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Forum: Canada 09-03-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By mgarrett
Thanks! I knew I'd get a quick answer on here. ...

Thanks! I knew I'd get a quick answer on here.

Thanks again!
Forum: Canada 09-03-2012, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By mgarrett
Labrador Hotel/Motel info for Mid September

I'm looking into a trip through Labrador in mid September and need info regarding hotel availability during that time. Are rooms generally available in the Labrador City, Happy Valley, and Red Bay to...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-27-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By mgarrett
Final drive gear ratio change?

When BMW changed the final drive in '07 (drain at the bottom vs. drain at the rear) did they make any changes to the gear ratio? Just curious....
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2011, 12:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By mgarrett
71 speedometer/68 gps

I checked mine last week with a brand new set of Tourance tires and it showed 71 mph on the speedometer, 68 mph on the GPS.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-13-2011, 03:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,101
Posted By mgarrett
Hmmm... Mine was last washed in September....

Hmmm...

Mine was last washed in September. September 2010.

A bit too long ago?
Forum: GS Boxers 11-13-2011, 03:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,178
Posted By mgarrett
I bought a Battery Tender Plus a few years ago....

I bought a Battery Tender Plus a few years ago. It came with a pigtail that attached to the battery and the tender just plugs into that when needed. Seems to work quite well.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-28-2011, 07:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,944
Posted By mgarrett
One did, one didn't.

I've had two GS's. The first was an '05 that would burn a quart or so each 6,000 miles. I sold it at 22,000. Oil consumption didn't change and it didn't matter if those were easy around home miles or...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-26-2011, 10:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,289
Posted By mgarrett
My first GS was an '05 model and had all the...

My first GS was an '05 model and had all the service done at the same BMW dealer. After the 18,000 mile service I knew after just a block or so that they had done something really different. In that...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By mgarrett
Not surprised.

I paid around $360 for my first service on my first BMW five years ago and that didn't include changing the final drive oil (it was "lifetime" lube in those days). From talking with various BMW...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-23-2010, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,934
Posted By mgarrett
Not too long ago I was looking parts for the...

Not too long ago I was looking parts for the 24,000 mile service and found it much cheaper to go with the Boneyard kit rather than picking up parts from the dealer or various parts sources. I bought...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-23-2010, 07:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,141
Posted By mgarrett
You have a valid point there, at least with me. I...

You have a valid point there, at least with me. I do tend to ride more conservatively, speed wise in curves, than many of the people I ride with from time to time. Not long ago I wasn't paying...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-11-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By mgarrett
Thanks for the info. Sounds like the helicoil is...

Thanks for the info. Sounds like the helicoil is the way to go.

Thanks!
Forum: GS Boxers 12-10-2010, 09:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By mgarrett
HeliCoil insert for Valve Cover Protector screws

I am going to replace the left valve cover protector on my GSA (one logging road too many) and need to repair the mounting holes in the head as two of them have been stripped. Would a HeliCoil insert...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 11-30-2010, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By mgarrett
A deer at 65 MPH and all you have are some...

A deer at 65 MPH and all you have are some bruises and a few cracked ribs? Sounds to me like your luck has turned around. Hang in there.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-28-2010, 08:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,814
Posted By mgarrett
GPS vs. Speedo

My GPS's (Garmin 2720 till it died, Zumo 660 since then) both indicate two or three MPH slower than my GSA's speedometer. On a recent trip from NC to Big Bend my brother's GPS (a Garmin, not sure...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2010, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By mgarrett
Some of the end of the model year '07's have the...

Some of the end of the model year '07's have the drain plug on the bottom of the final drive. My '07 was built in August of '07 and has the drain plug on the bottom. And, non-servo ABS.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-06-2010, 07:21 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,367
Posted By mgarrett
'07 GS Adventure, 25,000 miles. Fuel strip...

'07 GS Adventure, 25,000 miles.

Fuel strip replaced around 3,000 miles (fuel gauge quite accurate before it died, useless after it was replaced).

Antenna ring died around 6,000 miles,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-03-2010, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,012
Posted By mgarrett
I'll second that. My first GS, an '05,...

I'll second that.

My first GS, an '05, vibrated pretty bad. Since that was the first GS I'd ever had I assumed they were all that way. Mostly felt it in the seat but also in the bars. It was...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada 05-18-2010, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,777
Posted By mgarrett
So, it isn't really open? I saw a notice...

So, it isn't really open? I saw a notice somewhere that it was opened last December and was hoping to ride it this summer. Are you saying that was open while buried in snow but once the snow melts...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-15-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,620
Posted By mgarrett
My first GS (2005) was maintained by the dealer...

