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Old 01-29-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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The G650 GS Thread

A thread devoted to the G 650 GS. Post your pictures here, ask questions about this particular model and if you have any mods you want to tell us about, put it here. Sertao owners are welcome to post here as well. If it's a G, it's for me.I got tired of looking for info on the G and not having a dedicated thread to search. Hope you participate and make this a worthwhile thread. If you posted a G related post somewhere and would like to have it put here instead, let me know. I'll see if the Mods will move it.

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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A few pictures of my G

Here's a shot of her cinched up and ready to accompany her sister, the RT, up to North Carolina for a few days in the mountains.



Another shot



Kentucky Bridge



Kentucky



OK. Now I realize that I don't have many pictures of the GS.

Well, going to be doing some mods soon and I'll post those.

1) Fairing Guard
2) New tires to replace the Anakee II's. ( Just put Kenda Big Blocks on last week, will show you how they look on this bike.
3) BarkBusters
4) Slip On's, IF I can find someone who produces a matching dummy can for the right side.
5) ??? Suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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Laugh Thanks for starting the Thread

Thanks for starting the thread... I've had mine (2009 - 1,300 mi on the clock) for only a few months and sadly haven't yet been able to take it for an adventure. I'll post up some pics later.

But, I wanted to add this link http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489014 about the stalling problems on the older F version. Ours may have an upgraded designator in its name, but apparently the same CPU and software as before. Mine has proven really prickly about how it is started, and keeping the battery fully charged... otherwise it just won't idle. I've taken to cursing German engineers (not a new habit actually - f$#$% S.A.P. software) and to calling it my cellphone on wheels (it just needs a good re-boot every now and again).

Lovely photos of your bike - I think we have twins.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:08 PM   #4
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So, just let you know what started all this....

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=700409
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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Here's a few pictures of recent mods;

1) Garmin Nuvi 550 GPS. Picked it up at a very reasonable price. I like it because it is waterproof, glove friendly and inexpensive. I don't like it because it is not bluetooth compatible with my Scala, therefore can't HEAR the directional instructions through my headset. Not a big issue on the G but is an issue on the RT on long trips.

2) Roll chart by Moose. Did a few organized rides last year where they use these turn by turn "roll"ed up pieces of paper to follow a pre determined route. I'm always forgetting to reset the odometer so I inevitably wind up making the wrong turns. But, if you like doing the organized runs (and I do as long as I am following someone ) then it's a must.



Then, here's a picture of the Kenda Big Block. The Anakee II's are awesome for the street, hard packed dirt and gravel but sucked in the sand. Given that most Florida trails have a fair amount of sand, these tires made sense.

I've read a few reviews. Most seem to suggest that they are squirly at highway speeds. I didn't find that to be true. Some suggested they are squirly in tight turns. I'd have to say that I didn't test that statement. I slowed way down in tight turns. Others say that the tread life is too short. I guess I'll have to wait and see about that.

I had them out on some pretty gnarly terrain last weekend and I must say I think they handled the environment just fine.

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Old 01-30-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Addendum

As Larry rightly pointed out in a PM to me. The problems with idling are 100% rider created and avoidable (in my experience) and my comments were intended just to point out that if you have that problem there is a very simple solution and that is following the starting procedure EXACTLY as it says in the manual and keeping the battery charged.

Also, I love my 650GS. It is exactly the right bike for me and for where I live. I still curse German Engineers though!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:41 AM   #7
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Also, I love my 650GS. It is exactly the right bike for me and for where I live. I still curse German Engineers though! [/QUOTE]

How about some pictures of her in her environment. Vietnam?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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searching for G650GS

So..., i've been looking for one of these bikes off and on for a couple years now, and now that my bank acct. is growing I'm really getting serious. Many, many people have tried to talk me into a KLR, DR or some other type of dual sport, but am dteremined to hold out for the GS. I feel like I've looked at every possible site for a reasonably priced 03 or newer GS. Sometimes I think I'd have better luck finding for Sasquatch .

I'm alsways looking for advice on where to look, anyone?
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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I added an automatic chain oiler (Pro Oiler) to my 650.
This custom bracket bolts to the OEM luggage rack. You can see the oil pump and oil lines that lead to the rear sprocket. The twin feed nozzle is mounted to the lower chain guard mount. This system will keep the chain lubricated even in rain or dusty roads, leading to much longer chain life. I use ATF for the lube.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:45 PM   #10
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So..., i've been looking for one of these bikes off and on for a couple years now, and now that my bank acct. is growing I'm really getting serious. Many, many people have tried to talk me into a KLR, DR or some other type of dual sport, but am dteremined to hold out for the GS. I feel like I've looked at every possible site for a reasonably priced 03 or newer GS. Sometimes I think I'd have better luck finding for Sasquatch .

I'm alsways looking for advice on where to look, anyone?
If you tune into the real active dirt rider forums, the KLR seems to stand out as being the bike of preference. Some consider the G650 to be somewhat of a "girls" bike because of the ergonomics and the anemic exhaust sound. I personally don't care for the looks of the either the klr or the dr but it's just my personal preference.

I would go to craigzoom.com. It's a craigslist consolidator and you can search for cragislist ads all over the country.
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:47 PM   #11
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I added an automatic chain oiler (Pro Oiler) to my 650. This system will keep the chain lubricated even in rain or dusty roads, leading to much longer chain life. I use ATF for the lube.
Isn't that the shizel ! Brilliant !
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:49 PM   #12
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Does anybody know if there is any precautions I need to take if I bleed the brakes on my ABS equipped 2009? Is there anything funky I need to worry about with the ABS system that would turn a simple bleed into a financial bloodbath?
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:43 PM   #13
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So..., i've been looking for one of these bikes off and on for a couple years now, and now that my bank acct. is growing I'm really getting serious. Many, many people have tried to talk me into a KLR, DR or some other type of dual sport, but am dteremined to hold out for the GS. I feel like I've looked at every possible site for a reasonably priced 03 or newer GS. Sometimes I think I'd have better luck finding for Sasquatch .

I'm alsways looking for advice on where to look, anyone?
Keep an eye on the Denver Craigslist. Healthy supply usually. I looked the other day and there were a few Dakars even. Fly and ride? Weather has been pretty good out here lately

No, I am not selling mine! It will probably go up in flames when I miss a corner on some cliff around here with me attached to it
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #14
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I'm trying to find out how many watts are available to power heated gear on our 2011 G650GS. I know the bike produces 400 watts but I can't determines how many are used by the bike itself, other than the heated grips pulling 20-24 watts, when they are used. I'm hoping to avoid running down the battery to a point where it won't start the bike again.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #15
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I'm trying to find out how many watts are available to power heated gear on our 2011 G650GS. I know the bike produces 400 watts but I can't determines how many are used by the bike itself, other than the heated grips pulling 20-24 watts, when they are used. I'm hoping to avoid running down the battery to a point where it won't start the bike again.
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Watts? Are you sure you don't mean amps?

Let me go to my manual and see what the specs are.
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