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Forum: Thumpers 10-26-2011, 07:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Dang, and I thought that economics was the dismal...

Dang, and I thought that economics was the dismal science...Wondering, since I really like having some additional lights out front if retrofitting the Hella's with a HID kit might be the way to go?...
Forum: Thumpers 10-26-2011, 07:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Yer right of course, 400W. Yes, that instant...

Yer right of course, 400W. Yes, that instant electrical feedback from a voltmeter is going to be invaluable. Hoping that the dealer has got someone sharp on diagnostics, it shouldn't really stump the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-26-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Thanks for the good thoughts. I am on the trip,...

Thanks for the good thoughts. I am on the trip, but in my wife's Corolla, I began to think of all the abandoned stretches where it could f**k up, and my nerve failed.

When I get back it's off to...
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2011, 05:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Wow...And shite. No, the battery tender wasn't...

Wow...And shite. No, the battery tender wasn't plugged in, only the positive side of the accessory charger cable was still attached to the pos. battery terminal, so shouldn't make any difference....
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2011, 03:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Ruffus - Without pulling fuses etc or more time...

Ruffus - Without pulling fuses etc or more time to disconnect 'all' the clock at least would likely still glow the bulb.

Bisbonian - Did that test yesterday revving up to 4K rpms, and all good....
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2011, 09:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Strongbad - Here's the results of the test: ...

Strongbad - Here's the results of the test:

With the Hella light disconnected from the positive terminal but with the positive wire from the charger still attached to the positive terminal;...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Thanks Strongbad, just printed out the...

Thanks Strongbad, just printed out the instructions for tomorrow at first light. It'd be great to know I'm not draining from somewhere and have to disconnect the battery every evening. If it's just...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2011, 04:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
You are asking for a miracle from the F650s 400W...

You are asking for a miracle from the F650s 400W alternator with 2 55W aux lights! At the very least put some 35W bulbs in those lights, then it MIGHT be able to handle it. You might be able to get...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
can you upgrade your stator? Well, when time...

can you upgrade your stator? Well, when time would allow maybe, but for now if the battery is being drained I'm going to have to 'bandaid' it until I get back here to a shop.
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2011, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Great test suggestion. But if you can, I'll need...

Great test suggestion. But if you can, I'll need help setting my voltmeter though, I'm not sure how to set it to measure for 2mA. Here's what I've got:...
Forum: Thumpers 10-23-2011, 07:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,235
Posted By eric64
Disconnect battery nightly to avoid draining?

My AGM sealed battery died yesterday after three months service on my '02 BMW F650GS. I leave it tethered to a tender daily. It had started great in the morning; but the third start of the morning...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,489
Posted By eric64
The new sump bolt got here last night from MaxBMW...

The new sump bolt got here last night from MaxBMW and it's the bee's knees. When installed it will be nearly flush with the bottom of the crankcase, but its beauty is in having a 10mm Allen wrench...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2011, 08:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,259
Posted By eric64
Congrats on the '03 GS, bet you'll love it. On...

Congrats on the '03 GS, bet you'll love it. On these there's no problem with doing a flush/fill on your brakes regardless of having ABS. Check the FAQS on the ChainGang, and I've been doing it for...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,489
Posted By eric64
Thanks Gravel Seeker, LOVE the fork lift picture!...

Thanks Gravel Seeker, LOVE the fork lift picture! I've dreamed of doing that sometimes with mine...It looks like a quiet patient approach with the grinder or my favorite, a 3" piece of hack saw blade...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,259
Posted By eric64
Sorry to read they're both sold, but others will...

Sorry to read they're both sold, but others will come up and by then you'll have your mind made up! The GS does, like all bikes have some 'specialness' designed in, occasionally by sadists it seems,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2011, 06:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,259
Posted By eric64
I've got an '02 F650GS, and most days wouldn't...

I've got an '02 F650GS, and most days wouldn't trade it for anything. But it entirely depends on your riding, mostly dirt or pavement? I've ridden with guys on their KLR's and the 650GS is simply...
Forum: Thumpers 07-28-2011, 02:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,489
Posted By eric64
Bmw '02 f650gs oil sump bolt

Well I finally rolled all the edges off the sump plug bolt and will have to replace it. Idiot move really because I KNEW the right tool was a 6-sided 24mm socket, but past successes breed laziness....
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2011, 03:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,681
Posted By eric64
Here's a section of the FAQS from the ChainGang...

Here's a section of the FAQS from the ChainGang related to 'slipping out' and other clutch issues. And, as anyone knows here who has helped me on issues on my 650GS, there couldn't possibly be a more...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
Just to round this off, the new '040' cable got...

Just to round this off, the new '040' cable got here today and POPPED RIGHT IN!! What a pisser of a deal! And a dripping brown thanks to BMW for changing the cable sometime during production, yet...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
All right, I'm in...Gonna call early tomorrow to...

All right, I'm in...Gonna call early tomorrow to arrange return/new ship on the '040' cable. Can't possibly be another explanation; I need a longer cable, case closed. Actually been thinking about...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
Thanks Hayden - I'm so ready to be convinced I've...

