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Old 02-10-2008, 01:47 AM   #76
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Howzit from sunny South Africa!

Been lurking around here for the last month, reading up about the G650 XChallenge, but eventually deciding on the XCountry.

Main reason being the better seating comfort, especially for the wife!

So I placed my order for a brand new XCountry at Bavarian MC in Pretoria, and hope to get it this weekend!

Also had a custom XChallenge type bashplate fitted, some hand guards and Conti TKX 80's. Ready to take on the dirt!

Would like to know some of your experiences in the dirt with this bike, and how it would stack up against a Yamaha XT660R (which I'm getting rid of now).

Cheers
That's Awesome. I'd love to see a pic of yours in Africa when you get it.

The seat comfort was a good selling point for me as well. My girlfriend does ok on the back of mine. It's no bucket-seat, but it's much better than most bikes of it's class.

I need to get some hand guards for mine. What kind did you get?

I've loved it so far in the dirt. The stock tires are the only issue for me.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:51 AM   #77
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BMW. Same part number as the R1200R Sport windscreen, different bracket though. It works very well.
That looks great. What bracket did you use? I'm going to have to steal that solution.

What hand-guards are those, as well?

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:59 AM   #78
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[quote=xcountry rider]i have ridden mine all over california, have not been out of the state yet. ...
i also put on some hepco becker racks with some gobi bags, i have been looking for luggage since last april. i built my own top rack before that, but overloaded it and stripped out the screws, so i through bolted the back screws and heli-coiled the front screws due the the frame configuration. i will get some pictures up when i can. /quote]

I'm jealous of you guys in California. You have the best riding out there. Plus you can lanesplit legally!

Definitely need to see some pictures and get more details of these customizations. I've been looking for a rack myself. Do the Hepco Becker racks and bags work well? Can you supply part #rs or model names? How much would i have to fudge it or will they bolt right on?

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Old 02-10-2008, 02:22 AM   #79
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That looks great. What bracket did you use? I'm going to have to steal that solution.

What hand-guards are those, as well?

Thanks!
The bracket and windscreen are both BMW parts for the XCountry. Just happens the screen for the R1200R and XCountry are the same.

Just picked up a new screen (non-tinted) for my bike from the R1150R forums.

The hand guards are F650GS, nearly a perfect fit. There was no cutting just a little bending to install them.

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Old 02-10-2008, 09:36 AM   #80
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i also put on some hepco becker racks with some gobi bags, i have been looking for luggage since last april. i built my own top rack before that, but overloaded it and stripped out the screws, so i through bolted the back screws and heli-coiled the front screws due the the frame configuration. i will get some pictures up when i can. i have the tt skid plate and the g&s racing tail tidy, so much nicer than the stock one.
Dood. Post pics! Sounds like a sweet setup.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:23 AM   #81
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Pics from my first ride

Here's some pics of my new XCountry. Got it on Saturday morning, and immediately took it to the country! I have to say, SO much better than my XT660 on the rough stuff! The handling is superb, mostly due to the less weight and lower centre of gravity, and of course the Conti TKC's fitted!

I removed the mirrors and tail section just in case I went down, which luckily never happened! I have to say my friend on his much lighter XR 250 went down once. I had him ride in front so that I could plan my route better! ;) I'm also getting a custom alluminium bashplate later this week, will post some pics later.

Anyway, I really love this bike! A blast on the road (even with the knobblies) and real fun on the sandy/rocky/muddy stuff. And the wife loves it too!

PS. How do you embed multiple images in the post, without attaching?
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:05 AM   #82
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PS. How do you embed multiple images in the post, without attaching?
You have to host your pics at smugmug.com or similar photo hosting site and link to this site.. attached pics are limited to 145kb and 1 per post.
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #83
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I just emailed Roger at Caribou Cases, what is the interest in his set-up for the XCO?

riaan- your bike looks dead sexah!

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:49 AM   #84
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Here's some pics of my new XCountry. Got it on Saturday morning, and immediately took it to the country! I have to say, SO much better than my XT660 on the rough stuff! The handling is superb, mostly due to the less weight and lower centre of gravity, and of course the Conti TKC's fitted!

I removed the mirrors and tail section just in case I went down, which luckily never happened! I have to say my friend on his much lighter XR 250 went down once. I had him ride in front so that I could plan my route better! ;) I'm also getting a custom alluminium bashplate later this week, will post some pics later.

Anyway, I really love this bike! A blast on the road (even with the knobblies) and real fun on the sandy/rocky/muddy stuff. And the wife loves it too!

PS. How do you embed multiple images in the post, without attaching?
Bliksem Riaan, that bike look super cool
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:57 AM   #85
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Keep 'em coming guys!

Here's some pictures of the pelican 1440 installed on my home made rack. It holds my tool rool, spare tube and tire irons. Perfect, if you ask me .






Installation was easy, just drill 3 holes, get some mounting hardware from the store and there you have it.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:35 PM   #86
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Are any of you X Country owners also former DL650 owners?? If so, I might have a question or two for you......
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:02 AM   #87
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this is a pic of my recent trip to florida from Alabama. about 900 miles... bike ran like a champ... all though stopping in the sand was almost a bad idea
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:29 PM   #88
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Deli, is that the BMW windshield you aked about on the previous page?
Looks good!
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:48 PM   #89
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Asaracho,

PM'd you...bash plate on its way...you should get it tomorrow.

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Old 02-13-2008, 09:38 PM   #90
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Thanks MoxNix and michnus! I'm getting the new custom XChallenge bashplate tomorrow, and will take more shots this weekend.

Michnus, you on wilddog.za.net as well?
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