New member welcome thread..

TommyBoy

New member
:) New member welcome thread..


Alot of new members join and dont introduce themselves so Ive added this thread for all to introduce yourself....​
Ill go first...​
Hi all I am From Langley BC Canada. I started this site due to a lack of sites dedicated to BMW Scooters .... ... It doesnt matter how crappy a day I have had, all I have to do is put on my gear and go for a ride.... The world disappears.... I am an Engineer and currently work as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology..... Okay nuff about me... Who is next....​
Dennis​
Hi folks
:) New member welcome thread..


Alot of new members join and dont introduce themselves so Ive added this thread for all to introduce yourself....​
Ill go first...​
Hi all I am From Langley BC Canada. I started this site due to a lack of sites dedicated to BMW Scooters .... ... It doesnt matter how crappy a day I have had, all I have to do is put on my gear and go for a ride.... The world disappears.... I am an Engineer and currently work as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology..... Okay nuff about me... Who is next....​
Dennis​
:) New member welcome thread..


Alot of new members join and dont introduce themselves so Ive added this thread for all to introduce yourself....​
Ill go first...​
Hi all I am From Langley BC Canada. I started this site due to a lack of sites dedicated to BMW Scooters .... ... It doesnt matter how crappy a day I have had, all I have to do is put on my gear and go for a ride.... The world disappears.... I am an Engineer and currently work as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology..... Okay nuff about me... Who is next....​
Dennis​
Hi Folks, I’m from Dieppe New Brunswick Canada
 

TommyBoy

New member
:) New member welcome thread..


Alot of new members join and dont introduce themselves so Ive added this thread for all to introduce yourself....​
Ill go first...​
Hi all I am From Langley BC Canada. I started this site due to a lack of sites dedicated to BMW Scooters .... ... It doesnt matter how crappy a day I have had, all I have to do is put on my gear and go for a ride.... The world disappears.... I am an Engineer and currently work as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology..... Okay nuff about me... Who is next....​
Dennis​
Hi Folks I’m from Dieppe New Brunswick Canada have been riding motorcycles for about 11 years, mostly mid- size cruisers, at the moment have a V Star 950. I am looking at buying a BMW 650 GT. I like doing long distance touring, have been around most of North America with my VStar.i do not know anything about maxi scooters but they seem to be very good machines. You do not see very many maxi scooters down my neck of the woods, a few Burgman 650 but that is it. The BMW bike dealer here does not carry the 650 GT and had no info for me.If you guys do not mind I have a few questions. Is the 650 expensive to maintain? Would it be a good long distance touring machine? Do they keep their value?Are parts easy to obtain?Anyway thanks for letting me join the forum and ride safe.
 

Delray

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"Is the 650 expensive to maintain? Would it be a good long distance touring machine? Do they keep their value?Are parts easy to obtain?Anyway thanks for letting me join the forum and ride safe."

"Expensive to maintain" boils down to whether you buy a $20 Service and Repair Manual on DVD and do the maintenance yourself. There is a dramatic, night and day difference between DIY costs and BMW dealer costs. If you rely on a BMW dealer, you can join many on this forum and elsewhere who Biblically gnash their teeth and rend their garments over the high cost of maintenance. DIY and it's remarkably cheap to keep. One example: I can change the CVT belt every 12,000 miles for $90 with a Mitsuboshi belt; BMW dealers charge up to ten times that amount for the same Mitsuboshi belt with "BMW" stamped on it. If you DIY, GS-911 or MotoScan diagnostic apps are useful.

I think the GT is easier to work on than Burgman 650's and Honda Silver Wings, and I owned three and four of those, respectively. I'm on my 4th GT. Parts are easy to acquire. Value-wise, GT's cost more new and used than comparable bikes. That's BMW. Touring-wise, I've only ridden up to 400 miles at a time. For me, the GT is a little light for continuous superslab riding, but a lot of people seem okay with it. I typically max out at 65 mph and the bike is perfection at that speed. The weather protection, storage and comfort are excellent for touring, especially with a taller GIVI aftermarket windscreen.
 
