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  1. Fred Covely

    Carb problems when standing on adventure bike

    First answer was dead in. It’s the safety switch I’m kickstand. Damn thing nearly killed me a couple of times. I readjusted my foot position a bit and it helped a lot. I made it across Mongolia with that POS and will remove it here in Ulaanbaatar. Thanks again to the community here for saving my ass...again!
  2. Very weird problem here in Mongolia. Instarted doing a lot of off roaring here. The bike has my luggage in it including a giant loop bag. The bike has run great the entire trip from San Diego, but not much of that was off road. When I stand on the bike the carb seems to flood out and cut off. Really weird. My best guess is it has something to do with the air box not getting enough airflow. When I sit the carb immediately recovers and keeps going. It is altitude independent. ideas/comments?
  3. Fred Covely

    RTW... going fine... BUT!

    Went with the Shinko E700 as that’s what they had I’m the SM rim size and they are working great in Mongolia!
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    RTW... going fine... BUT!

    I looked on available sizes on the continental web site. http://www.conti-bike.co.uk/tkc-80-twinduro/ Front tire they have an exact fit...120/70-17 M/C 58Q TL M+S however for the rear the closest sizes I see are 140/80 or a 150/70. If anyone has some good general guidelines on what range of tire sizes would safely fit the stock SM rims that would be great. I googled a bunch on that and its not super clear. Thanks for all the input!
  5. Fred Covely

    RTW... going fine... BUT!

    Happy to report I have made it from San Diego, CA. to Kiev Ukraine via : US, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Boznia-Herznegovina, Serbia, Romania, Moldavia, and Ukraine on my humble, albeit imminently capable, 2018 DRZ 400 SM. I got a new back tire in Sarajevo...150/60 Mita.. works great. Have encountered maybe a couple hundred miles of gravel pavement, a lot of wet roads, some mud, etc. So far so good. Having a great time. No serious challenges thus far. Lost a few times, soaking wet a couple, bike tipped over once or twice from the luggage load but nothing dramatic. Made a lot of friends along the way. I was able to get in some rock climbing in Rodellar spain, and did a road bike climb up the alp d'huez....both intense but not too bad overall. Spent good beach time in Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Ukraine (where there are so many gorgeous women I was apoplectic). I now have a bigger issue. I had my first real discussion with a Russian guy who knows the Road of Bones area very well in far eastern Siberia. My immediate problem is that I have street tires on this thing and need to get dirt tires on it. I can get to novosibirsk russia on what I have but from there I head south into Mongolia, and then back north to Yakutsk. I do hit these russian cities in route: Volgograd, Omsk, Chelyabinks, and anything along that road. There is a company here that can ship tires to most places in russia so I can get the tires if I can figure out which ones, rims? not so sure: http://motorezina.ru the real issue on the Road of Bones is likely to be mud and potentially lots of it (forgetting the river crossings which I think I have covered). So my question is this: I'm on the stock 17" rims. Can anyone suggest a known 50/50 dirt/road tire that can get me from novosibirsk into the road of bones area, and then maybe another pure dirt tire with an emphasis on mud for the road of bones itself? If thats not the case, I think I can make that decision easier by going to 19" rims? If I do that what tire would you recommend in 19"? finally it appears that I can swap in an S or E rim into a DRZ SM directly. I think I might have a hard time finding a suzuki dealer in Novosibirsk, what is the effort to swap in a 'generic' 19" dirt bike rim front and back? If I got a cheap 19" rim off of a yamaha for example how could I swap that out? I'm thinking I need to respoke it? Or am I lucky and there is some kind of standard in 19" dirt bike rims? lemme know your thoughts! Fred ps you can find me on instagram and see a ton of photos under Fred Covely or fcovely
  6. Fred Covely

    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    Here is an update:Casablanca to Erfoud and back to Midelt
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    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    Wanted to comment on horizons unnlimited. Agree it’s a great site. I had a hard time with their antiquated blogging system and needed my blog to autopost to Facebook and Twitter. I ended up setting up my own Wordpress site and am tuning and hand coding stuff so that it posts to those platforms they way I want it to look.
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    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    Saddle bags are Nelson Riggnthey are working great. The giant loop stuff is old but not as good as the Nelson rigg stuff. The giant loop does add some storage down low and in my case forward so does make use of what would otherwise be dead space. Both are absolutely waterproof if closed properly.
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    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    Some pics... the DRZ with mods on the weighing machine at Montreal... Air Canada has a great deal to transport motorcycles...catch is must leave from a Canadian city. Mosque in Casablanca, third largest in the world, me with some Serbian gals at the Mosque... will post gopro videos once I can edit them down.. got some great ones in SE Colorado... picking my bike up this am at the airport after 4 days without my travelling partner (Air Canada Cargo flew it out Friday night but customs is closed here despite AC's claims to the contrary so got a couple days in sight seeing waiting for motorcycle but ready to head for the Sahara region here today.
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    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    Also I will post here and add photos, I’m blogging at my website covelysride if you want to follow. Some good pics there and adding videos as I have time
  11. Fred Covely

