2011 Bmw G650gs

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Blue&Yellow, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Steez

    Steez USMC Infantry

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    Thanks for the link Cal. I'll definitely spend some time reading up on their journey!

    Lost, that sounds like a glowing review. Something about the G650gs just looks...right, I guess you could say. Great photo as well! Very inspiring!

    Normally all my dualsporting has been on 250s, but where I am in life right now I seem to be riding more and more slab, sadly...
  2. Lost Rider

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    thanks, glad to help out. Of course there's lot of variables like most things MC related, I've just witnessed a hell of a lot of pretty demanding riding on this bike and no bent wheels.

    The GS will be quite different on dirt than any 250, I recently bought a CRF250L for Nancy and it's a hell of a lot easier for her to ride when the going gets tough. But with that said the 650GS is more than capable of good dirty fun, and the 250 wouldn't be very fun for long miles on the slab.
    Think momentum instead of finesse.
    The main problem ds'ing the gs is with the under seat fuel tank, it's pretty wide and makes standing up a little awkward, especially with the tiny stock foot pegs, we have Pivotpegs on it now and that helped quite a bit. Bar risers were a must have also to get the standing position comfy, but that's subjective depending on your height.

    One thing is for sure, the GS is a great all around bike, especially on the highway to get to the trails. :deal

    Good luck.




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  3. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone replaced there handlebars yet? My bike went over and there is a bent on them on the left side. Going to try to straighten them back up or just replace them with Renthals or something similiar. I've narrow them down to Renthals:

    ROAD HIGH 28" (width) 4.7" (Heights) 4" (Rise) 4" (Sweep)
    ROAD MEDIUM 28.5" (width) 4.5" (Heights) 3" (Rise) 4" (Sweep)
    VINTAGE/DESERT 33" (width) 4.6" (Heights) 3" (Rise) 3" (Sweep)

    Haven't measured my OEM bars yet but searching results looks like these are the closes that I can find. So with that said has anyone have any pictures and reviews of these bars?

    Thanks..
  4. mramosc

    mramosc Been here awhile

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    Hello All!
    I got a G650GS some time ago as my first bike and I'm loving it!
    I have been reading this forum for a while, and really I enjoy seen how others also love their G650s.
    I wanted to buy some fairing crash bars, and for what I see in the pictures in this forum, pretty much everybody has the ones sold by Touratech,
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/...Steel-BMW-F650GS-single-G650GS-Sertao-2001-on
    but these other ones just came out and they do look good too.
    http://www.sierrabmwonline.com/prod...ao-crash-bars-alpha-listings-g609-1000-p-3132

    What do you guys think? Thanks very much.
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  5. copter105

    copter105 Adventurer

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    Hey guys I had a little bang up and damaged the front wheel and fork tubes. In the interest of saving money, you guys got any recomendations for new fork tubes and a cheaper wheel? The tire is just fine but the wheel is damaged.
    Thanks inmates!
  6. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Not sure if you do any off road, but if you do go the YZ fork route. Upgrade to Woody Wheels and you can make your own Dakar setup. My 2cents... :evil

    Fork Info: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=399113
    Woody Wheels: www.woodyswheelworks.com
  7. UnsafeHOTADVENTURE

    UnsafeHOTADVENTURE Adventurer

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    Just had a very similar thing happen to me.

    Like the above post I went with yamaha forks. For the price of stock forks you can easily find yamaha forks and wheels. It all depends on how you want to use your bike though. I found a set complete with tripple trees from an 04 yz250 on ebay and now im looking at a new rear shock to match. Probably going to go with hyperpro since they are a bit cheaper than ohlins. Anybody have anything to say about hyperpro shocks? it would be cool if somebody has some experience with both hyperpro and ohlins :)
    Has anyone done the yamaha swap with the newer G models yet? Im sort of praying that everything is the same as the DAKARs and will swap without too much trouble.
    Also since my bike is the standard G650 not the sertao will I run into any problems lifting the bike a few inches with the yamaha forks and new rear shock? Other than new brake lines what should I be looking out for?

