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    Cool 4 corners trip

    I've owned my 1992 R100R for 8 years and am considering taking it in April on a Four Corners trip. It is in very good shape (brakes, battery, starter, tires, drive shaft are all new enough for the long haul) - My questions:

    What electrical components tend to fail that would warrant me taking spares?
    Where is the best location for auxiliary lights on front?
    Any airhead advice other than above for such a trip?

    Thanks a lot for your time - Ride safe -
    Last edited by hobarter; 12-12-2012 at 04:21 PM.

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    #4869 DennisDarrow's Avatar
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    Where are you located? How far will you travel each day? These and many other questions come to mind before offering any type of travel advice. The first thing that comes to mind is that in April, the 4 Corners area can be cold-cold-cold. Or are you gonna stay down in the 5K areas?.....Anyway, God bless......Dennis

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    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
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    Believe he's thinking of visiting the four corners of the USA as opposed to Utah/Colorado/Arizona/New Mexico.

    As for electrical, just check that alternator brushes are not worn out, carry some bulbs, etc.
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    The right attitude. Enjoy the ride, don't get stressed if something goes wrong. If something breaks and you have to wait for parts, enjoy the down days.

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    If you wanted to go more around the 4th of July, you could take a crazydrummerdude with you. I'm looking to do a motorcycle trip this summer..

    Over on Old's Cool on advrider, I read something that I think I'll do from now on. Yeah, you can take the little doo-dads with you (regulator, diode board, whatever), but why not just box up an entire electrical system and leave it with a family member while you're gone so that in case of emergency (which hopefully won't happen), they can just ship you the whole shebang. That beats the spacial constraints and wear and tear of lugging a bunch of spare parts around.

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    I'd carry a spare alternator rotor. I used to scoff at the BMW guys that swore by having a spare one around, then mine went out of nowhere . Luckily I was close enough to my house to make it back on battery
    // 1975 BMW R90/6 (cafe'd) // 1957 BMW R60 (in pieces) // 1967 Aermacchi/H-D Sprint 250 SS (custom special) // 1967 Moto Guzzi V700 (current restoration)

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    SAME identical advice that Typ181R90 offers: 60k on the clock of a '78 R100RS and was very lucky to be about a mile from home when the engine (battery power) finally gave out of sparks after the rotor failed. . .these things go better with internal combustion vs. human power. A lot better.

    FYI, an Odyssey Battery got me many tens-of-miles toward home after the above fail. Not sure what another battery would have done, but ++ on an Odyssey for your trip.

    Walking Eagle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Typ181R90 View Post
    I'd carry a spare alternator rotor....
    I agree, unless you recently changed it. (I just changed mine on my 93 R100R.)

    Sounds like a great ride !
    14 R1200GSA, 93 R100R, 15 FJ-09, 15 Road King, 07 Moto Guzzi Griso No car is as fun to drive as any motorcycle is to ride.

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