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


Daily numbers updated daily at 2000hrs GMT

All the live stats goes here now:
https://www.facebook.com/coronavirusstat

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.

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Wunderlich Bar Raisers

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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.

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
38043 STORY ENDS AT


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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BMW G650 XCountry – Spark plugs

Often the simple things as stated by BMW which makes them really simple are not as simple if:
#1. You do not have previous experience (Novice or little experience)
#2. All the tools [BMW are really shit and kinky about their own tools and sizing(unique)]
#3. Creative mindset to get around them or forget about it.

Surely, that there are endless blogs available on how-to but this one is for my own keep and anyone else who is to do this for the first time or repeat looking at nitty gritty.

My G650 XCo was acquired some 5years back and since then barely much was ever done, but was ridden for a good while and about 15000kms in between those 5 years until now.
Previous owner history, was through the service book as it seems all BMW services done were on intervals but something not quite right. Perhaps the bike has been sat too long between its active usage. I will write down the other issues as encountered in a another thread.

This was not purely an activity for Spark Plugs change but more to do with Cam Tensioner change, that is covered here in this blog. I decided to keep a track of this for only spark plugs replacement.

So to start with as little and as much, please note that following tools are needed:

  • 18mm Spark plug socket (I somehow believed it was in my kit, but wasn’t) – check yours + a long deep arm to reach the Spark plugs. [Alternative to buy or an another cheaper option would be this]
    18mm sparklug
  • Special R-ring breaker tool (I hate those BMW hose clamps, extremely unpractical, so get them to normal screw driver hose clamps, found everywhere in a hardware shop). Take a note that once these clamps have been removed, you cannot re-use them. These R-rings are an extremely stupid idea by BMW!
    R ring Hose snap circlip
  • Coil Remover (I did not have this tool, but used a normal adjustable wrench for a coil undoing. You can order one from here or use the way I used the wrench to pull it out.
    CoilTool
  • Main stand or getting bike to be stable while you work on, is not a necessity but an extreme help. So anything would do that holds it in place.

Access to the Spark Plugs:

  • Remove the plastic panels on the left, right, center [This is an easier bit, with an hex key, should be [10mins], you need smaller hex key to remove the front two top hex nuts on top of the radiator, holding the main plastic component] – In total, 8 bigger hex nuts, and 2 smaller hex nuts. (one of the small hex nuts, can be left in main tank tank part holding the small plastic part – the one above the radiator, loosen it up to just slide out easily.)
  • Removing the Battery. [About 5mins, careful if your battery is stuck and need extra force, ensure the bike is well in its position] Remove from the terminal connections. You need to remove the battery as it sits in the air box chamber basket.
  • Undoing the air temperature connector sensor wire on the let side.[2mins] You may need a nose plier to pull that clip out on the sensor and then it just slides out easily. Pull out the complete metal clip.
  • Remove the relays mounted on the rubber mounts hanging from the airbox[2mins]. Easily done.
  • Breather hose [5mins] . Additionally, when removing it may not be possible to keep the breather hose in its place and harder to get it back in easily. I cut the cable ties on this breather hose and removed it from the right bottom front corner. Easier to let it slide down next time when redoing to reverse the process.
  • Remove the air box chamber [About 10mins, two hex nuts on the main front fork frame and two on the base near the seat]
    Note: The front two nuts are different sizes, good to know from the beginning so you won’t hassle up like me in the end.
  • Lifting up the complete airbox that connects to throttle body[2-3mins]. There was little struggle to pull it apart but is normal as long as all else has been followed above.

This now gives you a clear view of the top of the cylinder.

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Note the positioning of the Spark plugs, this is where from all previous posts and forums I gathered this has to be in very specific position but I don’t see how or why it would make a difference. The coils are same inside and the positioning is rather to ensure that wires are in right place.
Note: The black coil is to the inner side of the engine and the grey one on the outer towards the frame.
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Pulling out the coils, BMW reprom says, use special tool(as mentioned above) but after trying to be careful and without a tool, it was rather the case, of carefully pulling out the coils with the adjustable wrench
AdjustableWrench

User an extra cloth in the mouth holding the top of the coil to ensure this is not too hard but was fine to get the coils pulled out.

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You now have the full view of the spark plugs accessibility. Should be easier and simple but take a note of the tools and alternatives as may not always be the case, you have them all.

It so happens that my friend who offered me all his tools and garage, didn’t have an 18mm socket so it was going not so well, but then there was somewhere in the old heap of tools, he found a worn out 18mm which required an extra work but now, I know I have to buy a 18mm spark plug socket. Just a self note!

Coming to finally, the spark plugs.
I got the Iridium spark plugs to replace the old NGK one. It was in a pretty bad shape as the previous owner possibly didn’t take care of it or they seemingly have never been replaced before (I would say so looking at them)!!

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NGK, BMW G650Xcountry, Spark plugs, replacement, Old, New
NGK Iridium Spark plugs comparison

You need to have a long enough arm on your socket to get down to the spark plugs. Just a caution if you have old traditional 18mm, it may not be enough on its own without a long arm going down.

Another pointer that surprised me was that the new NGK Iridium plugs didn’t have that round metal cap on its end but threads. So I was glad that my friend had them on his other spare spark plugs, these caps but I am suprised these ones didn’t come with these caps and my old spark plug was a fixed one, that means, when the old cap was tried to be removed, it break the whole long metal inside and these are not replaceable from all old spark plugs if you don’t have them.

Better to be aware than to be sorry when working on this “Simple” task! not that as I thought it looked in the Reprom, hey 10mins jobby, no please do not count on what the reprom tells, it looks very simple but NOT!!

Once you have had everything out, this would be a reverse process on its own to get back everything in order.

In my case, I was going for two more additional items, first one being easier to do – cleaning up idle actuator, while the other one, cam tensioner replacement was going to be fun! You can follow my next write up on that one.

Additional reference
Spark plugs – I found a cheaper discount going on spark plugs, so I was of the notion to buy an extra pair right now. So, I had to check if I can just buy and keep them for future use. I found out this is fairly possible to keep the spark plugs and they will remain the way they are without any issues. Feel free to store them in a dry place, if you may be wondering this works  good. Yes, they have long storage life when stored in a dry place and the needle is kept secured, best to leave them in the original packaging.

Technical inputs 
Tightening torques 0164 – G 650 Xcountry
12 12 011 Renewing all spark plugs  +12 12 513
Spark plugs Tightening torque Value 23 Nm

 

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