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Talking I'll be using the V this Jan on a 1200km local endurance challenge

Here's the map: http://goo.gl/maps/7tlfr
Event name: BOSS Ironman 2014 (as orgnizzed by BMW owners club)
Total Distance: 1200km
Required time to finish: 24hrs

If you ever get the chance to visit Philippines next yr, we do have endurance run during November, January x 2, and April.

The 650 V will be competing against the mighty GS1200 and Adventure 1199 (that made me thinking if Im the most underpowered bike out there).

The V is 100% stock, any showstopper you guys know that I might encounter? I'm particularly worried about the chain slacking off midway.

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Good luck!

nice trip, I look forward to the relationship
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You will need something for chain maintenance. I've done 2,000 km in 24 hours on a KLR so this should not be a problem.
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Is all your riding going to be on blacktop or is there any gravel or rock offroading on the route?
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You will need a skid plate to protect the pipes.
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...The V is 100% stock, any showstopper you guys know that I might encounter? I'm particularly worried about the chain slacking off midway.
IF your chain is in good condition before the ride, you should be "good-to-go". I recently rode to Alaska and back (about 7,500 kms) without adjusting my chain. I DO suggest you spray it OFTEN w/ whatever chain lube you use during the ride (I use WD40 exclusively).

Looking at your map, it looks like road all the way (?), so tires, etc, no problem. IF dirt, ride carefully to avoid bashing your engine's oil pan, and "ride YOUR race", not the other guys'....


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The mighty 1200cc Adv bikes won't be allowed to go any faster than you on the Versys. You may well have an advantage with superior handling, and less physical strain riding over 1200 kms... Is it all well paved, but twisty with mountains?
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Very Cool!

You know why cann't you take a sprocket and flat screw driver and if your chain get loose tighten it?





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Only ridin' 750 miles. You don't need to do nothin'.
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A friend of mine will also be joining that ride. He will be riding a KLR 650 (Black and Yellow paint) Enjoy the ride!


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I'm particularly worried about the chain slacking off midway.
Why? Does it get out of adjustment that quickly? If it does, maybe it's time to replace it? On a new chain & sprockets I expect to more than 10x that distance before the 1st adjustment, with the adjustments becoming more frequent over time.
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thanks for the replies guys. bike is new (only had < 2k km on it). i did the same endurance last november on the ktm (from my avatar), chain slack halfway and now i have like an dis proportioned sprocket where sometimes it slack and sometimes it doesnt even if adjusted properly.

i only have traveled the right side of the route. it's city, traffic, then twisties (like one section is a 3hr twisties crossing mountain ranges), no rough road but some unpaved areas (10-50meter) on the mountains due to landslides. we leave at 12midnight.

few days ago they released the gps map, i instead printed the google map.

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The mighty 1200cc Adv bikes won't be allowed to go any faster than you on the Versys. You may well have an advantage with superior handling, and less physical strain riding over 1200 kms... Is it all well paved, but twisty with mountains?
had a friend also said this, smaller V might have an advantage.

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thanks for the replies guys. bike is new (only had < 2k km on it). i did the same endurance last november on the ktm (from my avatar), chain slack halfway and now i have like an dis proportioned sprocket where sometimes it slack and sometimes it doesnt even if adjusted properly.
The chain stretched unevenly. That was on your KTM? I had to replace my original Versys chain at 4,600 km because of it.
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The chain stretched unevenly. That was on your KTM? I had to replace my original Versys chain at 4,600 km because of it.
invader - FWIW - I'm at 47,xxx MILES on BIG RED, still on the ORIGINAL chain. The one on the GREEN HORNET was replaced after my D2D ride w/ only about 40,000 kms on it - unlucky I guess.

(PROBABLY a bad batch of WD40...)

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Yes I know most OE chains were ok and went the distance... Only a few didn't survive the break-in.
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