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Old 03-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #211
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Aren't emulators used on damping rod forks, not cartridge forks? I'm confused now.
The F/G 650GS has damper rod forks.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #212
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Informative review but odd that they say it has cartridge forks.

Well I went back and reread the attachment. I am certain it is a damping rod front, but I can't find a claim that it is not. BTW so is the the KLR.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:59 PM   #213
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The F/G 650GS has damper rod forks.
The article said "Showa cartridge fork" for the Sertao.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:53 PM   #214
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The article said "Showa cartridge fork" for the Sertao.
We were pointing out the article's error.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:07 PM   #215
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I just got my sertao and love it. It's mellow and totally BMW. Quiet and smooth. I had my dealer spoon on the Conti tkc 80's and was real happy today on a totally rutted frost/mud dirt road up here in Vermont. It's a cool bike and should be just what I need. It's happy spot is 55mph which is sufficient here on our back roads. It vibes a bit in the saddle up around 60 and above but I think it might actually improve when it's broken in. I just need to move my shifter up a notch so I can get my size 13 under it with my moto boots on and I'll be all set.
Having had a couple f650s-a gs and a Dakar, yes, it feels like 55-60 is the happy spot, but once broken in, don't be shy about 70 and 80 on the slab-these are tough motors and like to rev once they loosen up a bit. Have fun!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #216
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seen a few posts about the bmw having 3 year warranty, and the klr having 1 yr. for $750 kawi will bump up the klr warranty to 3 years.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:46 AM   #217
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^^^Does Kawa include roadside assistance?

I know this topic is polarizing, but what is the preferred break in for the 650gs. My take is let the engine warm up, then drive it at variable speeds for the first few hundred km/miles keeping the pms relatively low.

How many km/miles until its broken in? How many km/miles do they say the first oil change should come at?
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:34 AM   #218
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^^^Does Kawa include roadside assistance?

I know this topic is polarizing, but what is the preferred break in for the 650gs. My take is let the engine warm up, then drive it at variable speeds for the first few hundred km/miles keeping the pms relatively low.

How many km/miles until its broken in? How many km/miles do they say the first oil change should come at?
They say to go easy for 600 miles and to change the oil for the fist time at 1000. I'll change every 3k after that.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:05 PM   #219
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- Dimensions: 112MM (L) x 60MM (W) x 103MM (H)
- Positive Terminal Location: Left
- Weight: 825 grams (1.81 lb)
- Voltage (Charged): 13.6V
- Amperage: 15 Pbeq A/H
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- Operating Environment: -18C (0F) to 60C (140F)
- Typical Applications: 1000cc and under multi-cylinder motorcycles and 450cc singles.



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Old 03-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #220
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Picked up the beauty...

I really love this bike, it had 6 miles on the OD. I took the long way home so now it has 101 miles on the OD , really fun smoothe bike. It was cold out there today, so I held back adding more miles. There's always next weekend, oh and I commute to work everyday to and from work. Whoever mentioned a flat spot around 50-60 wasn't lying, but it really does like 70-80 interstate. I kept it low rpm on variable speeds.

My only 2 complains were the seat and peg positioning. The seat was like a peice of plywood under my arse! I also didn't like how it cups you from moving back on the seat, that is a NO... NO... I already have an email into Renazco so they can fix it up for me. Also the pegs are a bit to high for me, I need them lowered so I can have a better relaxed feel on the saddle during longer rides. Maybe if I had the Taller seat height it would be a better feel, but they didn't have any in stock.

I have a bunch of goodies coming on Tuesday, bar risers/skid plate/crash bars engine & Fairing/folding shifter/front sprocket. Maybe some panniers, lets see.

Here's a picture when I arrived in my friends car....

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Old 03-10-2012, 04:29 PM   #221
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I really love this bike, it had 6 miles on the OD. I took the long way home so now it has 101 miles on the OD , really fun smoothe bike. It was cold out there today, so I held back adding more miles. There's always next weekend, oh and I commute to work everyday to and from work. Whoever mentioned a flat spot around 50-60 wasn't lying, but it really does like 70-80 interstate. I kept it low rpm on variable speeds.

My only 2 complains were the seat and peg positioning. The seat was like a peice of plywood under my arse! I also didn't like how it cups you from moving back on the seat, that is a NO... NO... I already have an email into Renazco so they can fix it up for me. Also the pegs are a bit to high for me, I need them lowered so I can have a better relaxed feel on the saddle during longer rides. Maybe if I had the Taller seat height it would be a better feel, but they didn't have any in stock.

I have a bunch of goodies coming on Tuesday, bar risers/skid plate/crash bars engine & Fairing/folding shifter/front sprocket. Maybe some panniers, lets see.

Here's a picture when I arrived in my friends car....

Looks good! Where did you buy it?
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #222
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Max BMW, here in the North East.. There's one in CT, NY, NH.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #223
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New battery installed.

Ballistic Performance 8 Cell EVO2 Battery


Great way to get rid of a bunch of weight and do away with the pita task of checking battery fluid levels. Can't believe BMW still hasn't switched to a maintenance-free type.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:11 PM   #224
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Sertao Gearing

...just curious here. Articles suggest a gap between first and second gears, making crawling at low speeds offroad a bit of an exercise. The bike seems to run fine on fwy. up to 80+mph. Has anyone tried any alternate gearing yet to aid the low speed (first gear) off roadability???
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #225
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Max BMW, here in the North East.. There's one in CT, NY, NH.
I bought mine at max in troy. Nice bunch of guys.
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