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On Two Wheels / BMW F750GS
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:14:47 PM »
Had the opportunity to take out the new BMW F750GS on a demo ride last week and figured I'd post up a quick review/feelings about the bike as I feel, even though its quite a bit more expensive that the X, its in a similar class of bike.

The ride itself was part of a BMW demo ride tour that was in town for two days. Unfortunately, I only had time to take out one bike as I had to leave town, I was really hoping to take out the 850, 1200GS as well as one of the R nineT's but since I only had time for one I picked the one that was more inline with my bank account  :002: Even though if I was to purchase a bike like this I wouldn't particularly want a lot of add-ons the bike, not surprisingly, was top of the line model fitted with every extra available. The ride was a long three and a half hours and took in all kinds of riding; city, winding coastal road and highway. Only riding not included was some offroad, would have been nice to take in a bit of gravel roads or something but I fully understand why they don't include it.

Ergos:
The initial feeling when I sat on the bike was that the seat-to-bar ergos were very familiar, very similar to our X so I immediately felt right at home. The seat though felt very low but I later found out that the demo bike was fitted with the low seat for some reason. Found that strange, they should at least had the different seats there and swap them as needed. I would have liked to try the comfort seat, the low seat was far too low for me. Briefly tried the standing position in a parking lot and found it really good even without a bar riser. Even though the bike on paper is quite a bit heavier than the X I didn't find it heavy at all. No problem with slow speed riding, very balanced. Windscreen is tiny, even smaller than the stock one on my '14, but I had zero complaints about it. Helmet was in clean air and no buffeting at any speed. I found the controls a bit strange, indicator switch and horn buttons were small and I always had to look at them to find the indicators. This maybe down to them being different than the X and I'm sure I'd get used to them. Heated grips button was in a weird spot, couldn't comfortably reach it with my throttle hand while riding, either had to wait until stopped or use my clutch had to operate. Gear spread was spot on as well, perfect for my riding. I find the X gears a bit strange for my riding (first is way too short and 6th way too long). With the GS you never had to shift to second halfway through an intersection!

Engine:
Engine power is obviously much more than the X and it felt great  :002:. Even though the engine in the X is fantastic I do miss the power and torque of a larger engine. Passing power on the highway was down right impressive, just touch the throttle and you had the pass done. Fueling was also good, no snatchiness at all that is often found on newer bikes with ride-by-wire throttles. The engine itself was nice and smooth but I did feel a bit of vibes through the pegs and bars a few times. Nothing major and nothing that would turn me off the bike but need to mention it. It sounded good as well but the bike I rode had the optional Akrapovic can so I don't know how the stock can would sound. Gearbox was silky smooth in gear changes, effortless shifts. I don't have any complaints about the X gearbox but when you use one this smooth you then realize how clunky the X gear changes are.

Brakes:
Brakes were far better than the X brakes. Found them very strong, took me by surprise the first few times I uses them since I'm so used to the X feeling.

Suspension:
No comparison here, suspension was so much better on the GS. I purposely rode over all the bumps in the road to fully test it out and felt it soaked up everything so much better than the X, no jarring bumps through the handlebars. I'm sure compared to other bikes its still not the best suspension but it felt it quite a bit nicer than the X.

Extras:
TFT Dash: Very clear to read, but way too much info for me. I wouldn't pay extra money for one as I wouldn't really have much use for most of the functionality.
Cruise Control: Tried it out on the highway stint and found it easy to set and worked great. I probably wouldn't pay for the option but can see how it could be nice on longer highway rides.
Heated Grips: The day we rode was quite warm but still tried them out. Button placement was strange as I mentioned above but heat from them was good. Had three settings.
Keyless Ignition: Not something that I would pay for but seemed to work fine. It controlled the gas cap access as well.
Others: The bike I rode also had the following extras but never played with them at all so no real feedback: traction control, electronic suspension, quick shifter and ride modes.

All throughout the 3.5 hour ride I was thinking that it could be my next bike and was fully expecting my X to feel extremely underwhelming on my ride home but was pleasantly surprised that it never, the mighty X still felt great  :001: Still impressed with the GS but pleased with how our little budget X can compete with much more expensive bikes. At the end of the day though, I really liked the 750GS and will keep it in mind if I ever sell my X down the road, price would be the biggest deterrent for me though.

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Maintenance and Servicing / HELP - Lost Valve Shim
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:45:45 AM »
Please help. Doing the valve clearances this morning and one of the exhaust shims fell down off the top of the top of the valve, can't seem to find it. Does anyone know where the oil drains back to the engine from the head? Where are the drain holes? I'm really hoping it never fell down inside but I can't see it anywhere in there, feel very sick to my stomach now. The valve is the #3 exhaust, is there a drain hole near this one between the two cylinders? The magnet I have is too large to fit down past the springs so may have to get a smaller one however I did try using one of those flexible fridge type magnets with no luck.

