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Old 04-08-2013, 05:59 AM   #1216
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:49 AM   #1217
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:11 AM   #1218
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If you have the book then go with it. The unofficial Official Maintenance CD's on Ebay are so cheap it's worth getting one in the interim. Hopefully you're not doing anything serious till the....
Sorry I was referring to the '13 800GS. I plan to wrench on small things myself but really want it around in case I break down in the middle of nowhere. I'll carry the extra the weight (in gold).
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:48 AM   #1219
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I'm a newbie on a new-to-me 2010 F650GS with stock tires. They seem great on the tar, but not so good on dirt/gravel/mud etc. I plan to actually "adventure tour", which to me means ride long distances both on and off road. This will include challenging roads (e.g., twisties and interstates, etc.) as well as dirt/gravel/woods roads/TAT/AL-CAN, etc.. So I do plan to ride 50% on-road and 50% off. I searched the threads and there are a MILLION opinions, probably the best one being that "tire choice is subjective". I am pondering the Conti TKC's and the Heidenau K60's. So, any advice? Let the battle begin!
The TKC front and Heidenau on the back work really well for on and off road and wear really well. Start with those and you will be happy and save money.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:56 AM   #1220
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All right I will answer the tire thread one last time. The problem with the TKC's is the rear wears out in 3000-3500 miles. So if you really travel like you say, you have to plan your trips around where your going to get replacement tires. I am quite happy with my Heidi K60's and your looking at typical mileage in back 9000 miles. The fronts with TKCs don't wear out, they start to cup so badly your teeth rattle at around 5k miles. When I went down to South America last year the K60 in front made about 17k miles. If you go to a Horizons Unlimited rally where people really ride like your talk, they are almost all on K60's. Dave
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:04 AM   #1221
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All right I will answer the tire thread one last time. The problem with the TKC's is the rear wears out in 3000-3500 miles. So if you really travel like you say, you have to plan your trips around where your going to get replacement tires. I am quite happy with my Heidi K60's and your looking at typical mileage in back 9000 miles. The fronts with TKCs don't wear out, they start to cup so badly your teeth rattle at around 5k miles. When I went down to South America last year the K60 in front made about 17k miles. If you go to a Horizons Unlimited rally where people really ride like your talk, they are almost all on K60's. Dave
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:33 PM   #1222
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I can add another to the 3,500 mile club. Pirelli Scorpion Rallye. But at least it is cheaper. A subnote, on gravel over hard pack, it does not have the side to side grip of a TKC. Sype it and it is fine.
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:02 AM   #1223
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So IF you've read the "million of opinions" so why ask the question again? Everything is written down and you have to pick the best argument. Both tires will fit for what you want. You can mix them up and do the TKC front and a rear K60. Tire choice IS subjective, test them out and after having worn out a first pair try the other one. After 15k miles you'll know more about it but don't try to start an argument again whilst everything is written down. Loss of time.
Oh, was I mistaken, did I post this on the "New Owners- Stupid Questions Thread", or on the "cranky b-itch thread"?
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:19 AM   #1224
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Oh, was I mistaken, did I post this on the "New Owners- Stupid Questions Thread", or on the "cranky b-itch thread"?
Nice try but you won't get me down to your level
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:20 AM   #1225
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Oh, was I mistaken, did I post this on the "New Owners- Stupid Questions Thread", or on the "cranky b-itch thread"?

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:23 AM   #1226
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:25 AM   #1227
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:30 AM   #1228
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starting in gear

My F8 has taken to not starting in gear with the clutch in, it has to be in neutral which is a PITA sometimes, what's wrong with it?


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Old 04-09-2013, 11:35 AM   #1229
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Probably clutch lever switch or adjustment.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:55 AM   #1230
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My F8 has taken to not starting in gear with the clutch in, it has to be in neutral which is a PITA sometimes, what's wrong with it?
I believe it's a micro switch. Should be sealed from the elements. On aircraft we operate it (excercise) 50 or so times and that seems to work. When all is quiet, pull the clutch lever and see if you can hear the "click". If not it's a $30 part.

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