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Old 05-07-2011, 08:09 AM   #211
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+1 the procedure Chitown listed is spot on! I just completed it yesterday, and it worked to perfection.

I always grab my forks at the base (with front end off the ground) and give it the wiggle test....for lateral play. After making the adjustment as described there was absolutely none, and the steering turned full lock very freely.

The 60 degree (backoff) was a little confusing to me, at first. Basically, you just loosen the bolt about a quarter turn or so (to relieve the tension) and then re-tighten to 10 NM. That's all it means.

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Old 05-07-2011, 09:16 AM   #212
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Ok, maybe a stupid question here, but I don't know where to lookup this information.

I live in Houston, which is pretty much at sea level. (as we are well reminded each year during hurricane season) But this summer I'm planning a 2-week ride through the Rocky Mountains on my F650GS. As part of that trip, I'm thinking about riding up one of the 14ers (peak at > 14,000 ft).

Are there any problems / considerations with riding at that altitude? I guess the thing I'm really thinking about is the thinner air. Will my bike be able to suck in enough air to keep running well at that altitude?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #213
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Yes, exactly.












http://www.sprocketcenter.com/



Unbelievable pricing on sprocket/chain kits... great service, fast shipping.... good stuff.
Sprocket Center is where I was thinking...17T front and the back????????? F650GS
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:53 AM   #214
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Are there any problems / considerations with riding at that altitude? I guess the thing I'm really thinking about is the thinner air. Will my bike be able to suck in enough air to keep running well at that altitude?
No problems at all. As with any fuel-injected motor, it adjusts automatically for changes in air density. Don't spend a second worrying about it. You, on the other hand, may want to take it easy for the first few days until your body acclimates.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:24 AM   #215
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+1 the procedure Chitown listed is spot on! I just completed it yesterday, and it worked to perfection.

I always grab my forks at the base (with front end off the ground) and give it the wiggle test....for lateral play. After making the adjustment as described there was absolutely none, and the steering turned full lock very freely.

The 60 degree (backoff) was a little confusing to me, at first. Basically, you just loosen the bolt about a quarter turn or so (to relieve the tension) and then re-tighten to 10 NM. That's all it means.

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Thanks HF and ChiTown, I'm going to check this out.
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:49 PM   #216
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Here comes a dumb one....

Got some new crash bars. I put some BMW bars in Fall 2008 but wanted a bit more pro up high.

I'm going to put the BMW's up on FM and was making sure I had every piece accounted for which led me to this.

Question oem - is there a bolt plugging this hole?

Best I can tell, it's here for aux mounting only. Could someone please confirm or deny for me?

The question:



Out with the old:



In with the new:

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Old 05-07-2011, 04:21 PM   #217
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Here comes a dumb one....

Got some new crash bars. I put some BMW bars in Fall 2008 but wanted a bit more pro up high.

I'm going to put the BMW's up on FM and was making sure I had every piece accounted for which led me to this.

Question oem - is there a bolt plugging this hole?

Best I can tell, it's here for aux mounting only. Could someone please confirm or deny for me?
Nope...nothing in there on mine. can send pic if you need proof...
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:29 PM   #218
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Nope...nothing in there on mine. can send pic if you need proof...
Goodman, cushman - thanks!
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:34 AM   #219
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Rear crash bars?

This thread has been awesome. Being the proud new owner of an F8GS, I naturally have my share of dumb questions. I think I'll start off by asking an accessory related question:

I just bought a set of SW-Motech crash bars to protect the bike. I don't have any panniers (yet), so I'm concerned about the back of the bike in a spill. When you don't have panniers on, do you leave the rack on as "crash bars"?
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:45 AM   #220
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When you don't have panniers on, do you leave the rack on as "crash bars"?
And it works

This is a TT rack after impact. Bike needs new handle bars and a mirror. I'll cover this with some black paint for reasons of rust.

It took a good lick too. You can see where rack impacted exhaust. I have not tinkered with rack yet - will take the time to off, examine & refasten - but did a quick mount of pannier and it seems fine.

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Old 05-08-2011, 05:25 AM   #221
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This is a TT rack after impact. Bike needs new handle bars and a mirror. I'll cover this with some black paint for reasons of rust.
Nice. It certainly did the job. So having a rear rack, like the SW-motech one that you can take off easily, isn't a big point then, as you loose the rear "crash-guards"?
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:30 AM   #222
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Nice. It certainly did the job. So having a rear rack, like the SW-motech one that you can take off easily, isn't a big point then, as you loose the rear "crash-guards"?
For me it's not. I like having the roll cage on this bike.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #223
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Here comes a dumb one....

Question oem - is there a bolt plugging this hole?

Best I can tell, it's here for aux mounting only. Could someone please confirm or deny for me?

The question:

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Correct....that is a mounting hole for engine guard / crashbars. My SWM guards mount to that hole.

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:12 PM   #224
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Anybody ever find a source for 44 tooth rear sprocket for the F8?

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Old 05-09-2011, 01:09 PM   #225
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No, I just looked over their listing (41 & 42 size). Thanks for the tip. I'll call them on the phone. I could live with 45 (and that's a great option), but really want to run a 17/44 & 15/44 combo.

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***Edit*** Nope, that dog didn't hunt either. Called and talked to a guy at Sprocket Center, and he said they don't have anything but the 41 & 42 size. Claimed they've never sold a 45 for the F800. I argued that point....but lost. Man, what a bummer!
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