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

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

  1. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Got my rear sub frame back from our welder today, now let's find out if I can link to pics on my Droid...

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  2. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Sweet, I seem to have figured it out!
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    I used 2mm thick 5052 aluminum that I had laying around, and gave Alan a rough carboard template. I told him where the cracks usually show up in the frame and pretty much left cutting, fitting, and everything up to him. I think he has about 1.5 hours total in it, and he even deburred it all really nice. I feel a lot better about the frame holding up long term now. When I reassemble I will have to do some trimming of the plastic parts. I will also be drilling the holes for the luggage all the way through and putting a nut on the backside as the threads in the frame are totally stripped in 2 holes already.
  3. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    This seems like a smart mod even for the steel subframes.

    Is anyone else upgrading to stainless hardware? I have an addiction....I can't stop. It's getting to be an expensive habit.

    I've got my caliper bracket.....just in time for 4' of snow with 6'-10' Drifts:cry
  4. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    the cold weather is finally breaking here, forecast says in the 40s by the end of this week. havent ridden in a couple weeks, im ready! :clap
  5. robbymonzo

    robbymonzo Adventurer

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    Hi all,

    Maybe someone could shed some light on an idea I have before I go spending the cashola. I was hoping to raise my handlebar height somewhat and wanted to know how much I could raise it before needing to make any additional mods. First item I plan to order are these risers:

    http://www.touratech.com/shops/020/product_info.php?cPath=3_49_392&products_id=3412

    I'll give awhile testing the risers before I decide if I need more height through the handlebars. So two questions:

    1) How much rise in total could I get away with before having to do other mods; cables, etc.

    2) Could anyone recommend hi-rise handlebars for the X-Country?

    Cheers,

    Rob
  6. robbymonzo

    robbymonzo Adventurer

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    Oh yeah, and another thing, could someone recommend new light bulb for the crappy 2009 model? Would love to swap the bulb out for something with more power as opposed to buying a new assembly.

    Thanks more,

    Rob
  7. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    Most, if not all, have changed handlebar height through risers rather than different bars.

    Drone (and maybe others) has addressed this question. Send a PM to Drone or search hard.

    XChallenge riders have also addressed this in the XChallenge thread.

    My answer is to lean forward more than you've done thus far. :lol3 A true, zero-cost answer.

  8. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    The KLR way.

    Maybe that's why I chose to go this route. I have found that my fully adjustable knees put me at just the right stance while standing with my stock bars:lol3

    I RODE MY BIKE TODAY:clap
  9. Geoffster

    Geoffster Fool - Born This Way

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    I washed my bike today!

    Next, the new chain and sprockets that arrived late last week go on. Then a 6k service.

    And I rode yesterday. And the day before, when I was seriously outnumbered:

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    Yes, a whole flock of brand new KTM 990s. Apparently a national sales meeting or sumpin'.

    Gawd, I want one of those! The regular Adventure model, 'cause it fits me. The uberdeluxe one is frickin' tall!
  10. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    Geoff- I'll bet they were jeaulous of your sexy,lightweight,reliable,nimble scrambler:lol3

    I poke fun because I WANT ONE TOO!
  11. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    UrbanX was always good for a few. He sold his X and now it's up to us. I know the weather is better where you are at(and I don't even know where you are at:lol3)

    Today was the first ride since thanksgiving weekend
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  12. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    As for the light...I just swapped bulbs to a Hella 80/100W bulb. I could not find one locally so ordered it from Amazon when I had some other stuff to order since it qualifies for free shipping:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hella-HLA-H83140171-Halogen-Bulb-Road/dp/B000COBLKW

    The best $10 I have ever spent. It must throw down 2x the light...no question it is brighter than my truck. I have yet to get flashed and paraded up and down Main in front of the local popo house with zip for action.

    Of course it is "Offroad Use Only"...

    I contemplated going HID but when you get get better light for 1/20 the cost why even think about it.

    Zero issues - cheap, easy mod.
  13. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    First off welcome.

    It sounds like a good deal, but my concern is taking away too much power for important things like heated gear. HID gets you the same or more light for only a 35W buy in.

    I wish these bikes made more electrical power. If they did, your mod would be a no brainer for me, even with heated gear. Until then....no bright light cheaply for me and likely no heated gear for you.
  14. bigmo

    bigmo The Great White North

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    I spent some time thinking about that too...but chose the bargain route as it seemed to be a safe bet. The "accessory port" or whatever BMW calls it is rated for 5 amps...so figure about 70 watts excess at a minimum. The bulb draws 25 or 40 watts in excess of OEM depending if you are on low or high beam. My grips (my only hot mod) draw just 24. On high beam and grips on...I am still well under what the smart guys in Germany sorted out.

    If I chose to run a vest, I would just switch to low beam.

    I wish I knew exactly what the excess capacity of the stator is...but I dont...so I used the info available and guessed that BMW would not have allowed the 5 amp accessory port to put the bikes electrical system on a razor edge of blowing fuses. So, in reality, I am guessing the excess capacity is somewhere in the neighborhood of 135-145 watts.

    I may get bored and just go figure it out!
  15. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    alright, idle actuator question time!!

    since this was the first warmish day for about a month i decided to take a ride.
    upon start up it just kept stalling and stalling. somewhere between 5-10 times!!! its been doing this since the temp dropped in fall. i figure its just because the gunk has thickened and become sticky.

    just curious if the people with the stalling problems that have cleaned out the idle actuator, was that a long term fix? i dont recall reading from anyone that their stalling issues have returned after cleaning it out.

    what should i use to clean it? carb cleaner? or something not as potent?

    someone did post up diagrams and what-not for doing it, luckily i saved them, if anyone needs them lemme know i can re-post them. i will also try to photo document the process when i do it.
  16. novaboy

    novaboy Been here awhile

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    I had the same problem with mine when the air temps were coolish. I brought it to the dealer, they said the actuator was clean, and just replaced it under warranty. Works great now.
  17. gattointelligente

    gattointelligente Adventurer

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    I pray you Niedz, repost that diagrams, I need them. My X stalls occasionally when idle or when changing gear. Very annoying!
  18. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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  19. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15190889&postcount=2078

    hey according to this post my cold stalling issue, which i always thought was the idle actuator could be misadjusted valves. my bike has less than 4000mi on it so i didnt think it would be the valves, but hey who knows?
    could anyone point me in the direction to a write up on how to check and adjust the valves for my x-country? is there some sort of repair manual i can download or buy for my bike? i always read people referring to the 'fiche', how can i get my hands on that?
    thanks,
    dan
  20. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I would be very surprised if your valves were needing adjustment at 4k miles. BMW doesn't call for the first valve check until 12k, and even then I think most have still been in spec. It's also quite a lot of time to get at them.