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Events, Meetings, and Ride Outs / Arizona and Oregon - Spring 2020
« on: March 06, 2020, 06:29:15 PM »
Just a little heads-up if you're looking to attend any overland/rally events on the west side of the USA this Spring...

I'll be attending both the Overland Expo West (Flagstaff AZ - 15-17th May) and the Giant Loop Hot Springs event (nr. Burns OR June 5-7th) in a presenter capacity this year, and have a 'directors cut' of my part 1 'Smaller bike BIGGER adventure' video/slideshow, together with the debut* of the Part 2 of which I am especially proud... and although these films feature the BMW G310GS I was riding that year, fundamentally they highlight some of the best adventure and dual sport destinations that North America have to offer - The Trans-America Trail, Moab, Colorado Rockies, Death Valley, various BDR routes all over the Pacific North West, exploration in Montana, and even dipping into Canada twice too!

*technically I did debut pt.2 at Horizons Unlimited California last September, however, it will be the first time the two films are shown at Overland and Hot Springs, as a double feature.

Indeed, as I concluded at the end of my ride-report after that trip was finished - while I had a huge amount of fun on that slightly smaller/lighter 310cc thumper compared to my CB500X, there really wasn't anything I couldn't also have equally enjoyed on my Honda - and that fundamentally it's all about packing light and preparing sensibly, and getting out there an exploring!



Along with the various other presentations and social activities, there is plenty of opportunity for some excellent all-terrain ride-outs in the respective area (the Giant Loop event especially is all about a huge network of trails in central Oregon, navigated using GPS tracks), and I certainly plan to take in a few trails while I'm there. Overland Expo West is also an excellent opportunity to gawp at some of the fantastic 4WD overland vehicles and associated aftermarket, together with the Moto Village of course.

I hope you can join me!

Jenny x

PS. I also intend to have a few new 'developments' on my CB500X to show you all, should you be interested in the bike and packing/preparing for solo adventure travel in general.

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CB500X - General Chat / Honda win the Dakar Rally!
« on: January 17, 2020, 04:31:01 PM »


It took a while for ALL the pieces to fall into place, but finally Honda HRC have won the Dakar Rally, and ended KTM's 18 year dominance of the event.

In a double celebration, it is also the first time a US rider has won the Dakar: #9 Ricky Brabec, and as a bonus his fellow countrymen #405 Cassey Currie & Sean Berriman also won the SSV buggy class too this year!


photo. #9 Ricky Brabec is the first US competitor to win the Dakar.


2-time moto winner #1 Toby Price took another third place on his KTM this year (to match his debut result as a privateer back in 2015), and his team mates #2 Matthias Walkner and #16 Luciano Benavides were not far behind in 5th and 6th respectively in the overall standings.

However, in what must be a huge disappointment to the Mattighofen factory, it was actually their albino cousin (Husqvarna) ridden by #5 Pablo Quintanilla who took the runner-up spot this year; and equally, the Honda HRC factory riders also finished 4th (#17 Jose 'Nacho' Cornejo) and 7th (#12 Joan Barreda Bort), so it seems that perhaps the KTM dominance of this event is finally coming to a close - or more importantly perhaps, that the other factory teams and riders are now clearly capable of matching them on equal terms (a combination of rider, machine and overall team management), which can only bode well for the future of the moto class in this event.

Right, I'm off out to pull a wheelie on my Honda to celebrate!

Jenny x

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You may have seen my similar titled thread here, about how to retrofit the 2019-on model OEM turn signals onto an earlier model CB...

Well, if $160 is a touch too pricy for you, then I thought I'd also introduce you to an alternative which I also took a punt on recently, just to compare...



As you can see, they are very similar to the 2019-on OEM ones, just a bit shorter:



...which is probably not a bad thing to be honest, especially if you plan to ride off-road and/or drop your bike regularly!

Although very similar looking to the OEM turn-signals visually, they are only two-wire (with bullet connectors), so you'll forfeit the daylight running light function on the front - although the CB already has a DRL built into the headlight unit anyway of course... but conversely, one [positive] thing I noticed is that the supplied rubber mounts are actually the same tear-drop shape as the 2013-18 model CBs and other Hondas that use the same shape turn-signals, so they fill in the recess on the fairing and tail-piece exactly on the earlier bikes - sweet!

I've not had a chance to wire them up to see how bright they are yet, but I'd suggest that for $25 a pair, they are worth a punt for anyone looking to update the styling on their CB (or Grom!)

