BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GB, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    I have these too and they are great. Mine have also deformed, but I think my main mistake was leaving them really taut for 6 months while stored during winter.
    Worth their weight in gold when you factor in cost of shipping to Norway and add 25% import tax on top.

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  2. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    I made my own. Cut the stem, cut about 5 cm out of it and welded a bearing ball on each end, got me two short RAM connecting things and done ! I think I was about 25 Euros out of pocket ?
  3. DGR

    DGR G650X

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    Love that idea!
    Where do you find bearing balls that size? (Besides in a bearing obviously, but a bearing of that size would probably be an expensive "ball donor" :D )
  4. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    The regular size RAM balls are the "B" or 1" ball (25,4mm). 25mm will do fine,
    If you have a heavy machine shop nearby like PON (Catepilar) or similar, just ask if they have some old ones they've replaced in a machine :dunno
    I see they use 1" balls in roller conveyor too.
  5. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    My local hardware store carries a few different sizes in the larger ball. A couple tack welds and off you go
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  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    Well....you've got 61 times the people we do, so I reckon you've got at least 61 times better access to and selection of goods locally/ nationally :lol3
    Really it's more like :(
  7. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    If you end up ordering them and paying for shipping get an extra replacement glas.. it's only $10.
  8. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    No
    Not always a good thing for having all these folks. I like it in the desert alone. Don't play well with others
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  9. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    MIne were from a CV joint from a car. Exactly the right size too. Can't remember which one it was though. (Well, it was a Dakar Rally buggy, built from mostly parts of different cars)
  10. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    I hear ya buddy, but with numbers comes a market and I'd like the easy access to stuff you guys have (we don't even have Amazon) when I need it.
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  11. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    Schlesser buggy? :D
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  12. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Believe me Amazon is nice, but it isn't all cracked up as you might think. Just like goggle it can control the buying habits and where your money ends up. They sensor as bad if not more than FB
  13. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Almost, It was a Fast & Speed (what's in a name huh ? :rofl ) buggy, built as a copy to JL Schlessers buggy. The incarnation I worked on in the 2009 Silkway and 2010 Dakar Rally had a Honda V6 in it. The company's owner was at that working to make fit a Volvo V8.
    https://www.fastspeed.nl/railly-raid.html
  14. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    :y0!
    Tha age old question. Why?:y0!
  15. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    More power. Virtually the same weight.
    I left the company after I went to the Dakar. I was fed up with being away too long every time (up to 4 weeks) and the owner was always right, no matter what... I don't have a problem with people being right but if it results in doing unnecessary work all the time just for the sake of being right I'm off.
  16. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    We've all had to deal with people like that. Considering how many there are of them I'm surprised we're not all living in an utopian world :lol3
    :dllama:
    (in lack of a unicorn emoji)
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  17. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    When I was on a salary that kind of useless shit used to make me crazy. Work needed to be efficient as possible. For the last ten years I've been an independent consultant and charging my clients by the minute. I was talking to another "Con" (consultant, contractor, con man...) who was complaining about an e-commerce job we were working on that had taken over a hundred hours of work, but had yet to result in only a handful of orders. "As a consultant I told them this was a bad idea," I told him. "As a contractor, I'll take X+ cents per minute coding it whether it succeeds or not."
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  18. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    Working at a huge company, there are many days that I have to say "they are dumb, but I will still take their money."
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  19. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    That was the gist of it working there. "Clutch needs replacing" No it checked out fine, it'll last the rally. "Well, he'll pay for it so replace the clutch"
    After rolling the buggy the customer was charged with a rear body, the actual damage was repaired for around 10% of the price of a new body.
    But, the pay was good I'll admit :wave
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  20. jjmead1

    jjmead1 now THAT"S a bike!

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    well. Signed the title over to the insurance company today. blown away by the settlement amount. I will be moving on to a Super Tenere 7 most likely.
    Progessive was very very fair, and it helped that I took out an accessory rider as well.
    i have an aluminum subframe and fork for those who want to pm me.
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