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Old 08-11-2012, 05:27 PM   #601
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As for handgaurds, BMW does offer steel ones, I had them on my 800GS before going to Highway Dirt Bike guards. We were offered them by our dealer at time of purchase for the G650.

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I had BMW guards on my 2009 G650X and every time I fell, one twisted out of position. Bah. On my giant crash, one allowed the clutch perch to snap off.

I haven't crashed with my Barkbusters, but the bike fell onto the dirt a couple of weeks ago and the right side one didn't twist at all. (I had parked to help a fallen rider and I think a passing vehicle tapped my bike. I looked back and it was taking a dirt nap.) That was encouraging.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:25 PM   #602
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Thanks for all the tips on chain lubing! I bet this new set will make it a lot farther than the first.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:36 AM   #603
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Air box mod?

I have a 2011 G650GS (That I love). I have been looking around for a good walk through guide on the air box mod with picts and can't find one. Can any one point me in a direction? Thanks

With a top rack it carries a case of beer well!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 12:43 AM   #604
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leaking crankseal on 2010 g650gs

i am wondering if anyone has had issue with crankseal leaks..... bike is 2010 model only 11000ks and is it a big fix?

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #605
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i am wondering if anyone has had issue with crankseal leaks..... bike is 2010 model only 11000ks and is it a big fix?

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Are you talking about leaks around the engine case or crankshaft ends?

Several model years of the G650X (same basic engine) had improperly torqued engine case bolts. They'd leak coolant from the water pump housing or oil from the main seams. I had both types, one on each bike I had/have.

Apparently this is an endemic problem regardless of where a G650 engine is assembled. Factory-trained mechanics anticipate that they'll need to tighten up the engine cases.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:50 AM   #606
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More fun on the little GS that could....


I recently did the 12K service, minus the valve check, and it turned out to be not so bad only taking a couple of hours.






Change the oil by draining it here:




and here:









Then the filter here:









Changed the sparkies, was kind of a bitch to get to and you need a 18mm deep socket, I didn't want to take more pieces off and made it work after removing the airbox and battery.

































New air filter






Took the brake lever off to straighten it out with a big hammer









Then did the rest of the torque checks and overall inspections. We need new rear brake pads soon, along with a rear tire we already knew about, the rest was all good.










With fresh plugs and air filter the bike runs noticeably better now, ready for the next little adventure!










And more fun, good thing the HDB guards are Nancy-Proof.










Some single track fun















We traded off back and forth, giving me some GS seat time.








Whatever you do don't hit the front brake! She recovered and made it down the hill.



















Sometimes the trail proved to be a bit much for the little GS that could. It's a steady goat and was running good, but in the end it's a pig and didn't like rutted climbing much with little traction in the rear. So much for the straight brake pedal....all in good fun.

















Whipping the shit out of the mule! Go, go, go! HeYA













It's become obvious Nancy likes getting a little further off the beaten path than what the GS is intended for, it does so well at many things, some things not so much. It's part of the compromise, probably time for a little bike for her, till then the GS will have to do.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:11 PM   #607
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Excellent post LR!

Thanks for the pics during your DIY service.....

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Old 08-20-2012, 09:07 AM   #608
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Thanks!
While not attempting to do a real DIY, I figured I'd snap a few shots to show how simple is really is to service the bike yourself.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:20 AM   #609
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Are you talking about leaks around the engine case or crankshaft ends?

Several model years of the G650X (same basic engine) had improperly torqued engine case bolts. They'd leak coolant from the water pump housing or oil from the main seams. I had both types, one on each bike I had/have.

Apparently this is an endemic problem regardless of where a G650 engine is assembled. Factory-trained mechanics anticipate that they'll need to tighten up the engine cases.


thanks geoffster for the heads up mate...will check those asap, the pig is leaking just behind the sprocket hopefully just a lip seal
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:54 PM   #610
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Took the GS Crabbing

My wife and I loaded up the GS with our crabbing gear and went on a little adventure this morning...


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Old 08-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #611
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:11 AM   #612
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Crabbing on the coast of Oregon at Winchester Bay

Crabbing on the coast of Oregon at Winchester Bay...
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:17 AM   #613
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Lost Rider...Thanks for sharing all of your photo's!

Lost Rider, Thank You for sharing so many photo's! The photo's of the mechanical service where fantastic and the scenery in many of your photo's is spectacular.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:54 AM   #614
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Would any G650GS riders in the SoCal area be willing to let Bazzaz borrow your bike for a week so we can develop a fuel control system for it? You get a free one, and a custom tune out of the deal.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:18 AM   #615
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Thanks Duke! Love your use of the GS too.... looks delicious!




Bazzaz, Nancy said she'd be interested for the sake of science. What kind of difference are you hoping to achieve with your product, and will it void any warranty or be reversible?

We are near Ojai and could take a ride out.






Today is a glorious day in the life of the little GS that could..... NEW Shoes!



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