Hope that helps!

Jenny x

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A request to the collective of current (and past) owners of Rally-Raid kitted CB500Xs…

Prompted by a conversation with Liz from Rally-Raid HQ the other day, she commented that they have been receiving an increasing number of enquires recently from potential customers asking if and where they could have their wheel and suspension upgrades professionally installed… and similarly I frequently get PMs here and on various other online forums asking much the same question.

Now I trust a good number of you are aware already that the Rally-Raid kits are designed to be straight-forward DIY fit (certainly with no cutting or welding required) - typically in a home garage with basic workshop tools... but that is not to say that everyone has the space/facilities or indeed even the inclination to undertake the conversion themselves, which is understandable especially if you have limited experience of typical DIY motorcycle maintenance tasks and procedures.

So we thought it might be a nice idea to try and put together a list of recommended workshops and dealers - based on those who have actual experience of fitting the Rally-Raid kits on your behalf - so that this information can be passed on to anyone with a similar enquiry.

Typically we’d be looking for the Name, Location (including country!) and Contact Information (eg. address/email/phone number or combination of such), together with an indication of their workshop labour rates*

*now I realise that some of you may have cut a deal with your mechanic, or had the fitting done as part of a combined invoice for example -  and in those instances, if you’d prefer not to say how much you paid, that is quite understandable - hence asking for their general hourly rate so that other customers can budget accordingly.

So please feel free to either post your experiences here - including a brief description of the experience if you feel inclined... and/or perhaps PM me directly if you would rather pass on any information more anonymously for any reason, and I can compile the list and summarise it here on your behalf.

Obviously we can appreciate that over the years Rally-Raid kits have been sold worldwide, and indeed many countries themselves are huge, so  we’re not likely to end up with a ‘dealer’ in every city by any means… however, we trust that by pooling our collective knowledge here, we will reasonably quickly be able to offer a list of suitable fitting locations for those willing to travel a reasonably distance if they are so inclined.

Looking forward to hearing your recommendations!

Jenny x

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2019 indicators (turn-signals) on earlier bikes

A pre-[r]ambling introduction... For a while now I've wanted to replace my big orange egg-shaped turn-signals on my 2014 model with something slimmer and sleeker looking... of course there is nothing wrong with the OEM indicators - indeed they are excellent at what they are designed to do, being very bright and also pretty robust [in the event of a drop], and other than the running light filament [in the US spec bikes] blowing on a couple of occasions, they have proved faultless through many tens of thousands of miles. Honda also use them on any number of their other models too, so their track record is proven.

However, ever since the new Africa Twin came out in 2016 with it's slim LED indicators (only in Europe the first year), I always felt the traditional filament bulb style lamps now look a bit bulky and dated? At the time I bought a set of the Africa Twin indicators, thinking they'd be essentially plug-and-play together with simply swapping the OEM flasher relay for an LED specific one (note. it's a four-pin relay on the CB, and a dedicated replacement designed to maintain the original flash rate with LEDs is cheaply and readily available on Ebay for example) - only to find those original first generation [ie. 2016] Africa Twin LED turn signals were actually 7.4v and also required a stupidly expensive step-down transformer relay to drive them... yes, I blew two of them before I realised*... at least I was able to return the other two.

*there is tiny printing on the lens of each lamp stating the voltage.

So I shelved that idea until more recently when Honda started fitting [very similar shaped] LED turn signals on their latest generation of bikes, and a quick noodle at the parts fiche revealed that these latest ones (which are also fitted to the 2019 CB500X of course) are traditional 12+ volt LEDs and don't require any special transformer/relay, just a regular LED relay designed to maintain the original flash rate with less load - which is something I now already had on my bike of course.

So enough of the waffle Jenny - what do you need to fit the 2019 style turn signals on an earlier generation CB500X?

First of all, the front and rear turn signals are different - the fronts include an extra wire (as did the US spec earlier style) for running lights, but otherwise physically they are the same shape - and here a size comparison with my existing lamps:



As you can see, they are not actually any shorter - which personally I think is a good thing, since the whole reason for sticking with OEM style turn-signals and not tiny little aftermarket variants, is so that I can actually be seen in the chaos that is California traffic...

However, I trust you agree the longer/thinner lens section immediately looks much more contemporary and gives the visual effect of them being much more compact?

