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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 08:41 PM
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Posted By tbarstow
I've run my HID's, Gerbings jacket, and GPS with...

I've run my HID's, Gerbings jacket, and GPS with no issues.

The 400W conversion seemed like a good idea, until you start pricing it out and end up with a bike that has a custom electrical system...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:50 PM
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Posted By tbarstow
A normal 12v battery will measure around 14V when...

A normal 12v battery will measure around 14V when fully charged.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8,274
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Posted By tbarstow
If you don't have more than 12V on your battery,...

If you don't have more than 12V on your battery, it won't start. You have to be moving pretty good to bump start one of these bikes. I usually would use the letting out the clutch while rolling...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 03:09 PM
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Views: 1,606,691
Posted By tbarstow
Think about it like this: When the bike is...

Think about it like this:

When the bike is moving, the outermost surfaces of each tire are moving at the same speed. At the centers of the wheels, the larger wheel will rotate slower than the...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10,022
Views: 1,606,691
Posted By tbarstow
The computer compares the front and rear ABS...

The computer compares the front and rear ABS proximity sensor outputs. If you have a 19/17 or 21/18 combo, it already knows the ratio between the two sensor frequencies . A 21/17 ratio will mess...
Forum: The Garage Yesterday, 11:04 AM
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Views: 697,398
Posted By tbarstow
The bend radius is proportional to material...

The bend radius is proportional to material thickness and tube dimensions.

Bending it hot will help, but you will need to do that at around 1200C. Maybe try Pacificsheetmetal.com in Seattle for...
Forum: Americas 06-26-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By tbarstow
A filter skin is a good idea for the air filter...

A filter skin is a good idea for the air filter here in the desert. As for oil filters, how many km are recommended between changes? Might need to take some with you.

Also keep in mind that it...
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2015, 06:09 AM
Replies: 10,022
Views: 1,606,691
Posted By tbarstow
I have 3 front wheels and 2 rear wheels from my...

I have 3 front wheels and 2 rear wheels from my XChallenge for sale here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072958
Forum: GS Boxers 06-25-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 869
Posted By tbarstow
Isopropyl Alcohol?

Isopropyl Alcohol?
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2015, 10:23 AM
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Posted By tbarstow
I used a large zip tie to push the shock bolt...

I used a large zip tie to push the shock bolt out. Yet another design fail by Hanz und Franz.
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10,022
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Posted By tbarstow
No need for a 9mm socket. The coolant bleed...

No need for a 9mm socket.

The coolant bleed screw is in the same place, it just uses a T30 torx.

The swing arm is super easy to remove. Remove the 3 small socket heat screws over the pivot on...
Forum: Americas 06-24-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By tbarstow
You only need to average 50mph for 20 hours to...

You only need to average 50mph for 20 hours to get to 1000 miles. Excessive speed just wastes gas and fatigues you faster so you have to stop more, which really kills your average speed.

If you...
Forum: Americas 06-24-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By tbarstow
When are you doing your SS1000? Riding across...

When are you doing your SS1000? Riding across the desert within 150 miles of Las Vegas when the sun is up.is all going to be at 100 degrees or hotter. That will take quite a toll on you physically...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2015, 01:27 PM
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Posted By tbarstow
The Sertao and G650X bikes have the same engine...

The Sertao and G650X bikes have the same engine and transmission.
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2015, 12:49 PM
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Posted By tbarstow
I think it might have more to do with keeping the...

I think it might have more to do with keeping the bag from flapping in the wind at speed, depending on how the bag is packed.
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8,274
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Posted By tbarstow
You are doing it wrong. :D You only need to...

You are doing it wrong. :D

You only need to loosen it enough to pull it around the top corner of the side bags.

I ended up using a Rokstrap to go from the bottom of the rack loop under the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2015, 10:12 AM
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Posted By tbarstow
I'm thinking something along the lines of the KTM...

I'm thinking something along the lines of the KTM 500 or 350. I did a long Baja trip on a rented 450 a few years ago and keep asking myself why I have never bought one.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-21-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 602
Posted By tbarstow
Send me a pic and I can try to make one here at...

