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Author Topic: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.  (Read 1224 times)

Offline The Jimbonaut

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #20 on: Aug 21, 2018, 11:30:08 »
Me (KLR) and mate (DR) went for a midnite ride around the city last night - dual sports on quiet city night streets is f-u-n.  You're gonna have an absolute riot on this thing mate, hope you're in the saddle soon!
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #21 on: Aug 24, 2018, 15:59:26 »
Was able to get the cooling system filled up, oil system bled and primed and filled up with oil. Hooked up the bottle and she fired up after 2-3 cranks. Seems to be running well. A little backfiring at low RPM but I may have the idle speed set too low. Itís also puking petrol through the T inlet to the carbs so Iíll have to pull the carbs again and adjust that to fix that issue, may be contributing to the backfiring as well if itís running too rich. I also had a couple of vacuum lines (emissions stuff I think) disconnected so Iíll straighten that all out later.



Going out of town for the weekend so Iíll get back on it next week. Fix carbs, reinstall the fuel tank and seat and we should be on the road.

Getting closer!



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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #22 on: Aug 28, 2018, 18:33:26 »
My man!
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #23 on: Sep 02, 2018, 10:38:05 »
Thats great dude.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #24 on: Sep 14, 2018, 09:19:18 »
I tried to take it for a test ride yesterday, but its running like garbage and backfiring like crazy. Found some vacuum leaks around the carb boots so I guess I have to pull them off again and check the intake boot. Will also check the exhaust headers for leaks, the nuts on the studs for the exhaust only call for 10 nm torque which is barely even tight so I may snug those up some more now that its been heat cycled a few times.

ALSO. I pulled the clutch in and something popped in there and I completely lost the lever. I hope nothing broke  >:(
Going to have to pull the LH cover off and investigate. Probably going to have to drain the coolant again to get in there.  ::)
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #25 on: Sep 14, 2018, 09:37:22 »
Poo, hope it's nothing serious.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #26 on: Sep 14, 2018, 14:27:38 »
Dang dude.  All that stinks.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #27 on: Sep 14, 2018, 14:56:51 »
These things are sent to test us.  If in doubt, get the hammer out.  And hit things.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #28 on: Sep 14, 2018, 15:49:39 »
SO this is a big single with 2 carbs and 2-1 intake? Can you swap it out to a single carb intake?  That would have to be easier to tune etc? Or maybe not. but one thing I know about German shit, it's usually over complicated when it doesn't need to be.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #29 on: Sep 14, 2018, 16:09:26 »
but one thing I know about German shit, it's usually over complicated when it doesn't need to be.

Aint that the truth.  I took apart a BMW mid 80's K100 throttle assembly at work the other day, and there was some kind of chain and gear assembly in there connected to the throttle cable.  Great when it works, bit of a nightmare when it went south.
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