G650X – Front ABS Ring – Wheels Swap – Tyres

“To get it right – you have to have it right” – With the aging and old bikes the challenge has remained for me to find the parts on this old BMW G650 XCountry.

The good part is, the parts can be found if you are able to source the matching bikes.
I swapped the original wheel sets of 19/17″ by selling the bike and getting one of the Walter Colebatch collections with 21/18″ wheels. I prefered to have the X Country than the X Challenge due to the taller height but it does make a huge difference in your leaning confidence.

Well, later to my own learnings – I found that 19/17″ serves you a better companion if you don’t have the true off-road situations and prefer to stick to originals. Over an year of wait for someone to sell me the set, I eventually found one in Belgium.

Finally, A full set
Just a missing front ABS Ring on the Front
And a full set of the rear setup

Knowing that the wheels are sorted out and the search to find the missing ABS ring on the front wasn’t a huge challenge although my search took me to the forums and the much known fb group for XCountry. Helpful peeps – It came out that the front ABS ring is same as the much known other BMW bikes as F650/F700/C650/G650 so, it was a quick hunch through the Ebay and found one in EBay DE – the seller agreed to dispatch it right away.

Ebay donated – G650X ABS Ring Front

The next set of work item was to get the right matching pair to knock off the distance and journeys with. For me it wouldnt have taken long to keep the same pair of Mitas E08, for road going bike but the options get interesting. I shelled out an extra hundred and decided this time to order the Michelin Anakee Adventures.
The front being a 19″ – the tyre size comes in at 100/90/19 and the rear of 17″ asks for 130/80/17, an original combo over my second pair that now will be a spare to store.

The interesting pattern of 80/20 on road/off-road while the ask winters shall suffice with the tread and hopefully the summer leanings will be enjoyable around the Alpine curves.

I now wait to put it all together and have the final ride ready.

Come & Go – The Transition

The so called XC, the story that shifted me in dimensions has now left and it is the time to warm up to something new for the next level.
Not that I know much about it yet but shall know in the times to come.

My beloved G650 XCountry has been dispatched to the new owner and my next lady the G650 XCountry is in the making.

It was a hard decision to part away from one to let the next one come in. Never thought this would be the case that I would let this go but due to the fact that LB07 has left the marks that needs to let me build myself all again. I hate to say but sometimes the memories haunt you that you spend so much time with your objects to create moments with them and then you have to part away. Atleast our objects are better than the most human relationships.

All is well and good, in the world as long as I keep riding. Sometimes I just ride to get rid of what was in the past, like a roadsign that you just crossed and it only deserved to be spotted once and never to be seen again.

I was after a 21″ front and that is where it all began… where it ended – well, that is an unsaid story for now but like my dearest friend Wolf says – rider of the dark cloud*, must live in the dark. So I tried to get rid of one dark cloud to enter into another one.

Transitions from one XCo to the next XCo would take me some getting used, for I have to understand a lots of unknowns, yet to make a bond and then finally get myself in the grips of it under my bum. I welcome you shortly to the next level of where this life goes, MarlenkaZ is coming or call it DarkCloud2.

How to type a GBP symbol(£) on a German keyboard

Annoying as it may well be but German keyboard doesn’t spots a GBP(£) symbol anywhere on it. Or for that matter you can do this on any keyboard not spotting your desired currency symbol. Although the most recent additions come only as in “Unicode numbers”

Smart enough ASCII characters are combinations for all these issues.

Try the alternatives as below
Hold down the left ALT key and type in 156 (from numeric keys) = Voilla £ pops up

Also, alternatively
Holding down Left ALT key and keying in 0163 gives you the GBP symbol £

Summary (In Short)

(Left)ALT156
(Left)ALT0163

More Currencies ASCII Codes

ASCII KeysCodeCurrencies Symbol
ALT156 OR ALT0163£
ALT36$
ALT0162¢
ALT0128
ALT0165¥
ALT0131ƒ
Currencies Shortcuts

NIKON Snapbridge app not working

As a Nikon user, with having the functionality of the bluetooth, it definitely eases up life to see those thumbnails even in better higher resolution displays on our mobile screens. The challenges comes when it all stops working.
Over the numerous times, I encountered the problem with the Nikon app that it starts to become too cumbersome to operate when detecting the camera, or it has the camera detected but will fail to enable the WiFi connection.

It was easier to give up on the app, after you have followed the standard instructions of
– Unpairing the camera
– Deleting it off from both the camera and reloading the app
– Restarting your mobile phone/Bluetooth
– Clearing the cache in the app
– Cannot still connect

Is annoying as it will come to the following screen:

And then after waiting for more than few seconds/minutes, it kept coming up with

I tried all those things which are in Help but to no use and I still didn’t want to go to the third party app.

What NIKON support page misses or assumes is that we all are running on the latest version of the camera firmware.
So I ended up going to the Nikon Download center and then downloading the latest firmware.
The app version at the time of writing this is ver 2.6.2 and my camera firmware was running 1.03 while the latest one is 1.10 and it fixed all the issues.

Happy days again and now both work without a need to struggle, installing, re-installing the app.
Check your firmware upgrades before struggling with the app. It is meant to work flawlessly, but it expects you to be running the latest versions of firmware.

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.