CoronaVirus(Covid-19) – Deaths worldwide (in numbers)

Daily numbers updated at 2000hrs GMT

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February 2020 – Death Tolls

BMW G650 XCountry – Axle Nuts Upgrade

The never ending tiny little collection of changes one needs and wants to keep doing as long as they have this old lady with them. I have not really thought much about these things but over period of time, these small little things have become a gradual progress and big help in the times of travels.

Not quite sure what the BMW was thinking when they want to put everything on their bikes to the non-standard availability of what is out there in the market. Call it monopoly but I do not like it that each time I want to open something small, it gets restrictive with how much non standard items one has to clear out of the way. Although should be simple but it isn’t if you are out of tools or a proper workshop. Just under a tenner for both these nuts, so quick picks and now over to getting them on.

Impromptu pickup

A bit of reference also, pointed by Matt at his blogs here : I managed to grab the KTM 27mm Axle nuts reference.
I dropped an email to the KTM Vienna and they were lightning fast to reply back that they have axle nuts – 50310099000 (x2) in stock.
Collected the same day, and there I was.

Front Axle
Rear Axle

Although, in the Matt’s blog, he mentions about the spacer on the rear of his ’07 Xcountry but is interesting that there isn’t any issue to have my rear nut modified or to be shimmed a bit on the lathe. It fits in fine, as seen in the picture above and there has been no issues so far with it.

Now I can grab the 27mm wheel nut wrench with an ease, so I am able to adjust my wheel chain whenever far and away from places. Thinking of the lighter T6-Almunium CNC keys, with the functionality of being able to also fix the punctures on the move. I will share that once I grab the pair of keys but lighter is my choice.

BMW G650 XCountry – Rear disk and pads replacement

Here is how it starts, my rear disk is slightly getting a warp of thick and thin on the rear and is nowhere near a point of concern but I want this to be well looked after since I only own this bike since half of its life. While the first half it has lived, it has seen some usage but not by me. I prefer to my things, in my order of knowledge knowing, what, when and where in terms of their maintenance.

It so happens that there was an on-going discount on the parts and I managed to find a matching disk to my specifications for this G650 Xcountry and supported by my friend to lend his expert help, this couldn’t get any better. Double whammy, for the perfect timings. Brembo’s were double the price and then alternatively TRW LUCAS has a matching disk as per the retailer, with a part number 10043491.

The present state before replacement

Being a self-novice at these things, it was good to get my act together getting my hands dirty and self rolled into the grease and grime. Lovely part, if this can turn you happy, even a bonus.

I replaced my both front and rear axle nuts to 27mm after reading lots of other riders comments about how hard it could be to find 26mm when in the middle of nowhere and also the fact that the original 26mm hex nut ends up losing its shape and the grip on its shape not being long enough and rough edges makes it harder over period of time. More on this here.

Loosened up the rear Axle nut and let the side screws on the chain loosened up all the way to the front as in the pic below to allow the Axle block become free. Pushing the axle rod out was easy enough job with gentle push from the right side with gentle boot tap on it.

Axle rod and wheel removed. Note, that the Axle block holding the Axle also comes off.

Keep an eye on the spacers, and keep them separate as both sides differ. You will notice that they are not same and generally I do not see how you mix them up but still, try to keep them separately. Left to the left, and right to the right. Will help you in the later stage to run them back in easily.

When removing the rear sprocket, keep an eye on the rubber grommets holding inside the hub of the wheel and their directional weights. The ligher(smaller) side of the grommet runs in the direction of the wheel while the bigger part of the rubber grommet sits on the back of second block after the lighter one.

Wheel off

Replacing the disk thought was more so triggered by the fact that I was about to replace the rear pads. But then the warp made me re-consider the disk swap too. Previously on my other Fazer, it went on for as far as 70,000miles without a first replacement.

Take care of the ABS ring, the ABS ring shouldn’t get damaged.

