BMW G650X Issue Log (xCountry, xChallenge, xMoto)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by andrewgore, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Why would anyone remove the sidestand switch? It probably saved my retarded ass a few times. I caught a buddy on an older Goldwing on the move with his down and I about shit......I saw another guy ripping out of the dealership with his down and still cringe thinking about if he had to make a tight left turn...
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  2. QUIRKSM

    QUIRKSM Been here awhile

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    sorry ScQtt but everytime i post someone shits on what i say and your post was right after mine. plus i was havin a bad day at work. once is fine but everytime gets to me. now i see what you were doing because i felt weird writing "hey douchebag"

    its funny now that i see it
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  3. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    QUIRKSM

    OK, cool. Sorry about your day at work.

    People shit on what I say all the time. I think that is the nature of the online world. It does not take a lot to be a Keyboard Kowboy and of course none of us can see what kind of mood each other is in.

    Have a good one,


    Scott
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  4. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    When you jump or come down from a wheelie, the stand may deploy enough to cut the engine off. That can be as destructive to your hide as riding off with the side stand deployed.

    BTW, if you were to ride off and make a left turn, the stand would probably just retract. I don't suggest you experiment, but before these switches existed, I did it a few times w/o anything worse than a peanut cracker.
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  5. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    You are right though. This board has a very nasty undertone to it. The main board is just a bit nasty. The basement exists so folks can learn to hate each other.
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  6. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    I've read where it (crashing because the sidestand was down at speed) was one the highest causes of fatal motorcycle accidents before the switches became mandatory.

    I could see where the stand might come down during a jump, but couldn't you just use a nylon zip-tie or two to secure it during an enduro race or MX session? I had no problems with my TW's stand after getting airborn

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  7. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    I don't know about you guys, but once I put my weight on the seat, the kickstand is hitting the ground even with the bike straight up. I don't think I would get very far without noticing. It's not like I'm a big guy (5'8", 170 pounds). I think it is just a long kick stand and the airbag rear suspension droops (90psi). I have the steel kickstand if that makes any difference.
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  8. kiwiAdventure

    kiwiAdventure Long timer

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    Being one who has come off the Xc and ended up in hospital. I had forgotten to ask BMW to disconnect the side stand switch when I took delivery of this bike. Those who found me out to it on a farm track said it was a big bump that I must have gone over. I'm not blaming the stand switch as I don't know what happen as I was out to it for 8 hours, but it could have been or a sheep that ran out in front of me:wink: or my bad riding skills.:lol3
    Just try opening a farm gates with the side stand zip tied up:eek1
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  9. BarryM

    BarryM Adventurer

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    This is/was a common fault on XT660s. The explanation was that the idle speed set in the ECU was say 1600rpm, and yet in a low gear, maybe 1st or 2nd when coming to rest, before dipping the clutch your revs would drop below 1600 so the ECU said 'game over' and killed the engine.

    The fix IIRC was to reduce the idle by 100 to 1500rpm, which in the case of the XT660 could be done through the instrument panel I think. Either way that seemed to fix it for lots of folk.

    I wonder if this is what we are seeing here?
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  10. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    I only gave the reason. I don't disable mine because I've never had that cut off problem.

    As to crashes due to down stands, I am 99.9999% skeptical that any fatal crashes occur due to this. I've read compilations of crash reports from the US (such as Hurt) and the UK (done by the police there). I never have seen a single entry for this as a cause of crash / injury. Not one.

    BTW, the latest crash stat I read was from the UK. The greatest rate of fatalities in bikes comes from guys just riding off the road usually due to not handling a simple curve. No left turns. No cars - nothing. Just guys riding beyond themselves.

