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Old 04-27-2013, 03:29 PM   #2116
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For those that have the taller seat:

Is it worth it for ass comfort? I just did 200 miles today and I would assume that my butt feels the same way a pornstars would after their first gangbang. It all hurts.

I don't have the leg cramp issue at all though (6', 32" inseam).
Well, it is the cheapest replacement seat and it is Much softer. AN Airhawk would probably have a slightly better cost/benefit since your legs aren't feeling all knotted up.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #2117
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For those that have the taller seat:

Is it worth it for ass comfort?
Tall one didn't work for me but many seem to like it. For me it was too squishy and at an uncomfortable angle. I had Rick Mayer rebuild it to be flatter, wider and a bit taller still. I must post a pic soon.

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Old 04-27-2013, 04:31 PM   #2118
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For those that have the taller seat:

Is it worth it for ass comfort? I just did 200 miles today and I would assume that my butt feels the same way a pornstars would after their first gangbang. It all hurts.

I don't have the leg cramp issue at all though (6', 32" inseam).
For what it's worth....I love the taller seat. I'm 6'2" w/ 34" inseam and the taller seat totally changed my riding position...now very comfortable. Will get some lower pegs in time too.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:43 PM   #2119
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Oil check procedure

Manual states that the bike should idle, let fan come on, idle 3 more minutes, then check with bike vertical (well I am assuming the vertical part, it doesn't really spell it out). How about just checking it immediately after a ride (assuming engine reached operating temp) while sitting on the bike to keep it vertical? Sorry, this whole dry sump thing is throwing me off a bit.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:20 AM   #2120
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I've been reading the posts on this forum for a while, so about time i registered and contributed. For what its worth.
Ive picked up a lot of useful stuff.
I took delivery of my Sertao last November, and so far put about 2000k on it.
I took a long time deciding what my next bike should be, and this is the one i went for, for these reasons.
I live on Salisbury Plain, UK so hundreds of square miles of off road tank tracks to explore. The bike needed to be able to have that capability, but also needed to be able to handle some long distance touring. Ive had an R1150GS before, and way too much bike for what i needed, plus next to no off road ability.
Cost and maintenance was also a factor, and the Sertao fits in nicely.
I've been off road, and it handles well enough. Ive also come off in the mud, and was able to get it upright without a problem.
My biggest concern was how it would fare on the tarmac over a long distance. i just came back from an 800 mile round trip, and i gotta say it was brilliant.
I cruised back the last 200 m at 80/90 mph and it still felt comfortable. At that speed on the Sertao, you know you're riding, but thats what its all about. If i wanted comfort and luxury, id just do the trip in a car.
Really pleased with it, but need to get Fairing Crash Bars, Kick stand plate (Touratech). Fork and headlamp Protectors (Touratech), and most important a sheepskin seat cover/pad, which i've just ordered. Got a numb ass after about 150 mile.
The only negative was when i first got it, it suffered with the hot start problem. I got BMW to come and pick it up, and problem solved. They explained that the engines came from one of two places. The ones that came from China (Loncin,) had been fitted with a wrong part, so it wasn't able to decompress after being turned off. Whatever it was, its not been a problem since.
All in all, i love the bike. If i get to the point where a bike is my everyday transport and money is no object then maybe i'll upgrade to an F800 GS or KTM 990 Adventure. If i plan on doing a RTW trip, then it will be the KTM or a R1200GS. For now though under these circumstances, this bike does everything i'll need to ask of it.
Keep on riding.
Hi Jack - I'm just down the road from you on the Isle of Wight. Very interested in your experience as I tried out a Sertao at Vines on Friday. I'm part exing an R1150GS so your thoughts were very apposite. Apart from a couple of journeys to London a month for work, I use my bike for a few trips to Europe each year - did the Arctic Circle last year - what a ride! My Euro trips tend to consist of long blasts on highways to get to some off-road stuff. Not rough - mostly gravel fire tracks kind of riding. I was incredibly impressed with the handling of the Sertao on the highway. Took it up to 100 to see how stable it was (not a speed I would normally do but I needed to see how capable it was on the black stuff) and I could not believe how rooted it was. No shake, just as solid as the 1150. And that on a windy day. Torn between the Sertao and a new Wee Strom. Had about 4 Wees before and they are utterly dependable and capable and I do like 'em but just ever so slightly er, boring? I love the looks of the Sertao. My heart says go Sertao and my head says Wee Strom. (Getting rid of the 1150 because it's got just too heavy and I'm getting old..) Anybody got high miles on their Sertao yet? Anybody whose got a Sertao also had a Wee Strom? Cheers.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:29 AM   #2121
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Just about ready to roll!
I picked up a zero deg. sleeping bag and 1.5" bedroll that take up 2/3 of one side case, so I'm pleased with that.
I just need to figure out food, I will also be packing 2 gal. of water.




I may be able to lower it a little more, but I didnt want it to hit if I bottomed out the forks.
Cant wait!




that is a lot of stuff! Where are you going ?





