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Old 08-10-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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Will she succeed…

Hi all,
For offroad traveling I've been using a G650X Country for a few years now.
Although there's nothing wrong with that bike and it's probably the best bike for the sort of trips I like to do, it doesn't make me smile like my R80 mono does.
That's why I decided to gain some weight, loose some ground clearance, use and carry a lot more fuel by replacing the X Country for a R80G/S.

So I bought this…



I think it looks
but now the question is will I succeed to build it into something beautiful to replace my X Country…



The idea is to:
service the engine including some tuning
replace bearings and seals in the gear box and final drive
lower the foot pegs
replace the rims for excel's
improve the front brake
improve the suspension
replace the exhaust system
powder coat and paint everything
and trying to create most of the stock G/S looks again
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:35 PM   #2
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Just ride it. It looks perfect as is.

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Old 08-10-2014, 03:55 PM   #3
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Agreed, it has good patina and still the mostly stock look you want. That muffler doesn't spoil the effect at all. I'd say don't change much at all and put the money in the mechanicals, maybe upgrade the front with Racetech emulators to start, and do the basic engine tuning, clean every electrical connector on the whole bike and apply dialectric grease in them.

Personally, I don't go for big front brake upgrades if its a dual sport bike like my F650 (which I have even used at Barber and Road ATL while dabbling as a track instructor). I go as far as getting the best pad/rotor combo so the brakes won't fade but won't be too sensitive in the loose stuff. But each to their own in braking preferences.

Nice bike BTW.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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I wish I had more garage space. I would love to have that bike just like it is!
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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If you are looking for standard parts don't forget to give BMW a try, some are no longer available new but others are and the price can be surprising, I recently bought a new rear mudguard for my R80G/S from my local dealer here in the UK and it was £70 or just over $100. Also keep and eye on Motorworks and Motobins who both occasionally still break a G/S or an ST.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #6
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BRAVO.

A quick question, you are going to replace and re-lace the rear rim? It's a standard 40 hole type? Excell Rim? Which one are you going to get? Can you post a linky?
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #7
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Just ride it. It looks perfect as is.

Nick
Nick's right. This is a motorcycle, not a piece of jewelry. Fix what keeps it from riding at its best, then go ride.

BTW, the bike looks as happy as you do--now get back on it and keep your eyes on the road/path, dammit.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:43 PM   #8
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Agreed, it has good patina and still the mostly stock look you want. That muffler doesn't spoil the effect at all. I'd say don't change much at all and put the money in the mechanicals, maybe upgrade the front with Racetech emulators to start, and do the basic engine tuning, clean every electrical connector on the whole bike and apply dialectric grease in them.

Personally, I don't go for big front brake upgrades if its a dual sport bike like my F650 (which I have even used at Barber and Road ATL while dabbling as a track instructor). I go as far as getting the best pad/rotor combo so the brakes won't fade but won't be too sensitive in the loose stuff. But each to their own in braking preferences.

Nice bike BTW.
It might look ok on the pictures but if you would see it up close it looks like a mess.
I think the fender is too long compared to the length of the swingarm.
If I would leave this muffler on it will cure itself, because it's mounted like a chimney and it melts the plastic

The fork that's in the bike now is already a lot better than a stock G/S fork, but before I made my decision to buy a G/S I have been riding at least ten different ones.
The ones with a fork upgrade felt SO MUCH better and safer.
I've been riding a few bikes with the gold valves and they were ok but I'm used to forks with a better damping system.

You're right about the brakes but I'm replacing the front wheel and brake because it weights a ton and doesn't fit in my new fork.
When I bought the bike it had a master cylinder which was way too big for the caliper, so I need to change it anyway.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:07 PM   #9
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If you are looking for standard parts don't forget to give BMW a try, some are no longer available new but others are and the price can be surprising, I recently bought a new rear mudguard for my R80G/S from my local dealer here in the UK and it was £70 or just over $100. Also keep and eye on Motorworks and Motobins who both occasionally still break a G/S or an ST.
Thanks for the advice Mark.
I always check the dealer prices first because I prefer original parts.
Some parts I try to find second hand, like the rear frame.
I found two on eBay but unfortunately that didn't work out…
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:11 PM   #10
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Is that a DR Big seat & guard?
Someone had a pretty eclectic parts supply.
have fun with it!
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:17 PM   #11
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BRAVO.

A quick question, you are going to replace and re-lace the rear rim? It's a standard 40 hole type? Excell Rim? Which one are you going to get? Can you post a linky?
I'm going to replace the rear rim for an Excel 2.50"18 laced to the stock hub.
I've just sent the hub to Haan Wheels and they'll take care of the rest.
Sorry I don't have a link.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:37 PM   #12
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After one week…

I own the bike for a little more than one week now and this is what I've done the day after I bought it…



A few hours later…



Again a few hours later…



At the end of the day

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Old 08-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #13
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Just ride it. It looks perfect as is.

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Nick's right. This is a motorcycle, not a piece of jewelry. Fix what keeps it from riding at its best, then go ride.

BTW, the bike looks as happy as you do--now get back on it and keep your eyes on the road/path, dammit.
On the sort of trips I would like to make (Mongolia, Russia) with this bike, I don't like to run into trouble because of things like this.
On both sides they used 800 head gaskets… but the bike has a 1988 R100 engine.

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Old 08-11-2014, 05:00 PM   #14
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You guys don't get it......this is Prutsers better half. The last thing she will do is leave the bike alone!

@Linda.....don't forget to list your G/S here Will you be bracing the frame as Bas did to the ST???
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:49 PM   #15
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Beam(st)er, what kind or brand is the boxes (and where do you get them)you use for storing your engine parts? I always keep everything separated but in good old cardboard, needless to say they don't hold up long.
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