2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Owners

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

  1. Valimagdon

    Valimagdon Scooter Boy

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    You want a low aftermarket seat. The BMW high seat has the "cup". See my pictures from just a few posts ago. I like my SeatConcepts seat for it's comfort and flatness, but there's other brands that will do the same thing too. (Just not BMW)
  2. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure about a lower seat. I think that might feel cramped over a few hours. I wouldn't mind something 1/2-3/4" higher as long as I could get rid of that darned scoop.

    For whatever reason, a lot of makers think scooped seats are the way to go. There were very few bikes that I tried at the show that felt as though they'd be comfortable over a long day of riding. One LOOK at the F800GT and I was in love. One SIT on the F800GT and I was a single man once again.:huh
  3. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    change of topic:

    can someone please be so kind and explain the YZ-fork swap?
    did read 50 pages in this thread and got totally puzzled
    with all the approaches and people removing their ABS
    the link to some kit did not work

    I would like different forks
    because mine made that ugly klonking sound,
    the local dealer said they did not know what was wrong,
    but when they reassembed, the klonk was gone
    and I am not happy with that

    so please help me with a "fork swap for dummies"
    and
    yes, I would like to keep the ABS working
  4. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    You my friend have alot of reading to do... :deal

    Start here:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=399113

    and here:

    http://www.f650gs.crossroadz.com.au/ForkUpgrades.html

    It's doable to save the abs as I've read it has been done. But most lose the ABS if they choose to keep the YZ brakes. There is alot of information out there just read and you'll find out what you need and decide what you want to do. Good luck.
  5. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    I just spooned on the Heidenau K60 Scout's due to all of the great reviews and Max sells them. Haven't ridden them yet, but I'm pretty excited:evil
  6. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    The best and cheapest option I found are the Long Distance footpegs with expanded rear from Touratech. If you are looking for stock peg to shifter/brake pedal distance than that is the one for you.
    If you have small feet then the expanded front will work better I guess.
  7. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip; I'll keep it in mind. I have US 10 1/2 sizing (or 11, depending on the footwear), so not exactly small. Expanded rear it is!

    Cheers. :1drink
  8. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    ok. basically .. go to e-bay and buy this shit.




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    when you get it it in the mail it will be all haggard and crappy. so, send them to HOH in oklahoma. spend around 500 or so. replace bearings in the hub, replace the pads, disc yadda yadda. shit wont fit right so you will have to cut plastic. ditch the 17" rear rim , replace with an 18", throw your abs in the trash. order non abs brake line and just like that easy as pie you are finished. ... well maybe not as easy as pie. . at least you had me to be the Sertao guinea pig :lol3 trust me if you do this you will be like "holy shit this is awesome, its a completely different machine!"

    prepare to spend a lot of money and plenty of garage time.
    you should probably consider just sending your forks off to HOH and having them revalved and resprung. call and talk to them. they really know what they are doing. probably the cheapest and easiest way to get better offroad performance is to send your forks to HOH get them resprung and revalved, send your rear rim off to woody's and have an 18" rear rim laced to the stock hub.... then dont touch it.

    just my 2 cents.... but that will never be as good as a full front end swap :lol3


    you can see more pictures of the build by going here:

    enduroearth.com




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  9. kdennan

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    Hey Swamp,
    What about your engine? Any mod's for more power?
    I see the new Husky Terra has 10 more ponies in that same 650.
    Can we get them too?
    I did just slip on the Leo Vince pipe, but I am not expecting much. It does sound better.
  10. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Definitely go for the expanded rear pegs.
    In the picture on TT's site they look black. Mine came and are stainless, which I actually like better. I will have complete pics of the bike in a couple days.
  11. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    Im not doing anything to my motor. I don't want to sacrifice reliability. Im happy with the power and how it is delivered. I done see myself needing anymore power for what this bike will be used for. Maybe you could tune it with a power commander...I think its fine the way it is.
  12. ZBone

