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

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

  1. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    I had "almost" enough room for mine. I had to clearance the holes a touch just to make sure there was not too much flexing of the plastic. It is tight, but fits. I did not get a measurement on mine, but it looks like an inch and half maybe. I have another one kicking around I will measure it sometime.
  2. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    My balasts are 1 3/8 inches.
  3. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    I have twin HIDs in my headlights, that's why I switched to Buell headlights, the standard bowl doesn't accomodate HID very well. So initially I used a digital ballast set which worked beautifully but two days before I was due to leave, one of them burnt out for some reason. I never had this problem with the older type which i much prefer. Having the external ignitor makes them more awkward in my opinion. So I had to buy a set at very short notice. So I got a set from Ebay close enough that I was able to collect them. They were smaller, about half the width of full size ballasts and roughly the same thickness but no external ignitor. I hoped they would be an ideal compromise until I plugged them in. One was ok, the other one arced and the outer casing lit up like a christmas tree. So it seemed to work and I didn't have a lot of choice so I insulated everything with tape and it I used the questionable one as full beam. It got me as far as Hungary and then it died and blew the fuse to my tail light. So there are weird and wonderful things out there but in my opinion, let someone else try them out first. I'm trying to find a pair of the old style units because I know they work more reliably in the longer term. It seemed well made and was anodised blue. Worth a try i guess and one is still working perfectly after a lot of shaking about.
    As for space, I had no issues. They fit nicely under the airbox casing.

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  4. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    I have a set of the Hella HIDs I used on my bike. Two lights, two balasts and all the wiring in original box not used. If you are interested I would ship it for $200.
  5. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    Are you talking to me? If so I appreciate the offer but I'm currently in the part of the world where they're made and I can pick them up new for around $50. I had mine stripped down again today and there is a substantial gap on top of the airbox, plenty big enough to for the ballasts so good stuff. When I get settled I'm going to rebuild the lights with a new set of old style ballasts and will look to mount mine there. Personally, I have found that 4300 ones work best. Does anyone have a different opinion on that?
  6. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    I use 6000K. Not yellow but not overly green either.
  7. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    Yeah if you were looking for some I thought I would throw it out there. But you are all set. Good luck!
  8. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    Thanks for thinking of me. Much appreciated. If you wanted to send beer and money I've never got enough of that.
  9. everycredit

    everycredit Been here awhile

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    I'm checking in.

    Picked up a 2009 model year with 7800 miles for $4.9k from a local dealer.

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    The only issue was the brake linings needed to be refreshed. But since I'm waiting for the pads, I changed the oil, filter, and coolant. I'll replace the brake fluid when I get the pads.

    It rides great and is a much different feel from other bikes I've ridden (R1150R and a Honda crotch rocket).

    EDIT: I cleaned and lubricated the chain. It's not brown anymore and the brown is not rust. I just noticed how bad it looked in the photo.
  10. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    Story of my life!:rofl
  11. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the bike easycredit !
  12. imeny

    imeny Been here awhile

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    what is the common in this pic? between the G650X and Scrambler ?? :wink:

    <a href="http://s1188.photobucket.com/albums/z404/imeny1/?action=view&amp;current=scrambler.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z404/imeny1/scrambler.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
  13. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    the handgrips?
  14. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    The handlebars and risers look similar. Tires would look good on a XC also.
  15. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    Bars, controls and grips are the same. Actually I looked around at various bars and the standard BMW kit is just about the best ones out there. The Scrambler owner made at least one choice I agree with. :wink:
  16. imeny

    imeny Been here awhile

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    I think that also the front rim is the same :ear.

    The full article is here:
    http://www.bikeexif.com/tridays-triumph-scrambler

    Sweeeet Scrambler !!!!!!!1
  17. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    I seriously considered a Scrambler, especially being a Brit but it just didn't do what I need it to do. It wasn't awesome enough. So here's mine as she stands ready for a trip to Phnom Penh for a weekend bike rally which will mostly be Harley Davidson, cheap beer and cheaper women. It's a tough life.

    Bash plate back on, side tank missing because the mounting brackets had a crack in them. Next time I have a whole new plan for the mounting. It was a facepalm moment where i really couldn't figure out why I never saw it before. The air thingies that bolt to the hand guards are yellow to match the side panels
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    More of the same. I don't know if maybe she's too awesome now.... Maybe...

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  18. GSALite

    GSALite Been here awhile

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    Very nice. My air thingies are white because I wanted something on there different from black. I like the yellow accents.
  19. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    Gearing update.

    After 2 X-Countries and more than 22,000 miles with 15-tooth countershaft sprockets, I went back to the stock 16-tooth to try to get 70 mpg on California "gasoline." (I'm preparing for a long trip with lots of freeway miles.)

    Sigh.

    Didn't make much difference in milage. Did put the buzzy range above the flow of freeway traffic, though. But also produced more noticeable "thumps" from the engine at legal speeds.

    So yesterday, after about 500 miles with 16 teeth, I switched back to 15. Better for off-pavement. 15 is still my recommendation.

    (The yellow or white things on the handguards are called "spoilers.")
  20. jtw000

    jtw000 Survivor

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    If you've not tried it then a K&N and a Cat-less can added a lot to my power and economy. Also, take the top cover off your airbox and discard it carelessly into next-doors garden. You won't be needing that again. I hear you poor Americans have some carbon thing bolted to the back. That should be discarded into next doors garden too. Of course the best way to improve both power and economy is to paint it black.
    "Spoilers..." Right. I painted them yellow because I only had a tiny bit of paint left. Also, i didn't want to paint anything that might get touched frequently or I can't get at to clean. I'm happy with her for now, she looks cool. White accents sounds interesting... post pics.