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Forum: The Garage 12-24-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 735
Posted By VonHelm
Whatever you put on top of it isn't going to be...

Whatever you put on top of it isn't going to be as tough and durable as what is already there.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-21-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,077
Posted By VonHelm
In 40+ years of riding, I've had a motorcycle...

In 40+ years of riding, I've had a motorcycle hydroplane exactly once. It was on a long, shallow, downhill slope on well-worn blacktop two-lane highway during a heavy rain.

It had been raining...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-26-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,621
Posted By VonHelm
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/electrical-connecti...

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/electrical-connection-can-bus-electrical-connector-for-bmw-ducati-triumph-motorcycles...
Forum: The Garage 09-13-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,951
Posted By VonHelm
I've started using TruFuel or the VP branded...

I've started using TruFuel or the VP branded equivelent, whichever is cheaper that day, on my small 2-smokes. I've wondered the same thing about the odor. They don't specificly mention gasoline as...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 771
Posted By VonHelm
Anything that can protect the fork stanchions...

Anything that can protect the fork stanchions from getting dinged would be worthwhile. $76 is a bit high for what it is, but still a fraction of what a fork tube costs.

Similar products for...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,199
Posted By VonHelm
What's going on, you ask? It's hard to tell....

What's going on, you ask?

It's hard to tell. :lol3
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By VonHelm
Holy smokes! I had to look at your profile...

Holy smokes!

I had to look at your profile to guess how old you are. :lol3

I've still got one in the bottom of the "least-used-tools" toolbox, back from when I used to own a Corvair in high...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-30-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,142
Posted By VonHelm
This. The center stand geometry was all horribly...

This. The center stand geometry was all horribly wrong on the '05.

When we used to service my buddy's '05, we'd roll the rear wheel up on a 2x4 and then deploy the stand.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-30-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 17,161
Posted By VonHelm
Made it into the shop today. They put a new pump...

Made it into the shop today. They put a new pump on it, no questions asked.
2007 GS, 31,069 miles. The tech was delighted when I showed up with all the bodywork already stripped off of it. :thumb
Forum: GS Boxers 06-26-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By VonHelm
16 14 7 720 776 FUEL PUMP, ELECTRONIC ...

16 14 7 720 776 FUEL PUMP, ELECTRONIC $153.25 (from Max BMW)

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=51732&rnd=04282014
Forum: GS Boxers 06-26-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
Finally, somebody gets it. Thanks! :thumb

Finally, somebody gets it. Thanks! :thumb
Forum: GS Boxers 06-25-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
Because I want to know the dimension that BMW...

Because I want to know the dimension that BMW specifies as the threshold between installing a collar or replacing the pump regardless of the existence of cracks. Clearly, a dimension is being...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-25-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
What I was hoping for was the "certain...

What I was hoping for was the "certain measurement" that determines if the flange diameter has been exceeded. My cracks extend to the bottom of the flange, which, in itself, according to the letter,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-24-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
A little over two months ago, I was put on a...

A little over two months ago, I was put on a waiting list for the pump/ring/collar thing. I was #34 on the list.

I called them today to find out how much longer before I get my...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-07-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,208
Posted By VonHelm
Skip ahead to page 9! :lol3

Skip ahead to page 9! :lol3
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By VonHelm
I made my own from a piece cut from a sheet of...

I made my own from a piece cut from a sheet of the heavy, clear vinyl used on dirt bike number plates.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 05-26-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By VonHelm
And on the northwest side of Big Bend, 18 miles...

And on the northwest side of Big Bend, 18 miles north of Presidio, is the tiny hamlet of Shafter, an old silver mining town that closed down in the 1940's.

Follow the signs to the top of the hill...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-14-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 47,661
Posted By VonHelm
I meant that the load on the swing-arm during...

I meant that the load on the swing-arm during cornering has a torsional element, side-loading the bearings and sheer-loading the pivot pins.


Good luck on your search, I'd love to have a better...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-13-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 47,661
Posted By VonHelm
My gut feeling is saying that it needs to be...

