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Hi all , picked up my bike after a 2 hr drive last night, got it home safe and sound , albeit covered in bugs from the trip .Had a demo a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it . I was lucky to get one as it was at a country dealer and no one had put their hand up so i snafood it.

Plenty of mods planned so i will keep updating as i get to them
 

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Hi all , picked up my bike after a 2 hr drive last night, got it home safe and sound , albeit covered in bugs from the trip .Had a demo a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it . I was lucky to get one as it was at a country dealer and no one had put their hand up so i snafood it.

Plenty of mods planned so i will keep updating as i get to them
Outstanding work Talon she looks a stunner, I need to convince you to talk to these guys
http://www.thetooltube.com/MegaTube.html
I am thinking of one of your 5mm plates that mounts to the left side passenger foot peg bolts and keeps the foot peg in place that enables a tool set to be kept down low on the left side. I have a tube arriving shortly if you are interested.
 

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It's such a pity the tri-colour can't be had in base model specification or I'd have had one.

Thanks for the bashplate and luggage racks; they and the bike performed well during the maiden voyage; even got a full carton of stubbies on the back for the end of ride drinks. 1800km round trip (Toowoomba to Barrington Tops) including 5km of first-gear, back-wheel dragging, downhill switchback trail east of Glen Inness; a 1.5km rocky hill-climb near Nundle that took about 300km of life off the rear knobbly; 20 river crossings on The Barry Way and 500km in the dark.

In case anyone else is wondering about mods: B&B Big Tour luggage plate set, B&B Safari Bashplate, Barkbuster Storm handguards, transparent tank protector film, Garmin Rhino 650 GPS/UHF [not in photo], Pivot Pegz, Honda Genuine fairing bars & main stand, Hepco & Becker pannier rack, Mitas Stone Eater front tyre, Pirelli Scorpion XC mid-hard rear tyre, heavy duty inner tubes, bolt-on wheel balance weights, Wolfman 19L dry-bags and an OzTrail biker swag [not in photo].

The bike and Honda accessories; warts and all...

Good parts: super torquey motor, stable handling, fuel economy of 4.5-5.5L/100km, easy to get a foot on the ground, standard headlights are epic, ran OK on regular unleaded when we got caught out, comfortable for the first two days riding, Honda main stand is well made and works well - if you can get one, frame feels made to last, same axle spanner sizes as a later model Yamaha WR450 [which may simplify the tool kit for some], rims survived some big hits without damage, rims have a very small internal safety lip which is great for getting tyres off/on, lots of adjustment in gear shifter, thermo-fans rarely came on and were quiet when they did, hides it's weight well on the move, muffler sounds decent

Not so good: noisy chain slap on rough ground [the other CRF1K on the trip did it too], feels bigger than a KTM 950/990, battery feels a bit weak on cold starts, pillion pegs in the way for off-road work [the other CRF1K rider], not feeling the love with the suspension yet - handling was 'wallowy' when stock and now it's too 'skatey' at the rear with it firmed up, air-filters tricky to get at [but seem up to the task @ $50AUD each!], standard foot-pegs are pathetic [and painful according to the other CRF1K rider] - Memo to Honda: those that use these beasts off-road are generally big lads and gals with feet to match, standard bar weights were harder to remove than the pillion pegs [why!!!], aluminium alloy side stand feels a bit weak, fuel filler is tedious and spits back enough fuel to keep your visor down after the first fill, radial mount front brakes mean one calliper needs to come off for front wheel removal, no wheel spanners in factory tool kit, front brakes easily overwhelm the front tyre's grip if not careful, not convinced that the Honda fairing bars will survive many tumbles, low front mud-guard got close to clogging after not much sticky mud

Can't sensibly recommend such aggressive tyres, but I literally rode the bike 40km home on the road and spent a full day fitting 'farkles' before setting off in thick fog on black soil tracks that were rained on the night before. The full knobblies saved more than one lay-down in the goo.

Need a slip-on pipe to make it rumble properly, a lithium battery, high front-guard kit and serviceable air cleaners. A work in progress... but a worthy upgrade from my old RD03.
 

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It's such a pity the tri-colour can't be had in base model specification or I'd have had one.

