The 650 Dakar Thread

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

  1. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer

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    Trail tech vapor after the water pump. it reads 220 when the fan kicks on and 245 when the warning light kicks on.
  2. 808Tugpilot

    808Tugpilot Pop A Wheelie!

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    The water pump gears on my bike went at about 20k miles. Didn't check the chain guide. Just did my 36k mile service, won't have the bike apart until 42k.... I will check the chain guide then - You are probably right though - i couldn't see any reason for the gears going
  3. 808Tugpilot

    808Tugpilot Pop A Wheelie!

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    I had a Corbin for a while. I did some mainland trips where i was sitting on the bike for 8-10 hours a day. The Corbin was the only way I could have done those trips! Comfy as comfy can get! The thing is/was very heavy though because of the Corbin seat pan. I took the opportunity to re-work my seat and got it good enough for me. Sold the Corbin about 2 years ago on F650.com. (Doing much more off-road and looking for weight savings)

    I just pulled the trigger on the single seat and luggage box from MAX - 335.00 delivered to Hawaii. I can get the thing comfortable if I need too. I am going to 86 the tool tube and use the seat box for what's in the tube - save another couple of pounds -I may cut off the rear footpegs too. Later on, if needed for some future trip, i'll put some sort of fuel storage on the right side.

    Typoed the price - 335.00.....
  4. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Funny, for me the Seat Concepts seat feels the way you describe the Corbin. Harder to reach the ground with my 30" inseam because it doesn't sink down under my weight as much as the stock Dakar seat and harder to stand on the pegs because the sides feel like they are jutting out a bit more than stock.

    Did you notice if the Seat Concepts seat has a break-in time like the Corbin? Just wondering if it would get better after a thousand km or so on it...
  5. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've always wondered why Corbin makes those ill-fitting heavy pans instead of simply using OEM.Guess it's cost...

    Good price on the single seat, be interesting to hear what you think of it once you've had some saddle time.
  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like the single seat is shaped somewhere between the OEM low and high seats.
  7. Parx400

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    If all you are doing is riding on the street than the corbins will be fine. Off road though it will hurt your ability to move around on the bike.
  8. mothra

    mothra Rally Driver

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    Does Touratech still make the high flat seat for the 650gs? I haven't noticed it in the catelog in a few years.
  9. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Don't think so, but Wunderlich does. There was one for sale in th Flea Market a couple weeks ago.


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  10. ergomoto

    ergomoto FOCUS ON THE THROUGH.

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    Best value and true enduro usable comfort is still SeatConcepts.com. $169.99 for a recover on your pan or a second seat with usable pan. Find there ADVender threads here by their ADVrider MXBundy


    Just did a one week, six state tour averaging 400 mile days. I still can't believe I did it with complete comfort on a 650 single. An '05 F650GS single with the tall Seat Concept Gripper seat, WP fork conversion, and Ohlins remote gas rear shock that is. The bike now more than holds it's own, this 5', 11" 165lb rider aboard this greatly improved saddle, and again as much gear.

    Mark S
  11. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I had high expectations after all the rave reviews but after riding on my new SC Dakar seat for a few hundred kilometers my ass was killing me. Found the foam to be way too firm, is there a break-in time?
  12. ergomoto

    ergomoto FOCUS ON THE THROUGH.

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    There's a simple correlation between quality seat time, and quantity time in the seat.

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  13. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Hey peeps -

    I just wanted to know if there are any skidplates that work with the SW-Motech engine guards/crash bars for a 2005 Dakar without requiring modification. Some of the info on this subject that I've found on the F650 site and elsewhere seems to apply to skidplates that aren't available any longer. If you know of any skidplates that have worked for you that are compatible with the SW-Motech bars, could you please let me know? Or if you were able to use the stock engine guard, any tips on what you did would be appreciated as well. Thanks!

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  14. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Regarding mounting points, the SW-Motech engine guards have absolutely no relationship to the skid plate, any one will work. In my case I'm using the SW-Motech skid plate but could have kept the OEM skidplate if I had wanted.

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  15. CaptnSlo

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    Oh interesting. Thank you for letting me know. I had read on various threads and on the Twisted Throttle site that the SW-Motechs won't work with the stock engine guard for the Dakar, which is the reason for my question.

    Nice bike, btw.
  16. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Ok, you originally asked if the SW-Motech engine guards will work with the BMW skid plate. If you meant the BMW engine guard that's a different question all together and I'm guessing the mounting points would interfere. The BMW engine guard doesn't do much besides protect the skidplate so I don't really see much point to using it.
  17. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Ah I guess I confused the skidplate with the engine guard. Thanks for your help!
  18. dansin

    dansin Been here awhile

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    The Motech bars will fit with the OEM bash plate but definitely not with the OEM engine bars.

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    I've junked the bars as they have a tendency to catch on rocks, which results in them bending, along with the mount points and if you're really unlucky, the lower subframe....

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  19. EL HUX

    EL HUX Adventurer

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    What brand of pannier racks are you using?
  20. ferals5

    ferals5 Long timer

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    I think crash bars are over rated... :wink: I do just fine without them.

    She fell over while I was shutting the gate. :shog




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