So along with the FL, FR, RL and RR individual lamps (see parts list below), you'll also need the matching rubber mounting boots/grommets, plus the metal inserts for those - and four M5 bolts to sandwich them all together.

note. If you look on the 2019 parts fiche, you'll see the rear rubber mounts and metal inserts are both slightly longer, and a slightly different shape - this is because the rear turn signals mount to the same 'eye' shaped recess in the tail piece (which is carried over from the previous generation model), while at the front, the new fairing has recesses specifically to match the revised shape of the LED turn signals.

However, Honda being Honda, I was confident that the actual oval section of these rubbers that fits through the body panels would still be the same, and it is:



...which means I elected to buy two pairs of front rubbers and their corresponding inserts, as these are lower profile and also cheaper than using the dedicated rear mounts - and that other than a slight difference in the tear-drop shape of the outer flange (which really isn't noticeable unless you really know what you're looking for), they bolt right up and still look 'factory'*



*note. if you really are being precious, there is nothing to stop you ordering two pairs of the rear rubber mounts (and their metal inserts) instead, which have the exact 'eye' profile to match the earlier generation tail and headlight fairing recesses - but these are essentially twice the price of the new shape/front mounts.




Rear turn signal mounting

The rear pair of turn-signals have only two wires, and are plug-and-play into the existing connectors on the loom - you just unplug the old ones, and fit the new ones in their place.

note. The LED turn signals require a separate bolt to mount them (rather than having the threaded part on the lamp unit, and just a dome nut to secure as the earlier lamps do), and if like me you're using the front rubbers all round, you'll simply need four 20mm long M5 bolts to mount them - you can order the Honda ones of course, but I simply used some button-heads I already had in my metric stash at home.



Front turn signal mounting

At the front, things are slight different - you can still 'plug and play', but you need to do some plug swapping first...



As you can see, while the earlier generation lamps had a single block connector with three terminals, the 2019 LED version for the CB has the flasher as a pair, plus the third [running light] wire is on a separate plug... why? goodness only knows - particularly as the very similar looking turn signals on the CB300R (for example) seem to just use a single (three pin) plus as before.

However, it is actually easy enough to unclip the pins from the existing block connectors, and swap all three wires from the new lamps into the connector from the originals, so that they just plug straight back in to the loom as before.

note. You could be an animal and either cut off the original connector blocks and re-solder the joints, or even cut both ends off and use your own bullets or similar - but why would you when you can do a pukka job as long as you have a tiny flat-blade screwdriver (or similar poiky piece) to unclip the tangs and slide the pins out.



I would admit that while the two flasher pins are easy to unclip, the third (running light) pin can be an utter bastard to undo, as you can't see inside the tiny hole... I'm sure there is a proper tool to do this job, but as I say, with a little perseverance, it's possible with a small 'watchmakers' screwdriver for example.



One thing to note at the front, is that for some reason, the LED + and - wires are reversed in the 2019 block connector/loom, so when you reconnect them in the three pin block, make sure they match up with the actual loom on the bike, as LEDs don't work with reversed current.

So with that little job done, all you need to do is mount them to the front on the bike in a similar fashion - note. it is far easier to remove the whole fairing assembly and work with it on your lap upside down than to dray and fiddle around with the connectors and bolts from underneath!

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A little shameless self-promotion here, but I trust you'll also enjoy what I've got to say and show you if you fancy a weekend in the Sierra Nevada foothills (Mariposa California) at the end of September - where I'll be hosting two presentations at the annual Horizons Unlimited event: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/events/california-2019

This is always an excellent and inspirational event, coupled with some awesome on-road and off-road riding right on the doorstep of the venue, just west of Yosemite National Park - hope to see some of you there this year!

Jenny x

ps. I will of course be on my Rally-Raid/Honda CB500X, and there is every chance I'll be adding an informal Q&A session at some point over the weekend with regard to overland adventuring on the CB in general, together with highlighting the changes made to the latest 2019 model.

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Rally Raid / 2019 model US press launch coverage (July 2019)
« on: August 02, 2019, 08:15:46 PM »
Rally-Raid Products have been getting some great press coverage recently - with many of the US magazines and online publications highlighting the fact that what John and I developed around the Honda CB500X platform back in 2014/15 has very much influenced the range of updates and changes that Honda themselves have now made to the latest 2019 model, officially launched here in the US last week.

