Monthly Archives: November 2013

Right side footpeg/sidestand

The AG200 has an oddity in the motorcycle world – not only does it have a kickstand on the usual left hand side, but also one on the right. Why? Who knows what the designers were thinking, but it does come in handy for maintenance. All you need is a bit of wood or a brick and you have a centre stand that is quite well positioned balance wise to work on either end of the bike.

I have done complete, back to the frame strip downs with just the use of these two stands. I will work my way from front to back. Do all the front end first – tyre, wheel bearings, spokes, rim, brakes, forks, head-stem bearings. I get all these things sorted if they need it and then move to the rest of the bike. The two stands act as a centre stand enabling the process with no other stands.

Right stand

Back to the topic at hand (the stand!) and the reason for this post; there are a few things to be aware of if you want to keep it on the bike! This issue really only effects long term bikes or those in particularly bad conditions. Have a look at the photos and you will see that the right stand is a bit of an after-thought.

The bottom of the vertical frame tube is mashed flat and everything from the footpeg bracket and brake lever pivot bolt mounts, horizontal frame rail from the left hand side of the bike, brake adjusting nut bracket and finally the stand bracket are all tacked onto this bit of flattened tube. It looks OK from the outside of the bracket but look at it from inside the frame and it’s a bit of a mess! There is a token gusset on the inside to try and keep it all together and it does a good job, but in the end it usually all ends in tears.

Right stand back

If the owner uses this stand a lot, especially if there is extra weight on the bike, this whole bottom part of the frame can break off. The other killer is corrosion. Even if the stand doesn’t get used often in the bikes lifetime, mud and water can get in all the little nooks and crannies and it can fall to bits from the inside.

The answer? Don’t get into the habit of using the stand all the time. And once a year or so, get the bike up on a hoist or crawl under it and give it a good clean out. Compressed air works well. Pull the peg bracket off and have a bit of look around in the bolt holes and squirt some anti corrosion stuff in there. Not WD40 or CRC, something a bit more tacky that will hang around. Lanolin or chain lube? Experiment with something that will stick around in a pretty harsh environment.

Now some of you might be thinking why not go silly with a tube of silicone and I feel that would be an option and I would do it on a new bike where the metal and paint is fresh but I think I would like access to the area and keep it clean if I have a second hand bike. That’s just me. Hopefully just this bit of a heads up will help you to be aware of the problem and you can just keep an eye on it and keep the problem under control.



Define adventure…

Just finished reading a review of the new KTM Adventurer, sounds like a blast but 150hp? Really? Is this adventure or terror? All that weight, all that power, all that money on dirt roads?! Yes I know it’s not just about dirt road usage. Its a total package that can get you across a state or even a country comfortably and as fast as you choose.

What if you don’t want to blast point to point? What if the terrain doesn’t allow it or you just don’t want to do it like that? What if you cant drop that sort of coin?

To me, this new adventure bike thing is cashing in a bit…you don’t have to drop over $20K  to have an “adventure”. Look at these clowns riding from Adelaide to Darwin or Melbourne/Sydney to Perth on Postie bikes! And I might add an AG200 is way more capable than a CT110!

We have this thing sometimes in motorcycling where if you don’t have the latest and greatest you are looked down on. Another fad comes along that either excludes most of the motorcycling public or gets them in so much debt that they can’t enjoy the ride or the capabilities of their machine anyway.

If you think you need one of these new monsters to “Adventure” then you need to get yourself off to some of the forums in the ‘States that support the smaller bikes and see where they take them – some of the trips are amazing! I follow the cousin bikes to the AG200 – the TW, TTR, XT etc and they all do some amazing trips on these reliable little bikes. There are some amazing technical articles and mods to them as well!

Check out this TW200 forum, or this XT225 forum or even the Chinariders forum. Some of these Chinese bikes have copies of the older generation Honda and Yamaha engines and some guys put some serious distance on them.

So if you want to get out there and poke around the Great Dividing Range, explore the Adelaide Hills, maybe the Dandenong ranges?  Or maybe even some more adventurous trips a bit further from civilisation, don’t despair. If you cant spring for an “Adventure Bike”, be like these folks from other places around the world and do it on the cheap…it will still be an adventure!