X-Challenge - Accessories/Farkles

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Redbull Addict, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    can you post some pics?? :ear
  2. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Don't have any, but I saw an X a couple of months ago with the set up you're talkin about.
  3. DESERT SCORPION

    DESERT SCORPION SINGLE TRACK

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    I got rid of the oem bolts when I did my canister to MSR fuel bottle conversion. I wanted to be able to remove the bottle quickly with no tools. I made a couple of eye-type wing nuts out of aluminum, and installed permanent studs of the correct length. The whole affair is secured against loosening with a mini-bungie (obtainable at various bicycle shops). Even when the bottle is removed, the straps are held in place awaiting reassembly.

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  4. Tarheel Wheeler

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    Sweeet setup DS! :clap
  5. OR Trail

    OR Trail looks for unlocked gates

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    My solution was to put a longer bolt on the shorter strap and bolt the frame side of the bracket in place. Then I put a wingnut on the outside to hold hold the strap tight. When I want to add the fuel I just unscrew the wing nut and slide the bottle out, but the bracket is still held on by the nut on the frame side.
  6. Dagwood_55

    Dagwood_55 Long timer

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    So, I've been bitten by the X-Challenge bug (but this happens quite frequently). I've read post till I'm tired and will start again tomorrow.

    I've been trying to sort out which big DS I might want to buy, planned on buying this spring, but there are still '07 X-C's in the Beemer warehouse from what I've been told.

    My local dealer has 3, but they've all been regestered (2 are demos), which means no rebate and warrenty already counting down. They may have shot themselves in the foot by regestering earlier and perhaps collecting a smaller rebate (from what I can deduct)

    So, I've found a dealer in Dallas area that will get me a non-ABS model for $6311 and I pay my own taxes/tags in my state. I'm sorley temped to splurge now for that price instead of waiting till spring.....

    Also, any issues with buying a discontinued model???

    FWIW, should I jump????
  7. Agave

    Agave El Corazón

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    That really is an amazing price for such a quality Thumper. I have had mine about a year now and have no complaints at all. It's great on the trail and very nice on the highway as well. I would pull the trigger for sure! Tons of aftermarket support, 3 year 36K warranty, great mpg, and a Rotax to top it off!
  8. NoExit

    NoExit NoProblem

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    Like Morey Finkle says: Do it! Do it!

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    There are disputes about whether the X-Challenge is really discontinued or not. Those who seem to know say BMW is just waiting until current stock is sold to make more as buyers catch on that BMW now makes great off-road bikes like the 650X and the 450X. In any case, the X shares an engine and many other parts with the definitely-not-discontinued G650X-Country, and BMW is still churning out original parts for bikes they haven't made in 25 years.

    I had a KLR for a few years, then an R1200GSA for a season, and now an X for the past seven months/7,000 km, about half of that off road (and I mean off-road, not gravel road). It's the first truly dual purpose bike I've ridden. Put a new seat or an AirHawk on it, and you can ride gravel and paved backroads for days. Put a beefier bash plate, handguards and knobbies on it, and it'll handle whooped out single track, deep sand, mud, whatever.

    Or, do nothing at all to it, and still do all that. It's great for zipping around the city too. The only time I feel it's inadequate is when I have to spend hours on a long, straight, fast highway. It's still better than the KLR at long, straight hauls, and that's the only thing the GSA did better.

    I'm a pretty average rider, and the bike makes me look like a pro in all kinds of rough stuff. I like it more every time I ride it.
  9. Dagwood_55

    Dagwood_55 Long timer

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    Man-o-man, thats what I like about this forum. There's always others who will agree with you when you're trying to justify getting a new bike. Thanks, I need the encourgement!!
  10. Skaife

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    I believe BMW will continue to provide OEM parts for discontinued models for 30 years so that shouldn't weigh too heavily on your decision.

    $6,300 is a great price! I'd suggest you jump on it before someone else does. Eventually they'll be gone and you'll have to spend several thousand $ more to find something comperable.
  11. Dagwood_55

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    Well, $6300's not too far about the XR's, DR's and KLR's, and even tho I've only ridden the XRL, I would like to the Beemer is a much better bike.
  12. Tarheel Wheeler

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    It is that much better bike than the XRL. I sold my BRP and bought an X. You can't even compare the 2. X has twice the hp, fuel injection, great suspension and brakes. Find my self spending way more time than I should in the air and on the back wheel. Just do it, do it!
  13. Sonymalc

    Sonymalc I'm Just Here

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    Funny I thought it was something wrong with the bike cause it is the only bike I own/owned that seems to do that. But if other people are having the same problem with it. Mabye its a normal charactaristic of the bike???


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  14. Johnnyboxer

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    So very true

    The XChallenge is the best dualsport out there at the moment..................bar none

    There are better, more focussed Enduro bikes - but it beats all the other Jap dualsports................hands down
  15. GB

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    It's also great for commuting.. my 1200GS collects dust now.. plus the X is great on gas. When I chatted with the BMW Canada rep, he pretty much said what NoExit said above.. it's not officially discontinued, it's just out of production and may go back into production again.. :dunno At any rate, I knew that when I bought mine and I'm not worried about parts either.
  16. sky

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  17. Skaife

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    Nice! How does the lid open? It looks like a pin release and the whole lid is removable. Is this correct or is it hinged?

    Does it have an access hole for the oil drain plug?

    I'm torn between adding a tool tube to the front of my large bashplate and ordering the rally version. The extra side protection is a big plus :thumb
  18. Don't shoot me!!!

    Don't shoot me!!! Snowflakes are cold...

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    I have ordered the same one, but how is the noise from the compartmentroom?
    I have the TT Large skid plate, and THAT was noisy :eek1
    So i hope the rally skid plate isn't worse?
  19. NoExit

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    Another inmate here recommended coating the inside of the skid plate with a spray-on rubber to reduce noise. I did it before I installed the large TT skidplate on my X, and I didn't notice it was any noisier than the stock plate. Worth a try on the rally plate. I picked up the spray can in the auto body department of the local auto-parts store.
  20. Don't shoot me!!!

    Don't shoot me!!! Snowflakes are cold...

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    Well, i cut and glued some "asphaltplates" on the skid plate (i'm not shure of the english term)
    This is the same stuff that the stereofreaks are using in their car's :nod

    But feel that i got rid of the intense howling, so i'm very aware of the different noise from different tires...

    But i was wondering how the closed compartment would be with knobbie tires :huh