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Old 12-26-2007, 09:50 AM   #1
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G650 X Oil Change Instructions?

Has anyone found the correct procedure for oil changes on the G650 XChallenge?
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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I believe it goes like this:
  • keep the bike level and remove the drain bolt from the crankcase. Leave the adjacent banjo bolt in the crankcase, do not remove that. The oil in the crankcase should come out now.
  • on the lower rear of the oil tank there is a bleed bolt, just like you find on a brake caliper. Shift a piece of fishtank hose on the bleed bolt and give the bleed bolt half a turn. The oil in the oil tank should come out now.
  • After the bike has stopped leaking close the bleeder bolt, and install the drain bolt again (with a new crush washer please).
  • Put the bike on the sidestand, and remove the oil filter cover to replace the oil filter element. And bolt it up again.


Now it's time to put new oil in the engine. Fill the oil tank to it's neck with oil, and start up the bike. let it run for 15 second and kill it. (really important!!). Fill the oil tank up again until you have poured 2 quarts in total into the oil tank (which is slightly below 2 liters) . The engine and oil tank together are claimed to hold 2,3 liters of oil, but we don't want to overfill.

Fire up the engine, and let it warm up. Ride around the block and let it idle at least 1 minute until the fan comes on. Kill the engine and check the oil level. Add oil untill the oil level is the top mark on the dipstick (measure this with the dipstick not turned into the tank)

This should do it I believe.

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Old 12-26-2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Max!! So, 2 litres should do it then
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:29 PM   #4
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Correct. One important item to add: make sure the engine is really hot... Normal procedure is run the engine untill the fan comes on, and after this one more minute (or fews more) in idle. Cut the engine and start the procedure below. This to make sure that most of the oil is in the tank, and not somewhere in between tank and engine, hard to drain this way without removing all the oil hoses...


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I believe it goes like this:
  • keep the bike level and remove the drain bolt from the crankcase. Leave the adjacent banjo bolt in the crankcase, do not remove that. The oil in the crankcase should come out now.
  • on the lower rear of the oil tank there is a bleed bolt, just like you find on a brake caliper. Shift a piece of fishtank hose on the bleed bolt and give the bleed bolt half a turn. The oil in the oil tank should come out now.
  • After the bike has stopped leaking close the bleeder bolt, and install the drain bolt again (with a new crush washer please).
  • Put the bike on the sidestand, and remove the oil filter cover to replace the oil filter element. And bolt it up again.

Now it's time to put new oil in the engine. Fill the oil tank to it's neck with oil, and start up the bike. let it run for 15 second and kill it. (really important!!). Fill the oil tank up again until you have poured 2 quarts in total into the oil tank (which is slightly below 2 liters) . The engine and oil tank together are claimed to hold 2,3 liters of oil, but we don't want to overfill.

Fire up the engine, and let it warm up. Ride around the block and let it idle at least 1 minute until the fan comes on. Kill the engine and check the oil level. Add oil untill the oil level is the top mark on the dipstick (measure this with the dipstick not turned into the tank)

This should do it I believe.

have fun,


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Old 12-26-2007, 03:46 PM   #5
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Has anyone found the correct procedure for oil changes on the G650 XChallenge?
Max is right as far as the official procedure, but I found it enormously easier to siphon the warm oil out the oil filler hole. The drain procedure is awkward.

I got a siphon device from Pep for $9. I have replaced it with a large device which also works for my truck, etc. The large unit is Mityvac brand.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:54 PM   #6
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Thanks Max! Everyone still agrees on Dino oil for the 1st 5000 mi.?
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:06 PM   #7
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... The drain procedure is awkward.
What is awkward about sliding on a hose and turning a bleed screw half a turn?
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:09 PM   #8
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Sorry for the really stupid question - but do you check the oil level with the bike on its side stand or upright? Thanks
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:52 PM   #9
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Sorry for the really stupid question - but do you check the oil level with the bike on its side stand or upright? Thanks
Upright.

And I was told to check oil level with dipstick screwed in, unlike what maxcool states. I dont know if Im right however. Just what I was told by BMW during my walk around of the bike when i bought it.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:13 PM   #10
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Then of all the bikes I've owned the Xchallenge would be the first bike where you'd have to screw the dipstick in to check the level. That defies logic to me. The owners manual (in Dutch at least) is a little fuzzy about it. I do believe there was an errata about how to check the oil level, I'll go and check my dealer.

And after all, it's a dipstick right, not a screw-in stick?
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:39 AM   #11
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From the (US Model) Rider's Manual:

"To check oil level, screw the oil dipstick in and then out again".
Yet another logic defying solution from the Motorrad company

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Old 12-27-2007, 01:11 AM   #12
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You didn't get a reply?

Hmm, I'll try to send it again.

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Old 12-27-2007, 04:56 AM   #13
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Another dumb question: what are all those extra washers for that come with the "filter kit"? I remember using the new drain plug bushing but I keep saving the others until I figure out what to do with them.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:03 AM   #14
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Another dumb question: what are all those extra washers for that come with the "filter kit"? I remember using the new drain plug bushing but I keep saving the others until I figure out what to do with them.
Pretty sure one of them is for the coolant drain plug, the other one I don't know.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:00 PM   #15
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I also skipped out on the other crush washers, no idea but I got the one i took off.
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