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EvilTwin

Active member
What he said <points up>.

Now if you want a BMW that was built for touring, you would probably be better with an RT. I had an 09 R1200 and that bike was built to tour, especially if you have the big top case as well as the side bags. Maintenance is pretty decent too, the boxer engine doesnt hide much. Along with the heated grips, seat and power screen it has a very slick cruise control. There are lots of them out there used and they are generally well cared for. You can also look for a GS or GSA, even though they are called adventure bikes they do great on the road and most spend all their time there anyway.

Then there's the Honda contingent, ST1300's and Goldwings. Lots of bikes to choose from in this category.
 

TommyBoy

New member
"Is the 650 expensive to maintain? Would it be a good long distance touring machine? Do they keep their value?Are parts easy to obtain?Anyway thanks for letting me join the forum and ride safe."

"Expensive to maintain" boils down to whether you buy a $20 Service and Repair Manual on DVD and do the maintenance yourself. There is a dramatic, night and day difference between DYI costs and BMW dealer costs. If you rely on a BMW dealer, you can join many on this forum and elsewhere who Biblically gnash their teeth and rend their garments over the high cost of maintenance. DYI and it's remarkably cheap to keep. One example: I can change the CVT belt every 12,000 miles for $90 with a Mitsuboshi belt; BMW dealers charge up to ten times that amount for the same Mitsuboshi belt with "BMW" stamped on it. If you DYI, GS-911 or MotoScan diagnostic apps are useful.

I think the GT is easier to work on than Burgman 650's and Honda Silver Wings, and I owned three and four of those, respectively. I'm on my 4th GT. Parts are easy to acquire. Value-wise, GT's cost more new and used than comparable bikes. That's BMW. Touring-wise, I've only ridden up to 400 miles at a time. For me, the GT is a little light for continuous superslab riding, but a lot of people seem okay with it. I typically max out at 65 mph and the bike is perfection at that speed. The weather protection, storage and comfort are excellent for touring, especially with a taller GIVI aftermarket windscreen.
Thanks for reply buddy. Great info and what I was looking for. Take care and rise safe.
 

TommyBoy

New member
What he said <points up>.

Now if you want a BMW that was built for touring, you would probably be better with an RT. I had an 09 R1200 and that bike was built to tour, especially if you have the big top case as well as the side bags. Maintenance is pretty decent too, the boxer engine doesnt hide much. Along with the heated grips, seat and power screen it has a very slick cruise control. There are lots of them out there used and they are generally well cared for. You can also look for a GS or GSA, even though they are called adventure bikes they do great on the road and most spend all their time there anyway.

Then there's the Honda contingent, ST1300's and Goldwings. Lots of bikes to choose from in this category.
Thanks Bud, I’m still weighing all the options, I have looked at Honda st and like them.
 

a99miata

New member
greetings from the panhandle of florida. Currently looking at the 650GT. I figure while the temps are low it would be a good time to hunt for a bargain.....
 
IF it gets COLD enough in the panhandle of FLA. i would look for a GOOD used 2016 or newer model with low
mileage. The premium model come with HEATED GRIPS & THE FRONT seat gets heated as well. Tire pressure
gauge on the Dash that gauge is SPOT ON. The older models of the BMW have had very many issues from 2012
to 2015. BMW revamped the newer models. There is one recall that you should be aware of. The front brake
line rubs against the forks and may lead to brake fluid loss.. I had that done on my 2016 when i bought it. The
original owner did NOT take care of that issue that was under a recall.. I had it done at no cost from my Honda
dealer that sells & repairs our BMW scooters You would not have to go to a BMW dealer cuz the charge out
the rear. Go to cycle trader . come or look on f/b market place. I am from Tx. and we do have our winters
here and the heated grips & seat come in handy
 

GRGKAR

New member
Hi all, I am from Athens Greece. I work as a teacher in an elementary school. I owned my C650GT from April 21 (second hand). I had to repair first some issues to my new bike, but now I believe it' s everything OK. I am very happy for joining this forum. thanks for welcoming me here. I apologize for my poor knowledge in English... I ll try to improve it...:giggle:
 

z0anthr0pe

New member
Brian from the Blue Mountains near Sydney in Australia reporting in. I’ve been an RN 25 years and often bike to work.

