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After a large 10mm thick and 120mm long construction bolt punctured my rear tyre (with only 7,000 gentle kays on it), decided to fit a 'same again' Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT. It still has the OEM front PR 4 on it and there is still plenty of life in that tyre with no cupping to speak of.

Although I considered doing both front and rear, my final take on this was that by the time the new rear is ready for replacement, the front definitely will be too.

The bolt entered the tyre very near the tyre pressure monitor sticker so was concerned about potential damage from end of bolt either damaging it or the rim.

Being keen to learn about and do as much spanner twirling myself as possible, I pulled the rear wheel myself. Being a total newbie, I wanted to take my time and do it right. Checked out this video first and went at it - many thanks Grumpy Goat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSF_MVsZF74

Wow! How easy is this? Only tools I needed were:

1) a T25 torx socket (for the two screws on exhaust header to OEM silencer heat shield);
2) a T40 (for silencer hanger bolt);
3) a 13mm socket or spanner (for the exhaust header to silencer clamp nut) and finally;
4) a T50 (for the 6x wheel to hub mounting bolts).
5) a torque wrench to tighten the 6x wheel mounting bolts to 60 Newton metres.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find the rear wheel removal and reinstallation is quite literally a 5-minute job each way, even for a total newbie like me.

Took the bare wheel to Balmain Motorcycles, our local motorcycle tyre specialist here in Sydney. On pulling the tyre, happily discovered only two very tiny scratches on the inner surface of the rim about 25mm from the typre pressure sensor box. Dodged a bullet there.

$331 for tyre with free fitting and balancing of my loose wheel and I was on my way again. Took the opportunity to thoroughly clean in and around the rear end and suspension of the bike and re-fitted wheel. Looking fwd to first ride, hopefully today. Happy days!


I know that shop well as my parent's house where I grew up is one street away off Mansfield street - agreed rear wheel removal is straight forward exercise. The front-wheel removal is easy as well. Good job!


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Given all the bushfires that are raging in-and-around my favourite routes, my wife thought it a perfect opportunity to catch up on some gardening heavy-lifting (sandstone blocks) However, about 30 minutes into the gardening togetherness my wife suffered a broken nail that cause a stop to the gardening duties. I was so disappointed, but I guess you've got a roll with life's little setbacks.

Nothing left to do but go to the garage for some fabrication tinkering. I decided to fit a top box I had laying around to the G310R. I thought about a small GIVI, but I thought this little 3O LTR BMW (think it’s off a F650GS) would look good on the little R. Need to fabricate a few little brackets. Oh, I got the SW-Motech rack and intended to fit a GIVI, but I think the little BMW unit looks good on the bike. I'm happy with the end result.









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Also had enough time the to fit the mirror extenders I've been meantime to fit for some time.




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Thanks, @Panzermann I had intended to remove the blind spot mirrors as the mirror extenders gives the additional coverage I need. I'll probably do that today. Oh, Nigel passes on his regards.




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A quick trip to my local farmer's markets and tested out the SW-Motech mirror extended - much-improved viability. No need for the convex mirrors so remove them.





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Today my Sargent Seat Rack arrived. I am very impressed with the fit and finish almost as good as the BMW factory finish. I also can’t complain about the service from Sargent’s US factory sales and support team. I practically drove them nuts with my question, but they answered every email and nothing seem to be a problem.

I have a reasonably longish road trip coming up, and I’ll need to supplement my luggage with a large duffle (BMW blue 50 litres)as well as OEM panniers. The issue with the OEM panniers is they are a little high, and my duffle (or most) rests on top the panniers. That said, even with the rack in place it still the duffle just touched, but I have a little modification in mind that should sort it.





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I’ve been thinking about expanding the functionality of the Sargent rear seat rack. Come up with this for a longish weekend ride without panniers and keeping the heavier items out of the top box and on the rear seat. The tank bag is interchangeable between the tank and seat location. Easy to remove just snaps into place and simple stow.

I picked up an SW-Motech tank ring today and as luck would have it I didn’t need to drill any additional holes things just worked ours perfectly from a fitting point of view.





