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Old 10-28-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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F650 GS refurb project (why me?)

Noob checking in with a new-to-me 2001 BMW F650GS. Battle scarred, amalgamated and an "R" title to boot. This is the model I wanted and limited funds meant I have to add sweat equity to make her pretty again. Yes, its got problems, yes, I knew it would. By the time it got home from a looong (trailer) drive, coolant was leaking on the trailer. First test ride, the famous stall issue cropped up. Then I flooded it, almost had to walk it back (weak battery)!

I need outlets to keep from getting bored in this world, but sometimes I have too many and get overwhelmed. Oh, well. I have "redone" a '54 Ford 850 tractor, an ultralight, and a Glastron GT-150 (James Bond jump boat).

I only get into things I really appreciate and I love all my toys equally. The tractor gets most use. Can't wait to dive into this rig, although parts are EXTREMELY expensive and there is alot of electronics, which I hate!! I'm good at workarounds and scouring for parts tho. Looking for any feedback available thats for sure. First part off and I see I need to sand down the nice windscreen scratches first (from a moving laydown).

Let the project begin!
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:58 AM   #2
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The ride home

Scariest ride back of my life. NY drivers suck. Roads- crap. I mean my trailer was airborne half the time I think. Had to stop and buy a piece of steel to put under the kickstand as it was punching thru the plywood!
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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Im in, keep the story coming
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #4
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How many miles on it? Ive got 46,000 on my 02 Dakar. Shes never missed a beat. Maybe I got lucky and found a good one. All miles are mine but 1000. Love it.

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Old 10-28-2011, 02:28 PM   #5
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engine bars & crash bars, stebel horn, TT footpeg kit, bar risers, pannier racks, stainless steel brakelines, TT rear guards....I'd say you got a pretty good bike there already. Just gotta patch the bullet holes in that bulletproof Rotax engine. Shouldnt be to tough to conquer. Good luck!
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:04 PM   #6
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Good eye. The details:

12k miles estimated (odo went out at 8k) who really knows?
SS brake lines
TT Chain guard
TT foot pegs
Ohlin shock (need to lengthen the center stand)
LED backlight
Crash bars (engine) not sure who makes these
TT fender brace (not sure what that is)
Ztechniks screen (scratched to heck)
TT fork guards
Fram? horn
Hand shields
TT brake guard (rear)
Fender extension
Pannier frame by Happy Trails (have some pelican cases for this)
TT Lisc bracket

I'll be on the lookout for:
Front low fender
Stickers! Wow they are expensive via BMW (like $250 for a set of Dakars)
Tires
Little trim piece on the gas tank (Anti-scuffing? $60!!!)
GS911!
Engine skid plate
TT or similar sprocket cover

So far taking it apart, its been a bit slow, lots of non-standard bolts so I was back and forth to the tools quite a bit. A bunch of hacks, etc.

I hope to get up to Labrador soon after this project, so I do have some aspirations as well.

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Old 10-29-2011, 12:48 AM   #7
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Nice one!

Shouldn't need to much to get it up and running.

I buy all my spares from motorworks,co.uk. They specialize in BMW spares.

Even with the postage it still works out pretty cheap. MUCH cheaper than going through BNW anyway. Parts normally arrive in 3-4 days.

What sort of riding do you plan on? ie percentage on/off road??
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:21 AM   #8
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quote "Shouldn't need to much to get it up and running. "
quote: " Shouldnt be to tough to conquer."

You guys are killin me. (But I do have all winter.) I'm planning on riding whats around here for the most part. Twisties, mountains, hills, occasional straight 80% on, 20% off I bet until a Labrador type trip. I have a dog(s) so my cage will get used more than wanted I bet (but it is a WRX )

I found two of these little (what look like) cigarette lighter jacks, but have just a terminal inside. They are smaller too, is this some motorcycle version of a power outlet? Do I want to keep them? I'd like to just use my car items with normal cig jacks if possible.

Is there a definitive tool list for this? I'd like to just go out and get what I'd keep on the bike now, and get used to using it. And, do people just have bits to throw on ratchets, or individual handled torx for example? I'm talking about the tool kit mainly.

This is the kind of progress-slowing stuff I'm dealing with everywhere. It's going in the "to be fiberglassed" bin. Which is getting full. Glass the backs of all this stuff and figure out a good solid filler for the shiny side.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:25 AM   #9
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Work area for now

Still warm out (45 degrees F), so I have another month or so outside.
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #10
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Here's a link to a video of a guy going into F650gs tools in "detail".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPAPnp9BsAs
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:58 PM   #11
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Them darn Germans, they have a special tool for everything.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:22 PM   #12
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Disassembly phase still

I've just finished removing the "stuff in the way" panels, lights, guards, farkles, oil tank and got my tool kit in order (thanks, Benjah). I want to work from them tools to see how it goes. Cleaned up / checked some things like lights and started to sand down the windscreen. Yeah, I'm all over the place right now. I have many bins loaded with stuff already (stuff to be cleaned, stuff to be glassed, stuff to be sanded/paint removed, stuff to be left to the end). Lining up my plans to hit the "sections" next. Probably front end; wheel, forks brakes first. Some notes:


TT Footpeg is steel frame but zinc plated foot. The white paint job stinks and its already rusting. Why not make the whole thing zinc plated? I have to blast all the paint off and re-do it (with tractor implement paint).

The skid plate is a real disaster, but I will try my best at hammering it out, sandblast it and it would be nice to anodize but not likely.

I see why this bike was totaled. 80% of the plastic including inner fender, etc, is scratched, cracked or both. Probably a good thing, at least nothing structural.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:26 PM   #13
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:31 PM   #14
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Some sanding on the left one and maybe a rattle can job as well.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:45 PM   #15
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Loving the separate bins.

Those stock plastic hand guards are fine for keeping the weather off your hands and that may be all you need. A lot of people tend to replace them with aluminium reinforced after market ones such as bark busters.
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