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Old 07-10-2013, 09:55 PM   #3016
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This is the manual that we get in the USA (page 106) specifies 91 ROZ/RON or 87 AKI (AKI is what is applicable to us in USA). Don't know what you guys use in Australia.

Here is the link to the manual: http://www.ascycles.com/pdf/RiderMan...12/G650GSS.pdf

Check out page 106, as numbered in the manual itself (it might be on page 108 of the PDF document).
Thank you so much for the tips!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:58 PM   #3017
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yep yep

Ill bet'cha thats whats going to go down
Exactly right!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:32 AM   #3018
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Hello From New Rider

I wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I must be going thru mid life crises since I decided to buy a motorcycle for the first time. I am 53 years old bit still in good shape so I fugured I can hadle this. I was never interested in the street bikes or large street cruisers. My son kind of nudged me into this since he bought a new Suzuki DR650SE dual sport. So I wanted to ride with him but since having BMW cars I decided to look at BMW dual sport bikes. First I looked at used DAKAR but the good ones are kind of pricy. After some more research I decided to get the Sertao. I ended up buying a slightly used 2012 Sertao that had bunch of Touratech add-ons. Zumo 665 GPS, Helmet and bunch of other BMW acessories. I couldn't pass up the deal.

I have been commuting mostly to work about 60 mile roundtrip. I am getting to learn the bike. At first it was little intiminating but I am getting better. I really like it so far and I think it will be a keepr. I did have the large fuel pump gasket replaced due to a leak. I did couple of modifications. Added Skene Design driving lights and Brake lights. Very good product. I hope never to lay it down hence my user name is "KeepItUp" (nothing to do with using viagra )
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #3019
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Do you need to see a Dr if ride for more than 4 hours?

Welcome! You must post pix of your bike.

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I wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I must be going thru mid life crises since I decided to buy a motorcycle for the first time. I am 53 years old bit still in good shape so I fugured I can hadle this. I was never interested in the street bikes or large street cruisers. My son kind of nudged me into this since he bought a new Suzuki DR650SE dual sport. So I wanted to ride with him but since having BMW cars I decided to look at BMW dual sport bikes. First I looked at used DAKAR but the good ones are kind of pricy. After some more research I decided to get the Sertao. I ended up buying a slightly used 2012 Sertao that had bunch of Touratech add-ons. Zumo 665 GPS, Helmet and bunch of other BMW acessories. I couldn't pass up the deal.

I have been commuting mostly to work about 60 mile roundtrip. I am getting to learn the bike. At first it was little intiminating but I am getting better. I really like it so far and I think it will be a keepr. I did have the large fuel pump gasket replaced due to a leak. I did couple of modifications. Added Skene Design driving lights and Brake lights. Very good product. I hope never to lay it down hence my user name is "KeepItUp" (nothing to do with using viagra )
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:57 PM   #3020
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Do you need to see a Dr if ride for more than 4 hours?

Welcome! You must post pix of your bike.

+1!
Post pics of those lights! I'm in the market for some better night vision.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #3021
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Just put the license plate bracket beefer-upper on, GPS bracket adapter (Thanks Rory!) and off-road chain guide.
Ready to rock!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #3022
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Hi guys, am back in UB after a fun 6 days. I will spend some time on my bike today and report back!

Thanks for helping BalletBiker (my +1) figure things out.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #3023
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+1!
Post pics of those lights! I'm in the market for some better night vision.
My bike came with PIAA off road hologen lights. I installed the Skene Design driving lights so I can be better seen in traffic.

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Old 07-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #3024
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I wanted to introduce myself to the forum. I must be going thru mid life crises since I decided to buy a motorcycle for the first time. I am 53 years old bit still in good shape so I fugured I can hadle this. I was never interested in the street bikes or large street cruisers. My son kind of nudged me into this since he bought a new Suzuki DR650SE dual sport. So I wanted to ride with him but since having BMW cars I decided to look at BMW dual sport bikes. First I looked at used DAKAR but the good ones are kind of pricy. After some more research I decided to get the Sertao. I ended up buying a slightly used 2012 Sertao that had bunch of Touratech add-ons. Zumo 665 GPS, Helmet and bunch of other BMW acessories. I couldn't pass up the deal.

