9000 km: some technical issues

There’s about 9000 km and two months since the start of our journey.

I’ve decided to replace the shabby rear tire with the Mitas E07 bought from Windhoek. The current one gave out after the first 3000 km but since the roads have been dry, I decided to ride with it for as far as it would go. The last couple of thousand kilometers were asphalt and I had a spare, so there was no fear of staying helplessly on the road.

While I was changing the tire I noticed that the plastic protective plate under the Rade tank had moved forward about 5 cm. At one point, when we were in Namibia, we were a bit careless and the rear wheel got some of the heat. Apparently it was bad enough to move the protective plate. Because both the protective plate and the tank itself have a so-called wheel dent, the displacement also brought the protective plate down. It’s a hassle. A part of the plate is also broken, the part near the place where the tank’s fastenings are. It’s not a life-or-death kind of issue, it’s just a distraction when you know that everything isn’t in order. In order to correct the matter properly, it would be necessary to disassemble the entire rear end. That would mean some broken or over-turned bolts, and it’s likely that the task would be stopped at that anyway. So I solved the matter in a simpler way, and hope it will work in the long run. The test ride was ok, how it will be when there’s two of us on the bike, remains to bee seen. I adjusted the rear shock suspension so it would be stiffer, maybe this helps too. By the way, the pre-load valve or lever or whatever it’s called, of the rear shock suspension is stuck again. It’s in the worst place. It’s not like I need to use it at the moment, but I couldn’t if I wanted to anyway.

Since the tank under the seat has not been used for fuel so far, I decided to use it for water. We’ve been able to get water everywhere on the road so far, but it has sometimes run out while camping at night. There’s no faucet and I closed the tube with a 6 mm bolt. Well there’s a faucet but it’s for gasoline and the opening is too fine and water runs through it too slowly. On the other hand, can’t say that it’s not working.

The brake pads are still about 30% on the back and 50% in front. According to memory, the same situation was at home. Backups are on hand, so no worries there.

There was a small problem with the Scottoiler and the chain got some more pain then I wanted to. The hose went through between the back tray and side leg (I changed the side legs position). I helped to push a tire of the rim of a fellow roadie and the hose of the chain lubrication system got pressed together. I used a tape as a temporary fix, but some air got caught in it and the oiling system didn’t work properly. I got a piece of pipe with the necessary diameter from the water tanks airing hose and put it over the oil hose. It wasn’t leaking anymore but the air bubble was still caught inside. So I had to dismantle it one more time and cut out a damaged piece. It’s finally working again as it should.

The fastening for the changing of the side legs location that I ordered from the United States turned out to be a surprisingly soft metal. For the reason described above, it bent so much that the bike was almost on the ground. I took it of at one of the campsites and managed to bend it with a slightly larger hammer. It bent with every hit. I assumed that it was made of proper steel but was disappointed. The small diagonal connection on the inner side was also disconnected from the welding. This is something ordered from CJ Design.

Complaints must be sent both to Rade’s about the tank guard plate and to CJ Design’s for the side-leg attachment. But, on a larger scale, there have been very small and third-rate problems.

By the way, while changing the oil (some time ago) I was really surprised. The oil was clean, didn’t even dirty the hands.I would have poured it back from just looking at it 🙂.

The tent has become a great friend to us and I no longer remember when was the last time we slept under a stationary roof somewhere. The debate about finding the best tent that took place in a forum on Biker.ee was very helpful. Fast installation, fast compression, very voluminous, good ventilation, suitable dimensions when packed … I dare to recommend it. It has not been tested in the rain yet, hopefully it wont be either 🙂


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