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Old 05-24-2012, 09:53 PM   #8251
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I've got the HDB mirrors.

It takes some fittling to with the angle of the guards themselves to get the mirrors in a position that's useful when extended. They are stable on the highway as they are essentially in 1 position.

If my Aprilia didn't already have Double-Take mirrors, I'd buy the HDB ones.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:38 PM   #8252
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I have them. You need to use his bar clamp since the hand guard mounts there. I have not ridden with them yet but its all high quality stuff.
Yeah, that's what I was wondering Does it (the bar clamp) fit our bikes or are the hole patterns off
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:15 AM   #8253
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Paul at HDB is all about customer service. I believe he does have a clamp for our bikes. My bike has the TT/WP forks and shock. It has a clamp that's totally different than anything else. He had a clamp made for me, no extra charge. Just took a bit longer.

Can't argue with that.

The guards themselves are perfectly suited to a heavy bike like ours.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:18 AM   #8254
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I use the HDB guards/mirrors also. They have been on the bike for like 7-8 years now. I have beaten the crap out of them with no problems. Paul even remarked that he should upgrade mine since they were so old!
Mirrors work great on highway speeds and fold in very nice and easy for trails. I have a Yammie fork so just use the stock top clamp for those, but he does make (and usually stocks) the top clamp for the stock F fork.

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:30 AM   #8255
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im cleaning up my wires and harness on my 02 dakar and was wondering if there is a trick to disable all the safety switches like the clutch and sidestand. on my honda xr i just grounded one wire and it diabled all the switches and i could remove them but not sure on the dakar. i did the sidestand already by cutting and connecting two wires.
Would think they all come together somewhere so that approach sounds like a possibility. I've also removed the sidestand switch since it meltet against the exhaust and only caused problems. Don't really feel the need to remove the clutch switch though. What you're never going to start it in gear with the clutch out anyway
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:33 AM   #8256
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Appreciate the info, only concern I had was one review on Amazon mentioned they "grind and make noise at certain speeds."

Did you stick with stock gearing? I mostly ride on road including lots of super slab.
I've always used JT sprockets and never felt anything was wrong witht them. They wear and must be replaced with the chain at about 15-18.000km (at least for me). Grinding sound comes from the chain when it's worn out. At least that's my experience. New chain and the grinding noise disappeared.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:39 AM   #8257
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Okay: homework.
F650 GS Dakar, from 2000. 75,000kms. Back and forth from Romania to Mongolia. Aged rear shock absorber SPRING. It's the OEM shock absorber, from Showa. Can it be replaced? Budget is low. Mabye something from Hyperpro? Any insight is apreciated. anyone selling an old shock absorber?
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After all those km's you'd be best off having it replaced or at least serviced if that's an option.
I'd give you my old one, but I'm afraid it's already been around the world once and is lacking about 5cm worth of static sag in gas after a El cheapo repair of a worn out top bushing.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:42 AM   #8258
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Thanks, but we reside in Romania, Europe. Plus, we need it fixed in two weeks. The shock is fine, the spring has literally 'aged' after 75,000 kms, most of them in the Mongolian stepe. A new TT shock is 550 Euros, but springs are much cheaper.
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You probably have a motocross shop in Romania ? I know when I bought my Öhlins the suspension guy just ordered component and built the whole shock from the ground up hence it should be possible to just buy the spring too I'm pretty sure an MX shop would be a good place to start
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:46 AM   #8259
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added a new rack today, got it off a ktm950sm for 10 bucks. weighs 1 lbs so not bad.
I'm seriously considering just shipping my bike over to you cause I know I'll never be able to get mine anywhere near how pretty your is. Filth I tell you.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #8260
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I use the HDB guards/mirrors also. They have been on the bike for like 7-8 years now. I have beaten the crap out of them with no problems. Paul even remarked that he should upgrade mine since they were so old!
Mirrors work great on highway speeds and fold in very nice and easy for trails. I have a Yammie fork so just use the stock top clamp for those, but he does make (and usually stocks) the top clamp for the stock F fork.
Alright, sweet. Thanks guys. So just specify that they are for a GS when ordering then.
Now to figure out if can make them work with the new headlight and home made dash (that has to fit both IMO computer and Zumo 660) and actually have it look half decent.....

Anyone tried this by the way ?
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:47 AM   #8261
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Hello,
I have a G650GS 2009 (my first BMW ) like the bike very much. To date I have had the Steering head bearings changed (12200 kms) and the rear shock absorber changed twice. Once for scratches appearing on the shock body and the second for a leak 1000kms later.
The question I have is in the 3 panels that cover the battery, oil, water containers and air box, I have one of the location tabs broken and have tried sticking it with "Superglue" and Epoxy Resin glue neither of which were successful.

Anybody had any experience of this and what repair was used?

Brgds to all in this excellent thread
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:52 AM   #8262
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Hello,
I have a G650GS 2009 (my first BMW ) like the bike very much. To date I have had the Steering head bearings changed (12200 kms) and the rear shock absorber changed twice. Once for scratches appearing on the shock body and the second for a leak 1000kms later.
The question I have is in the 3 panels that cover the battery, oil, water containers and air box, I have one of the location tabs broken and have tried sticking it with "Superglue" and Epoxy Resin glue neither of which were successful.

Anybody had any experience of this and what repair was used?

Brgds to all in this excellent thread
I always used quick setting JBWeld and a small piece of fiberglass tape. Never had an issue with any of the repairs.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:05 AM   #8263
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Hello,
I have a G650GS 2009 (my first BMW ) like the bike very much. To date I have had the Steering head bearings changed (12200 kms) and the rear shock absorber changed twice. Once for scratches appearing on the shock body and the second for a leak 1000kms later.
The question I have is in the 3 panels that cover the battery, oil, water containers and air box, I have one of the location tabs broken and have tried sticking it with "Superglue" and Epoxy Resin glue neither of which were successful.

Anybody had any experience of this and what repair was used?

Brgds to all in this excellent thread

I have used a soldering iron to repair my plastics with pretty good sucsess. If you can find some doner plasic of the same consistancy you can use the slodering iron to build up the damaged area from behind. If done right it can be sanded and painted to look like new.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:29 AM   #8264
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has anyone had any luck with any particular windscreen for taller riders? im looking for something that will direct wind over me, and also will cut back on buffeting. (i have slight neck issues so it hurts me.) i have the cee bailys and a lip, but thats not enough...

Also looking for a steering stabalizer if anyone has one... Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:48 AM   #8265
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Sprocket changes for better low end?

I'm new here, just picked up a pristine '05 Dakar with barely over 3,000 miles. I love it, it's a great bike, been a while since I've been on a thumper, my last one was a '76 Yamaha XT 500, loved that bike.

I'm a little disappointed with the first gear/low end/off the line performance of the Dakar. I've got the stock 16/47 sprockets and was wondering if simply changing the front to a 15 would get the job done? I'm looking for a more "trail" paced first gear and don't mind a few more revs at highway speeds (65-70 mph). It's just disconcerting to let out the clutch from a stop and be going 15 mph before hitting 3,000 rpm!

I don't mind going up a tooth or two on the rear sprocket but was curious if only the front would do.

Thanks so much, Will
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