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Old 01-30-2009, 10:25 AM   #751
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BMW changed the rear subframe from aluminum to steal to lower the cost of the bike. They could have easily reinforced the aluminum. There are a lot of bikes with no problems with an aluminum subframe.

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Old 01-30-2009, 10:59 AM   #752
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My guess is that BMW pictured this bike as a day tripper rather than the light adventure bike many of us are turning it into.

As to if BMW changed the subframe from Al to steel due to this or that reason, none of us can know. Anybody who makes a claim to have inside information as to why BMW made this or that change ought to back it up with saying how he knows what he claims to know.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:48 AM   #753
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Congrats on the new XCountry! It's amazing how much fun the lighter machines are. So many folks are stuck on that bigger-is-better thing. . . . Then, they get on the little bikes, especially in the twisties or dirt, and this huge grin takes over.
I hope the stuff-seat cures the passenger footpeg issue for you. I enjoy reaching the passenger peg with my size 6 heel during the dreaded highway runs.
For stef25:
The Dakar model has been a proven world-travel machine.
The G650Cross Country would need even more extra gas for remote travel. For deep mud, the high-fender modification would probably help, too. The 21-inch front wheel on the Dakar might handle larger rock obstacles a little better, but the front wheel of a X-Challenge could probably be fitted to the X-Country.
The Dakar is about 60 or so pounds heavier than the X-Country, so there are always compromises.
BTW, Touratech went with an aftermarket STEEL rear subframe to beef up the packing ability of the X-Challenge.
http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/show.lasso?SKU=049-0560&-session=touratech0E29919032d11B104SSk28EA848
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:53 PM   #754
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Well, if you get a pre-2009 model, the subframe may be an issue. The reason that BMW moved to a steel subframe in '09, replacing the aluminum one in '07 and '08, is that a lot of the aluminum subframes were breaking under hard off-road use when there was a considerable amount of luggage packed on the bike.
I've only heard of one case and can easiely imagine a couple of others. I'm by no means calling you out but "lots"?
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:48 PM   #755
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By all specs, the x-country is better off road than the f650gs (incl. dakar) and g650gs.
Lighter, better suspension, etc.

For long-distance travel, with light off-roading, the other bikes are probably better; more comfy, bigger tanks, heated grips, etc.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:28 AM   #756
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I'm thinking of downsizing back to a 650 (from my 750 V2 Africa Twin), and the X-Country is on my list (used as I don't want the current lowered one). Can't test one at the moment as the dealer on the island doesn't have any of them in, so it'll have to wait until I'm off-island next.

Primarily it'll be road use (hence XC not XCh), but I would like to do the occasional mild off-road. The other criteria is journeying - I'm possibly going to be doing the ADV Euro meet in Slovenia this June, which would involve an 1100-mile road trip each way to get to the meet, and then gravel roads and tracks once there (through NE Italy, Slovenia and northern Croatia).

What would it be like sat at, say, a constant 75mph on the highway? Economy, vibes etc? I'd probably get the Muckpee extra tank, if available, to extend the range a bit.

I did two 2,000+ mile trips in 2006 on a 1988 Honda NX650 Dominator, and had no problems riding a single that distance, at those speeds, on multi-lane highways, so the basic concept is fine - just down to the individual issues that might be raised on an XC. Mind you, the Renazco seat might've helped on those trips
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:58 AM   #757
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Ben, I have ridden my XCo to Cologne from Stuttgart and to Garmish from Stuttgart.

I don't really notice the vibes at all and only at speeds north of 80mph does the wind start to cause me to hold on.

My hips do start to ache after about an hour but that is from having to squeeze my legs together to prevent the sail effect.

Swing by Stuttgart and I'll let you take out the XCo on the autobahn.

BTW, I dropped the price $1,000

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Old 01-31-2009, 09:21 AM   #758
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I've only heard of one case and can easiely imagine a couple of others. I'm by no means calling you out but "lots"?
I'm just quoting someone else that worked in a BMW service dept. somewhere in EU, I believe. He said that quite a few were coming in under warranty for broken subframes.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:40 AM   #759
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Ben, I have ridden my XCo to Cologne from Stuttgart and to Garmish from Stuttgart.

I don't really notice the vibes at all and only at speeds north of 80mph does the wind start to cause me to hold on.

My hips do start to ache after about an hour but that is from having to squeeze my legs together to prevent the sail effect.

Swing by Stuttgart and I'll let you take out the XCo on the autobahn.

BTW, I dropped the price $1,000

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Old 01-31-2009, 10:50 AM   #760
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I've done several 500 mile days on my X-C quite easily. I'd think nothing of stacking one after another if I ever wished to move that far day after day. In fact, IMO, 500 miles is pretty easy.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:09 AM   #761
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I've done several 500 mile days on my X-C quite easily. I'd think nothing of stacking one after another if I ever wished to move that far day after day. In fact, IMO, 500 miles is pretty easy.
I think that the most I did in one day on the NX was around 400 highway miles, so your 500 sounds good
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:29 AM   #762
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I think that the most I did in one day on the NX was around 400 highway miles, so your 500 sounds good
Many folks including my wife seem amazed that I'm so casual about 500 mile days which include some dirt, but I'm not. The bike is comfortable as long as you keep it at or under 75 mph. Above that and the wind wears me out fast.

Anyway, I prefer the two lane sorts of roads to freeways where the 75 mph speed is a theory more than something I'd wish to do anyway.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:45 AM   #763
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The bike is comfortable as long as you keep it at or under 75 mph. Above that and the wind wears me out fast.
would a decent windscreen make a difference?
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:21 PM   #764
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Question New Bike Pics

Well, I was going to post some new bike pics thinking it was as easy as just clicking on the attachment paper clip icon, and clicking on the pics like I do with emaill But I guess it's not that simple . If anyone's got the hot tip on attaching pics, let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-31-2009, 02:32 PM   #765
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would a decent windscreen make a difference?
Sure...like this one from www.ceebaileys.com for example...


Or this one, from Wunderlich...


The folks at www.parabellum.com claim their G650 Xco windshield increases fuel economy to 81 mpg , YMMV.

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