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    Did they come with any sort of rubber insert to reduce the vibration on your feet during long stretches of slab? That's going to be a must for whatever pegs I end up with. I was looking at these...
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-m...-g650gs-08-f650gs-single-04-07-f650gs-twin-08
    ...but I just noticed they noted that they do not fit the Dakar models. The mounts in the picture look similar to the Sertao's but it's hard to tell. Going to talk to someone at TwistedThrottle/SW-Motech and find out if they'll fit Serts.
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  13. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    The core of the peg looks identical to the stock pegs so I would think the rubber inserts would fit?
    I can tell you this; I took the bike down the street today for just a minute and stood on the pegs the whole time. What a big difference! Never going back!

    I have only experienced a slight vibration in the pegs around 65mph (something I don't do too often around here) and actually, the bike is still breaking in and I have noticed that the vibes are becomming less noticeable. You may only take real notice of the buzzing (the whole bike does it) if you are doing extended freeway time. And if that is what you're after than I think you may have the wrong bike:( I looked at the new F700GS bike today and I literally almost bought it on the spot. The only reason I didn't is family. I ride my sert alone, I ride my mtb and road bikes alone. I work alone (if you call it work:) so I try to spend every free minute raising my boys and kissing my wife.
    Anyway, the F700 imop is a sweet little slab bike. cheap, nice power, cheap, BMW....... I likey!
  14. kdennan

    kdennan Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I agree. My OCD ADD got the best of me:lol3
    I never mod my engines more than the exhaust or jetting. I want rock reliable. Actually, I just went down the road a minute ago and I have to say that the bike feels stronger off the bottom with the Leo Vince for sure. And who cares?! It sounds awesome! I do love the stock power. I got carried away for a moment and almost forgot what I bought that bike for.
    And besides, I have bigger fish to fry. Was it you that went to the dealer the other day and tried the scooter? I did today and I'm getting one for the wife (and me and the boys:) I never would have dreamed a scooter could be so fun to ride! What a flamer:rofl
  15. nylon2000

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    Seems that everyone is switching to the $63 scorpion battery, but has anyone tried the Shorai Lithium battery?

    http://www.batterystuff.com/batteries/lfx14l5-bs12.html

    OK, so its $150, but its 6lbs lighter, which is roughly the same weight savings I'd get from the Leo exhaust.

    Anyone?
  16. windowto

    windowto Long timer

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    I was seriously considering it. I don't mind the price and I really wanted the weight savings from this beast. But, after reading enough about it, I reluctantly decided against it. It needs to be warmed up in cold weather, and the capacity is much less than the original.

    I wound up buying an AGM Motobatt MB12U Battery for $82 and happy I did it. It is actually 0.4 lbs heavier than the original (I put them both on the scale), but it has over 20% more capacity, 15AH, to be exact (versus 12AH OEM & Scorpion). It has two years warranty and it fits like a glove. I can tell you the battery has some power. Even though I am one of the people having the hot-start issue, this battery powers right through it. My OEM battery, while declared perfectly fit by BMW, was not able to give me reliable starts at the gas station. This battery starts the engine in spite of the faulty decompression lever (to be replaced on Friday). Yes, I get that occasional engine stoppage during warm start. But, after letting go of the start button, I get it going with this battery. To early for longevity evaluation, but for now it rocks. Highly recommend!
  17. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    I agree, after reading all the write ups on hard starts during the cold I decided to decline at that price. Oh, you also need to get a different charger for it as well. There are other ways to trim the fat on the pig, everything cost just depends how far your willing to go.. :evil
  18. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    That would be me... I told you there a hoot and pretty comfy too. I've never owned a scooter before but if I had to I would get that one.:D
  19. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    In going through the Touratech offerings, I think these might suit me better: http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/...F650GS-R11XXGS-R1200GS-GS-ADV-Pair-and-G650GS

    I'm not likely to get into tight enough stuff to worry about 18mm wider on each side. The additional support under the boot would be most welcome.
  20. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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