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

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

  1. squizzy

    squizzy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that, I did suspect that it would be a problem. The staintune website only shows a G650X and when I rang them today, they only checked it on the XChallenge. Maybe I might just buy a leovince can and be done with it. Will check some posts on the exhaust thread or any info gratefully received.
  2. kirbybikes

    kirbybikes Adventurer

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    The Staintunes do fit a X-Country, I fitted one to my wife's bike last year. Had to get rid of the thigh roaster.
  3. none

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  4. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Wow Mark I haven't even read all 500 pages that is an EFFORT!

    Welcome to the club! ...and tell your wife she should feel welcome to get her own "handle" and ask anything she wants to know about, there are a lot of good resources here!

    Our little thread had a woman rider who recently decided to trade her XCo to the more touring ready 650GS... and today she is with her husband in a group of 6 riding in Peru where they just left Machu Picchu on their way to Argentina ...they left Seattle 11 weeks ago! Wow! (AdvDonnh.com)

    So you never know what may be in your future once your wife rides an XCountry!
  5. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Also Mark, if you read it all then you know how important a good battery is!

    Don't skimp on it and hope to make an old one last "just a bit longer" or replace it with a cheap one, or you will be stranded someday. Its just finicky!

    That and if you ever ride off road you must replace the weakest link which is getting a bendy steel gear shift lever (or risk snapping off the shift shaft coming out of the engine)!

    Those are my 2 biggest words of wisdom for ya!

    -matt
  6. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    I agree with Matt on the battery because I've experienced it more than once.

    DO NOT EXPECT the bike to crank slowly a month or so before the battery says "Goodbye." EXPECT the battery to fail suddenly and without warning.

    My advice is to get an Odyssey and replace it every three years, which is at the bottom end of the service life of an Odyssey. In my experience, any battery plan for a 650X that does not involve a calendar is a mistake and includes walking/pushing/calling a friend.

    (I also found that using a Battery Tender with my 650X caused my clock and trip odometers to reset. Anyone else have that happen? Fortunately, an Odyssey doesn't actually require a trickle charger.)
  7. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Wow,

    It's so good to find and X-Counrty thread!

    I too will have to look through this topic but in the meantime:

    I've ridden mine for nearly 50,000 kms around spain in all road and trail,conditions, complete with camping gear to last me a month and more on the road:

    [​IMG]

    More soon

    Regs

    Simon
  8. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Wow! Cool! More new blood! Welcome Simon!

    I have total respect for your seat time on the XCountry - it is way more than my own by FAR!

    Now we are all gonna want to see more pics of everything you have added to your bike! :clap
  9. 4Rider

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    Matt-

    Thanks for the advice. As the bike had been sitting for several years, we've pretty much gone through everything checking for any "issues". There were several recalls against it, including the battery recall. The fuel pump was also bad and replaced. As Geoffster suggested, the battery will be on a scheduled replacement program.

    The bike will definitely be used off-pavement/off-road. She is actually happier in the dirt than on pavement, but her other "ride" isn't plated hence the X-Co


    Her other bike
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    On our first long ride with the X-Co Susie didn't see me turn into a parking area until she had ridden past, and instead of doing a Uey and coming back on the street, she crossed the shoulder and cut across some open land back to join up. First dirt didn't take too long.

    We are actually in the planning stages with some other ADV inmates for an August trip on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route, so we have some work to do to prep the X-Co. I've traded messages with Bas (Prutser) of Hyper-Pro regarding an upgraded rear shock and fork springs. We plan on returning the suspension to full-height, and Other items on the priority list include:

    -Bendy shift lever
    -Hand-guards (looking for recommendations, will check your site for info!)
    -Rear pannier rack (may fabricate on myself)
    -Bash-plate
    -Supplemental fuel
    -Seat Concepts seat rework
    -Folding mirrors
    -Tail Tidy
    -Wind-screen
    -Tire change. Possibly a Heidenau rear and TKC front (any suggestions?)

