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post #1 of 20 Old 02-21-2015, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Likely lifespan of consumables?

I am planning the servicing of my bike for my pan Africa trip next year. To organise maintenence i need to understand what parts i am likely to neeed when.

The trip breaks down broadly as:
South Africa - Zimbabwe: 6,000 kms, 90% pavement (service 1 at end)
Zimbabwe - Uganda: 4,500 kms, 50% pavement (service 2 at end)
Uganda - Ethiopia: 2,500 kms, 50% pavement (service 3 at end)
Ethiopia - Egypt: 3,500 kms, 50% pavement

The bike will have 1500kms on it and will be serviced before departure.

I am planning oil, oil filter and air filter changes at each of the 3 services.

My question is how long are tyres, brake pads and chain and sprockets likely to last (and should anything else be on this list)

Appreciate you thoughts.
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Tires are highly variable depending upon the tire, type, and terrain. The stock Dunlops usually won't make 7k Km under any circumstances while a tire like the Kenda K761 will usually run about 15k Km.

Stock brake pads should be good for considerably longer than your trip. Again, usage will play a big part. I have gone 30k Km on stock pads.

With proper lubrication a chain and sprocket set should last the length of your trip. 30k Km is not an unreasonable expectation if the lubrication is attended to. By that I mean hand lubing the chain from a squeeze bottle of oil every day or, better yet, a chain oiler. On the other hand, I have had a chain go from good to bad in 400 miles while riding in a heavy down pour. Using a spray lube at the recommended intervals should make the chain last the length of your trip.

I would carry two extra air filters, oiled and ready to go. It's a simple thing to pop the side panel, remove the door, and swap the filter. It might be wise to keep an eye on the filter on those off-pavement legs.

The tool kit that comes with the bike is inadequate. You will need to supplement the kit with an 8mm socket, an extension, a t-handle, tire irons, etc. You should have a spare tube for the front and rear, and a tire patch kit and pump. In short, you should be able to do any reasonable service to the bike from the kit you carry on the bike.

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Thanks Tom, thats really helpful.

I've not decided on tyres yet, i'm leaning towards Mitas e-07 or heidenau k60 scouts.

I was going to have a look at filter skins for some of the heavy off road stuff.
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Hopefully others will be along to add their thoughts so you can build a consensus of opinion.

No experience here with those tires, though I know the K-60 is used quite often over here.

I've not used filter skins as it is unusual for me to be out on the road for more than 3000 miles at a time. That's my oil change and air filter interval. For those occasions (rare) where I'll spend hundreds of miles off-pavement I carry a filter. Skins sound like a good idea for an extended trip.

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This type of trip is my pastime. Trans-America Trail = 6,800km dirt across USA and 6,500km highway to/from. Trans-Canada Adventure Trail =15,000 dirt across Canada. Mexico to Arctic Ocean and others.

A good o-ring or x-ring chain like the stock chain on a new KLR should be good for well over 25,00 km.

New steel sprockets = 15,00 to 20,000 km or more.

New clutch and throttle cables = 50,000 km.

brake pads = over 25,000 km for long distance riding.

The Kenda k270 tires on my KLR now are at 16,000 km and FULLY worn out on a trip from the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, a few thousand km on the Trans-Canada Adventure Train and back to the Gulf.

I use the same oil for the engine, the chain and the air filter. I have 160,000 on the original filter. I put the filter in a plastic bag with a little siphoned gas and squeeze it until clean, squeeze out out the gas and add engine oil and reinstall with no wait time needed before riding.

I oil the chain each morning or 600 km with engine oil kept in a small medicine bottle and a tooth brush. I do this with the engine turning the wheel. Nothing but an old tooth brush is at risk.

Tools include:
Small 1/4" drive ratchet wrench with 8, 10, 12, 14, 17mm sockets and a short extension. Also, A short piece of pvc pipe with tire irons inside for a cheater lever.
A 10mm wrench for the shift lever pinch bolt and a small adjustable wrench.
Flat blade and Philips screwdriver
The two stamped axle nut wrenches and the spark plug sock from the stock kit.
The two hex keys from the stock kit.
Tube patch kit, a 12 volt air pump and tire irons.

Spares:
Front and rear inner tube not just the front.
Spark plug
Head light bulb packed with cotton in a medicine bottle.
Chain master link if used.
Fuses. Consider a circuit breaker.
Brake and clutch lever.
Not necessary with new cables but spares strung in place may give peace of mind.

Supplies:
500ml engine oil in a hard plastic unbreakable graduated water bottle.
JB Weld epoxy
Zip ties
Electrical tape
Rubber bands
Waterproofed wiring diagram
Thread locker
Siphon tube
Short length of 14 gauge wire and some wire nuts

Consider checking valve clearances on the new bike and taking one size smaller shims.
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Thats for this and sorry to be slow to respond
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post #10 of 20 Old 04-12-2015, 06:03 PM
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Consumables lifespan in my experience:

Chain and sprockets...25-30000KMS

Tires....6000-15000KMS Bridgestone TW21 front easily 12000kms and Metzeler Tourance rear tire...easily 10000kms

OEM brake pads....20000kms
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