BMW G650X Challenge Thread Index

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

  1. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Unless you wanna keep it once you return home, I might be intereseted in it :-)
    But if I see on Instagram that you have problems and the GS911 isn't of help I reserve the right to change my mind :lol3
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  2. Snake Oiler

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

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    Here's some information I received from inti about the power Commander V and Moto Scan app. Could be a good option other than GS911.

    Does anyone else have any feedback or opinion on these or other options.

    1 - The Power Commander 5 or better PCV will give you the possibility to to change your air / fuel ratio or better AFR. As the G650X is running with the stock ECU with stock map quite lean. That is because of the emission control by the government. The stock AFR is around 14,5:1, that means 14,5 parts air to 1 part gas. But the engine is running smoother with 13,2:1. That is more rich in gas. With 13,2:1 the engine has also the max. power. If you are interested in this, please read this LINK

    2 - For me it was interesting to know, what kind of error messages the G650X is collecting. For this you have to connect with the BMW plug on the right front, next to the fan. For this you can use the GS911 unit or the APP MOTO SCAN on your Android cellphone together with a OBD2 adapter. As the OBD2 adapter does not fit straight into the BMW plug, you need also a adapter cable for that. With this you can see whats going on in your engine, you can reset all errors and so on. For this you can check this page LINK
    The page is in German, but maybe you can translate it online or you just get in contact with the owner. He is very helpful.

    I have the PC5 and I have the Moto Scan and I'm happy with both.

    If its okay with you, you can put this message also as an answer on the ADV, so others can view.

    A special thanks to inti

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  3. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    i bought a used gen 1 gs911 and a used HP Probook laptop running Win 7. the computer got a once over by a whiz kid and all is smooth now, 2 visits to the dealer and 2 idle sensors later now I can analyze any problem, it paid for itself . of course there have been zero problems...and i recently switched phone carriers and now have an Android phone which requires wi-fi which gen 1 doesn't have
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  4. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    The post by Crode shows the GS911 WiFi being used for maintenance functions (Adaptions & Output tests) via the web interface, for those functions it uses the cloud server, where you are out of mobile phone coverage the functions are unavailable, in that situation you need the PC App

    The PC App runs on a Windows Tablet, a small 8" one which can be held in one hand is handy to provide full functionality when out of mobile areas for use with both the old yellow GS911 and the WiFi model.

    The old yellow GS911 is all that is needed for the 650 GS/X models unless the inbuilt real time logging of the WiFi models is wanted but be warned there are clones of the yellow GS911 on EBay, usually advertised with a software version, also be wary of the OBD to BMW 10 pin adaptor cables, some advertised on EBay have the wrong pin out and dont work.
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  5. Snake Oiler

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

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    So Wayne. I have an X Challenge and my tablet is a hotspot. So which GS911 do I need? I should say I've been known to be cheap, but I don't want junk. I travel alone a lot and anything that can keep me from a long walk is worth it's weight in gold to me.

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  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    I AM cheap and end up with junk. I also never seem to learn :dirtdog:(

    Think what he meant was
    Don't buy this COPY with "V1006.3" in the name, indicating it is a clone that cannot be updated

    But this original would be ok
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  7. Snake Oiler

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

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    I don't mean any offense . I was just confused what Wayne was saying. I seen the cheap yellow GS 911's and figure they were out dated or knock offs. Thanks to Gravel for clearing that up. I'm sure there was probably others that was confused also.

    I'd also like to apologise for asking a lot of questions about upgrades and maintenance parts. I'm just trying to figure out what is worth getting for my future traveling. As I'm new to off-road biking,I'm not new to motorcycle traveling. But it's been on a Harley and mostly motel camping.

    I do appreciate all the help and guidance from those of you who have been living a life of off the grid.

    So a special thanks to you all.

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  8. WayneC

    WayneC Long timer

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    Sorry if I confused you with the earlier post it was done in a hurry, Gravelseeker has explained it well

    If your tablet is a Windows tablet, you can reduce expenditure by purchasing a used yellow GS911 & have the PC App loaded on the tablet to use via USB cable

    If the tablet is an Android or MAC tablet then the GS911 WiFi is the model to purchase, you will find some used GS911 WiFi's available where owners have sold their bike and moved away from BMW. Be aware though that when out of mobile coverage you are limited to "emergency" functions like read/clear fault codes plus real time logging so a Windows PC with the PC App is needed back at home in the workshop

    Here in Oz we have mobile coverage of between 6 and 10% of land mass dependent on which carrier you are with so full functionality is important, that is why I have an 8" no name Windows Tablet with the full PC App to go with the GS911 WiFi when travelling as I do travel alone more than I should :D

    The beauty of the GS911 WiFi is you can configure multiple WiFi networks into it so it automatically logs into which ever network is present when you power it up, in my case the home network plus 2 other workshops with WiFi networks I regularly go to. Diagnostic PC's with the PC App can also be configured to access it via a WiFi network so no USB cable is needed to do full diagnostics which is rather handy in a Pro workshop
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  9. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    There's also an android app for the old yellow GS911,
    while it does cost a couple bucks in the Play story, you can download the *apk for free once you registered your GS911 right from the hexcode website.
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  10. Snake Oiler

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

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    Thanks Wayne. I'll have to wait see which unit comes up at a reasonable price. The tablet would probably be easier to find after I find the 911 then match them up .

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  11. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    I got mine from gps4africa a few years ago when the £ was very strong against the Rand, I went there for a trip and had it posted to my family in South Africa
    I paid in 2015 for £319 my gs-911-wifi-professional, here in the UK the pro will set you back £590 from these guys https://www.ilexa.co.uk/shop/GS-911/GS-911-Pro
    GPS4Africa are having a sale on them at the moment if you happen to be in South Africa https://www.gps4africa.co.za/64_hex-microsystems they might be willing to ship overseas

    I had the blue tooth and USB pro version before and was good enough, but I like to update and the price was perfect for me, I sold my old one for £400 which was same as what I paid for it, because I bought just before the wi-fi model was released, and these were going at discount rate at the UK site, they have more than paid for themselves, and as always if you are in the UK and you are stuck I am more than willing to help you out with it.

    It is by far the best tool you can carry with you on a trip, it will save you time and money :-)
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  12. Snake Oiler

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

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    That is a pretty good price.
  13. motorrat

    motorrat Been here awhile

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    @crode take ample seals for your wheelbearings, and change them often, the bearing are easily doing the 25K, but if the seals are gone the bearings will follow quikly.
  14. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    The thing with bearings and seals I've found is that if you don't use a pressure washer on them they last a lot longer. Also, get good bearings.
    I still need to get new spacers and seals but as I never use the pressure washer near them the bearings just seem to last !
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  15. Snake Oiler

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

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    Can someone help me out. I've been searching for the information about the jumper on the canister plug. I'm not having any problems, just want to make the jumper in case I would in the future. I've removed the canister, but the plug is still in place. If and when I get the GS911 I wouldn't want a false code to encounter.

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  16. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Just leave it unplugged! Don't worry about a code being thrown. You'll fry your ECU like @BozemanGirl did.
  17. BMacW650

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    Somewhat related to this. Since I measured a positive keyed voltage from that plug, I foolishly used the postive wire as the trigger for my relay. It's been working fine so far.
    Do I have anything to worry about?
  18. Len

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  19. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Just don't short them together.
  20. Snake Oiler

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

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    Thanks Len. But how did you come up with the two 100ohm resisters? Could I use a different combination? Only asking cause my buddy is a game radio guy that builds all his own stuff. He just ask about the combination and reasoning.
    Thanks Tim. So with the code showing it will not hurt anything?


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