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March 14th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"

Saw this on expo:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehicul ... -bike.html

Thought you would find it interesting. I am going to start a thread in 'Mechanical' to discuss the idea of using the frame as an additional sump for oil as the article shows.
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March 14th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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Re: Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"

Originally Posted by CodeMonkey
Saw this on expo:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehicul ... -bike.html

Thought you would find it interesting. I am going to start a thread in 'Mechanical' to discuss the idea of using the frame as an additional sump for oil as the article shows.
Interesting concept. Looks like it may have potential. I like it!
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March 14th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #3
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Very interesting!
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Re: Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"

Originally Posted by CodeMonkey
Saw this on expo:

http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehicul ... -bike.html

Thought you would find it interesting. I am going to start a thread in 'Mechanical' to discuss the idea of using the frame as an additional sump for oil as the article shows.

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
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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.
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Re: Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"

Originally Posted by CodeMonkey
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.
OK, having a closer look it seems that the oil runs from the frame and then straight to the oil filter, so you are correct it wouldn't matter what was in the frame the filter would pick it up.
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I'd be interested in the kit, I can do the fab work myself.
Have you any contact details?
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Some clever ideas there for those inclined. I like the tool storage around the bash plate area, nice a low with the weight too !
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Re: Fe570 as an "Adventure Bike"

nice article.

only surprise is that he does seem to have done anything with the subframe.

afterall he's made his swingarm into a water container you'd have thought he'd have dones something with the sub-frame.
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He plumbed the subframe as a fuel tank. He basically has 4 fuel tanks, normal, subframe, front and rear safari tank.
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