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*Originally Posted by wachuko [+]
I agree.. decided not to pursue this path with the 850...

If I still want a sidecar setup next year, I will just look at test riding an Ural...  All is good, pardon the moment of insanity....

Ha, all good - glad you're thinking clearly again.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Wax or Lube for the chain
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:55:12 AM »
*Originally Posted by SnoDrtRider [+]
These "automatic" oilers are dinosaurs from a bygone era BEFORE "O" ring or "X" ring chains which pretty much seal the factory lube into a chain and seal dirt out. The only place you are lubing on a modern chain is the side plates and where the rollers contact the sprockets (which is not a bad thing to do)
Having a constant drip of lube on a modern chain is not required and only makes a mess.

I would also mention that the o-rings also need to be kept clean then lubricated to prevent drying-out causing cracking and loss of their sealing effectiveness.

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*Originally Posted by wachuko [+]
Maybe is all this time being inside the house during this pandemic  :087: ...  but I have an itch for a sidecar...  It all started by looking at the Ural.  Now I am wondering if I should just look at installing a sidecar to my current ride (2019 BMW F 850 GSA)?

Has anyone done something similar with their 850?  :084:

A motorcycle with sidecar is just a bad-handling poor mans' car.
What a waste of a supremely capable F850GSA!

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I have had the Marathon screen fitted for a while now and find it is a great improvement to wind noise & buffeting.
Surely adding the bracket to this setup would add even more adjustment for some improvement?

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Looks good, versatile.
My bracket arrived today. I have the Wunderlich Marathon screen that I want to fit to the bracket.
Which screen did you try it with before? What is the reason you didn't like it?

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: low seat recommendation
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:23:49 AM »
*Originally Posted by dirtspin [+]
Wasn't cheap but overall happy so far.

Been a couple of short rides and can say there is a few positives on this Wunderlich seat.
So far have found it comfortable on an 2 hour ride, a few longer rides are planned so will report back again.
Pillion area slightly larger & more cushioned for greater comfort.
The lower seating position lets me now easily flat-foot, whilst moving the bike around, backing up & U-turns etc have greatly increased confidence. Slow speeds with occasional foot down on rough terrain seem so much easier and more enjoyable.
Seating position is more locked-in, no sliding back & forth. Closer to tank so feel more in control of bike.
Wind noise reduced as I am now lower behind my Wunderlich Marathon screen.
Black seat suits bike much better than the original grey colour.
Shape of seat looks great - sporty.
Quality of materials and the stitching workmanship excellent, wipes clean easily.

Will update after a few weeks.

Away a full days' ride yesterday, on the saddle for at least two hours each time before a break.
Fairly well locked-in to the seating position, way forward against the tank but no complaints of soreness.
Only stopped to explore a location or for refreshments, not stopping due to sore butt.
Will mention again that the increase in confidence due to lower position is a great bonus with this seat, I am not short ,178cm (5'10" in the old measurement) but to flat-foot the deck in most situations now is reassuring.
I recommend this seat.

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: low seat recommendation
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:12:27 AM »
Great review thanks.

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*Originally Posted by dirtspin [+]
I ordered the Wunderlich 'Active Comfort Low' seat (-25mm) today for my F850GSA Rallye.
Looks like it is manufactured from good quality materials and the contours should help comfort.
Should arrive in a couple of days - will write a review after a few rides.

Wasn't cheap but overall happy so far.

Been a couple of short rides and can say there is a few positives on this Wunderlich seat.
So far have found it comfortable on an 2 hour ride, a few longer rides are planned so will report back again.
Pillion area slightly larger & more cushioned for greater comfort.
The lower seating position lets me now easily flat-foot, whilst moving the bike around, backing up & U-turns etc have greatly increased confidence. Slow speeds with occasional foot down on rough terrain seem so much easier and more enjoyable.
Seating position is more locked-in, no sliding back & forth. Closer to tank so feel more in control of bike.
Wind noise reduced as I am now lower behind my Wunderlich Marathon screen.
Black seat suits bike much better than the original grey colour.
Shape of seat looks great - sporty.
Quality of materials and the stitching workmanship excellent, wipes clean easily.

Will update after a few weeks.



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New Member Introductions / Re: Hi from Wollongong Australia
« on: July 26, 2020, 11:46:28 AM »
Hi Cliff,
Thanks for the welcome.
Yes, a big country with wide & varied terrain as you would well know - glad you enjoyed your travels down here.
I have just got to decide which way to go and planning a long trip. I am finding the bike is handling any road/track I point at it!
Will post some photos of rides soon.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hi from Wollongong Australia
« on: July 06, 2020, 11:35:42 AM »
*Originally Posted by Dingo [+]
Owzitgoin, I have same prob as newguy, I am in France but an Aussie, so no chance soon to ride together but wish you the best. Some of the best off-road riding in OZ (though I rate South America higher cos it has insane mountains)!!
Agree, some great off-road riding here - am discovering more & more tracks every weekend, Google Maps getting a good workout for the ride planning.

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