BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

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

  1. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    Thanks for the ideas.

    I'm taking three spare filters for the trip. One to change after Arizona, another half way through LAB2V and another as a spare. They weigh nothing and there is plenty of room in the cantle bag for a spare.

    As for the bearings, they are on order from Germany and should be in this week. If they arrive before the weekend, and there are no last minute tasks to eat up my time, I'll may change them anyway.

    Last year I was using City Navigator maps which are not very detailed in this kind of environment. This year I've switched to topo 100k. I'll give 800ft a shot.

    m
  2. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    I'm using MT21s and find them plenty sticky on the road. They do ware fast. Plan on flipping your front tire about half way through it's life.
  3. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Thanks T. And keep us in the loop on your gas cap solution. I'd be interested in one as well. Sorry a little cross thread posting. :D

    Meridian, the MT21 isn't directional?
  4. Lonsdale

    Lonsdale GravelLord

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    I drive my X mostly, about 80-90%, in the swedish forests where the surface is a combination between gravel, mud and grass. I find the Michelin T63 more then suited for this purpose.

    Use tirelocks and lower the pressure to about 1-1,2 bar.
  5. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    I didn't see a little arrow so after some research into the subject I did the flip with no ill effects. All it did is make the tire wear more evenly.
  6. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    Good to know. Thanks.
  7. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    Same here.

    I ran it for another 10'000 (!) km after I flipped it.

    Mind you, those 10'000 km the tire had an easy life, being mounted during my trip through the Balkans.
    (I take it easy during extended trips)
  8. EdiA

    EdiA Adventurer

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    Hi!

    I am currently modifying the X to an adventure tourer. So I decided to fit some bar risers. Found out that a lot of guys use Rox risers but I don`t know which one of their products to use...

    Which of the rox risers fit the X without having to modify the cables and wires or which one fits with just rerouting the cables and wires? Has anyone here done it?

    :ear:ear:ear
  9. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    I was able to use the larger TT one without having to change anything but some slight positioning. Jus my EXP. Good luck.
  10. Bli55

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    Able to fit a ROX pro offset block riser (rigid, so won't pivot when you fall like regular rox risers) with standart bars AND ABS.
    Only problem is that it is still not high and forward enough for me...
  11. Bli55

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    Please, help me with out here!
    I'm looking at my swing arm, or swinging arm, as BMW likes to call it. :D

    This is the right side, with a closed cup needle bearing.
    It is supposed to be pressed in by 4mm, to accept the 4mm wide seal, I guess.

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    However, in my case, it seems like its pressed in too deep! :huh
    Should it stick out the other side (inner side on the swingarm)?

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    The outside face. Here, the seal was pressed it but it goes deeper, it is not flush with the face and the spacer as I think it should be (4mm depth and 4mm seal). :huh

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    What do I do??

    Second worry is this pin on the other attachment site (open needle bearing side).
    Shall I replace it? The grooves are not uniform around and are noticeable with fingernails.

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  12. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    anyone willing to share their reprom service manual for these bikes?
  13. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Tommy you'll receive mail :wink:
  14. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    i'm building up quite the "IOU"
    thanks!
  15. jabroka

    jabroka Been here awhile

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    hey guys,

    as some may know, having the TT fairing kit with twin headlights+ GPS + 12v socket, water temp gauge, etc. the wiring on the bike quickly becomes a rat's nest, with many cables coming from the battery and fuses and relays all over the bike.

    So I decided to get a power distribution block, and after a lot of forum reading, the choices came down to 3 options:

    Centech fuse block
    Fuzeblocks unit
    PDM-60

    The PDM is for sure, the most tech advanced block, very small, no fueses, software configurable, waterproof etc. price is @ $200

    The centech unit is a well proven block, I found no issues with this unit, no integrated relay and its the cheapest, around $60

    The fuzeblocks unit is right in the middle. integrated relay (for switched applications) medium sized and uses mini fuses. price is about $90

    At first, I was all about the PDM60, but its double the price of the fuzeblock and it seems it would be impossible (or at least very hard) to repair or "jump" in case of a failure in the middle of nowhere.

    So I went for the fuzeblocks unit.

    Install is very simple, 2 wires coming from the battery, 1 wire to a switched 12v feed, thats it.
    It has 6 + and 6 - connections, just select if the accesories are constant fed or switched by moving the fuses.



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  16. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the write up..:clap

    I'm just researching/considering this mod myself..
  17. Yukon Ho!

    Yukon Ho! We can go ANYWHERE! Supporter

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    I did PDM60 in 2011. Zero issues in 18 months. Love it.
    Fuses = ten less things I have to carry and think about and access to swap.
    Mounted the PDM right under the seat, easy to check.

    To clean up the battery rats nest I like Powerlet's Termin-8. Yes I cut the fuse holder out of that too!
  18. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    What switched wire did you tap? (location, color?)
  19. jabroka

    jabroka Been here awhile

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    Carrying mini fuses is not that big of an issue for me, the fuseblocks unit has place for 2 spares (more if you dont use all outputs) and so does the bike fuse box..

    As for access, only 2 dzus bolts to remove the fairing.. no issues there either..

    If I installed it under the seat, Id still have a lot cables going from there to the nav tower, it kind of beats the purpose I think.

    Glad the PDM worked for you. its a very nice unit and in many aspects, way better than the rest, but I just felt more confident with something I can repair in the middle of nowhere.
  20. jabroka

    jabroka Been here awhile

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    If I remember correctly, I connected it to one of the two wires on the ignition switch wire loom.

    I'm away from home now on a work trip but I'll be back in a few days, I'll check it and let you know.