Thanks Hayden - I'm so ready to be convinced I've got the wrong, shorter cable, because it's logical and because this repair is a no-brainer and I need maybe 1/4" inch to make it work.
But look...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
I bought the '552' cable, shown above the '040'...

I bought the '552' cable, shown above the '040' cable on the MaxBMW page. That's what's driving me nuts! Yes, the '040' is 10mm, or .393" longer, which would/might get me where I need to be. But! The...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
Forgot to mention this; I looked closely at the...

Forgot to mention this; I looked closely at the MaxBMW photo details of the 1037mm and 1047mm cables and the connection points are different, my old one and the new are clearly the 1037mm cable. And...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
Right! There are two cables available and two...

Right! There are two cables available and two attachment positions on the throttle body. But when the new cable arrived, I laid it out for comparison to the old one, and it's exactly the same length,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-08-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
No, no risers...There's plenty of play in the new...

No, no risers...There's plenty of play in the new cable. It's got to be something I'm doing up at the throttle cable roller. Thanks
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,930
Posted By eric64
'02 bmw f650gs throttle cable

This seemed so easy...I'd noticed during a valve check that the throttle cable was badly stranded, so ordered a new one from MaxBmw. It's exactly the same length as the old one, and the attachment...
Forum: The Garage 03-14-2011, 09:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By eric64
Well, this is what I've been waiting for, an...

Well, this is what I've been waiting for, an actual good result from using one...This changes the deal. I'll click on one today, there just doesn't seem to be any other good solution and you've got...
Forum: The Garage 03-13-2011, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By eric64
That's what I've been doing with some occasional...

That's what I've been doing with some occasional misfires, just catching the edge of the boot under the lever pad. I may just have to improve that method. Gonna back off the Touratech thingy, just...
Forum: The Garage 03-13-2011, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By eric64
Adjustable Touratech Shift Lever

I bought a pair of Carhartt boots recently and they're just great for riding and general use. But they're larger and 'thicker' so shifting on my '02 F650GS is now a problem. The lever can easily be...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By eric64
Jeez, that looks like a great start to Van Horn....

Jeez, that looks like a great start to Van Horn. Looking at the maps in that area, if I stayed on 2 lane from Arizona I'd get into Ft. Hancock in 403 miles, a good day, and that would put me in easy...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-06-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By eric64
Tucson to houston in november

I'm going to avoid the boredom and prices of the high speed aluminum tube to get to my niece's wedding there in November, and am riding my '02 BMW F650GS. I've been to Houston many times years ago,...
Forum: The Garage 02-27-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By eric64
'CEL' on the cluster...? Not certain here what...

'CEL' on the cluster...? Not certain here what that is. I may try draining the tank this week, probably should do that, but it won't go in the car. Filter clean. I've got a new NGK plug cap ordered,...
Forum: The Garage 02-27-2011, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By eric64
Yes, I guess it will start...But barely. It maybe...

Yes, I guess it will start...But barely. It maybe sat a week, much longer than usual. I usually run it every three days or so. It's my primary transportation. I ran the last tank of gas, bought in...
Forum: The Garage 02-27-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By eric64
Another bike wont start thread

My '02 BMW F650 GS w' 37.5K miles stopped starting yesterday. The

battery is good, tested 13.94V, resting, and no lower than 11.?? when

trying to start the bike.

Seems like it's not...
Forum: The Garage 11-03-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,805
Posted By eric64
Thanks guys! I'd checked on Amazon but didn't see...

Thanks guys! I'd checked on Amazon but didn't see the full page offered here. Even that Harbor Freight deal looks good, they've actually got some great stuff. One of these will be coming here soon...
Forum: The Garage 11-02-2010, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,805
Posted By eric64
Bluhduh Hand Operated Oil Pump

I've got an '02 F650GS and an oil change requires draining from the sump plug, but also from the secondary oil tank located under the faux plastic gas tank.
Some guys remove the plastic cover to...
Forum: The Garage 09-28-2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,580
Posted By eric64
I bought a BMW Advanced Battery Charger from the...

I bought a BMW Advanced Battery Charger from the local dealer, maybe $80. It starts at 1.5amps and has the three stage charging ability apparently needed for AGM batteries. It's great on my F650GS,...
Forum: The Garage 09-27-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,925
Posted By eric64
Great story! Well, I'm finally learning more...

Great story! Well, I'm finally learning more about batteries in this deal than I ever thought I would. To me they were always the 'thing' in there 'somewhere'. But over these last months of nagging...
Forum: The Garage 09-27-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,925
Posted By eric64
On slightly different note: Eric, you might...

On slightly different note: Eric, you might consider a datel volt meter (or similar) to monitor your charging status. A pair of 55w AUX lights, at the same time as the highbeam and electric vest...
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2010, 01:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,925
Posted By eric64
From all I've read, I can't find anything that...

From all I've read, I can't find anything that says keeping it on charger is a bad idea. I've got a 1.25A BMW charger that's a three-step type, supposedly what's best for AGM batteries.
What I have...
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