2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Thank you guys,
    I'll sell a few things for sure. I think I'll leave the low front fender, fork guards, battery and pipe on though. I don't think I can get the mid-pipe off:eek1
    I did pick up a Honda XR650 for commuting because I just can't carry on with out a bike. But anymore than that is out for a while now:cry:cry
  2. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    hey,

    Im no longer on a G650GS either... but for different reasons. I went to an F800GS.

    A few weeks ago I was able to get $8,000 for the bike plus some accesories/farkles went for $2,000 ( In Canada )
    I still took a loss however which was expected... I have about 13500 into the bike which was only 1 year old.

    Best..
  3. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Putting the cart before the horse, as I often do.

    I'm only up to page 146 so I might have missed it. Admittedly, I got a little foggy a few times.

    But, is anyone using the Wolfman RotoPax plate on the Wolfman rack system. I am going with this setup if I go. I think it offers a very versatile set-up. Allowing for different size bags, fuel, water, or just a great place to tie off firewood when needed.
    Link; http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=103

    And the addition of two extra gallons of fuel secured nicely behind the Rocky Mountain or Expedition bags seems a great way to have 5.7 gallons of fuel onboard. Given the bikes mileage stats that would provide a very impressive unsupported range. And only a slight chance of ending up in a firey demise.

    I never cared for the mega Touratech tanks, as they are all or nothing. I don't need 17 gallons of gas to go get beer. But on the other hand having pushed a Quota over a half mile into a Montana town to get gas. I get it for long trips.

    I ran out of gas twice on that trip. The Quota has a small tank to begin with. Once because a station that was supposed to be open wasn't. Thanks to the guy and his wife from Montana who stopped on their GS and allowed me to steal some gas. And once, I underestimated the effects of a constant headwind. I pushed that time, luckily it was flat. Both times it was because I was stupid really.

    With this set-up, you have gas when you need it, no extra weight or bulk when you don't. Heck you could even haul heavy into camp, drop your extra gas, and travel light, fueling up upon return.
  4. SwollenCranium

    SwollenCranium Been here awhile

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    Get the issue sorted?
  5. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Yeah,
    I'm a dumb ass. Let it warm up too much. Talked with Tony at Max. He said no harm done at all.
  6. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I have the bike listed over in the flea market. Is $8,300 asking too much for everything minus my wolfman sidebags?
    It is negotiable.
  7. DomEOD

    DomEOD 'murica

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    My 1 month review!

    I've had the bike since April 19th. This is my first street legal bike, and my 2nd bike ever.

    I can write a couple paragraphs about but I don't see the point. It's just to easy to sum this bike up in just a few words. It's fricken awesome! I'll still write a couple though..

    I commute with it daily. Only about 20 miles a day, and max of 40mph speed limits. As of tonight I have 2800 miles on the odometer. Best thing about that number is, I'm averaging about 72mpg. Best tank of 77mpg, and worst of 49mpg (85mph+ for a 300 mile round trip).

    I've ran down a few fire roads but I'm just not comfortable with the stock tires.. hopefully they wear out soon, but they're holding up real well :( But I can't complain about them on the road.. I can confidently corner pretty well on them.

    The only mods I've done is a lithium battery and pivot-pegs. Both were definitely worth the cash!

    Complaints? The stock seat effing hurts after about 250 miles.. and I mean it hurts!

    My left hand guard keeps coming loose.. why? No idea.


    At the end of the day, I absolutely love the bike. It's the most fun I've ever had on anything with wheels. I can assure I will own this bike till the frame rots in half, and then some.

    If you're shopping for one, I hope my review helps!
  8. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Sorry man.. hope things turn out for you. I would be interested in your DVD manual if your interested to let it go... PM if your interested.

    Whoever gets the bike is getting a good deal... w/ all the farkles...
  9. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Thanks,
    I'll think it over. Up all night thinking about selling the 650. Just struggling with family things. It's such a nice bike, but more than I need right now. I think this thing is made for travel and I really can't leave my area code right now.
    Ooh, I almost forgot. I have a brand new Cycle Pump with the BMW socket. I paid $100. Anyone can make an offer
    Thanks again dudes
  10. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Got around to doing the first oil change on the bike yesterday at 525 miles. A couple observations:

    The magnetic oil plug had so many metal filing I tHought the tip of the plug was longer than it actually was.

