The 650 Dakar Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by underwaterguru, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. zimflux

    zimflux Been here awhile

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    Awesome job! What welder did you end up buying? I am interested in doing the same..... Learning...

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  2. dansin

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    Nice one. I bet crossing those wet logs was interesting! If it’s like that at this time of year, it must be pretty much impassable in winter.
  3. tkach

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  4. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Got a used Esab Origo MIG C141 off our version of craigs list.
    It's an entry level machine, but from a reputable manufacturer.

    The guy that had it said he didn't like it and let his wife sell it as part of her cleaning the garage.
    It was barely used, like 10 minutes tops. He'd used flux wire, but didn't read the manual so he hadn't reversed the polarity of the machine (it's set up for shielding gas from the factory). Good for me, tough luck for him. I paid a little less than half of what it is new.

    I could've gotten a new MIG machine (probably made in China) with many fancy features and infinite adjustability of the arc voltage for roughly what I paid, maybe a fraction more, but I'm glad I went with a quality brand instead. So it's simple, but the internals are high end the voltage it gives me is rock steady.

    It's still in sale here in Europe, but I can't find it on the US Esab site.
    This is the 141 (and 151). I think the 151 just has wheels and bottle attachment kit in the box from the factory, but the machines are the same.
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  5. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    @LarsE stopped by yesterday and joined me for a short stint through northern Østfold before he turned to face the sun and head in the general direction of his home on the west coast. Good to meet you :thumb
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  6. GunnyL

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    I kept my 650GS when I got my Tiger 800XC. Kept it for my son so that I could pass it down to him when he got his license. I think it's an awesome bike and the perfect platform to learn on. He got his license and now he's going to be getting the bike. I took him over to a mall parking lot and had him go through the low and slow stuff again on the GS after he finished his MSF course and got his M2 endorsement. I think he will be happy for a good while to come. Can't wait to ride with him and take him through a Dirt 101 course when he gets acclimated to the bike.
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  7. LarsE

    LarsE Been here awhile

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    Indeed! Was awesome to meet up and get a face to go with your posts on here. And can't forget getting a close up look (and listen) of your bike. Your route was cool, but did I split a little early at the end there? I became rather uncertain afterwards...

    Had to take a picture of the two bikes together:
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    Unfortunately my plan didn't work out and I was dead tired by the time I got to Drammen. Found a campsite in Hokksund and set up for the night:
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    Left there at 10am and got home just before 4pm, took a nice route through Buskerud and just enjoyed myself.

    Sorry about the pictures, I'm on mobile and can't resize them.
  8. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Yeah you did split fairly sudden :lol3 Just figured you checked the time and figure the highway was the best option back to the Oslo fjord.

    I had planned for us to ride quite a bit further north before letting you cut west, but that wouldn't have been ideal for your planned southern route over the mountains.
    Can't blame you for getting tired, you had a decent day in the saddle the day before too and the 28-29C heat is draining as well. We had 32C here yesterday. Supposed to drop off a little Sunday.

    Glad you enjoyed the roads, these are just the ones I've found around here and really miss where I lived before - riding wise, not climate wise.

    As for pics:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobilephotoresizer - resize pics
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.charmer.quicksquarenew - keep pics full size on Instagram
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.layout - make collages

    Unless you're a slave of the fruit, then I can't help you.
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  9. zimflux

    zimflux Been here awhile

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    Thing about getting rid of these awful cheap globes that we're on the bike when I got it. They are same crappy projectors that Buell used. Any recommendations on better sealed projectors? Of course Hella as used in the TT system but $$

    Perhaps just go back to stock with led. [​IMG]
  10. LarsE

    LarsE Been here awhile

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    You looked a little perplexed as I passed you so I figured I'd messed up :D

    Guess I was a little messed up from the heat to remember the route we discussed.

