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Forum: GS Boxers 06-24-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By rdcyclist
I've had the same issue on two Hex/Camhead GS's...

I've had the same issue on two Hex/Camhead GS's and both times it was the fuel pump. Riding on the highway at higher speeds seems to not engage the suck pump as well as grinding along in traffic or...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-01-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,538
Posted By rdcyclist
Not a drop in 6k or so. My previous Hexheads...

Not a drop in 6k or so. My previous Hexheads never did stop using oil during the 80k plus I owned each one of them.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-01-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,678
Posted By rdcyclist
Olaf, don't be an idiot. There is no car tire...

Olaf, don't be an idiot. There is no car tire that would be even remotely a good idea on a GSAW. None. IMHO, the only bikes that should think about a car tire are Gold Wings and LT's with passengers....
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By rdcyclist
Has it always been hard to start? Right out of...

Has it always been hard to start? Right out of the box with the original battery? The Hex/Camheads don't sound the same as the 11/1150/1200c engines when they crank; the newer engines are as...
Forum: Vendors 05-17-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 113,660
Posted By rdcyclist
From the Rants and Raves section of the Redding,...

From the Rants and Raves section of the Redding, CA Craigslist: http://redding.craigslist.org/rnr/5007396810.html

Here's the text for those of you who don't want to click:

Anyone looking for...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,547
Posted By rdcyclist
Michelin Pilot Road 4. Trail on the front (that's...

Michelin Pilot Road 4. Trail on the front (that's the only PR4 available for the GSW) and GT on the rear. You'll get over 20k outta the front and 10-14k on the rear. IHMO, they are the best street...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-07-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 777
Views: 110,918
Posted By rdcyclist
As long as you've got the throttle closed, your...

As long as you've got the throttle closed, your downshifts should be seamless. I've never felt even a small glitch in bike speed when downshifting. The throttle will blip to match revs but this...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-05-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,938
Posted By rdcyclist
IMHO: If you've never had a steering damper on a...

IMHO: If you've never had a steering damper on a GS then you're probably not qualified to comment on whether they make a difference. I've ridden lotsa R12GS miles (300k or so) without a damper and...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-30-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,716
Posted By rdcyclist
This. This times about 22. And this.

This.

This times about 22.

And this.
Forum: Equipment 04-27-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By rdcyclist
Do you have a handheld volt-ohm meter? A test...

Do you have a handheld volt-ohm meter? A test light? You've probably got a bad connection somewhere. If the PDM is showing green for the buss you've connected to, then it should live. I would take a...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-24-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 883
Posted By rdcyclist
I've had several PR's (2's, 3's and 4's) on my...

I've had several PR's (2's, 3's and 4's) on my GS's over the years. The 4's are the best in all points of performance. I get about 25k out of fronts and 7-8k out of the Trail rear.

The 4's are the...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 41,021
Posted By rdcyclist
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1044424
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 41,021
Posted By rdcyclist
Guido, since I owe you for the tank bag, let me...

Guido, since I owe you for the tank bag, let me know if you'd like me to narrow your bars. All you need to do is yank 'em and let me know where to pick 'em up. A day to turn 'em around.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 41,021
Posted By rdcyclist
Exactly. Those mirrors are the worst POS units...

Exactly. Those mirrors are the worst POS units I've ever used on modern bike. Well except for certain Ducati's. I suppose I would get used to the shape but the optics drove me nuts. So I refitted the...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-12-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,294
Posted By rdcyclist
I saw 131 on the GPS (four times on the same...

I saw 131 on the GPS (four times on the same road; both directions) about 600 miles in with the top box fully extended and no side bags. I'm at 4k right now; it'll be interesting to see what the top...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-07-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By rdcyclist
Yeah, it's bad enough at Starbucks...

Yeah, it's bad enough at Starbucks...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By rdcyclist
I believe all the 2015 GS's have the heavier...

I believe all the 2015 GS's have the heavier crank. I know for sure my '15 GSAW does.

Literally the only point of performance the '10 has over my '15 are the mirrors. There is nothing else the '15...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,921
Posted By rdcyclist
My GSAW beats the pants off my '10 GSA in ALL...

My GSAW beats the pants off my '10 GSA in ALL points of performance including grunt. If I want to relive the throttle response and power of my Camhead all I need to do is put the GSAW into Rain Mode....
Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,191
Posted By rdcyclist
Yes, physical fitness will make a huge...

Yes, physical fitness will make a huge difference. Especially if you are totally out of shape. Core and upper body work will reap dividends very quickly as long as you start slowly.

Risers will...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,253
Posted By rdcyclist
Yes, a regular GS stand will work much better....

Yes, a regular GS stand will work much better. BMW has never got the Hex/Camhead centerstands right IMHO. In fact, I found the low suspension centerstand that came on my '10GS worked better than the...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-03-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 275
Posted By rdcyclist
This might disprove the adage: "The cheapest...