Thanks for the bashplate and luggage racks; they and the bike performed well during the maiden voyage; even got a full carton of stubbies on the back for the end of ride drinks. 1800km round trip (Toowoomba to Barrington Tops) including 5km of first-gear, back-wheel dragging, downhill switchback trail east of Glen Inness; a 1.5km rocky hill-climb near Nundle that took about 300km of life off the rear knobbly; 20 river crossings on The Barry Way and 500km in the dark.

In case anyone else is wondering about mods: B&B Big Tour luggage plate set, B&B Safari Bashplate, Barkbuster Storm handguards, transparent tank protector film, Garmin Rhino 650 GPS/UHF [not in photo], Pivot Pegz, Honda Genuine fairing bars & main stand, Hepco & Becker pannier rack, Mitas Stone Eater front tyre, Pirelli Scorpion XC mid-hard rear tyre, heavy duty inner tubes, bolt-on wheel balance weights, Wolfman 19L dry-bags and an OzTrail biker swag [not in photo].

The bike and Honda accessories; warts and all...

Good parts: super torquey motor, stable handling, fuel economy of 4.5-5.5L/100km, easy to get a foot on the ground, standard headlights are epic, ran OK on regular unleaded when we got caught out, comfortable for the first two days riding, Honda main stand is well made and works well - if you can get one, frame feels made to last, same axle spanner sizes as a later model Yamaha WR450 [which may simplify the tool kit for some], rims survived some big hits without damage, rims have a very small internal safety lip which is great for getting tyres off/on, lots of adjustment in gear shifter, thermo-fans rarely came on and were quiet when they did, hides it's weight well on the move, muffler sounds decent

Not so good: noisy chain slap on rough ground [the other CRF1K on the trip did it too], feels bigger than a KTM 950/990, battery feels a bit weak on cold starts, pillion pegs in the way for off-road work [the other CRF1K rider], not feeling the love with the suspension yet - handling was 'wallowy' when stock and now it's too 'skatey' at the rear with it firmed up, air-filters tricky to get at [but seem up to the task @ $50AUD each!], standard foot-pegs are pathetic [and painful according to the other CRF1K rider] - Memo to Honda: those that use these beasts off-road are generally big lads and gals with feet to match, standard bar weights were harder to remove than the pillion pegs [why!!!], aluminium alloy side stand feels a bit weak, fuel filler is tedious and spits back enough fuel to keep your visor down after the first fill, radial mount front brakes mean one calliper needs to come off for front wheel removal, no wheel spanners in factory tool kit, front brakes easily overwhelm the front tyre's grip if not careful, not convinced that the Honda fairing bars will survive many tumbles, low front mud-guard got close to clogging after not much sticky mud

Can't sensibly recommend such aggressive tyres, but I literally rode the bike 40km home on the road and spent a full day fitting 'farkles' before setting off in thick fog on black soil tracks that were rained on the night before. The full knobblies saved more than one lay-down in the goo.

Need a slip-on pipe to make it rumble properly, a lithium battery, high front-guard kit and serviceable air cleaners. A work in progress... but a worthy upgrade from my old RD03.
Interesting roundup.

Fwiw, Japan Honda advises running regular unleaded. No prob fitting the nozzles here into the filler hole, maybe they're smaller.



Loving my Remus Okami, priced very reasonably on Ebay from France. I pulled the pillion pegs, as you can see. Only takes a minute so easy to add back when you have a passenger.

 

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Fwiw, Japan Honda advises running regular unleaded. No prob fitting the nozzles here into the filler hole, maybe they're smaller.
I supose it depends on what 'regular' means in different countries!

I wonder if the map would cope with really shitty fuel. Doesn't the GS's ECU deal with it?
 

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The bike runs good on the regular 95RON fuel but even better on the 99 octane juice , seem to sound better too , i am sure that in my owners manual it says - fuel: use 95 or better .
 

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A well sorted BMW f650 Dakar that was with us 'pinged' quite a bit on what was supposed to be regular fuel [RON 91] that we filled up with. My bike seemed fine, but used more juice. Maybe the ECU is smart enough to compensate.