I'm particularly honoured to have been name-checked personally in this latest one from the Revzilla online magazine:

RevZilla.com - 2019 Honda CB500X - first ride review

Motorcylist.com - 2019 Honda CB500X review - first ride

ADVPulse - 2019 CB500X review

It's seems the US press are now conceding that actually you don't necessarily need an all-singing-all-dancing super high-powered high-tech bike to have an adventure, just something affordable, reliable and fun...

And if that turns out not to be enough, well let's just say I'm looking forward to introducing them to my own personal 2019 bike a little later this year ;o)

Jenny x

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Rally Raid / 2019 model [specific] Scorpion Serket Taper exhaust
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:21:35 PM »
A quick update from John - he collected the UK demo bike earlier today from Scorpion Racing, complete with the production 2019-specific exhaust (pn. RRP-738), which on the 2019 model actually saves a little more weight than before (as the 2019 OEM silencer is slightly heavier than the 2016-18 version).





The 2019 specific exhaust saves just over 4lbs (1.85Kg) compared to the stock item; and like all Scorpion exhausts benefits from the 50% damage guarantee from Scorpion themselves (if you damage the exhaust they will exchange it for 50% of the cost of a new one, plus shipping at your cost).

Not only does it save a significant amount of weight, but it is also far less bulky and physically large compared to the OEM silencer - offering more heel clearance and making it far more appropriate for off-road use; while the exit itself is angled rearwards to provide plenty of clearance for soft luggage above.

Jenny x

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...is now live!

http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/honda-cb500x-cb500f/2019-honda-cb500x

please note that the current 2019 model specific components are still in production, but are available to order - with currently delivery scheduled between 4-6 weeks* from today's date.

*depending on items - engine guards and shocks ought to be in stock sooner than the wheels which take longer to assemble of course.

All other CB (and universal) products which are cross-compatible across all model years and in stock are available for immediate dispatch of course.

Jx

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CB500X Adventure FAQs
(revised 7th May 2019)


Please note: These FAQs pertain specifically to the current Production Specification Rally-Raid Products CB500X ‘Adventure’ kit, and associated parts and accessories for the Honda CB500X, (plus those parts compatible with the CB500F and CBR500R models where appropriate).

With the introduction of some key specification changes for the 2019 model year CB500X (primarily longer travel standard suspension and a 19” front wheel), our FAQs have been revised to reflect the new components that are specific to the 2019-onwards model, together with those which continue to be applicable to the existing 2013-18 model year range.

Broadly speaking, the specification of the Rally-Raid suspension upgrades remain that same - offering two ‘LEVEL’ kits - standard travel (the same as OEM/stock for that model year) and a longer travel version (with more comprehensive damping adjustment).

Wherever possible, existing parts and accessories have been redesigned to remain common across all model years - although any product/component that has specific model-year applications (such as the exhaust shield for the Adventure Engine Guard) will now have a choice from a drop-down menu on the corresponding page on the Rally-Raid Products web-shop.



1) I understand there are different ‘Levels’ of kit available, can you explain the key differences to me in simple terms?

We have simplified our range of wheel and suspension upgrades for the CB500X: There are now two core upgrade options available: LEVEL 1, and LEVEL 2.

In a nutshell, LEVEL 1 suspension maintains the original length suspension travel and corresponding standard seat height.

LEVEL 2 is our longer-travel suspension kit - which offers 170mm of travel (and a corresponding in crease in ground clearance and seat height) both front and rear for all model years.

please note. while the standard dimension front and rear LEVEL 1 suspension components are available and can be fitted separately (as desired and/or finances allow), the LEVEL 2 longer-travel suspension components have to be sold/fitted as a complete kit.

In addition the Rally-Raid heavy-duty spoked wheel kit comes with a 17” rear wheel and 19” front wheel. For the 2019-on model, these wheels are now a direct replacement whether or not you have chosen to also upgrade the suspension. For the 2013-18 model bikes [with a 17” front wheel as standard], you have to fit the longer travel LEVEL 2 suspension first to allow enough clearance for the larger 19” front wheel.



2) So what is this ‘LEVEL 3’ I still read about online and see in adverts for second-hand bikes?

‘LEVEL 3’ was the way we originally referred to the LEVEL 2 suspension and the 17/19” wheel kit when fitted together… you still can order exactly the same parts, it’s just called “LEVEL 2 suspension, and the Spoked Wheel Kit” now we’ve simplified our range of options - and that in the case of the 2019 model, the wheels and suspension can now be fitted independently of one another of course.



