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Old 11-02-2012, 04:58 AM   #4096
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Nice tip, to use a piece of hose to pull the plugs. I'll have to remember that one. Thanks for the write up.


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Old 11-02-2012, 08:36 AM   #4097
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Anybody have their dash start cracking and falling apart yet?



Maybe someone who has ditched their stock dash would want to sell me their cover? hmm?
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #4098
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Just ordered an ohlins for my g650x challenge because of excessive wear on the rear shock. As I am the third owner and the bike is way out of warranty I decided to go this way and wanted to add some bling to the bike.

Everywhere I've read has said this shock will raise the seat even higher and wanted to know if there were any recommendations on getting the bike lowered. I don't want to loose much travel, and I'd like to level the bike out, so what size spacer would you recomend throwing in there? I have a 30in inseam and am used to riding bikes with a 32-34 in standover, but the X challenge is just to high.

Any help would rock!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:36 PM   #4099
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I've had these racks on now (with Ali subframe) 4 years, UK to India and back via Iran and Pakistan and now 15000 miles through South America with no problems but they have been beefed up around the place that is known to break.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:36 PM   #4100
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Just ordered an ohlins for my g650x challenge because of excessive wear on the rear shock. As I am the third owner and the bike is way out of warranty I decided to go this way and wanted to add some bling to the bike.

Everywhere I've read has said this shock will raise the seat even higher and wanted to know if there were any recommendations on getting the bike lowered. I don't want to loose much travel, and I'd like to level the bike out, so what size spacer would you recomend throwing in there? I have a 30in inseam and am used to riding bikes with a 32-34 in standover, but the X challenge is just to high.

Any help would rock!
If you order a shock from any of the premium shock makers you should be able to get them build it to whatever length you want.

The main difference between the height of a air shock and a regular oil/nitrogen shock is the contrast between the parked height and the ride height is nowhere near as vast. With the air shock, the bike sits super high when parked, then sags down loads when you sit on it. The bike is lower with a regular shock when parked, but may be slightly higher than the air shock with your weight on it. .... depending on what pressure you ran in the air shock.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:34 AM   #4101
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I've had these racks on now (with Ali subframe) 4 years, UK to India and back via Iran and

Hello, McGiggle!

Can you spare some details about that box you have mounted on skidplate? Is it a factory skidplate? What kind of box is it? How did you mount it? Do you have some issues with that setup?
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:07 AM   #4102
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Hello, McGiggle!

Can you spare some details about that box you have mounted on skidplate? Is it a factory skidplate? What kind of box is it? How did you mount it? Do you have some issues with that setup?
Also more details on the subframe "beef up" would be good
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:39 AM   #4103
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I've had these racks on now (with Ali subframe) 4 years, UK to India and back via Iran and Pakistan and now 15000 miles through South America with no problems but they have been beefed up around the place that is known to break.

On the XCh, what shock are you using??

Did you change the seat too??
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:44 AM   #4104
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Just ordered an ohlins for my g650x challenge because of excessive wear on the rear shock. As I am the third owner and the bike is way out of warranty I decided to go this way and wanted to add some bling to the bike.

Everywhere I've read has said this shock will raise the seat even higher and wanted to know if there were any recommendations on getting the bike lowered. I don't want to loose much travel, and I'd like to level the bike out, so what size spacer would you recomend throwing in there? I have a 30in inseam and am used to riding bikes with a 32-34 in standover, but the X challenge is just to high.

Any help would rock!
I tried the Ohlins, specified for the bike and although the parked height was a little lower, as Walter says

However the ride height was 1-2" taller (31" inseam) and it also raised the rear of the bike and upset the steering geometry making the bike 'tuck under' in bends - yuk

I tried to adjust the preload/ride height, however the spring was way too hard for mixed road and dualsport use - it was intended for desert/Dakar racing and it wouldn't work

So................I will get a custom built Wilbers or Hyperpro sorted for me, my weight and height, plus the intended use etc
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:28 AM   #4105
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G650X Challenge options

Just had a question about some aftermarket gaurds, I would like to know if it is possible to use the Large TT skid plate with the SW-MOTECH Crashbars/Engine Guards (BMW G650 Xchallenge and the OME BMW engine gaurds. I havent seen anyone do it yet , but is this over kill? any imput would be well appreciated.

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Old 11-08-2012, 05:56 AM   #4106
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I tried the Ohlins, specified for the bike and although the parked height was a little lower, as Walter says

However the ride height was 1-2" taller (31" inseam) and it also raised the rear of the bike and upset the steering geometry making the bike 'tuck under' in bends - yuk

I tried to adjust the preload/ride height, however the spring was way too hard for mixed road and dualsport use - it was intended for desert/Dakar racing and it wouldn't work

So................I will get a custom built Wilbers or Hyperpro sorted for me, my weight and height, plus the intended use etc
When I bought my Ohlins for the GS, the vendor asked me about my weight, my riding style and what I wanted improved over the stockers. He delivered exactly what I wanted.

I post this because it would then make sense that a good Ohlins vendor should be able to work your current shock to one which works perfectly for you.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:00 AM   #4107
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #4108
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Just had a question about some aftermarket gaurds, I would like to know if it is possible to use the Large TT skid plate with the SW-MOTECH Crashbars/Engine Guards (BMW G650 Xchallenge and the OME BMW engine gaurds. I havent seen anyone do it yet , but is this over kill? any imput would be well appreciated.

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It's overkill

There's a lot of guys on this forum like barstow who race and crash these bikes, and a lot like jester who ride enduro off road loads and crash these bikes with them and a lot of guys like me who tour around the world with them, mostly off road with loads of crashes.

None of the above use engine bars. Use a good bashplate , I recommend the scheffelmeier rally not the TT one, and good hand guards , think bark busters rather than TT plastic, and the bike is crash proof.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:21 AM   #4109
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When I bought my Ohlins for the GS, the vendor asked me about my weight, my riding style and what I wanted improved over the stockers. He delivered exactly what I wanted.

I post this because it would then make sense that a good Ohlins vendor should be able to work your current shock to one which works perfectly for you.
The Ohlins Vendor was Touratech, is that enough info for you
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:28 AM   #4110
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..... is that enough info for you
I rest my case, your honour

But really, if you buy your A-brand shock at a good dealer/vendor/service center they will always set it up/or have it set up to your specific wishes

Come over to Holland Johnny and speak to Bas at Hyperpro. He'll probably just set you up with a proper spring and all will be settled. That shock's good enough without doubt
Enough suspension specialists in the UK also without doubt, that could arrange a decent setup for your Öhlins
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