My upgraded Honda CRF300L Rally 2.0
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After 43.000 kilometers of abuse to my little single-cylinder Honda CRF300L Rally, it was time for some maintenance. I had fallen in love with this motorcycle so much that I wanted to continue riding it around the world. Since the bike had to come pretty much entirely apart to change the worn countershaft, I figured this would be a good time to give the bike some upgrades. In fact, it would be now or never, because taking on a project like this while on the road would be impossible.
So besides the normal wear and tear that could have been expected at this point in time, I did all the upgrades I thought were worth doing. In this blogpost I will list all the upgrades that I made to the bike in Alaska. Most parts, including all the Honda parts, I purchased myself. A few aftermarket products were given to me for free. To stay transparent, I'll mention the parts that were given to me for free.
Taller Windshield & Radiator Guard
SRC Moto makes all sorts of aftermarket parts and they supported me in the past with parts too. This time was no different and they supplied me with two parts for free: a taller windshield and a radiator guard.
My length in combination with the bike setup results in some wind buffeting and that's why I wanted to try riding with a taller windshield to hopefully improve riding comfort for me. They only had a 'smoke' colored windshield left in stock, so that's the one that I received.
Additionally, they also sent me a proper radiator guard, to replace the stock, plastic one. This is one of those mods I should have done ages ago, so I'm glad I've got that sorted now!
Another company that helped me with some free parts, was Dirt Tricks. They sent me a chrome rear sprocket, which is 2.5 times stronger than stainless steel and should last much longer too.
Finding sprockets while on the road has proven very difficult in Central America so that's why I am hoping I don't have to search too much for them with this sprocket!
Camel ADV Tank
My next adventures will be in a part of the world where I might have to cover long distances without petrol stations and that's why I thought it was time to expand my fuel capacity.
Camel ADV sent me this 5 liter camel tank, which mounts perfectly on the side of the bike, right underneath my luggage system.
All the aftermarket parts listed from here on, I purchased myself and were not sponsored.
The first thing I bought was a different exhaust. My four (!) reasons for doing so: saving weight, lower running temperatures, better sound, and better look.
I bought the Arrow exhaust on Revzilla.com, but I can't link to it as the exhaust is no longer available.
Even though the stock seat of the Honda CRF300L Rally is much, much better than what I was used to on the RE Himalayan. I decided I could do even better.
I always had heard good things about Seat Concepts, so I thought it was time to put them to the test. I bought a Comfort Seat from them, which I picked up in Idaho as they don't ship to Alaska unfortunately.
One of the main upgrades to the bike was a different handlebar. I didn't like the stock handlebar very much because it comes with a little bar in the middle, making it hard to mount cameras on the handlebar. The thickness and strength of the stock handlebar is also a little questionable.
I also added handlebar risers to get to the perfect height of the bar and improve my posture when I'm standing on the pegs.
In Season 6, it turned out I was very talented in the subtle art of breaking motorcycle mirrors. In El Salvador, I managed to break the 'unbreakable' doubletake mirror.
Since I couldn't replace that mirror while on the road, I replaced it with 'normal' motorcycle mirrors, and I managed to break two more of those!
Ultimately, the doubletake mirrors should be superior (even though I also broke one of those) and that's why I decided to get a pair of these again for Season 7!
Sheepskin Seat Cover
When I started riding to Prudhoe Bay from Anchorage, I borrowed an Alaska Leather sheepskin cover for my seat from Bill. I'd never had such a seat cover, but I very much liked the look (and feel!) of it. I figured it would make a great souvenir from Alaska to buy one for myself, and that's exactly what I did!
Barkbusters Hand Guards
Hand guards somehow get abused and battered a lot on my motorcycles (I wonder why!). I've gone through a couple of them on my way to Alaska and it was time to replace them again for Season 7.
Bill ordered some Barkbusters for me, and I'm not quite sure which type they are exactly, but they have aluminum bars in them (I never go for just plastic, way too weak). I am just hoping that these ones will last a fair bit going into Season 7.
And that's it. These were all the aftermarket parts that I've added to my trusty Alaska. I can't wait for the new adventures to begin!
What are you using for your new GPS?
Hi Noraly, I hope all goes well on this next adventure, I wonder if there is a Rally coming up that you could partake in while on your trip through Africa.
Welcome back Noraly. I'm looking forward to the new adventure. Like Ademir (in a previous comment) I'll be interested to see how the change to a tablet works out. It looks like one of Xenarc or maybe Tripltek's rugged tablets. I'm guessing the tablet will offer a lot more useability aside from just navigation. Other than having to also carry the Garmin inReach it seems like a good plan. Keep us posted on what you think of the new set up. Can't wait to see where this new adventure takes you. Good luck & safe travels!
