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Author Topic: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.  (Read 9209 times)

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #110 on: Apr 27, 2019, 02:32:28 »
I suggest putting the lightweight stuff in that tail pack.  Put the heaviest items lower in the side bags.  It'll make a difference in wind and handling.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #111 on: Apr 27, 2019, 12:29:13 »
I suggest putting the lightweight stuff in that tail pack.  Put the heaviest items lower in the side bags.  It'll make a difference in wind and handling.

I decided against running the panniers for this trip. The steel ammo cans and steel racks are just too heavy for my liking and I don't trust the welds on the PO's racks as far as I could throw them.

With all my camping gear and the box it currently weighs 23.6 lbs. which is pretty much at the recommended weight limit of 11kg for the rack.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #112 on: Apr 27, 2019, 13:09:52 »
The weight of some of the metal side boxes (panniers) I've seen bother me too.  I run something like these when Patty and I take road trips.  Soft throw over saddle bags are awesome and a great alternative to hard bags.   Way faster and easier to put on and take off the bike.  Cheaper too and one set will fit all your bikes.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #113 on: Apr 28, 2019, 14:35:34 »
I run those type too. Cheap, light and stuff well. I put anything I want to stay dry in ziplock bags.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #114 on: Apr 29, 2019, 13:34:50 »
Voltmeter/USB charger installed. The way I have it wired it reads about 1v low. I’ll probably change the wiring later but for now I’ll just know it reads low.

I printed it with support material so the overhanging faces didn't sag. Basically just prints a lattice for support that you chip away once the print is done. I G/Flexed in a 5mm machine screw to fasten it to the dash.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #115 on: Apr 29, 2019, 13:52:21 »
What else happened over the weekend. I helicoiled the stripped starter hold down bolt. Cut oiled and installed a new filter with some UNI foam. Replaced the chain rollers and slider. The rollers were literally non existent. I don’t know if they were taken off and never replaced or what, but all that was left was the one little chunk of slider and the bushings that the rollers slide on.


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« Reply #116 on: Apr 29, 2019, 13:59:44 »
Fixed some crappy wiring on the alternator harness, replaced with a vintage connections part that I had left over from another project. New fuel lines and filter.

Put everything mostly back together and took her out for a 20 mile shakedown. I went to the back of the neighborhood and tested the brakes. They locked up no problem when I gave them everything so I’d say they are good to go. No issues on the shakedown at all, but it feels like a whole new bike.


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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #117 on: Apr 29, 2019, 14:02:12 »
Right on man, gotta feel good being back in that saddle
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #118 on: Apr 29, 2019, 14:05:33 »
Nice work!
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« Reply #119 on: Apr 30, 2019, 12:21:12 »
Thanks guys. So good news and bad news. Bad news first: I found another cracked boss on the stator cover, so that thing is junk and will definitely need replaced. Good thing is I caught it before I filled the bike up with oil so I was able to prep and put a JB weld bandaid on it. No leaks so far! Parts aren't exactly plentiful for these bikes so I'll keep my ebay notifications on and grab a cover eventually.

Windscreen is busted so I'm going to have to epoxy it back together and I'll use some 5oz fiberglass mesh to reinforce the mounting holes.

I started wrapping the front fender and my technique needs a little work. I didn't want to rush it before the trip so I'm going to put a hold on that part of the project for right now.

The only thing I'm left worrying about with the bike is the exhaust gaskets. The bike backfires a bit on hard decel, and its very common for the mid pipe gaskets to blow out on these bikes. Now I should have just replaced them when I had the whole damn thing apart but of course I was trying to get off cheap. What I don't want is to lose an exhaust gasket when I'm 400 miles from home. I called up a few local dealers and then finally Max BMW and they were the only ones who had the parts in stock. So they're gonna get them out today and hopefully they will show up Thursday. If I have the time I will install them if not I'll just throw them in the bag of parts and that way I'll have them if I need them.