Send me a pic and I can try to make one here at the house tomorrow evening.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-20-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By tbarstow
PM sent and cross posted on My2Wheels.com

PM sent and cross posted on My2Wheels.com
Forum: The Garage 06-19-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,116
Posted By tbarstow
You need to get the top bead opposite the section...

You need to get the top bead opposite the section that won't go over the rim down in the dish of the rim. This may require extra weight to get it done.
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
Probably. As much as I enjoyed the XChallenge, I...

Probably. As much as I enjoyed the XChallenge, I want a bike that isn't so unique.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-18-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 619
Posted By tbarstow
They will figure out how to get it from you.

They will figure out how to get it from you.
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
Blown motor. Costs more to fix than I am willing...

Blown motor. Costs more to fix than I am willing to put into it.

Plus, I need something different.
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 8,274
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Posted By tbarstow
Parting out my XChallenge here: ...

Parting out my XChallenge here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072958
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10,022
Views: 1,606,691
Posted By tbarstow
:cry Parting out my XChallenge here: ...

:cry

Parting out my XChallenge here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072958
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-16-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By tbarstow
Get the VIN and get it insured in your name, as...

Get the VIN and get it insured in your name, as new-to-us bikes tend to cause some hooliganism.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-16-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 48,184
Posted By tbarstow
Leave your ball gag in while sleeping Shawn, lest...

Leave your ball gag in while sleeping Shawn, lest you bring censure to Baja trips for all other married ADVers!

:freaky
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-13-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 619
Posted By tbarstow
Registration is a statewide fee. But there might...

Registration is a statewide fee. But there might be different county BS attached to it. Insurance might be less in Pahrump, get a quote for the zip code.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-12-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 619
Posted By tbarstow
It depends on the bike. Registration fees are...

It depends on the bike. Registration fees are tied to themoriginal MSRP.
Forum: Trip Planning 06-10-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,256
Posted By tbarstow
Check to make sure that your company travel...

Check to make sure that your company travel policy does not specifically forbid use of a motorcycle before you plan on taking your bike. If you use your personal vehicle, they have to pay you...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
It is in the G650X Issues Log:

It is in the G650X Issues Log:
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 8,274
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Posted By tbarstow
The new clutch cover dimensions are: .459"...

The new clutch cover dimensions are:

.459" ID x .974" depth from the top of the inner boss
1.131" depth to the bottom of the clutch actuator
It looks like the inner bushing still has a burr on...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
Outside of a few pieces, like bodywork and seats,...

Outside of a few pieces, like bodywork and seats, BMW uses the G650X motor in the current 650 singles that are currently being sold. Hanz and Franz also tend to support bukes for a long time with...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 27,542
Posted By tbarstow
Yes, I have the XCMH on the front as well. I...

Yes, I have the XCMH on the front as well. I really dont track the mileage as the rocky desert eats tires pretty fast compared to other types of unpaved surfaces.

I have run 25k miles with...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
A helicoil won't work, there is a slot cut all of...

A helicoil won't work, there is a slot cut all of the way through the threads in the perch so you can get the clutch cable through it.

Check ebay for a used one? You might be able to heat it up...
Forum: Thumpers 05-31-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 27,542
Posted By tbarstow
The Pirelli Scorpion XCMH are the best tires I...

The Pirelli Scorpion XCMH are the best tires I have run on the XChallenge. The front sticks like glue and you'll find it harder to break the rear loose in a corner, especially if you were running a...
Forum: Equipment 05-28-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 843
Posted By tbarstow
I like the individual stuff sacks to keep things...

I like the individual stuff sacks to keep things organized inside the Wolfman dry bag on the back of my GS. Get different colors or write on them with a laundry marker to identify the contents. ...
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
I think the steel one is different. That is why...

I think the steel one is different. That is why rear luggage racks state that it fits one X bike or the other, not both.
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
Clean your throttle body and check your battery. ...

Clean your throttle body and check your battery. Also verify your VIN against the compression release recall.
Forum: Thumpers 05-24-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8,274
Views: 1,348,980
Posted By tbarstow
Yes, use the Dakar discs.

Yes, use the Dakar discs.
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