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Forum: Parallel Universe 11-25-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,075
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Nuda swaps

In answer to ZeTrailOut (

I guess it depends what your end goal is. If you want an F800gs with 105HP nuda engine. Then keep NUDA engine, main frame,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-23-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,075
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

That's first on my list for spending my lotto winnings. (Just above the Aston)
The Way to do it is buy a low mileage nuda and new/low mileage F00gs. Then swap the swing arm, panels, wheels and maybe...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-17-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
I have done that mod.

I purchased the tall seat concepts cover. Fitted to my existing BMW low seat pan. great improvement.
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-10-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
yep - same

According to the parts fiche for the 2008 and 2013+ model years the rear wheel part numbers and rear hub part numbers are the same.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-13-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,917
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Road rage

I got chased by a bloke who pulled out in front of me and got upset when I gave him the finger. 200kph indicated down a long rural road. Luckily faster than his rental car.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Oil consuption will improve

I had an ex rental R1200gs with 55,000km on it. It used no oil on a 2,000 trip.
Once they bed in the oil consumption drops.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
hand job

It looks like the 1200gs wrench will fit the oil filter on the 800/650 twin.
Though you don't need it.

Tighten by hand.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-25-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,855
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Keep it

101,000km ex rental. Runs sweet. Keep up the maintenance.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-10-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

What you could have done is pull the rear of the bike down until the swingarm is in line with the swingarm pivot and the front sprocket. If you still had some slack then you were less likely to have...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-28-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,349
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
throttle bodies

I think the throttle bodies on the 650/700 are smaller than the 800
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Stick a tube in it.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,795
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hagon fork springs

Transformed the handling at relatively low cost. Best bang for buck so far.
Also fitted ricochet bash plate. Have not used it in anger. But looks good.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-21-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,744
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

You are funny. But I do press them in properly. :-)
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-20-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,744
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I use a length of thick walled 1 inch square tube. and a hammer. Works a treat.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-30-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,473
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I had the instrument panel replaced on my x-challenge twice under warranty. The first time was due to it leaking when I dunked the bike in a big mud puddle. (Learning) Then the LCD started to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-14-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,081
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

My F800gs came with the low seat. It wasn't much better than my x-challenge. I went for seat concepts. I was going to get the standard height, but went for the tall version for added comfort.

Forum: Orange Crush 07-09-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,200
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
for Bimmer

ditto. Not seen anything on touratech that would add enough protection to justify the cost and weight. Some people just like bling.

Actually 1 item: I did purchase a low profile sump plug for my...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-07-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,494
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
wiring diagram

I am pretty sure that BMW publish wiring diagrams separately for their service staff. I tried to find one for my xchallenge. One dealer sent me some screen prints.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-06-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

IF you are using a clip link. A tip given to me by a race bike mechanic is to put a dob of rtv on the clip. It stops it rattling, wearing out(loosening) and less likely to fly off.
Personally, I use...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-28-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,815
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
head bearings

was the correct method used for tightening head bearings? i have had a helpful mechanic over tighten them without following the manual. feels like a flat.
loosen pinch bolt
tighten bearing to 25Nm...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-22-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,339
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
what they said

Yep, clean with white spirits when I can. Lube before/after every ride. I use renthal chain lube. Generous oiling, then whipe off excess. Chain's last very well if you look after them.

And YES,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-16-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Scorpion mt90 A/T and Shinko 705

Scorpion mt90 A/T up front and and Shinko 705 on the rear.
Stable on rad up to high speeds. Good in the wet. Great on gravel and dirt roads. Ok in dry trails.
Not a miracle. So not as good as a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-08-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,556
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Before and after

I completed a 2500km round trip with the boys last week. After a week of booze and pub meals there were signs of a significant increase in sag by the time I got home. Or are you talking about the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-24-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,315
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

It is worth practicing this at home when you next change a rear tyre. Then you know you can do it out on the road. Using the side stand to pop the bead is a bit tricky, but it does work. Make sure to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-21-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Special tool

The BMW reprom does not show the need for a special tool to drain / replace coolant. Just fill it up and bleed it from the bolt in the water pump housing. Looks pretty simple. I can't see how a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-21-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,587
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I fitted bleeders to my F8gs forks. No problem. I chose bleeders with the fattest thread and knurled so you do them up by hand.
Using my cheap drill press I drilled the holes nice and square. I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-17-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,365
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I was thinking of using that spray on coating. plasti-dip. It is removeable.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-14-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 789
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hagon - bang for buck

Hagon progressive springs, no other mods. makes the bike handle a lot better.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 933
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Enjoy it.

Forum: Parallel Universe 05-13-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,725
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

My 2009 f800gs is great but I found it would get out of shape at speed on a bumpy twisty road and was a bit of a handful.
For Christmas I shouted the bike a set of Hagon progressive springs....
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-09-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,949
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

you can do it with the gs911. so dealer should be able to.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-08-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 632
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Answer is 2009 - according to user manuals

I have a 2009 and it can display "range" which "indicates how far you can ride with the fuel remaining in the tank." That is what is in the 2009 owners manual.

According to the 2010 owners manual...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-07-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 566
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Direction arows

The rimms have direction arrows on them.
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-04-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,289
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
G650 - x-challenge

Owned one between r1200gs and F800gs.
Great bike, light, grunty, competent.
I used the poor thing to improve my dirt riding. treated it like any other dirt bike. Plastics got scratched up but...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-03-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
you said:I want a fun tire on asphalt but still...

you said:I want a fun tire on asphalt but still be confident on forestry roads at speed. Not for real heavy off roading, of course if a road turns messy I'm not turning around..

for that reason...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Looks like you have wound it out too far. Time to pull the shock. On the good side, you should be able to re-assemble the pre-loader without too much issue. May need to compress the spring. (I use...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,352
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Having made a recommendation, I am going to change it. If you want to ride adventure then I recommend learning to ride in the dirt. I found the r1200GS intimidating in gravel. So I went to G650...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-01-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,352
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
try them

I've had a bunch of BMW singles: Original F650, Aprilia version of same and G650 x-challenge. I have f800gs now, last bike was the x-challenge and before that an R1200GS (Air/Oil cooled.) (Mainly big...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Should work

So long as the bars are the same diameter, you should be able to transfer the whole heated grip assemblies over. Maybe drill and tap a hole for locating them. But not strictly necessary.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,846
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Maybe not a requirement.

For the G650 (Single) the user manual states:
"BMW Motorrad recommends not using synthetic oils for the first 10,000 km."

There is no such statement in any of the F800 user manuals.
Maybe it is...
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