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Old 06-13-2013, 09:11 AM   #7741
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Now wait a minute ! Is that a set-up picture ? A fake fall?

How did you go down there ?? Road doesnt look so bad.

Alcohol?
Hi there Leafman.

The trail came up on the footage for my HISS Rally video. This was taken on the same section a few days later when the clay had dried out considerably!

The vid starts at about the place where I took my first tumble - simply came 'stuck' in the mud! - and the second is at about 1.50 on where I'm pleased to see another rider taking the corner well off line too



Yup, those Pyrenean trails have their charms!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:21 AM   #7742
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X-Country v F700GS off-pavement

I rode my F700GS on a forest service road yesterday (North Main Divide, Cleveland National Forest).

X-Country wins, NO CONTEST.

F700 is cushy and torquey like an R1200GS, but with an incredibly snatchy throttle! (You can read all about it on the Parallel Universe thread.) I even installed an Accelerator module, but it doesn't seem to help. Thus, I'm not sure I want to ride it any place other than level dirt roads.

Needless to say, I miss my X-Country more than a little bit. Maybe I'll get a DRZ400 sometime down the road to Feed My Restless.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #7743
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Needless to say, I miss my X-Country more than a little bit. Maybe I'll get a DRZ400 sometime down the road to Feed My Restless.
Just dont go looking to rekindle an old flame! Guess I need to call them ASAP and put an offer in
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #7744
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Just dont go looking to rekindle an old flame! Guess I need to call them ASAP and put an offer in
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Yes, it's pretty stupid to buy back a trade-in, however, it's infinitely CHEAPER than remarrying someone you divorced!
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #7745
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Stock shock

I have the original rear shock for my 2007 that I'd like to sell.

~4,000 gentle miles

$100 + shipping
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #7746
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Thanks, Leafman.Especially for you some tulip pictures:

Dang ! Where is that ? I didn't know there was a single place remaining with that many windmills surviving so close together!
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:13 PM   #7747
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Dang ! Where is that ? I didn't know there was a single place remaining with that many windmills surviving so close together!
I thought you'd recognise it, because you wrote that you went to Rotterdam regularly. The village is called Kinderdijk, only 10 miles from Rotterdam.It has 19 windmills.When I was little, many moons ago, you could go inside allmost all of them.Nowadays there's only one open for visitors.www.kinderdijk.org/
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:04 PM   #7748
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If I wanted to get one, where do you recommend I look, since they don't make the xCountry anymore? New England area, US. Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #7749
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I thought you'd recognise it, because you wrote that you went to Rotterdam regularly. The village is called Kinderdijk, only 10 miles from Rotterdam.It has 19 windmills.When I was little, many moons ago, you could go inside allmost all of them.Nowadays there's only one open for visitors.www.kinderdijk.org/


It looks different in that picture !
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #7750
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Hi, I'm Matt and I am a Beemerholic... Have a K100RS, and R1100S, owned and R90/6 for awhile and often find myself missing it...

Wife took the MSF course and just obtained a her first bike.. 07 G650 XCountry, previously owned by the infamous Geoffster...

Unfortunately for her (fortunate for me though) she is too short to ride it. Plans are to change out seat and get the 50mm lowering kit, hopefully that will get it manageable for her.. Unfortunately that will mean its too short and soft sprung for me to ride..
She did give me the OK to go on BMW Escondido ride with it, and take it to work a bit until parts can be obtained



New friends :)


I will have to get a group photo with the K100RS and M5 once those are cleaned up ;)

Questions to come in new post...

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #7751
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Question time

Ok, now that I said HI (see above post), time for some questions...

Protection
1. Which engine/crash bars provide the best tip-over protection? SW-Motechs look good? So do the Hepco Beckers?
1. a. The bike has (I believe) Hyde skid plate, looking at the bolt that the SW guards need it seems like it will need slight trimming, can anyone confirm? I saw that the Touratech one does.

