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Old 08-08-2012, 02:29 AM   #841
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Is anybody using some kind of fork protection for his Sertao ? I'm a bit concerned when riding offroad that the polished surface of the upper pipes will be more and more scratched. I heard that this can cause some kind of "pitting" or spot corrosion.

Anybody tried something like that ???


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Do a search on putting fork gators on an F650, it's been covered.

Some people think they might make the bike overheat others don't.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #842
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Do a search on putting fork gators on an F650, it's been covered.

Some people think they might make the bike overheat others don't.
Thank you, I went through and found same controversial discussion in German GS forums. Hard to believe that the fork gators reduce the airflow so much that the engine starts overheating. However, some riders prefer fork boots made of neoprene. Pro: They are easy to clean and do not disturb airstream. Contra: Moisture and dust between neoprene and fork could cause some corrosion

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:42 AM   #843
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I've been using the Touratech fork protectors on my Dakar for a couple years. Fork uppers still look fine...

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:00 AM   #844
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Question for Africa Twin RE: front beak

You said that BMW sent you a new fender after they strengthened it. Can I get more information? The dealership or BMW rep that you were dealing with would be great. I have the same issue and have found more on the web, but my lame dealer keeps telling me it is not covered. However, I don't think they even checked.

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:16 AM   #845
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I've been using the Touratech fork protectors on my Dakar for a couple years. Fork uppers still look fine...
Ok that's good news. I've seen them in the TT catalogue but thought they are brand new on the aftermarket and there is no experience with them. So I've just ordered them from Touratech as well.

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Old 08-08-2012, 09:31 AM   #846
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Ok that's good news. I've seen them in the TT catalogue but thought they are brand new on the aftermarket and there is no experience with them. So I've just ordered them from Touratech as well.

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You'll find that most of the aftermarket parts for the Sertao have been used on the F650GS/D for years.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:01 PM   #847
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You said that BMW sent you a new fender after they strengthened it. Can I get more information? The dealership or BMW rep that you were dealing with would be great. I have the same issue and have found more on the web, but my lame dealer keeps telling me it is not covered. However, I don't think they even checked.

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Yes when mine broke I went in and ordered one from my dealer. I didn't even ask about warranty figuring it was reasonably cheap ($50 Canadian) and probably not covered anyway. The dealer said it was back ordered and that it would take 2 weeks to come from Germany, he'd call when it came in. A month later he called and said the bad news is its going to be another month but the good news is its going to be covered under warranty. He said the reason for the delay was that BMW told him the the part was recognized as being weak and they were waiting for the new and improved part to be produced. Apparently the dealer then asked well shouldn't it be covered under warranty then and BM apparently told him yes he could cover it. In the end it took 9 weeks but I did just get it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #848
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Yes when mine broke I went in and ordered one from my dealer. I didn't even ask about warranty figuring it was reasonably cheap ($50 Canadian) and probably not covered anyway. The dealer said it was back ordered and that it would take 2 weeks to come from Germany, he'd call when it came in. A month later he called and said the bad news is its going to be another month but the good news is its going to be covered under warranty. He said the reason for the delay was that BMW told him the the part was recognized as being weak and they were waiting for the new and improved part to be produced. Apparently the dealer then asked well shouldn't it be covered under warranty then and BM apparently told him yes he could cover it. In the end it took 9 weeks but I did just get it.
Can I get the name of the dealer?
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:48 PM   #849
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Ok that's good news. I've seen them in the TT catalogue but thought they are brand new on the aftermarket and there is no experience with them. So I've just ordered them from Touratech as well.

Th.

I've had them on my G650GS (09) for a while now as well. No issues to speak off. If yours look like mine, take some time to deburr the edges before you install it. I did and the plastic just slides through the SS guides without causing any wear on the plastic. Here is a quick install report: http://www.hmwrites.blogspot.com/201...rotectors.html

Oh, since then, I got rid off the small plastic fender altogether.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:48 AM   #850
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I've had them on my G650GS (09) for a while now as well. No issues to speak off. If yours look like mine, take some time to deburr the edges before you install it. I did and the plastic just slides through the SS guides without causing any wear on the plastic. Here is a quick install report: http://www.hmwrites.blogspot.com/201...rotectors.html

Oh, since then, I got rid off the small plastic fender altogether.
Hi,

thank you. I'll have a look for sharp edges or burr prior to mounting. And report when finished of course

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:54 AM   #851
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:22 PM   #852
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What a coincidence ! Two days ago, I was showing my friend how everything was so flexible on the Sertao : turn signal flashers..etc. I pushed the front beak down with little force and it snapped in front of the 4 connecting bolts ! I was so surprised. Will get a new part next Monday (52CAN$). There is a faulty design there, I am sure. Luckily, I have the Touratech low fender and can still ride.
I think its much too fragile, I had the same issue. Bike on center stand, had a friend press down gently to balance weight to front and SNAP! Much too weak in my opinion, I had to purchase a new one too.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:14 PM   #853
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Hi guys
I've been folowing this thread since it started and helped a lot to make my decision for the Sertão
I really love this bike.
It's my every day vehicle and I'm doing some dirt roads (when the wheather lets...) with my friends.
The fun is guaranteed with this bike, I love the way it make the turns specially on mountain roads.
Have done 2000km yet on my "Marlene" and last week when I went to the dealer to see some protection bars he told me that they were changing the front fenders due to a problem with the material. The fender is just the same, absolutely no difference between them the guy told me that they only changed the material it's made of.
They did the service right away and didn't charged anything.
Greetings from Brazil!

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:38 AM   #854
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dump question: re: checking engine coolant

I have a Sertao with the side stand but no center stand.

I get the oil checking procedure.

But on the coolant check... the manual says "park motorcycle" and then to check it through the recess in the GS emblem.

Does this mean on the side stand?

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:53 AM   #855
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Looking for some advice on Panniers and Tires:

1. Tires: I am a 50/50 rider (maybe 60 off road and 40 street) so I am looking for something that is good off-road but I don't have to change out every 2000 miles. I am considering Mefo Super Explorers or the K60 scouts. Any thoughts?

2. Panniers: I just did 1500 miles through Nevada and Utah and I had all of my gear on the back of my bike. That was OK, but too top heavy and I need some side bags. I have been looking at happy-trail, Pelican, SW-Motech and Touratech boxes. I have also considered Wolfman dry bags.

I am wondering thoughts on the pros and cons of each. I probably won't go with the more expensive Touratech option (although they look pretty amazing.) The Happy-Trail and Pelican are around the $800 range and that seems like a good middle ground.

I am worried that soft bags won't hold all of my camping gear, tools, etc. as well as a set of boxes would.

Thanks!!

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Have you thought about Giant Loop or Nomad bags? They keep the weight lower (I put the tools at each end at the lowest point). I had a top heavy rig too, but now it feels much better. The yellow drybag has light gear such as a tent and a thermarest. The bag is easy to keep off the hot pipes too.

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