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I have been in email conversation with Peter Gray of Wilderness Wheels Morocco. 

They run a small fleet of blue TTRs alongside their KTM 450 EXCs. Peter says they find the TTR to be a totally competent off road bike in Morocco and is his preference over the KTMs for a ride over the mountains.

He has passed on some first-hand experiences.

They use a 22 litre Acerbis XR400 tank on one of their bikes which fitted straight on. They also found that a Raid seat fits perfectly with the tank. 

They found the standard 2-bolt rear chain guide a bit weak in the rocky terrain (you can see the scars on theswing arm!) and use the OE polypropylene guides from an XR400 instead. The guide needs to be re-drilled to match the TTR hangers as per the pic below. Peter says the advantage over something with an aluminium cage, is the nylon-only guide handles the odd knock better, whereas an aluminium cage deforms and needs sorting out.

XR400 chain guard fitted to TTR.JPG

Peter also say "For carbs, we are based at 3000ft, and run up to about 5000 ft without problems on standard jets and needle; the main thing that causes problems is the small screen in the float valve which needs regular cleaning or causes fuel flow issues. We are currently testing a Mikuni pumper carb on one of our bikes which I bought as a kit from the States, but seems to be doing OK at this point; I’ll send you details if it would be of interest." 

Anyone on here ever ridden with Wilderness Wheels and may know Peter?

Brian



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Brian, there's an article from Matt on the Acerbis tank HERE from July 2011. w

There was no final news from Matt, yet............

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TTRfan wrote:

I have been in email conversation with Peter Gray of Wilderness Wheels Morocco. 

They run a small fleet of blue TTRs alongside their KTM 450 EXCs. Peter says they find the TTR to be a totally competent off road bike in Morocco and is his preference over the KTMs for a ride over the mountains.

He has passed on some first-hand experiences.


 We are currently testing a Mikuni pumper carb on one of our bikes which I bought as a kit from the States, but seems to be doing OK at this point; I’ll send you details if it would be of interest." 

 

Brian


 Brian,

Please DO ask for details about the Mikuni if you have the chance.

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 Brian,

Please DO ask for details about the Mikuni if you have the chance.

Thanks, Ted


I have done so Ted as there is quite a bit of interest in them on here.

Brian 



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I heard from Peter at Wilderness Wheels with some pics and info on his XR400 tank plus some tank bags and seat cover he had made up (sounds like a good deal to me!).

Brian

Hi Brian. Greetings from Morocco.

We needed to put the big tank on one of the TTRs so I have enclosed a picture showing how well the Acerbis 24litre XR tank fits. Nothing needed adapting, but we used an XR 400 rubber tank mount for the new tank to sit on at the back, and we wired a foam pad onto the frame to support the tank at the front. The standard XR brackets fit straight on to the frame, and the Raid seat matches the tank for length. There’s a slight gap, but overall the fit is good.

Also, the tank was being used by one of our guides to adapt some gear bags , so I’d be interested to know what you think. They offer 5 litres capacity each side, and would be OK for lighter, bulkier items I think. He uses the same tank on his XR 600 in Namibia, and his old bags have worn out, so he got some made up here.

One of the great things about living here is how cheap things are. The bags cost £20 to make up, and the blue seat cover was £8 (fitted)

Best Regards

Peter

XR400 tank and bags.JPG

 

XR400 tank and bags (1).JPG

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XR400 tank and bags (3).JPG



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That looks to be a really purposeful set up.

They should supply "YamahAcerbis" kits to TotallyTTRs for distribution in the UK. wink

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