New BMW G650X (merged) threadfest...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by mr moto, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Possibly. The potential need for 2-up might be an issue. I was strongly leaning X though. Is that thread on its issues as bad as it sounds slide?
  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    I"m not familiar with the thread on issues. My X has been 100% trouble free except for two things. The original Exide battery failed and was replaced twice only to fail again and again once seriously stranding me. Finally BMW changed to Yuasa and that problem went away.

    The bike demands to be ridden with spirit. Loafing along for mile after mile of city riding and my bike starts to run erratically which I fix by a few miles hard running.

    Mine's not a high miles bike but does have over 18k miles. I'm happy with it.
  3. MTBiker78

    MTBiker78 ENDURO Wanabee

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    I have ridden on mine 43.000kms. Mostly offroad. I was hitted twice with most populat issues: failed battery and sprag clutch (~16.000kms). Quite reliable bike (if I compare to my friends 2 ktm's 690ers than XCh is very reliable)
  4. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Thanks guys. I might have to do the unthinkable and let the wife pick the one she likes! :rofl
  5. maltese

    maltese Adventurer

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    I'm glad to have put new shoes on my g650x. challenge The pair of sahara's on there were getting close to toast and just didn't work so well for me. I'm new to the DS area and wasn't sure where to go with tires, so I went a more intermediate route. I've got a tkc80 on the front and a mefo super explorer on the rear. After about 300mi of road i'm pretty happy with the setup. Handles well enough on the tarmac, and I can't wait to see how much better the setup will be in the dirt.

    Really loving this bike even though its plastics are "textured" by the last few owners!
  6. Butters

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    While not perfect, the X is a pretty reliable bike. When you take out the numerous battery failures (which got me too), the issues are far less extensive.

    Performance-wise, the X can basically do everything the Dakar can do, but do it better.

    HOWEVER -

    The Dakar is basically done when you roll it off the showroom floor. It has great range, whereas you will be re-filling the X every 100 miles or so until you spend some money more fuel capacity.

    The Dakar can do two up right out of the box. Passenger pegs for the X are expensive and I would hate to be a passenger on the back of the X seat as well as trying to get on.

    The X has a 37" seat height. That can be a bit intimidating for some. The Dakar is much lower and has factory options for lowering it further.

    Your comparison to refined KLR is spot on. If you were wishing for more performance with your KLR, then the X will give you that. But if you liked the turn-key adventure readiness of the KLR, the Dakar is probably the better bike.

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR . . . the new Husky 650 Terra may be a perfect compromise for you.
  7. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Thanks Marc. I'll have to read up on that. Only major issue there is I want to go used. I thought maybe TE610, but I'd like another BMW. Decisions, decisions. I did show the wife both and she likes the Dakar. Between that and the X, the Dakar is definitely closer to the KLR.
  8. Yukon Ho!

    Yukon Ho! We can go ANYWHERE!

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    You might consider the XChallenge's fine sibling the XCountry. Comes with passenger pegs. (Just add TKC-80's, xtank, HID headlight and a great basin bag.)
    Mine has stock suspension and 19" front wheel (wha?) but I just did most of the WABDR (dot com) plus another thousand miles of dirt in British Columbia. A 250-lb bike might have been less demanding on the dirt but not the slab between dirt chapters.
    I'm a pencil-necked whiner but I honestly think there's no better compromise for doing both freeway and steep rutted rocky sandy crap "roads" that get you to fantastic places.
  9. MTBiker78

    MTBiker78 ENDURO Wanabee

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    Maybe you shpuld just pick a new Husqvarna TR650 Terra :):):) with almost same engine as Dakar and g650x...but then weight and offroad capabilities will be close to Dakar ones
  10. bens109

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    Hi guys,

    I'm just after a quick bit of information, hopefully someone can sort me out. I need to know the interior diameter of the radiator hoses on the x-ch in order to install a temp gauge, does anyone know it or have a spare hose laying around they could measure?

    Cheers!
  11. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    What does the Terra weigh?
  12. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Out of my head 167 kgs (I'll look it up)

    [edit] 368 lbs dry / 410 wet = 167 / 186 kgs
  13. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Out of my head 167 kgs (I'll look it up)

    [edit] I found 368 lbs dry / 410 wet = 167 / 186 kgs
  14. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    The numbers I saw on MCN's chart were 369lbs wet for the X and 430lbs wet for the Dakar. What advantages would the Tera have over the Dakar? Better suspension?
  15. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    Yeah, I figured that. A bit less then the KLR. Thanks.
  16. Butters

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    20+ pounds less weight and 5 extra horses, about $1500 less (vs a new Sertao), but a lesser warranty (1yr vs 3 yrs) and I would assume slightly less range.
  17. aussiestrider

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    G'Day guys, sorry to change threads here. (I couldn't find this in the forum). How do I remove the pin in the Brembo caliper that holds the brake pads in place? It looks like it probably needs to be tapped out with a punch/drift and a hammer, but maybe it's threaded?
  18. Erik RS

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    Punch and hammer will do the job (from the wheelside).
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    Don't forget to remove the spring-clip first
  19. The Jester

    The Jester Been here awhile

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    22mm

    If you track down a temp gauge please log the details. I want to keep an eye on mine as I have recently fitted a larger radiator without the stat.
  20. kito

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    what about fitting the trail tech . i think they have a temp sensor in a 22mm fitting