So we've all heard/seen the 650 xchallenge...let's see your XCOUNTRY!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Olas, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Another nice picture !

    I decided to personalise my XCo a bit more...

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    Fitted my ICO Rally tripmaster as well as I'm off to do a roadbook tour next week.

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    Cookie my shopcat says: Purrrfect !

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    Cheers, Ard
  2. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    This rack looks definitly cool! :1drink
    Did you upgraded your front wheel to a 21 inch?
  3. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    No I'm still running the 19" one. It's excellent on the road and as it has a fatter tyre it's somewath less likely to damage the rim when you hit something. (Or so is my theory anyway)
    The fender is from a KTM 85 cc and it suits the 19" rim perfectly, the fender in its turn just clears the radiator so it keeps it nice and clean.
    A 21" wheel may track better in the loose stuff but I don't have to win any races with it so I'm likely to keep it like this.
    My wife has the same bike and so we have to bring less spares/tubes when we go somewhere far off.

    Cheers, Ard
  4. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    I respect everyone's point of view and can understand that the 19 inch could be great enough for all around touring bike. Just my tought was that I could try a 21" wheel to have more fun on the tracks because the front should less fall in on turns and help it to have more fun sliding the rear. But you right, the fatter tyres will help giving you more grip on the tarmac. Maybe the best of the two worlds would be a 1.85 x 21 rim along with a fatter tyre than the 90/90 21" that is mounted on the Xchallenge.
  5. jezuar

    jezuar NO NI NA

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    Finally back on track. A week in the workshop. So was the pump shaft.

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    31000 km.
  6. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    It's bizarre how some pumps fail and some keep going strong.

    You hear much less about the pumps failing on the x bikes than the F bikes, but my F650 was still going strong on the original pump parts when I sold it at 30,000 miles.
  7. jezuar

    jezuar NO NI NA

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    I have now put a leo vince but I think that I'll mount the akrapovic even if not approved.
    I also wear a handmade windshield

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  8. jezuar

    jezuar NO NI NA

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    also recently change the transmission kit. It was easy jejeje

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  9. Johnnyboxer

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    Personally I would always use a genuine BMW OEM 15t or 16t front sprocket:D


    To give the output shaft a fighting chance
  10. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Some pictures of mine almost from stock. :D

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    and some handy hardwares.

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    Oops! Steep up here.

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    Enjoyed one of the last warm days of fall in the Alpes...

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  11. Johnnyboxer

    Johnnyboxer Long timer

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    A few trails on mine, in the late Sept sun this week & up at a reservoir

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  12. Alt_Red

    Alt_Red Adventurer

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    Some lovely pictures here! Glad the Xcos are breathing that wild air! The most recent picture of mine is here: [​IMG]

    Broke down outside the printers, bike wouldn't start, pushed it to nearest bike shop and it they couldn't jump it, disconnected booster plug on a whim and asked them to try to jump it again and it worked.

    Not sure if it was the booster plug or an eager admirer flooding the engine whilst i was in the printers!

    The booster plug is happily sat on the side of my garage now and probably won't go back in.
  13. satur9

    satur9 angry black guy

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    seriously doubt it was the booster plug. mabey the first jump start wasnt right. been there done that. sometimes waiting between jumps works.. probably means your battery is on its way out. especially if its the stocker
  14. ang

    ang Been here awhile

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    Just uploaded a short video to youtube of my wife on her XCO. I am talking to her through our headsets.

    http://youtu.be/aQJhfOWp3yc

    This was on the Whipsaw trail in B.C.
  15. c-m

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    The stock front pads wore out super quick on my xCountry.

    I replaced them with Bendix shintered HH pads, but I'm not enjoying them one bit.

    For one they moan and groan under light braking. I probably need to chamfer them.

    Secondly I like a sharp initial bite when braking. I found the stock pads gave me that but the Bendix pads are just far too progressive.

    What are you lot using?
  16. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Just doing a lttle maintenance last night.
    New chain and sprockets, re-greased the swingarm bearings and put on some Mitas E09 tyres.

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    They're a bastard to fit though.

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  17. Alt_Red

    Alt_Red Adventurer

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    Yep bendix sintered as well and they're noisy as hell, even though these are new I'm going to replace them soon as I can't stand the noise at every traffic light!! I'm just trying to find the last set I bought but they were good.

    Satur9 I might put it back in when I have time, I know about the battery issues and this one is a out 2 years old now, but it was fully charged at the time and I've not had the same problem since.
  18. Alt_Red

    Alt_Red Adventurer

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    I bought these ones last time they lasted 18 months and around 3500 miles. Oh and not a squeak out of them
  19. c-m

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    Good to know it's not just me then.

    I'm going to order something tonight and keep the Bendix as back ups.
  20. Johnnyboxer

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    Standard oem BMW from Brembo

    Progressive & kinder to discs

    5500 miles & not even 50% worn yet on front or rear

    Maybe you brake too hard, plan ahead & use the gearbox/engine braking instead :)