The G650 GS Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by LarryGee, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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    No mods at all. Everything bolted right up quickly and easily.

    I think Twisted Throttle is the only US dealer.
  2. Nickcamera

    Nickcamera Adventurer

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    I'm going to attempt to put front forks from a 03 dakar onto my 09 g650gs wondering if i can just change out the fork tubes and not have to change out the triple clamp also.
    thoughts.
  3. Sight

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    Anyone know how much play the absorbers in the rear wheel should have ? should there be any play in them at all ?
  4. dunc

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    went on a ride today supose to be for 2 days lol
    3 other bmw
    2 dakars and a 800
    fuel stop i topped out with the most fuel used by 2 litres/4 pints roughly so ???????

    from the fuel stop to the coffee shop revealed the problem
    [​IMG]

    either a split tank or there is a seal /gasket in there that has let go
    all before the first service :eek1 total about 900km on the clock /600mile ??
    left me stuck out in the countryside and to say pissed off a bit is a understatement with this
    anyone else seen one of these go around the fuel pump setup or heard of one splitting there
  5. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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    I've been in the G650GS threads from the beginning and haven't seen this one yet. That's no consolation I guess. I know what it's like to have a trip ruined at the outset, so you have my sympathies. Let us know what you eventually find.

    Remember to use your BMW Roadside assistance!
  6. dunc

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    used that assist but im at home now and the bike is 300km + away from me
    well see what happens when they find and fix the problem
  7. dunc

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    suppose i better put a before the drama one as well on the way down

    [​IMG]
  8. mmoore415

    mmoore415 Adventurer

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    Finally getting started off road after having the bike for a year. Coming from a Sportster so this is pretty new to me.

    First impression....Trailwings don't like mud :lol3

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    Bike has been a lot of fun so far. Just ticked over 9k miles today, hopefully will get out and ride more this year...
  9. Sight

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    Been there a few times myself, and I'm sure I'll be there again in the future. Headed out this morning to what was looking like a great day to ride.[​IMG]
    And well it didn't take long for that to right down the Chitter.[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Good thing the local recovery crew wasn't that far away because I was getting my a$$ kicked trying to get'er out.
    [​IMG]
    Thanks Dusty, Dion. I owe you guys one.
  10. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    :clap

    :thumb

    Yep....
  11. dunc

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    [​IMG]

    well the verdict is as predicted a stuffed seal/oring
    the dealer says hes never seen one before :rofl
    well he has now and can fix the next one that comes in

    suppose to be 2 days and back on the road we hope
  12. dunc

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    well all good so far
    looks like the rats had been chewing the old one but

    someone at the factory needs a kicking for doing work like that and letting it get out to the public
  13. Dstap65

    Dstap65 OzNoob

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    Relative noob: just fitted a staintune muffler to my G650gs and it sounds freakin awesome. Turned a mild mannered dualie into a growler. Love it. Exy but worth the sound, weight loss and power gain. Recommend for any Oz owners thinking about a new exhaust.
  14. alter

    alter nub with training wheels

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    I've had my g650 into the shop 4 times at 2 different dealers and they still haven't fixed the hot start issue, even deny that there is a service bulletin after I even told them a special part had been created to fix it. He even denied there is an issue, although its easily reproducible. he said all large single cylinder engines have this issue and also blamed American gas for the issue. He even replace the fuel injector once which didn't fix the issue. I've even emailed BMW to complain to no avail. This was my first and last BMW purchase. Its a shame because its otherwise a nice bike. I'm fed up with the problem and BMW not honoring their warranty. I'm selling the bike but I might try to get it fixed one more time until its sold. Thanks for the service bulletin link I'll print it out and bring it to dealer next time.
  15. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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    Sorry you've had such awful experiences at the dealers you visited, especially since this is a known, well-documented, acknowledged by BMW problem. Ridiculous.
  16. greying

    greying Been here awhile

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    I went through basically the same thing. I copied the bulletin, it is a service bulletin, not a warranty recall, and emailed it to the service manager and also the salesman who sold me the bike. I also called BMW with all the details. Bmw took all the info including engine numbers affected as well my engine number and logged it. The problem seems to be that it goes by engine number not serial number so this way they claim it is not linked to your bike. The other issue is the dealer needs a special tool from BMW. My dealer did not have it and it was back ordered but they told me it was the parts (indirectly they were right). I had only 400KM on mine when it happened and it is also my first BMW. I am well over 50 and waited all my life to get a BMW so I was very disappointed. Now though, I am very happy and it gets better as it breaks in. I love it. Hang in there. I was going to trade it on Kawasaki KLR or a Honda NSX700. I even asked about an F700. I just fond that with BMW, service is not quick and lots of patience is required. I also heard that the parts wharehouse is moving which will also cause delays.
  17. greying

    greying Been here awhile

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    I know this has been asked before but (butt) I have a lowered 2012 G650GS and the one annoyance I have is the seat. It hurts my tail bone after a short ride. What is the best seat/option to be looking at form your experiences.
    Tks
  18. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice Fights for old DC

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    I believe this to be a great investment. I'm willing to pass on the grip warmers, so the mod looks even better.

    1. easy to mount
    2. not as cheap as the hand guards on the sertao
    3. helps absorb energy and protects handle bars. From what I've read, the G650GS handle bars will bend easily.

    Kind of a dumb/noob question. :ear
    Percentage wise, how much stronger would this mod make the handle bar?

    Thanks for reading.

    PS. I could proably do this bike if I kept my 2003 Saturn Ion (liablity insurance) for winter and bad weather driving. That and to absorb some boring interstate miles.
    My next AO would be Southwestern VA. The roads are very vascular. There are plenty 55mph zones with fun elevation climbs and turns. Off course the off-road stuff is there.

    I'm currenlty thinking about purchasing a NC700X ($7,499) and a Suzuki DR200se ($4,199), and getting rid of my $1,200 car and just going all bike. However, the G650GS is a damn good comprimise between the two.
    I'm kind of a minilmist, so I think the F700GS is an overkill.

    The $800 + Sertao looks like a great up grade, but I'd never use the bike's full potintial. Plus, I've never ridden off-road! :eek1
  19. mramosc

    mramosc Been here awhile

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    Well my bike and I finally tried some dirt for the very first time, it was just awesome!
  20. dunc

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    if you mean the genuine heated grips on the bike they are still there

    just bolt right on