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Old 04-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #1861
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So, finally put my deposit down on a new '12!!

What do you all consider the vulnerable parts of this bike if riding jeep trails at a slow to moderate pace? At a bare minimum I am going to get a Touratech Skid plate. What should be the next on the list? Touratech has a dizzying number of little trinkety protection items....hard to tell what is really needed.

Anyone used the Happy Trail Skid Plate/Engine guard combo? I have used some of their stuff on other bikes, but they do not win prizes for looks.

Is it safe to assume that footpegs that fit a Dakar will fit a Sertao? These look pretty good:
http://www.oemcycle.com/Item/product...Vid32693971f19
Progressive fork springs and TT long distance footpegs, expanded rear
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:22 PM   #1862
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Thanks. Will add those to the list.
Radiator guards void warranty!
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #1863
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So, finally put my deposit down on a new '12!!

What do you all consider the vulnerable parts of this bike if riding jeep trails at a slow to moderate pace? At a bare minimum I am going to get a Touratech Skid plate. What should be the next on the list? Touratech has a dizzying number of little trinkety protection items....hard to tell what is really needed.

Anyone used the Happy Trail Skid Plate/Engine guard combo? I have used some of their stuff on other bikes, but they do not win prizes for looks.

Is it safe to assume that footpegs that fit a Dakar will fit a Sertao? These look pretty good:
http://www.oemcycle.com/Item/product...Vid32693971f19

Congrats on the Sertao. I'm new to the bike too, but I definitely did my research on this before I pulled the trigger. I had an 06' KTM 640A and it was sexy and fast, but that is it. Electrical POS! Insane oil change and on and on. That bike has a following for sure and I think that was what hooked me in at first. Plus I've had some great KTM woods bikes. But I think they're purebreds. Like too much of a race bike. From everything I looked at and even the F800 kinda had me going for a bit, I chose the 650 rotax. All the guys at Max have all kinds of beemers, right on up to the 1200gs and they all still have some form of the 650 cause they swear it is the best engine they make to do most everything well and last forever if taken care of.
If you have about an hour or more to kill, read this whole thread. All your questions can be answered here. Ooh, one thing I almost broke on my one and only get-off so far was the rear brake master cylinder! I got the black guard from A&S Cycles for the G650GS. What I like best about it is that you don't notice it. I think if you're just a plonker on jeep trails the stock skid plate is fine. I have no plans of replacing it and I sometimes wick it up a bit in the weeds:)

And OH MY GOD with the d-comp issue already. Everyone keeps going back and forth and it is a little nuts. If you bought your bike from some jack ass dealer than everything is going to suck. A good dealer will take care of this issue, no questions asked and will do so with everything else that could possibly come up under the 3-year warranty. And after that they should still take care of you. Even more so imop when you're footin' the bill.
Just replace the damn thing already
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #1864
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Radiator guards void warranty!

yea yea.
but a hole in the radiator will void a trip
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #1865
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #1866
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Really?
yeah, really?
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:03 PM   #1867
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And OH MY GOD with the d-comp issue already. Everyone keeps going back and forth and it is a little nuts. If you bought your bike from some jack ass dealer than everything is going to suck. A good dealer will take care of this issue, no questions asked and will do so with everything else that could possibly come up under the 3-year warranty. And after that they should still take care of you. Even more so imop when you're footin' the bill.
Just replace the damn thing already
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #1868
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Hmmm... Just had my de-comp lever replaced under warranty... Radiator guards in plane view... No questions, no complaints from the dealer. Where did you hear it?
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:47 PM   #1869
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Really?! I change every 3k. I never follow their guidlines. Max agrees with me on this 100%
I drilled a hole in my skidplate so it's bing-bang, drain the oil
Kdennan,

I agree with you, I was just pointing out the BMW schedule. Yes, changing the oil often is the one best thing you can do for your engine...
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:59 PM   #1870
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Hmmm... Just had my de-comp lever replaced under warranty... Radiator guards in plane view... No questions, no complaints from the dealer. Where did you hear it?
I'm pretty sure bike warrantees are just like car warrantees - need to prove a mod caused the malfunction to void any part of a warranty.


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Old 04-05-2013, 03:44 AM   #1871
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What exactly is the BMW Motorrad Diagnostic mentioned in the service manual? Is it worth ponying up for the tool? Everything else in the service manual seems pretty easy...
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:10 AM   #1872
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Kdennan,

I agree with you, I was just pointing out the BMW schedule. Yes, changing the oil often is the one best thing you can do for your engine...
no worries
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:17 AM   #1873
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Hmmm... Just had my de-comp lever replaced under warranty... Radiator guards in plane view... No questions, no complaints from the dealer. Where did you hear it?
My dealer, Max BMW in Troy, NY

I was going to get them, but Gregg told me that and I also figure that I'd need them if I was constantly following someone on dirt roads, but when I looked at the front of the bike from just a couple feet away, it really is a slim little bike. The rad's are pretty tucked in there I think. I did get the TT fork guards and headlight guard cause I do follow my buddy from time to time, but I am not too concerned about the radiators.
One other thing that I think helps in the stone flicking area is the low front fender. I have it and I know that thing stops allot of stones from getting chucked up and out in front of me. It also stops most of the mud and water spray from getting onto my headlight
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:07 AM   #1874
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Really?
http://kdennan.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...2943&k=3m8bwG9

Look at the front profile of the bike. Not a great picture, but look how the radiators are so tucked in along the lines of the bike behind the forks.
And the last shot shows a great side profile of the bike. The low front fender completely prevents rocks from flying up into the front of the bike. Completely!
My only concerns were the forks and the headlight. Problem solved
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:39 AM   #1875
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