My first GS (2005) was maintained by the dealer only. Several times during the first 18,000 miles I wondered what bike the various magazine reviewers rode when they described how "smooth" the GS...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-15-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,922
Posted By mgarrett
I carry a few tools but so far I've not needed...

I carry a few tools but so far I've not needed them. (knock on wood) But, the plug kit and small air pump have saved me twice, once on a local ride and another time a thousand miles from home.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-15-2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,547
Posted By mgarrett
Me.

Me.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-15-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,867
Posted By mgarrett
My mileage varies a lot depending on speed,...

My mileage varies a lot depending on speed, headwinds, load, and altitude.

Flat land with a light load and speeds of 55 to 60, high 40's, sometimes 50 mpg.

Hills/mountains, light load, speeds...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 05-15-2010, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,533
Posted By mgarrett
While I've never had a BMW GPS unit I was under...

While I've never had a BMW GPS unit I was under the impression from posts I've read here that the BMW unit came with a connector that plugs right into the wiring harness via a connector that is...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,113
Posted By mgarrett
I log all of my gas and over the last 23,000...

I log all of my gas and over the last 23,000 miles or so I've had a low of 34.08 mpg and a high of 52.02 mpg. Most tanks fall between 42 mpg and 46 mpg. Seems how hard one twists the throttle, load...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-02-2009, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,948
Posted By mgarrett
They didn't replace mine at 21,000 miles, just...

They didn't replace mine at 21,000 miles, just over a year and a half old. The dealer told me that BMW requires the battery be connected to a charger at all times when not being ridden to meet the...
Forum: Equipment 11-26-2009, 07:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,073
Posted By mgarrett
A couple of months ago my nearest BMW dealer told...

A couple of months ago my nearest BMW dealer told me that my battery (less than 2 years old) wouldn't be covered under warranty when it died suddenly because the battery had not been "properly...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-20-2009, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
Posted By mgarrett
BMW will let you know if it is a recall because...

BMW will let you know if it is a recall because they are required to by law, but they may just leave you hanging on other known issues. I got the fuel pump controller recall a month or so after mine...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2009, 08:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 616
Posted By mgarrett
Happy Trails on GSA racks.

I use the Happy Trails boxes on the stock GSA racks. I'm quite happy with them. Don't know how they work with the Happy Trails racks but they are simple to mount to the GSA racks, cheap too.

A...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2009, 08:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,063
Posted By mgarrett
Meant to update this awhile back but forgot. ...

Meant to update this awhile back but forgot. Their email said their kit contained the crush washer for the final drive fill bolt (newer final drive with drain at the bottom) but it doesn't. It...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2009, 08:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,307
Posted By mgarrett
Last time I did that my fuel pump controller...

Last time I did that my fuel pump controller died. Learned my lesson.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-07-2009, 10:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,540
Posted By mgarrett
Can't say about motorcycle batteries but my son's...

Can't say about motorcycle batteries but my son's Mazda Speed Six's battery was so low (he's in the Navy and I was supposed to be driving it enough to keep the battery charged, my bad) the dash...
Forum: Americas 10-19-2009, 06:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,921
Posted By mgarrett
Last year my antenna ring went bad a week before...

Last year my antenna ring went bad a week before leaving for Arizona, NM, UT, and CO. No problems on the trip. This year my battery died a week after getting back from Hyder, AK and the fuel pump...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-12-2009, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 709
Posted By mgarrett
My nearest dealer once assured me that it was...

My nearest dealer once assured me that it was impossible to loosen that knob too much so that it would fall out. To be sure he wasn't wrong, was he?
Forum: GS Boxers 10-12-2009, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,573
Posted By mgarrett
The view from my right mirror is fine, all I ever...

The view from my right mirror is fine, all I ever see in the left one is my elbow.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,734
Posted By mgarrett
Dealer called me yesterday, it was the fuel pump...

Dealer called me yesterday, it was the fuel pump controller.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2009, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By mgarrett
Non-servo ABS question....

I'm going to do a brake flush on my '07 GS Adventure with non-servo ABS this winter since the bike will have two years on it by then. Am I correct in thinking the non-servo ABS brakes are flushed by...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2009, 09:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,029
Posted By mgarrett
Mud is the answer.

Get a good coat of mud on it and no one will notice the scratches.:D
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2009, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,582
Posted By mgarrett
Magnetic?

Just wondering, does the 1150 have a magnetic drain plug in the gearbox? I recently changed the gearbox oil in my 1200 and was surprised to find that it didn't have a magnetic drain plug.
Forum: Vendors 10-07-2009, 09:12 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 56,766
Posted By mgarrett
$aving big bucks.

There is no doubt that JVB and the others who post here have saved me a fortune in maintenance costs. What the dealer used to get I now spend on beer and gas. Thanks!
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