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.

London to Paris – Preparation

With almost a week in hand as in exact 7days at this hour I will be heading into my journey to take on the traditional train line connecting UK to the EU mainland. Not the first time in Paris but the first time by Euro rail and that too without a french speaking partner. Oh Yeah, it is going to be some journey for a change. My initial thoughts were quite good but when I look at some of the more recent news it shocks me to see the changes. I am not afraid when it comes to travelling but knowing the air of in-hospitability knowing that you don’t speak french is bit hard to appreciate. I am impressed to see as how one country be so socially uptight to not open their thoughts to the bigger vision of the world.

Is France, digging its own grave of saying we do not want anyone who cannot speak our language or is just that social behaviour of not entertaining anyone who does not speaks French ! what so ever we may think, we say this does not stop here or change. I am not intimidated besides I do not believe in these nationalistic ideas of restricting oneself.

Before people start to feel that this something I am creating on my own, I came across this article yesterday on the BBC which reveals for the facts and for the reasons why France is where it was and why it is not far from the past. For whatever we may say and feel, all I know is to go travel and capture. Rest is all “that doesn’t count for me”.

We will see what shall come out of this trip but here are some of the shots  from the past visit.

Paris


Here is a set of few more pictures if you are keen on visiting France.

I will do a brush up on things with planning as I approach the weekend since it is just a two days trip to see a friend’s daughter birthday and to meet an old Flickr friend who spotted me in India without have spoken or known me before. Incredible to see from where all people can see and find me 🙂