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Old 10-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #9421
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I've been using synthetic in mine for the past 18,000 km, no issues.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #9422
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The dual spark is rated for synthetic, the single spark is not. The difference is in the clutch. Dual spark has one less clutch plate

The differences are documented here: http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/ClutchRepair.html
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:05 PM   #9423
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Obligatory dog pic:

Dog pic rocks.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:57 AM   #9424
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Just bite the bullet and get one off of Ebay. I paid $25 for mine. Even one off of a K1200 will work.
I will bite the bullet, thanks!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:07 PM   #9425
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:37 PM   #9426
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I found a motosports shop in(ish) the town I live in now. It's way out in the middle of nowhere, but they have regular motor oil. Thanks for the suggestions, think I'll avoid the synthetic this time around. It was kind of pricey, too.

HH, glad you like the pick of Otto. He's a great dog.

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Old 10-25-2012, 12:11 PM   #9427
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Question What makes the "tick, tock, tick, tick" sound?

am a 'curious fellow'...when I key my '07 Dak I've notice a four click sequence, for twenty "revolutions" or times...they're a "tick, tock, tick, tick"--a half second pause, "tick, tock, tick, tick"...20 x...just curious...what is it?
I noticed it as I keyed my bike to on position (without starting)..then keyed it off...
Am trying to figure out my failed HID headlight and noticed this.

Much appreciate all the knowledge here.

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #9428
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Top case/box

Is there a case or box available that mounts up to the standard handles on the 06 f650gs or dakar without getting an additional mount?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #9429
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Yes, Twinspark models take the OEM top box directly, just a couple pads should come with it to make it fit solid.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #9430
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Battery access on a '05 Dakar

Tried doing a search but on a 627 pg. thread search doesn't work too well.

Picking up a '05 F650GS Dakar tomorrow and riding it 800 mi. home, weather is turning cold (poor timing) and I'll want to wire up the elect. heated jacket liner power source plug before I get on the road. I read on the F650.com FAQ's that you can access the battery by just removing the center panel, but this was on an earlier bike and it wasn't a Dakar. Before I waste a lot of time when I pick up the bike is that still the case on a '05 Dakar?

The owner isn't much help, what work was done he had done at the dealer, he says the tool kit is there but doesn't know if it has the tools needed to remove the panels. Does the stock toolkit have the torx bits needed? (unfortunately you can't fly with a screwdriver anymore) I would need to stop at an autoparts store when I'm down there if it doesn't, not really a big deal.

I'll post pics when I get back....

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #9431
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If all parts are there, yes the stock tool kit will have the torx bit you need (assuming the 05 is same as my 03, which it ought to be). Easy to access the battery, under center fax tank panel

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Tried doing a search but on a 627 pg. thread search doesn't work too well.

Picking up a '05 F650GS Dakar tomorrow and riding it 800 mi. home, weather is turning cold (poor timing) and I'll want to wire up the elect. heated jacket liner power source plug before I get on the road. I read on the F650.com FAQ's that you can access the battery by just removing the center panel, but this was on an earlier bike and it wasn't a Dakar. Before I waste a lot of time when I pick up the bike is that still the case on a '05 Dakar?

The owner isn't much help, what work was done he had done at the dealer, he says the tool kit is there but doesn't know if it has the tools needed to remove the panels. Does the stock toolkit have the torx bits needed? (unfortunately you can't fly with a screwdriver anymore) I would need to stop at an autoparts store when I'm down there if it doesn't, not really a big deal.

I'll post pics when I get back....

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #9432
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Yes and yes, there should be a couple Torx tools in the kit and the battery is under the center cover of the 'gaas tank' at the front. There are several screws along each side and two in the front.
You should be able to fly with the cord to connect to the battery. I hope.
Disclaimer- I hate the TSA and this video is not PC at all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYAEy4TGI50

I just plug my vest into the cord for my battery charger, and turn the vest on and off. Bit annoying, and I'm looking at upgrading the vest/controller setup.
Ride safe- if you get cold, stop somewhere and warm up. Hypothermia is bad, and one of the first things to go is good decision-making skills.


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Old 10-26-2012, 11:10 AM   #9433
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Thanks guys. Yeah, I've ridden in cold weather before, that's why I want the heated jacket hooked up.......
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #9434
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Yes, Twinspark models take the OEM top box directly, just a couple pads should come with it to make it fit solid.
By they way, the top box for the single-spark has the same shell and looks identical, but has a differently shaped bracket (on the box, besides needing another bracket for the tail) that will not fit on the twinspark, so be sure the one you are buying matches your model. It is an extremely handy commuting accessory...
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #9435
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Thanks guys. Yeah, I've ridden in cold weather before, that's why I want the heated jacket hooked up.......
I've found hands and feet to be the hardest to keep warm on the cycle. Hippo Hands, winter weight fleece shirt (with a rain jacket over my Atlantis leather jacket), and Gerbings boot inserts keep me good for long distances down to around 20*F. I'd be interested to find out how the 'core' heating approach would compare.

BTW, does anyone have a good idea of how much of an extra electrical load a stock F650 system could take in terms of heating accessories? A mechanic at the dealer said he would be worried about using two different heated clothing articles at once...
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