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Forum: Vendors 10-16-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 37,190
Posted By macrocephalic
I have a bmw g650x and they've had lots of...

I have a bmw g650x and they've had lots of starting problems. At one point in the UK there was a recall to replace the exide battery with a yuasa battery because the yuasa has slightly higher CCA. ...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
My bike only had two wires in the ignition switch...

My bike only had two wires in the ignition switch to start with. The previous owner might have snipped some - or it might have just been like that from the factory.
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
There's a thread of parts information here:...

There's a thread of parts information here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=605316
Forum: Thumpers 06-03-2013, 12:35 AM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
Pretty much all my problems have been related to...

Pretty much all my problems have been related to the battery or electricals. I've had to replace the fan (which is not a BMW part so you can buy it cheap from somewhere else) and I've had to replace...
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
My bike has a dead LED in the cluster for the...

My bike has a dead LED in the cluster for the right indicator. The PO put a separate light on the edge of the cluster for roadworthy reasons. I have heard of others having issues with LEDs in the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
I think the dorso shares a few parts with the...

I think the dorso shares a few parts with the G650x. I'm fairly certain it has the same wheels and discs as the xmoto.
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
I actually have a wall wart version of that...

I actually have a wall wart version of that already, it came with two battery connectors, one's installed on each bike - I'm just too lazy to climb over everything to switch it from one bike to the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
The half throttle trick normally works for me as...

The half throttle trick normally works for me as well, but occasionally not. I have an idea about putting a small secondary battery and diode in so the voltage to the ECU stays up when it's cranking...
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
That really puzzles me. Last year when some...

That really puzzles me. Last year when some bastard knocked over my parked bike and broke the clutch lever, I took the lever off my XT600 -which kind of fit- and used it for about 6 weeks until I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2013, 02:51 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
My bike starts just fine with the clutch out. ...

My bike starts just fine with the clutch out. Startup procedure for me is, turn key, make sure bike is in neutral, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING, then press the start button firmly. If you don't press the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2013, 07:49 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
These bikes are incredibly sensitive to voltage...

These bikes are incredibly sensitive to voltage from what I've discovered. If the battery isn't great then the cranking voltage will cause them not to fire - otherwise known as the G650 hot start...
Forum: Thumpers 02-25-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 143,061
Posted By macrocephalic
Xmoto. ~55k km. I too have the warm start...

Xmoto. ~55k km.

I too have the warm start problem (where it will crank over forever but never fire after filling up with fuel). I've had it intermittently since getting the bike, but it seems to...
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
Mine died in about March, but since it's been...

Mine died in about March, but since it's been winter and mine is a road bike, I've been running it without the fan - only overheated once when I was idling at walking pace for about 40 minutes.
Forum: Thumpers 11-25-2012, 08:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
Another follow up. The fan on my bike seized...

Another follow up. The fan on my bike seized then burnt out (pretty common I think). The cheapest place to buy a fan was from www.rallyshop.pl. The part number is VA69a-a101-87a. It's another...
Forum: Australia 10-17-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 21,771
Posted By macrocephalic
I have a G650Xmoto, so it's pretty exclusively...

I have a G650Xmoto, so it's pretty exclusively road use. I do about 250km/week, so I change the oil and filter every 6 months ~6500km.

Long service intervals are a pretty major factor for me; if...
Forum: Australia 10-17-2012, 03:43 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 21,771
Posted By macrocephalic
I know you can get them cheaper, but when it...

I know you can get them cheaper, but when it comes to a $15 part that I replace twice a year, I'm not going to worry about a couple of dollars either way.
Forum: Australia 10-17-2012, 05:20 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 21,771
Posted By macrocephalic
I just pay the shop $15 for a hiflo one. I could...

I just pay the shop $15 for a hiflo one. I could probably find them cheaper, but they don't exactly need doing every week with this engine. 5 oil filters is half way to an engine rebuild if you're...
Forum: Australia 06-19-2012, 11:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,368
Posted By macrocephalic
Fairly simple. I have a file in the cabinet with...

Fairly simple. I have a file in the cabinet with all my bike paperwork (rego notices, receipts, etc), I just threw the spare key in there. Sure it's not close by if I lose my main one out on the...
Forum: Australia 06-17-2012, 09:08 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 21,771
Posted By macrocephalic
I'm a G650Xmoto rider. Am I still welcome here?...

I'm a G650Xmoto rider. Am I still welcome here? :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
Ok, I went into a dealership and bought a pattern...

Ok, I went into a dealership and bought a pattern clutch lever. The clutch lever they sold me actually had a slightly too small pin dimension (it was a ktm lc4 lever) but it had a pvc bush which was...
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
Well the xt600e one is less work than that. You...

Well the xt600e one is less work than that. You have to remove the plastic from the cable end. Everything else fits, but the actuation distance (measure from the pivot to the cable hole) is a few...
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
Does anyone know a compatible clutch lever that's...

