|01-26-2011, 02:50 AM||#1|
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BMW G650X PowerCommander info & experiences (V and III models)
OK, let's start a thread on PowerCommanders used in BMW G650X model bikes. Why? Well, there's some interesting new PC V development taking place right now. For background, the same info and PowerCommanders should apply equally to Xchallenge, Xcountry and Xmoto, as they share an identical Rotax engine, air intake and EFI.
Until now, Dynojet had not developed a dedicated PowerCommander unit for the great but productionwise somewhat short-lived BMW G650X trio. There has been a promise of some sort, even a product code for a PC V unit for these bikes to come for some while, but then time went on and nothing really materialized.
I got fed up. I wanted a PowerCommander for my "Xchallenge R" power-up winter project. So I started contacting people. First the local PC reseller, then the national importer... They knew about the promised product, but didn't know what was the delay. They actually had some orders in, pending, waiting for the actual product... for months.
I then contacted Dynojet Research directly, got prompt and friendly responses, and got more information on the whole deal. OK, so they had had an Xchallenge in once, made some measurements, and noticed that it was a bit more complicated than your regular EFI bike, in some respects. (Me: It's a BWM, complication on simple matters is their bread and butter.)
As I knew that there were positive reports on PC III USB model from F650GS/Dakar Rotax being retrofitted to G650X's, I thought Dynojet should not be very far off their target with the PC V. I enquired what would it take to finalise the PC V, maybe using their PC III knowledge background - would a donor bike help things out? They agreed that would be the best option, but they didn't know where to get one. I told them I'll work on the donor bike, there must be a friendly ADVrider with a G650X somewhere near Las Vegas. I mean, I'm just a tad far away from Vegas, here in Finland.
I posted a "donor bike wanted ad" on the G650X threads here on ADV a few weeks back, and within days AZ-Twin stepped up, offering his bike as a donor. Great! So, where are we now: AZ-Twin aka Rob took his bike to Dynojet about a week ago. They did their thang, and Rob got his Xchallenge returned, Dynojet tuned and installed with a PowerCommander V model. Yes! But guess what, Rob has not had time to test ride the PC V'd bike. Man, priorities! Sleep not, eat not. Ride! (I'm sure he'll get into it, and cure some of this cabin fever.)
I hope the rest of us can make some orders soon, as well. There may be some production, stocking, distribution delays, maybe - but they should now have the unit specced. You guys will be the first to know, I'm sure. Meanwhile, if Rob or anyone has some info, experiences, dyno charts, installation pics, wiring, etc. - why don't we post them on this thread. Also, I would gladly gather here also the Power Commander III USB model experiences *with G650X bikes*. I may be able to contribute on the PC III USB as well, I have some info bits gathered, and such a unit in my garage.
When you share your own G650X PC usage, please identify which PowerCommander, G650X model and production year bike you're using, for clarity' sake.
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