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

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

  1. blaster11

    blaster11 Still having fun!

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  2. Zeus99

    Zeus99 Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I'm on the road and need to adjust the chain tension, but can't go by manual since I have a Wilbers 640 shock that was lowered by 5 cm.
    Does anyone know how much should the chain slack be?

    Here's one from the road
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  3. CarstenB

    CarstenB Been here awhile

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    it should still have some slack at the tightest spot when you are sitting on the fully loaded bike. Nothing else really works well but others may disagree.
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  4. Zeus99

    Zeus99 Been here awhile

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    Thanks,
    That makes complete sense.

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  5. Defender63

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    I should like do with a rear fender upgrade for my Xcountry .

    Any suggestions please ( R&G "Tail Tidy" - Touratech "Spray Guard Sport " ) ?

    Picture request please .

    Thanks !
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  7. onthetrail

    onthetrail Been here awhile

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    I am considering the xCountry and a friend recommended a KTM 350. Is there another bike in-between I should consider?

    I like about xCountry: BMW brand, lighter than a DR. Dislike: heavier than KTM and can't handle too much single track. The KTM like: low weight and power. Dislike: seat height (34-36in), cost (6-9k)

    I like option of being able to do single track and want the become a better rider. Fuel injection/electric start is a must. I want to buy a bike I don't mind dropping. I currently have a WR but it struggles at 250cc.



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  8. focal

    focal 2009 G650 XCountry

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    Don't mind the rear tire. I haven't got around to putting the new one on yet :fpalm

    R&G. I angled the turn signals down some to clear the exhaust.

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  9. focal

    focal 2009 G650 XCountry

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    I got my XCh forks today :rayof Not the greatest upgrade but something to help get this green off my thumbs.

    My intentions are to make this a fall/winter project and learning experience. I intend to install HP progressives in the front and figure out the rear shock dilemma on a 2009. I want to solve this height/weight issue and slightly improve the suspension.

    Everything was disassembled when I got them which helps me identify most of the serviceable parts. Which parts below would you suggest to service or replace (numbered 1-7 below)? Also, what's with the third seal on line #3? Just an extra? I couldn't figure that little guy out when mocking it all together. I won't start tearing things apart until I have a full understanding of the assembly.

    Edit: I had time to think it over and I think it would just be easier and cheaper to swap out the internals, at least for now, and not use the XCh slider and sleeve.

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  10. Defender63

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    Thanks focal !!!
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  11. jjmead1

    jjmead1 now THAT"S a bike!

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    check the x challenge thread
  12. jobestein

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    Anyone have a stock muffler they'd like to sell?

    Looking to replace a stocker that grenaded internally.

    Thanks!
  13. jjmead1

    jjmead1 now THAT"S a bike!

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    Third seal appears to be unnecessary. Would suggest a more clear picture to be of real help to you. The maxbmw parts fiche breaks down the fork into parts and pieces in a manner that should make any service and re assembly easy. The fork is simple to service and I would suggest both seals and the bushing for replacement. It's already apart and those pieces are the ones you'll end up replacing should it have needed the service. ( plus oil ).

    09 31 42 7 692 149 SLIDING SLEEVE 0.09 2 $45.08[​IMG]
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    11 31 42 7 692 147 GASKET RING - D=45MM 0.04 2 $33.72[​IMG]
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    13 31 42 7 692 145 CUP 0.04 2 $42.42[​IMG]
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  14. Craig Cutright

    Craig Cutright Been here awhile

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    Why not open it up and remove the CAT. That is likely where the problem is. Seal it back up and you are good to go. Will run cooler too.
  15. onthetrail

    onthetrail Been here awhile

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    Anyone ridden both the xCountry and KTM 350 EXC? I love to hear your thoughts on the similarities and differences of these bikes.

    I just finished the TAT on a WR250 and want to be able to do 7-10 Adv rides that could include single track.

    If I do KevinGPS rides, they have a support vehicle and that would maybe lean me toward a KTM 350?

    Also, should I be worried about parts availability for the xCountry?

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  16. GravyEater

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    Snooker, I'm a long time lurker. After I read about your accident I registered for an AdvRIDER account and am making my first post just because I wanted to send you BEST WISHES for a full recovery. I was shocked to hear about that stupid Toyota Camry and I am relieved to hear you made it through. I wanted you to know that there are probably oodles of people like myself that you don't know but we know you. You are a xCO Rock Star. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing more random pics from your past adventures and even more I am looking forward to the stories and pics of your future adventures. On behalf of all the silent lurkers who follow you, THANK YOU for all of your sharing!
  17. focal

    focal 2009 G650 XCountry

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  18. focal

    focal 2009 G650 XCountry

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    I haven't been concerned with parts and have bought tons of replacements just because they are faded, dirty or a little chipped. I've found compatible part replacements and even other avenues to find discontinued parts, such as that great guy that's making us Cush drive bushings. You have to be able to put the research time in.
  19. cgguy09

    cgguy09 ScientiƦ Cedit Mare

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    I can't speak to the comparison of the G650x to the KTM 350 EXC. Depending what you're looking for, those are very different bikes.

    I've done the TAT (1.5 times) and most of the TCAT and CDR, and I can attest the X series is a very capable bike. The engine is bullet proof and I was never in a situation where I "couldn't get the part I needed." And, believe me, I've broken a lot of things on that bike.

    As far as single track riding, that more depends on the rider than the bike. I've seen guys take their 1200's/1190's/800's on shit I would have issues with on my X.

    If you're going over "hard stuff," and it sounds like you are. Then you'll need to do some work (simple swaps) on the suspension. As you would need to with any BMW. That's the true advantage of the KTMs, their suspension comes out of the factory ready to play.
  20. EODender

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    Hello everyone I'm new here just bought my Xcountry this spring, and loving it. This place is a wealth of information! Look forward to learning from all of you guys.
    I have a 2009 with just a few mods so far.

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