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Old 11-01-2012, 01:31 PM   #9466
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Wife and I are taking a trip tomorrow -- she will be riding her 2009 G650GS. Can the charging system on her bike handle a Gerbing?s jacket and gloves? The only other accessory she has is a set of LED lights.
Absolutely.

I run a Tourmaster jacket and Gerbings gloves on mine, and my voltage monitor never goes out of the "green" range. Nice and toasty.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #9467
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Ran the heated grips on high this morning on my way work. Hop on during lunch and it took about four or five different attempts before it fired up. I have that super light shorai battery. The battery itself is probably two months old. The bike is stock regarding electrics. Is it time to get a trickle charger? Was this battery not the right purchase?
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #9468
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I plan on installing a plugin for my gps or iPhone. Anything I should look into to avoid this problem or dead battery?
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #9469
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Ran the heated grips on high this morning on my way work. Hop on during lunch and it took about four or five different attempts before it fired up. I have that super light shorai battery. The battery itself is probably two months old. The bike is stock regarding electrics. Is it time to get a trickle charger? Was this battery not the right purchase?
What were you attempting? Did it have enough juice to crank four or five times?
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:49 AM   #9470
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Any idea if I should be worried that my clutch doesn't release enough to allow my rear wheel to roll? I rode it this weekend and it was fine. Washed it, and trucked home last, and it didn't want to roll out of the bed. Thought maybe I got some water where it shouldn't be and it froze, but it was still like that this afternoon after it got above freezing. Also seem to have lost the 2mm of play in my lever. It will roll in neutral.

I did just change my oil with 20w-50 and then flailed around some corn fields and woods for a hundred miles. It was very sluggish to start, despite a warm battery. I think it was 30 degrees out in the morning.

Any ideas? Maybe I should take it for a ride to warm up the oil and see if that helps.
It's typical for the clutch to drag when cold - especially with fresh oil. As long as it rolls in neutral, you're fine. I almost always start the bike in neutral - it starts much easier.
2mm? Can you even see that?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:05 AM   #9471
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Ran the heated grips on high this morning on my way work. Hop on during lunch and it took about four or five different attempts before it fired up. I have that super light shorai battery. The battery itself is probably two months old. The bike is stock regarding electrics. Is it time to get a trickle charger? Was this battery not the right purchase?

How cold was it outside? If was it was 20 or less you sometimes need a few cranks. If the battery seemed to get stronger after each attempt that would be the case. If it seemed to fade and you barely got it going then something else.

These bikes have powerful stators for their size and if the heated grips go off with the bike you shouldn't be having battery issues. If the battery was kind of weak to begin with and it was a short cold ride, then don't get a trickle charger. Get a balancing charger made for LifePO4. Plugs into the connector on the side of the battery.... Get it on their site or cheaper from mine.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #9472
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How cold was it outside? If was it was 20 or less you sometimes need a few cranks. If the battery seemed to get stronger after each attempt that would be the case. If it seemed to fade and you barely got it going then something else.

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It was about 35 out, and did get stronger with each go. My winter plan for the bike is something so I can plug in my iPhone and also a GPS I hope to get from Santa. With plans in the future to get some auxiliary lights. All I know is that I don't ever want to get stranded just because I've got phone plugged in. So I will research the necessities as time comes.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:52 PM   #9473
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On the bright side, at least you should be able to call for help!
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:29 PM   #9474
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First off, hope you are ok. That sucks! Check your pm's, I may have a few parts you are looking for.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #9475
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Oil bypass line

Just installed a oil return line reroute, for that eventual dreaded water pump replacement.

It was fairly easy to do but the line that was sent to me is kinda long so I am trying to find a way to keep it from touching the exhaust pipe. I am going to try using the heavy duty UV resistant zip ties.
Has anyone else done this reroute? How did you secure the steel braided line? I will have to see if the zip ties can stand the heat in that area. Here are some photos.




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Old 11-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #9476
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Just installed a oil return line reroute, for that eventual dreaded water pump replacement.

It was fairly easy to do but the line that was sent to me is kinda long so I am trying to find a way to keep it from touching the exhaust pipe. I am going to try using the heavy duty UV resistant zip ties.
Has anyone else done this reroute? How did you secure the steel braided line? I will have to see if the zip ties can stand the heat in that area. Here are some photos.




Is it long enough to wrap around the back side of the clutch like the stock routing of the hard line?
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:53 PM   #9477
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Yes it will, but it would be a tight fit and you would have to remove the line to take off the clutch cover which defeats the purpose of the reroute.
The reroute allows you to remove the clutch and water pump covers without draining oil or removing the oil line.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:58 AM   #9478
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I've never seen a recommendation for viscosity in the GS oil change FAQ but it refers to a generic oil FAQ with a chart: http://faq.f650.com/FAQs/OilFAQ.htm
What i recall hearing most recently is that BMW is telling shops to use 10W40 for all conditions. I went up to 15Wx for summer the year i found a local source for it...
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #9479
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Is it long enough to wrap around the back side of the clutch like the stock routing of the hard line?
a few of us just cut the metal line and put a piece of rubber line between them.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #9480
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I broke (one more time) my right indicator in a fall today.

It's not the first time, so I fixed it with some glue, no problem. But, I was minding, is there a way to protect them from touching the ground (or that they don't bend and break) ?

Of course, I could buy some flexible from Touratech, but if there is a 2 cent trick that does the same with the stock indicators, I'd prefer...
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