    Thanks
    -Zach
  8. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Zach

    Go over to the Sertao thread one of the guys there swamp is doing a conversion as we speak. He's posting most of the info there w/ pics. I have a Sertao, both motos are identical. The only difference is rims and ground clearance.
  9. MarkWAau

    MarkWAau I like roast chicken

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    I currently use the BMW engine crashbars / plate and have the upper touratech bar. The touratech bar is a different diameter to the lower BMW bar + the powdercoating is a different colour (I had this recoated). The bar through Sierra looks really good as it looks about the same diameter as the BMW engine bar and the same colour. More importantly, it seems to provide a little more protection. I'd err towards this one especially if you have the standard BMW lower engine protection fitted.
  10. Lost Rider

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    Woody's very well might be able to just repair your wheel instead of replacing it for a fraction of the cost, just ask him. He has a Ask Woody thread going in Vendors.




    Our G650GS is still going strong and trouble free!



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  11. Mr. GREEN

    Mr. GREEN Adventurer

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    Nice picture Lost Rider :clap
  12. BreakNeckSpeed

    BreakNeckSpeed Adventurer

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    anyone know the color code/name for 2011 in red?
  13. Northwest Cajun

    Northwest Cajun Been here awhile

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    Touratech/BMW designs their protection so one piece isn't enough. You need the lower and upper bars to protect your bike. A good portion of TT stuff is that way. ( example: handle bar protection for the G650gs from TT needs a bar riser to clear the wind screen and longer brake cabe and if you have ABS that MUST be done at the dealer&#8230;.$$$$$)
    The ALTrider bars protect everything w/ one bar&#8230;. Simple minimalist design that covers all the points it needs to. Take a look&#8230; http://www.altrider.com/altrider-crash-bars-for-the-bmw-g-650-gs/pcid/1158-3
  14. BreakNeckSpeed

    BreakNeckSpeed Adventurer

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    Thanks for this info, I'm trying to sort out a lot of stuff on my first BMW.
  15. windowto

    windowto Been here awhile

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    I have a 2012 Sertao and I am in the process of scheduling my custom seat work with Renazco. Should be some time in July. Wondering if any of you guys with custom seats have an original laying around somewhere. I am asking because I know some just purchase another seat to avoid the down time. If yes, would you be willing to rent it out, while mine is being worked on? I know I can buy one on the flea market, but that seems silly to me.

    I am in Northern NJ (next door to NYC). PM me. Thank you
  16. beemerguy

    beemerguy n00b

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    I have an 09 G650GS that has 4500 miles on the tires and spoke wheels in excellent condition, and maybe 40 miles of gravel roads.
    I would be willing to trade for a set of G650GS mag wheel and tire assemblies (in excellent condition also), since almost all of my riding is street and or highway. We could meet and just swap out complete assemblies.
    I am at the Bonita Camp & Conference Center, which is half way between Ruidoso, NM and Capitan, NM.
    We will be in Phoenix, AZ, after October 1st, if someone in AZ, or if someone in between here and there is interested in trading and we can make arrangements to meet along the way.
    If you or someone you know wants or needs G650GS spoke wheels, I can be reached at:
    crzdude@hughes.net
    cell: 602-625-4000


  17. beemerguy

    beemerguy n00b

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    I have an 09 G650GS that has 4500 miles on the tires and spoke wheels in excellent condition, and maybe 40 miles of gravel roads.
    I would be willing to trade for a set of G650GS mag wheel and tire assemblies (in excellent condition also), since almost all of my riding is street and or highway. We could meet and just swap out complete assemblies.
    I am at the Bonita Camp & Conference Center, which is half way between Ruidoso, NM and Capitan, NM.
    We will be in Phoenix, AZ, after October 1st, if someone in AZ, or if someone in between here and there is interested in trading and we can make arrangements to meet along the way.
    If you or someone you know wants or needs G650GS spoke wheels, I can be reached at:
    crzdude@hughes.net
    cell: 602-625-4000


  18. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    Have any of you looked at the radiator fan ?. The fan and shroud from these new 2010+ models is now listed as a spare for our older GS's

    I am trying to source a non BMW fan to suit and what I need is all/any numbers and manufacturer logo's from the fan, pic's would be good
    BMW want $US240 ish for the fan and I know that equivalents go for about $US70 so there is a real scope to save $ on replacements

    Can anyone assist ?. Any info I can find out will be posted back on line to help everyone
  19. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice In Garrison.

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    Greetings,

    5'-8"
    163lbs.

    Great pictures here.
    Lost Rider has me thinking the bike is the all rounder I'm looking for.

    the posts really dropped off around spring.

    I feel good about getting the bike stock.