As a precautionary note, take care that the disk side of the wheel is always on the top when working, also when replacing any tubes or punctures as well.
When putting the bolts back on, work on them in the bi-directional channel of tightening them up. That ways, you are sure to not mess up anything and also equal distribution of the tightening before putting the final locking pressure on these bolts.

Note: When replacing the disk pads, the rear metal plate on the side of the inner master cyclinder side, needs to be replaced from the older pad. There is only one, on the inner side of the master cyclinder.

Now the reverse procedure to get the wheel back on and the adjustments of the sliders to adjust the bolts to tighten up the chain slacks. There are markers on the both side of the swing arm base, so you should be able to align them equally, leaving them unequal will put your wheel out of balance.

Wheel back in, disk replaced

Well, this was all good and fair up until I rode for 200mtrs and I got the ABS light on. I was wondering what happened.

I had a long ride to get back home so I tried stopping, starting, resetting the bike by nothing changed. It would go away for 2-3seconds when I start riding but as soon as the Picked up the speed, it would come after every 100mtrs. Also, when braking hard, I can instantly feel that there was no ABS in the rear, while the front was untouched and works perfectly fine.

So, the fun part begins, need to get the ABS light and the rear ABS to work again. More on this on my next blog here.

Mileage read out is 37500kms at the time of replacement.

CoronaVirus(Covid-19) – Events tracker!

Posts on social media and even a scientific paper have suggested the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—seen here in orange, emerging from a cell—originated in a virology lab in Wuhan, China.
Posts on social media and even a scientific paper have suggested the coronavirus that causes COVID-19—seen here in orange, emerging from a cell—originated in a virology lab in Wuhan, China. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Nothing that none of us haven’t heard of, in the days gone past and if you are still not considering it serious, you should think again

Let us rewind a bit, into the beginning of this all

No, it did not begin in China(or it did – intent was unclear). There is a deeper belonging to all of this.
I personally, do not want to take a dig at things since I am no biological scientist, neither am I doctor or lab expert but what I do see, is a warfare of a kind that does ring a bell when you think of such things that can go at such a huge scale unnoticed at first but was there a malicious intent to all of this. It may well perhaps be or just a natural cause in its true existence.
Who knows the best of this story.. My theory has no basis or evidence but is a well thought after fact that this is a well triggered response to a global audience who wanted to reject the China as a trading partner for everything they have been doing in all forms of trades, economies and even more market influencing..

Now imagine, the reasoning of why I see a link it happened in the first place, who was blocked by US for HUAWEI and all Chinese trade for months? Allaying the fears that this was sent to China by US but this trickery is of now no use. What was, has hit and done the damage.

Reality is far and wide from the actual facts for some of these things which will never come to light while in the last month, scientists already converged to say that this might be a natural virus originating from the cause of handling of bird(bat) in the lab but then spread outside while retracting back that this is a definite cause of a natural flu, not bio-engineered. Again, the news are far from true or fake, the basis only is that this is too late to handle.

It is your own perception of how you want to see it, and take care of yourself or your own loved ones.

Covid Tracking

Full tracker of events, from beginning till date, and will continue to be updated
A full tracker maintained by a friend, Vibhu!

