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Old 07-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #751
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Howdy all, new Sertao owner, I've put 350+ miles on it so far, Been very pleased, I hope to try my hand at some dirt roads and what not in the future, Once I get a little more seat time, I upgraded from a CB350F that my dad bought new.

I have already run most of the canyons here on the East side of the Salt Lake Valley, Now I need to venture West!

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I know its all paved, But I am still breaking it in.
FWIW, I'm 5'10" 163, So, Its a little tall, But it has worked out well, So far, Been averaging 78MPG on the first tank, and 67.5MPG on the second, But the second tank I have had my wife with me going up the canyons.
Just thought I would join and post up.
Have fun!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:00 PM   #752
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Congrats VitSports6'

Enjoy!

Remember, more pics, more pics

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #753
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Congrats VitSports6'

Enjoy!

Remember, more pics, more pics

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Thanks!
I usually have a camera with me, So pic's are usually taken.
I will soon be looking for another set of rims so I can install some slightly more aggressive tires, I already have another set of tires I found locally, They are Bridgestone Trailwings and a Bridgestone Moto 37 front tire, I couldn't pass them up, They were only $10 each!
Obviously I still have quite a bit to learn with this new motorcycle, But I have really enjoyed it over the last couple weeks.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #754
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Thanks!
I usually have a camera with me, So pic's are usually taken.
I will soon be looking for another set of rims so I can install some slightly more aggressive tires, I already have another set of tires I found locally, They are Bridgestone Trailwings and a Bridgestone Moto 37 front tire, I couldn't pass them up, They were only $10 each!
Obviously I still have quite a bit to learn with this new motorcycle, But I have really enjoyed it over the last couple weeks.
Nice bike!

I love the idea of another set of rims, but it is a costly option. I find the knobbies to work well in all conditions, and the only real downside is that they wear off faster than all of the other tires. When I go off-road with the Tourances I feel as if I'm walking barefoot, but when I ride the knobbies on the road even when it is wet I don't feel I'm compromised traction wise. This is the reason I have knobbies on all of the time on both the Sertao and the 1200GS.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:10 AM   #755
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[QUOTE I already have another set of tires I found locally, They are Bridgestone Trailwings and a Bridgestone Moto 37 front tire, I couldn't pass them up, They were only $10 each![/QUOTE]


May be just rumor but I keep hearing the Trailwings are NOT the tire to be riding. Those that I know with them get rid of them immediately, maybe due to rumor as well. TKC80's or Heidenau K60 Scouts are great and last long (as far as a 50/50 tire go) time. You should be able to find a set of Dakar wheels on Ebay or if you can get hubs have a set of excels laced up.

Nice bike and congrats!
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:12 AM   #756
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Lifting the Sertao - Update

Good news,

The handlebar method IS the way to go on this bike. Based on a few replies here I decided to give it another shot at the parking lot last night. I put the bike gently on its side and lifted it back from the lower handlebar. It was so easy to do, that I actually tried it a few more times.

I can't believed I sweat so much on the weekend trying the walking back towards the seat method I use to lift the large bike.

Thanks for the tips!

There's a nice video showing this on a KLR at HU website - scroll to 01:06 to see it: http://youtu.be/i__7iIiE9R0
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #757
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Good news,

The handlebar method IS the way to go on this bike. Based on a few replies here I decided to give it another shot at the parking lot last night. I put the bike gently on its side and lifted it back from the lower handlebar. It was so easy to do, that I actually tried it a few more times.



Glad to know I have someone to lift my bike while I pop down them advils
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:43 AM   #758
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Hello im considering buying a sertao. Is the bike comfortable for weekend 2 up riding? Im comparing it to new v strom. In 6'2. With the tall seat option will the bike be comfortable? Also what was the out of door price you paid? Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:56 AM   #759
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Hello im considering buying a sertao. Is the bike comfortable for weekend 2 up riding? Im comparing it to new v strom. In 6'2. With the tall seat option will the bike be comfortable? Also what was the out of door price you paid? Thanks.
The V-Strom is physically quite a bit bigger and more powerful. I'd choose that if you're looking for a 2-up tourer. The 650GS can handle two-up riding ok but I wouldn't want to tour that way. The tall seat does add a lot of comfort.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:19 AM   #760
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Hello im considering buying a sertao. Is the bike comfortable for weekend 2 up riding? Im comparing it to new v strom. In 6'2. With the tall seat option will the bike be comfortable? Also what was the out of door price you paid? Thanks.
Weekend 2-up on the Sertao - no problem. But if I was going to be doing a lot of 2-up and a lot of slab, I would go with an 800+ like the 800gs or the Triumph, maybe even a gently used 1200gs or 1200RT. I'm not a big V-Strom fan, but thats just my personal tastes.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #761
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Hello im considering buying a sertao. Is the bike comfortable for weekend 2 up riding? Im comparing it to new v strom. In 6'2. With the tall seat option will the bike be comfortable? Also what was the out of door price you paid? Thanks.
I haven't tried 2up yet, but when I load the Sertao with the panniers and full gear it is very noticeable as oppose to a larger bike loaded with the same weight. It is not much fun to feel under powered at high speeds on the highway and get blown away left and right, but I don't have much of a problem on the smaller roads.

I paid $9,445 before all of the add-ons. There's no room for negotiations when there are no other Sertaos around. All three dealers in the area quoted the same price, but only one of them actually had one in stock.

I agree with Durden on moving up with the CC if you are planning longer trips 2up on the slab, otherwise it will take the fun out of it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:58 PM   #762
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Laugh Exhaust heat shield from TT

New Sertao owner here!

Got only 400 miles on it so for but ventured out this morning with my 9-year old pillion. She complained about heat above boot on the left side. Anyone tried the heat shield that Touratech sells for this?

For those that might be interested, I put the tall seat(Dakar) on and noticed only a very small (negligible really) increase in height but a quantum leap in comfort. This is the way to go!
I also got the BMW luggage set - simple install but attachments don't appear as robust as I experienced with the bags that go on the 1200GS (bags and attachment are physically different not just cosmetically). I guess time will tell but they function well and look fairly sporty!

Look for a Shiite grinning Sertao pilot around Eagle Mountain Lake area!
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #763
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Just one dumb question and I'll be out of your hair. Looking at a G650GS. Not the Sertao. But, why the two mufflers?
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:56 AM   #764
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The one on the left is the catalytic converter and is closed off it then sends the gasses over to the muffler on the right.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #765
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Signed the paperwork for my new bike, now I have to wait until Tuesday to pick it up.

What should I upgrade first?
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