BMW 450 enduro (merged) threadfest...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Max Kool, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Forgive me if I got the story wrOng, but wasnt the axle bearing seized? They had to cut it out with a hacksaw by hand! And htis after the crazy fuel problmes!
  2. stevh0

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  3. brommer

    brommer Been here awhile

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    @ stagehand: i didnt know the english word for it.

    but is either the bearing or the shaft, anyway it wasnt angine failure ore transmission!!
  4. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Yes, thankfully! I am trying to follow the Dakar threads in the Racing forum. I have also cross posted some of this great info to the BMW RA website :thumb thanks a lot, guys!
  5. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    So what is the availability and pricing for one of these tanks?? Seems like the best solution so far, as long as it doesn't interfere with shock choice like Ohlins TTX or WP's etc.
  6. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    +1. I would love a G450X (it's high in the running for next bike), but would set it up to be completely off-road oriented, even more so than it comes from the dealership. Really not the sort of bike I'd make concessions like hard luggage, touring screens, etc. on. I'd probably even go so far as to remove all the road-legal shennanigans and just trailer it to tracks.

    I reckon you could spend an awful lot of money, rob it of most of its potency and appeal just to end up with a very mediocre adventure bike.
  7. kiwiAdventure

    kiwiAdventure Long timer

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    What have you been smoking:lol3 who in there right mind would install screens and luggage on this bike.:eek1 This is a racing enduro bike ready built for enduro trails. The only road-legal items I left on mine was the front light and horn as some of the forest riding here we need the light on and the horn to get slow riders out of the way. :1drink
  8. Bert1150

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    Prices will be set before end of january, you can contact me on bert@bertduursma.nl
    Website will soon be ready.

    Tank was designed for original Ohlins shock and also the WP shock that Frans uses in the Dakar.
  9. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Email sent, look forward to learning more




    On another note, I was bummed to hear Goncalves is out with an injury thus taking out the leading G450X in the Dakar :cry
  10. PirateJohn

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  11. Stagehand

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    Very bummed. And Verhoeven just lost another 20 minutes to coolant and brake issues. :cry
  12. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    I might not get unbiased, but lets hear it!
    I am comparing these three bikes for potential purchase.
    Looking at the motor lifespan, ease of maintenance, drawbacks, etc ( I have owned an Aprilia SXV before..).

    This BMW would depend on if the Aqualine front tank is actually available.
    Range is nice. In fact range could be the deal maker/breaker for any of these.

    Potential switchable power with the TT switch. Is that realistic?
    Seems switched to 41hp would increase range?

    Gearing. Easy rpm's at 60-70mph? Do you lose a tractor first if you gear up?
    Looks like changing out the rear sprocket is the way to go?
    The front looks like a pain but I believe the saleman said it came with an extra c/s sprocket?

    Suspension. I am hoping for a plusher ride whether stock or having it done up by someone (intermediate).

    And... will the subframe handle a Giant Loop bag? The X load limit would seem to allow it...

    ...Just parking it. Man that stock kickstand sucks. Any solid aftermarket ones around?

    I don't plan on road miles, trailering it to rides. But rides could be weekenders that involve riding out to pavement to fuel & continue.
    I am not looking at race speeds, just ADV backcountry cruising.
    More of a desert/cross country set-up than Rally...
    Should I move on to look at the TE310 or 450EXC as better choices?
    I have previously owned XR250's, an XR600 and a CRF450X...
    I'm all ears.:ear
    Thanks.

    (I could cheap out and put a 350 cylinder on a KLX250S and upgrade it)
  13. kiwiAdventure

    kiwiAdventure Long timer

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    The side stand is fine its only for holding the bike up and not for helping you get on and off the 450.
    This is the wrong bike for back country cruising
  14. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    Well I was looking more specific, as in why.
    I guess I should have said exploring back country, not 'cruising'.

    Does the bike have decent low end or mid range?
    Neither my CRF450-X or 450SXV did. I dealt, with keeping the rpm's higher.
    But I do like short shifting.
    Does this bike overheat? My buddies 450EXC does sometimes, while my CRF never did...
    Does it have a fan, or need one, or is one available?
    I like the single radiator concept.

    I am looking for comparisons to the bikes I mentioned, and drawbacks to the 450X.
    On my CRF & SXV I changed the oil every 300 miles (more frequent usually).
    I have plenty of single track WOODS where I live in the state of Washington.
    Also open desert too.
    Whatever bike I get will get run.
    The small oil capacity is a hurdle for me, but all the new high performance thumpers are this way...
    Valve adjustment intervals? And are you guys burning up valves.
    Does this bike have a super short piston?
    My SXV did and that was one reason it was a shorter life motor as the pistons had a tendency to 'rock'.
    Is this 'lightweight' frame holding up.
    You guys bashing that unprotected case on rocks (I would have a alu skidplate from new)?

    I need more than 'this is the wrong bike'.
    Help me out here. Reasoning please!
    Thanks
  15. stevh0

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    I dont see the WR450 in your list? any reason?
  16. Maxacceleration

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    Only for the fact that the Yamaha doesn't have a plated version.
    The state of Wa does not allow DS plating on dirtbikes anymore...
    It would fit in well though.
  17. stevh0

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    pity...
  18. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Overall I'm hoping/planning to get 5k miles out of it before a rebuild. It's a very smooth thumper in regards to engine vibes and exceptionally tractable once you get it sprung right. Long range fuel tanks are now becoming a reality, there are several options running around in Dakar right now that should be available for sale in production form in the next couple of months.
  19. xplorrwest

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    I'd like to reach out to some g450x owners. I've been trying to get my friend into riding, and he seems interested in a drz400sm. Not my fancy, but for what he wants in a bike I have to admit it fits the bill. So I've thought about getting an enduro in the 400 range that I could someday do the baja 1k on, and when not enduro racing, slap some SM wheels on and ride around with my friend. My KLR would just be too bulky to hooligan around town with him.

    So to those of you that own the g450x, do you think that it'd work for such a purpose? Or is the tranny just biased too much for offroad for even this application? Obviously it'd be a champ for a future baja 1k attempt, I've just heard they are awful on the road.

    Thanks!
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