Does anyone know a compatible clutch lever that's actually possible to buy cheaply? I know the sheet says it's compatible with the 'ktm lc4', but that doesn't narrow it down, seeing as the LC4...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,869
Posted By macrocephalic
The front disc for the xmoto is the same as the...

The front disc for the xmoto is the same as the Aprilia Mille, but it's different from the xcountry and xchallenge.
Forum: New Zealand 02-17-2009, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,254
Posted By macrocephalic
You might also find it's cheaper to buy a bike. ...

You might also find it's cheaper to buy a bike. Have a look at sites like http://www.trademe.co.nz/ and remember that the NZD is only work about US50c (AUD80c) at the moment.

I'm thinking about...
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2008, 12:44 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,897
Posted By macrocephalic
I wasn't arguing for carbs over FI, I was trying...

I wasn't arguing for carbs over FI, I was trying to make the point that using a ultra fine tuned, maximum distance per galon wasn't a good arguement for carbs because running that lean in the real...
Forum: Australia 08-21-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,195
Posted By macrocephalic
I find it interesting that two 44 year olds and...

I find it interesting that two 44 year olds and one 24 year old were caught doing large amounts over the speed limit - yet it only mentions that the youngest of them had their cars confiscated under...
Forum: Thumpers 08-21-2008, 04:10 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,897
Posted By macrocephalic
The truth is that a properly tuned engine runs...

The truth is that a properly tuned engine runs richer than optimum anyway; running at *stoich* is a good way to ruin an engine.
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2008, 10:20 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,897
Posted By macrocephalic
I've never owned an FI bike - only carbed ones -...

I've never owned an FI bike - only carbed ones - but I would much rather FI. My reasoning is that I'd rather have a part that I can swap out entirely than have a part that requires maintanence and...
Forum: Australia 08-13-2008, 06:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,359
Posted By macrocephalic
turns out it's a 1970 T500 (and a '72 TS185J as...

turns out it's a 1970 T500 (and a '72 TS185J as well). I'm trying to ascertain if he would sell it to someone that wants to restore it.

Edit: never mind - he doesn't want to sell it :-S
Forum: Australia 08-13-2008, 04:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,359
Posted By macrocephalic
He lives in Albury so I can't pop out to the shed...

He lives in Albury so I can't pop out to the shed and check - but I'll try and ask him. I'm thinking not a T or GT now - I had an idea it was a 4 stroke. It's been under a tarp for so long I can...
Forum: Australia 08-13-2008, 03:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,359
Posted By macrocephalic
My dad has an old Suzi 500 of some description in...

My dad has an old Suzi 500 of some description in his shed - maybe a GT500 (I have no idea..). From memory it hasn't run for nearly 20 years so who knows what condition it's in.
Forum: Australia 08-12-2008, 08:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,951
Posted By macrocephalic
No wonder you fell off, you've got the bike the...

No wonder you fell off, you've got the bike the wrong way up! It's supposed to rest on those round, black, lumpy things not on the steel and plastic things. :rofl
Forum: Australia 08-11-2008, 08:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,644
Posted By macrocephalic
I've had good service from...

I've had good service from http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ in the past. I've bought ski gear from there at very reasonable prices - but they do also sell some motorsport gear and a lot of outdoor...
Forum: Australia 08-11-2008, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By macrocephalic
States and provinces are the same thing for all...

States and provinces are the same thing for all intents and purposes.

On topic: I know a lot of the DBW guys go riding in the Mt Mee state forest, I haven't been in there but I assume it's more...
Forum: Australia 08-06-2008, 10:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 955
Posted By macrocephalic
I found that having my tyres REALLY low on the...

I found that having my tyres REALLY low on the sand worked great. I just let them down on the beach when the going got a bit tough and I think I had some grit keeping the valve open a bit - so they...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,903
Posted By macrocephalic
See this is why I have a 620sc with no battery...

See this is why I have a 620sc with no battery :rofl
Forum: Australia 07-29-2008, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,340
Posted By macrocephalic
Does the DR have tube tyres and rimlocks? For...

Does the DR have tube tyres and rimlocks? For soft sand you really want to run the rear on something like 12psi.
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2008, 07:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,285
Posted By macrocephalic
I've always had trouble roll starting my ktm 620...

I've always had trouble roll starting my ktm 620 as well. Anything less than 3rd gear and the rear just locks up (on pavement no less), and due to the clutch drag you need a reasonably steep hill to...
Forum: Australia 07-27-2008, 02:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,889
Posted By macrocephalic
The issue (whether you agree or not) was that he...

The issue (whether you agree or not) was that he entered that S bend (corkscrew) behind and ran off during it. Sure he was ahead on the change of direction - but those two corners are generally...
Forum: Australia 07-26-2008, 05:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,889
Posted By macrocephalic
I have noticed that all motogp racers are pretty...

I have noticed that all motogp racers are pretty boys - a stark contrast to watching something like the IOM TT.
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