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    I think it is a camel back tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    What is the white/silver box with the world map tucked under the right rear pannier mount?
    It's a tool box. Purchased from the Far East via eBay. The box itself is pretty well made, and hasn't let in any water, but I haven't had it chock full of tools on rough roads either.





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    Neat. Looks like good use of otherwise empty space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Don’t be too quick to write off the F800GS. I flogged one for a couple thousand miles in the Balkans in 2018; never found it uncomfortable or lacking for power, and the lighter weight and crisp handling was appreciated.
    Just to chime in with 2 cents worth of experience; I put ~100K on my F800GS over 8 years. It is a perfectly acceptable world traveller, and you've already started farkeling yours! I appreciated the leg-room proffered by the bike's height (I also added some folding foot-rests to my crash bars. I could shift my butt to one side and stretch the other leg as necessary). I also took BMW's off-road training course in SC on their F800, so I felt confident in everything we tackled {BIA Rd #2 in Buffalo Gap, SD was gnarly tho, but that was deep sand vs gravel.}. And do have the right tires for your goals. I'd recommend Heidenau K-60s as the most useful tires for any purpose. They were a little noisy at first on the highway, but they're very durable & sure-footed! Lastly, I bought a small Air-Hawk seat pad for comfort. It suited me as an affordable solution to the generic BMW seat... Just have to pack it up when T'storms approach...
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    Thanks for the advice Phil and Karen!

    Well, I had big plans for yesterday, but then one of those "oh this should only take a minute or two" kind of projects blew up, consuming most of the day.

    Today's win was installing the plastic/rubber covers for the Pivot Pegz. Why these are not included is beyond me, seems a little overkill for how much they cost.

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    The Camel Tank auxiliary gas tank is installed and ready for action! This gives an additional ~2 gallons, which along with the 1 gallon peg packer, and the ~4.2 gallon stock tank should give me ~320 miles if I keep the bike returning my current average of 45.6 mpg.

    I'm still way under the Iron Butt Rally's 11.5 gallon limit...

    The whole process was pretty easy. Took longer because I was redoing and planning some wiring at the same time, but I think most people could do it in under 2 hours.


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    Question Which windscreen hardware assembly is that?

    It looks adjustable.

    I know MadStad makes such a beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbears View Post
    It looks adjustable.

    I know MadStad makes such a beast.
    Correct! It's a MadStad windshield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Correct! It's a MadStad windshield.
    Good choice for a bike used for touring and at speed.



    Many dual purpose bikes have shields at a bad angle and also don't allow for relief of negative trailing pressure at speed (which is worse at certain angles).
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