The 650 Dakar Thread

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

  1. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    I didn't have the seals out, cuz it's about impossible to get 'em out w/o destroyin' 'em. They weren't leaking anyway -- as yet. But it's all reassembled now, so no need for 'em.

    Sure feels good w/o the big-ass notch in the steering.
  2. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Somewhere along the line a previous owner lowered my Dakar, so I bought a set of stock height Koubalinks. Minor PITA to install, because BMW used bolts with 16 and 18mm heads to hold the links on. Really? 16 and 18mm? I've worked on bikes and import cars off and on for 40 years and don't even own those two sizes.
    Must be a european thing. Doubt if I can find them local, and I hate to order/pay for something I'm going to use once in my life. FFS.


    1911fan

    PS: Want to buy the 1" lowering Koubalinks I took off? PM me.
  3. Don Coyote

    Don Coyote Long timer

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    I'm not too familliar with the parts down there, but when i took the swingarm off i had to disconnect the shock ("strut fastener") with a 14mm bolt and 16mm nut. 16mm fits pretty snug with a 5/8 if needed, but i did buy what i thought was the most basic metric socket set from Craftsman and it goes from 8 to 18mm...
  4. michael1968

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    In the world outside north america set are often sold in sockets with in 1mm increments.....:wink:
  5. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Very common over here that a set of wrenches are 10-19mm, but some sets are 10-15,17 and 19, so obviously 16 and 18mm aren't the most commonly used sizes.
  6. KennyV

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    Has anyone here added the black plastic front fender extender to an 05 / 06 year model Dakar? I’ve been looking through this thread for pictures but no luck. Any help much appreciated!
    Thanks, Kenny.
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    This one?

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  8. KennyV

    KennyV Adventurer

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    I have the one on the bottom that came on the bike. I’m interested in the piece that mounts to the front of the front fender. When I’m riding in rain, the front tires throws in line of water out front and it blows back. Not a big deal on the road, but when off road in rain I get a mud / dirt line down the front of my face shield.
    Thanks, Kenny.
  9. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    :scratch

    The extension on the front is one of the things that separate the Dakar from the regular GS. If yours don't have it you either
    • lost it
    • have a regular GS front fender
    • have a regular GS bike
    BUT having said that it doesn't really matter since the extension doesn't keep water from spraying up and over anyway. Solved it with another front fender (Acerbis universal motocross fender)

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  10. KennyV

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    This is mine. I bought this bike new in 06 and haven’t done anything to the front fender. It looks the same as others I’ve seen?????
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  11. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    The Dakars don't come with the low fender, only the standard F650GS. I added the Touratech fender, very effective at reducing wheel spray.

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  12. nomad5326

    nomad5326 Xventurous

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    I don't think the late model Dakars had a actual black beak extension that the earlier model and twin series had. Its kinda funny cause we love them, its a great branding idea from BMW actually. But I've never seen one on a later Dakar (pre Sertao). I think the question now is : does the later or current beak extension fit on the mid year model?
  13. Don Coyote

    Don Coyote Long timer

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    Maybe you're thinking of the single spark GSs which have a black edge around the front and sides on the stock feder?
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    I hadn't noticed if these are only on the Dakar model, but most serious gelände riders here seem to find it inadequate.
  14. KennyV

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    I like that, may have to go with! Like the fork sheilds and crash bars too! Hey, thanks for the help.

    This is what I have. I looked for this at different after market sites and local dealers and couldn’t find one. People told me they had seen them, but didn’t know where they came from. A friend that lives in Germany and owns an independent bike shop asked a friend of his who is a long time BMW technician if he knew where to find one. No problem he said, just needed the year model and serial#. As it turned out, this is a BMW accessory part, at least in Germany. Before I mount this I was hope to see and talk with someone that has one. It certainly looks like will eliminate or at least greatly reduce the amount of mud / dirt that blows back.
    Thanks again, Kenny.
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  15. BMacW650

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    Is there any trick to get that damn pin out?
  16. Don Coyote

    Don Coyote Long timer

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    I looked at the MaxBMW fiche and the one for the dual spark Dakar shows the extension in the picture, but no corresponding part number for order. The single sparks use the same diagram and have the extension available for $40, so it would seem to be available here also. The main beak is the same in both pictures, but the twinsparks don't actually have the mounting hole and cost $6 more (for the 'metalic' paint?). It looks like from your picture it should mount up after you drill the holes, eh?
  17. rmarkr

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    A bigger hammer!

    Which brake lever?
  18. BMacW650

    BMacW650 .

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    front brake, the lever on the right operated by hand.

    I was able to loosen the nut on the bottom, but I can't get it off completely.
  19. rmarkr

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    It's probably be threaded into the housing, the nut is a lock nut. No screw slot or hex head or socket?
  20. BMacW650

    BMacW650 .

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    It's really weird.

    On the top is the flat head screw. I can use it to 'drill' down or pull out the pin, and it moves the nut at the bottom. but I was have very little luck get the nut to come off the pin after certain point.

    It just keeps on spinning.... :huh