Travelling Oz on 00' WR400F
Posted May 20, 2004 - 05:18 AM
Right now it's a stock 2000 WR400. I'm planning on making a poly-carbonate windshield and putting a 44? tooth sprocket on the back.
Do you think the bike can handle so many km's on road. I can't see why there would be a problem, but maybe someone out there knows of lots of reasons why there might be
Any comments or suggestions welcome
Thanks for you input guys
Posted May 20, 2004 - 06:57 AM
Here in the UK, it would be tough to do those miles without getting floats attached!
Posted May 20, 2004 - 06:10 PM
You can get a gearing change like you have, what size have you got up front? take different counter sprockets, say a 14 if you get to a hilly part that you don't want to carry such tall gearing.
Tyres , well you should be able to get some hard wearing dual purpose tyres - whatever you get, it's always going to be a compromise between traction and wear...
Luggage capacity may be an issue, what do you plan to carry - swag, bags, tools, spares...? Might need a rack...
There is no real problem running them all day on the road, but do vary the speeds every 20 minutes, sit on 95, then 105 then 100... just to give you a break from the drone... you may want to consider a few pairs of those yellow squashable ear plugs they are comfy for long trips...
A good jacket is going to be a god-send, lots of pockets, zip-off sleeves... a camelback for storage and hydration... glove liners perhaps... you could also get a softer seat or seat cover made up...
Which way do you plan on going? Drop in for an oil change if you pass this way...
Good luck, and take pictures...
Posted May 21, 2004 - 12:14 AM
Posted May 21, 2004 - 05:12 AM
Give me a week or two and I'll post pics of the finished product, nothing too exciting to look at right now. Definately taking the camera so should get some good pics.
Thanks again for the help guys. I'll keep you posted.
Posted May 22, 2004 - 01:57 AM
One other thing - you may want to put some mesh like flyscreen over the radiators... to keep the bugs out and get some filter skins... to keep the fine sand out
Posted May 22, 2004 - 02:24 AM
Posted May 22, 2004 - 01:45 PM
If you find your way coming through canberra, come in for an oil change
Posted May 22, 2004 - 04:01 PM
Drink plenty of water... got a large (3 litre)camelback? You may also want to remove your MX visor if you are using that for your helmet... it will drag your head around at high speed... your neck will grow two sizes by the time you are back home... Consider a street bike helmet... easier to wear sunnies underneath the visor
I am sure I will think of more... hit the web, there are plenty of tourist sites out there to plan your trip... are you a member of an auto club... The RACQ will recover your bike if it is on your membership as the second vehicle... also, don't rely on small town stores all having EFTPOS, but the town will have ATM's...
Posted May 23, 2004 - 10:49 AM
...you can get a 35 litre tank for the WR, or supplementary bolt/strap-on tanks to hold a few extra litres...
Damn that's a HUGE tank. That works out to over 9 gallons?! It would definitely increase the range for those long stretches but what would it do to handling? That's an extra 40 pounds or so of fuel over the stock tank, plus all the gear you're hauling.
One thing I'm thinking of relating to such a long trip is oil changes. My manual says to change the oil every 300 to 500 kms. That will work out to 14 oil changs-one every other day if you take a month. Now you have to carry a crapload of extra oil or try to find some along the way and what do you do with the used oil on the trail?
This is an interesting question to me because I'd like to do the Transamerica Trail on my '99 WR in a few years and that's about 4000 kms from start to finish.
Posted May 23, 2004 - 01:45 PM
The oil changes are going to be the issue, but if the bike has been well maintained, and is fully run in, then longer intervals may be OK, as long as the oil was fully synthetic... Depending on his route, he already has a couple of oil change offers... Just have to take a small funnel, spare drain plug, and buy oil at local dealers and change it while the "Shrimps are cooking on the Barbie..."
Posted April 13, 2008 - 01:43 AM
I am planning a long jaunt on my WR400, maybe not that extreme, but im interested to hear how it went, My main interest is in the gearing and how that worked out, also tyres.
Posted April 14, 2008 - 04:24 AM
have you considered what you would do if you broke down in the bush ? x amount of miles from anywhere and a lot further to a yamaha dealer?
Ive travelled a bit in Oz (not on a bike) but one thing i know is im glad it was in a tin can!
seriously, having a vehicle as a refuge/shade spot/sleep alternative is not to be underestimated somewhere like Oz. (why not put the Wr on the back!)