The 650 Dakar Thread

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

  1. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Both yes and no...why, do you think it's ugly ?
    I just painted those red last fall :deal:D

    My right rear panel was cut down when I was in Australia to make room for a 5L jerry can, so after I got home I cut the left one to match. They were very stubby and were bothering me, so I aquired two sets of rear panels last fall. One was painted white and in good condition (in the picture above) and one set cptn america which were pretty scratched up and worn.

    Since I put the white rear panels on I decided to go for white X2 headlight and SM front fender. All the white parts are different shades of white :lol3
    I have another set of the original black/ white checkered front panels though which I'm going to cut down. Haven't decided whether to keep the checker stickers or not.

    There's been a few variations over the years...it's a 2001 (built in late 2000), but I bought it new from BMW Norway in august 2002 for NOK 116.000 (USD 14.500 with 2002 exch. rate, USD 20.000 using 2013 exch rate)

    2003
    Touratech rally cockpit, with first generation IMO computer and the TT manual roadbook holder/ roller. TT rally footpeg relocation kit. Check out the worlds best sticker on the lower fork support. Been on there since the bike was 1 week old in august 2002 and still looks almost new.

    Original rear "rack". The bike actually looks very nice the way BMW designed it. Too bad they never thought about the people who were going to use them.

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    First real crash in the fall same year attending a roadbook rally....

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    2005
    New rear rack, dash and Acerbis Cyclopse headlight

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    2006-2009
    New paint and smaller things here and there

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    2010
    Back to checkered and dakar tall screen, re-worked tail end

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    2012
    New paint and dash

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    2013
    Cyclopse headlight, 2012 dash

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    X2 headlight, 2012 dash

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    X2 headlight, 2013 "dash"/ headlight mount. Still have some work before I'm happy with it, just had to get it back on the road

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  2. Hamburgler

    Hamburgler Adventurer

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    hey all , I'm about to weld my kick stand back together(added a couple inches) but first wanted to disconnect the ecu but cant figure out how to.ive taken it out but cant see a way to easily disconnect it without taking the right side cover off and digging thru all the wires,is there an easier way ,I've googled it and checked 650.com but nothing so far.thx

    bike is a 2006 dakar

    haha Christ that was. a dumb question,took the kickstand off the bike.question does still stand for future welding tho
  3. Linusp3

    Linusp3 Been here awhile

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    A few weeks ago I removed the combi-instrument by disconnecting the plug under the rubber hood (2), and ever since I´ve had problems with the RPM-meter being dead, milage not showing on the ODO and dasboard lights coming and going... I understand the connector must be loose somehow but despite a few tries at disconnecting and reconnecting the plug I can´t get it to work :(

    Any good ideas here?

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    Thanks!
  4. Dragon M

    Dragon M Adventurer

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    Been lurking here a while, last month did a ~ 2,000 mile trip through AZ and southern CA. Thought I'd post up a photo or 2 of the bike from the trip as a "Thanks" for all the stuff I've learned in this thread.

    Empty highway outside of Baker, CA - heading towards Death Valley
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    In Grand Canyon, NP after riding through the worst windstorm of my life
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    In Sedona, AZ
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    Lastly...outside of Grand Canyon NP on a trail, more a pic of my buddies' 1150GSA, but I love the way it turned out
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  5. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Took the Dakar to Deals Gap last week - just felt like sharing.

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    My side stand looks a bit low.

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    (obligatory creative commons licensing note for the above)

    I saw a guy on an older model Dakar there (the black and white one). He had the ginormous TT fuel tank and looked to be on quite the trip. I didn't get a chance to chat with him. Anyone from this forum?
  6. Bruce H

    Bruce H Bruce H

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    Tubeless is tempting but a hassel. I bought heavy duty natural rubber tubes (Moose) NOT synthetic rubber. these leak air a bit so you have to watch the pressure. the tubes and good tires has worked for me. I change my tires out before they are done and give them away. One tow bill will pay for new tires is my theory. Too bad smaller bikes don't come with rims such as the 1200GS. There is some motorcycle specific flat sealant you can put inside the tubes, always wanted to try it as the reviews were posivitive. There is some for tubeless as well but I have tire pressure monitiring so was afraid to try it on my GSA.

