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    Those seem like something that might only be worth it for folks riding in extreme cold weather, where getting just a little more wind off your hands might make a noticeable difference. I don't ride below the 40s and rarely below the 50s, where the heated grips are more than enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimInSF View Post
    Those seem like something that might only be worth it for folks riding in extreme cold weather, where getting just a little more wind off your hands might make a noticeable difference. I don't ride below the 40s and rarely below the 50s, where the heated grips are more than enough.
    I live in Toronto (Canada) recently it has been about 40 (3 celsius) and as you said I find not a lot of wind hits the hands in the first place and the heated grips are plenty.
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    I just use snowmobile gloves when the weather gets cold and have done fine in the past with those and heated grips. I think the deflector looks kind of neat on the GT, not so much on the S version.
    Maybe the guy at that cycle review site will try them and give a report, or a member here will.
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    Recall

    Just in case you missed it this recall is in canada but if you are on a c600 sport you may want to contact your dealer.

    http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/...eng&rn=2012404
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    Heh heh, "Warning, others may be hit by objects falling off your scooter". Great. Just great. Yugo's had this problem too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    I just use snowmobile gloves when the weather gets cold and have done fine in the past with those and heated grips. I think the deflector looks kind of neat on the GT, not so much on the S version.
    Maybe the guy at that cycle review site will try them and give a report, or a member here will.
    I guess there's another use too - if you've ever had rocks hit you in the hand while riding, the idea of deflecting the windstream around to avoid this has some appeal. Unfortunately this seems like it would have the side effect of losing the ventilation advantage of ram air around the arms - my favorite jacket has little air scoops at the ends of the sleeves and for hot weather riding, I actively want that air stream!

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    Something to watch for

    Check your rear brake hose and make sure it isn't rubbing the underside of the fairing at the bottom of the front helmet holder - mine was rubbing a little, I'm guessing at the peak of suspension action, and over time this might damage the cargo compartment or the brake hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43362 View Post
    Sorry what bike are you talking about
    C650GT. The rear brake hose runs along the top of the swingarm, but up closer to the front of the bike, mine is (or was, if they've fixed it) apparently contacting the bottom of the fairing where the fairing for the cargo compartment is at its lowest (in the front where a helmet would be sitting top down) when the suspension was fully compressed - it left marks on both the fairing underside and on the brake hose.

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    Maybe it's just as well my bike is supposed to be built next month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimInSF View Post
    C650GT. The rear brake hose runs along the top of the swingarm, but up closer to the front of the bike, mine is (or was, if they've fixed it) apparently contacting the bottom of the fairing where the fairing for the cargo compartment is at its lowest (in the front where a helmet would be sitting top down) when the suspension was fully compressed - it left marks on both the fairing underside and on the brake hose.
    Thanks Jim
    I did look at the scooter today and yes you can see that the underside has been rubbed a few times as the dirt has been marked. How often has this happened I do not know but it will definitely been shown to the dealer next time it goes in. I do not know what they will do but yes it is a safety concerns, maybe not today but in time. Sorry the attached photo is upside down. (i tried to correct it but I am working on my phone) Jim is this what you see on your scooter. See the picture below in a following message.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 43362 View Post
    Thanks Jim
    I did look at the scooter today and yes you can see that the underside has been rubbed a few times as the dirt has been marked. How often has this happened I do not know but it will definitely been shown to the dealer next time it goes in. I do not know what they will do but yes it is a safety concerns, maybe not today but in time. Sorry the attached photo is upside down. (i tried to correct it but I am working on my phone) Jim is this what you see on your scooter.
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    Mine had less dirt but the marks on the fairing were bigger and obvious - I pointed it out to the dealer and will see what they say about it when I'm back there tomorrow.

    My GT also had a stalling issue that got much worse on Tuesday (stalled a dozen times that morning and I was able to reproduce it in 5 minutes in the dealer's lot with a tech watching), requiring me to take it in immediately, and after the dealer contacted BMW they are trying to diagnose but mine is not the first time they've seen the issue. BMW's first two suggestions were, I think, the sidestand kill switch and something like a kinked "idle vent hose" (now exceeding my mechanical knowledge). So if your bike bucks and surges or stalls at low speed (in particular after giving it a little gas then chopping the throttle at under 15mph), take it right in, BMW knows about it. Such is the nature of working out the kinks in a new model I suppose! Assuming they can fix the stall, I'm still totally in love with the bike.

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    I don't know if it makes any more sense to me now, Where is the brake hose???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    I don't know if it makes any more sense to me now, Where is the brake hose???
    The brake line runs from the bottom left corner through the bracket. This picture is taken from the back end looking foreword. At the present time the brake line is not touching but when the suspension compresses it touches the plastic above. (Thanks for turning the pictures over) the knob you see almost in the center of the picture is the back end of the shock above the pivot point. Just to the right of that is the location of contact
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    I think I understand, I thought it was the tire making contact. I see the rub mark, so it is the brakeline contacting the plastic. Is the plastic the splash shield or is that the bottom of the storage area under the seat?
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    Cooling hoses

    There is another place that might cause a chafe problem. The small hoses that go to the coolant fill that is visible when you access the battery, are hard against a sharp corner that is the back side of the right hand glove box. I've put some clear plastic hose over the small hoses, held in place with wire ties. Photo is looking up the right hand fork leg.
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