BMW F650 Maintenance DVDs
These DVDs show you how to perform BMW F650 maintenance yourself.
They serve as a companion to a good service manual and solid
Update: these DVDs can now be downloaded directly without using bittorrent. See http://faq.f650.com/dvd/index.htm
The DVDs are legally distributed electronically at no charge via BitTorrent. You can also
order them via traditional mail.
For more information on BitTorrent, please see the Overview of
The DVDs are in North American NTSC format, but most PAL DVD
players can play both formats. Each DVD image is between 3 and 4GB in size.
- valve adjustment
- lubricating swingarm and linkage bearings
- rear wheel removal
- tire changing
- brake pad renewal
- chain and sprocket renewal
- dropping, splitting, and reassembling the motor
- lubricating GS steering head bearings*
- front wheel removal
- replacing front wheel bearings
- replacing steering head bearings
- changing fork oil
- installing fork boots
- rebuilding water pump
- head removal & replacement
- valve removal
It is very important after a successful download to keep your
BitTorrent client running. A good rule of thumb is to keep your
client running afterwards for as long as it took you to download.
BitTorrent fails as a distribution medium if no one shares. In order
to share, you need to open TCP ports on your
firewall (port 6881 is the BitTorrent standard and Azureus uses something
in the 44000 range that changes with each release).
Since there is an incredibly large number of software and
hardware firewalls on the market, there is no way this document can
show you how to do this.
Remember: the person who makes distributing these DVDs
successful is you!
- Download and install a BitTorrent client. Examples include
Vuze followed by utorrent.
- Ensure you have at least 4GB of free disk space on your computer.
- For faster downloading, open TCP port 6881 on your firewall.
More on this later.
- Click a DVD icon on this page and download the .torrent
- If your browser does not automatically launch your BitTorrent
client, double click the .torrent file you just downloaded.
- BitTorrent will create a 4GB file to accommodate the DVD .iso
image. The file size is not an indication of download progress because
BitTorrent creates a file the size of the final image and downloads
random chunks as it progresses.
- Wait for the download to complete. This will take a really long
time. It could take days or even a week depending on your
Internet connection and other participating peers.
- If your BitTorrent client cannot see any peers, then no one is
currently seeding (sharing) the image. Post a message to the f650.com
Modifications and Maintenance Forum requesting a "swarm". A good
example of a subject line would be "Torrent: DVD #1 needed". This will
prompt other people to offer their copy for upload. If you are having
technical problems, please ask a question intelligently.
- After the download is complete, you can burn the .iso image to DVD
or mount the image and watch it on your PC if you know how. A
detailed explanation for this step is beyond the scope of this document.
I use a form to keep track of everything I do to my bike.
is specific to a carbureted F650 and will need to be tweaked for fuel
injected models. I based it on
David Braun's form on F650.com.
The F650 Funduro is a great bike, but there are
common problems that need to be rectified if you are a new owner.
The following items are known to fail at approximately 20K miles, so you should
probably replace them if you are a new owner of a low mileage bike. See
I have some personal wrenching
tips on another page as well as some modifications I have made to my bike.
- steering head bearings
- wheel bearings
- spark plug caps
- water pump
- carburetor diaphragms
- radiator fan (mine failed at 30K miles, replaced with Honda VFR 250 fan from eBay)