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Old 05-14-2008, 12:12 PM   #31
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Thanks! A torque values thread is just what we need to add
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:54 PM   #32
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Hey GB,
You got this under protection yet?


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Old 05-15-2008, 12:15 PM   #33
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Thanks alot Gadget Boy, I had to edit my signature line because of you...

best of luck, and let me know if you want to hear any of my laments.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:53 AM   #34
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Came across this offering of windshields for the XC from Cee Bailey as I was researching a replacement for my R12R.
Here's the link,looks like a nice setup for someone who has the need.
http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw/g650xws.html
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:55 AM   #35
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Came across this offering of windshields for the XC from Cee Bailey as I was researching a replacement for my R12R.
Here's the link,looks like a nice setup for someone who has the need.
http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw/g650xws.html

Wow, around $350 for a shield...?!?
For an XCh ?!
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:17 PM   #36
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That's with the mounting brackets, not just the shield. I already had Cee Bailey's listed among the 3 windshields available for the X Challenge.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:04 PM   #37
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I posted this over on The Chain Gang forum
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I was looking for some good info on upgrades to the XChallenge and really didn't find much info about gearing, heated grips, etc. so I thought I'd post my experiences for others.


Heated Handgrips:
I ended up going with the cheapo $25 snowmobile sticky heated elements. A couple issues came to light.

1) There is no good place to mount the switch so I ended up fabbing a bent metal piece to bolt onto the upper left instrument cluster bolt.

2) The accelerator tube under right grip has a crazy contour to and hence the heated element doesn't adhere smoothly.

3) The left grip has much thicker rubber than the right grip AND I ended up placing the heated element right on the aluminum bar. The result is a less hot left grip. I have a KTM friend who did similar grips and used insulated tubing on the metal of the bar and adhered the heated element to that. He says that makes the grip much hotter due to the insulated metal.

The bottom line: For $25 and some time it could be worse :) All in all I think that insulating the left bar and using different equal thickness grips would make the install work perfectly. Right now it's just okay.



Lower gearing:
I decided to lower the gearing to get a little more squirt and a lower first gear for the slow tight stuff. I ended up buying the 14T front sprocket from Touratech-USA. The installation is easy to do if you have the few necessary tools. (3) bolts to remove the front pinion cover, a breaker bar or big ratchet to remove the front pinion bolt, a smooth screwdriver or hub puller to ease off the front sprocket, and a couple wrenches to loosen/adjust the rear wheel. It took about 20 minutes of futzing and thinking about it as I had no instructions as to the exact process. Easy.

The results are just as I expected. Generally quicker feeling, nicely lowered gearing for slower speeds down hills. My only negative thoughts on it is that the bike of course is a little more wound up at 75-80 mph on the freeway, and that my TKC 80 Continentals may not have enough grip in the loose and muddy stuff to warrant lower gearing. All in all I'm happy with the upgrade and it's easy enough to swap back and forth that I'd recommend it for anybody that wants a little 'more'.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:47 PM   #38
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anyone have a service manual, with torque spec's? or any kind of service manual
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:57 PM   #39
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Your problems are solved:

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...s-p-16731.html

Glad I could be of service.

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Old 05-22-2008, 07:14 PM   #40
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how about a list of the MUST DO's after buying a stock Xchallenge?

things like the gear shifter and everything, it would be pretty helpful
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:47 AM   #41
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anyone have a service manual, with torque spec's? or any kind of service manual
Torque settings HERE
The BMW G650X Manual is available on DVD, Info Here
I have the DVD and I think it's pretty good, a lot of menus and sub menus but I think all the info is there. I'd still prefer the Haynes type.

If there was a specific piece of info you wanted from the manual I'd gladly look it up for ya.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:41 AM   #42
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how about a list of the MUST DO's after buying a stock Xchallenge?

things like the gear shifter and everything, it would be pretty helpful
have a look at the Index thread, it's all listed there.. I suppose there are 3 must do's that I could highlight in the first post:

Shift lever replacement
Inner mudguard to avoid rubbing on the air shock
Tail tidy
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:44 PM   #43
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have a look at the Index thread, it's all listed there.. I suppose there are 3 must do's that I could highlight in the first post:

Shift lever replacement
Inner mudguard to avoid rubbing on the air shock
Tail tidy
thats exactly what i meant, thank you
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:30 PM   #44
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I hate to say this, but i have stripped a few things already on my x-chal. I have had so many bikes the past years and never strip anything till I got the x-chal.

Has anyone else stripped the handlebar clamps, mine kept rotating on rides no matter what till I eventually stripped it trying to get it solid.

i love helicoil btw
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:36 AM   #45
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I hate to say this, but i have stripped a few things already on my x-chal. I have had so many bikes the past years and never strip anything till I got the x-chal.

Has anyone else stripped the handlebar clamps, mine kept rotating on rides no matter what till I eventually stripped it trying to get it solid.

i love helicoil btw
Yip, I'm fairly sure id stripped the two top bolts that hold on the bash plate. (cross threaded into Aluminium).
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