts it on the fly.

I have received word that all is going to be okay, but ja thats a moersa crack.

The LC8 is a grand bike buddy, I was so proud to ride it yesterday with all the BMW guys on the full range of DS bikes.

I wouldnt want anything else, not even a HP2.

Remember that I do ride my bike harder than most do, and its only going to get harder  :D  :D  :D  :D

The guy who had it in the past, like Michnus is suggesting, was a 130kg odd brute of a man, who I am beginning to think, punished this beast.

Tomorrow the bike goes in, I reckon by Friday I hopefully have it back.

Kewl bananas!!!!!

1) Zorst
2) Collar nuts replacemnt (remember those Mav?)
3) Head Bearings replacement
4) Tune (valves, filters, carbs etc)
5) Getting a new front rim.

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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2006, 09:23:18 am »
LITO maybe you'll find second hand part for it cheap? Plenty of bikes going around crashed.

I guess the new exhaust is relatively expensive piece'o'kit? And i doubt welding this spot gives anything in long term (very much heated/cooled+vibrations)(?)
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2006, 12:09:57 pm »
Hey Tsik,

Mate, I dont know. I have Claus the master German mechanic working on it now, and I hope he can do something positive on the bike.

He reckons he has a few tricks up his sleeve, I sincerely hope so

Cool, lets hope. I think I am going to have think hard about what I am doing to these poor bikes.

But I dont believe the zorst cracking was my fault
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2006, 02:48:59 pm »
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Good thing that people post all there bike bugger-up's here, like LITO who trashes his bike and then tell the whole world about it. At least some poor fellow that want to buy your bike one day in the fufute can come have a look on your service and repairs jobs and how the bike has been treated the time you had it. :twisted:


 :lol:  :D  :lol:


yes, thats called honesty Michnus, sounds like you have never heard of that character trait before.

i can talk to you about it if you like?

but then again, you can lead a horse to water.............
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2006, 02:51:01 pm »
But only Chuck Norris can make it drink !
 

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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2006, 03:07:33 pm »
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But only Chuck Norris can make it drink !


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