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  • #31
    ...and try not to do this!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by 380EXCQLD View Post
      ...and try not to do this!
      What actually happened there? Not trying to rag on old mate, but it didn’t look like the bike spat him off, more like he assumed that it would and he just sort of gave up.
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      • #33
        Apparently he was at another accident a few weeks earlier that was attended by the same blonde ambo.
        Dislocated clavicle, 6 broken ribs & a punctured lung seems a bit much for her attention though

        Looks to me like the previous bumps get the rear off the ground so that the full weight of the bike bottoms out the front when it drives into the face of the hole, the front end is full lock to the left as it exits the hole, pitching old mate off.
        He obviously wasn't ready for it and was possibly too far forward.
        Overweight unfit old farts don't bounce either

        I've ridden that track in reverse from the campground virtually every weekend the past few months and was expecting old mate to bin it on the rocks earlier in the vid.
        The sandstone sure would've fcked up his nice new bike a lot more.



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        • #34
          Originally posted by Spac View Post

          What actually happened there? Not trying to rag on old mate, but it didn’t look like the bike spat him off, more like he assumed that it would and he just sort of gave up.
          Seen a few like that from behind. Just happens so quickly there's nothing you can do. There was no way he was hanging onto that. They're heavy effers. That's the problem with adv bikes. The manufacturers need to make them lighter for all the relatively inexperienced people getting out there into it. Mind you, experience wouldn't necessarily have got you past that crash hole. He had just sped up a bit, probably not quite enough to actually jump that hole. "Bummer" is all you can say. I give old mate top marks for waiting 5 to see how it went.

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          • #35
            I know nothing about these big bikes I admit. Steering dampner may have made a difference? Or do they already have them?

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            • #36
              Originally posted by axel View Post
              I know nothing about these big bikes I admit. Steering dampner may have made a difference? Or do they already have them?
              Not sure about the T7, but my 1190 has a dampener as standard.

              Yep, cross rut, soft sand, etc and these things can take you by surprise. I'd say that hole was deeper, steeper and more square edged on the exit than it looked on film.
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              • #37
                Yep: That's the nature of the nature of our nature of riding... Our occasional stack is a given.
                One may say: If he'd gunned front over it: But-then: The arse would kick-sideways anyways.

                He should have seen it coming? Yet dappled light does & will play tricks on brain & reflexes.
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                The fact that it's a relatively 'big heavy bike' isn't a factor imo.
                Imagine the other extreme; a Mountain Bike would bite more.

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                • #38


                  Originally posted by silverfox View Post

                  Love my 701. whih is the same bike, but with bigger tank, more suspension travel and white. will take it anywhere my 350 beta will go, including an mx track!!!!. 6 litre rade tank added and well over 340km range . Great on the black top, will sit on 12+ all day long. Ticks all my boxes as I want more off rad than on. If you want more blacktop.buy somthing else as other bikes do that better. It does not excell anywhere, but does it all well as far as a dirt bike goes. The 19/20 have to much crap on them IMO, mine is a 17
                  Yeah I have a 17 too, my sentiments exactly as far as doesn't do anything great but does it all, especially if you're leaning more towards offroad, got a safari tank for mine, bigger trips planned. The weight is hard on the rear rim on bigger hits !!

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                  • #39
                    Husky 701LR will be my next bike
                    The Beta 480 Adventurised was awesome 2020-Husqvarna-701-Enduro-LR-8.jpg
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by 380EXCQLD View Post
                      Good stuff Jimmy, but where's the pics?

                      If you haven't seen them yet, check out MVDBR on youtube. Josh has had his 700 for about 6 months and has some good honest tips & reviews on add-ons etc.
                      They also have some good vids from the last few years of big bikes going where they probably shouldn't, especially his mate with an AT.

                      Please keep us posted on how you get along with yours. I'm pretty sure you won't be selling them anytime soon.
                      Pick up next week. No pics of them stock as the colour combos are dog pooh on these bikes stock unless you can get black and you canít.

                      Iíve been watching josh and plenty of you tube. I am starting to the realise the word review means. Check out how much I love my bike.

                      I have a long mod list. I Will start ordering stuff over Christmas.

                      Rims in for coating (blue not nice at all) in jan. Anyone know some one who can put my rims back together with the stainless bull dog spokes in melb south?


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                      • #41
                        In that vid. His suspension appears to be 50% through its travel all the way down even before he hits the whole???

                        I like lighter smaller simpler. But also we are doing lots of hwy and i am getting soft and i want plush, and the T700 is already very dirt oriented so it seems right for me/us. You canít buy much else that isnt mega $ or mega tech and I donít want either. The T7 seems a lot like a motorbike to me. Wife rode it and loved it, she really drove me to buy them.

                        If i was doing The Cape and trips like that the thumper is the one to buy. But i wont be. Hardest track we have planned currently is the Savannah Way from Cooktown to Katherine.


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                        • #42
                          I've never laced a rim myself... Yet I'd take than on.
                          I couldn't afford not to... Then it'd be done right too.

                          Regardless... Spokes do need-take time to settle-in.
                          Factor in fiddling for the first few months regardless.

                          Edit: I'd either fashion/bodgy my own jig type set-up.
                          Or I'd utilise the swingarm for such. I'd suss that out.

                          Edit2: It's not a particularly difficult job? It takes time:
                          If your time at work is worth more: Then outsource it.

                          Edit3: If you do opt to lace the wheel-rim yourself:
                          Tell us b4 you begin. There's method to madness.

                          Edit4: Your blue anodised could-be Dremel gone.
                          Your fancy spokes would-likely require re-lacing?

                          Edit5: I change strings one at a time on guitar:
                          I imagine that could be done with spokes too?

                          Edit6: I'd utilise my cordless drill on tube side:
                          Fine tuning will necessitate a quality spanner.

                          Edit7: I'd pull a spoke; buff blue; install new:
                          Tension that for a true: Then rinse & repeat.
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                          • #43
                            You've almost convinced me i will have a go, depending on tool costs. I dont need new spokes, but the OEM ones are known for rusting, since i am having the rims coated to make them black and the spokes have to be out, makes sense to replace them now.

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                            • #44
                              Wtf?... Black implies powder coating... Again wtf?
                              Yeah, I guess you can/could. Yet why would you?

                              Personally: I'd squander my little cash on booze.
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                              That Which Doesn't Change... Stays The Same.
                              Those That Don't Fall... Just Aren't Trying Hard Enough.
                              Genius or Idiot... Sadly it's Defined by the Mediocre Masses... With their Hindsight.
                              Dicklaimer... The Text above is to be Evaluated by a Responsible Person... Prior to Any Action Being Taken.

                              *George Carlin*What We Do*No Bravery*Tell the Truth*911*Genetic Armageddon*Carbon Tax*Interplanetary Climate Change*Fracking*Shock Doctrine*Extinction Protocol*

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                              • #45
                                IMO blue rims look waaaaaayyyyyyy better than the same old, boring, mundane, sheep like black rims (which are on everything lately from bikes to every car on the road).

                                Best and most practical of all on a bike is plain ol silver. Less scratching, no fading and looks cleaner.

                                I'd be spending the coin on decent Bluetooth coms kits, adventure specific riding gear, bags, GPS, phone mounts, etc.
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