T. J. 's Motorcycle for Vía Sur

My soon to be home away from home. BMW f650gs Dakar

My soon to be home away from home. BMW f650gs Dakar

T-11 days, I thought it might be fun to post pictures of what I've done/added to the motorcycle so far. The motorcycle I'll be riding south on is a 2006 f650gs Dakar. I flew from Indiana to Florida to pick the bike up in September of 2016, seemed appropriate to start my adventure bike off with an adventure. Dom and I wanted to have the same motorcycle to make working on them easy and parts interchangeable. We chose the f650gs as our bike because of their abundance, relatively cheap price used (note: we learned the hard way parts aren't cheap), and alleged reliability. So here is the list of maintenance and accessories on my motorcycle. 

Accessories:

  • Lubeman chain oiler (a pain to find a place to mount on this bike, I hung it off the blinker) 
  • 32 L Journey Rider Panniers & Dirt racks rack (smaller boxes deform less on falls and make the bike easier to fit in through hostel doors and tight traffic) 
  • Home made rear shock cover (aka cutting board and zip ties) 
  • New hand gaurds
  • Home made sheep skin seat cover
  • Dom's special brake riser
  • 20 mm handle bar risers (anything over 20 mm requires a new brake cable) 
  • Heidenau K60 tires (will change in Texas before we cross into Mexico) 
  • First gear torrent waterproof duffle bag
  • Touratech tank bag
  • Fork boots (came with motorcycle)  
  • Chain guard (came with motorcycle)  
  • Wide foot pegs (came with motorcycle)  
  • Rear brake cover (came with bike)  

Maintenance

  • Oil change
  • Coolant and brake fluid flush
  • Front and rear brake change
  • Front and rear bearing replacement (I did this 3 times as I kept putting the rear spacer in backwards, good way to destroy bearings)  
  • Counter shaft and rear sprocket change
  • Chain replacement  
  • Valve check
  • Fork oil change
  • Steering head bearing replacement (aka a lot of hammering and swearing)   
  • Cable adjustments 
  • Fuel filter change ($158 wtf!)  

I will provide feedback on the different accessories and parts as we go. This way hopefully someone can learn from our mistakes.  

Loobman location. Kind of janky, not sure it will hold up in a fall

Loobman location. Kind of janky, not sure it will hold up in a fall

Go pro mount (aka chest strapped to the front) also kind of janky. 

Go pro mount (aka chest strapped to the front) also kind of janky. 

Baaa - Wooly seat cover. 

Baaa - Wooly seat cover.