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Old 01-28-2010, 07:11 PM   #1531
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I love my 2005 Dakar and don't want to sell it, but I find that I'm now enjoying longer trips, essentially all tarmac. So, I'm interested in understanding the pros and cons of using a 19" front rim and tire on this bike. 19" seems like it would be better for those long two lane highway trips than the 21". I would keep my 21" rim and tire.

I'm thinking there may be sidestand problems created with going to a 19 inch front tire and rim, but would this change require a shorter sidestand? Can I expect notably improved handling on twisties and highways with a 19" front wheel? What else is involved, what should I be thinking about on this?
I have a Dakar and 2 sets of wheels...19/17 street combo and 21/17 knobs. I use a hockey puck on the sidestand full time...works perfectly for both setups. Gotta have the puck with either setup though.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:24 PM   #1532
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Can you tell me something about the shims? Are they a standard size that I can find locally, or do I have to go through a BMW dealer to get them? I'd like to find a box of them like the guy in the ChainGang DVD has. I can't imagine getting everything pulled apart and then having to wait a couple of weeks to get the correct shim size mailed to me.
The shims are 29mm for the single spark FI and twin spark carbed bikes. Shims from a KLR 650 will fit...and you may find a Kawi dealer more easily than a BMW dealer. I'm not that familiar with the FI twin spark under bucket shims, but they're a much smaller diameter.

Quite a few of these bikes never need to be adjusted. Or rarely. Mine, however, has needed adjustment the majority of the time they've been checked....luck of the draw I guess. I've found them tight and loose.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:41 PM   #1533
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Anyone have a good idea of aftermarket windshield that fits a 2005 and newer 4 bolt that is more upright like the 3 bolt shields the older Dakar's had?

I got the factory shield but on full left lock the brake master cyclinder hits the shield.

Any one trim the factory shield and get good results?

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I trimmed my 3-holer to knock out the buffeting. It worked.



For the Winter, I bought a Wunderlich...works wunders! Really keeps the wind off when it gets cold. They make a few 4-hole models I believe (different heights)



You need to take some patience and perhaps a dose of ingenuity along...the tolerances are a little, eh, loose
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:21 PM   #1534
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Shim info

Rob,

Thanks for the information. The closest bike dealer to me just happens to be a Kawasaki dealer! I'll have to go down and talk with them.

Wonderful information!

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:26 PM   #1535
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:37 PM   #1536
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I have a Dakar and 2 sets of wheels...19/17 street combo and 21/17 knobs. I use a hockey puck on the sidestand full time...works perfectly for both setups. Gotta have the puck with either setup though.
Thanks, Rob. This is exactly what I am thinking of doing--two different sized front wheels. And thanks for the hockey puck tip for the sidestand. I figured there would be some issue like that.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:27 PM   #1537
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Thanks, Rob. This is exactly what I am thinking of doing--two different sized front wheels. And thanks for the hockey puck tip for the sidestand. I figured there would be some issue like that.
Well, as you've probably figured out, the stock sidestand is too short out of the box. You really need to either make it longer or put a foot on it. But another benefit of the hockey puck is that you can put your sidestand down in pretty much anything...mud, saturated ground, sand, etc. and your bike won't fall over . Well worth the dollar and the trip down to the Hockey Stop.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:12 PM   #1538
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Well, as you've probably figured out, the stock sidestand is too short out of the box. You really need to either make it longer or put a foot on it. But another benefit of the hockey puck is that you can put your sidestand down in pretty much anything...mud, saturated ground, sand, etc. and your bike won't fall over . Well worth the dollar and the trip down to the Hockey Stop.

You CAN bend your kickstand mount on the frame. I did it and no puck needed. Only needs to bend a small amount.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:28 AM   #1539
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What do you do? Bolt a big bar onto it and bend it with that?
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:53 AM   #1540
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Hmm this makes me a little nervous. I just ordered the trickle charge cable from a bmw dealership. Is charging through the acc port not a good idea?
I've trickle charged through a (homemade) aux socket for years without any issues
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:03 AM   #1541
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What do you do? Bolt a big bar onto it and bend it with that?
I'd like to know this aswell as I'd like a more upright bike when it's on the sidestand (and I don't wanna break the little tab off either in the process... )

Sometimes it sort of almost leaves the front wheel off the ground and is a real bitch to push upright when fully loaded. Not sure if mine has bend even more since it was new..... What do you guys think ?





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Old 01-30-2010, 06:16 AM   #1542
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No worries Dang. I assure you there was no sarcasm directed your way.
Never thought so Hairy. Besides, I've had worse here on adv.

Glad it worked out. I really get a rock solid feeling of dependability from our FI but it has a few little quirks like that.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:22 AM   #1543
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Mine not only has that aftermarket lengthening bit but I cut the bottom off a standard gs stand to add about another inch. I think the problem lies in the yoke that goes over the boss on the frame. When it's up my stand kind of flops up and down it's so sloppy at the attach point. It works for now but the foot is heading pretty far back when the stand is up. Pretty soon it'll be hanging out the back.

"I'd like to know this aswell as I'd like a more upright bike when it's on the sidestand (and I don't wanna break the little tab off either in the process... )

Sometimes it sort of almost leaves the front wheel off the ground and is a real bitch to push upright when fully loaded. Not sure if mine has bend even more since it was new..... What do you guys think ?"
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:41 AM   #1544
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Mine not only has that aftermarket lengthening bit but I cut the bottom off a standard gs stand to add about another inch. I think the problem lies in the yoke that goes over the boss on the frame. When it's up my stand kind of flops up and down it's so sloppy at the attach point. It works for now but the foot is heading pretty far back when the stand is up. Pretty soon it'll be hanging out the back.
Mine is also very loose where it's attached to the frame (can't tighten it any more than it is), but I think I'll try to bend the tab first and then see where that leaves me.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:20 AM   #1545
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I've trickle charged through a (homemade) aux socket for years without any issues
good to know, thanks for responding!
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