    I always use imgur to host my pics and they let you pick different sizes to link to on desktop but not on mobile I guess.
  11. UTTLC

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    Can anyone tell me if I need the crush washer here or if it threads directly in. Looks like the provided washer might gap a bit around the threads and not provide a total seal
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  12. nepbug

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    Probably a long shot, but does anyone have an extra rear speed/abs sensor for a 2001 Dakar?
    It looks like I might need one for a pre-8/2001 build date bike (p/n 34522345845), but willing to try something for any of the single sparks.
  13. tkach

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  14. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Yeah.
    Bike built 11/2000 so should be the part you're after. I'll see if I can find it later today.

    PM me.
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    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    What brand hose? HEL? What fitting? Straight or regular banjo? (or swivel, 'cause I discovered that will not seal internally)
    I had no issue with the washer HEL provided with fixed straight fitting.

    Either your banjo is too long or the washer too thin, so see if you can find a thicker washer :dunno
    Doubt doubling up the washer will work, but you can try.

    Either way, you have to use a crush washer I think.
  16. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    You're talking about the projectors themselves, right, because the housing looks like the one from Touratech. AFAIK halogen reflectors and LED bulbs are not a good match, so better get designed LED lights.

    Louis out of Germany has these halogens, but the light isn't all that. Guess H1 just doesn't have the juice necessary.

    They are CE approved and the light pattern on the LO is just an upside triangle, like so-ish:

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    Louis also have these LO LEDs now. (And HI's here). They have handlebar clamp mounting brackets for them, as well as a few different fork leg mounts too, but haven't seen them in person, so can't attest to the practicality nor quality of the mounts.

    I might change out my H1 Elipsoid's for these actually. Or add them to the crashbars.

    Low - High
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  17. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    I have that low beam on the Oryx now, instead of the old crappy Halogen.

    So far so good, but it's not yet ready for a test ride, so I can't comment on anything but static appearance.
    Kept the Xenon High beam instead of going for the LED.

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    By the way, it does use two OSRAM OSLON LEDs, which are available in different qualities, most notably concerning brightness. *cough*
    They are reasonably hard to get your hands on in small quantities though, if you want brighter ones.
    And they require a hot air soldering station to be replaced.
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  18. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    I still prefer the old
    Esab is one of the highly rated manufactures Swiss made machines good choice
    If money was no object I would probably get the new ESAB Rebel EMP 205ic AC/DC MIG/TIG but :knary almost $3000. Unfortunately only currently available in the US market, been told, it will arrive in the UK and European market by the end of the year early next year, so I will be hunting Ebay when they do come up for sale in the UK or Europe someone will be throwing it out soon after they bought it I just missed the boat with a Rebel 215 those go for about £1500 but only offers DC-TIG and Mig and the guy was selling it for £500, it disappeared in seconds, I was still Humming and aaahing and it was gone, in the end I settled for a Portamig 216s someone was doing a house clearance new job overseas, brand new machine 8 months old with all the bells and whistles at a 3rd of the price. Just waiting for him to return to UK so I can go and pick the darn thing up, he will be back in a month or so, lots of scrap metal collecting in the garage that I can practice on :D been reading the local forum on tips and tricks.:y0!
  19. brentfish

    brentfish n00b

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    Hey Gents, been an inmate since ohhhh 2010 off and on. Just picked up an 03 F650GS DAKAR yesterday. The fuel pump isn't pushing enough pressure to get past the filter, I even tried an inline filter from Autozone that has VERY little pressure needed to get past- and the pump couldn't push fuel through it. So I've ordered this: https://www.amazon.com/HFP-382B-A21-F650CS-F650GS-Replacement-Installation/dp/B074N2R6L3

    Worst case scenario my local BMW dealership actually has filter/regulator in stock. After that it's making sure the injectors work. I need to throw brake pads on, change the oil, already have a new sprocket and chain for it, fork seals seem to be in order. Anything I'm forgetting I want to do thats "Dakar centric" ?
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  20. UTTLC

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    I got the swivel fitting because it seemed pretty trick. Yeah, it leaks. Damnit.


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