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Author Topic: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.  (Read 9695 times)

Offline Hurco550

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #160 on: May 02, 2019, 14:21:43 »
Frogg Toggs got me through the microburst storm at Mid-O all dry two years ago.
Giving yourself the Dutch oven in a trash bag poncho is way better though.

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #161 on: May 02, 2019, 20:36:02 »
We carry the Frogg Toggs on the GW and they have been good for both rain and (over the mesh armor) cold. Including a deluge from Chattanooga to Birmingham about five years ago.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #162 on: May 03, 2019, 09:18:41 »
I have the frog toggs too but last ride to NH it rained so much I wore them the whole ride 8+ hours and they got ripped. Need a new set for this season but they are cheap and light so worth it.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #164 on: May 03, 2019, 09:37:11 »
Every Wal-Mart in America has them.
Ha yes, however I got my set for $4.00 at Marden's in Maine LOL.
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #165 on: May 03, 2019, 21:36:33 »
So the prologue to the trip. Yesterday I got out of work early and did some shopping to pick up some last minute supplies. Came home and installed the modified/painted racks for the soft bags. Got those buttoned up, top box back on and then put a few misc parts on that have been hanging up since the head gasket, like the skid plate. I plasti dipped the silver plastic bits.

The other day I ordered the mid pipe exhaust gaskets I’ve been avoiding and they came in yesterday. At about 8:00 after I was mostly packed I decided fuck it, I’d install them. Well little did I know it would be a god damn fiasco. The old gaskets were shot, yes, but the mid pipe had been over tightened and it was all deformed so when I put the new gaskets in it leaked like a mofo. I let it cool, torques it all down again and no luck. At about midnight I decided to take it all apart again, use some high temp RTV On the joint and go to sleep. The leak was bad enough last night I wouldn’t run the bike this long for fear of burning up a valve. So by the time I went to bed after showering and finishing packing it was 2 am. The last thing I thought was “I hope this thing doesn’t leak in the AM”




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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #166 on: May 03, 2019, 23:17:35 »
How'd it get along w the rtv or shims or both?

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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #167 on: May 04, 2019, 09:56:38 »
At 5 AM yesterday I woke up with my fingers crossed. Fired the bike up only to find it was still leaking pretty bad. I let it get hot and stuck a box fan in Front of it to cool everything back down. Tightened everything up when cool and it seemed to quiet the leaks down. Definitely still not a perfect seal at the mid pipe gasket but nothing like it was. I set off and fueled up, listening for any signs of it getting worse and it didn’t, so on I rode.

We made it 500 miles to camp, the last 2-3 hours were in the rain but my gear and rain covers kept everything pretty dry.

I had to stop at a Lowe’s parking lot to rotate the shifter back. On the upshift stroke it hits the case when it’s rotated and it goes into every gear except second, which is dangerous and annoying as hell. So I just got used to shifting with the side of the boot.



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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #168 on: May 04, 2019, 11:02:06 »
I don't see any beer in that last photo.  I'm concerned.  Is everything ok?
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Re: 1997 BMW F650 ST Bluebird - Repair, maintain, ride.
« Reply #169 on: May 04, 2019, 12:29:00 »
I don't see any beer in that last photo.  I'm concerned.  Is everything ok?
Clearly, huffing too many exhaust fumes from leaky mid-pipes has impaired judgment.