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Thread: C650GT impression after 5,000 k's

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    My first 5000

    Now I have just reached my first 5000. I am enjoying the ride as I needed something to fill in a void I have had for a while. I had a K75T back in the 90's and the bike was open and I was vulnerable to the weather. I wanted a full faring with better weather protection and mid size. I had other vehicles also and something had to go. I sold the bike.

    12 years later the C650 GT came along, I saw it, rode it and bought it. Do I regret it, not at all. I have enjoyed every kilometer on it which also included 1 rally.

    As for how is the scooter, a few small things my rear drive was wicking oil at the seam. This was fixed quickly and have not had a problem since. One day my speedometer went wacky for a few minutes, it corrected itself and has not happened since. The seat could be a little more comfortable after 75 miles. The turn signal switch has a cheap clicking sound and feel if you turn the signal off manually. The tires are excellent with lots of tread still. The tool kit feels cheap but it works for very basic jobs. The scooter acceleration is very good. To bad there is not a cruise control. I love the heated seat. I wish there was a workshop manual. I love the amount the scooter will carry under the set.

    I have added GPS, a power socket on the dash, a top box (yes there is a recall).

    I absolutely do love the scooter with no regrets
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    Cage Rattler wezul's Avatar
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    See . . . now I have to sneak out of the house and get a quick hop in.
    A little over 2200 now (that's miles).
    Same wicking issue, solved.
    Actually broke down and gave it some love and soap and water and like that. It seemed to like it.
    I don't know how to say it other than, it's the same twist and go fun that hooked me when I was riding mini bikes as a kid.
    Love it in traffic, no clutch riding. YES!

    Crampbuster is all the cruise I need on this bike.
    Last edited by wezul; 07-23-2013 at 04:50 PM.

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    a reverse gear would be nice too ... and as i have said before the positioning of the rear view mirrors could be improved. great scoot

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    Think we may have some surprises in the maintaince arena, going thought the BMW computer with my dealers service manager 12000 mile service could get expensive as it calls for replacing drive chain. Not sure what the interval is for the valves. So far in the US doubt if anyone has reached the 12k point yet, anyone out their had the chain/valve service yet. If so cost please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Think we may have some surprises in the maintaince arena, going thought the BMW computer with my dealers service manager 12000 mile service could get expensive as it calls for replacing drive chain. Not sure what the interval is for the valves. So far in the US doubt if anyone has reached the 12k point yet, anyone out their had the chain/valve service yet. If so cost please.
    Here are the maintenance schedules.
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...ance-schedules
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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Think we may have some surprises in the maintaince arena, going thought the BMW computer with my dealers service manager 12000 mile service could get expensive as it calls for replacing drive chain. Not sure what the interval is for the valves. So far in the US doubt if anyone has reached the 12k point yet, anyone out their had the chain/valve service yet. If so cost please.
    The BMW schedule calls for replacement of the CVT belt, rollers and chain at 20,000 km. The CVT belt on the BMW is similar to the belt on the Burgman 400. BMW's maintenance schedule calls for replacement at around 12,000 miles (20,000km) and the Burgman 400's schedule is at 14,000 miles. The Burgman belt is frequently still in spec. well past 20,000 miles and many owners replace it then. The belt is a little over $150 and many owners can replace it in about an hour or so themselves. Suzuki does not have an interval on replacement of the rollers (they are frequently replaced with ones of different weights to change the gearing) and it does not have a chain.

    I suspect the BMW belt, rollers and chain will be well within specs. long after the recommended service interval.
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    Boris Badenov here.
    Checked on tire prices yet?
    Muhahahaha!
    All part of the game. I ain'ta skeered!

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    Dang!
    So yesterday I took a boo at tires on the C.
    Well now, crowned and lets see, easy over strip, medium over strip and the hard over strip.
    2300 miles! They (these are the new 15in Metzeler's (name I do not recall)) wear like Pirelli's!!!

    To be fair the bike is 745 lbs.
    Yes that's right it weighs more than your RT.
    Or maybe it's that incredibly low CG that's got me riding more aggressively?

    Bike Bandit had a "sale" on so I snagged a set of Feel Frees for future abuse.
    Last edited by wezul; 08-07-2013 at 09:25 PM.

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