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Old 04-26-2012, 04:41 PM   #61
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hi
Im looking to buy a dakar650,
Could you advise what to look for before purchasing,
How to check bike mechanics, etc.....

What changes did you make to the bike if any
Mange to get any biltong in Aussie
Much appreciated

To find out what to look for - http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441434
It's a very long read, but you won't be sorry.

Sign up to Wild Dogs and look here - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=92.0

And lastly - http://f650.com/forum/forum.php


What changes did I make? That is an on going thing as with many Dakakr owners.
The only major change on my bike at the moment is the Yamaha fork replacement(I bought the bike like this)

Nah mate, no decent biltong here. You have to go looking for it at the Expat shops. There is a South African butcher in Brisbane that makes decent biltong.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #62
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2007 F650GS Dakar Break Down and Rebuild Bent Frame


Hi Mate
Immigrated to Australia "Sydney" 4 years back from South Africa, I have just discovered that the frame on my F650GS Dakar 2007 is bent after I dropped the bike.
After discussing the matter with my other half, I decided to break down replace the frame and rebuild the machine.
If you have any advice on the matter, I would greatly appreciated it.

Cheer's

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:04 AM   #63
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Hi Mate
Immigrated to Australia "Sydney" 4 years back from South Africa, I have just discovered that the frame on my F650GS Dakar 2007 is bent after I dropped the bike.
After discussing the matter with my other half, I decided to break down replace the frame and rebuild the machine.
If you have any advice on the matter, I would greatly appreciated it.

Cheer's

All depends on what your overall plan is, available time and budget! Do yourself a favour and actually write up a plan of what you want to do. Work out a priority list and start there.
Lack of funds is why my project is at a standstill at the moment. But I also have a lot I have planned to get done. A lot I can do, but there is still stuff I need to pay to get done.
I also found out the Mrs is "up the duff" so I will most probably have to trim my list down to get it done before the end of the year when all hell is gonna break loose and all spare funds will be allocated to nappies and formula!

How old is your motor? Even though they are bullet proof, check waterpump, clutch and valve clearances.

Look at a fork conversion - this depends on your riding style and needs. But you won't be sorry.
Rear suspension will need an upgrade if you do the front (my opinion)

I'm replacing ALL the bearings and seals on the bike(excluding the engine. That is planned for later)
Especially on the swingarm.

I'm modifying the oil lines and possibly adding a cooler.

Battery upgrade.

Some people swap out the dash. That isn't in my plans.

If you ride at night, the lighting needs work.

If you have any questions, just ask. But be aware, I have no experience and I'm winging it. I do happen to be handy with tools growing up in my dad's garage and being a fitter and turner.
A copy of the workshop manual will also serve you well!

Good luck and post pictures
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #64
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found out the Mrs is "up the duff"
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:10 AM   #65
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Ta.
Even though it is riding time and budget gone, it is good news

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #66
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Aquatic, thanks for your input and advice on the matter mate, the last time a broke down and rebuild a bike was in the 80’s when I did my 84’ TT 600 Yamaha, which does not come close to the 2007 Dakar.
Spent a few hours in the garage over the weekend breaking down the bike taken quite a bit off, basically down to the abs, engine and wiring harness.
Quite a few smaller items require replacing and the rear shock which is shot. I will upgrade the front forks at a later stage as they are easy item to work on and get to. At this point in time concentrating on the frame, engine, upgrading the rear shock and small items that require immediate attention. I replace all the bearing and seals in the swing arm May last year.
All I know the bike needs a good spit and polish and lots of elbow grease.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:32 AM   #67
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Swingarm Bearings

So I finally managed to spend time on my bike. Hopefully this carries on for the foreseeable future


I have read a lot about what needs to be done to keep the swingarm bearings in good condition. Regular strip and regrease. Especially after some water crossings.
So I decided to try something.

I got extra 4 seals used on the shock linkage - pn 33 53 7 650 097 - Seal G22X28X4

So I stripped out the felt washers and the inner bush



Using the studs, special washers and studs I made up previously I shifted the bearings inwards another 4mm


I inserted the new seals. And with the bearings shifted inwards there is still space for the felt washers


So in theory, I have a water tight seal and dust protection with the felt washers. The cavity is also FULL of grease.
All assembled


And sealed ready for assembly in the future

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Old 08-12-2012, 04:43 AM   #68
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Another problem I noticed when I stripped out all the bearings from the wheel hubs. My sprocket carrier has been attacked by a rabid Bull Mastiff!
Some one before me didn't have tools or an idea!


I get the impression the bike was ridden with a collapsed bearing and the chain has also climbed off the sprocket

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Old 11-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #69
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Any update? Is it running yet?






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Old 11-19-2012, 06:24 AM   #70
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No, not running yet

But.........I been doing a little work here and there

Then,




and Now,





Hubs - Black powder coat
Spokes - Blood, sweat and Autosol (fuck me that was hard work)
Nipples - unfortunately new are beyond budget. So I just sprayed them with Galv spray. Not what I wanted, but hey!
Hoops - powder coated the inner face and left the edges masked. Afterwards polished the edge to (almost) mirror finish.

Back wheel next and then I will send them for professional trueing.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:49 AM   #71
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:12 AM   #72
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nice work!
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:15 AM   #73
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Great idea to mask the edges of the rims. The powder coat would just get messed up from spooning the tires on and off.

Looks great!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:41 PM   #74
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:37 PM   #75
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I wish I had your talent, skill and patience! Beautiful work and looking fwd to your next piece of work!
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