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.

BMW G650 XCountry – Thousands Clock (Live)

Ever since I have started riding, I always enjoyed each time I reached a thousand figure.
The greatest ever was the first 100,000 miles on my blue Fazer before I crashed her but that I think deserves its own post but for now, I am going to keep all my mileage tracker to share with those who want to see how my tracker goes.

I never missed a thousand read on my moto in the good experience of however long I can remember, is a kink! if you may want to say.

Here’s the live ticker for facts and figures. I do not want to share the dates but there is a good 3 weeks between each of those thousands figures.

Distance Location Country
29000 47°25’36.3″N 15°18’10.8″E AT
30000 47°25’36.3″N 15°18’10.8″E AT
31000 48°13’02.3″N 15°57’21.9″E AT
32000 48°03’32.9″N 15°50’01.6″E AT
33000 48°05’42.1″N 16°00’28.8″E AT
34000 48°02’54.9″N 15°47’42.1″E AT
35000 48°41’58.5″N 16°48’53.8″E AT
36000 49°05’06.7″N 15°45’09.0″E CZ
37000 47°52’03.8″N 15°47’38.2″E AT
38000 48°06’32.0″N 16°18’40.0″E AT
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If someone has an app, that automatically allows me to tap my pictures on the map with geo-loc, I would love to share it. My old windows phone used to have it but now, the gmaps doesn’t allow me the same. Please share in the comments if you have one, you know of.
I love numbers, so there’s plenty more I can do with the data I have including my fuel  mileages and unbelievable little things from time to time 🙂

Enjoy the reads!

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Therapy

World over, this is a given fact what makes you feel good, may not work for someone else unless it takes off that stress which is either taken off by drugs, sex or coffee but in certain cases, there is a therapy above all of this that calls for nothing but just you and yourself to experience its magic.

Nothing they say makes you feel better unless it is the fresh air, in this case really fresh and something that makes your blood roar, roar like it never has before, to kick your  Adrenalin running.

Well, no this is a different kind of a “Therapy” – it is known as motorcycling and IF it is not in your blood, I warn you do not do it – It is not a seasonal exotic luxury that most people here in Europe treat it as, this is where I repeat – it is not for everyone.
Sometimes in life, you do things that makes you feel connected to who you are and it is in your blood, not in your show off fancy expensive motorcycle or in your Adventure embedded clothes and stickers on the motorcycle… I do not belong to your category of Adventures or being called stupid because this is what you do not have or will never have in you because you were not born with it!!

Adrenalin rush included with endorphins released as I push to extremes knowing that I have that throttle in my right hand and I forget about everything else, this is where I leave everything else behind, my past, my present and I only see what is in front of me – letting me release my demons with a fear that one single mistake and I will be in the gutter! (or worse, yes I have been there too- broke a shoulder but came out alive).

This is my therapy session, in real wonderful below zero°C temperature and the windchill that cleanses everything else that holds me fearless. (As I said, with a warning, this therapy is not for you if you do not know how to) – The threshold is those three digits that counts which kicks in fast but knowing my limits.. I am my own man.

I say no more, those words are mine and for me only… You enjoy the pictures and feel whatever else you want to feel other than my words. These words may not mean anything to you.

The session is done for today, once I found myself.. and told myself … everything that only matters to me… the soul listens!!

Ride to the NorthCape

TimeCapsule – 2015 – To the very far ends and the corners of this planet.. I thought it might be one of the lovely lone experiences but it was tarnished by the hundreds of tourists that land on this spot loaded in buses like the cattle going to the free slaughter pilgrimage (Apologies for the pun too, if it sounds too harsh but that was my personal thoughts).

On one hand, It was quite an amazing ride when I come to think of it but not an experience I would like to share about the actual NordKapp visitor center. Hundreds of tourists filled inside the shop and cafetaria like this is all they came here for. I would have preffered to stick to the very wild north but the weather was pretty cold for summer equinox and forced me to battle through the rainy downpours.

Thanks to all those who helped and also to those, who didn’t. It all makes a worthy experience in the end.
nordkapp
A slow and nice one to enjoy the curves of Norwegian North(without touching the brakes)

Will I ride there again, quite definitely yes but not to the very NorthCape but the likes of bordering northern islands. I loved the isolation of 98 instead. No videos but you would enjoy the Wilderness and the freezing rain\wind and awesomeness of no one for miles.