The 650 Dakar Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by underwaterguru, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Renaissanceman

    Renaissanceman DON'T PANIC!

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    Man, you guys worry a lot! Blow the loose shit out, be careful when you lift out the old plug, be careful when you install the new one, and you're done!
    It's a Rotax, not the space shuttle!


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  2. dansin

    dansin Been here awhile

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    I’ve done plug changes after drowning the bike or engine covered in dust, mud etc. Never once have I considered cleaning around the plugs before pulling them.

    Sure a few bits of mud etc have probably traveled in after removing plugs. No ill effects so far.....!
  3. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Well made it to Mongolia, finally. New bike issues turned up, won’t start after the cold night, think it’s 15-50 oil freezing, so had to be towed to start. Ehh
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  4. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    Good to hear, be aware some BMSC firmware versions had cold start problems, for the dual spark it was the first firmware version A170E
  5. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Not sure about the version, but by sound it seem like it just couldn’t turn. Did so @ like 30kmh in 2nd at an instant



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  6. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    Sounds like it may well have been rather cold so perhaps more than just firmware, in that situation it is best to warm the machine up once you get it started then stop it and restart so you get a good stable initialisation of the BMSC, that is what BMW Oz did on a trip here where some machines had problems cold starting
  7. NahdarVebb

    NahdarVebb Lukas

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    Just a note (sorry to be so late). The last information about TT situation is, that they are still in the business. Question is, if they can make it with or without loan capital. I ordered some things from them way before this problem came to light, late May IIRC, one of the thing was a bash plate. 4 months later I got a call from their resellers that the bash plate isn't ready and that TT will most probably concentrate in upcoming months onto most profitable bikes, which F/G isn't.

    Take that into consideration whith skidplate options.
  8. UTTLC

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    Good point. After going back and forth between the options, I decided to go with the HEED bars and order the HT bash plate. Now just the easy decision of which rackless bags to go with...reckless 40, dryspec 20s with top bag, or enduristan blizzards.


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  9. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Yup that’s what always do, but it’s starting the bike that’s a problem, as i need help and capable people are hard to find here...


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  10. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    Might only help you when you're stuck with no-one around, but I've found in sub-zero temps, standing the bike so that the sun hits the side of the cylinder helps when you get the "cough-cough, but no fire" starting problem. Might take an hour to get some warmth into the cylinder, and then it starts. The metal will surprisingly absorb some solar radiation even when the air is still cold. Just don't flatten the battery trying and trying to start it if it's not going to. Or did you take a Lithium jump starter pack, I thought you said you were...You could try attaching that??
  11. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Thanks, i’ll keep that in mind. I do have a starter pack with me, but it doesn’t seem to do any good after a cold night. It either starts by itself or help is needed.


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  12. sraff

    sraff Been here awhile

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    When living in the bush in Alaska, we would put a pan of hot coals under the engines of our airplanes, then tarp the front of the plane. Every year a few planes would burn, but we all did it. I started mine many times at - 55*F.
    You might want to avoid doing this if you have a gas leak. :-)
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  13. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Sounds like you need to replace the grommet with a car valve too.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-g650-gs-thread.760254/page-411#post-33320226
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  14. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Scots?

    The bars are red :D
  15. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Mongolia update
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  16. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    I believe you dropped something.
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  17. Len

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  18. Gedrog

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    Even if you dumped your bike I still envy your trip. I received the best birthday gift ever, my brother decided to store my riding camping gear and everything for my SA bike in an offsite storage garage.
    My birthday wish is as follows "Happy Birthday bro and now for the s~@t news they broke in and took everything apart from your jacket. :dunno
    That screws up my whole trip as it's too late now to replace everything so I just decided to can the whole trip, and sort all the gear out for next year:muutt
  19. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    That sucks bro


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  20. UTTLC

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    Wow. Happy Birthday, I guess...


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