New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighFive, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    Anybody know of some cheap aftermarket bars that fit the 650 twin? Or does anybody have some stock F8 bar mounts they want to get rid of?

    Wife took a spill or 2 this weekend, and her bars are looking like they belong in a Dr. Sues book.....

    Ryan
  2. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    I would just wait until you have it apart again. It just holds the pads in place while the rotor is out.

    Ryan
  3. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    Thats why Im a proponent of having the crash bars installed at the dealer!!!

    Ryan
  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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  5. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    I bought these for my f8gs when my bars absorbed too much energy. Don't know if there's difference with 658 so will guess not and prolly wrong. :lol3

    Here's the thread but pics all deleted by Apple.

    If you have bmw oem hand guards you will need to set a helicoil for threaded insert and tap for hand control mounts.
  6. PA Slammer

    PA Slammer I hate titles...

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    When I bought my F800GS a few years ago as a demo with 3000 miles on it, the bars were a little torqued, higher on one side than the other. Before I purchased it I asked that they be replaced. They ordered the bars and had them shipped to me. While I waited for them to be delivered, I started to look and see what I would have to do to replace them. I then noticed and subsequently researched that the bars have a bit of play in them at the mount to allow for adjustment. After loosening the bolts, adjusting bars and retightening them, they were perfect. I can't believe the dealer didn't know or try this as it was the owners daily commuter.

    So long story short, I have a new pair of bars without a scratch on them. I have the receipt as well somewhere. I tried selling them once, but unless you need them, nobody wants to buy them.

    I believe I priced them for $225, but I'll have to check. Whatever I priced them for, it was less than what they were new. PM me and we'll work something out. I'm 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh if we're anywhere close. As well I'm planning a ride to visit (set tires in) all 37 states south and west of PA in Oct. So if you want to wait and meet up somewhere that may work. Or we'll just look at shipping costs.

    PA Slammer
  7. 4TooMany

    4TooMany Been here awhile

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    I was going to, but I don't like the BMW crash bars. I put SW-MOTECH crash bars on it 3 days later.
  8. vanbc

    vanbc Adventurer

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    I ordered speedbleeders but have yet to install them. just a thought if the OP does replace them.
  9. vanbc

    vanbc Adventurer

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    I've outgrown the twin F650 GS.
    What mods can I get done to the bike vs. getting a bigger bike?
    She is okay for around town but on the open highway I'd like something that isn't maxing out.
    sprockets? can the chip be upgraded?
    thank you.
  10. grndzr0

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    A power commander, and exhaust and opened up intake can help for a FEW extra HP. There is a thread on here about Touratechs build they did on an F8 and I think they cut open the top of the air-box cover. I believe I read somewhere (hey, its the internet!!) that most of these mods need to be done in conjunction with each other for them to have much effect.

    You could put taller gears on it for the highway, but your acceleration will suffer.

    Ryan
  11. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    My dealer sold SW Motech :evil

    Also, Just an FWI for other riders that might be interested, I bought my bike out of state by a few states, and mailed my skid plate as well as a few other farkles to them and they installed them for a very reasonable price. I had a long trip home after picking up the bikes and didnt want to take the risk


    Also, Th 650 uses 7/8 in bars, so I found some renthal/pro tapers in the $60 range, so they should work well. Ill post up some picks when I get them in.

    Ryan
  12. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    What do you mean by "maxing out", are you running out of revs or out of power to pull to the limiter?

    A free flowing exhaust system and a Power Commander to inject more fuel would be a good start.
  13. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    And stupid questions get stupid answers. :lol3

    Crash bars - yep, go buy SW MOTECH. :D
  14. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    You must only prop yours on flat ground




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  15. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    About a year back I wanted to get a set of speedbleeders but they only had the size for the calipers and didn't have a little one for the master cylinder (required for ABS only). Do they now have the smaller sized one? If so I'm writing someone a check! :wink:
  16. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    As someone mentioned Renthal makes some bars that will work, you may have to drill/tap some mounting holes.
    Also note that the bar diameter of the F800GS bars is larger than than those on the F650GS 28mm vs. 24mm or something like that ...
  17. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    Another embarrassing moment.

    I put my rear wheel back on after changing my tire. I am fairly certain I have all the spacers, washers, absorbers and the sprocket lined up. When I torc down the axle nut I CANNOT move my rear wheel, it will not turn at all, WTF. I tried 3 times with the same result and consulted the MAX BMW fiche to make sure things were in order. It isnt the brakes shoes because I stretched them out and they were not binding. HELP! Paul
  18. grndzr0

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    I would pull everything apart, and just look everything over really good. Make sure your wheel bearings are spinning ok and feel good, and double check that all of your spacers are in the correct places in the right directions. Also check to make sure you didnt bend your brake rotor.

    Ryan
  19. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    Thanks Ryan. I'll double check everything and especially the brakes. Paul
  20. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    It was a spacer. I was spaced out. Paul