2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. SouthAfricanRider

    SouthAfricanRider Adventurer

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    Looks great on your bike! i am convinced that the nuts that were supplied to me are too long. atleast for the upper spot where the spacer goes. you wouldnt happen to have the instruction sheet with you to see what sizes were supplied to you? im thinking that maybe in South Africa we've still got old stock that isnt compatible with the Sertao...

    In my booklet it says the following:

    4 = 8mm x 25mm hex head
    2 = 8mm x 40mm socket head (these are the ones that are just TOO LONG)
    2 = 8mm washers (large)
    6 = 8mm washers small
    2 = 3/4 x 3/4 spacers
    2 = 8mm lock nuts

    Thanks for your help!
  2. SouthAfricanRider

    SouthAfricanRider Adventurer

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    Or tell me im wrong... i found the nut only screwed in about 5mm and i didnt want to force it (although i did get out my drill at one stage and even that couldnt get the nut any further in) there was about 10mm gap at the top that the rack sat in.
  3. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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    I will look tonight when i get home if i still have the installation instructions.

    From memory the upper spot where the spacer goes fitted without any gap or issues... the fiddly part for me was the bolt at the rear.

    I loosely put top and bottom bolts in and really had to use some strength to align the rear bolts... once I got all the bolts in it was fine and i could fairly easily tighten everything.


  4. SouthAfricanRider

    SouthAfricanRider Adventurer

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    Thanks, much appreciated!
  5. EMFC

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  6. grizzlyj

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    I picked up my bike last night wooohoooo!! :clap:clap

    And I'm sorry, in my 1st post I repeated what the salesman told me, that it had been recalled. Yesterday speaking to the service guy it seemed the hot start thing showed itself during the PDI so they changed the decompression lever before I'd even touched it :) No recall.

    It was just about freezing by the time I got home, and I have to say bigger handguards may have to go on! Reaching for the heated grip switch to go from high to low in the dark is not a good piece of design either! But I'm surprised the headlight isn't too bad for the lowish speeds I was doing, that switch is nice :D And I don't have to slide over hardly at all to put a toe down, comfy enough seat for the 90 minutes I was on it, generally nice nice nice :rofl
  7. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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    They sit fine empty and hold their shape due to a firmer insert, though I never ride with them empty. The bags are so easy to take off.

    Top Quality bags! I also really like the Wolfman frame, sturdy and small compared to other hard luggage frames. The wolfman frame also gives you the option to put a Rotapax fuel pack on and still carry the bags...

    Just get them you will not be disappointed.

    Cheers,
    Cornelius
    Tasmania, Australia.
  8. scottomcgotto

    scottomcgotto Adventurer

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    Hi Cornelius, can I ask which Australian retailer you got the racks from? Thanks.
  9. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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    On my instructions it is exactly the same.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152314145110534&set=a.10152154648645534.927414.725090533


  10. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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  11. joughton

    joughton jdog

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  12. grizzlyj

    grizzlyj Adventurer

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    I still am undecided which panniers to go for. :snore

    Would anyone with frames measure inside of pannier to inside of pannier please?

    Then I can guesstimate what the overall width will be with different boxes bolted on :)

    I had hoped I could put a lid in the beemer vario ones, but no way, and the ones I looked at didn't really want to fully close up. 850mm max externally though at the closed up setting. They seem to be the only way of easily making use of the space under the exhaust for storage, so will be a biggest volume for the minimum width if you get my drift :huh

    Ta for any help :)
  13. SouthAfricanRider

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  14. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    I can tell you from real world experience that the racks hold up great in falls. I've put my bike through the paces and it's seen about 4-5 bad falls on rocks on its side with nothing more than some paint missing from the racks. I really like having the racks on the back. They work like extra crash bars. I'd hate to see what the back of the bike would look like if I hadn't had them.

    This was one of the nastier spills, and I think I laid it down 2 or 3 more times on this climb before I got to the top. [​IMG]
  15. Mr. GREEN

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    Hello somebody could say to me how much weigh supports racks wolfman?
    Until now I had touratech support racks, but those this are very heavy.
    Excuse I for bad English.
    Thank you!

    ps : nice photo !
  16. Davnic

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    Decided to pull over after 20 minutes of riding this morning to put my sunglasses on and when I tried to start the bike nothing. Turning over but not firing how long should I wait before trying again?
    Never had this problem before, in the middle of nowhere phones near flat so don't want to do much searching for the answer.
    Thanks,
  17. bobdigi

    bobdigi ADV braggart

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    I just had the exact same issue, motor would spin but not fire. I waited about 45 minutes in about 60F degree weather and after the motor cooled it fired right up. It's certainly temperature related because it wouldn't fire on a full battery but after waiting fired right up on an almost dead battery. It was so low from cranking for a few seconds every few minutes the tach and time were fading out when it cranked.
  18. SwollenCranium

    SwollenCranium Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately there seems to be no clear answer on this.

    Some folks tried and started immediately. Others tried and tried until the battery died. Others waited 30+ minutes and then started.

    I'm one of the battery went dead well before it started. I suggest you call someone and let them know where you are just in case your phone and your bike decide to quit.

    Good luck.

    On a side note, you could always call BMW roadside for a tow. ( I think in AU too?)
  19. slider162

    slider162 Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the club. The ONLY thing you can do is get a jump. Waiting doesn't do anything but drain your battery. It will fire right up with a jump from someone.
  20. Davnic

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    Hahaha it's a club I hoped I would never join. Thanks for all of your quick responses guys I was half way through dialing BMW assist when I decided to give it another go and it's now happily idling away beside me. Strange thing is I've stopped and started many many times like this and it's never been an issue. I always thought I was lucky I had a bike without the hot start problems. I guess later today I'll call BMW and see what they say.
    Thanks again for being so quick to respond.