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Old 04-16-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Snooker's G650 XCountry Mods

Snooker's G650 XCountry Mods

I've gotten so much good info out of everybody else's mods I thought I'd post my mods here. It is a bit different as most of the writeup is on my external website here:

Snooker's BMW G650 XCountry Page


So what I'd thought I'd do is put up a post and a picture for each page on my website that includes several mods. Before you ask questions, please FIRST check the link at the top of each post for more info at my website, then feel free to post anything else here...

ok here goes... this bike is ridden 90% as a commuter, but when it goes offroad it tends to be a bit rough, so I have 2 sets of wheels and bags, depending on its usage...


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Old 04-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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1. Mod: Replace stock exhaust muffler with a Leo Vince


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Old 04-16-2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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2. Mod: Select and install a Wilbers rear shock

At this site you'll find a lot of shock information including dimensions, sag, etc, for more than just the Wilbers... check it out!
For me, the shock was THE weak link on the bike - just ask my swingarm... so it had to be replaced.



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Old 04-16-2011, 08:49 PM   #4
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3. Mod: Install a Sportech windshield



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Old 04-16-2011, 08:53 PM   #5
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4. Mod: Fender support - fix for FARFS! ...or... (Floppy-Ass Rear Fender Syndrome)




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Old 04-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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5. Mod: Replace license plate light with bright LED auxiliary brake light and LED license plate bolts

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Old 05-05-2011, 06:47 AM   #7
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I would sure like one of these custom made FARFS support brackets.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
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11. Bags: MoJavi bag by Giant Loop, Wolfman tail bags, Nelson-Rigg tank bag and D-B-G number plate bag.





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Old 04-16-2011, 09:37 PM   #9
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12. Mod: Gear Shift Lever

You MUST replace the stock alloy left as it is too stiff and will snap off the shifter shaft out of the transmission upon a big hit. Replace it with a softer bendable steel shifter lever. Shown here is an old F650 Funduro lever that is mounted, and a TT lever held up to it as a spare.



13. Mod: Add Tool Tube

This is the Tool Tube mounted in place of the charcoal canister. Has held up well on off road use. I use it for a fuel bottle:


14. Mod: Front forks reworked by TrailTricks




15. Mod: Hi-tech LiFePO4 battery



16. Auxiliary LED lights




PROBLEM 1: My broken swingarm

The page linked to above was originally written simply to show BMW North America of what happened. From it is links to my ADVRider postings.

This occurred on the 2010
LA Barstow 2 Vegas AMA ride. I blame the OEM shock for bottoming and stressing the shock - though I was careful to not let it bottom much in the 3 months I rode it before I replaced it with a Wilbers shock.

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Old 04-16-2011, 10:16 PM   #10
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FINALLY a huge page of various links for my G650 XCountry, from mods by other to parts, accessories, history, you name it. I hope it helps...
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:29 PM   #11
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Snooker--

You've done an amazing complete farkler's re-do of your bike with a whole bunch of smart, functional mods. One thing I find interesting is that your bike and my bike share only two of the same mods--the LIN3 aux brake light and the Scheffelmeir Alu Ritzelschultz--despite the fact that both bikes have many many mods. Shows how wide a range of options are available and how we can individualize our bikes to our own taste.

Thanks for doing all this work and posting up all the info on your website.

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Old 05-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #12
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Snooker--

You've done an amazing complete farkler's re-do of your bike with a whole bunch of smart, functional mods. One thing I find interesting is that your bike and my bike share only two of the same mods--the LIN3 aux brake light and the Scheffelmeir Alu Ritzelschultz--despite the fact that both bikes have many many mods. Shows how wide a range of options are available and how we can individualize our bikes to our own taste.

Thanks for doing all this work and posting up all the info on your website.

--DRONE
HeHeHe... your mod thread was my inspiration buddy! There were a few more mods I didn't document that came straight from you... the stainless mesh screen over my radiator fins, the clear protective sheet over my headlight, what about the front fender extender... anyhow yeah I get your point and it is very interesting indeed! I'm still thinking about a front fork progressive spring and a seat mod...
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:47 AM   #13
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How did I miss this?

Nice job at documenting your mods, you have a nicely setup machine.
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:29 AM   #14
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bumpy. Can we get an update on your black thunder?
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[QUOTE=snooker;15686438]Snooker's G650 XCountry Mods


Snooker's BMW G650 XCountry Page[/SIZE]



I can't begin to say how thankful I am for the work you did building that page. I just got my g650 XC and had already been reading your page for a few weeks planning what I was going to do to it. It's so detailed, unbiased and convenient

well done sir very well done
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