So we've all heard/seen the 650 xchallenge...let's see your XCOUNTRY!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Olas, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Max Kool,
    Do you have any dyno test to show what it means and power commander to increase fuel. I don't see much of them on the net.
  2. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I believe it was BMWAtlanta who did a dyno run with and without the snorkel. The difference was something like 1 or 2 hp over the whole rev range. I do know from my butt that especially the throttle response has increased without the snorkel.
  3. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    As many of you know, I replaced the stock rear fender/mudguard/parachute contraption with a tail tidy.:D

    While I love the tail tidy because of how much garbage it replaced, I wasn't keen on how much crap it allowed on my back. So I started looking at the three peices of original fender and found that the original, lower mud guard looked like it might fit.......

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    I had to do some cutting, and re-shaping to get it to mount without hitting my stock turn signals. You might notice that I was able to keep my stock turn signals and plate light, all without cutting the wiring harness.
    It bolts on in three places and is very secure.

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    I was hoping that it wouldn't look to large. That was one of the reasons I invested in the Tail Tidy in the first place.
    I will tell you that the amount of splashback after the mod is greatly reduced.

    What do you think????

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  4. Rob Metzger

    Rob Metzger Easily Distracted ....

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    I'm back. Yep - I did install the Remus pipe on my G650 and found that it would not, no matter what I tried, or anyone else tried, work with the stock header. Max Moto, and Don at Mr. Ed's Moto, were very helpful, as was BMW Ventura. Eventually, Remus acknowledged that the stock header would not fit, and now they only sell the pipe with the header. They provided me with a header. BMW Ventura had one (dented, but ceramic-coated) no longer used on one of their race bikes. The fit was tight but successful. The result was amazing. The bike is transformed. Have a look at my postings on The Chain Gang site. Best one is http://f650.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=219288.
  5. deli-g650

    deli-g650 bring'n the funk

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    robbieO...nice tail tidy ya got there.

    rob... great write up... thanks for keeping us posted...

    so i am looking to do a mid-service oil change and was wondering what oil every one is using that is equal to the bmw brand.... i live about 2 hours from a dealer and they dont recommend anything else.
    also... what size is that damn oil drain plug? i am going to have to go get some new sockets.
  6. P3R

    P3R Adventurer

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    Looked at the '09 Xcountry today when it was standing next to my Xchallenge and couldn't see anything preventing fitment of the new levers on an '07. But don't take my word for it, it still may not fit.
  7. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    OK, number one problem with the G650X bikes is fuel capacity. While I admire MaxCools inginuity with the side tank, to me 7 liters still isn't quite enough for those who want to go do long distance travel, which I really feel this bike would be great for if it could carry the fuel. So let's say hypothetically an X Country owner was talking with a couple of plastics manufacturers about producing an auxiliary tank similar to the touratech tank for the X Challenge. The TT holds 4.2 gallons, but $950! Gimme a break! I'm shooting for 2.5 to 3.5 gallon capacity (9.46 to 13.25 litre). Although not as big as the TT, that's still a huge improvement giving a total of 5 to 6 gallon (18.93 to 22.71 litre) fuel load. That should get you to at least a 250 mile range. I'm not getting ambitious with the capacity in hopes that keeping it simple will keep the cost down. I'm also thinking that a simple black color will be cost effective, and look OK, especially after you slap a new set of factory stickers on it. Obviously it would be more marketable if we could make it fit all the G bikes, and bring the price down, but it might not be doable. So what does the X Country owners community think? First off, what would it be worth to you? Obviously these would be relativley low production, which drives the cost up, but I think it could be done cheaper than the TT if there was enough interest in the market.
  8. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    For me The solution would be to increase the size of the current fuel tank. This could be done by rerouting the exhaust pipe and enlarge the tank on the left where the empty room is left by the move of the pipe. I bet it's a 3 liters gain and would not affect the look of the bike:1drink
  9. Max Kool

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    Guys,

    if you do not have ABS, chack the space behind the cylinder. Plenty enough room there to fit a custon made one gallon tank.

    (as a matter of fact, now that's an idea? :wink: )
  10. GB

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    Trouble is, how do you get to it? :ear I have a Stebel Nautilus Compact airhorn that I wanted to install in this space, I can see it, but can't access it.. without removing the stock fuel tank, which is a big chore..
  11. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    You basically have to disassemble the seat, exhaust, shock, rear subframe and the stock tank (so dismantle the complete bike)... :lol3

    Could be my next winter project...
  12. intheways

    intheways Been here awhile

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    really like the look of your bike:eek1

    Would you mind telling me what size pelican you put on the back and what kind of windscreen that is?
  13. mcftw

    mcftw hxc n33b

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    i always thought the reason the TT tank was so expensive had to do with the FI (the pump or something). so (going by my logic) anything besides an auxiliary tank that feeds into the original tank or expanding the original tank itself wouldn't necessarily work would it?

    plus at 60mpg max kools tank would get you a 260 mile range.
    in my opinion it's the best option right now, and it doesn't add to the weight of the front.
  14. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    What about my idea? It might just needs to put a smaller pipe and that'll do the job. Just stick an extra tank or enlarge the stock one!
    Still keeping ABS on which is something that after a little while you can get ride of.
    Is it something that needs technical expert?
  15. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I talked to the person Clarke Manufacturing today. They have had a lot of requests for an auxiliary tank for both the country and the challenge. They are going to take a serious look at it. Sounds like they are confident they could bring it in for a far more reasonable price than the TT tank. I think enough people emailing them would help sway their decision. I think $300 for a 2.5 gallon would be sweet.

    I for one don't think that adding the weight up front is bad. Especially if you are planning to carry other gear on the back of the bike. Having the added fuel load up front instead of at the tail will balance the load better, versus having the added fuel ang gear at the tail.
  16. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I was under the impression that the factors making the TT expensive were that
    1 it's made in Australia where manufacturing is expensive to sart with.
    2 then they get shipped back to Germany before getting shipped out worldwide
    3 the Touratech logo is really expensive to make, kinda like the green paint on John Deere's
  17. mcftw

    mcftw hxc n33b

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    :rofl that explains it all!
  18. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Alright, fellow Countryers!

    What the hell is this?
    What's it do?
    What's it for?
    Thank you.

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  19. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Pretty sure that's where you plug in the bike for diagnostics at the dealer...

  20. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    That's my old bike :evil . The pelican, I believe, is the 1450...smaller one but comes in handy.. Not sure if that's the correct number on the case but it's probably about 9 inches wide.