March 14th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Re: Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"
Originally Posted by Davo
I wonder if the paint inside the frame eventually comes off and goes through the engine? I wonder if an aluminium transmission cooler would be a better option? Just a thought
Great article. Very timely as my mates are trying to talk me into a 4,000 ~ 5,000Km trek from Sydney to Broome. They want to buy KLR650's
I doubt there is any paint inside the frame. Maybe some rust if there was moisture inside when the frame was welded together. Maybe leftovers from the manufacturing process (metal shavings, bits from welding), but I don't know of anybody who paints the inside of a frame - unless there are openings and they dip it (usually that isn't the case). I doubt there would be problems, but if there were the filters would pick up any debris.
A lot of motorcycles over the years have used the frame as an oil reservoir. The last one I owned was a Suzuki DR350 - the frame was *the* oil reservoir. It held almost 2 liters IIRC. There is a lot of surface area there for cooling - not near as much as a finned radiator type cooler, but some. Then there is also the increased capacity.
The guy who wrote the article said on AdvRider that he has a kit for this. If people want to send him a frame he will mod it for them (for some price I am sure). I would buy a reasonably priced kit.