BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GB, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. toofast4uu

    toofast4uu adventurer

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    Ditto that!!! Great Job fella's!!!
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  2. Hoots Magoon

    Hoots Magoon Hey ya'll, Watch this!

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  3. SteveRed

    SteveRed Adventure Moto

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    Ye mate... So I have been educated :D Horns are in!! :freaky
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  4. ozadvntr

    ozadvntr Planning that trip, again

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    This is great, I am a newly converted X Challenge owner, great Info.

    Thanks.
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  5. Bert Fox

    Bert Fox Casual Adventurer

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  6. ced40

    ced40 Adventurer

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    Thanks Gadget Boy, I will be using this list. I took a trip to Northen Nevada and I found out I really need a few things. Starting with more fuel. Again thanks for puting all this together.
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    It's a work in progress and I keep adding to it.. if you have links you'd like added or considered, post them here. :thumb
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  8. deardara

    deardara Been here awhile

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    Anyone got the owner's manual in pdf?
    My dealer here do not offer:cry
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  9. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    No, we haven't seen one in PDF. :(:
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  10. johan

    johan Been here awhile

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  11. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Thanks! A torque values thread is just what we need to add :thumb
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  12. kutch

    kutch That fell off where?

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    Hey GB,
    You got this under protection yet?


    kutch
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  13. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Thanks alot Gadget Boy, I had to edit my signature line because of you...

    best of luck, and let me know if you want to hear any of my laments. :beer
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  14. vntgmx

    vntgmx Been here awhile

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    Came across this offering of windshields for the XC from Cee Bailey as I was researching a replacement for my R12R.
    Here's the link,looks like a nice setup for someone who has the need.
    http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw/g650xws.html
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  15. kutch

    kutch That fell off where?

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    Wow, around $350 for a shield...?!? :huh
    For an XCh :eek1?!
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  16. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    That's with the mounting brackets, not just the shield. I already had Cee Bailey's listed among the 3 windshields available for the X Challenge. :thumb
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  17. johnnydanger

    johnnydanger Dangerous!

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    I posted this over on The Chain Gang forum
    ===============

    I was looking for some good info on upgrades to the XChallenge and really didn't find much info about gearing, heated grips, etc. so I thought I'd post my experiences for others.


    Heated Handgrips:
    I ended up going with the cheapo $25 snowmobile sticky heated elements. A couple issues came to light.

    1) There is no good place to mount the switch so I ended up fabbing a bent metal piece to bolt onto the upper left instrument cluster bolt.

    2) The accelerator tube under right grip has a crazy contour to and hence the heated element doesn't adhere smoothly.

    3) The left grip has much thicker rubber than the right grip AND I ended up placing the heated element right on the aluminum bar. The result is a less hot left grip. I have a KTM friend who did similar grips and used insulated tubing on the metal of the bar and adhered the heated element to that. He says that makes the grip much hotter due to the insulated metal.

    The bottom line: For $25 and some time it could be worse :) All in all I think that insulating the left bar and using different equal thickness grips would make the install work perfectly. Right now it's just okay.



    Lower gearing:
    I decided to lower the gearing to get a little more squirt and a lower first gear for the slow tight stuff. I ended up buying the 14T front sprocket from Touratech-USA. The installation is easy to do if you have the few necessary tools. (3) bolts to remove the front pinion cover, a breaker bar or big ratchet to remove the front pinion bolt, a smooth screwdriver or hub puller to ease off the front sprocket, and a couple wrenches to loosen/adjust the rear wheel. It took about 20 minutes of futzing and thinking about it as I had no instructions as to the exact process. Easy.

    The results are just as I expected. Generally quicker feeling, nicely lowered gearing for slower speeds down hills. My only negative thoughts on it is that the bike of course is a little more wound up at 75-80 mph on the freeway, and that my TKC 80 Continentals may not have enough grip in the loose and muddy stuff to warrant lower gearing. All in all I'm happy with the upgrade and it's easy enough to swap back and forth that I'd recommend it for anybody that wants a little 'more'.
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  18. oggi

    oggi Adventurer

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    anyone have a service manual, with torque spec's? or any kind of service manual
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  19. ChuckHazzard

    ChuckHazzard Registered Lurker

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  20. mcftw

    mcftw hxc n33b

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    how about a list of the MUST DO's after buying a stock Xchallenge?

    things like the gear shifter and everything, it would be pretty helpful:D
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