I am maintaining a little small live tracker from the most I can for a reference of things in future. Mostly from UK/European perspective with other highlights from world over.
  • 09.01.20 – China informs the world, there is a new virus detected in a district of Wuhan (Cause is from bird-flu”bat” infection)
  • 22.02.20 – First death reported in Italy.
  • 27.02.20 – Covid cases exceeds outside than the numbers in China
  • 29.02.20 – First death reported in US
  • 01.03.20 – Italy hits 50% increase in the cases of Corona outbreak
  • 09.03.20 – Black Monday, markets plunge the lowest in almost over a decade
  • 10.03.20 – Austria enforces border closure with Italy
  • 11.03.20 – UK denial on the threat of serious acceptances of the outbreak
  • 12.03.20 – First Corona death reported from India
  • 13.03.20 – EU enforces work from home to avoid spread of the virus
  • 13.03.20 – US officially declares this as a national emergency, while Trump shakes hands with someone who is tested positive.
  • 16.03.20 – AT follows the same isolation track as of neighbouring countries, 14 days isolation.
  • 16.03.20World death toll crosses 7000
  • 16.03.20 – Canada closes its borders to US
  • 18.03.20 – Belgium enters the lockdown, one of the last countries to take it seriously.
  • 18.03.20 – UK fastens the seatbelts, spreading fastest in UK, in London.
  • 19.03.20 – IT crosses the number of death tolls(3400+) recorded in PRC (~3000).
  • 20.03.20World death toll crosses 10,000 mark
  • 20.03.20 – Austria(AT) announces, extension of isolation ban up until, 14th April which is going to be a good whole month of precautionary measures.
  • 20.03.20 – UK PM announces closures of restaurants, pubs and cafes.
    UK will support its jobless employees due to CoronaVirus, covering 80% salaries.
    UK Corona death toll at 177.
  • 20.03.20 – Iceland – First death reported
  • 21.03.20 – Death Tolls per country as of 1800GMT
    China – 3255
    Iran – 1556*
    Spain – 1600
    Italy – 4825
    UK – 233
    France – 112
    Netherlands – 136
    Switzerland – 56
    Austria – 8
    Poland – 5
    India – 5
    Hungary – 4*
    Albania – 2
    Singapore – 2
    Slovenia – 1
    [*- inconsistent numbers, no validated official released figures]
    First death recorded in (Bosnia, Finland).
    First cases reported in (Uganda, Eriteria, Algeria)
  • 21.03.20 – Pakistan and Vietnam, suspends international flights.
  • 21.03.20 – WORLD DEATH TOLL at 12,950
  • 22.03.20 – Latest countries to report first Corona deaths(Kosovo, Colombia, Guam, Romania)
  • 23.03.20 – Latest countries to report first Corona deaths(Zimbabwe)
  • 23.03.20 – Hongkong bans entry to all non-residents.

This is a modern warfare to kill economies, without ever being noticed for who, what and why!! China was the first country to battle it with the massive infrastructure spent on their medical systems, followed by Italy where it went to lots more precautionary span with pro-active checking, reporting and then this thing just become like uncontrolled rolling ball.
I am sure someone is laughing right now big time. This is a survival not just global emergency because there is no escape out of it in the easiest terms.

For someone more interested in the numbers, then here is the more graphical representative view of the impact

Mar deaths in perspective

BMW G650 XCountry – Bar Raisers

Story continues…. 
I acquired the bar raisers while I have been digging them around from the people who still have parts or selling parts from their old ineherited X bikes.
On a recent trip to NL, I was lucky to find a donor and it was very interesting, landing up at someone house at the middle of night and going through their stash of X treasure. Is kind of thing, you won’t do at all in normal cases but there is nothing normal in my case ever.

I managed to grab a bit more than just the bar raisers, in this case a much desired a metal bar for the handlebar, and a sensor, if I may ever need it again, who knows, these parts become more of rare ones to find with time. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I bought this bike but this has been ever increasing investment ever since.

BlogRaiser01
Wunderlich Bar Raisers

BlogRaiser02
BMW old treasure

Along the process, of acquiring these parts, I also become friends with the donor, in this case the circle of friendships continue along its journey.

So as my donor(now a new friend), mentioned it to me – I may need adjustment with the routing of the throttle cable, I have not needed it but I plan to do this in future. I was able to add the bar raisers fairly without much struggle.

Photos below: fairly a simply swap, so far

But something that was mentioned above – the re-routing of the throttle cable is required. I realized this only, when the bar was completed turned towards the right side, this increase the throttling on its own. I didn’t experience any issues while riding since, such turns are never possible unless you are in the sad part of unavoidable crash! I leave this to the next time when I will have to completely remove the airbox. I will combine this with the next big work when all plastics needs to come off.