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Old 01-29-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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The G650 GS Thread

A thread devoted to the G 650 GS. Post your pictures here, ask questions about this particular model and if you have any mods you want to tell us about, put it here. Sertao owners are welcome to post here as well. If it's a G, it's for me.I got tired of looking for info on the G and not having a dedicated thread to search. Hope you participate and make this a worthwhile thread. If you posted a G related post somewhere and would like to have it put here instead, let me know. I'll see if the Mods will move it.

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Old 01-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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A few pictures of my G

Here's a shot of her cinched up and ready to accompany her sister, the RT, up to North Carolina for a few days in the mountains.



Another shot



Kentucky Bridge



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OK. Now I realize that I don't have many pictures of the GS.

Well, going to be doing some mods soon and I'll post those.

1) Fairing Guard
2) New tires to replace the Anakee II's. ( Just put Kenda Big Blocks on last week, will show you how they look on this bike.
3) BarkBusters
4) Slip On's, IF I can find someone who produces a matching dummy can for the right side.
5) ??? Suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Laugh Thanks for starting the Thread

Thanks for starting the thread... I've had mine (2009 - 1,300 mi on the clock) for only a few months and sadly haven't yet been able to take it for an adventure. I'll post up some pics later.

But, I wanted to add this link http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489014 about the stalling problems on the older F version. Ours may have an upgraded designator in its name, but apparently the same CPU and software as before. Mine has proven really prickly about how it is started, and keeping the battery fully charged... otherwise it just won't idle. I've taken to cursing German engineers (not a new habit actually - f$#$% S.A.P. software) and to calling it my cellphone on wheels (it just needs a good re-boot every now and again).

Lovely photos of your bike - I think we have twins.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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So, just let you know what started all this....

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700409
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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Here's a few pictures of recent mods;

1) Garmin Nuvi 550 GPS. Picked it up at a very reasonable price. I like it because it is waterproof, glove friendly and inexpensive. I don't like it because it is not bluetooth compatible with my Scala, therefore can't HEAR the directional instructions through my headset. Not a big issue on the G but is an issue on the RT on long trips.

2) Roll chart by Moose. Did a few organized rides last year where they use these turn by turn "roll"ed up pieces of paper to follow a pre determined route. I'm always forgetting to reset the odometer so I inevitably wind up making the wrong turns. But, if you like doing the organized runs (and I do as long as I am following someone ) then it's a must.



Then, here's a picture of the Kenda Big Block. The Anakee II's are awesome for the street, hard packed dirt and gravel but sucked in the sand. Given that most Florida trails have a fair amount of sand, these tires made sense.

I've read a few reviews. Most seem to suggest that they are squirly at highway speeds. I didn't find that to be true. Some suggested they are squirly in tight turns. I'd have to say that I didn't test that statement. I slowed way down in tight turns. Others say that the tread life is too short. I guess I'll have to wait and see about that.

I had them out on some pretty gnarly terrain last weekend and I must say I think they handled the environment just fine.

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Old 01-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #6
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Addendum

As Larry rightly pointed out in a PM to me. The problems with idling are 100% rider created and avoidable (in my experience) and my comments were intended just to point out that if you have that problem there is a very simple solution and that is following the starting procedure EXACTLY as it says in the manual and keeping the battery charged.

Also, I love my 650GS. It is exactly the right bike for me and for where I live. I still curse German Engineers though!
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:41 AM   #7
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Also, I love my 650GS. It is exactly the right bike for me and for where I live. I still curse German Engineers though! [/QUOTE]

How about some pictures of her in her environment. Vietnam?
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
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searching for G650GS

So..., i've been looking for one of these bikes off and on for a couple years now, and now that my bank acct. is growing I'm really getting serious. Many, many people have tried to talk me into a KLR, DR or some other type of dual sport, but am dteremined to hold out for the GS. I feel like I've looked at every possible site for a reasonably priced 03 or newer GS. Sometimes I think I'd have better luck finding for Sasquatch .

I'm alsways looking for advice on where to look, anyone?
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #9
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So..., i've been looking for one of these bikes off and on for a couple years now, and now that my bank acct. is growing I'm really getting serious. Many, many people have tried to talk me into a KLR, DR or some other type of dual sport, but am dteremined to hold out for the GS. I feel like I've looked at every possible site for a reasonably priced 03 or newer GS. Sometimes I think I'd have better luck finding for Sasquatch .

I'm alsways looking for advice on where to look, anyone?
If you tune into the real active dirt rider forums, the KLR seems to stand out as being the bike of preference. Some consider the G650 to be somewhat of a "girls" bike because of the ergonomics and the anemic exhaust sound. I personally don't care for the looks of the either the klr or the dr but it's just my personal preference.

I would go to craigzoom.com. It's a craigslist consolidator and you can search for cragislist ads all over the country.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:47 PM   #10
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If you tune into the real active dirt rider forums, the KLR seems to stand out as being the bike of preference. Some consider the G650 to be somewhat of a "girls" bike because of the ergonomics and the anemic exhaust sound. I personally don't care for the looks of the either the klr or the dr but it's just my personal preference.

I would go to craigzoom.com. It's a craigslist consolidator and you can search for cragislist ads all over the country.
Thanks LarryGee, I tried the craigzoom, which I never used before. Saw some interesting bikes, most on the west coast

There's a great one in Seattle, for sale by a fellow ADV. rider, a bit of a drive from Upstate NY $250 plane ticket but iffy this time of year for a fly and ride. And if I did storage, between that, airfare, and travel money back here, it kinda detracts from the good deal it currently is.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:29 AM   #11
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Here's another GPS mount idea. I made an aluminum bracket that bolts to the handlebar via nylon mounts. These are on two different axes so the mount is more secure. This also shows the ProOiler controller.



A side view:

Better view of the mounting
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:23 AM   #12
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check this out, i used the ram mount that came with my 550 zumo on my dakar 650 and bolted it right to the handlebar mount. i had to enlarge the hole just a hair but it went right on. i could use it as the bar mount but used longer bolts and mounted it to the top of the bar mount not knowing how strong the ram mount is for mounting the bar.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:03 AM   #13
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More Farkels

Ordered more farkels today;

Fairing guard

Touratech footpegs

Adjustable foot shift lever

Bark Busters VP

Will get some pics up when installed.
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:11 PM   #14
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LarryGee thanks for starting this thread, I'll try to post some pics of my 09 and my farkles soon.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #15
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Fairing Guard

Well, the fairing guards came in and, of course, I had to install them tonight. The install was pretty simple. The instructions were just pictures but pretty straightforward.

There are two spacers, of different lengths for the mounting points on the sides. The funny thing is that the distance between the guards and the frame are not equal. It looks a little off but, it's functional.

The Parts



Mounting Points



The Finish

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Side View



I wish they jutted out a little more to allow for more distance between the bars and the plastic but it appears that, at least on hard surfaces, the bars will do the job.

Next......bark busters....
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