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

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

  1. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Essential Companion to Biking in Spain

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    I can't seem to et my original front sprocket to wear out!

    Meanwhile - the day before yestarday:

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    Regs

    Simon
  2. c-m

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    Huh? The noise is only a low speed and lighter braking. So that's the opposite of braking hard.

    I actually found the original pads to have more initial bike, so less progressive. Which is what I want but without being twice the cost?

    The originals were well worn when I bought the bike, otherwise I'd have stuck with them.

    Good to now that they last long for you though. I might see if I can find some brembos cheaper than the BMW price.
  3. Dutchgit

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    The new rubber does well. It's definately not an Enduro tyre but on the trail it's better than the Heidenau K60.
    On the road (surprise surprise... ) the're not as good as the Heidis. Not on wet roads anyway but it lets you know about the limit in advance so I'm well happy.
    Straight ahead in the loose stuff is not as good as I'd hoped for but seeing I'm using the fat 19" wheel at the front there's no real surprise there.

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    No idea how they'll do in the mud but I might find out next weekend :D
  4. lewiss66

    lewiss66 Been here awhile

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    Have you tried a TKC80 at the front? Any better?
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    Yeah I had the TKC on my previous bike (also a Beemer 650) and it was sort of similar to the Mitas E09 but with less negative profile, It didn't weave as much as the Heidis but also not as straight as the Mitas on the tracks, They wore pretty bad under hard braking with lots of "saw tooth" so I won't be using the TKC again.
    I'll still have to see about the wear on the Mitas so I might end up getting another set of wheels or a tyre machine (which is probably cheaper with an X bike... :lol3
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    Looks like the Mitas E09 is located in between the k60 and the Tkc80. Did you use any special tools to remove the swing arm?
  7. Johnnyboxer

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    I was meaning that the PO had used them up too fast by hard braking, not you

    When I sold my Xchallenge last year it was still on the BMW pads at 9000 miles - still with quite a bit left

    I prefer oem & try eBay for f650 GS oem pads that people sell having sold the bike, same as X series

    I usually pick up new genuine BMW 650 pads from eBay for £15 or less from a PO
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    I'd say the Mitas E09 is more off-road orientated than the TKC and the Heidis

    In my view the Heidis are 40 off 60 on road
    The TKC 50/50
    The Mitas 60 off and 40 on road.

    That's my personal opinion though.

    Remove rear wheel, undo shock bolt with nut on swing arm, undo bolt on the left side with an Allen key, undo three little Allen bolts on right and use big Allen key to rotate and pull out the big round thing that looks like an Allen bolt but there is no thread on it.
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  10. leafman60

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    I just returned from about 2 weeks of riding Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Amazing trip.

    In Germany, I saw several XCo bikes scurrying about.
  11. lewiss66

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    Hi leafman, yeh I found your handy explanation at post #8710. Thanks.
    How come you did not cross my country? You might be allergic to french cheese. Don't you? :D
    Any pictures of your trip :evil
  12. Dutchgit

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    You could have said you'd be here !
    We had another ADV rider staying jus a few months ago.

    Cheers, Ard
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    Yes, I have over 2000 pictures and I will post a link when I have them sorted out.

    France is great but we picked up new BMWs in Munich and headed south to Italy through Austria and Switzerland.
  14. Pescador

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    Just wondering....what did you do at the end of the trip with the new bikes?
  15. leafman60

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    They are all in the demo fleets of various dealers in southern Germany.
  16. c-m

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    Have any of you guys changed your side light and/or number plate bulbs?

    My manual lists both of these as wedge type bulbs, so I duely bought some. I then went to fit them only to find that the bike actually has bayonet type bulbs in these places.

    WTF :confused
  17. lewiss66

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    Nice to be able to pick up a BMW for your trip!
    How long could you keep the bike?
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    Yeah.

    Renting bikes is usually expensive. You rent a car from around £30 a day, but a bike closer to £70-100
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    You can rent by the day or the week. We rode about 10 days.

    I was on a water-cooled 1200GS and was shocked at how unstable it was at high speeds.
  20. leafman60

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    Missed this.

    Thanks, Dutchgit. We had 25 people ! lol We were on our way to the Moto Guzzi factory on Lake Como in Italy!

    We did Oktoberfest in Munich on our return trip.