It's good to know that you're back on the road and that you've chosen a huge challenge like África.
Good to start in Marroco and I hope can enjoy it as much as you do on this walk through that great continent...
Good luck and live it INTENSILY...
Take care of yourself!!!!!!!
Can you give details about your big new system navigation adopted for the new Marroco season?
Have a nice new season.
What good news you have given in your mail... Now your new adventure really begins, and once again dedicated to what you do best in your job, traveling with your best friend.. THE MOTORCYCLE!
My expectation to see your first video is great and to know what your total journal will be and with what new images you wil surprise us!
Good luck, be very careful and enjoiy it!!!
Can’t wait for your new route. Be safe
It's getting more thrilling by the day where you are heading next. Western civilized countries are ruled out, regions where winter is ruling now probably as well, China would qualify but is not open for tourists and of course regions you already visited are out too. So there is not really that much left.
So my best guess now is Saudi Arabia doing some exercise for the next Dakar or Trans Africa but you are always good for a surprise.
PLEASE READ THIS;
Hi, Noraly, Forgot where this happened, but your bike upgrade, would have been allot worse if, this happened;
Remember when those men had a wire across the dirt road, but you were able to stop in time?
This just happened to "Jay Leno", "The Tonight Show Host", who was just in that gasoline fire WHILE WORKING on his antique steam car;
Two months after undergoing surgery for serious burns, Jay Leno is now contending with a number of broken bones after being knocked off a motorcycle.
The comedian and former 'Tonight Show' host told a Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Thursday that he;
broke his collarbone and two ribs and cracked his kneecaps on Jan.17.
The November garage fire and January wreck both stemmed from his passion for working on vintage vehicles. He suffered burns on his face, hands and chest in a gasoline fire while repairing the fuel line on a vintage car.
Last week, it was a vintage motorcycle.
He told the Review-Journal’s John Katsilometes he was testing a 1940 motorcycle when he noticed the scent of leaking gas.
'So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,' Leno, 72, said. 'So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late.'
Leno took over NBC’s 'Tonight' when longtime host Johnny Carson retired in 1992. He was succeeded by Conan O’Brien in 2009, but NBC got cold feet when the show’s ratings dropped and brought Leno back as host in 2010. He remained in the job until Jimmy Fallon took over in 2014.
YIKES!!!!! I ALWAYS WONDERED "WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED, IF YOU DID NOT SEE THAT WIRE!!!! GLAD YOU WERE, PAYING ATTENTION.
ONE CRAZY, UNBELIEVABLE, THING HAPPENED TO ME, RIDING ONE DAY;
RIDING ON A HIGHWAY THAT HAD A "CONCAVE - SHAPED - CONCRETE - DIVIDER, RUNNING DOWN THE MIDDLE.
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY, RIDING MY BIKE! HARDLY ANY TRAFFIC, THAT DAY. NO TRAFFIC IN FRONT OR BEHIND ME. A PERFECT DAY.
ALL OF A SUDDEN, "SOMETHING APPEARED ABOVE THE CONCRETE BARRIER", ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!
IN A SECOND, IT FLEW, RIGHT OVER MY HEAD. I DUCKED, LOW TO THE RIGHT, BIKE "SWERVED", LUCKILY, I HELD ON!!!
I HEARD IT "SWOOSH", RIGHT OVER MY HEAD!!
IT WAS A " HUGE - VULTURE/BUZZARD", AT FIRST, I THOUGHT IT WAS AN "EAGLE", BECAUSE OF IT'S SIZE! THE WINGSPAN LOOKED LIKE 3-4 FEET!
THE CONCAVE SHAPE OF THE BARRIER, MUST HAVE AMPLIFIED THE SOUND OF MY EXHAUST JUST AS, I WAS APPROACHING.
LESSON I LEARNED AND TO CAUTION ALL RIDERS;
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
BECAUSE, IF YOU DON'T;
THAT IS WHEN; "IT WILL BITE YOU !!!!
IT WOULD HAVE " DECAPITATED" MY HEAD, AS I WAS GOING - 70+ MPH.
I was so surprised when you announced shipping Alaska from Alaska to "another" continent for season 7. I was thinking you might take advantage of the network of Back Country Discovery Routes (BDR) that and the Trans America Trail to make your way across the U.S. and then from Maine go onto the Maritimes and Prince Edward Island. There was also the thought of transiting Southern Canada and the northern states in the U.S. to go around the Great Lakes going East. So thinking that Australia is probably the continent for your next adventure, though it seems their are blog posts that have inferred that Australia has been ruled out? I used be be Merchant Mariner and understand the long process of shipping by sea. Hopefully Alaska ends up at the port of destination at time that is good for weather and any schedule restrictions planned. Smooth Sailing and enjoy your down time. BTW...very cute pup!