    I've made a lot of notes from posts in this thread regarding the mods others have done, and have and will be checking your mod list/webpage for more info to work from. Thanks for taking the time to put that together. I see no need to re-invent the wheel, and if there are proven solutions out there I intend to use them.

    I currently use a set of Walter Colebatch's Magadan Panniers on my GS-A and will be ordering another set for the X-Co (Adventure-Spec in England is the supplier, and very good folks to do business with).

    Any recommendations for a good fitting tank-bag?

    Susie's gone from 62 miles on the clock to over 600 in the last week and a half, so its time for the 600 mile check/service this week.

    Thanks again to all who have added thoughtful/helpful/instructive posts to this thread!

    Mark
  10. 4Rider

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    Matt-

    You are more on-point than you realize. A RTW couple, Gene and Neda, spent some time with us in November while passing through So Cal. You can find their thread, Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding..." posted by Gene (Lightcycle) here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813572

    During their stay both Gene and Neda spent a day working with Susie on her "street skills" (both are former Canadian Motorcycle Safety Instructors, and good ones at that!) Neda suggested to Susie that we come down to meet them to ride for a while in South America, maybe in Chile or Argentina. Well, that idea took root and if we can work things out, the X-Co will be crated and shipped south later in the year.

    Mark
  11. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    We all have opinions, here are some of mine:

    - Touratech shift lever - personally this is the only one I've tried that I would use. It is worth it for the fitment to my boots. See my webpage.

    - Hand guards. I'm not that psyched about my Barkbusters. But whatever you get know that the stock bars are tapered right where the inner clamps fit, which is an issue that I think can be solved by getting Cycra bar clamps made for Magura tapered bars (I think).
    I am convinced the most badass hand guards out there are the Highway Dirt Bike ones, but they attach at the center area instead of the bars which is very strong but conflicted with the windscreen that I picked (which is the Sporttech and I love it but I think I am the only one who has ever used it). HDB also makes a very tiny turn signal for rears.

    - Scheffelmeier skid plate - no question about it! The only decision is which one. If you really want the hot setup get the rally one with extra room in the front for tools or whatever. Since he will ship from Germany, save money and plan ahead and get other items: a must is the stainless steel wheel spacers (they are fairly cheap and needed as the stock ones are too soft and quickly wear out). Another option is his case saver (front sprocket area). He has other goodies too.
    - Note: On my Schef skid plate the oil drain plug hangs down below it so I got the low profile Touratech one. But it does not have a magnet in it. Others have said the OEM one does not hang down lower but on mine it does. Of course I might be the only person who has slid there bike at 70 mph flat on the skid plate until it came to a stop, so perhaps I am biased... but you can just as easily drag it over a rock and knock off the OEM drain plug.

    - Mirrors - DoubleTakeMirror.com - no question. Totally adjustable, move as needed or upon a crash, they do not break. As I like to say "the only mirror that started AND finished the 2012 Dakar" a quote from our own inmate Neduro - the inventor, owner and Dakar finisher. RAM mounted stuff is very cool too!

    - Tires - I defer to others, I have used their guidance and have not personally tried that many... But to date I like the Dunlop D606 rear for occasions when I think I need serious knobbies. I like the TKC80 fronts too, they have a good bite and last well.
    For a longer wearing rear for general use I love the Mefo Explorer rear (the front is noisy when new and they last so long I'd use the TKC myself). Others swear by the Heidenau rear but I'm not sure they last as long.

    I can't wait to see your Magadan setup on an XCountry!

    People like the Wolfman tank bag but for myself I wanted a small one that was very clean looking so 3 point instead of 4 point so I found this slick little Nelson-Rigg bag.
  12. Yukon Ho!

    Yukon Ho! We can go ANYWHERE!

