"Russification" of BMW G650X.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bli55, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    LOL!! Had to look it up, never seen the movie... You're right, definitely something there!!! :ear

    Tahoe, :thumb

    I have not yet been able to do so...The shakedowns are waay too long or adventures not big enough! Either of the two, but I come up with things to tweak when even cruising round town. :D

    For instance, this last build/service streched from September 2013 into August 2014, near a full year off the road! :huh
    In fact, first time my bike was "near-finished" was 10th August, and that involved this enigmatic encounter... :D

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    "Is there a problem, officer?" :wink: :rofl
  2. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    Nav tower continued...wiring.

    In the meantime, I was sorting out mounting points for the dashboard, HID ballast and fusebox.
    Amonst several options were rivet nuts, or these pressnuts:

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    (http://www.lancasterfastener.co.uk/pages/k-series-press-nuts-overview-e-mail)

    I went for threaded steel inserts. :evil

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    Mounted in all the right places and shrinkwrapped to give a little protection for sharp edges.

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    I moved my bike around into a position where I could hang the tower and various wire snakes off the ceiling and do mock up fits. (For fun I counted the number of times the tower was bolted on and off the clamp bracket - think it came up to like eleven :D :D).

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    Clearing up the wiring - eliminating weight! :rofl

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    More clearing up - my ABS model has an extra bulky connector simply to connect 1 (!) orange wire coming from the ABS button. :eek1 I found that idiotic.

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    I cut it off, put a connector on and shrinkwrapped ready to take up a slot in the 3x3 connector. The extra space was made by eliminating the green/blue wire seen here - don't remember 100%, I think it was a switched +ve for lowbeam or parking light.

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    Result:

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    A small change that takes a little chaos away from my loom. Inspired, I set along tidying the remainder to make it work with the new tower.

    Little details like unplugging individual connectors...
    Replacing indicator lines to make extra needed length and hazard flashing! :evil

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    Rerouting wires to travel in "connector bundles".

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    Checking for sufficient reach to handlebars....

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    Wrapping in self-amalgamating tape.

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    ...followed by conduit.
    :norton

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    A little more knitpicking and that was all I could handle. :lol3
    The core is all settled in and neat, the outer wiring I did not touch until finalising all auxiliaries' positions. They were stuffed in place and connected as is - being easily accessible I can work on them with nav tower in place at a later date.

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    In the meantime with all the above, remade a strap for HID ballast.

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    And sealed switches.

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    More soon!!! :ear
  3. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    Dashboard.
    Ahh, the dashboard. A word which brings hope to the enthusiast engineer and rookie mechanic... :D

    It started somewhat prosaically, with a piece of cardboard to see how much space there was to play around with between the GPS on top, HDB handebar guards left and right, and nav tower at the bottom.

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    Truth be told, I expected there to be hectares of space, having seen other builds with this fairing.. :huh
    Not so sure what to do, could be the bulky guards? Or will need to limit steering lock a little? :cry

    Anyway...Came out the templates for my instruments.

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    Idea was to utilise a big lightening hole to accept both power sockets and switches. Like so:

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    Then a more thorough template took its place, now with measurements. :evil

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    Next, it struck me that it was about time computers were involved in my garage...
    Solidworks took to the stage. :deal

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    This moment should not have been underestimated. :ear
    It was then that a new loop on the garaging spiral has been taken. :D
    Effortless drawing, instant change of dimensions on the screen, perfect angles...pdf in 100% scale left me to tape the printout on a sheet of alloy, punch the holes, scribe the borders, drill, cut, file - done!

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    Finished dash. It's mass = 196 g.

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    Extra supports.

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    Side plastics...Since they had to be cut, I bought a bashed 2nd hand set. 1st things 1st, had to reanimate one of the mounts.

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    Then....I cut a little too much off! :evil :D

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    And had to melt it back together. :puke1

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    OK for some time.

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    Erik's lower bracket for KTM fairing.

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    To mount it, the bashplate came off once more - straight to the operating table! :wink:

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    Self-explanatory clearance holes.

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    PS. Everything's been loctited 248 in place.
  4. Ant23

    Ant23 Wantings Enduroness

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    need to see the whole bike!!!! teeease
  5. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    :D LOL, promise it will be in the next post. Patience... :evil

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    For reasons that I shall explain a bit later...the bike needed to be black. Or at least look "black enough". :deal

    HDB included a spare set of shields, so they went on instead of the white ones.

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    Shot of mouting the VisionX Solstice Solo LED's (2 x 10W) - I use them as DRL's and high beam.
    Attached to the underside of KTM fairing.

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    I wasn't ready to paint....Instead, got a piece of black "brushed aluminium" vinyl and tried my hand at wrapping. The cut up side panels, however, got a cover of spray paint... :D

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    Up close! :wink:

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  6. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, MICN

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    Looking great!!


    Tahoe
  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    keep it coming ......:ear
  8. Kennon

    Kennon Been here awhile

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    Great build going on here, I wish I had a bike with me the times I was out exploring Russia.
  9. jessehere

    jessehere Ridin'

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  10. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    No words, just photos. :deal

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  11. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, MICN

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    Fantastic!!


    Looks perfect. Now can you make me one?


    Tahoe
  12. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Nice :clap:clap

    But what are you going to do next? You have to be bored without any toy to tinker :rofl
  13. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    It is a long and sometimes cold winter over here...I have quite a number thoughts that have been simmering for a while, but not yet organised them into coherent, solid writing. Truth be told, the riding/wrenching ratio has been so awful, that...I sort of miss the mods, forget initial impressions, the baseline even!, miss the excitation, the expectation before a test outing...soon forgetting that it was ever different...just seems so...right! Or sometimes not. More importantly, whilst different-yes!, for sure, but this feeling originates in the brain and programs muscles to reaction, not how it should be, the opposite way!!

    The ride/mod ratio is especially low now, in its current state (even not afraid to say, a somewhat complete state) - the drive to get most things done in one go and the time it has taken played two ways. Yes, I took a seven-mile stride towards the machine of dream, of my dream, but in the process - and only now I realise, that! - unconsciously, for lack of better knowledge; gave up the pleasure of savouring each mod one by one, understanding how they affect one another, play together and shape an overall picture...Of simply riding a bike, as silly it might sound. Riding to enjoy, riding to change.

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    Better post some pictures...look...and breathe...deep breath... :D

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    In it's native habitat, Oct 2014.

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  14. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    :thumb:thumb

    Great work mate

    Now ride that baby and enjoy..............:ricky
  15. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    :clap

    Bravo.....
  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    ux ti !!! :clap:clap
  17. AeroAggie

    AeroAggie Adventurer

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    Sweet ride!
  18. Alt_Red

    Alt_Red Adventurer

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    Looks very tidy and happy to be in the mud!


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  19. Bli55

    Bli55 -

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    This thread is still alive...... :D

    What I love most about this bike is how it's not only happy in one place.

    It is equally happy here, on a gravelly forest trail. September 5th, 2014.

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    It is happy here, on a perfect asphalt road. September 5th, 2014.

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    And it is even happy here, on a racetrack. Yes, you guessed it! ... September 5th, 2014. :deal

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    I have to say, I simply cannot think of another machine that would suit my riding style, places and type any better... Honestly, this is about as all-round as it gets. About as perfect as it gets...
  20. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling DNF

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    And all it took was 14,000 man hours, $9,000 and one very long dark winter. :lol3

    Seriously though, great build. Great thread too.