    RTW Trip underway, here are issues I had crossing US

    On the excellent comments above: -the trip was driven by personal events that made me want to get away. A key piece of that happened in December of last year. The least risky way to do an Rtw in 2018 was to use the US as a “running start” to wring out the bike and gear and continue to use amazon or local dealers in the US to get parts. - the comment in the Acerbis tank is dead on, the ims tank too 2 days for me to get it in correctly with the radiator guard. The tank looks great but the oil stick issue just tells me I made the wrong choice in gas tanks. - I appreciate the comment about the usb 12v I’ll try and get a cheap vom in Spain...it’s a good point might be I botched the splice.
  12. So I am writing this from Casablanca having made my way across the US. I did the JD jet kit mod prior to leaving and on the first day I layed the bike down (not crashed, literally layed it on its side), and when I stood it back up it was missing at low speed. I messed with it throughout the US but mostly I just had to rev it a bit higher if I was at a signal or stop. When I got to Maine I had a 3 day break and was guessing it was a clogged primary but decided to replace the fuel screw with a Klientech I had with me. However when I went to remove the old factory fuel screw I could not get the screwdriver to bite the flat head screw. After messing with it and not feeling a notch I realized that when I layed the bike over 10 days prior the screw probably fell out! Sure enough the Klientech screwed right in and the bike idled perfectly. News flash: the bike will run with the fuel screw completley removed, but if you do the JD mod, for SURe do the fuel screw at the same time, its a real PIA to work on in an assembled carb (IMHO). Another big problem was that the TCX Drifter boots I had were seriously defective. I got a cobbler to look at them in St. Louis and he agreed. Worse they were absolutely not waterproof. I drive through 2 all day rains and in both cases the top of the shoes leaked. The very good guys at Revzilla kindly issues me a refund on the shoes, and I picked up a pair of Forma boots in Casablanca. The Olympia jacket and pants that I got were in fact waterproof. However they retain a lot of water so the things get heavy. I solved that by simply using Frogg Toggs over jacket and pants for the next all day drive through rain and was completely warm and dry up in the Buffalo and Mass areas. Finally I tapped into a 12v line in the headlight area to add a USB connector. No bueno. I got12 volts but the amperage from that line is so low that it will not power a go pro. Hooking that up directly to the battery here in Casablanca. The bike is a dream, it handled very well in very high winds through the desert and once I had my first all day rain under my belt I had no control issues whatsoever. With the smaller 41 gear on the back I was able to cruise all day at 70-75 and there was still plenty left to pass the occasional slower traffic (big rigs mostly). Be advised 70MPH on the 70 or 40 will have you being passed by most traffic. One other thing.... I added the IMS tank which was a major pain. The oil fill cap/gauge will not cleanly screw in and out with that tank on a 2018 DRZ. I stripped mine and now use a screwdriver to slightly pry back he gas tank when checking or adding oil. I got a new fuel gauge in Albany NY I believe, some great guys in "Seymores Motorized Sports" also helped my out a lot with cold weather gear. One other item, I got in the habit of running the big until it ran out of gas then switching to reserve (being careful to only do that in areas of little or no traffic). One one stop I forgot to move it back to normal from reserve and the next time I ran out of gas, I was really out of gas. I was stuck on the side of the road outside of Buffalo NY. I then remembered that a post here indicated that the IMS gas tank retains some fuel on the right side even when the reserve is completely gone. I laid the bike over on its left side and sure enough gas from the right side (I theorize 1/3 of a gallon) move to the left and I was able to make it on in to a station. Them's the facts! Obviously I'm not the smartest guy on the planet.
  13. Fred Covely

    2018 DRZ 400 SM, how to remove rear sprocket bolts

    Erik, that agrees completely with what I saw on the new bike. Suzuki is probably using a clear thread lock and so its not visible, but the bolt sure acts that way. By heating the nut for 30 seconds on two opposing faces its probably getting to your 200-250c temp (I would have no way of knowing how to measure the temp on a heated nut). Hopefully this thread will help other newbies like me get the job done.
  14. Fred Covely

    2018 DRZ 400 SM, how to remove rear sprocket bolts

    This is good input on the loctite and I appreciate your time on the reply. I checked with a buddy of mine who was a dirt bike mechanic for a lot of years. His take was that if you go with anything but red, thats ok, but you have to make sure you check those bolts on a regular basis. My journey will take me mostly on good roads through the US and a lot of Europe so I switched out to better road gearing on the back sprocket. However, when I hit Novosibirsk Russian, I'm going to go back to the factory sprocket and maybe even a bigger sprocket for the dirt and mud which will ensue in both Mongolia and Northeast Siberia (Road of Bones). So when I am in Novosibirsk I'm going to take a couple days to convert the bike. On balance I'm going with the red and a really good box wrench per ptgarcia above as I think it should be trivial to pick up a cheap torch in Novosibirsk, maybe even have a bike shop do that along with some other changes. I again, appreciate the info. You can see my trip here at covely.com where I'll be post regular videos and pics.
  15. Fred Covely

    2018 DRZ 400 SM, how to remove rear sprocket bolts

    I appreciate that link and will grab one. On the loctite... my understanding is that the red loctite is permanent without heat even if you don't torque down the bolt?
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