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Old 12-22-2010, 09:00 AM   #4966
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Aren't these the same wheels that failed on Snooker's Hodaka Wombat 125 when he was doing the Widowmaker Hillclimb?

Made in Tibet but claimed by China with Aprilia mirrors?
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:10 AM   #4967
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Aren't these the same wheels that failed on Snooker's Hodaka Wombat 125 when he was doing the Widowmaker Hillclimb?

Made in Tibet but claimed by China with Aprilia mirrors?

LOL, that is some funny stuff right there.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:37 AM   #4968
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And what about the extraterrestrial spacecraft in the tree disuised as "snowflakes"? And the floating monolith above the left mirror!

BMWS ARE MADE BY ALIENS!
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #4969
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Yeah but alien ships are now made in China too. That's why one crashed in Roswell.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:20 PM   #4970
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Quick question to see if anyone can offer any wisdom as to why my 2008 X Challenge won't start.

I drained the battery by leaving an accessory outlet and the GPS it was powering on. After successfully re-charging I put the battery back in and the dash lit up like it should (all the lights on, the rear wheel diameter came up etc..) and then..... nothing. All goes blank and no chance of ignition.

Wondering if there is a simple fix or I am missing something. I checked all fuses (I could find) and all are OK.

I have it booked in to get checked out in about a week but wouldn't mind saving the trip if it can be fixed simply.

thanks - Crackin
Same thing happened to me several times. Turn key on, everything comes on, then everything goes off, dash and lights, wont start. Took it in the the Dealer and it was the ign switch. Replaced it under warrenty and no problem since.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:48 PM   #4971
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Same thing happened to me several times. Turn key on, everything comes on, then everything goes off, dash and lights, wont start. Took it in the the Dealer and it was the ign switch. Replaced it under warrenty and no problem since.
Dang. Mine has started doing that and it's out of warranty.

Did it ever make you walk? Mine works after I turn the switch back and forth several times, and I'm wondering if I can go a while before having it addressed -- like at my 6k service in a month or so.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:53 PM   #4972
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A few guys have said that they took the switch off and checked the soldering in the bottom and there were hairline cracks in the solder on one or more wires. They carefully soldered them and no more troubles.

The hardest part is getting the ignition switch off in the first place.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:31 AM   #4973
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Having just pulled my bike apart into individual pieces, almost every piece on the bike has "Italy" or "made in Italy" stamped on it, except the engine which has "Made in Austria" stamped on it. About the only bits that seem German are the FI system, made by Bosch and BMW, and the rims. Obviously the suspension and brakes are Italian. All the metal work is Italian, all the electrics and switchgear (apart from FI) are Italian. Even the panels are Italian.

As for the production point saying Berlin ... I would not read anything into that. My guess is every BMW motorcycle says Berlin on that system, since officially it is the only assembly line BMW has for Motorcycles worldwide. They arent exactly going to say "Noale Italy" are they - they dont have a factory there. If they do anything in Berlin, it might be to fire up and test the bikes and put the BMW badges on the sides before shipping them out.
Very interesting. I lost you in your last 2 sentences... if the only factory is in Berlin then don't they integrate all the subassemblies there (regardless of who and where they are shipped in from) and not simply fire up bikes that were assembled somewhere else? Or is there some secret or wink, wink I'm ignorant of?

Or are you simply saying - sure they may be assembled in Berlin but not many components are German made anymore...

Ok here is a weird piece of information. My dealer has ordered the ONLY swingarm available in stock and it is coming from Germany. Now the available swingarms in stock shows ZERO with a new availability date of about a month out. This implies some place somewhere, "they" are firing up the parts line and cranking out another swingarm or 2...

This is really weird to me because I've only heard of 2 other swingarms every breaking, and that says they really didn't have many spare ones sitting on a shelf - or they simply used them all up in new bikes. Just seems like a small number of parts but maybe they are that careful in minimizing inventory, if so that is impressive!
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:24 AM   #4974
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To my knowledge nothing else uses that swing-arm.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:22 PM   #4975
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To my knowledge nothing else uses that swing-arm.
All I know is the XCountry and XChallenge have the same swingarm part number in the fiche I can see online: 33177696651
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:33 PM   #4976
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New Dual Sport web site for resources like GPS tracks.

Off topic post perhaps but wanted to share it with the only guys I know on Adv - the G650X crowd! I know nothing about this yet but it looks cool, especially for GPS tracks and ride reports. As far as I can tell quickly, these are *resources* for Dual Sport riders, NOT a retailer selling accessories (though they do have sponsors).

A brand new website called: DualSportMoto.com
and especially their GPS tracks page which requires you to login at this other GPS tracks site: DualSportMaps.com

Heard about it here on AMA District 37 Dual Sport forum.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:27 PM   #4977
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To my knowledge nothing else uses that swing-arm.
I think Kymco used them on a scooter that was built by Aprilia in Berlin but only sold in Ukraine. HD lost the bid.

(Perhaps I'm overanalyzing. Eating mistletoe may be the cause.)
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:44 PM   #4978
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That's so crazy it must be true.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:02 PM   #4979
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Let's spread the word then.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:16 PM   #4980
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I finally found a moment to check if a Factory Effex cover would fit on the X-Challenge seat...No go..not even close..
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