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

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

  1. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    It's done ! We picked up a second XCountry today. It looks and feels brand spanking new.


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    Let the transformation begin :D
  2. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Nice one Aard - and a few hundred €'s worth of Touratech bling thrown in, you lucky blighter :rofl

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  3. jezuar

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    Someone had to change the water pump????.
    The service manual says to remove the rear Wheel fork....................
  4. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Yes, unfortunately you'll have to take the swingarm out.
    The bottom left of the frame as well :cry

    There is a small cog at the other end of the shaft that has the impeller of the waterpump on it so you will have to take off the left engine cover to get the shaft and both seals out.
    Take care to put the seals in with the closed sides facing each other or it will leak again very soon and you will need to do it again.
    No need to drain the oil, just lean the bike over to the right hand side.
    Cheers, Ard
  5. jezuar

    jezuar NO NI NA

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    Thank you dutchgit.
  6. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    And the lower left frame to get to a couple of bolts that are covered up.
  7. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    And so she rides it too. :D

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  8. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    I've had the bike 4 months now and still haven't sorted out any luggage.

    Are the Dirtbagz rails the only affordable off the shelf system for keeping soft luggage such as wolfman, kreiga, etc.. bags off the exhuast.

    Loops and hoop type luggage is no good for me since I carry a pillion from time to time.
  9. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    Another thread muses on why the XCo is lighter than the 650 GS series.

    I am not certain that the actual weight differential is as much as 100 pounds between an XCo and a 650 GS Single.

    My research shows published DRY weights as as follows:


    2009 G650XCountry 326 pounds

    2012 G650GS 386 pounds

    60 pounds difference in dry weights


    Published horsepower is also different:

    2009 G650XCountry 53 HP @ 7000 RPM

    2012 G650GS 48 HP @ 6500 RPM


    The added weight of the GS series is understandable.

    A slightly heavier frame with attachment points for hard bags, a little more length perhaps for passenger accommodations, greatly larger fuel tank, heavier and more capable alternator etc etc can add up to 60 pounds pretty quickly.

    I have and love an 09 XCo but the GS comes stock with greater flexibility of purpose in many respects.

    If you wanna do what the GS will do, you are better to just buy it instead of trying to convert an XCo which is sorta what I have done at considerable expense over the years.

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  10. Muug

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    I've got a question about the default suspension on these X-Country's. I've got mine for two months now. And I think the suspension is really really REALLY soft. And the damping too. If you push the frontforks they rebound for about three times before coming to a halt. Normally, it should only rebound once, like on my KTM 950 Adventure.
    I suppose this soft behaviour is "normal" and that every X-Co has it? If yes, I'm going to mount WP's or Wilbers I think.
  11. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    That doesn't sound normal. Mine isn't like that.

    In fact I'd say it's verging on stiff.

    I'm less than 80kg though.
  12. satur9

    satur9 angry black guy

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    the x bikes have a lighter flywheel smaller stator shorter exhaust rev a little higher..and a couple other slight tweaks to sqeeze out the extra ponies. the extra gas capacity alone is almost 20 more lbs
    I wish the gs had the 5 hp or minus the 60 lbs. I really like the gs and can deal with 1 negative but not both. I rode one it felt like I was riding 2 up comparatively
  13. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    I did like my Dakar, but the xCountry is both a better road bike, and better off road too.

    I'd only get the GS if I couldn't cope with the small tank of the x bike or if I needed to carry heavy luggage on the rear.
  14. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    If you want a more heavy duty bike but well prepared from stock for luggages and everything go for the F800GS far more better than the G650GS in suspensions and engine.
    Stick with the G650XCo if you don't want to panic off road when things become tougher! :wink:
  15. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I have both the F650GS (twin) and the XC currently. I would never say the "Twin motor" is far more well prepare for anything other than slamming down the high-speed interstate. Off Road, the XC a far more capable machine.
  16. Muug

    Muug Muug

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    Yow, thanks for your reply ! I'm less then 80kg too. Well, I'll check the suspension to see if I can tweak them a bit. They are now in the default position and it really is too soft. Perhaps I can turn up the damping and the preload until I'm happy. But as it is now, I'm afraid of doing some off-road, I'm gonna hit every bump!
  17. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Sorry It's what I've heard from the comercials... Actually I've never ridden a F800GS which supposes to be the best bike ever produced for everything. Only test ride the lower F700GS which I found like great for highway but very scary on tracks at low speed from my point of view. Never ride a G650GS though.
    I've got my XCo for 6 years and never got tired of riding it. Made some adventurer mods like leafman60 and others did which cost me a lot money as well and that's the point BMW should have improved by making a direct from the box adv Xcountry bike!
    Well, Glad our thumpers are still keeping up with bigger dual engines.
  18. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    A question for you boys and girls:
    I'm quite tall, 6 8 " or so presently with a GSA and a KTM SER but I'm looking for a lighter bike as I'm not getting any younger.
    I want a XCH but they're like hen's teeth around here in Sweden.
    I've spotted a couple of XCO and want to know if I'd fit on one of those?
    I like long distance travelling, mainly blacktop sofar as I normally travel solo, not so much dropping a fully loaded GSA in bumfcuk.
    So I want light and high.
    Thanks for answering :D
  19. jeventures

    jeventures DEVR Adventures

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    I'm 6'3". I have a custom tall seat on my XCO and the fit is great. Only downside is I can't really fit a passenger on the back for long distance because I like to sit back on the seat a bit. I would think with a tall seat and bar risers the bike would be a good for you for 1up riding.

    Try this resource to compare what you have ridden before to the Xco with a regular seat.

    http://cycle-ergo.com/

  20. Johnnyboxer

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    HB pannier rails are quick release, quicker than DB rails and should be fine with a pillion