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Old 08-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #2086
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I believe you can reset it by holding down the INFO button when on the mpg screen
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That's just for you knowledge and is more a trip odometer…from what I understand, at the first service they reset the ECU and then the bike relearns everything.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:53 PM   #2087
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No idea of the brand/grade, and I am as far from an expert on BMWs or oil characteristics that you can find. My dealership invites you to come in as close as you like while they service the bike (totally at odds with the claim most make about "insurance liability"), and welcomed me to use it as a lesson for how I can do future service myself. The tech told me to watch for the thinness as he emptied it out. It looked almost watery to me, and quite different from other motorcycle oil I've changed myself.
What dealership? If it's close I'll go there.
Iron Horse in Tucson Az, let me use there lift, there tools and ask questions. I tranny did I melt down and they didn't have time to replace it. Best dealership I've ever been in.

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Old 09-08-2014, 03:55 PM   #2088
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What dealership? If it's close I'll go there.
Iron Horse in Tucson Az, let me use there lift, there tools and ask questions. I tranny did I melt down and they didn't have time to replace it. Best dealership I've ever been in.

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Ozzie's BMW in Chico, California. They've been great all the way around. Price break on my F700 and accessories, but good to work with even if they hadn't helped me out price-wise.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:52 AM   #2089
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I've tried searching, and found nothing on this.

Is there a way to put the F650GS on a spool style rear wheel stand? I have a spool style stand from my SV650, and it worked very well, so I'd like to reuse it.

Yes, I can get a centre stand, but that is money I won't have before winter storage time (buying the bike was more than I should have spent).

The dealer suggested using a pad style stand, while that is an optionsn, I have a stand I like, so if there is a spool that fits on the BMW I'd like to investigate that.

Edit: I really am a n00b, I can replace the spool type contacts with pad contacts on the same wheel lift for $15.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:31 AM   #2090
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lowered F700GS damping and suspension

Hey folks,

Thought I'd continue on with this thread rather than creating a new one...

This is a topic that has been discussed at length; however, I've had a hard time getting a clear sense of how best to set the suspension and damping settings for my lowered F700GS when I'm riding with a pillion and luggage. I'm heading off on a long trip in a couple of days and really need to get this right

I've read the manual, done a search on the site, the internet and looked at the BMW MOA and F800riders forums and now have notes that prescribe very different solutions

The manual states that I should turn the preload knob all the way to its max setting and the damping one turn away from max. That seems a bit high based on what I've read elsewhere. I know that I'm supposed to be doing this based on feel but it'd be good to have some sort of ballpark if that's at all possible.

Any tips on how I could figure this out? Is going with the manual settings the safe option?
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:32 AM   #2091
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The manual states that I should turn the preload knob all the way to its max setting and the damping one turn away from max.
Yeah, but that's for the non-lowered suspension.

The way I read it, the manual does not show what it should be for lowered-suspension. The only value they give for a lowered suspension is for one-up without load.

Maybe they don't expect you to ride your lowered F700 with two-up and luggage? After all, max payload for a lowered F700 is only 309 lbs. How much do you, your passenger, and cargo weigh when fully geared up?
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:52 AM   #2092
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Yeah, but that's for the non-lowered suspension.

The way I read it, the manual does not show what it should be for lowered-suspension. The only value they give for a lowered suspension is for one-up without load.

Maybe they don't expect you to ride your lowered F700 with two-up and luggage? After all, max payload for a lowered F700 is only 309 lbs. How much do you, your passenger, and cargo weigh when fully geared up?

We weigh around 260lbs all in with luggage etc. No 2-up on the lowered F700 would be a bit of a weird restriction if true.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:07 PM   #2093
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Is this true? The F650GS twin and F800GS frames are the same.

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There you go Fted. All the same frames have the same colors. The odd man out is the 8GS's rear frame which has none in common (as is the 8GSA but for other obvious reasons).


