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post #11 of 30 Old 01-29-2018, 06:22 PM
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I'll suggest that the less porous/finer foam filters like the OEM KLR650 air filter may actually work better with SAE 10W40 or SAE 40 (my preference) than with thicker/stickier Bel-Ray, Uni, PJ-1, Twin Air oils which do work great on the more porous foam filters like Uni-Filter, Twin Air and such.

The 'creep' of common engine oil and attracted dust which Daniel doesn't like is actually easier to wipe out of the air box, because it is still oilier.

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post #12 of 30 Old 01-29-2018, 06:46 PM
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Check for fuel stops along the route you plan.
Cars go further on a tankful and you may have to carry a few litres.

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Check for fuel stops along the route you plan.
Cars go further on a tankful and you may have to carry a few litres.
A spare gas tank can also go a long way.
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post #14 of 30 Old 02-04-2018, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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I think I am gonna head to Cairns from Sydney and then come back to Sydney via Outback. It would be approximately 5000-6000km in total and I am still scared of tyre is gonna give me problem. It has dirt tyres on at the moment but this coming week, I will have it fitted road tyres (previous owner gave me).
I fitted TUSK panniers and Astra 48lt Topbox. I will change the oil and clean the filter as you instructed.
I might extend this trip but I planned roughly 2 weeks at this stage.
BTW, I did realize something today on my short trip (mostly HWY riding/500km) bike shakes after 100km/h. I dont know why but I think I am too skinny nowadays (70kg-183cm). Perhaps dirt tyres? or Wind? (wasnt windy much though)
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Describe "shakes after 100 km/h".

Are the tires properly seated on the rims? Do the rims run straight & true? Exactly which brand & model of tires & what are the tire pressures Front & Rear? Always run 2psi more air pressure in the skinny front verses the wider rear.

The square corners on large panniers can exaggerate other issues and create speed wobbles. Additional weight added into them & on top of luggage rack & seat may compound your issue even more.

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tires are Dunlop and pressure front 30 rear 35 36... I cant know the brand because I left it with mechanic to swap tyres but I think it was because of panniers. Perhaps swapping tyres might reduce it, not sure. I will check the brands and will write here.
Still trying to put my things together for trip as I am leaving on saturday or sunday. I wont be riding on HWY much but mostly side roads where limit is 70 km/h or 80.
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I would suggest taking the wheels off before the trip, and putting them on the balancer. Either the rim is bad, or the tire. "Shaking over 100 km/h" can be either in the front (easily felt through the handlebars), or in the rear (felt in the seat). I'd check both wheels, just to be sure.
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I would suggest taking the wheels off before the trip, and putting them on the balancer. Either the rim is bad, or the tire. "Shaking over 100 km/h" can be either in the front (easily felt through the handlebars), or in the rear (felt in the seat). I'd check both wheels, just to be sure.
I got road tires fitted today and balanced the wheels.

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Describe "shakes after 100 km/h".

Are the tires properly seated on the rims? Do the rims run straight & true? Exactly which brand & model of tires & what are the tire pressures Front & Rear? Always run 2psi more air pressure in the skinny front verses the wider rear.

The square corners on large panniers can exaggerate other issues and create speed wobbles. Additional weight added into them & on top of luggage rack & seat may compound your issue even more.
After tires swapped, I did try over 100km/h and didn't seem anything wrong BUT as you mentioned, it could be panniers as well, I didn't have them on board today.
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okay, I decided my route and It is gonna be approximately 13.000 km in 3 to 4 weeks. from Sydney to top of Australia and then crossing the Outback towards Perth and then coming back to Sydney via South Australia. once I am allowed to upload photos, I will do it.
I have got most of stuff I am going to need. tire levers, path kit, fire ext, etc. thinking to ride 500 - 700 km each day if I can and rest at night. I hope I will enjoy it. Leaving on Monday probably, awaiting center stand spring as it was lost. Hope I will receive it before Monday.
Worst thing is that I do have only 1 DEMERIT POINT
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Hey guys. I did start my journey on Monday in the evening and since then I have made about 4000km.
Just changed oil today in cairns.
I realized that if she is on center stand, gauge shows half oil but on the wheels, it's top.
I dunno why or it may be normal, rear tyre's middle is getting flat. I might have to change it soon. (I have done trips before on various bikes but never seen tyre got off this much quick. Perhaps heat.)
It also feels like vibration increased.
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