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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
    Donít 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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    A little slow going over the last couple weeks. I did complete my art project though:



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    Like many other F800 owners, it was time for new steering head bearings... not a bad job on this bike. Heating up the bearings via a heat gun, and freezing the stem by letting it sit outside in the snow, allowed the new bearings to drop right on!








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    How many miles are on this bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    How many miles are on this bike?
    12,965 miles...


    I'll plan on double checking the bearing play after 100, 500, 1000, and 2000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    Like many other F800 owners, it was time for new steering head bearings... not a bad job on this bike. Heating up the bearings via a heat gun, and freezing the stem by letting it sit outside in the snow, allowed the new bearings to drop right on!








    Iím curious as to the symptoms for the SH bearings?
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