F800GS (-2012):
Front frame: 46 51 7 676 539 (black) / 46 51 8 529 961 (Grey)
Rear frame: 46 51 7 694 996

F800GS (Present):
Front: 46 51 8 530 960
Rear: 46 51 8 531 590

F800GSA:
Front: 46 51 8 530 960
Rear: 46 51 8 523 352

F700GS:
Front: 46 51 8 530 960
Rear: 46 51 7 694 996

F658GS:
Front: 46 51 7 676 539 (black) /46 51 8 529 961 (Grey)
Rear: 46 51 7 694 996
Quoted for posterity since the thread has been moved. Could be of use to someone.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:08 PM   #2094
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Power Devices on F800GS

Powering devices: Is it ok to add a multi-port USB hub that plugs into the factory power outlet next to the key? I would run USB cables to devices in the tank bag or possibly bar mounted. Don't know if I'd keep the hub in the tank bag or mount it under some plastic. Probably charging iPhone, Garmin, GoPro, Cardo. What's the best setup? Thanks.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:19 PM   #2095
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Powering devices: Is it ok to add a multi-port USB hub that plugs into the factory power outlet next to the key? I would run USB cables to devices in the tank bag or possibly bar mounted. Don't know if I'd keep the hub in the tank bag or mount it under some plastic. Probably charging iPhone, Garmin, GoPro, Cardo. What's the best setup? Thanks.

-Scott
You are limited to a total of 5A draw before the electronic fuse kicks in. Which should be fine for a iphone, ipad and a go pro battery all drawing in parallel. If you are planning to route it cleanly to the handlebars, the more pricey and involved solution would be to use the GPS power socket.

For your use case, go with the burns moto powerlet -> usb cable and see if it doesn't work out great.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #2096
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Can somebody point me towards a good front tire? Last winter I got stuck in an ice storm and laid the bike down a bunch of times before I got clear of some black ice. All slow, easy falls, no lasting damage. Well a little damage to my ego and my confidence. I am less confident in the stock tire. Is there something more aggressive than the battlewing but decent for 90% road?
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:52 PM   #2097
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Small solar panel for trickle charge?

Hi everyone,

I'm looking into getting a flexible or portable solar panel to charge smartphones and the likes when out camping. Something in the lines of http://www.goalzero.com.au/shop/cate...olar-panels/20?

My questions are:

What would be the smallest size (voltage or wattage) solar panel I could use to trickle charge my 700gs? trying to kill 2 birds with the same stone here.

Do I need a charge controller? Can someone recommend me one?

Can it be done through the power-let port next to the ignition key?

The basics for this are probably been mentioned in the forum somewhere, but I couldn't really understand all that, just looking for the simplest and smallest solution to trickle-charge the bike while away for extended periods of time.

Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:54 AM   #2098
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I'm looking into getting a flexible or portable solar panel....
You might want to search the Equipment subforum, or at least post there for a much better response.

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Old 09-24-2014, 05:12 AM   #2099
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Can somebody point me towards a good front tire? Last winter I got stuck in an ice storm and laid the bike down a bunch of times before I got clear of some black ice. All slow, easy falls, no lasting damage. Well a little damage to my ego and my confidence. I am less confident in the stock tire. Is there something more aggressive than the battlewing but decent for 90% road?
This is the only commercially available tire I know of that's good for ice. http://www.smithspowersports.com/catalog_product_detail.asp?cat_8676_product_162644 3.Mitas_Trelleborg_Front_Spike.htm Not good for much else, though. ALL other front tires, regardless of tread and rubber compound, have generally the same very poor capability on ice. Therefore, live with the fact you're going to have to go very slow, and fall down from time to time.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:21 AM   #2100
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This is the only commercially available tire I know of that's good for ice. http://www.smithspowersports.com/catalog_product_detail.asp?cat_8676_product_162644 3.Mitas_Trelleborg_Front_Spike.htm Not good for much else, though. ALL other front tires, regardless of tread and rubber compound, have generally the same very poor capability on ice. Therefore, live with the fact you're going to have to go very slow, and fall down from time to time.
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Been there, picked the bike, kept the feet and speed down. I was off road but still ice sucks
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