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

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

  1. deli-g650

    deli-g650 bring'n the funk

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    A couple days of nice weather last week.... the power lines were calling..
    damn i need knobbies

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  2. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    What tank bag is that?
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  3. deli-g650

    deli-g650 bring'n the funk

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    the tank bag is a rapid transit.... i dont think that the non-magnetic version is on the web site.... it does fit the bike pretty good.... i think it was around $40.... i also have the tail bag that goes with it... the tail bag i dont like at all. too small to put anything in. it is easier to just strap it to the rack.

    http://rapid-transit.com/rt/products.cfm?products_id=638
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  4. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    Very nice. Do post when you put the fender on!
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  5. dino2000

    dino2000 No Bad Daze

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    Coolest of the Xbikes fer shur!
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  6. GB

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    It would be an expensive swap because you not only will need the seat but also replace all the body panels around the "faux" tank, i.e. the airbox.
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  7. uxc

    uxc adventure nerd

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    I'm a proud owner of one. Here's a beauty shot I took of her in NJ.

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  8. uxc

    uxc adventure nerd

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    Here's a few shots of my baby taken by some of the guys on the NYC board. Note the spill in the mud--the x-country could really use knobbies for serious off-road riding.

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  9. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Nice pics, man! Keep 'em coming!! :clap
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  10. 5 speed

    5 speed Been here awhile

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    It appears these bikes are really small in stature when I look at the first pic posted and in previous article pics I have seen; short wheelbase and not very tall. Am I mistaken? I am comparing to an LC4 which is quite the opposite.
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  11. deli-g650

    deli-g650 bring'n the funk

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    i was hoping there would be more x-country's out there.

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  12. uxc

    uxc adventure nerd

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    It actually is rather tall. I am 6-1 and can barely touch my heels to the ground. My girlfriend has to jump up onto the back of it.

    You should stop by a dealer for a test ride. It's an awesome bike. It handles beautifully on road and off.
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  13. dave1068

    dave1068 Been here awhile

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    Thats why i was looking at them. I'm 6'2 and most bikes I've had, have about a 30'' seat heat and after 45-60 min, my legs get cramped.

    I looked at and am considering the X-Country. Looks sharp and has good components. Im just curious if being 6'2/210 on a single cylinder is too small and if cruising at 70-80mph is a strain on the 650.

    I'd probably do about 98% street and the occasianal trail or dirt road. Its probably gonna be this or the triumph scrambler.
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  14. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know if the new Touratech 4.2 gallon tank for the XChallenge and it's seat will mount to this bike? Are the seat brackets and frame points the same? Is there clearance for the components below? Is the airbox the same?
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  15. johno

    johno Long timer

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    I am 5ft 11", around 220lbs, and ride an F650GS, 2001.
    It has plenty of go, so dont worry about lack of power for your weight Dave. I see a few 2 up coming thru town.
    Has anyone traded an F650 for the Country?
    How do they compare? The less weight appeals to me.
    I like the look of the Country, and am thinking that it maybe worth a look.
    Nice pics everyone.:D
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  16. dave1068

    dave1068 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. Like I mentioned,Im between the x-country and a triumph scrambler. Even though the BMW is about 200cc smaller, it has the same HP and a little less torque but weigh about 125lbs less.

    Though, I plan to use it mainly on the road, I think a twin would give a smoother ride and the added weight of the triumph would hold the road better.

    Have to take a test ride once it gets warmer
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  17. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    I think you'll love the 650 once you test ride it. So much fun to be had, make sure you take it through some twisty roads.
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  18. uxc

    uxc adventure nerd

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    I'm about the same size and most of my riding is in and around NYC. I commute from Jersey City to places around the 5 boroughs.

    I have taken it on a few longer trips to Boston and PA. You can keep a steady 80-90mph on the highway. It'd benefit from a wind guard, but it's rock steady and comfortable at high speeds.

    In the city, it has probably saved my life a couple times now. The ABS brakes work great. It has the torque to get you out of any situation. And it is light and small like a dirt bike, so you can man-handle it around stopped traffic, up over curbs, etc.

    On the trail or in the snow, it could use a more serious set of tires. I'm looking for a pair to swap out when I want to ride tougher terrain. (Anybody able to recommend a set?) But on the street, the stock ones are great.
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  19. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    I've been riding tkc80s for the last 3000 miles or so on mine and so far I'm pleased. Haven't done much offroading on them but I really like how, for a knobbie, it handles on the pavement. I'll probably buy a new rear soon, to have it ready for the spring. I did this on the stock tourances though: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269322 . Never stop. That was key:rofl .
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  20. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    This is a good question. I'd like to know aswell. I'd also like to know if the xcountrys can fit the air shock, or ohlins shock for the xchallenge??
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