2. Again, for tip-over concerns, are frame and axle sliders useful? Or are they just for moving lay downs?

3. Is the pan for the 09 and 07 seats the same? Would it be better idea to get the 09 (anyone want to trade??) and have it re-shaped if needed, or would that be the same as reshaping the 07?

Thanks all!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:24 AM   #7752
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Big bash plate, for example Scheffelmeier http://www.bashplates.de/BMW-G-650-X...untry:::1.html and good handlebar/lever/knuckle protectors for example Barkbusters is all that is actually needed. Change gear shifter pedal to more bendable and you are good to go. It will slide OK on exhaust muffler/rear blinkers, foot pegs, bar ends and bash plate. Airbox plastics will get rubbed, but radiator damage is hard to get.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 AM   #7753
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Big bash plate, for example Scheffelmeier http://www.bashplates.de/BMW-G-650-X...untry:::1.html and good handlebar/lever/knuckle protectors for example Barkbusters is all that is actually needed. Change gear shifter pedal to more bendable and you are good to go. It will slide OK on exhaust muffler/rear blinkers, foot pegs, bar ends and bash plate. Airbox plastics will get rubbed, but radiator damage is hard to get.
Hi, thnaks for that link - the KTM high mudguard kits looks mouthwatering!

I'd add the chain guide. Touratech do one which I'k told is a KTM part with an additional bracket. So if you can have the bracket made the actual guide is a snip!

Here's a link at random to the piece I'm talking about. I would go on any trail with the original!

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:04 AM   #7754
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I wanted to report back about my complaints of vibration through the bars and pegs. lewiss66 mentioned the Booster Plug reducing vibration. I ordered one a few weeks ago and installed it a while back. The vibration is much less than before. Gearshifts don't produce the loud clunking noise, and the bike never stalls after starting. The engine does not lug if I short shift. Torque seems to be improved. Also, I believe my mileage actually went up. Before, my mpg was always around 58-60 mpg. A few days ago, I got a tank that showed 63 mpg. It is only one tank, so I have yet to confirm it. IMO, the bike is much better, now. The Booster Plus helped in numerous ways. My bike is essentially stock (carbon canister still in place).

I am two weeks out of my Colorado/Utah trip. My cousin, his family, and I are scheduled to leave on July 2 and return two and a half weeks later.

I have to do some final prep on the bike. I need things like brake pads, oil filter, spare air filter, inner tubes, tire irons, and perhaps a new chain and sprockets. Do you guys go with any motorcycle supply house, or is there an inside track/adv supporter that I should contact?

Also, I'd like to get the Scheffelmeier skidplate, but am unsure if I can get one in only 2 weeks. If anyone wants to buy one with me and save on shipping, I'm game.

Lastly, the stock chain and sprockets have 10k miles on them. The rear sprocket is showing a good bit of wear. Would I be stupid to use them for this trip with 750+ miles of dual sport riding?

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:42 AM   #7755
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I wanted to report back about my complaints of vibration through the bars and pegs. lewiss66 mentioned the Booster Plug reducing vibration. I ordered one a few weeks ago and installed it a while back. The vibration is much less than before. Gearshifts don't produce the loud clunking noise, and the bike never stalls after starting. The engine does not lug if I short shift. Torque seems to be improved. Also, I believe my mileage actually went up. Before, my mpg was always around 58-60 mpg. A few days ago, I got a tank that showed 63 mpg. It is only one tank, so I have yet to confirm it. IMO, the bike is much better, now. The Booster Plus helped in numerous ways. My bike is essentially stock (carbon canister still in place).
I'd be really interested in this 'Booster Plug' - but what is this?

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Lastly, the stock chain and sprockets have 10k miles on them. The rear sprocket is showing a good bit of wear. Would I be stupid to use them for this trip with 750+ miles of dual sport riding?
Not stupid, but I reckon it's a good idea to change now rather than await an emergency!

Meanwhile, some posts here refer to ride reports that included an X-Country, so here's mine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qfNNb2qOOo

Enjoy!

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