Always rode some sort of bike. I’ve a 2017 c650 gt at present and she’s a beaut. Bit heavy compared to previous bikes though makes riding in wind easier.
 

Ian650

New member
Ian here in Telford UK,. Bought a nearly new C400X in January this year. I have ridden (& restored) many bikes over the years. I now own just one bike, a grey import Yamaha SRX400 which I restored over lockdown and the BMW scooter. Had a couple of issues with the scooter which my local dealer sorted out very quickly. I love the ease of riding the scoot and it returns nearly 80 mpg (English gallons!) using E5 fuel. Done a couple of mods but nothing major.
 

Malinut

New member
Hi everyone, I'm Erwin from Calgary. I own a 2019 C400x and loving it. Anybody in my area who owns one too?
 
What’s up gentlemen? Im Vitaliy from NYC and have 2013 c650gt with 12k miles on it. Anyone got recommendations as to a shop that works on these in my area?
 

Road Scholar

New member
Good morning, I'm Jim from Maryland. Long time motorcycle guy since I was 14. I started on a Honda Cub 50 which I used to deliver newspapers (San Francisco Chronicle). I've probably had over 30 bikes, 9 of them BMW's. My current rides are a 1971 BMW R75/5, a 2007 Vespa 250, a 2014 BMW R1200RT, a 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S, and new to the fleet a 2022 BMW. C400GT. I haven't had it for very long but I love this bike. I may keep in at the marina as a pit bike to run errands, and scoot to restaurants. The riding where we keep out boat is rural Chesapeake Bay. A great place for a scooter. I'm in several local scooter clubs and look forward to some rides with friends on the C400.

Cheers, Jim
 
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AMOS

New member
Hello all, I'm from sunny SE Arizona, bought my C650gt in January with 11k from a friend in CA, just rolled 15k and performed my first oil change on this scootr. I have been riding scooters since the early 80's, starting with a 1962 Cushman Supr Eagle. I ride 53 miles a day to and from work but do day trips to explore the state of AZ!

First question: How do I reset the oil change service monitor?
 

Pappy13

Active member
Hello all, I'm from sunny SE Arizona, bought my C650gt in January with 11k from a friend in CA, just rolled 15k and performed my first oil change on this scootr. I have been riding scooters since the early 80's, starting with a 1962 Cushman Supr Eagle. I ride 53 miles a day to and from work but do day trips to explore the state of AZ!

First question: How do I reset the oil change service monitor?
I use the GS-911, there is also a phone app that some on here use, I can't recall the name of it, but search feature is your friend. The GS-911 is expensive, works on most BMW bikes, allows more than just maintenance re-sets but if you don't do all the work on your scoot the other app is very good for the owner who does his (or her) own maintenance. Allows for re-set of oil minder, sees most of trouble codes, is probably easier to use than the GS (I have a desk top computer and sync over the home wireless, a lap top seems like it would be much easier, it can take me 15-20 minutes to get these talking).
 
Hello all, I'm from sunny SE Arizona, bought my C650gt in January with 11k from a friend in CA, just rolled 15k and performed my first oil change on this scootr. I have been riding scooters since the early 80's, starting with a 1962 Cushman Supr Eagle. I ride 53 miles a day to and from work but do day trips to explore the state of AZ!

First question: How do I reset the oil change service monitor?
I just leave mine on the dash and replace oil at 5k intervals. No reason to spend hundreds just to reset light. BMW designed this specifically to keep dealers in businesses.
 
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