This might disprove the adage: "The cheapest thing on a BMW is the rider.":deal
Forum: GS Boxers 04-01-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,954
Posted By rdcyclist
Don't go ride one unless you're ready to buy. My...

Don't go ride one unless you're ready to buy. My '15 GSAW is the best bike I've ever owned and I've had a few over the years. It is also my fifth GS and replaces my '10 (which will go on the market...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-29-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,495
Posted By rdcyclist
I have no experience with the 1150 but on my...

I have no experience with the 1150 but on my R12GS, I fabricated a Y-pipe years ago to replace the cat. First one was just cat removal and the second one was for a low pipe to run a full size left...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-27-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,147
Posted By rdcyclist
Exactly. Ride it hard up hills, short shift it...

Exactly. Ride it hard up hills, short shift it and decelerate hard for 50 miles or so. Then change the oil when you get home. Ride the piss outta it for the rest of the time you own it and you can't...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By rdcyclist
BMW makes one as does Wunderlich and Touratech. I...

BMW makes one as does Wunderlich and Touratech. I think all of them are 12mm rods. The BMW is the best one but it is also the most expensive.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 12,153
Posted By rdcyclist
Another Super Tennis Shoe owner rationalizing why...

Another Super Tennis Shoe owner rationalizing why his cheaper bike is as good as the more expensive ones. In your post I don't see any reference to your experience riding either the GS or the KTM so...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By rdcyclist
Yes this mirrors my experience with them. The 4's...

Yes this mirrors my experience with them. The 4's are the best tires in the wet I've ridden.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By rdcyclist
I wouldn't do it. Gonna make the bike handle...

I wouldn't do it. Gonna make the bike handle funny cuz the rear of the bike is lower so the fork rake/trail gets weird. Last thing you want with these bikes is slower steering. My suspension guy had...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By rdcyclist
Yep, you're right.

Yep, you're right.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,536
Posted By rdcyclist
Are we talkin' Hex/Camheads with 110-19 front and...

Are we talkin' Hex/Camheads with 110-19 front and 150-17 rear? Or LC with 120-19 front and 170-17 rear?

On the Hex/Camhead bikes I've been running PR1/2/3/4's for years. Typically I'll get 25k out...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-20-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,462
Posted By rdcyclist
I'm running the Vario topcase in the pillion...

I'm running the Vario topcase in the pillion position on my GSAW. Like you, I don't care for the Adventure top case so I bought the Vario case when picked up the bike. If you're coming from the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-20-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By rdcyclist
The shaft is only available as an assembly from...

The shaft is only available as an assembly from BMW. The only way to avoid dropping a grand on a new shaft is to get it rebuilt by Bruno: http://www.brunos.us/ . I believe he charges three hunnert...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 03-20-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8,048
Views: 511,959
Posted By rdcyclist
Yes. :norton

Yes. :norton
Forum: GS Boxers 03-20-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,199
Posted By rdcyclist
For me, the biggest problem with the OEM GSW/AW...

For me, the biggest problem with the OEM GSW/AW hand guards is the crap aerodynamics. The horizontal ribs are there to add stiffness to the guard and with the partial wind deflectors seem to create a...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-20-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,501
Posted By rdcyclist
^^^What Jim sez. An HID conversion is probably...

^^^What Jim sez. An HID conversion is probably better than the LED and will cost about a tenth of the LED parts. My HID low beam in my previous Hex/Camheads worked better than the LED in my GSAW. The...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-19-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,216
Posted By rdcyclist
The Iron Butt Rally and their ilk will take you...

The Iron Butt Rally and their ilk will take you down the stupidest roads at all hours. Shit breaking down when you have as much on the line as I do in these events is something to be avoided....
Forum: GS Boxers 03-19-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,216
Posted By rdcyclist
I've run the biggest one Shorai makes in my GSA...

I've run the biggest one Shorai makes in my GSA for the last coupla years with no trouble whatsoever starting the bike in cold, hot, medium, etc. It's about twenny pounds lighter (not really but its...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-18-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 920
Posted By rdcyclist
I ran a Shorai in my '10 Adventure for a coupla...

I ran a Shorai in my '10 Adventure for a coupla years and was more than satisfied with it. Spun the engine harder than the big-ass Odyssey and made the stocker seem like a toy. The biggest Shorai...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 96,886
Posted By rdcyclist
Sez the guy with all of four posts on this forum....

Sez the guy with all of four posts on this forum.

Please don't take this the wrong way Woz (or Jim) but while the esteemed Mr Bade provides very valuable contributions to this community, he...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-13-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 828
Posted By rdcyclist
No, the Hexhead is the 2004-2009 engine. The...

No, the Hexhead is the 2004-2009 engine. The Camhead is the 2010-2013 engine. I would suggest the '08-'09 version. If you were extremely motivated, you could split the cases and pull the balance...
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