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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Cabrito's 1997 BMW F650

Got me a Funduro yesterday..





It belonged to a friend/associate/client who passed away last year after he lost is fight with Cancer. His wife wanted it to go to someone that was friends with him.

I'll Ride in his honor whenever I ride it.


Hasn't been ridden in about a year and only ridden occasionally the year before that. Changed the oil tonigh. Might ride it to work tomorrow. Changing the oil in this thing has to be one of the lamest procedures ever created. OMG what a hassle...

Getting the oil out of the frame reservoir is utterly coo-coo... rigged up a water bottle to aim the oil away from the exhaust pipe...





who can spot the klr part in the background?

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 12:32 AM
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Sorry to hear the story of how you acquired it, but I'd say it went to the perfect home.

Gotta ask. What's the thing extending behind the rear tire?

Seems like it would be a good commuter.



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Sorry to hear the story of how you acquired it, but I'd say it went to the perfect home.

Gotta ask. What's the thing extending behind the rear tire?

Seems like it would be a good commuter.
Bingo - It's my new commuter.

It is sad how I acquired it. He was a great dude.

I think the thing behind the tire is a trash bag catcher or somethng.

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I am sorry for your loss. I was going to make some smartass comment about BMW pictures on the KLR Forum but in light of the backstory it would be inappropriate.
The KLR part is a muffler.
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I am sorry for your loss. I was going to make some smartass comment about BMW pictures on the KLR Forum but in light of the backstory it would be inappropriate.
The KLR part is a muffler.
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Thanks for the sentiment, but go ahead and poke fun at the bike, but this is the "other bikes" forum.

Think of it as a German Tengai?? I'll tell you one thing though. The KLR is not amused with the arrival of the new stable mate.

Good job spotting the muffler..

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Am I right to guess the thing on the back swingarm is not a garbage bag catcher, but a fender mount? It looks like there should be a back fender anyway...
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The thing on the rear swing arm is the wheelie bar! If you hit that it's all over!

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Am I right to guess the thing on the back swingarm is not a garbage bag catcher, but a fender mount? It looks like there should be a back fender anyway...
I think it is the fender. They all have them.



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The thing on the rear swing arm is the wheelie bar! If you hit that it's all over!
I'm going with this answer if anyone asks me...

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Cut and pasted from some web site:

GS/Dakar Broken Rear Mudguard

So far there aren't enough cases to call it widespread, but it has happened to a few people. This is the black plastic assembly that attaches to the swing arm and wraps around the rear tire. It's primary purpose, besides being a reportedly legal requirement in Europe, is to prevent mud from splattering up onto the license plate and tail light. It also may prevent some rocks and debris from being thrown up and into the riders following you when off road.

It appears these assemblies fail on their own, or when subjected to the stresses of off road riding. A much higher incidence of failure is reported by those that have installed knobby tires. The assembly is flexible enough that under some circumstances it comes in contact with the rear tire. The result is eventual failure of some part of the assembly. If it goes unnoticed there is a good chance it will be torn partially or completely off.



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...Changing the oil in this thing has to be one of the lamest procedures ever created. OMG what a hassle...

Getting the oil out of the frame reservoir is utterly coo-coo... rigged up a water bottle to aim the oil away from the exhaust pipe...

Welcome to the nutty world of BeemerDom, and I mean 'Dom' in the prurient sense. You will find her to be a titillating master.

There's probably a $60 tool for draining the oil.

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I think it all started with Panzers, this idea of using four individual pieces, a bell crank and a spring-return toggle to do what an American engineer would do with a simple lever.

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