2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. Mr. GREEN

    Mr. GREEN Adventurer

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    Can be the end of the grinding for me? My motorcycle is 745 miles
    Or the cold of the winter? The temperatures are always cold

    For the dealer BMW it is normal, but my "old" F800GS consumed similar ... but with more HP !: Huh
  2. grizzlyj

    grizzlyj Adventurer

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    Hi

    Have you taken the LHS fairing off to look at all? There seems to be some air aimed at the oil tank, and maybe a tank pannier would block the exit of that?

    No idea what effect that might have depending on the air temp etc?

    :)
  3. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    I haven't. That's good to know. Maybe I can figure out a way to mount them without covering the vents, or else I'll probably skip out on them and try something else. Thanks for the reply, grizzlyj.
  4. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I have a 2007 f650gs and have 1000's and 1000's of miles with the aerostich tank panniers attached. They carry a lot of camping supplies. They in no way have affected the cooling of the bike through the side panel vents.

    They are nice in the cold for protecting my knees.
  5. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Long timer

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    Slightly higher state of tune + slightly lower gearing, perhaps? Is the tank the same size (17 l from memory)?
  6. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    what do you mean where I got my information?
    55kmi on the Dakar should be enough to know what mileage I got on average
    and my still new to me Sertao in the few tanks of gas so far did get around 50mpg, between 48 and 52 to be precise
    and I am absolutely sure my riding style did not change
    if at all in cold, wet weather I am a little more cautious onthe throttle
  7. ZBone

    ZBone Been here awhile

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    I meant exactly what I said, I was unsure where you got your information. It wasn't meant to be insulting. Don't get your knickers in a twist. I don't know how it's possible that your bike runs through that much more fuel than mine. I'm not easy on the throttle and I still run 10mpg higher than you on average.
  8. grizzlyj

    grizzlyj Adventurer

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    Would mpg varying have anything to do with where these different folks are?

    50 miles per USA gallon is not the same as 50 miles per UK, and the Sertao mpg figures I always assumed were UK ones? :ear
  9. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I am thinking of getting the Ohlins shock but it is allot of cash to throw down all at once. Will the Ohlins be of any significant improvement in ride if it's just dirt roads and paved back roads?
  10. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    your idea is right

    but CO and GA - to my knowledge - both use US liquid gallons = 3.79L
    not imperial gallons = 4.55L
  11. Dirty3

    Dirty3 Just add sauce

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    Howdy all,
    I'm making a decision soon on a new bike. Its either a late model Dakar (if i can find one) or the new Sertao.
    What seems to be the general consensus? Are owners happy with them. Any major issues? Sorry I have been reading the threads but it's gonna take me ages to read through them all.
    They get good reviews over here in Oz.
    Cheers.
  12. Mr. GREEN

    Mr. GREEN Adventurer

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    Liters by 100 km is the solution?

    OK, OK, I leave far...: Lol3
  13. grizzlyj

    grizzlyj Adventurer

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    No no no! Thats just even more complicated :)

    Miles per British gallon is what you should stick too! After all, you're all happy enough with english it would appear ;)
  14. homme de fer

    homme de fer Been here awhile

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    I found that the Sertao's fuel mileage varied with the temperature. In the summer, I averaged between 3.2 and 3.6 litres per 100kms. In the late fall, it was 3.6 to 4.1 litres per 100kms.

    Altogether, I averaged 3.7 for the year. That's pretty good in my books. I must add that I'm pretty easy on the throttle and keep my speeds to less than 120kph.
  15. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys, I brought a Kaoko throttle lock sometime ago from another ADV Sertao owner(Avner) before he moved on to a f800. I never installed it as it doesn't work w/ my current bark busters, Dakar version. I had to buy another one that is a wee bit smaller and fits w/ the my current setup.

    Hope Avner doesn't mind but I put a link to his mod page: Scroll down a few pages and you'll see it there. I can take pictures, but Like I said never installed.

    http://www.responsetech.us/fam/sertaomods.html

    I paid him $62, I'm extending it to any of you guys first at the same price. IF no takers it goes to the Flea Market.

    PM me if interested. Paypal perferred as gift.
  16. Fatty Boom

    Fatty Boom n00b

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    I have one installed on my Sertao. Works very well.
  17. Ed Zachary

    Ed Zachary Adventurer

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    Bike is lowered with KOUBA link.

    See lots of them on e-bay for cheap.

    I used the search function, but not so good!

    Thanks in advance for any help / suggestions!
  18. kdennan

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    Either one is a great choice. I've read that the Dakar isn't easy to find for cheap. And I suspect the Sertao will be the same. The issues that the Dakar had seem to be small. Mainly the water pump leaking, which BMW fixed on the Sertao. The only issue reported with the new bike is the decompression lever not functioning properly which results in the bike not starting at very inoportune times. BMW is aware of this and will warranty the simple repair. I have only owned one beemer previously (1985 R65LS) but am totally sold on their reliablity, value, dealer support, etc. I love my little Sertao. I will always buy a 650 as long as they offer one. I have made a few minor mods, mostly to protect it and to improve the fit. Definitely toss the old school stock battery in favor of a BMW gel maintenance free unit. Otherwise it's all personal preference.
    It's a very capable bike and should last for many miles with good care.
    Good luck!
  19. Dirty3

    Dirty3 Just add sauce

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    Thanks for the advice.
    I have seen a few Dakars lately but still keeping prices high here in Aus for late model 2007-2008 ($8000-9000). New Sertao $10900-12000……..plus you get 2 year warranty. Seems like the way to go.
    Neil.
  20. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Here in the states you can find Dakars anywhere from $4000- $7000 all adventured tuned. If you get lucky you can find one that has the USD forks and Ohlins rear suspension which is a pretty costly penny. But overall which ever you choose you wont be disappointed. There great bike that can do everything. I'm scheduled to do some parts of the Trans American Trail this summer. Pictures to follow, good luck on your purchase.