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Old 07-22-2012, 12:50 PM   #766
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You'll here the same thing here and on the Dakar thread. Ride it, get to know it on / off road. But things to consider:

Body protection (crankcase/fairing)...things are costly to replace. So probably your first and most important

Comfort: Foot Pegs if you feel you need them, wider maybe and maybe repositioned or pivoting. After that, bar risers if need be.

Traction: Tires, probably the best thing if you venture off road - do your research on the threads

Suspension: depending on how you'll ride it. Some find it too soft and upgrade and some find it fine

Luggage: Hard, Soft, w or w/o racks.


The list is endless
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:49 PM   #767
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The tall "Dakar" seat is the biggest immediate impact mod I have made so far. The difference in comfort is very noticeable with the nice squishy foam it uses.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:00 PM   #768
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Wind protection if you plan on doing extensive highway use, otherwise, same as above.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:43 PM   #769
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Battle Tested

What more can you ask from a bike?

Load it with as much stuff you want and ride it on the highway comfortably to your desired destination - preferably remote. Unload it, do some ATV trails (first drop finally!), and come back home with a big smile on your face.

I'm too tired to share the rest of the story (starter/kill-switch assembly caught on fire in the middle of nowhere), but I'd like to say this: I decided to try some advanced ATV trails, and I never done anything remotely as advanced with other bikes. The Sertao did very well. It takes a lot of effort to stall the engine, and the front wheel is light on the rocks (and wheelies a lot at steep ascends if you give it a bit too much throttle). It is steady and nimble - a pleasure to ride!

I think that every piece of protection I purchased for this bike played a part in this trip. At one point I actually heard small rocks hitting the aluminum radiator-guards. I'll list my mods in a future post.





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Old 07-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #770
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Naieve Questions

I had a couple questions about the Serrato that I don't think have been tried yet, but wanted to get a community opinion on them.

First, In a pinch would it be possible to block of the injectors and HP fuel pump and run the lift pump or gravity to a CVK40? I am assuming that adapters would be needed for the Cylinder-to-carb collar, throttle cable (or is it by sensor?) and the airbox / throttle body / MAP sensor would have to come out and be replaced by a cone air filter. My reason for this question is that some people go through fuel pumps at an accelerated rate on the ride reports, so having a carb as backup might be nice (if less fuel efficient), and a collar-carb-air_filter unit could be packable. I have no idea if the ECM would then throw a fit (or go into limp mode) if you did that though...

[This was a random though I had, of which maybe 2 in 50 end up being feasible]

Second, does the Serrato really need both mufflers? It seems like if the exhaust can be fully piped out of one, the other can be removed for more storage tube space
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:17 AM   #771
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The tall "Dakar" seat is the biggest immediate impact mod I have made so far. The difference in comfort is very noticeable with the nice squishy foam it uses.
The high seat is perfect for longer trips. The seat hight itself has not changed that much because the foam inside is very soft. And I very much appreciate that I'm no longer skidding forward on the seat as it was with the regular one.



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Old 07-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #772
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Second, does the Serrato really need both mufflers? It seems like if the exhaust can be fully piped out of one, the other can be removed for more storage tube space
One of the cans isnt a muffler; it is a catalyic converter. There are a few manuf. who have conversion kits for one (I think 2 Brothers-or something like that) cat/muffler combo.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #773
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One of the cans isnt a muffler; it is a catalyic converter. There are a few manuf. who have conversion kits for one (I think 2 Brothers-or something like that) cat/muffler combo.
I'd like to get rid of that weight, get more performance and use the extra room for storage, but I won't do it until I see some similar successful mods.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #774
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The high seat is perfect for longer trips. The seat hight itself has not changed that much because the foam inside is very soft. And I very much appreciate that I'm no longer skidding forward on the seat as it was with the regular one.
+1 on the high seat - it is free when you buy the bike, but you need to ask for it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:48 AM   #775
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No hindrance to the passenger with the high seat ?
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:09 AM   #776
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No hindrance to the passenger with the high seat ?
My GF is 1,65 m and she doesn't complain when she mounts her place behind me (1,90 m). She confirmed that the high seat is way more comfortable.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:53 AM   #777
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Hello everyone,

A question about radiator fan operation:

Should it be turning on right has the motor is started, and cold? The last 2 mornings my fan has been kicking on as soon as the motor is started. It will turn off/on a few times on my way to work. Temp warning light is not coming on except for self test when key is turned on. I checked both the overflow and radiator last night, and both were full. Also checked the temp sender for moisture since I got caught in heavy rain on Sunday. Pulled the fuse for the computer this morning after letting the motor cool for an hour, fan still turns on. Outside temp about 65f the last 2 mornings.

Also checked on the Chain Gang forum, but only had info on fans not turning on.

It’s a 2012 with about 3k miles on it.

Also posting in G650GS thread….

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Old 07-24-2012, 09:40 AM   #778
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I bought the Wirth progressive springs from touratech and they were for the dakar so they are a few inches too short.
Is there anyway to find out if Ohlins or someone is going to make springs for us? It really needs something better up front for woods work.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #779
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List of mods made to the Sertao

As promised, I put together a quick page listing most of the mods I've done so far. I can't tell you how happy I am that those guards are installed on the bike, because most of them played a big part in my latest off-road adventure. The bike was dropped on rocks, and at times I had to drag it while on its side to be able to lift it. The plastics or any valuable parts of the bike were never touched by anything thanks to that protection:

http://www.responsetech.us/fam/sertaomods.html
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:42 PM   #780
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As promised, I put together a quick page listing most of the mods I've done so far. I can't tell you how happy I am that those guards are installed on the bike, because most of them played a big part in my latest off-road adventure. The bike was dropped on rocks, and at times I had to drag it while on its side to be able to lift it. The plastics or any valuable parts of the bike were never touched by anything thanks to that protection:

http://www.responsetech.us/fam/sertaomods.html
Great info, I have wondered why BMW put the rear reservoir where they did.
I have been very pleased with my Sertao so far, But I only have 730 miles on it.
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