I have been commuting mostly to work about 60 mile roundtrip. I am getting to learn the bike. At first it was little intiminating but I am getting better. I really like it so far and I think it will be a keepr. I did have the large fuel pump gasket replaced due to a leak. I did couple of modifications. Added Skene Design driving lights and Brake lights. Very good product. I hope never to lay it down hence my user name is "KeepItUp" (nothing to do with using viagra )
Good for you. I only joined recently.
I'm slightly older, but have been riding for almost 35+ years. Best advice is to get comfortable and only push a little past your comfort zone each time. The Sertao is a little heavy for a beginner bike, but very well behaved and forgiving. It has enough but not way too much power.

A few words of advice --
When riding on the road, you aren't paranoid: they really are out to get you.
Years ago someone complained about a $600 set of leathers and was told that it cost less than 1/2 inch of skin graft. Armor is cheap protection.
Treat your bike well: There is very little of it between you and the pavement/lack of pavement.
And then there is always the motto about $20 helmet for the $20 head. A friend asked me if they make any $10 helmets.

Welcome.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #3025
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Hi guys, am back in UB after a fun 6 days. I will spend some time on my bike today and report back!

Thanks for helping BalletBiker (my +1) figure things out.
Details! What happened! ?
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #3026
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Hi guys, am back in UB after a fun 6 days. I will spend some time on my bike today and report back!

Thanks for helping BalletBiker (my +1) figure things out.
Let us know what you find. I've put many vehicles back together with duct tape, JB Weld and metal coat hangers.

Good Luck.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #3027
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Good for you. I only joined recently.
I'm slightly older, but have been riding for almost 35+ years. Best advice is to get comfortable and only push a little past your comfort zone each time. The Sertao is a little heavy for a beginner bike, but very well behaved and forgiving. It has enough but not way too much power.

A few words of advice --
When riding on the road, you aren't paranoid: they really are out to get you.
Years ago someone complained about a $600 set of leathers and was told that it cost less than 1/2 inch of skin graft. Armor is cheap protection.
Treat your bike well: There is very little of it between you and the pavement/lack of pavement.
And then there is always the motto about $20 helmet for the $20 head. A friend asked me if they make any $10 helmets.

Welcome.
Thanks for welcome and the advice. I am being very defensive in traffic. On country roads it's more enjoyable. I have yet to take it off road other than my back yard. I did get good helmet, jacket and gloves.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:20 PM   #3028
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Do you need to see a Dr if ride for more than 4 hours?

Welcome! You must post pix of your bike.
So far my longest ride is 1 hour so didn't have to call doctor



http://imageshack.us/a/img5/6231/ed8g.jpg
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:22 PM   #3029
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Thanks for welcome and the advice. I am being very defensive in traffic. On country roads it's more enjoyable. I have yet to take it off road other than my back yard. I did get good helmet, jacket and gloves.
All you need now is good boots and pants!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #3030
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OK, here's a better update:

After a tankful of 76 RON, which caused some epic knocking (helpful advice on how to ride to minimize that), I gave the bike some lovely, highest quality out here, 88!

Mongolia has caused my bike to vibrate apart. While there are tons of nice fields to ride over, a lot of the dirt roads are terribly washboarded. Things that have fallen off or come loose: tool tube fell off, windscreen fell off, exhaust came loose, bash plate screw fell out, fork triple clamp knut fell off and lost, gps unit vibrated free, cheap padlocked vibrated itself apart! umm, im sure there's more...

And then there's the sand. I was down near the Flaming Cliffs, and tried to cut across directly towards the town of Altai. Bad move, as after 20km i found myself in mini sand dunes. Very soft and with my K60s (swamp - stay clear), i was revving hard to get the bike to move at all.

As a result my clutch plates are worn out. That seems to be it.

I couldnt get any traction, and couldnt get the bike to move.

So, and here's the fun part:
- i walked about half a day to find the nearest nomad
- stayed with his family for 3 days, managed to use their cell phone to call the capital city
- bribed the receptionist in my last hotel to send a family member in their mini van to pick me up
- the driver and his cousin drove 1,100 km round trip in 46 hours, straight, changed the oil on their van 9 times (no joke!), and eventually after about 5 or 6 days, i'm back in UB, and will order the plates today.

Fun times, and yeah, as swampy said, i did ask for adventure! I have however, had more mutton fat and camel milk than i ever want to see in a lifetime.

Will post some pictures of falls (of course) and pics later.

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