3) I see, so can you describe the two ‘LEVEL’ suspension options in more detail?

L1 Suspension

LEVEL 1 upgrades the standard travel suspension with higher quality and adjustable components front and rear. This is the ideal option for those who do not wish to raise the seat height at all. These components are also suitable upgrades for the CB500F and CBR500R models.

The aluminium body LEVEL 1 rear shock offers the same travel as the OEM shock, but offers far high-quality and adjustable damping (via a single combined adjuster wheel for rebound and compression); together with the option of fitting a hydraulic remote preload adjuster to easily compensate for different loads.

The LEVEL 1 fork kit offers the same travel as the OEM fork components, but complete replaces the internal parts with our unique shim-valves and dedicated damper rods, plus longer linear-wound springs, which eliminate the OEM plastic spacer inside the forks.



L2 Suspension

LEVEL 2 increases the overall travel and ride-height to 170mm front and rear, which correspondingly offers far greater off-road performance, and is only suitable for the CB500X model.

note. on the shorter-travel 2013-18 model bikes, our overall LEVEL 2 increase is equal to +50mm, while on the 2019-on models it is +20mm over the standard ride/seat height.


The LEVEL 2 rear shock is fully adjustable - offering individual controls for rebound plus high&low speed compression damping - together with a remote reservoir for increased oil capacity. As with our LEVEL 1 shock, there is also the option of fitting a hydraulic remote preload adjuster to more easily compensate for different loads and conditions.

The LEVEL 2 fork components are similar to the LEVEL 1 specification, but with an increase in travel to match the longer rear shock; while the comprehensive kit for the 2013-18 bikes also includes revised geometry rear-suspension linkage components, a billet top triple-clamp and a longer side-stand.

note. the LEVEL 2 kit for the 2019 model is actually far more simple to fit, as Honda have already included a revised top-triple clamp and bar risers, and a longer side-stand as part of the standard specification.



Rally-Raid CB500X Suspension specification summary:

2013-18 model

LEVEL 1 suspension: 140mm front travel, 120mm rear travel (as per OEM) - adjustable shock damping as standard/optional hydraulic preload adjuster. Fork kit adds shim-valving and replacement damper rods and longer linear springs. Seat height 810mm (as per OEM).

LEVEL 2 suspension: 170mm front and rear travel (+30mm and +50mm respectively over standard) - fully adjustable reservoir shock with individual high & low compression and rebound damping adjusters. Optional hydraulic preload adjuster. Seat height 870mm (with TKC80 tyres).

2019-on model

LEVEL 1 suspension: 150mm front and rear travel (as per OEM) - adjustable shock damping as standard/optional hydraulic preload adjuster. Fork kit adds shim-valving and replacement damper rods and longer linear springs. Seat height 830mm (as per OEM).


LEVEL 2 suspension: 170mm front and rear travel (+20mm over standard) - fully adjustable reservoir shock with individual high & low compression and rebound damping adjusters. Optional hydraulic preload adjuster. Seat height 860mm (with TKC80 tyres).


LOW suspension option: Lowering kit for the 2019 model reducing the travel/seat hight by -20mm (ie. seat-hight reduced to 810mm - the same as the previous generation model) - suitable for fitting with either the standard OEM or LEVEL 1 upgraded suspension.



4) What about the [wire] spoked wheels?

The Rally-Raid heavy-duty spoked wheel kit (pair).

The Rally-Raid heavy-duty spoked wheel kit comes with 17” x 3.50 rear and a 19” x 2.50 front size aluminium rims, hand-built on our unique in-house designed and machined billet aluminium hubs. Our hubs have been specifically designed to accept all your existing OEM brake discs, ABS sensor rings and the sprocket/cush-drive assembly from the original bike - making the swap both simple and more affordable. It also means that any spare/replacement bearings and seals are common Honda OEM parts.

These wheels are designed to fit both the ABS and non-ABS models alike.

With the introduction of the 2019 model with a 19” front wheel as standard, we have taken this opportunity to re-design our front hub so that our spoked wheels are the same across all model years - you simply select which model year you have and will be supplied with the correct front disc mounting hardware (and dedicated stainless steel ABS ring for the 2016-18 models).

Our wheels are available either tube-type or with the BARTubeless tubeless conversion factory-installed (including their 4-year warranty), and there is a choice of either black or gold powder-coated rims at no additional cost.

please note. our 17/19” spoked wheels can only be fitted to earlier 2013-18 models once the LEVEL 2 suspension kit has also been installed.

