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Old 09-10-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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F650GS Fork Boots

Has anybody else added these? I know it's old school but so am I. Can't think of anything better to protect the tubes.

These are a Yamaha accessory for the Star Bolt (about $35). Thick and rubbery and fit the 41mm tubes perfectly up top. The bottom slider end is a bit loose but tightens up well with zip ties. I used one at top and two on bottom.

I know BMW would object since they did not allow them on the F650GS single because of cooling issues - they would not cover cooling related claims if boots were installed. I ran them on my single with no problems, though the fan kicked in a lot (it did anyway because of the single's weak cooling system). I'm hoping the twin's will be better.


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Old 09-10-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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I put these on when I installed my Ricor Intiminators

http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...N/8160198.html

No issues with them, and I like the look as well.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Fork boots suck, rather accordion or neoprene.

All they do is hold in dirt and makes it more likely to cause seal failure.

Seen it 100's of times.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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Kind of bizarre that the stock machine comes with no fork protection at all. Not even one of those plastic thingies found on most sport bikes even??
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:23 AM   #5
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I rode my 650 twin about 25K before both seals blew out and the dealer replaced both. I then added the fork protectors it now has over 60K and both sides have stayed clean and dry. My vote is to use them.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:18 AM   #6
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Fork boots suck, rather accordion or neoprene.

All they do is hold in dirt and makes it more likely to cause seal failure.

Seen it 100's of times.
Those are accordion style fork boots.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:42 AM   #7
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Where can you get fork protectors? Other than the "aqua-lung" hoses?
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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I put these on when I installed my Ricor Intiminators

http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...N/8160198.html

No issues with them, and I like the look as well.
Yes I saw those. Thought they were overpriced (double the Yamaha boots) and look like the plasticky fat dirt bike boots. At that point there was not much available to fit the F650GS so it was smart to go that route.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
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Where can you get fork protectors? Other than the "aqua-lung" hoses?
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I assume you mean something like these: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...FYo7OgodghQAJQ

or these: http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/pr...FY8DOgod92UA_g

They work but trap abrasive dirt that rubs on the tubes as they move. They should be cleaned more often than the accordian style IMO.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #10
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I think they are a good idea if you will be throwing dirt/dust on the sliders.

Krega has some sort of boots that go on real easy and seem to work well. They are an alternative to the accordion boots. They pre clean the slide and keep dirt out of the seat. I've used them acouple of years now. nearly 40k miles on the bike no seal problems

Check out their web site.
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