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Old 09-12-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
Unwtrmy OP
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How much do you spend on F650 maint/repairs?

I ride a 2007 F650 GS with 25k miles on it. I have owned it since 2009 and routinely repair costs run about $500 one year and $200 the next. I ride 90% on road and 10% 'off road' - mostly fire roads and such. Take about one long (5-7hr) road trip every other year. It sounds like a lot to me. I do most of my own oil changes and other small repairs.
I am curious what other F650 owners spend on maintenance and repars, thanks.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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Will largely depend on how much you ride.
If you ride 20K miles per year... you will go through 3 or 4 rear tires, and maybe 2 fronts.
That is about $500... depending on tires.


Every 4K (or so) miles a set of tires are $200. (Put new tubes in with em.)
Chain and sprockets every 20K (or so) miles. ($150)
New battery 5 years. ($100)
New plug every 20K miles. ($7)
Oil/Filter every 3 k miles. ($15 bucks)
Water pump every 30K or so. ($100)
Headlight every few years. ($25)

Clean the air filter, clean and lube the chain.
Grease the bearings.

I haven't spent much more routine maint $ that that.
Crashing is more expensive $$$$.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:17 PM   #3
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Will largely depend on how much you ride.
If you ride 20K miles per year... you will go through 3 or 4 rear tires, and maybe 2 fronts.
That is about $500... depending on tires.


Every 4K (or so) miles a set of tires are $200. (Put new tubes in with em.)
Chain and sprockets every 20K (or so) miles. ($150)
New battery 5 years. ($100)
New plug every 20K miles. ($7)
Oil/Filter every 3 k miles. ($15 bucks)
Water pump every 30K or so. ($100)
Headlight every few years. ($25)

Clean the air filter, clean and lube the chain.
Grease the bearings.

I haven't spent much more routine maint $ that that.
Crashing is more expensive $$$$.
My Schlingel is a pure brat! The first two years were trouble free and now it seems every year there is something requiring $200-$500. I may have to replace or resurface the front forks. Local shop is in a Honda dealership and they are pricey! My rear brake would remain engaged, they decided it was the ABS controller gone bad , after talking to a BMW expert I told the shop to put a new master cylinder and it works like a charm...maybe they think I am rich or something
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:26 PM   #4
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>"I may have to replace or resurface the front forks."

These worked well for my bike...



http://www.sealsavers.com/

Or these 'older fashioned' bellows ones.

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Old 09-16-2014, 09:04 AM   #5
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NICE!! I like the old school bellows, but the neoprene socks look so much neater. I got the clamp on touratech fork covers since I have to consider replacing my forks; if I go that route I will decide then if I need the socks or bellows.
I like fully functional, no issues vehicles, but this might be the bike that I slowly rebuild until it is held together with zip ties and superglue . It's a brat, but I like it.
Thanks for your help, off to the Beemer boneyard to look for a pair of used stachions.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:27 AM   #6
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Will largely depend on how much you ride.
If you ride 20K miles per year... you will go through 3 or 4 rear tires, and maybe 2 fronts.
That is about $500... depending on tires.


Every 4K (or so) miles a set of tires are $200. (Put new tubes in with em.)
Chain and sprockets every 20K (or so) miles. ($150)
New battery 5 years. ($100)
New plug every 20K miles. ($7)
Oil/Filter every 3 k miles. ($15 bucks)
Water pump every 30K or so. ($100)
Headlight every few years. ($25)

Clean the air filter, clean and lube the chain.
Grease the bearings.

I haven't spent much more routine maint $ that that.
Crashing is more expensive $$$$.
Unless you are running straight knobbies on pavement, you really should be getting more than 4k out of a tire. I usually get double that (on my Anakee II's). I think the OP said 90% road, 10% dirt, so make sure you go with a more street tire to keep that cost down!
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:54 AM   #7
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100,000 miles on my 03 Dakar. I like the comment - maintanence is cheap, crashing is expensive - true that!
First off, standard PM has you changing oil and filter, and a valve check every 6,000 miles. If you're changing the oil yourself, you can almost certainly handle the valve check/adjustment - plenty of instruction here and at f650dotcom. That'll save you a boat-load of $. Most of the work involved is simply taking off shit to get to the valve cover. This is also a great time to inspect the wiring for chafing issues, which will strand you in the middle of BFE, and will cost you a ton to diagnose and repair in a shop.
Learning to change you own tires can save you $, too. Again - not hard, and an important skill to have if you spend any time away from home. Everything else - coolant change, brake pads (5 minutes), brake fluid change, headlight bulbs, chain and sprockets - easily within the skill level of most folks, and no special tools required. Totally depends on how much time you're willing to spend.

Typical yearly maintanence on my bike might look like 2-3 oil changes @ $25, tires: $400 (2 rears, 1 front - I don't like cheap tires), a couple water pump kits (I have WP issues - getting better with age): $120, and every couple years, new chain and sprockets: $150-200. Something like $700/year?

It completely depends on your milage, where you ride and your relationship with your mechanic. Personally, I couldn't afford to own a bike if I had to pay a shop to do my work. And even if I could, I've heard too many horror stories about dealers to trust them - the few times I've been in a dealer shop to buy parts/ask questions, I've yet to talk to one guy that has worked on one. Again, depends on your location.

You've already taken the first step in buying THE most reliable motor out there - the Rotax has earned that designation over and over. Ride it RTW 3X and twice on Sunday - just change the oil! : Believe it!
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