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  1. Bike Tech / Kit / Reviews
    :riding:Hi After hearing here that many people ride their motorbikes with earplugs I decided to give it a try. It felt like being a bottle of wine with two corks. After getting petrol and stopping at the lights I realised the sound of my motorbike was reduced to a quiet diesel. I was thinking is...
  2. F650 Single Discussion
    Greetings all - I've been reading forums all day (f650.com etc) and purchased some NGK DPR8EIX9 for my dual spark 04 Dakar. This is my first spark plug change. I couldn't find a definitive answer on whether the stock spark plug caps just go on to these like an OEM plug or if a guy (or girl)...
  3. F650 Single Discussion
    as i'm going to service my bike soon, i was wondering - are iridium sparkplugs worth buying? dont know anything about them, ya see
  4. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi all, I have been trying to use my already fitted power plug for sat nav, mobile phone charger etc. But every time i plug something in it burns out or blows the fuse in the plug i am plugging in. However strangly it will work an air pump with no problems. A friend suggested it may be the...
  5. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi, I have a 1996 f 650, which has d9ea spark plugs fitted. The manual states d8ea as standard. Is it common for people to put a colder plug for this model of bike? I would also like to fit iridium plugs, so which ones should i go for? The bike does a lot of motorway miles and is driven quite...
  6. F650 Single Discussion
    Anyone got any idea of the lifespan (in either time or mileage) of NGK Iridiums? I've had a pair in my ST since Autumn 06, which equates to two riding seasons or about 9kmiles. Just wondering if I should be changing them yet and can't find any hard and fast info on lifespan. Certainly the car...
  7. F650 Single Discussion
    8 hi there From late starter,passed test my 07 turn 57 this year,glad i never discovered biking when i was younger reckon i would be divorced by now. Sooty spark plugs on my f650 01 plate,was going to clean filter foam first, do not want buy a k&n filter if still getting sooty plugs. Plugs are...
  8. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi everyone, I am currently prepping my 2005 Dakar for "the big trip" (Europe to Oz). Panniers are sorted (Overland Solutions - expensive but worth it!), visas and jabs are in the making & I've done a bit of maintenance mechanics so far. What I'd like to sort out now is: Electrics. I'm fed up...
  9. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi All, Sorry for stupid question but is it possible to remove spark plugs without taking any panel off, or what is the simples solution (650GS 2006). Got a pair of Iridium to fit. Cheers Arnold
  10. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi all, this is part question for advice in the future, part anger ventilation - i just had to drive (! (the bikes in pieces - servicing, don't tell BMW!)) to SIX different shops to eventually give up and order a pair of plugs to be delivered on monday, does anyone know anywhere that sells NGKs...
  11. F650 Single Discussion
    I bought a 1997 F650 and the carbs needed to be cleaned and rebuilt. The bike was hesitating and the plug fouled up within a half tank of fuel. It was a sooty, black fouling. Anyhow, I have fixed the carbs and the fouling has stopped. Question: Is the rest of the engine (piston, etc)...
  12. F650 Single Discussion
    Another trip to the 650 fountain of knowledge I'm afraid ! Ear plugs - Can't get on with them. I've tried some but I feel they perhaps work too well and worry that they might be counter productive to my well being. Guess I want the best of both worlds. Some noise protection while retaining...
  13. F650 Single Discussion
    As part of my "learning curve" with my recently acquired 98 F650ST I've just replaced the spark plugs. While the old ones look fine with just the right amount of light oxidation (IMHO) I am surprised to see they are DR8EA not D8EA plugs. I put new D8EA's in and the engine runs fine on a quick...
  14. F650 Single Discussion
    Just received a parcel From Farnell Online containing some BMW compatible powerlet plugs, sockets and a socket to cigarette plug on a coiled lead. Excellent stuff which will keep my phone & Ipod running for the duration of my trip. Ordered on Saturday and delivered in Tuesdays post, which...
  15. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi all - just fitted the aforementioned plugs, and noticed this morning; a) Beaker wouldn't start first time like he always does. Had to turn him over a few times before he caught. b) the bike sounds less smooth than before, in an of course impossible to describe sounding way. c), and maybe...
  16. F650 Single Discussion
    Has anyone tried out some of the more exotic sprk plugs that are available? I'm trying to cure a little "cough" or stutter at around the 3.5k RPM level and the superb Chain Gang FAQ section has mentioned that both the Denso and NGK Iridium plugs can offer improved running. In fact there is...
  17. F650 Single Discussion
    Has anyone changed their spark plug for a NGK DPR8EA-9? Does it improve the performance of the bike?
  18. F650 Single Discussion
    I have just taken the front half of the bike apart to do steering head bearings and fork bushes. Whilst the plastic bits were off I took the opportunity to look at the electrical plugs and sockets in the headlamp area. At four years old and 18,000 miles these connectors were starting to...
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