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Old 08-02-2011, 04:23 PM   #6001
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Call Sasquatch

I had a set of Progressive springs and Hyperpro emulators installed in my OEM Dakar forks. Totally different, totally better front end now. Also had Sasquatch rebuild the OEM rear shock to his stage II level and installed it and a new spring in the rear. Still haven't totally played that out yet for best ride. But will be working on that once I get the new chain and oil pressure sensor installed. Waiting for the new sensor now...looks like it's a week out.

To clarify something though, I'm probably older and 10-20 lbs lighter than you. Also to be honest, most of my miles are ridden getting to and back from the dirt and gravel. I'm also pretty slow. Still think the changes I made worked out perfectly for me.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:49 PM   #6002
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Hmm. Black IS slimming
yes it is, sure made my 12 gallon tank on the 1150 look smaller!
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:34 AM   #6003
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Stickers are available...
Sweet. But acc to www.jlevistreetwerks.com they don't have them in 55mm (just went out and measured my roundel), just 78, 79 and 82mm which are way to big.

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yes it is, sure made my 12 gallon tank on the 1150 look smaller!
My thoughts exactly. Me like. But you're a professional painter ? Everything I've painted over the years have turned to crap after a few years.
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:41 PM   #6004
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Question G650GS Start

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I have a G650GS with date of fabrication Sept 2009. Several times when I try to start it, wait until all indicators are steady, press starter and nothing happens. Put bike in first and rotate the engine a fraction by moving the bike, back to neutral and "hey Presto" it starts. Bike will be OK for weeks then it happens again. Has anyone met this problem?

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Old 08-03-2011, 05:16 PM   #6005
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i just bought a 02 dakar and the clutch seemed to be weak like when i try to pop a wheelie it just slid into gear. the po used 15-50 synthentic oil so i put in 10-40 regular mc oil and its like a new clutch again! it hits nice and firm when i shift and let the clutch out fast. the dealer recomended regular oil so im sticking with it from now on.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:44 PM   #6006
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Hello
Hope that this is the right place for this post.
I have a G650GS with date of fabrication Sept 2009. Several times when I try to start it, wait until all indicators are steady, press starter and nothing happens. Put bike in first and rotate the engine a fraction by moving the bike, back to neutral and "hey Presto" it starts. Bike will be OK for weeks then it happens again. Has anyone met this problem?
BMW stopped making the Dakar before they renamed the "F"s to "G"s and I believe moved production facilities entirely, so even though the basic design is the same, I'd guess these are less likely to share production quirks. I don't know if there are any other dedicated threads around here, but f650.com is likely to give a broader sampling of models...
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:08 AM   #6007
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Hello
Hope that this is the right place for this post.
I have a G650GS with date of fabrication Sept 2009. Several times when I try to start it, wait until all indicators are steady, press starter and nothing happens. Put bike in first and rotate the engine a fraction by moving the bike, back to neutral and "hey Presto" it starts. Bike will be OK for weeks then it happens again. Has anyone met this problem?

Thanks
Check the standard culprits;
  • Kill switch on right handle bar
  • Kill switch on clutch lever mount
  • Kill switch on side stand

Putting my money on the side stand kill switch. It is possible to bypass the switch all together (took me about 10 minutes all together) http://faq.f650.com/GSFAQs/Electrica...tch%20Problems
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:38 AM   #6008
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Check the standard culprits;
  • Kill switch on right handle bar
  • Kill switch on clutch lever mount
  • Kill switch on side stand
Putting my money on the side stand kill switch. It is possible to bypass the switch all together (took me about 10 minutes all together) http://faq.f650.com/GSFAQs/Electrica...tch%20Problems

I will check those points, but I do not understand why moving the engine by rocking the bike in first will affect the kill switches, maybe coincidence, but thanks for all suggestions, motorcycle electrics are not what they used to be when I started motorcycling.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:07 AM   #6009
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I will check those points, but I do not understand why moving the engine by rocking the bike in first will affect the kill switches, maybe coincidence, but thanks for all suggestions, motorcycle electrics are not what they used to be when I started motorcycling.
Quite possibly the clutch switch too..... my [second, hehe] guess is it's not the actual rocking, but the changing gears out and back into neutral triggering the clutch switch

You can only start the bike in neutral with the sidestand down. It will die as soon as you chuck it in gear, even if the clutch lever is pulled in.
If the sidestand is up you can start it in gear with or without the clutch pulled in (will jump forward of course if clutch is not pulled in)

Hope that made sense
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:02 AM   #6010
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going through all of this thread, at 140 so far and great stuff on here!
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:25 PM   #6011
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Fork oil capacity F650GS

ChainGang FAQ's is down, and I don't have confidence with what I'm finding through a search: Namely 2001 F650GS: I changed fork seals today and I need to fill the forks. I have a recollection from ChainGang that fork oil capacity is 610cc. I found one spec. for this bike at 560cc. Right now I filled them to 560cc. Does anyone have reliable information what the capacity is? Everything is standard with original equipment GS forks/springs and not lowered.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:31 PM   #6012
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According to Haynes:

Regular service:

GS

Regular suspension: 600ml
Lowered suspension: 610ml

Dakar: 550ml

Overhaul:

GS

Regular suspension: 610ml
Lowered suspension: 620ml

Dakar: 560ml
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #6013
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According to Haynes:

Regular service:

GS

Regular suspension: 600ml
Lowered suspension: 610ml

Dakar: 550ml

Overhaul:

GS

Regular suspension: 610ml
Lowered suspension: 620ml

Dakar: 560ml
Any idea what the airchamber height should be?
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:04 AM   #6014
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ChainGang FAQ's is down, and I don't have confidence with what I'm finding through a search: Namely 2001 F650GS: I changed fork seals today and I need to fill the forks. I have a recollection from ChainGang that fork oil capacity is 610cc. I found one spec. for this bike at 560cc. Right now I filled them to 560cc. Does anyone have reliable information what the capacity is? Everything is standard with original equipment GS forks/springs and not lowered.
If you had everything out:
GS: 610cc (for each leg)
Dakar: 560cc

Just oil change:
GS: 600cc
Dakar: 550cc

And since we're on the topic;
If you have Wirth springs from Touratech on a Dakar it's 500cc in each leg

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