2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. VitSports6

    VitSports6 Been here awhile

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    They don't work magnetically, there is no metal to stick to, you need to strap them down.
  2. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    Well.. that's good to know! Totally though the faux tank was metal. Thanks.
  3. JackB8

    JackB8 Adventure Seeker

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    I've been reading the posts on this forum for a while, so about time i registered and contributed. For what its worth.
    Ive picked up a lot of useful stuff.
    I took delivery of my Sertao last November, and so far put about 2000k on it.
    I took a long time deciding what my next bike should be, and this is the one i went for, for these reasons.
    I live on Salisbury Plain, UK so hundreds of square miles of off road tank tracks to explore. The bike needed to be able to have that capability, but also needed to be able to handle some long distance touring. Ive had an R1150GS before, and way too much bike for what i needed, plus next to no off road ability.
    Cost and maintenance was also a factor, and the Sertao fits in nicely.
    I've been off road, and it handles well enough. Ive also come off in the mud, and was able to get it upright without a problem.
    My biggest concern was how it would fare on the tarmac over a long distance. i just came back from an 800 mile round trip, and i gotta say it was brilliant.
    I cruised back the last 200 m at 80/90 mph and it still felt comfortable. At that speed on the Sertao, you know you're riding, but thats what its all about. If i wanted comfort and luxury, id just do the trip in a car.
    Really pleased with it, but need to get Fairing Crash Bars, Kick stand plate (Touratech). Fork and headlamp Protectors (Touratech), and most important a sheepskin seat cover/pad, which i've just ordered. Got a numb ass after about 150 mile.
    The only negative was when i first got it, it suffered with the hot start problem. I got BMW to come and pick it up, and problem solved. They explained that the engines came from one of two places. The ones that came from China (Loncin,) had been fitted with a wrong part, so it wasn't able to decompress after being turned off. Whatever it was, its not been a problem since.
    All in all, i love the bike. If i get to the point where a bike is my everyday transport and money is no object then maybe i'll upgrade to an F800 GS or KTM 990 Adventure. If i plan on doing a RTW trip, then it will be the KTM or a R1200GS. For now though under these circumstances, this bike does everything i'll need to ask of it.
    Keep on riding.
  4. Wisconsinkris

    Wisconsinkris Been here awhile

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    I've heard of people strategically glueing steel washers under the shell.
  5. VitSports6

    VitSports6 Been here awhile

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    Welcome and Congrats on the purchase!
  6. VitSports6

    VitSports6 Been here awhile

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    I used velcro and strapped mine down, It has magnets as well.
  7. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Just a friendly tip - the one thing I'd add to my next big trip is a chain guide.
    You can bet your ass you'll be in the middle of nowhere when your drive trains decides to pack it up. It'll look worn, but alright for a while and the suddenly just fail and start throwing the chain. Hence the chain guide. I promise you'll be very surprised and confused when cruising along at 100km/h the revs suddenly go off while your speed starts dropping off. And then curse you didn't replace it at the last opportunity.

    This is 18.000km worth of RTW travel. Had to tighten it all the up so I only had 5mm slack. More than that and it threw the chain. Had to replace all wheel bearings aswell when I finally got to a town. This was in Australia, fairly close to civilization, glad it wasn't middle of Africa.

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  8. pasomonte

    pasomonte Adventurer

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    Hi Nylon, after fumbling with and reinstalling the tailight 3 times I just bought a generic boat trailer light assembly (license plate side) from NAPA I cut some 1" alu bar stock and drilled the frame mounting and light mounting holes. The cross bar goes between the two rear luggage mounting bolts. It is brighter, larger and cheaper. It is also pretty sano as not one person has noticed the switchout. When I sell the bike I'll put back the original junk which failed because of the needlessly massive steel license plate assembly hanging from it.
    I am currenty in Belém, Pará, Brasil. I'm going around the Americas (clockwise)and just floated down the Amazon after Venezuela etc. I'm held up here at the mouth of the Amazon for a week for fork seals, bushings and another fan assembly. My second fan crapped out in the boonies of the Sertão at 107 degrees 300 klics south of here. The military police heard about my predicament and came out with a pick-up and cheerfully hauled me back to town with bike. MUITO OBRIGADO POLIZIA MILITAR do SANTA LUZIA do Para!
    I am anxious to resume my southeastward track to the beaches next week. Me needs some surf, cervejas e garotas. Not nessacarily in that order.

