Posts Tagged: F650GS

Accessing Rear Shock on BMW F650GS Twin

Here is how to access the rear shock on a 2009 BMW F650GS Twin. My bike is a factory lowered BMW F650GS Twin and I’m looking at replacing the current rear shock with a standard rear shock. Hopefully with the help of fellow ADVRiders.

The bottom bolt is simple to locate.

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But finding where the top bolt is for the rear shock is more difficult. These side panels are each held on with two screws. Pull these side panels off.

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Now there is a black plastic plate which needs removed to access the top bolt for the rear shock. Remove the back nuts from this plate.

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Then remove the front nuts from this plate.

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With the nuts removed, you will need to unclamp any wiring attached to the plate, and wiggle this plate around quite a bit to get it loose. Finally, you will be able to fold it aside revealing the bolt for the top of the rear shock.

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This is as far as I got today. I’m going to stop here for now since I haven’t confirmed actual swapping of my lowered rear shock for a standard rear shock. Also, my bike does not have a center stand and I’ll need to get the bike up on something so the swing arm can safely drop when I remove the rear shock. I’m guessing that removing the rear wheel will make accessing the rear shock easier.

I hope this post helps anyone else who was wondering how to access the rear shock on their BMW F650GS Twin, and probably the same for the BMW F800GS.

Why I Ride

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The weather this morning really got my mind working on what riding a motorcycle means to me. It is still Winter, but with a warm day I am reminded that Spring is just a few weeks away.

One thing I thought about is that riding is at it’s simplest not a convience. Grabbing your car keys, hopping in your car and driving away is a convienence. Choosing to ride adds complexity to transportation which makes travel an adventure every time.

I enjoy looking over my motorcycle before a ride. Checking the lights and tire pressure. Knowing that I have the tools to fix almost anything that could happen on the bike gives me a sense of responibility. I enjoy lacing up my boots, slipping into my riding pants, pulling the riding jacket on, slipping the helmet over my head and pulling my gloves over my hands. Pull the bike off of it’s center stand and throw my leg over the seat. Turn the key to the on position, pull in the clutch and hit the start button. The engine of the BMW purrs to life ready to take me anywhere I want to go.

There is no protection from the elements when you ride. That’s why it is important to be ready for anything. I carry my rain gear with me and have pulled off under an overpass more than once to pull this rain gear over my riding gear. Then I continue to ride. There are places to go and things to see. No need to wait for the weather to clear. The looks from the people I pass as they travel in their cars and trucks, protected by a rood and windows, is simply priceless. And better yet, passing a group of riders who are huddled under an overpass waiting for the rain to stop. Just ride!

Revisiting Perry County

Rural Pennsylvania Ride

After doing a lot of work around the house yesterday and waiting for my new mobile phone to arrive I decided to head off for a ride to Perry County. I wanted to visit “The Pond”, which is land that has been in my family for a very long time.

I knew I would go north on route 15. But then I decided to stop and plug in “shortest route” to Ickesburg. It was basically the same route I usually take until shortly after New Bloomfield. My GPS found me a wonderful dirt road towards Mansville and a few other roads that I was not familiar with. It was a nice change from taking the “fastest route”.

Unfortunately on my way back I headed for a dirt road that I remembered from when I was growing up. To my surprise it had been paved! Damn. The search for dirt roads gets more difficult. Maybe I should look at trading the F 650 GS on a BMW R 1200 RT instead.