    The TT aluminum skid plate $180 looks great. It is not much more expensive than the German turtle shell, but looks stronger (4mm) and covers more surface area.

    I really like the look of the AltRider Crash Bars ($196.30). The website has some great pics of the bike laying down with the guards clearly doing their thing.
    The TT Engine guard looks ok ($147), but the Fairing crashbar looks like it does not even stick out far enough to get the job done.
    I know to get the better screws with the TT gear. :evil

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    I'll pass on the heated grips and get the hippo deals. This may be a mistake seeing how I want this vehicle to be a communter (will live in Southwestern VA). Winters get down into the low 30s (F) a lot.
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    One of the first things will be the Barkbusters. I doubt I'll need to improve the height of the steering wheel.
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    At the 600 mile check, will have the small red lithum battary put in.

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    I can't seem to find a muffler that is light and quite. The options (Staintune, alzrapovic, two brothers, Italy one, and LA seem to be louder than the stock).
    I'd pay up to $500 for a really light and quite muffler. HP gains or losses do not matter.
    I still need to do research on this cat converter muffler. I still have hundreds of Sertao posts to read through.
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    I'm taking the getto aproach on storage. the BMW has some adavtages. Big ol rear platform. Pungie cords/ 550 cords and using bags and ruck sacks from my days with the Marines will be SOP. I'll get something on the tank to hang down past the fairings to cover up the legs in the winter wind, and to protect her from falls. I believe in either the 2012 Sertao or G650GS thread, on post 1444, there are some great pics of aerostich tank panniers that I like.
    I'm still confused on what would be a good pannier for holding gear. I'll have to worry about that after gettig a newer muffler.
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    I like the stock seat (31.5") and stock suspension. My rider boots should have a solid hold on the ground for those off-road moments of gettig stuck or stopped.

    I have this getto fabulous idea to have a big ol tarp for multi use.

    1. bike cover
    2. Lean-to when camping
    3. Easy to put gear in and cover up and hide while in the woods.
    4. Could fold it up (and secure to seat) as a cushion and give a better commanding ride height, and strech legs more on the highway.
    5. It be nice to spread the tarp out over the tank/seat/rear while riding in the rain.
  20. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice In Garrison.

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    The irony is that the bike fits the low base lifestyle I want, but its kind of a double bladed sword.
    I think the bike can replace a car for a single, mid 30s, no family dude.

    Two things.

    1. The BMW image. Never have liked the cars and such. Plus, living/riding in some of the poorest areas of Appalachia with a BMW may not go too well.

    The best I can do is just go getto with my riding gear and gear on the bike. :eek1 This should bring the pH to an even 7. :ear
    At this rate, I'll be a lone wolf. The locals will think I'm too good for them, and the BMW club will see me as trash. :lol3

    I can negate this issue by
    1. covering up the BMW logos.
    2. When someone ask about who makes the bike, I'll just say the engine was put together in China. :rofl. Then I'll change the subject.
    No, but seriously, I'll just tell them the truth. This is the best bike for my needs. It's got everything covered. :deal

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    2. I do not have problem with the initial pricing. I think the BMW destroys the compitition with intial pricing. The consumer is getting a lot here.
    However, where the other bikes catch up is after a couple years of ownership. BTW, my home will be minutes away from a certifed dealerhip!
    Not being a mechanic, i look to pay thousands just in routine maintance in a three year period. After the warrenty is up, I'll really be pushing my luck.

    So, the bike actually does not really fit a low base frugal lifestyle. Toy tax is kind of high here.

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    That's where the Honda NC700X comes in. the bike is 85% of what I'm looking for. I really want to support this car/bike functionality thing Honda is pushing. But the bike gives up too much in the off-road department.
    with the inital cost and savings on maintance, I could get a new set of TKC tires and wheels to take off and on for the occasion.

    Or I could pruchase a 250cc bike to compliment the NC700X, and do some really fun ultralight adventure riding. But that's money out of the coin purse.

    So in the end, its a wash. I do not think 20 years from now, it will really matter what bike or bike combo I pick.

    But, I"m a telling you'all this now. It's really hard finding the right bike or even BIKES combo.
    It it was a car, I'd go Subaru Forester 2014 6sp base model, and then I'd be one and done.
    Finding the right bike is hard.:huh Unlike cars, I actually care what the bike looks like... Not that Foresters are bland cars.

    Thanks for the rambling post.