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Old 04-28-2013, 06:47 AM   #2122
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that is a lot of stuff! Where are you going ?





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To the San Rafael Swell for 4 days, There are no services for some 50 miles from where we will be, Thats why the need for so much gas and fuel, If thats what you meant, Should be a good time!
I have done this same trip 6-7 times, However I was in my Land Cruiser.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:52 AM   #2123
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that is a lot of stuff! Where are you going ?





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Thats a great setup. If I didn't use soft bags I would do something like that.well done!

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:59 AM   #2124
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Afternoon all!

Am deep into planning my big trip (RTW: US, Asia, and maybe Africa). I checked the BMW dealers and I'm relatively well covered every 6k miles, more or less, which is the service / inspection interval.

In terms of consumables (chain, brakes, sprockets etc), are there guidelines as to how long each is likely to last? Tires I know, but the other items?

I'll be at 9k miles in Vancouver, and then close to 24k by the time I roll into Europe, just in time for a major inspection.

Is it reasonable to assume that the factory chain, sprockets and brakes will last til 24k, or is it prudent to change those, early, before I leave the US?

I checked the F650 service manual, but they don't give mileage guides to these parts, only wear measurements.

For reference I'll be at 4k offroad and 5k inroad by the time I get to Vancouver.

Thanks guys
As was pointed out usage can greatly affect wear and tear. I have done some sand and mud with mine as well as a fair bit of high speed highway so perhaps chain wear has been higher than usual. I have 20,000 miles on mine now and had to change the rear sprocket at about 15,000 miles I still have the original chain and front sprocket but they are finished now and need replacement.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:06 AM   #2125
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Thanks!
I always seem to overpack, Usually clothes, But fuel, Food and Water are very important out in the Desert, We always have someone wander out in the Desert and disappear.

We are going to be camping near this.

The Lone Warrior.
If I decide to stay for another group, We will be camping along Buckhorn Draw for a day or two.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:48 AM   #2126
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After months of deliberating.....

I feel semi ass-hatish jumping into the middle of a conversation about batteries and fork springs just to say 'hey, I have a new bike...' but
Hey! I got a 'new' bike!
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I bought her used from a fellow ADVer, and transferred all of my after market parts from my previous F650.
First sticker (yes I'm a sticker addict):
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I'm trying to get used to this whole only-one-flat-foot-on-the-ground-at-a-time thing - I know it's typical for vertically challenged riders on these long travel bikes, but I've been riding around on a 2001 f650gs for several years, and even with a custom 'high' Renazco seat I've been flat footed everywhere.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:13 AM   #2127
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #2128
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Hi Jack - I'm just down the road from you on the Isle of Wight. Very interested in your experience as I tried out a Sertao at Vines on Friday. I'm part exing an R1150GS so your thoughts were very apposite. Apart from a couple of journeys to London a month for work, I use my bike for a few trips to Europe each year - did the Arctic Circle last year - what a ride! My Euro trips tend to consist of long blasts on highways to get to some off-road stuff. Not rough - mostly gravel fire tracks kind of riding. I was incredibly impressed with the handling of the Sertao on the highway. Took it up to 100 to see how stable it was (not a speed I would normally do but I needed to see how capable it was on the black stuff) and I could not believe how rooted it was. No shake, just as solid as the 1150. And that on a windy day. Torn between the Sertao and a new Wee Strom. Had about 4 Wees before and they are utterly dependable and capable and I do like 'em but just ever so slightly er, boring? I love the looks of the Sertao. My heart says go Sertao and my head says Wee Strom. (Getting rid of the 1150 because it's got just too heavy and I'm getting old..) Anybody got high miles on their Sertao yet? Anybody whose got a Sertao also had a Wee Strom? Cheers.
I just read a book called 'Twisting Throttle' written by a Kiwi who did a trip around all 50 US States on a V Strom. He didn't have any real problems, so they must be rock solid.
But, and the big but is, this Sertao is serious fun. I went out this afternoon on her for a blast, and came back once again, grinning from ear to ear (might have to get knee sliders. Joking). The handling is superb, and like you said at high speed she's still really stable.
The other thing is, it has presence, and i'm not sure whether the V Strom does. A riding buddy has one, and it looks good, but does it have Mojo?
I thought maybe once i'd bought the Sertao, it wouldn't be long before i was yearning to get back on an 1150 or 1200GS, but i honestly don't think i will.
I'm a big BMW fan, plus i've always loved the big thumpers, so ever so slightly biased.
Whatever you go for, it will have two wheels, which is what matters most.
All the best.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:12 PM   #2129
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VitSports,
If anything happens to the bike while you are out on your ride be sure that we are here to help.

enjoy it man !
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:41 PM   #2130
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VitSports,
If anything happens to the bike while you are out on your ride be sure that we are here to help.

enjoy it man !
Thanks!
Too bad that cell service is crap out there, but I will have my HAM radio
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