    My wife's late husband died early from this. He just rode off the road on a clear day with no traffic around.
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  11. joe-dirt

    joe-dirt Adventurer

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    Model: XCountry
    Year: 2009
    ABS: No
    Mileage at time of issue: 200/400
    Date of occurrence:Sept.2008/Oct. 2008
    Modifications (if any): No Evap Cannister
    Description of Failure(s): Wouldn't start-battery dead
    Resolution (if any): New Voltage Regulator/Battery
    First time, BMW roadside sent full-size tow truck next day to have it towed to dealer (120 miles). I had to pay $20 (because it was over $500) in towing fees. Dealer called and said Xco was ready and I drove up there and got it...they just said it was discharged battery and they charged it and it was fine and acted like I was crazy when I told them I had been riding it all week and then one morning doesn't start. Second time-I was on my way to work, stopped for gas, then it wouldn't start. Got my wife to drive my truck to load it up and bring it to house. Once again, BMW roadside sent truck next day back to dealer...this time the towing company gave me break and brought price down to even $500 so I wouldn't have to pay...one month later dealer called and said it was ready-had replaced the voltage regulator and battery and said vr was pushing too many volts so it was going straight to ground. I thought why didn't you check it first time when I told you symptoms, but I really haven't had any issues as far as starting since then.
    J...
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  12. DoucheBag

    DoucheBag feminine hygiene product

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    It's been happening to me in a range of temperature, mid to late 70's through miad to late 90's... :confused

    :wink:



    Is that a dealer fix, or are there aftermarket options, i.e. GS-911?
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  13. paul_g

    paul_g Been here awhile

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    Just encountered this for the first time today.

    Model: XCountry
    Year: 2009
    ABS: No
    Mileage at time of issue: 2800
    Date of occurrence:Aug. 17 2009
    Modifications (if any): none
    Description of Failure(s): repeated stalling. bike won't idle
    Resolution (if any): none

    someone mentioned lowering the rpm. anyone know how to do this specifically for the XCountry?
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  14. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    Ya'll gonna think I'm crazy...but I had the same thing ya'll mention...cleaned the air filter and no issues...not sure if it the same issue...
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  15. paul_g

    paul_g Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Not crazy. I'll look into it. I have been riding in a dusty area.

    About a half hour after I reported the stalling, the bike started and held an idle, but, it was a wavering idle. It had a pulse to it, as the rpm would dip and come back regularly, but it held the idle, and sometimes even remained steady.
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  16. paul_g

    paul_g Been here awhile

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    Model: XCountry
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    Mileage at time of issue: 2800
    Date of occurrence:Aug. 17 2009
    Modifications (if any): none
    Description of Failure(s): repeated stalling. bike won't idle
    Resolution (if any): none

    Well... it occurred again for a short period, but then after breaking and throttling and clutching simultaneously at stops to force the fuel to remain flowing to the engine, and then getting it up to 4th and back down again, it was once again stable at idle.

    Weird. It seemed like there was a temporary obstruction to the flow of fuel?

    Baffled.
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  17. slide

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    Can it be a vapor lock, paul_g? How hot is it where you are?

    As to lowering rpm, changing the cs sprocket is the standard way to do this on bikes in general. I have no idea why this won't work on the x-c
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  18. DoucheBag

    DoucheBag feminine hygiene product

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    I've heard about a lot of guys with the same issue. Their find was that the seat was pinching the vent line to the tank and causing the bike to shut off, not idle. definently worth looking into.
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  19. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Me too!

    Model: XCountry
    Year: 2009
    ABS: Yes
    Mileage at time of issue: 5300
    Date of occurrence:Aug. 18 2009
    Modifications (if any): Lots, but no engine mods
    Description of Failure(s): repeated stalling. bike won't idle
    Resolution (if any): Fixed itself after sitting for 45 min
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  20. paul_g

    paul_g Been here awhile

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    scratch that, reverse it. Of course I meant raising rpm's but I think you followed my gist. That doesn't seem like the right solution after all, because it isn't consistent.

    you know, I wonder if it happens to receive a lot of direct sun if that could cause it? A Vapor lock as you describe?

    I am at 7000+ feet in northern NM. Our summers don't get much above 88 tops.
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