BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

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

  1. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Sweet!! I have the same black KTM tank Butters has on his XC. Riding it like I stole it, I got 200 miles on only 3.08 gallons. Plenty of fuel left.
  2. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Followed a guy on a wr250 yesterday. Where the ice was melted, the mud was pretty deep. I found when you are really in deep, slick mud, the X feels a bit heavier, or maybe I'm just getting old..:gerg
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  3. Butters

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    Really the only pics I have are what is posted in Post #4280. http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20193799&postcount=4280

    It works great, but if I was starting over I would do things differently. I started trying to make a universal mounting system that would work separate from the HB racks. That way, anybody who wanted to add the tank could just copy my mounts. While I think that could still be done, the project got longer and I just wanted to get the tank on. I think you will save a lot of time and aggravation by just mounting it to the racks, assuming you get them first. That can likely be done by using simple flat aluminum or steel stock and round clamps. Tim's (TBarstow) mounting system is an excellent example, although he has the TT racks rather than the HB, but the principle is the same.

    With the HB racks, assuming you don't want to modify the body or fender, it is a very tight fit. You need to mount it as far back and as high as possible to avoid contact with the chainguard. (Unless you can cant the bottom of the tank outward to clear.). The tank only weighs a couple pounds and even the expanded version probably only holds 10 pounds of gas. You could probably get away with just the top mounts,

    I know I had some measurements I can try to find, but they were rough and there was a lot of on the fly modifications. Let me know if you want different pics or specific measurements.

    That said, I think it's one of the best mods. 200 miles for 200 bucks is pretty good in my book.
  4. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    maybe chalk it up to my inexperience but that ice looks scary as hell.
  5. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    If you look at my pics, the TT pannier loop sticks out a lot further than the HB loop does. This allowed me to mount the tank further back and higher up. I had no clearance issues with the chain and sprocket.

    By the time you messed around enough making a kit to install a tank that the purchaser has to modify for an out of production bike, to fit a number of different combinations, it will end up like the first proposed rotomolded plastic tank.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20188184&postcount=4273
  6. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Intended to quote your ice question. Tapatalk let me down..

    In regards to the ice;
    Had my outriggers out.. No drops that day, that's pretty unusual for me. Ha
  7. bigdon

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    Rock On Jeff!
  8. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    And those are some substantial outriggers!


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  9. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    Anybody have any thoughts on replacement batteries?

    My Yuasa seems to be getting a bit tired. I was going to replace it with a Odyssey PC310, but the retailer was out of them and the specs on that battery aren't so great (lower CCA than the Yuasa). What I'm really looking for is some increased capacity. I really can't find a Deka retailer.

    The retailer (Batteries Plus) stocks a direct AGM replacement (Xtreme Permaseal, Taiwan). I like that it is AGM, but am hesitant to get an off-brand.

    I'm considering a LiFEPO4 (Shorai, Antigravity, etc), but researching that is giving me a headache. The plus side is that I can put a more potent battery in the same space.
  10. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I researched this ad naseum a year ago, and took a LOT of notes on my learnings... see my linky HERE and search for Battery:

    And here is the shorter version of my LiFePO4 mod I ended up with including pictures.

    Keep in mind that this was a year ago and much has changed with the LiFePO4 vendors, quality, etc.

    Hands down I would get a LiFePO4 (let's just call it Lithium) if I was to do it again. Simply because of the high cranking capacity and the fact that lithiums are SO small you can get a lot more capacity that you really need. They are only good for cranking amps (as opposed to a deep cycle), meaning don't run them down by using accessories without the motor running, then recharge them, or you will have problems, this chemistry is only for cranking amps. I know this has let people down and some don't like them because of that. They are not the same as lead acid.
    Also, if I rode in a really cold climate (well below freezing) I might also think twice. Those are the only drawbacks IMHO (besides $$$).

    As to brands, it changes a lot. A relative new brand (from a Colorado company) is EarthX which I see inmate herrhelmet is selling is now selling instead of the brand I bought from him a year ago. It has some cool balancing circuitry built into it and I think that is the one I would buy, but I have done NO research on it's reliability which is key.

    Matter of fact it's 10 degrees F outside (30 F in my garage) and my bike hasn't been started for a month, and I just went out and started it up, fired up on the 2nd crank.
  11. Butters

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    Great links Snooker - Thanks!

