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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Plymouth, UK
The Right Way Round
I am currently riding from the UK through Europe on my '93 VN750. So far my girlfriend and I have covered 1700 miles from the UK through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and finally Croatia.
My grirlfriend flies home in a week to start a new job. I on the other hand have a few months free to roam or to return to England.
I am seriously considering travelling East from Croatia through Eastern Europe into Russia, then Kazakstahn, China and finally Thailand.
This would be a further 9000-10000 miles. A couple of days spent on the internet have shown that VISA's and insurance should be relatively straight forward to acquire.
I am looking for info on modding the bike for the trip. Namely the tyres/tires. I currently require a new back tyre. The one on the bike has worn past the wear indicators and has suffered two punctures, the second running the tyre off the rim and making me loose confidence in the remaining strength left in the tyre. The front tyre is an Avon, stock size, white wall. It has plenty of life left in it but it doesn't feel great on the road, it seems to track anything it comes across, lines and cracks. It is also a "good road" tyre, not for any kind of gravel and not good in the wet.
Has anyone any advice on two new tyres. The roads I may be travelling on will be rough in places. I wont be planning any off roading but am expecting gravel on the road, cracks, pot holes and plenty of rain.
Should I go for some oversize tyres? Will these benefit me with handling, reduced RPMs, etc. Or should I stay with stock sizes.
Anyone know of a make with good grips that may suite some very occasional rough road use?
Is there any simple way to get a bit more ground clearance out of the bike? Even an inch may help.
After I bought the bike I replaced a very noisy ACCT on the front cyclinder. This made the bike sound much better but then I could also hear a much quieter noise from the rear cylinder. How much worse can I expect this to get over 10000 miles? I would guess that for a new ACCT for £50 it would be worth replacing?
I have fit the bike with panniers, screen, sissy bar and rack, new brakes all round, new spark plugs, oil and filter change, grease rear spline, air filter, marbled. Is there anything else I should do before I embark to countries where parts will be difficult to obtain? Also anything I should bring with me, e.g spark plugs, etc?
Currently I never did fix the back firing problem but have put this down to poor fitting gaskets and holes in the exhaust system. This will be something I will attempt to rectify before leaving. The exhausts feel rather heavy though. How big of a job is it to clean the soot out of the exhausts?
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There should be a picture above hopefully. Taken in AUstria.