2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Psychout, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. cvorwald

    cvorwald n00b

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    Finally got some time to work on this!!
    I had purchased the install kit with the Fuzeblock, and it included a blue positap for tapping into switched power. However, the wire I need (white/black) looks like angel-hair pasta!! I doubt ANY Positap would work with it, but defer to your expertise. If you didn't use a Positap, how did you do the surgery?
  2. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    I don't remember what you are installing so I don't know which positaps came with your kit. However, the ones that came with mine (Givi top case LED lights) were perfect for the job. I remember being hesitant at first due to how tiny the wires are. But after tapping into a test wire (not on the bike), I had more confidence in the positap. If you have one that is compatible with the diameter of the wire, you will have no problems. It is important that it cradles the wire and holds it firm. The penetration is just a needle.
  3. CTDan

    CTDan Long timer

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    Thanks for the links and opinion.
  4. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Finally got around to putting my GPS and handlebar mounted Powerlet plug on an ignition controlled circuit. Had a bit of a brain fart, and at one point, had it all hooked up to the brake light circuit. Didn't seem the most useful to have the GPS charging only when the brakes were on, so I redid it properly.

    Followed Window's advice - thanks mate - and followed the tail light back to the control box on the right hand side, right by the fuse box. Tapped into it there, and mapped the colored wires:

    Green = brake (dont use this one)
    Brown = ground?
    2 dark blue ones = indicators (dont use these either!)
    Light blue with black stripes = tail light (use this sucker).

    Now, works like a charm, skinny wires or not.

    Thanks
    NY-Lon
  5. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Im in Panama now . Bike ran flawlessly through Mexico and central America except for the tank gasket needing to be replaced .
  6. windowto

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    Swamp, that's awesome! I've been following your progress. Is this the end of the trip? I've been watching many of your videos, it seems that for what you usually do, you need a much lighter bike. Was the Tao good for your current mission? Would be a real pig for your other adventures posted on Youtube.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the trip!
  7. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    Haven't looked for it myself, but I understand from someone who did, that is is somewhere under where the shifter shaft comes out of the engine block.
  8. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Window , this bike is perfect for this mission. A smaller bike would have been torture. For now this is the end of the journey. Im placing the bike in a storage facility tomorrow until I can find the time to continue. If anyone is interested in the logistical side of this ride feel free to contact me. Im trying to be back in Alabama by the 26th. Im worn out mentally from this one, but I can help. Ill be doing a detailed ride report on my site.

    Again thanks for your help. I really do appreciate it.
  9. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Swamp - link to some vids??? Want to see
  10. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Thanks, found it stamped just under shifter! Mine is 6431**** which is later than the ones with issues which may explain 13,000 problem free kms on my 2012
  11. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    Is the stock seat waterproof??
  12. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Swamp, your a badass! Been following you as well, really looking forward for a ride report. Anything you need to help along your travel don't hesistate to ask we familia... :1drink

    Soon, not sure of departure. But I'll be doing a NYC to Chile.. Al fin...
  13. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Alskee - when are you doing your big ride???
  14. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Nylon.. Since I need time, which is hard to come by w/ work and family. I want to give myself at least 2 months or more for the trip. It's a work in progress, but I am doing the TAT this year. I'm looking at it as a stepping stone to what I need for the real big trip... Seeya this weekend... stoked..
  15. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    I haven't uploaded any from this ride yet. But ive got maybe an hour of footage which includes border crossings face to face jibbering that ill start uploading when i get home net connection bad here only have phone ill post link here when done alskee thanks be sure I may take you up on offer when time comes to return for chapter two probably in February. Yes seat is water proof .. ;)
  16. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Where's the spark plug? There's a thing that looks like a spark on the right hand side above the engine - covered in black rubber with a lead coming out of it, but I bet thats a sensor. Also, for some reason I thought the bike had 2 sparks!

    thanks

    PS. Swamp - i did click your link and watched some old vids.
  17. windowto

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    Kdennan,

    Now that you had a while with you mods, does the low front fender keep water/mud away from your boots? Seems that it is cut pretty high in the back of the wheel, so I am wondering.

    Also, I know your progressive springs reduce the nose dive during braking, but how is the ride on the road, or light off road? Is it much stiffer? I am talking about comfort here, was much of it sacrificed for the sporty handling?

    Thank you
  18. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    you have to remove the air box to get to it, if i remember right. maybe just the "snorkel" thingy. look up in there with a flash light. you will see where it is.
  19. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    You guys are going to kill me. I haven't been riding at all since my 100 mile breakfast ride:( I manage an estate and that is slow right now but I took on a little side job running a cool little bicycle shop nearby, so I have been busy building bikes and getting the spring orders in. I haven't even been pedalling:cry
    I did feel on that ride however, that the ride didn't feel any stiffer other than the resistance to diving. Progressive springs are supposed to feel like stock initially and that is about what I have experienced so far.
    I had the fender on since last year. I only rode it a few times without it at first and it does help a little in keeping some of the shit off the boots. Better but not completely. I'll take it. The big(er) difference for me is the reduced amount of spray that comes up in front that used to really plaster the headlight. Much better now. And since I don't bushwhack I don't have radiator guards so the fender keeps stones from spitting up into the front of the bike.

    But if I don't ride this poor bike this summer I think I might sell it. I hate keeping things like this that I don't use. It's not fair to the bike. Between my young family, riding my bicycles and working (a little:) I don't see how I'm going to get any time on it. And I just spent all that money:huh
  20. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I'd keep it and putter about on it when the opportunities present themselves. It's far better to have a bike when you can't use it than to not have a bike when you can. IMO and all, but I've been flying public transport here in Tokyo for the last couple of decades. Not having a bike blows.

    Keep her.