2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. bc_seattle

    bc_seattle Been here awhile

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    I hated the stock seat but the "Tall Dakar Seat" is, in my opinion, one of the most comfortable ever as others have pointed out. I just did a 8 day ride on it... it was butter. Worth every penny.

    I do have the standard seat if anyone wants to buy it (cheap) as a base for a custom seat.

    BC
  2. EMFC

    EMFC Adventurer

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    I need to find me that seat asap!
  3. bc_seattle

    bc_seattle Been here awhile

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    I know... the standard Sertao seat sort of tilted my pelvis in a very uncomfortable way. The "Tall Dakar" not only doesn't do that, it also uses a better padding. Also it isn't really very noticeably taller.

    bc
  4. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    Been looking at the Overland since news of their release and looking forward to reading more about your experience with them. What did you end up packing in each of the bags?
  5. qcridgerunner

    qcridgerunner Adventurer

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    Got mine yesterday. What a difference in comfort. Also, at 6 ft, my legs set in a more comfortable position. Worth the money indeed.
  6. dr.cornelius

    dr.cornelius Adventurer

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    BMW of Denver, I do have the low fender, which helps with the spray, especially keeping dirt and mud out of the radiator. I will be riding over Boreas pass tomorrow and will see how the set up works w/o the extender.
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The low fender makes a huge difference. I'm using Touratech's.
  8. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    I think I'm done spending money on Serts this year, but the lower fender and tall Dakar seat will probably be my first two investments in the spring. I'm going to swing by BMW of Denver when I pick my bike up next week. I still haven't heard back from them about whether or not BMW is going to grant my warranty claim, but at least they FINALLY filed it. Anyone have any idea why a dealer wouldn't file a warranty claim? They told me they wouldn't file it because BMW wouldn't accept the claim, but I don't understand that rationale at all.. Would it somehow hurt their reputation with BMW North America? Even if that is the case, I'm a paying customer and I find that pretty unforgivable.
  9. Ol'NumNuts

    Ol'NumNuts Getting Stupider

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    ZBone,

    You can almost hear them on the phone...

    "I know you guys are gonna reject this claim but the customer made me do it."

    WTF... If they are takin my money I expect em to be on my team and push hard... For me. Sorry, but I personally would take it out of their hands immediately and take my business elsewhere. I'm damn sure they've got a big fat book of excuses right under the front counter. :Nutless
  10. netteb16

    netteb16 hangersoutters

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    Very nice setup. Love the Kriega stuff. :D
  11. EMFC

    EMFC Adventurer

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    any clue what this is? never noticed it before but I got back from the dealer and there it was. [​IMG]
  12. jonmbakermd

    jonmbakermd Adventurer

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    :deal
  13. Paeter aeternus

    Paeter aeternus Jung

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    I also have a new BMW Sertao, Im not sure which bit you are pointing to here, the silver canister thingamy I have no idea but it could be some kind of thermonuclear device. The block knob that has the word Sachs makes a tension on the rear spring that can either lower or increase the seat height,a feature that BMW likes to tell you about. The plastic pipe may be an overflow possibly fuel, It may be in the owners manuel. I havent touched any of these and the bike runs just fine. :rayof
  14. EMFC

    EMFC Adventurer

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    The hose dude, I was talking about the hose.
  15. Moebius

    Moebius Adventurer

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    Hey man that hose does not even seem to be an original equipment :huh
    All hoses of my Sertão are black
    You should ask your dealer what they did ...
  16. mootsuno

    mootsuno Been here awhile

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    Silver canister is the shock reservoir, black knob is the shock preload
    adjustment, hose is the battery vent line. Put a sealed battery in and you can
    get rid of it.
  17. Avner

    Avner Not noob anymore

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    I was a way for a while and have not been able to catch-up with all of the posts, so forgive me if some information shared here is redundant.

    I left home in Bethesda Maryland on Thursday Sept 6 and came back on Monday the 10th spending between 8-12 hours on the saddle everyday on highway, small roads, gravel and off-road. Base camp was the Iron Horse motorcycle campground in Robbinsville, NC, where the Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting was taking place, and I rode through MD, VA, NC, SC and TN (I think I crossed a small part on GA too on one of my day rides) carrying all of my camping gear with me (see photos). Keep in mind that even though the last similar trip I took was on my old 2005 R1200GS, I was completely blown away by how well this little thumper handled the trip. First of all - comfort: I have the tall Dakar seat that is already phenomenal, and I added BeadRider on top - It keeps your butt cool and above the rain, and prevents pressure-points. With all honestly - with this setup the Sertao's seat is more comfortable than the 1200GS. However, my legs did get tired after a while, and the $15 highway pegs I added just before the trip cannot be installed in the optimal position with this setup to help much; I'll add a bar one day, but it is not urgent. I'll fix that. The second thing that bothered me was the wind. I ordered the Cee-Bailey's windshield weeks before the trip, but it came in a day after I already left... It would have made a world of a difference on those long highway stretches, and to add insult to injury I was wearing my XD helmet that made things worse. After I got back home I installed it and I really regret not having it with me sooner for the trip - it does wonders at high speeds diverting the wind just above the helmet. One other minor complaint I have is the gas tank's size, because I could have gone much longer than the bike could between stops, and although it is not a major issue - it is a bit annoying; I was carrying an extra 1 liter of fuel with me just in case.

    The pegs and the windshield are two issues that can be easily corrected, but the third and last issue is a big one - power. I was on a quest to find the perfect balance between off-road and comfortable slab riding, and I don't think any other bike comes close. I never felt the bike could not do anything I could do off road, and I'm only limited by my skills - not by the Sertao. On the highway with full panniers and camping gear it is a different story. Don't get me wrong - I am still blown away by how well it did, I just wish I could have had a few more ponies in the engine for me when I opened up the throttle at 70-80mph to pass that 18 wheeler or when I wanted to move up ahead of traffic to find a "pocket" between car clusters. Again, The bike is great all around, and it fits my needs perfectly for commuting, 1-3 day dual-sport events, and long weekend get-away trips, but it won't be my first choice for multi-day slab trips or cross-country. I feel that this model (once BMW shakes all of the bugs other inmates reported) will be as legendary as it's predecessor the Dakar, and even if I ever get a bigger bike in the future when I have the ability to go to Alaska or cross-country, I simply can't see how I could part with this little devil - I love this bike!

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  18. Avner

    Avner Not noob anymore

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    There were only one or two RTs there, but I can't recall the riders, so I guess we missed each-other. The only thing I can point out to identify myself other than my ugly face is that on Saturday evening before dinner I was serving people with Turkish Coffee on the back porch of the dining room.

    I hope to see you next year!
  19. Avner

    Avner Not noob anymore

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    As noted in my last post - the CB tall windshield came a day too late for my trip, and I could have really benefit from having it. The stock windshield is sufficient for day-rides and great for off-road, but not for long all-day highway stretches. I also ride year-long unless there's ice on the road, so it should serve me well in the winter too - yet to be tested.

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    Center-Stand: I was trying to keep the weight (and the price) down and get by without it, but chain-lube and other maintenance is a pain without it - not to mention flat repair or tire change. The center-stand also makes it easier to balance the bike when loading it up with gear. The Motech weighs about 7lbs :-( and costs $215, but is a snap to install and makes life easier.

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  20. copter105

    copter105 Adventurer

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    What size are those Touratech cases? 45L?

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