    The filter was one of the dirtiest I have seen.

    Based on the above it might be a good idea to change the oil and filter sooner, like maybe at 300. For background, I did not baby the bike during break-in, but also did not abuse it, and i did stick to the 5k rpm limit and only had a few 10 minute highway stints while a commuting a couple times.

    The whole part of the instructions about unbolting the upper oil tank is unnecessary. The tank will drain just fine on the side stand once you pull the upper drain plug, and you can take the bike off the side stand and tip it further if you want.

    The oil filter change has a couple extra steps of removing other parts out of the way and is nestled further back in there than any other bike I have had. Getting the official BMW drain guide thing might be worth it, as it got quite messy.

    The bike really does take the full 2.3L of oil. I put a little more than 1.7 L in, idled the bike for 30 seconds like the manual said and put the remaining 0.6 in. Still needed a touch more after doing an official oil check.

    Next time it will go a lot quicker, but I have to say a strike against this bike is the oil change process. Fortunately it will probably only need to be done 1-2 times per year at this rate.
  11. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Metal on the magnet is not uncommon in any new engine. The magnet is doing it's job of removing filings. Lots of new parts wearing in. If you are concerned, do it again in half the recommended interval.

    Differenet engine configurations produce specific results. I had a GM 305 that built sludge like nobody's business. Some build carbon, some make oil dirty. I have no specific info on the Sertao engine. But I have owned a few Rotax engines and they have been bullet proof. Also having been a P.S.S.R. for Caterpillar, I have seen a few engine internals, and astonishing amounts of ferrous meterials on magnets. On that side, I have cut filters open with so much brass in them they looked like Christmas tree ornaments with no ill effects.

    Oil is cheap, relatively speaking, and it sounds like the filter and drain plug are doing their intended job. Make a good mental note of the amount and it should be less next time, depending on the interval.
  12. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    I think I will do a second change somewhere in the 2000-3000 mile range for a second flush. I have used shell Rotella t 15w40 in most of my bikes and its so cheap there is no reason to try to extend intervals.
  13. pasomonte

    pasomonte Adventurer

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    I am using wolfman expedition bags and their roto pax setup on my Sertão. It installs easily and hasn't loosened in any way. I have one water and one fuel container. So far in my round the Americas trip I have only filled it once and then never needed it. I also have 2 liters in Wolfman holsters which I have used several times. I think I will probably need the capacity in Bolivia or maybe Patsgonia later on. Because of the width I can seldom split lanes in traffic. It also requires more careful balancing of the load. I've been bumped a few times by taxis that couldn't fathom the width. I've also scraped off the nylon on my fuel holsters working the twisties today[​IMG] on the Costa Verde, Brazil :)
  14. LostViking

    LostViking Long timer

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    Awesome thanks,

    It does push the width out there. But I like the modularity of it.

    Seems like a fairly sturdy set up.
  15. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Pasomonte,
    How many miles are on your bike now ?
  16. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Paging Mr. Tempered Lobster. would temper lobster please come to the service counter please .

    hey so how is the build coming ?

    lets see some progress pictures on the fork conversion :lol3


    also,
    what front fender are you using?
    does it rub on the frame? (i had to cut mine)





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    ... on a side note: These tires dont last long at all. Perelli mt60 i think they were? 110/80/18

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  17. tempered_lobster

    tempered_lobster Adventurer

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    It's coming together now. Finally got the 18" rear wheel back and mounted. Front is almost finished, just need to finish the steering stop and a simple ignition mount. ABS has gone, but still can't work out how to re-enable the speedo.......

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    The front fender is the Polisport Free Flow front fender. It clears the frame nicely, but if you use the standard radiator shrouds, they will need trimming slightly - i've gone with the touratech guards.

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    Still got a few more touratech goodies to fit (bash plate and rallye foot pegs) and then I'm pretty much done.
  18. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Nice job lobster

    Ill give the polisport a try
    I gave up on the speedo


    How is your chain tension and rear tire clearance from the swing arm?

    You are the only other person I know of who has converted their Tao
  19. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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  20. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Nearly-night time shot taken in Wyoming. Used a 60 second shutter to get that much light in - you can even see a few stars.