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Forum: Thumpers 10-17-2014, 04:51 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
If you still have the stock footpegs be sure to...

If you still have the stock footpegs be sure to take out the rubber to get some grip. If it is your first time to take a bike offroad try to get used to riding it while standing on it.
If you ride...
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 01:13 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Wow, with that my quick and dirty mount can not...

Wow, with that my quick and dirty mount can not compete :)
Forum: Thumpers 08-09-2014, 12:55 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Yes, zipties, lots of zipties. I even used...

Yes, zipties, lots of zipties. I even used zipties to fasten the ziptes to the frame :rofl

When you remove the right exhaust can you can use the mount of it. I made a little plastic piece with...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 03:02 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
I have it wrapped now for around 10000kms since...

I have it wrapped now for around 10000kms since march and it holds up pretty well, but most of it was onroad with a clean bike (no dust and dirt rubbing on it). The matte look gets a little glossy...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 10:47 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Thanks, that sounds just like what i need. ...

Thanks, that sounds just like what i need.



In europe we have the same single color scheme to choose from :)
But mine is wrapped with a car wrapping vinyl made by avery. The color is called...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 11:19 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Hi together, here are some pictures from a...

Hi together,

here are some pictures from a trip to the western alpes in the french italian border region. The Sertao did all that it was asked for without an issue, from the droning on the highway...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2014, 12:28 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
That is not true that on a wet sump engine the...

That is not true that on a wet sump engine the bottom end or crankshaft is in the oil and churning through it. A modern engine wouldn't even survive that. Because if that would happen you would get...
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2014, 01:58 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
I bought mine on eBay from a Canadian seller, the...

I bought mine on eBay from a Canadian seller, the DVD arrived within a week from Sarajevo in germany. It is as authentic as pirated copy can be ;)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2014, 01:46 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Oh come on, KTMs had reliability issues long...

Oh come on, KTMs had reliability issues long before they added electronic gizmos. They offer great perfomance but you ought to be Ready to Repair :)

And look at the new big beemer, failing...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-29-2014, 02:20 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
The OP said he fears that FI, ABS, TC,...

The OP said he fears that FI, ABS, TC, Immobilizer may get you stranded and he also mentioned the S10. Now look at the S10 thread to read all the cases where this did get people stranded. You won't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2014, 10:06 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Haha, lasted 2 minutes. You guys are fast :D

Haha, lasted 2 minutes. You guys are fast :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2014, 09:13 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
You can go for a ride till the discussion is back...

You can go for a ride till the discussion is back to bending rims :D
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2014, 09:09 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
If a "reboot" of the electronics solves the issue...

If a "reboot" of the electronics solves the issue it is most likely not the mechanical decomp lever issue.

As noted earlier in this thread the 2014 bikes have the same ECU as the husky...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 04:49 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Do you start in gear with the clutch pulled or in...

Do you start in gear with the clutch pulled or in neutral when you experience this? It might be possible that the clutch drag is too much for the starter to crank fast enough.
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 11:15 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Indeed, but thats why it is so popular and...

Indeed, but thats why it is so popular and available even in low end bikes like the g650. Also it is build completely on current well known tech and just requires a second sparkplug and ignitionmap...
Forum: Thumpers 06-25-2014, 07:16 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
The one thing is theoretical research - the other...

The one thing is theoretical research - the other is practical experience ;)

Btw. increasing spark is just what BMW has done with the twinspark engine, and with good results for a lean running...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 04:08 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
The G650 has no option for on board computer like...

The G650 has no option for on board computer like the bigger bmw models, you get a dash that has two trip counters, speedo, rpm and a clock.
Features like MPG, outside temp, water temp, gear, fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 04:31 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Im from germany but still had to buy from a eBay...

Im from germany but still had to buy from a eBay seller located on the Isle of man because the g650 lv one was nowhere else in stock. The package was delivered from naples, italy and it took only a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 02:31 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
They did not went out of business, they where...

They did not went out of business, they where just bankrupt ;)

Another italian company took them over and their business continues.
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 09:01 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
I have no experience with these or simlar...

I have no experience with these or simlar products, if you are really unhappy with the throttle response it may be worthwhile.

But be sure to check adjusting the throttle slack/play to your needs...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 04:30 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
In my sertao some replacement fuses where in the...