Should you wish to fit our 17/19” wheels to a 2013-18 model LEVEL 2 bike, there is also a dedicated 19” front fender kit available separately to complete the conversion.

please note. previously we also offered an alternative 17/17” ‘LEVEL 1 wheel kit for those owners of 2013-18 bikes. However, going forward these LEVEL 1 wheels are now a discontinued product.



5) Can I purchase any of the suspension components separately, or do they have to be bought as a package?

It is certainly possible to buy the LEVEL 1 front fork kit or rear shock separately if you desire - as these do not affect the original geometry of the bike in any way.

However, the longer-travel LEVEL 2 suspension components must be fitted as a matched pair and can only be sold as a complete package.



6) I love the look of the spoked wheels - can I just buy the wheels on their own?

If you have a 2019-on model CB500X, yes of course - they are a direct swap with your existing cast aluminium wheels, using all the existing hardware.

However, if you have a previous generation 2013-18 model CB500X, you do need to fit our LEVEL 2 suspension kit first, as that provides the necessary clearance for the 19” front wheel.



7) My original cast wheels are tubeless - do you have that option for your spoked wheels?

Yes, although our standard spoked wheel kit is designed to use inner tubes (even inside tubeless tyres such as the continental TKC80) - the rims themselves have the necessary safety bead which allows us to also offer them professionally converted by BARTubeless in Italy (complete with a 4-year warranty), and usually available from stock.

You simply choose either the tube-type or tubeless product option/part number when you order, then select your rim colour preference from the drop-down menu.

Please note that not all colour/tube/tubeless options may always be available immediately from our warehouse stock, but all specific orders will be satisfied as quickly as possible.



8) Ok, I’m ready to buy - I see you are based in the UK - how do I purchase the parts I want?

Rally Raid Products have a comprehensive web-shop: www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk, that accepts International payment in a range of currencies, proportional to the default UK pound pricing.

We use UPS for worldwide shipping, to most destinations using their 48 hour priority service. Typically all products in stock shipped to both Europe and the USA arrive within a week.



9) Can I fit the suspension/full Adventure kit myself at home, or does it need professional installation?

The kit/s have been designed to be DIY fit, and full step-by-step instructions are available on the Rally Raid Products website to read/download at the bottom of each respective product page.

The kit/s have been specifically designed to be completely bolt-on, and there is no need to cut or weld anything to fit the upgraded components. Typical workshop tools - a metric socket set, wrenches and allen keys are really all that is required. Should you prefer a professional workshop to undertake the work on your behalf, then they too will appreciate the straightforward nature of the conversion.

note. To safely fit the front and rear suspension components, you will need support the bike so that no weight is on either the swing-arm/front forks in turn. In that regard, we suggest you consider our tubular Engine Guard which cradles the engine, and fit that first of all - then you can support the complete weight of the bike on a scissor lift directly underneath the engine.

In addition, while the vast majority of the installation is simple bolt-off bolt-on, you will be required to remove the fork internal components and replace them with the new Rally Raid parts. Although it is a relatively straight-forward, if you are not confident or familiar with such a procedure, we do recommend obtaining the assistance of an experienced and/or professional workshop mechanic for that element of the conversion.



10) Can I still use a centre stand if I fit the longer-travel LEVEL 2 suspension?

No. Unfortunately the standard length centre-stand is not long enough to lift the rear wheel off the ground once the longer travel suspension has been fitted.



11) Ok, so how can I lift the rear wheel for chain maintenance for example?

We realise it is useful to be able to lift the rear wheel off the ground for chain maintenance and puncture repair, but at the same time, we consider a traditional centre-stand bulky, and unnecessary weight to carry around with you for the vast majority of the time - particularly on a bike that is intended to be used more frequently off-road.

Instead we would suggest you consider a short removable prop-stand similar to those used by dual-sport riders - which typically locates under the swing-arm or right-hand side footrest, and is used in conjunction with the side stand to lift the rear wheel a few inches off the ground. The Endurostar Trail Stand or Bikemaster Lift-Stick are two popular choices.

For workshop and home maintenance, we strongly recommend you invest in either a traditional paddock stand to lift the rear wheel (the universal type can be used with many other motorcycles too of course), or a simple scissor-lift that can be used to lift either wheel in conjunction with the Rally Raid tubular engine guard.

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