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    nokkusan
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    New from Saratoga Springs, NY

    Hi all! Just signed up for a year membership! Bought a used 1999 F650 and getting ready to do an Alaska trip next spring. Any suggestions would be well received!!

    Thanks!

    nokkusan

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    Welcome Aboard Nokkusan

    You should find information on your Bike in the Garage F Twins forum.

    For information on your trip or trip request information you may want to go to the Ride Report forum in the Road Section.

    Post a picture of your bike and check in often.

    Regards,

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    Welcome!

    Welcome from a fellow newbie. I lived in Saratoga Springs back in the late 80's! I hope it is still as nice as I remember

    Great summers there!

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    Hi Nokkusan

    I live just a few miles away - Ballston Spa!

    Welcome to the forum and there is a lot cooking in our area including

    • Finger Lakes Rally
    • Green Mountain Rally
    • Color in the Catskills


    Hope you can join us for one or more of the events!

    Paul

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    Welcome to the family. You live in a great riding area and we look forward to reading some ride report, complete with pictures.

    Check out the events Paul listed. Lots of good stuff going on in your neck of the woods.

    Glad to have you here.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Hi Nokkusan

    I live just a few miles away - Ballston Spa!

    Welcome to the forum and there is a lot cooking in our area including

    • Finger Lakes Rally
    • Green Mountain Rally
    • Color in the Catskills

    Ballston Spa? Let's go ride!

    Where do I find out more about these rallies?

    Jason

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    Talking Here she is...



    I bought this 1999 BMW F650 in June of this year and it had 8500 miles on it. Not bad for a 1999! It now has 11,000 or so miles on it.

    I just changed the oil and the coolant this past week - my first attempt at anything "mechanical" and I was proud of this increase in performance that resulted from this endeavor. However, I was not impressed (nor was my wife) with the mess I made in the garage.

    I put on the Barkbuster Handguards (not CRAZY about them) and custom made bar-end weights (after one fell off somewhere during a rainstorm). I added GIVI racks and bought a couple of Pelican 1550 Cases on ebay and bolted them to the racks. I will most likely find another case and use it for a top-rack.

    I also removed to canister from the rear-right side to make way for some sort of storage tube.

    If anyone has any other suggestions RE: this bike, I am !

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    Finger Lakes Rally <- Check Out This Link

    Green Mountain Rally <- Check Out This Link

    Color in the Catskills <- Check Out This Link

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    Takes Me Back . . . .

    I started my affair w/ BMW in May of 1972. I bought a new R60/5 when I was starting college (SU) and rode year 'round. Never on ice or in snow but if the road was dry I was on my BMW.
    I lived in Skaneateles until 1998 when I move to NC. No work, high taxes, high utilities and I became sick of 5 month winters. I sure do miss the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks and 1000 Islands.
    I am on my fourth BMW now and I could never have a new bike but I love my airheads. I can wrench myself and I keep it in tip top shape.
    I sure wish I cold get free and do the FL Rally!
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    Come on up for Color in the Catskills. Last year this regional event was a winner out of the gate.

    • FREE admission
    • Celebrate Oktoberfest
    • Ride a demo BMW
    • Family friendly - bring mom and the kids
    • FREE GS training event
    Last edited by PAULBACH; 08-27-2009 at 10:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokkusan View Post



    If anyone has any other suggestions RE: this bike, I am !
    http://www.f650.com/

    Check out this site... if there is something to know about the F650, it is on there... I'm on my 4th F650, the 2nd 99... I buy and ride, then sell for something else, then wish I had it back so I buy another one... I'm keeping this last one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76650 View Post
    http://www.f650.com/

    Check out this site... if there is something to know about the F650, it is on there... I'm on my 4th F650, the 2nd 99... I buy and ride, then sell for something else, then wish I had it back so I buy another one... I'm keeping this last one!!!
    That site actually helped me with a bunch of stuff from relocating the VR to changing the coolant and oil. Oh yeah, and told me how to survive when the carbon canister, um, "fell off".

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    Welcome to the MOA! hey I live down the road around Troy. Great bike you have there for the great roads we have here! happy miles and smiles!

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76650 View Post
    http://www.f650.com/

    Check out this site... if there is something to know about the F650, it is on there... I'm on my 4th F650, the 2nd 99... I buy and ride, then sell for something else, then wish I had it back so I buy another one... I'm keeping this last one!!!
    Haven't we heard this before?
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokkusan View Post
    Hi all! Just signed up for a year membership! Bought a used 1999 F650 and getting ready to do an Alaska trip next spring. Any suggestions would be well received!!

    Thanks!

    nokkusan
    I've had several friends make the trip to Alaska up the Alcan Highway and the pictures and stores really call to me. Your F650 should be a great bike for the trip and you'll have stores to tell for sure. Congratulations on your new ride, and welcome to the 'MOA!
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