In my sertao some replacement fuses where in the toolkit, but possibly the previous owner put them there.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-05-2014, 12:58 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Ouch, I hope you heal up fast and are back in the...

Ouch, I hope you heal up fast and are back in the saddle soon.




AFAIK it has no slipping clutch. But even if it has one, do these work on loose surfaces like gravel?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-29-2014, 02:09 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Look here how it is called in this...

Look here how it is called in this straightforward system :deal
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/eb/English_length_units_graph.svg/500px-English_length_units_graph.svg.png
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2014, 12:20 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
What do you mean by crazy? Faster frequency? ...

What do you mean by crazy? Faster frequency?

It is related to engine rpm, could you check that by reving up without moving? Alternator output is coupled to rpm.

Are all 4 bulbs ok and working?...
Forum: Thumpers 05-26-2014, 04:13 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
I did this also before buying and the only major...

I did this also before buying and the only major fault seemed to be the hotstart issue caused by a faulty decrompression lever on early models.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2014, 02:22 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Im using a bags connection with the ring mount...

Im using a bags connection with the ring mount without electric connection. This has worked for me for many years. The locking mechanism locks securely and is almost idiot proof to handle.
...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2014, 09:52 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
There is a trick to lengthen the spring for...

There is a trick to lengthen the spring for installing it. Put the spring on one end in a bench vice. Then bend it around an put small washers, pennies or something between the coils so that the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-22-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 4,307
Views: 539,441
Posted By ballheadknuckle
Sorry i don't have pics at hand. But how...

Sorry i don't have pics at hand.

But how could a not working brakelight not be a warranty issue.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2014, 03:01 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Hi, you have asked for critism an so here is...

Hi, you have asked for critism an so here is mine. You should select the pictures you post much stronger. Simply decide which is best from a spot where you have taken pictures and show only that one....
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2014, 12:29 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
The maintenance manual also says SAE 15W-50, API...

The maintenance manual also says SAE 15W-50, API SJ / JASO MA2. If you check the online parts catalogues you will see that BMW recommends this now for most of their bikes. ...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2014, 05:55 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Indeed, thats why the brake fluid needs to...

Indeed, thats why the brake fluid needs to replaced from time to time. But the question to"filling up" is what raised an eyebrow on my side ;)
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2014, 12:13 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
It just means that the tire is capable of being...

It just means that the tire is capable of being used without a tube, on the rims used on the sertao you must use them with a tube which is perfectly fine.
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4,307
Views: 539,441
Posted By ballheadknuckle
Did you check your brake pads if they are worn...

Did you check your brake pads if they are worn out? If the fluid level is low it may be because of worn out brake pads, you should check that first.

If you start doing something to the brake fluid...
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 4,307
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
You unscrew the cover of the reservoir and pour...

You unscrew the cover of the reservoir and pour it into, quite simple. Be careful with the fluid as it may ruin paint etc.

But normally you don't "fill up" because you don't loose any brake fluid...
Forum: Thumpers 05-16-2014, 05:13 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Yes, you risk breaking them if you don't remove...

Yes, you risk breaking them if you don't remove them first. They stick out a bit and you can easily ruin them with the break disk.

The wheel removal is also described in the owners manual,...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-11-2014, 11:05 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Maybe it is the wunderlich bracket, they also...

Maybe it is the wunderlich bracket, they also have one. But light and elegant normally isnt their style .
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 01:59 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Hi, do i need a mudflap or something like it to...

Hi, do i need a mudflap or something like it to protect the rear shock on this bike? Since i bought mine used do i miss a part here?
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2014, 12:07 AM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Great tip, if my GPS wouldn't had lost its power...

Great tip, if my GPS wouldn't had lost its power connection when this happened to me i might not have found the problem at all.

I will look into this and i will also hook up the GPS to the...
Forum: Thumpers 05-07-2014, 01:15 PM
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Posted By ballheadknuckle
Last week I did my first multi day trip on my...

Last week I did my first multi day trip on my Sertao, I went down to France to find some nice weather.

About 10 Minutes into trip the engine started sputtering and my GPS told me that it lost its...
Forum: Europe 04-24-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,869
Posted By ballheadknuckle
Hi guys, I still would really like to do...

Hi guys,

I still would really like to do this, but because it is a 1500km ride to spain i need to know if someone will be there to show me round some trails ;)

Regards,

Axel
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