|KTM 530 EXC SixDays Rally Lite Edition|
|140/80 Michelin Desert is|
one wide tire...
- Keep everything you do as simple as possible. The less complicated the less chance it will break and the easier it will be to repair in the field.
- Every custom part you put on must be field tested before the rally. And by field testing I mean a lot of tough riding not just riding down a dirt road for a while. Preferably you should do a race with the part on your bike before you can trust it.
- If you build your own parts instead of buying parts of a well known brand you need to test it even more.
- The more stuff you put on, the more stuff that can break. And things do break. The most effective way to prevent something from breaking is not to put it on.
The non-standard components on chassis and engine are:
- Rebuilt front suspension (springs, shims)
- Rebuilt rear suspension (springs, bladder)
- Cylinder head ported
- Carburator (jets, etc) adjusted on bench
- Akrapovic exhaust
|A degreased chain will last longer in the desert|
Here is a list of the preparations I have done to the bike just before this rally:
|New plastic and decals just|
for good looks
- New wheel bearings
- New grips (soft to reduce vibrations)
- New motor oil and oil filter
- New gear box oil
- New fork oil (thicker)
- Checked and greased steering head bearings
- New brake fluid
- Checked all electric wiring for wear and function
- Mounted electric wiring for the roadbook holder
- Mounted navigaton tower
- Mounted roadbook holder (MD with backlight and remote)
- Mounted GPS mount (I'm using a Garmin Foretrex 201)
- Mounted remote control for the trip computer
- New (dry) chain and sprockets
- New Michelin Desert tires and Michelin Desert mousse (front, rear and second rear wheel)
- Cleaned the carburetor
- Changed cooling fluid to Engine Ice
- Mounted large 13L tank
- Mounted rear fender bag
- Put thread lock on pretty much every single bolt on the bike
- Checked brake pads (they were almost new so I didn't change them)
- New plastic and new decals (absolutely no function, just for good looks :)
- Charged the battery
- Mounted custom skidplate with water tank
|Aluminum skidplate with water tank|
|Roadbook holder, GPS, trip computer and remote controls|
Now its only two days left before I'm leaving for Spain and I can't wait to get on the bike and head out to the dunes!
|Spare levers strapped to the skidplate|
|Both front and rear suspension has been modified|
|Ready to jump over those Sahara dunes!|