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HONDA XR650L

 

HONDA XR 650 L – MARK CROOK - UK to RTW


Overland Solutions fabricated :

Rein forced subframe – Pannier frames – Panniers – Fitting of front fairing with brackets to suit gps unit – Large rear rack – Fitting of large fuel tank with support brackets to suit – Side stand modifications.

 

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HONDA XR650R

 

HONDA XR650R - KARIM / EL CHOTT RALLY RAID PREP - TUNISIA

 

Overland solutions fabricated:

Rein forced subframe – pick up handles at rear of bike – Side stand modifications adjustable height – Aluminium engine protector with main tool area & removable side tool / first aid / flare boxes.Front fairing & fitting & gps brackets to suit.


Comments:
Great fabrication work, work performed flawlessly on the rally. simple things like the telescopic side stand were invaluable as well as the solid tank brace, without which I wouldnt have reached the end.

Cheers Karim.

 

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HONDA XR650R – RICHARD LEES - UK to AUSTRALIA / CANNING STOCK ROUTE

 

Overland Solutions fabricated:

Designed ( with a great design input from Richard – this is one very clued up tech guy ) & fabricated rear 11 & 9 litre fuel tanks – Frames to suit rear fuel tanks - Front luggage carriers – Side stand modifications


Comments:

I'm having fun down here in NZ. the bikes must be passing Africa by now on their way to Australia. "Everybody, but everybody, tells us how awesome they look!

We've ridden unloaded on a motocross track and loaded on fire tracks, but it won't be till we hit the Canning Stock Route that we can assess our overall design.

 

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HONDA XRV TRANSALP

 

HONDA XRV 650 TRANSALP – MARTIN WORLEY - UK to RTW


Overland Solutions fabricated:

Panniers – Pannier frames with Sigg bottle holder - Tool box behind pannier frames – Rear fuel can frame – Large rear rack with tie off points & “pull out of sand” loop – Aluminium engine protector with side tool boxes – Rein forced footrest brackets – Stainless steel foot pegs – Front fairing protector with luggage shelf & Perspex headlight protector – PIAA driving lights fitted – Side stand modifications.


Comments:

What of Ernie's work? 'Excellent' I think does it. It is strong, well engineered and well finished. Ours did weigh a bit, but that was because we asked for it to be in Mild steel where possible, being easier to get repaired in the outback.

The belly pan / tool box's were an adapted 'Africa Twin' item and as such are alloy. The box's, Ernie built, are alloy.

The brush guards are as bought, alloy / plastic. Foot rest's are 'Touratech' stainless job's mounted on bespoke mild steel plates, the machine is now a 'solo', the seat to was cut down and remade by a fellow inLowestoft. Additional lighting by PIAA.

All well finished and strongly built, as I found out when the bike, fully loaded, and I were launched along an 'Armco' barrier and into a drainage ditch! Once I had got myself and the bike out, I repaired the puncture, straightened the mirror and untwisted the fork's.

Off we went on our merry way, what damage had been done to the luggage, its frame, belly pan and the forward crash frame was sorted with a hammer and scaffold bar later that day.

The computer I was carrying is still working to this day! The only loss, 1 PIAA lamp!
 

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My only alteration since is to remove the Fuel / water rack from above the rear seat space, while it provided a good back rest and secure storage for fuel / water it gave me concern when I came off. This item was my idea, not Ernie's, I should have listened!


The lower frame is still in place as it provides good storage for small stuff,water proof's, etc. and gives the box carriers some bracing. The water is in the tank bag, 'camelback' or in the panniers and fuel is strapped to the top of the panniers if required.

I used empty plastic gallon / 5ltr containers then trashed them when not needed.

 

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I would happily recommend Ernie & "Overland Solutions" to any one who is planning a 'Journey' . I found he is easy to talk to and is ready to discuss ideas, always open to personal preference.

While he had experience and practical skill, he is prepared to try and achieve given ideas, very professional and an all round good egg!

Thank's Ernie.

Regards

Martin Worley

 

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HONDA HYBUSA

 

HONDA HYBUSA 1300 RACE / TRACK SPEC

 

Overland Solutions fabricated:

Fitting of short, very loud race / track day exhaust cans, Modification to existing exhaust down pipes to suit.