    I'm leaning toward a lithium, but reliability is my #1 priority. (which is why I was headed toward the Odyssey in the first place). Other than perhaps being the best known and having what sounds like good customer service, Shorai seems to have some quality issues and exaggerated specs. I like your point about the A123s having a good track record. But they also are geared more toward cranking amps than capacity. I'm hoping it is moot, since I would fit the largest Li battery that would fit. This would hopefully give me extra reserve and extra CCA to minimize cold start issues with the Li battery. I'm leaning toward 12/18 cell replacements, some of which have 300+ CCA.

    I like that the EarthX batteries have the the balancing circuit. But even there, it is a recent add-on and I wonder if the benefits of it are outweighed by an additional, relatively untested, potential failure point. EarthX and Antigravity are currently my frontrunners.

    Much of my miles are commute miles with the bike idling. With my heated grips and lights, the voltage will drop down to about 12V at stoplights. The bike has no problem at speed, but some added reserve capacity would bring some peace of mind. The Li batteries can give me that reserve capacity, but I might be losing some peace of mind based on the numerous failures I've read about.
  12. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    I've been running Herrhelmet's batteries for a few years now. The one in my XCh has been running for 2 years with no problems.
  13. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Long legs make up for less than stellar riding skills. Ha!! :deal
  14. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Add the mud and IMO, if you aren't scared, you aren't paying attention.
  15. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    We had to practically crawl through the icy and deep mud spots. The mud was worse than the ice, because it was still frozen about 3 or 4 inches down.
    Picked it up on the open gravel stretches, but I got pretty nervous whenever we got into a shaded section.
    It was great to get out though..
  16. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Your idea of a great ride is a bit more hairy chested than mine. Yeah, I'll bet you were nervous at the shaded areas.

    Part of it is mud consistency. Our mud here is often something which, even in fairly shallow doses, fouls to the point of immobility, even serious 4 x 4 trucks. And yeah, I've fallen into those traps. Only way out is to DRAG the bike on its side out of the area.

    Add ice....good grief.
  17. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    I'm following your quest with interest Marc. I stopped at Cycle Gear to ask about the Yuasa that's listed in this thread on page 1. The manager showed me a Megaboost with the same number. He says it has a life time warranty and even if I sat it in the lot with all the lights and accessories on with the bike off and it wouldn't start I'd get a new one for free. I obviously wouldn't do that of course. I'm a fan of AGM myself. This I believe is a sealed gel type. I keep both bikes on a tender whenever they are in the garage.
  18. Butters

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    At this point I'm debating between the EarthX ETX18B and the Antigravity YTZ10S-12. I really would have liked to just get the Odyssey and be done with it, but I'm not sure the PC310 is the best option. But I still may go that route as it is a known quantity.

    I like the benefits of LiFEPO4 batteries and the ability to get more storage/reserve in the same amount of space (or if you would rather save weight and space). Not really new technology, but relatively new to motorcycles with some growing pains. That's my only hesitancy. Of course the original Exide with time tested lead-acid technology didn't exactly distinguish itself in X-Challenges.

    Hmmmm, I may have just talked myself into the EarthX . . .

    Edit: Just placed the order for the ETX18B because, because, ah heck I dunno why. I guess I'll see how it works out.
  19. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I got the EarthX battery (ETX18B) today and installed it. I got it from motolithium.com (herrhelmet in Vendors) for about $200 shipped. It is a snug fit, but works fine. I snapped some photos if anybody is interested.

    The first several pics show the size difference. The new battery only weighs about 2 pounds.
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    It's smaller in dimensions, other than height (see below). This makes for a snug fit in the battery box, but you don't really have to force it. I still used the rubber battery tie down, but it really isn't necessary. You need to route it over the terminal rather than over the top due to the snug fit. You can also see the foam supplied with the battery should you need to secure it further. I only used a couple.
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    Here's a pic of the current Yuasa in the battery box (excuse the rat's nest of extraneous wires):
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    Here's how the EarthX battery fit:
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    And the final fit, with some of my rat's nest tucked into the new found space:
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    At this point, I can only say it fits and starts the engine. I can't really endorse it until it lasts several years. But if it truly is similar to an 18Ah battery, I'll feel a little better using my heated gear and lights during my cold commutes. This type of battery should tolerate a partial draining better. I'm thinking I can feel a bit more comfortable if I see the battery going down to 12.0 volts, knowing I'm probably not hurting the battery. I'll still be watching that voltmeter. Time will tell.
  20. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    The XChallenge rallystyle fairing kit has finally been put in the Vendors Forum now