THE BIKES
Well we are home now and I've finally got round to updating the bikes page and adding the maintenance that we have done to them during our travels
Jenny's bike on the left and Cliff's on the right as they were when we first acquired them.
Once we had the bikes we set about preparing them for the trip, Cliff's bike already had Touratech panniers and a Corbin seat fitted, both bikes were fitted with Hepco & Bekker crash bars and small top boxes
On Cliff's bike we fitted/changed the following parts :- Givi screen, Heated Grips, Acerbis 27 litre tank, Scottoiler, Givi top box (42 litre), Stainless braided brake hoses, Acerbis hand guards.

On Jenny's bike we fitted/changed the following parts :- Heated Grips, Acerbis 27 litre tank, Scottoiler, Givi top box (42 litre), Stainless braided brake hoses, Acerbis hand guards, Touratech Panniers, Komfi seat.

Both bikes were given a major service and all the following items were changed as well :- Chain/Sprockets, Tyres, Head race bearings, Clutch, throttle and choke cables, Fork seals, Rear suspension rebuilt and re greased, Rear shock absorbers were both rebuilt with new springs and fitted with a remote reservoir from CBR 600

Cliff's F 650 Funduro, Mileage 23650
Problem
Solution
Mileage
Location
Leaking right hand front fork seal new fork seal fitted at BMW dealer in Salzburg, also noticed slack in head race bearings (fitted by Lind BMW in Norwich), new bearings fitted despite them having done less than 2k miles Approx 25,500, Salzburg Austria
Speedo drive failed Speedo failed as we entered Turkey, unable to get a new one until we get to Tehran 27735 Turkish Border
Service Change oils and filters, clean air filters, check, adjust and lubricate as required 27735 + approx. 2300 miles Amman Jordan
Autocom bike to bike fails totally after on going intermittent problems Return by courier to Autocom for repair, cost £ 50 27735 + approx. 2300 miles Amman Jordan
Piece of Scottoiler stolen Make a new joint using a piece of pipe and superglue 27735 + approx. 2900 miles Amman Jordan
Headlight bulb blown fit new bulb 27735 + approx. 3500 miles Hama Syria
Speedo drive and weak rear spring Fit new speedo drive and cable, fit spacer in to rear spring (using the centre of a Honda CG125 rear sprocket) , fit new horn (much louder) ** 27735 + approx. 5000 miles Nouriani BMW Tehran Iran
one Plug cap failed Fit new plug cap and new plugs 28625 + approx. 5000 miles Kerman Iran
Rear light lens fell off Superglue the mounting lugs back on and refit lens with longer screws 31000 ish +5000 Fort Munro Pakistan
Rear brake pads worn out Fit new pads 31500 +approx. 5000 miles Besham Pakistan
GPS not working properly modify Touratech mount to try and reduce vibration 31970 + 5000 miles Lahore Pakistan
Fit Autocom bike to bike radios Autocom radios repaired and returned to us, but one PTT switch inoperative, fix made using card cover from owners hand book, Repairs cost £ 132, and they send new PTT that does not work properly 31970 + 5000 Lahore Pakistan
Major service & fit new tyres Change oil & filter, clean air filter, check/adjust/top-up :-head-race bearings, coolant, clutch, battery, brakes, stands, lights, etc., As we fitted new tyres we had to adjust the chain for the first time since leaving UK 32048 +5000 Amritsar India
GPS not working properly Swap the NGK plug fitted in Kerman for a BMW one, taken off of Jenny's bike, Now GPS works properly again 32048 +5000 Amritsar India
Air freight bikes from Kathmandu to Bangkok remove front wheel, mudguard, luggage etc. and load into packing case. *** 34400 ish +5000 KTM Nepal
Collect bikes from Customs in Bangkok Clear customs and then reassemble the bike before riding to petrol station 34400 ish +5000 Bangkok Thailand
Cambodian Roads Clean air filter, clean dust and dirt from bike, check and tighten nuts and bolts, clean and adjust Chain 35670 Aranya pretet Thailand
No alarm fitted to bike !!! Fit Chinese made alarm for £ 15 36142 + 5000 Vientiene Laos
Flat battery Voltage output low when lights and heated grips used, one connector corroded, changed, 0.5 volts gained but still 0.8 volts to low, will probably change regulator in NZ 36525 +5000 Vieng Vang Laos
Oil change needed Change oil, adjust valve clearances, clean plugs, 37198 + 5000 Chiang Mai Thailand
Major service required Change oil/filter, plugs,plug caps, fork oil, chain & sprockets, strip and clean carbs lube cables, stands,locks etc, fit new regulator and a headlight guard 40058 +5000 Auckland NZ
Autocom not working Fit new PTT button 42402 Kiakora NZ
All of the mileages on Cliff's bike after the speedo drive failed are estimates based on mileages shown on the maps that we used, A couple of the mileages after repair are also estimates as we always forget to write down the mileage when we do anything, The list for Jenny's bike also has several estimated mileages for the same reason. We will try to remember in future !!!