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The Sargent Seat Rack is a bit on the pricy side but it has lots of functional possibilities. I’m not interested in the backrest attachment but could be a useful option for some with lower back issues. Would have preferred that rack to be black instead of silver but that just a personal preference. Build quality is excellent and almost looks OEM.

The SW-Motech tank ring fite perfectly without any drilling and all the fasteners are the correct fit and size. With the ring installed the SW-Motech tank bag just snaps into place without fiddling without the need for buckles & straps etc - so effortless.

SW-Motech tank ring:

https://www.motorradgarage.com.au/evo-tank-rings/2697-tank-ring-evo-for-adventure-racks

Here the product link:

https://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/Sargent-Rear-Rack-R12RRS/


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Expensive for sure. It took a few months of mental wheel spinning to decide. Not so much as the unit purchase price, but the freight charges from the US to OZ.

That said, I’m thrilled with the versatility and put it to good use and changing the configuration to suit whatever long-distance touring.


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I spent a lazy afternoon doing the 80,000 km service on the Panzer. While I was down among the engine, I got into the nooks and crannies for a well overdue detailed clean.

Other than the leaking steering damper (documented elsewhere) all was good. Each valve clearance has opened up a thou' since first checked at 20,000 km but they're still within spec. With no top-ups over the last 10,000 km, the oil level had dropped from the top of the ring to midway.
 

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Up early this morning and after a very quick Jog and thought I would mount Garmin Inreach Mini & fit grip puppies before it got too hot. I tried several mounting positions but decided on this one. I ride mostly in mostly rural & remote areas where mobile coverage is at best very poor and the Garmin Inreach gives me two-way satellite text comms and SOS access. With all the disastrous bushfires raging across Australia parts of regional telco infrastructure will most certainly be severely damaged/destroyed.



As usual, I couldn't get Nigel to help out..




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Up early this morning and after a very quick Jog and thought I would mount Garmin Inreach Mini & fit grip puppies before it got too hot. I tried several mounting positions but decided on this one. I ride mostly in mostly rural & remote areas where mobile coverage is at best very poor and the Garmin Inreach gives me two-way satellite text comms and SOS access. With all the disastrous bushfires raging across Australia parts of regional telco infrastructure will most certainly be severely damaged/destroyed.



As usual, I couldn't get Nigel to help out..
Typical feline - absorbed by self-interest.

Do you have a licence to operate all those devices, Mike?
 

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Fully trained and accredited Panzer




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The weather was perfect for working on the bike today, so I replaced the fuel pump that stopped my bike a few months ago.

I found a very detailed breakdown of everything I needed to do a while back, but I couldn't find it today...so I winged it. I spent a few hours cleaning the varnish off all the parts and the inside of the tank. After many swear words and 2 hours looking for the screws that hold the fuel pump regulator in place (didn't find them) I had everything put together. Put some fresh fuel in the tank with some fuel system cleaner. Crossed my fingers and cranked the starter. NO GO!! Plugged the GS911 in and ran the pump test, it cycled the fuel pump and there were no error messages. Pulled a spark plug and tested for sparkage, Yep sparked nice and strong! Did a full scan with the GS911 and found no errors. Cranked it some more, no start. Cleaned up and went home (Bike is still at the inlaws). Poo!

I think my next step will be to replace the fuel filter, bypass the fuel pump regulator (that would also solve the missing screw dilemma) and maybe check/clean the injectors.
 

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doc dog did the fuel pump make any noise when the key was turned to ON? It should click-click-click to build up pressure. If not, then (presuming the pump is operable) the regulator could well be the culprit and bypassing it should confirm that, or otherwise.
 

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doc dog did the fuel pump make any noise when the key was turned to ON?
I got the normal pump noise the first time I turned the key ON, but didn't hear anything afterwards (other than when I cycled it with the GS911). I presumed it got up to pressure and stayed there until I cranked it over, the GS911 showed the pump was on when I cranked, so I presume it is working as expected.

I might disconnect a fuel line and plug a QD in the other end to see how far I can spray fuel in the inlaws backyard next weekend >:)
 
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