 

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HONDA SP2

 

HONDA SP2 REAR RACK – MARC DURHAM

 

Overland Solutions fabricated:

Rear rack – luggage tie off points - fitting brackets.


Comments:

Overland Solutions made the perfect rack for my SP2. They followed the sexy curves & lines of the rear of the bike perfectly.

I would recommend them for fabrications to everyone as it really is a “work of art”

 

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HONDA XRV 750 - AFRICA TWIN

 

HONDA AFRICA TWIN RDO4 – CHRIS & LIZ SMITH - UK to RTW


Overland Solutions fabricated:

Rein forcing to rear subframe – Pannier frames with tool box including sigg bottle & tyre lever holders – Panniers – Large rear rack to suit 49 ltr Ortlieb Rak Pak waterproof travel bags with added “Pull out of the sand “ loop – Crash bars / engine protectors with tool boxes and protectors - Front fairing protection bars with luggage shelf, tie off points and headlight Perspex protector fitted with D loop padlock fixings either side – Side stand modifications – Large fuel tank including painting & graphics to suit standard Honda Africa Twin design.

The fabrication ideas Chris & Liz gave us were “A self supportive bike to carry all their needs for 3 months minimum”.


Comments:

Leonardo Di Vinchi lives at Overland Solutions!

We needed a bike which will get us round the world with piece of mind and be able to carry enough to be self sufficient the whole way. We were asking a lot but Ernie delivered on time and above our expectations with a bike kitted out for whatever we throw at it either on the road or off.

If you need the best you pay for the best - we got it and couldn't write the cheque quick enough.


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18 month's later...
We've been on the road in North and Central America for 18 months now. We've travelled some of the most challenging and crazy roads around. Corrugations, river crossings and landslides, boulder strewn, mud and soft sand. We can safely say we've been there and done it now.

Some sections of road have been completed sliding down the road on our side, off the road all together and on one occasion going backwards after a 180.

In all that riding a few things have broken on the bike but none of the things that Ernie / Overland Solutions did for us.

The modifications have been bomb proof and have actually strengthened the bike as a whole. Everything works as it should do, the panniers come off in seconds, the tool boxes are secure and the luggage racks keep everything where it should be on the bike. In short, 18 months on we'd have exactly the same modifications done and wouldn't let anyone else do them but Ernie.


Read Chris & Liz's "Round the World" Adventure Diary

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HONDA AFRICA TWIN  RD04 – 2K5 AFRICA ADVENTURE - UK to S. AFRICA

MARK KIRBY – JASON SHEPPARD – DOUG GUNN


Overland solutions fabricated:

Reinforced subframes – Pannier frames – Panniers – Tool boxes behind panniers – Extra fuel can racks – Rear racks with tyre tie off / support points – Top boxes -Front fairing protectors with frames for 5 ltr water containers each side – Side stand modifications – Switchable 12 volt power points for tent lights.


Comments:
Planning a motorbike trip through the continent of Africa is by no means an easy task and the most important piece of kit you will use, is your bike. As part of the preparations for our trip, we were extremely conscious of how important it is to get the bike modifications right and there are so many sources of advice to achieve a suitable setup. We were blessed with Ernie's advice and his fantastic work to our "girls".

 

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I can quite honestly say that his masterful skills with a welding torch and wealth of experience in preparing bikes for awesome adventures was invaluable and without his input, our trip would not have been as successful as it was.

Ernie was always there for us, providing not just advice and tips prior to our departure, but also for all of those horrid little queries that popped up whilst on the road. His clear thinking and at times, ingenious advice, guaranteed our "girls" stayed in fighting fit shape throughout the trip.

Ernie, you rock! Thanks mate, and to any others considering modifying your bike, this is where your search stops as he is the man!
 

 

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MARK KIRBY'S LATEST ADVENTURE - SEPTEMBER 2011

ENFIELDS to INDIA CHALLENGE

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HONDA SHADOW CUSTOM

 

HONDA SHADOW FRONT LUGGAGE RACK


Overland Solutions fabricated:

Front luggage rack with tye off points – Stainless steel – Polished to suit.

 

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