    For the ride conditions you describe I'd stay with Metzler's. On my Dakar I run Kenda's but am within six hundred miles of home. If I were to do Alaska most likely would use Metzler Tourance or the new rage Heidenau. always wanted to try those. I did try the Metzler Sierra on the Dakar, NIX.. for me very short life.


  7. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Can't you just disconnect the battery ?
    I *think* teh ECU is the square flat thingy under the saddle just behind the airbox. Never disconnected it, but I think you can just pull it out .... isn't there like a handle on one side :dunno
  8. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Sweet :deal
  9. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Cool :thumb
  10. gabriels_twin

    gabriels_twin Adventurous n00b

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    New owner of a Dakar! Woo! It has been a long time coming.

    For a pic:
    http://instagram.com/p/ZyPNz0I_OZ/

    Over the next few months, you might see me around California, Arizona, New Mexcio, Texas, Old Mexico :rofl, Colorado and Utah.

    Very excited! I've got a week of prep before I start meandering. Let the farkling begin!
  11. Ricky Chuck

    Ricky Chuck Red Green Rulz!

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    Hi all, have just been lurking while trying to decide which bike I want to pursue, but with regard to tubed tires, on my mountain bike several years ago I was able to buy a kevlar strip that fit inside the tire between it and the tube, and it helped prevent punctures, evidently it would either deflect a thorn, for example, to either side, or the nail, thorn, whatever, would push the strip up toward the tube and then push back toward the tire, still protecting the tube.

    I wonder if they still have those, possibly wider so they would insert and protect higher on either side of the tire, or if they even made the tech leap to motorcycle tires, and not just bicycles?
  12. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Congrats :thumb
  13. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    Nice. I remember that feeling of first getting my F650ST... and then the 01 F650GS... and then the F800GS... and then back to the F650GS'YZ'Dakar which is still a work in progress. I think the when i finally get it done and road worthy I'll have that same feeling again.

    Nice pic by the way
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  14. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Nice pics. I love how rugged your Dakar looks. Great scenery too. I hope to do the same trip in the near future.

    Haha great photo! I can feel the love :raabia
    I hope you have many years of happy riding on your new bike.
  15. Hamburgler

    Hamburgler Adventurer

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    Hey all,heres my weekend project,elongating the kick stand and welding on a bigger foot print.Finish isnt too fancy because im not super obssessed with my dakar looking great,its made to ride after all.

    Basically i just cut the old one,welded on an extension of about 3 1/2 " then slipped a metal sleeve over it right up the part that connects to the bike,welded the bottom half of the original kickstand,lowered the sleeve over the new extension and welded that too,so its super strong now.The bike leans at about a 70 deg angle,seems pretty good,althought sometimes i think a good gust might topple it,probly just being paranoid.Foot print was easy to amke,wont bother explaining that,i shoulda maybe taken more time on it but oh well.Finished it off with some primer and mat black enamel tremclad.

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  16. PukaWai

    PukaWai Been here awhile

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    I just got a new-to-me Dakar and am looking for a centerstand. From what I've read, the one made by Holtham is the cream of the crop, but he doesn't have a website - just a couple of email rjholtam@att.net or rjholtam@worldnet.att.net.
    I tried sending him an e-mail, but it bounced on both those addresses. Does anybody know if he's still in business making these things?
  17. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    I'm using this one from Touratech and it works very well
  18. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    Here is a PDF from F650.com FAQ:
    Holtam Metal Fabrication stand


    It works well untill you bend or break the part you stand on. I bought one used and its bent already so now the bike stands on all 3 points. Kinda weird and feels like its really narrow.

    I'm thinking of getting one of these from Twisted Throttle:
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-m...07-g650gs-09?gclid=CMHjiZT7u7cCFSVxQgodATAABg
  19. ADVRKD

    ADVRKD Dharma Bum

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    I'm very happy with the twisted throttle centerstand. Here's a shot of my Dakar loaded for a cross country trip.

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  20. PukaWai

    PukaWai Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies. The one from Twisted Throttle is from SWMotech and was my second choice, but I wanted to check out the Holtham one first. I had looked through the PDF, it's where I got an e-mail address that is no good, hence I wanted to know if that business is still around.
    Gangplank - You might have look here http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-m...07-sertao-12?gclid=CJOUifvsu7cCFSFxQgodeUAAHg
    I think the link you posted would be too short for a Dakar.