RON 95 is recommended for the AT in Australia. I was careful not to labour the motor with the questionable fuel.

Surely Honda would cater for crap fuel in its tuning. It is an adventure bike that's meant to cross continents. I know mine will have to deal with whatever unleaded juice is available as premium is scarce in the bush.
 

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Thanks Guys.

Sure Thing Skip , just e mail me or give me a call to see if we can help you out .
[email protected].


Glad you like the gear POV. Sounds like an epic ride you had , hope i get some time do do a few of those
I agree those pegs have to go , and the guard lift .Then a muffler,sounds like a sewing machine

I got some Conti TKC 80's with the bike [ not fitted ] wish i had them put on before i got it .Are these any good ? They were on the demo i had and felt quite squirmy on the road , which does not bother me but i hope they are half decent in the dirt .
 

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I'm keen to try some Motoz adventure tyres on mine. Good reviews on and off the bitumen.
Aussie company as well.
There is a guard lift available as well from a guy making them off a 3d printer.
 

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Hi Talon,
Just ordered the Big Tour bash plate and luggage rack as I have had your stuff on my last Strom, which is now gone. I like your gear and am looking forward to the new fittings. Thanks for the work you have put in so far.
 

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I quite like my brakes to overwhelm my tyres,comes in handy when you need to stop in a hurry.Today while riding a bit of single track i lost my sidestand spring which brought me to a sudden stop it seems to have been displaced by a tree root,something to look out for. I like the motech footpegs but there is a ten week wait for them.
 

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Well got the chance to have a bit of a ride my bike this weekend ,only 400 km but everthying ,from highway ,mountain twisties ,some town stuff ,gavel fire trails and some forrest single track .

Was good to get a feel for it ,had to be a bit carfeul in the dirt ,still on stock tires. Was a perfect lil run in ride with lots of speed and load variations


In short ,had the most fun i have had on a bike (road or dirt)in a long time .Sure there is a few things that could be better,there always is ,but making things better is half the fun.


Overall i thought it was quite a capable easy to ride package very smooth and comfy.Typical honda steering and feel.So to you guys that are waiting i think you will like.
 

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Hi all

Got a ride planned for the weekend with a few friends on some very rocky trails so thought i best finish up the rad guards as the rads on these things a begging for punishment . Had some pre production ones on for a week or so now and all good just needed a tweak .

Finished up 2 sets today ready to fit. One polished and the other ones don in black with a hi performance polymer coating .








Will post some pics of the black ones fitted up tomorrow.
 

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Hey Talon when do the rad guards go on sale and is a price set yet? Did I read somewhere you were going to work on crash bars as well.
Cheers Rick
 

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Hey Talon when do the rad guards go on sale and is a price set yet? Did I read somewhere you were going to work on crash bars as well.
Cheers Rick


Hello TDM

Taking orders now , doing a run as we speak, have quite a few back orders to fill but should be on top it it in a week . Polished ones are $195 AUD
Black $215 AUD a pair.+shipping which will be reasonable as they a quite light and package well .

Playing with crash bars on CAD but nothing decided upon yet .


Cheers Gareth
 

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Might have to get a set of those. Will wait till i get a firmer date for my bike delivery.
Only problem designing crash bars is you wont make everyone happy. Everyone has their own idea on how they should be designed/look/mount.
 

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Might have to get a set of those. Will wait till i get a firmer date for my bike delivery.

When are you expecting yours.?


Only problem designing crash bars is you wont make everyone happy. Everyone has their own idea on how they should be designed/look/mount.
Oh dont i know it , been doing this since 1994 , gave up trying to please everyone a long time ago , just go with what feels /looks right to me now. Seems to work ok still here .May even ask for some forum input when i get going on them that way if they are no good i will have someone to blame for a change>:)


Ok mounted up the production ones today in both finishes , Very happy with the results.

For the blingers







And the stealth crowd





 

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I don't know when to expect mine. I was told maybe July, then got an unconfirmed ETA of mid May into Australia. Now with the earthquakes in Japan delaying things by at least 3 weeks. Who knows. At this rate I'll end up with a 2017 build.

I've already got a heap of parts (some of yours) sitting in spare room waiting.
 
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