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Old 09-06-2012, 02:24 AM   #9121
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The crash bars prevent damage in case of a crash, not the crash itself

Nice pic though, this is how this bike is meant to be ridden

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Old 09-06-2012, 02:42 AM   #9122
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What brand of pannier racks are you using?
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:48 AM   #9123
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No idea what you mean, care to elaborate?

In concrete terms, my ass started to hurt about an hour into the ride with the SC seat. The Dakar seat's good for the better part of a day.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:29 AM   #9124
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The Motech bars will fit with the OEM bash plate but definitely not with the OEM engine bars.

I've junked the bars as they have a tendency to catch on rocks, which results in them bending, along with the mount points and if you're really unlucky, the lower subframe....

This is going to sound like a really noob question, but I'm a noob (this is my first bike) and I just want to learn - where on the bike is the "stock engine guard?" I looked at my bike but the only thing I see remotely near the engine offering protection is the skidplate. I don't see crashbars or anything similar. Is what you posted above the stock engine guard? If so, it's not on my bike...

Please enlighten me. Thanks for the patience!
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:09 AM   #9125
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This is going to sound like a really noob question, but I'm a noob (this is my first bike) and I just want to learn - where on the bike is the "stock engine guard?" I looked at my bike but the only thing I see remotely near the engine offering protection is the skidplate. I don't see crashbars or anything similar. Is what you posted above the stock engine guard? If so, it's not on my bike...

Please enlighten me. Thanks for the patience!
The skid plate (stock engine guard) came as standard and the engine bars (the bent ones pictured above) were an option. I'm pretty sure you'd be able to get some from the dealer if you wanted them. BUT they won't fit on the bike along with the SW Motech upper bars, without some serious bodging/alteration.....
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:43 AM   #9126
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In concrete terms, my ass started to hurt about an hour into the ride with the SC seat. The Dakar seat's good for the better part of a day.
I had exactly the opposite experience. There may be some break-in needed on the Seat Concepts seat, especially if you had them use firmer foam than normal.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:50 AM   #9127
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The skid plate (stock engine guard) came as standard and the engine bars (the bent ones pictured above) were an option. I'm pretty sure you'd be able to get some from the dealer if you wanted them. BUT they won't fit on the bike along with the SW Motech upper bars, without some serious bodging/alteration.....
Thanks Dansin. The Twisted Throttle site said that the Dakar stock engine guard would have to be removed to fit the SW-Motech bars. So it sounds like they meant the optional BMW engine bars, not the stock skidplate. This is where I got mixed up. If I can put the SW-Motech bars on and keep the stock skidplate, then I'm good to go. And it looks like that worked for you so this resolves my question. Thank you!
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:45 AM   #9128
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I think crash bars are over rated... I do just fine without them.

She fell over while I was shutting the gate.




I use to crash just fine without them too, but after putting on crashbars i actually crash a lot better :P or at least more ;)
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #9129
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609 Pages! Ugh....... As much as I would love to read them all I just don't have the time for it.

Is there a great "Cliff Notes" version of the cooler mods and "must do's" somewhere?

Long story short, my wife has a Dakar, I love cool mod projects, and she is pregnant now so she won't be riding it for awhile. Which means I get to tear it apart and play
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #9130
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Xtreme..recommend you take a look at www.f650.com for info on mods etc.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:23 PM   #9131
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:43 PM   #9132
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The crash bars prevent damage in case of a crash, not the crash itself

Nice pic though, this is how this bike is meant to be ridden
The bike fell over on it's own...... not meant to be ridden that way at all
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:02 AM   #9133
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The bike fell over on it's own...... not meant to be ridden that way at all
This one better...it's upright
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:50 AM   #9134
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:29 AM   #9135
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So i did the western Tat and got back Thursday. Three issues on the trip.

1. Bike ran hot. My bike with the mx fender, huge fork tubes, tt rad guards and the front fairing cut off is not getting airflow. The bike over heated on the freeway and going faster didn't help. It was running between 220-230 most of the time at first. We took off my front fender back, spread the radiator guard fins open and cut the back of the fender off. That helped a-lot but I think its time for a low fender. Bike would run around 195 -205 when it was cold out. When it was warm out side it would run up to 220, fan would click on and it would cool it till the fan goes off at 195, then climb right back to 220 and repeat. This is at speed. Off road it was about the same. putting my hand down by the radiator at speed it feels like there is very little air flow down there.

2. In Utah my Radiator got a leak. The fan shroud rubbed a hole in the back of the radiator. We patched it up and it was fine the rest of the trip. Temps stayed the same as before.

3. On the last day I hit my start button and heard a pop. Power to everything was gone. All fuses fine. 2 hours later and playing with the wires everything went back on. No idea what the problem was but it never happened again on the ride home.
As always I urge anyone that have the light come on the thoroughly inspect for warping of the head.

1. I'm one of the ones that are in doubt about airflow being restricted by add ons.
Alternative culprits:
  • Dirty radiator doesn't allow for air flowing through it
  • Air in coolant leaved air/ steam at the sensor which is much hotter than the coolant itself

3. My experience with all power disappearing is when the ignintion switch was shot (filthy and worn out) and had to be replaced and also one time when the positive battery terminal had worked loose. I've also had all power to the front disappear, but engine still running. Forgot to zip cables after some work and they got squeezed between the fork tube and frame on the right hand side. Fuse blew ofcourse.
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