On the road to Wadi Rum
Jenny's F 650 Strada, Mileage 10887
Problem
Solution
Mileage
Location
New rear shock to weak Remove rear shock, remove spring and fit spacer to pack out spring, Thanks to De Doelen Racing for their help compressing the spring 11,163 Amsterdam Holland
Service Change oils and filters, clean air filters, check, adjust and lubricate as required 16736 Amman Jordan
Autocom bike to bike fails totally after on going intermittent problems Return by courier to Autocom for repair, cost £ 50 16736 Amman Jordan
Piece of Scottoiler stolen Make a new joint using a piece of pipe and superglue 16736 Amman Jordan
Indicator lens broken (bike knocked over) fit new lens (off a mobylette moped cost 20 pence, bloody site cheaper than BMW !!!) 17800 ish Karta Turkey
Check over General check up done, all minor stuff, plus tighten head race bearings, fix broken mounting lug on rear light and fit a new much louder horn, ** 19000 ish Nouriani BMW Tehran Iran
Headlight bulb blown fit new bulb 19650 ish Shiraz Iran
plugs a bit dirty Fit new plugs, and fuel filter 20300 ish Kerman Iran
Flat battery No acid in battery, refill battery 20950 ish Dalbadin Pakistan
Oil leak on front fork Tighten loose bolt in bottom of fork leg and change fork oil 22375 ish Gilgit Pakistan
Accident Straighten Touratech pannier and pannier frame and crash bars, front brake lever left bent 22500 ish Karimabad Pakistan
Puncture Fit new rear inner tube 22950 ish Besham Pakistan
Fit Autocom bike to bike radios Autocom radios repaired and returned to us, but one PTT switch inoperative, fix made using card cover from owners hand book, Repairs cost £ 132, and they with new PTT that does not work properly 23600 ish Lahore Pakistan
Major service & fit new tyres Change oil & filter, clean air filter, check/adjust/top-up :-head-race bearings, coolant, clutch, battery, brakes, stands, lights, etc., As we fitted new tyres we had to adjust the chain for the first time since leaving UK 23691 Amritsar India
Air freight bikes from Kathmandu to Bangkok remove front wheel, mudguard, luggage etc. and load into packing case. *** 26056 KTM Nepal
Collect bikes from Customs in Bangkok Clear customs and then reassemble the bike before riding to petrol station 26056 Bangkok Thailand
Cambodian Roads Clean air filter, clean dust and dirt from bike, check and tighten nuts and bolts, clean and adjust Chain 27325 Aranya pretet Thailand
No alarm fitted to bike !!! Fit Chinese made alarm for £ 15 28268 Vientiene Laos
Oil change needed Change oil, clean plugs, 28270 Chiang Mai Thailand
Accident repairs Straighten forks, gear lever, crash bars, pannier and pannier frame, glue and tape up indicator 29000 ish Phuket Thailand
Major service required Change oil/filter, plugs,plug caps, fork oil, chain & sprockets, adjust valve clearence, strip and clean carbs lube cables, stands,locks etc, fit headlight guard 30805 Auckland NZ
Inlet manifold split Repair with superglue 31347 on the road to Nelson
Replace inlet manifold 31365 Nelson NZ
Tank mount broken fit new fuel tank mounting bracket 34250 Auckland NZ
Jenny with the bikes at the Vietnam border (no we did not get in with the bikes)
Jenny's bike being crated up for the flight to Kathmandu
** Many thanks to Hamid for all of his help and to Mr. Nouriani for his excellant hospitality, If you happen to be in Iran with a BMW the contact :-nouriani@bmw.ir

*** Many thanks to Sean and Adrian for their help after Cliff put his back out lifting the bike onto the pallet with Adrian, this rendered him pretty useless, but made him director of operations !!!

If you are ever in NZ then look up Experience BMW, they were very helpful, they even allowed us to service the bikes on their premises and kept us supplied with good fresh coffee, you can contact them by Email, sales@experiencebmw.co.nz or by phone at +09 529 1120

The vast majority of the work done on the bikes has been done by ourselves but where we have had help it has mainly been for sourcing parts and any help that we have had has been gratefully received

We are now back home, both the bikes were very reliable and put up with a lot of abuse, we would recommend them to anyone considering a similar trip, we averaged about 60mpg (or 4.5 lts per 100 kms in metric) We used Metzeler tourance tyres which coped well with most surfaces, we changed the first set having done about 13,000 miles, but they did still have about 3mm of tread left, we have recently changed the second set having done 17,000 miles. The bikes used about half a litre of engine oil between services (thats for both bikes) and we never had to top up the coolant

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