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  9. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Thanks Paso...

    Nothing to do with Sertao's, but my girl is doing her MSF this weekend. If she likes it, i'll buy her a bike and we'll ride together, if she doesn't i can carry on riding alone.

    Not sure which I'm hoping for... :evil
  10. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    :lol3:lol3


    Cool
    I have the same racks so I'll figure something out I'm sure. I am friend of the zip-tie:D
    I saved the mega tube to my fav's and will wait to see if my cruz kit fits in the twisted throttle tube first.
  11. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Wolfman Explorer Lite:evil
    Purr-fect fit
  12. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    I didn't even think about that being the culprit but it certainly is. I might try cutting a piece of plastic/rubber to the shape of my license plate and using that to mount it. Otherwise I'm sure it's bound to break again. And again. And...
  13. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    nice
  14. VitSports6

    VitSports6 Been here awhile

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    Just about ready to roll!
    I picked up a zero deg. sleeping bag and 1.5" bedroll that take up 2/3 of one side case, so I'm pleased with that.
    I just need to figure out food, I will also be packing 2 gal. of water.

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    I have 2 rotopac's for fuel too, I drove it around today to see how it handled, That was before fuel, But It went well.
    I mounted my GoPro on the LHS fork, It did a fairly good job there.

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    I may be able to lower it a little more, but I didnt want it to hit if I bottomed out the forks.
    Cant wait!
  15. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    For those that have the taller seat:

    Is it worth it for ass comfort? I just did 200 miles today and I would assume that my butt feels the same way a pornstars would after their first gangbang. It all hurts.

    I don't have the leg cramp issue at all though (6', 32" inseam).
  16. pasomonte

    pasomonte Adventurer

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    Well, it is the cheapest replacement seat and it is Much softer. AN Airhawk would probably have a slightly better cost/benefit since your legs aren't feeling all knotted up.

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  17. trrt

    trrt Been here awhile

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    Tall one didn't work for me but many seem to like it. For me it was too squishy and at an uncomfortable angle. I had Rick Mayer rebuild it to be flatter, wider and a bit taller still. I must post a pic soon.

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  18. Lost.In.Hokkaido

    Lost.In.Hokkaido n00b

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    For what it's worth....I love the taller seat. I'm 6'2" w/ 34" inseam and the taller seat totally changed my riding position...now very comfortable. Will get some lower pegs in time too.
  19. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Manual states that the bike should idle, let fan come on, idle 3 more minutes, then check with bike vertical (well I am assuming the vertical part, it doesn't really spell it out). How about just checking it immediately after a ride (assuming engine reached operating temp) while sitting on the bike to keep it vertical? Sorry, this whole dry sump thing is throwing me off a bit.
  20. GilFavor

    GilFavor n00b

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    Hi Jack - I'm just down the road from you on the Isle of Wight. Very interested in your experience as I tried out a Sertao at Vines on Friday. I'm part exing an R1150GS so your thoughts were very apposite. Apart from a couple of journeys to London a month for work, I use my bike for a few trips to Europe each year - did the Arctic Circle last year - what a ride! My Euro trips tend to consist of long blasts on highways to get to some off-road stuff. Not rough - mostly gravel fire tracks kind of riding. I was incredibly impressed with the handling of the Sertao on the highway. Took it up to 100 to see how stable it was (not a speed I would normally do but I needed to see how capable it was on the black stuff) and I could not believe how rooted it was. No shake, just as solid as the 1150. And that on a windy day. Torn between the Sertao and a new Wee Strom. Had about 4 Wees before and they are utterly dependable and capable and I do like 'em but just ever so slightly er, boring? I love the looks of the Sertao. My heart says go Sertao and my head says Wee Strom. (Getting rid of the 1150 because it's got just too heavy and I'm getting old..) Anybody got high miles on their Sertao yet? Anybody whose got a Sertao also had a Wee Strom? Cheers.