2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. ScopeBite

    ScopeBite Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    12
    Location:
    Bako CA
    I wouldnt be so sure the 2012's are all gone. I have seen a couple lingering at some shops in Los Angeles area. You may be able to get a dealer transfer. That is if you want one now.
  2. scottomcgotto

    scottomcgotto Adventurer

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Sunny Coast, QLD.
    Well just got back from my first real trip on the Rocinante (I name my bikes :rofl) and I couldn't be happier. I travelled from my home in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales up to my parents place about an hour north of Brisbane. I broke the ride up over 2 days, stopping to camp in the Warrumbungle National Park (where it got up to 42c during the day!)
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    it was about 480km on day one, 780km on day two.
    The trip back I took the scenic route down the coast, then snuck inland to ride Putty Rd up into the mountains to avoid Sydney (and holiday) traffic. I did the ride back in one day, 15 hours and about 1200km. I was a little stiff and sore, but the bike loved being able to stretch it's legs. He has just on 4500km on the clock now.
    [FONT=&quot]While I was up there I managed to get a ride in with my old man and my Lady Friend (ex wife, but we are still close).[/FONT]

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  3. RogerWilco

    RogerWilco Been here awhile

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    375
    There is a 2012 on the floor of the Tulsa, Oklahoma BMW dealership, as of last Saturday.
  4. africa twin

    africa twin Been here awhile

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    184
    What a perfect name for this bike. Sounds like you had a great trip.
  5. Bronson1

    Bronson1 Adventurer

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    Dec 7, 2012
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    85
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    Greenback Tn. near the tail of the Dragon
    I just installed a new Shorai lithium iron battery.Great way to save almost 5 lbs. of up high weight and get away from spilled acid and go maintenance free at the same time. I used the bigger of the two sizes which fit the Sertao. The LFX 14L5-BS12 is the same size as the stock BMW battery but is 4.75 lbs. lighter. It has 14Ah vr. 12Ah for the stock and has 210cca. The stock BMW battery has 12.77 volts at rest while the Shorai has 13.6. Even at 90% discharged the Shorai still has more volts for the injector pump than the standard battery. I've been told the pump must have at least 11.9 volts to fire the pump which is why the voltage is so important. The new Shorai cost $159.95
  6. nomad5326

    nomad5326 Xventurous

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    San Diego, Ca
    Check out F650.com on the handlebar replacements and issues w/grips/etc. Same bike, different name. Some of us Dakar owners have moved to Pro Taper's or Renthals w/a seperate crossbar. Fatter, stronger and well, prettier! :D
  7. grizzlyj

    grizzlyj Adventurer

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    SE UK
    13.6V? How does it do that?!? Does the charging input even get that high? Confused! :eek1:ear

    I'd be interested to hear how well that does when it gets cold :)
  8. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Calgary
    You do not see many Henry Shire Scarp 2 tents.....I have one , it is fantastic
  9. Skelt

    Skelt Been here awhile

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    Desertbilly if you take a short drive. Ironhorse in Tucson has two 2013 Sertaos on the floor, if you don't want to wait till February. Tell Jim that Don sent you.
  10. VitSports6

    VitSports6 Been here awhile

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    Taylorsville
    I decided to go to the local gun show to see how outrageous the prices had gotten, The family were suppose to join me, but go to the home show next door instead, But canceled last min. so I thought it might be fun to take the Sertao, Since it had been over a month or so since I had driven it, Here in Salt Lake City, the morning temps have been in the single digits, However the Sertao fired right up, I bundled up tight with everything I had to keep the wind off me, With the heated grips on high I headed out and had zero issues with the motorcycle, my only issues were my chin, fingertips and my toes, Oh and the gun show was a zoo, Prices were crazy, lucky for me I only went to look and chat, I had quite a few people comment on my choice of transportation :norton but it was fun to be out riding, I have never been out on a motorcycle in early Jan.
    Still very pleased with my purchase. :clap
  11. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Calgary, Alberta
    I know the old F650GS had water pump issues, was recommended to keep a spare handle when doing a long trip.

    Does anyone know if this is a similar issue with the new G650GS, I would assume so since they are essentially the same engine, but I would also expect BMW to have addressed this known issue prior to the G650 being released.

    Also, I have not heard of any G650GS having the water pump expire - does anyone know?

    On an unrelated note, went down the the bike show and they had the Husky 650 beside the Sertao, nice bike, same engine, and would be a good alternative to the Sertao for those looking to do more intense off-roading.
  12. Adventure MotoX

    Adventure MotoX Been here awhile

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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates / Used to be Ottawa
    The Husky is a nice bike... same engine except it is re-tuned and delivers about 58 hp... so more than the G650GS/Sertao
    I have a hunch BMW will be pushing the Husqvarna and eventually leave the less "off road" more technology bikes to the BMW badge. ... but that's just a hunch... ??

    Can't see them selling both side by side with the same offerings for many more years....




  13. migo33

    migo33 n00b

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    Sydney Australia
    Hi Fellow Sertao's...

    I can't get used to the heat coming from the fan to my right thigh especially on hot days. It's really a bad position for a fan. Does anyone have a solution to divert this heat stream?

    Cheers
    Micha
  14. SwollenCranium

    SwollenCranium Been here awhile

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    Mar 20, 2011
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    105
    Location:
    NC

    Weren't you enjoying that 112 degrees F today? :D
  15. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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    Hobart
    ride faster :wink:
  16. scottomcgotto

    scottomcgotto Adventurer

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    Oct 23, 2012
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Sunny Coast, QLD.
    There have been times when I've been hanging for the fan to kick in and send some warming goodness my way but it only ever happens when it's stupidly hot. Definiely not designed with Australian summers in mind. I'll be interested in seeing people's solution to this.
  17. Ozi

    Ozi Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Oddometer:
    101
    Location:
    Near the Beach, Queensland, AU
    Best solution to heat from the fan is to learn and practice riding in the standing-up position of Adventure riding. Its 100% legal to stand and ride a bike in AU - I have done it infront of a NSW patrol car. The immediate effect is you get cool even in the hottest conditions - learn to transfer your weight to the pegs and keep your body back during descents/braking or forward during climb/acceleration.
  18. migo33

    migo33 n00b

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Oddometer:
    9
    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    Even in cold weather it's a pain to ride in the city or suburbs. Weird design.
  19. slider162

    slider162 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Oddometer:
    161
    Location:
    Mukwonago, WI
    I tried putting some sticky back heat shield under the fake gas tank and to the front of the seat. It was difficult to apply to the seat because of the grooves, but I put it where I could.

    http://tinyurl.com/b24fsj4

    I think it helped. But was still very warm during our hot summer up here. I might have tried putting a second layer before next summer if I still had the bike.
  20. Northern Hooligan

    Northern Hooligan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Oddometer:
    152
    Location:
    Edmonton, AB Canada
    New to the forum but have been lurking for a while. I am looking at the Sertao for myself as a second bike with my VFR as the long distance tour/street bike. My wife surprised me in saying she wanted to get her MC lic in late Oct of 2012, she passed and we lucked out and found her a 2004 F650GS which I rode for about a week to and from work.
    I was suprised with the power it had and it was a blast to drive. I found the shifting easy but as quoted nuetral was a bit of find and seating seemed to be ok for short distance, long distance not tested yet. I cant wait for the snow to go, hopefully before May so I can then take the bike ( loaded with gear/tent ) for a trip into British Columbia / Vancouver Island and see how it performes and then go from there.