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Tyres and Wheels / Knobby Tire Question
« on: May 12, 2017, 08:38:36 PM »
I'm currently running TKC80's for the first time and they are getting a bit worn down (just over 7000 kms on them now). Just wondering how far down is it safe to run down the knobbies until the tire is done? I'm typically used to street tires with wear bars so this is new to me. Mine looks like it still has a bit of life left in them but not a whole lot, so when are you supposed to change these out?

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / DIY Rear Rack
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:58:39 PM »
I bought a Givi rear rack shortly after buying my bike but I never actually got around to buying a Givi topcase so the Givi top plate was taken off so I could bolt a Pelican 1520 directly to the rack arms. It worked perfectly but I found I never always needed/wanted such a large case on the bike. Its great for camping and longer day trips but for commuting and short trips I wanted something smaller. So I picked up a small Pelican clone but the size prevented me from using the same holes as I used for the larger Pelican. So I decided to make a basic top plate that would allow me to bolt either case and also just run without a case altogether.

I had a sheet of aluminum so I used that to make a rack of sorts with multiple holes so that I could mount both cases in two spots. The sheet is not as thick as I would have liked but it should do ok. Design itself was borrowed from a few different production racks I've seen on X's. A fair bit of work since I just have basic hand tools but it helps me be busy over the winter. Just waiting for winter to stop so I can get out and try it out.
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Picture of it just laying on the arms, not bolted to the bike yet.






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On Two Wheels / BMW F700GS
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:51:02 PM »
No riding during the winter here in the Great White North so the only motorcycle activities is watching endless YouTube videos about bikes  :001:. Stumbled across some about the F700GS and was surprised that it wasn't on my radar when I bought my X. This is probably due in large part to the price which was a bit outside my budget but after watching some videos it seems like it is very similar to the X but just with a little more of everything, like power, ground clearance, etc.

Just wondering if anyone here test rode one and how it compares to the X? I'm not in the market for a new bike but may try and get a test ride on one this summer when the BMW demo rides come to town.


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On Two Wheels / Another Model Based on the 500cc Engine
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:18:45 PM »
Honda just unveiled another bike using the same 500cc engine the X has, its now in the new Rebel 500. I'm no cruiser guy but it should be interesting to see how it does, I don't believe there are many cruisers in that cc range. http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/honda/honda-rebel.html

That now makes four different bikes using that power plant. It seems to be the way a lot of manufacturers are going these days. Yamaha is doing it and BMW really dove into it this year with all the models based on the RnineT. Makes a lot of sense.

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On Two Wheels / Mini Africa Twin
« on: October 31, 2016, 08:18:37 PM »
Check out the new bike Honda may be coming out with. Looks like a small 500x, nice looking with the gold rims. I've seen a few smaller adventure bikes being shown by different brands (BMW, Suzuki) lately, good to see.

http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/honda-cbf190x-fight-hawk/

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Maintenance and Servicing / DIY Wheel Balancer
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:50:35 AM »
Just finished swapping over my new tires and needed to get them balanced before installing. I don't own one so figured it couldn't be that hard to make one so spent my lunch hour yesterday making a very simple, cheap but effective balancer. Mostly made up of scrap wood and metal I had lying around, and also some left over skateboard bearings I had from another project. 

Tried it out last night and it works perfect, much better than I expected to be honest. The skateboard bearings are so fine you only had to slightly turn the wheel, any large push would have it spinning for days.  :001:




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Maintenance and Servicing / Stock Toolkit - 17 mm Wheel Wrench
« on: June 14, 2016, 01:08:00 PM »
I'm in the process of swapping over my tires and need to remove the front wheel, turns out I need a 17 mm allen wrench. Figured I'd run out during lunch and pick one up, but now wondering if the stock toolkit has one. Anyone know if the spark plug wrench that comes in the toolkit also doubles as a 17 mm allen wrench? I'm at work now so can't check but was hoping someone knew so that I could determine if I needed to pick up one over lunch. I'm thinking its not but just wanted to check if anyone knew for sure, if not I'll check when I get home this evening.

The tool I'm referring to is part #17 in this diagram. 89216-KYJ-900 - WRENCH, PLUG (16.5)


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CB500X - General Chat / Knockoff Speedometers
« on: March 27, 2016, 09:24:52 PM »
I was cruising around eBay looking for a cheap analog gauge for one of my project bikes and this popped up and I thought...man that looks familiar. Thought it pretty funny so figured I'd post it up. Someone is selling very inexpensive knock-offs of our gauge cluster. They even offer it in different colours.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Motorcycle-Motor-Bike-LCD-Digital-Speedometer-Odometer-For-1-2-4-Cylinders-/262350896581?hash=item3d1554fdc5:g:tksAAOSwX~dWnQMZ&vxp=mtr

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