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    Here are the ones I chose, VERY happy with these, thousands of miles on dirt roads:

    • Bash Plate: Scheffelmeier!
    • Hand guards: Highway Dirt Bikes!
    • Folding Mirrors: Double Take!
    • Bendy Shift Lever: Touratech.
    • Supplemental Fuel: XTank!
    • Tires: TKC-80. (Colebatch raves about Michelin Desert & Desert Race.)
    • Tank Bag: Enduristan Sport 2 (though any tank bag impedes leaning forward while standing on pegs.)
    • Windscreen: Britannia Composites Lynx Fairing. Awesome dashboard and HID headlights. Windscreen not tall enough to protect 6' rider from buffeting on freeway.
    Two more you didn't list:

    • Engine Bars: SW-Motech are beefy but pain in the butt -- you have to remove them just to access battery etc. I'd get different ones.
    • GPS Mount: touratech's locking mount for Garmin Montana, clamps onto their bar you mount on your handlebar top clamp. Compatible with HDB handguard top clamp. Excellent. $$$.
    Enjoy!
  13. Geoffster

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  14. Geoffster

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    Somewhere on ADVrider, someone discovered there's a low profile BMW drain plug with magnet. I think if you order the # from the fiche, you end up getting the new, shorter plug.

    (Damn, losing one's memory sucks ...)
  15. Niedz

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    i have the SW motech engine guards and can access the battery with no problems. you do have to squeeze the plastic radiator guard/trim pieces to get around the bars but it is completely manageable.
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  16. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    I have them as well and the side panels are truly a pain to insert... I ended up filing the top tab on each side down to fit in the slot easier and still cracked one. If it was something I took off a lot then I'm not sure what I'd say about how easy they are to deal with personally. But overall worth the protection you get as they are very strong and the radiator is a weak spot (or just don't go down, that is my motto and I slow down or skip obstacles as needed . YMMV).

    BTW, Scheff makes a skid plate already cut out perfectly so these will fit. I planned ahead and bought that version and didn't buy the SW-M guards until 2 years later for a Baja trip.

    Gee now we got a little conversation going - even Niedz is "back" ! WooHoo! can you believe this Leafman (you are our best cheering section of late!).

    4Rider I hope you do that trip!
  17. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Hey what's that black can on the back? I see it has hoses on it - did you plumb up a 6 oz. gas tank? :rofl

    I know a local guy here who took his X out of state to an unfamiliar sketchy section of a big city. He locked the bike and when he went in the morning to ride it apparently some thieves tried to steal it unsuccessfully but it was still there except ... they stole ONE thing off of the bike...

    ...that apparently MaGiC looking black cannister was gone! broken off at the plastic tabs with the hoses cut! :lol3

    ..so now I'm wondering if it really is a "stash" to store your "valuables"? ... hehe.. that would work in your case since it is too hard to access the battery compartment now. shhhh I'll never tell :wink:
  18. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Hmm I will try to remember to check that out, thanks!

    I've heard people are brave enough to epoxy their own neo-molybdenum, ... er I mean neo-binium, ... wait... neo-dynib-dimum wait let me google that...

    I mean neodymium. Anyhow to epoxy their own neodymium magnet to the plug? I don't think I am brave enough to do that personally.
  19. jjmead1

    jjmead1 now THAT"S a bike!

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    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/417/PN-049-0360/G650X-low-profile-oil-drain-plug

    mine had a magnet.
  20. Tengai In Toronto

    Tengai In Toronto Been here awhile

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    Hi X-Country owners! I need some help. I recently bought some stock X-country bars for my '02 Dakar for cheap. I installed them with adapters, but now here's my problem.

    The bar didn't come with the threaded adapters that screw into the end of the bar. I figured I could just order them from the dealer. Just called them....turns out that the part, called "Adapter", 32727710446, is no longer available!

    I can't install my handguards until I have these friggin bar end adapters.

    So, has anyone swapped out their stock bars lately? Have the screw in adapters lying around?? I need them! Sell me them!!

    Thanks