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Old 11-23-2009, 05:42 AM   #826
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I'd say you bent the bolt

hard to say with out seeing it, got a photo?

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I dropped my Xchallange yesterday on the right side. When I picked her up I did not see any damage other than the mirror poping off at the breakway mount. When I got back in the saddle I notice the handlebar was crooked.

The bar was not bent but the right handle bar mount was no longer lined up properly (it was closer to me than the left mount) The Mount was no longer level (i.e. the gap to the trippleclamp was higher on one side than the other. Has this happened to anyone?

I cannot tell if all I need to do is unbolt everything and remount the bar or if the bolt is bent? Or the mount needs replacing. If I can learn from someone elses experience I would appreciate it.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:29 AM   #827
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I've done that too. looks bad, but may be ok
If you loosen the handlebar clamps the rubber mount to the tripleclamp mounts should realign.............or you've bent something!
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All,

I dropped my Xchallange yesterday on the right side. When I picked her up I did not see any damage other than the mirror poping off at the breakway mount. When I got back in the saddle I notice the handlebar was crooked.

The bar was not bent but the right handle bar mount was no longer lined up properly (it was closer to me than the left mount) The Mount was no longer level (i.e. the gap to the trippleclamp was higher on one side than the other. Has this happened to anyone?

I cannot tell if all I need to do is unbolt everything and remount the bar or if the bolt is bent? Or the mount needs replacing. If I can learn from someone elses experience I would appreciate it.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:46 AM   #828
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Prob knocked it out of square.

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All,

I dropped my Xchallange yesterday on the right side. When I picked her up I did not see any damage other than the mirror poping off at the breakway mount. When I got back in the saddle I notice the handlebar was crooked.

The bar was not bent but the right handle bar mount was no longer lined up properly (it was closer to me than the left mount) The Mount was no longer level (i.e. the gap to the trippleclamp was higher on one side than the other. Has this happened to anyone?

I cannot tell if all I need to do is unbolt everything and remount the bar or if the bolt is bent? Or the mount needs replacing. If I can learn from someone elses experience I would appreciate it.
Banshe and I have knocked them around a few times. Never bent bolt . we just knock them back.. Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:28 AM   #829
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All,

I dropped my Xchallange yesterday on the right side. When I picked her up I did not see any damage other than the mirror poping off at the breakway mount. When I got back in the saddle I notice the handlebar was crooked.

The bar was not bent but the right handle bar mount was no longer lined up properly (it was closer to me than the left mount) The Mount was no longer level (i.e. the gap to the trippleclamp was higher on one side than the other. Has this happened to anyone?

I cannot tell if all I need to do is unbolt everything and remount the bar or if the bolt is bent? Or the mount needs replacing. If I can learn from someone elses experience I would appreciate it.
done this a few times I found a quick trail side fix is to roll your front tire snug up to a tree, left side if the bar twisted to the right and right if to left, hit the bar end closest to you, forward, while in ridding position, with the palm of you hand. A couple of good strong "taps" should get you straightened out enugh to enjoy the rest of your day...
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:26 PM   #830
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spark plug tool?

was just looking over my "free" toolkit () and i discovered that there is no spark plug removal tool. is there supposed to be a spark plug wrench in the tool kit?

has anyone found a good tool to CARRY ON THE BIKE for this purpose?

will a standard spark plug socket fit?

thanks.

edit: when i checked the parts fiche, the toolkit has a spark plug socket. but the parts aren't available/listed individually.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:56 PM   #831
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i did that too. i just lossened a few bolts and realigned the bars and forks. usually its just twisted and not bent or broken.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:22 PM   #832
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Thank you to the replies to my bent bar mounts dilema. I will try pounding it back next chance the weather allows.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:34 PM   #833
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All,

I dropped my Xchallange yesterday on the right side. When I picked her up I did not see any damage other than the mirror poping off at the breakway mount. When I got back in the saddle I notice the handlebar was crooked.

The bar was not bent but the right handle bar mount was no longer lined up properly (it was closer to me than the left mount) The Mount was no longer level (i.e. the gap to the trippleclamp was higher on one side than the other. Has this happened to anyone?

I cannot tell if all I need to do is unbolt everything and remount the bar or if the bolt is bent? Or the mount needs replacing. If I can learn from someone elses experience I would appreciate it.
Ive bent the arrangement a few times. Usually ended up gitten'er straight with a 2X4 and a 5pd sledge. No shit.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:31 PM   #834
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Thin walled socket

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was just looking over my "free" toolkit () and i discovered that there is no spark plug removal tool. is there supposed to be a spark plug wrench in the tool kit?

has anyone found a good tool to CARRY ON THE BIKE for this purpose?

will a standard spark plug socket fit?

thanks.

edit: when i checked the parts fiche, the toolkit has a spark plug socket. but the parts aren't available/listed individually.
I have found that a craftsman spark plug socket works on my r1200GS

it's thin wall allows it to fit it the tight spot. Maybe the same will work for our 650s
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:40 PM   #835
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Thank you to the replies to my bent bar mounts dilema. I will try pounding it back next chance the weather allows.
Like most here I too have bent the mounts. I did once have to replace the bolts, check them out anyway.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:30 PM   #836
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Howzit Steady?

Cannot wait to get back to your part of the world.. Rode in 2008 June -July across ZA and up into Namibia .. What a time . Was my second trip and dream of many more.

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Old 12-01-2009, 11:05 AM   #837
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Can someone adequately describe if there is another bike the x-Challenge reminds them of as far as feel. Any similarities at all? My recent bikes in reverse order are 525EXC, TE610, R1100S, 950Adv, LC4E and I have put a few hundred miles on a friends DRZ400S. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-01-2009, 11:42 AM   #838
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When I purchased my X-CH the PO had upgraded the sub-frame with the Touratech frame, mounts, and boxes. However, I never received all of the leftover parts and he had already given them away.

So, does anyone want to sell their brackets?
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:12 PM   #839
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Paint Chipping

The paint on my right front panel is chipping away from the plastic. Would that be a warranty item? I have two years left on my warranty. Just wondering if it was worth the time to go get it checked out.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:43 PM   #840
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The paint on ALL the panels of my Xchallenge has scratched and flaked off here and there. I doubt if BMW will cover it. They will most likely blame it to the way I use my bike...
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