The 650 Dakar Thread

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

  1. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    it looks great! looks more like a dirtbike now.
  2. kito

    kito Been here awhile

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    it must be a BMW thing to make the fender short/crap. After 10min of greenlaning on my x challenge you can no longer see the head light never mind light coming out of it . the x challenge fender has slots/holes in the back of the fender but this just lets mud into the rad so the fan comes on all the time.
  3. duroturk

    duroturk Been here awhile

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    Yeah, this is one of my concerns... :hmmmmm
  4. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    Haven't posted on this thread for quite a while. Just replaced my seat with a completely new model from www.seatconcepts.com

    Unbelievable. Real comfortable and a great design too. So far have about 400 miles on it.... highly recommend.:clap

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    Basically the seat is thick, soft and comfortable where you need it and flattens out towards the back, so overall the seat is much easier to move around on. Made from the gripper material, very well made. I haven't noticed any difference in seat height from stock, so very close to the same overall height.
  5. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    I replaced the stock beak fender on my Dakar with a similar high fender. I used a Polisport universal 2-piece unit.

    The bike throws MUCH less dirt up from the front wheel than with the stock beak fender. I actually ruined a couple of face shields on my helmet in one weekend, riding on muddy roads with the stock fender. No such problems with the replacement.

    You'll need to relocate the horn. I put mine on the right side of the downtube of the frame, next to the engine.

    EDIT: photo of fender/horn setup

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  6. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    I've got exactly the same kit sitting in my kitchen. :clap Waiting for a fellow ADV inmate to come back from Virginia to help me with the fitting. He's got a Seat Concepts setup on his 950 Super Enduro, and he likes it too.
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Are any special tools required to do the installation? Also, would you happen to you know the difference between the embossed cover and the gripper cover?
  8. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    I didn't do the install, but watched. You need a powered staple gun with SS staples. I'm sure the kits come with instructions, I know you need to use adhesive to attach the foam to the seat pan... I've seen both materials, the embossed is smoother, and of course the gripper seat does just that. You can't slide back and forth. Keeps you in one place effectively.
  9. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks for the info. Turns out they don't ship internationally, maybe I'll shoot them an email.
  10. Bikenstitches

    Bikenstitches Been here awhile

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    Well the shock is out and on its way

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    Also reupholstered my seat as it was cracking up. Added a half inch of soft foam first, before recovering with high tack vinyl from diyupholstery-
  11. redbastard

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    I see Touratech has changed the price of thier Oryx show room bike again. First $8500, then $15,500 , now it's $10,000. Oh brother.

    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Adventure/News/jBOVVS/For-Sale-Four-Touratech-Dream-Bikes
  12. redbastard

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    Headlight assemble installed
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    some new graphics

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    new rear mud guard and tail lights
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    I like this TT decal. I have a 3600 lumen high beam on order

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    New ignition location, I mounted the stock gauge cluster mounted to the TT frame.

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  13. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Lookin' great RB! :clap
  14. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Tomorrow makes a week since I got mine back on the road again with new (to me) YZ front end, PivotPegz, ProTaper bars, Cycra handguards and cushy Corbin saddle. Plus a revalved rear stock shock with compression adjustment added. Oh and a pipe off an RC51 sportbike and YZ front fender. Already I've piled another 1K more miles on her (73K total now).

    Next will be some black Excel rims on these hubs, going to an 18" rear.

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  15. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    lookin good! the black excel rims make a bike look so much tougher for sure. cant wait to see them!
  16. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Thanks! I can't wait to see them too!

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  17. Benjah

    Benjah Been here awhile

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    Your doing it right :nod


  18. mattomoto

    mattomoto 2 wheels rule

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    Flippin' bitchin' RB. I like the silver on the Oryx kit.
  19. Don Coyote

    Don Coyote Long timer

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    So what is it you plan to be using this configuration for? Looks to me like it could use a Recoiless Rifle mounted or somesuch...
  20. redbastard

    redbastard Long timer

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    Truth be told I'll be using this set up to ride to and from down town Seattle :rofl. I'll be doing as much adventure dual sporting as I can when the snow in the mountains melts though. I'm contemplaiting entering Washingtons biggest off road race in it April 1st. The Desert 100 is held in the deserts of eastern Washingon every year and over 1200 riders will start the race in two massive waves. This year they have opened a new class for adventure bikes. I did this race last year on my WR250F Yamaha, but the adventure bike class is only one 50 mile lap not two. It's a long way to be battleing wheel to wheel with that many other riders. I DNFed last year. Just trying to deside if 100 miles on a 250lbs bike will be tougher than 50 miles on a 385lbs bike.