My gut feeling is saying that it needs to be something a hell of a lot stiffer than nylon. The original bearings have a set preload and need to be able to withstand huge torsional loads. The...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-13-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
I wonder any of the BMW reps will post up with...

I wonder any of the BMW reps will post up with the "official" criteria that determines: "and the flange diameter has not exceeded at certain measurement," What exactly is this certain measurement? ...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,181
Posted By VonHelm
If this thread was in JM, I'd tell you what I...

If this thread was in JM, I'd tell you what I really think about them... :D
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 740
Views: 47,661
Posted By VonHelm
Good luck, I tried about two years ago. My...

Good luck, I tried about two years ago. My research found that is a propriety sized bearing made by FAG exclusively for BMW and no one else. You can't even buy them directly through FAG, I tried. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,181
Posted By VonHelm
Nope, you're doing fine, the drawing in the fiche...

Nope, you're doing fine, the drawing in the fiche is wrong.

I did this mod my '07 GS, kept the parts bags, and the parts numbers match the '07 ST.

51 16 7 688 655 MIRROR LEFT

51 16 7 688...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-10-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
I got my second letter about 3 weeks ago, and...

I got my second letter about 3 weeks ago, and finally got around to contacting my local dealer to schedule the repair. The service manager took my name and phone number, then added me to the bottom...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,233
Posted By VonHelm
There is something here that caught my eye- ...

There is something here that caught my eye-

That radial scar, on the piece just above your thumb. The scar that has obliterated the casting numbers. That doesn't look like fresh damage, as it's...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,542
Posted By VonHelm
:eek1 I didn't know that was even possible!

:eek1 I didn't know that was even possible!
Forum: GS Boxers 04-05-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
:clap

:clap
Forum: GS Boxers 04-05-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
Reference photo of the donor picture hangers,...

Reference photo of the donor picture hangers, before making the larger screw hole:

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/pichanger_zpsc000526d.jpg...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
This is the part that fails: ...

This is the part that fails:

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/reflectorfail_zps601eb6b2.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/vhelmet/media/reflectorfail_zps601eb6b2.jpg.html)
...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/h...

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/headlight_zpsb30a2e20.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/vhelmet/media/headlight_zpsb30a2e20.jpg.html)
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/h...

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t490/vhelmet/headlightmod_zpsa47f82a6.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/vhelmet/media/headlightmod_zpsa47f82a6.jpg.html)


Mine failed at the 3rd low beam...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,472
Posted By VonHelm
It's very common. I recommend that you do...

It's very common. I recommend that you do yourself a favor and remove the headlight assembly before you try to repair it.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-03-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
You gotta love how BMW continues to skate on...

You gotta love how BMW continues to skate on taking ownership of what is obviously a design/material/manufacturing/assembly flaw and continues to place the blame on "improper servicing" or "corrosive...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-02-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 23,193
Posted By VonHelm
I got the same notice today as well.

I got the same notice today as well.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-31-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,543
Posted By VonHelm
Draws too much current, needs a relay. Computer...

Draws too much current, needs a relay. Computer is shutting off the circuit.
Forum: The Garage 03-25-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,674
Posted By VonHelm
:nod Friends don't let friends use ScotchLoks. ...

:nod Friends don't let friends use ScotchLoks. :deal
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,543
Posted By VonHelm
I don't know that I've ever been "verbed" before....

I don't know that I've ever been "verbed" before. :lol3

If I had known about that connector 6 years ago, I would have bought one too! :thumb
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,543
Posted By VonHelm
I needed the horn button to trigger a relay for...

I needed the horn button to trigger a relay for an air horn but didn't want to butcher the harness, couldn't find a plug, so I made my own.

This smallest pins I could find at the auto supply:...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-10-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By VonHelm
Same thing happened on my '07 R1200GS, just shy...

Same thing happened on my '07 R1200GS, just shy of 30K miles. In Green River, Idaho on the return leg of a 5,000 lap of the western U.S. Came out of the motel that morning, and found a teaspoon sized...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By VonHelm
This I can do. Most likely will be the weekend...

This I can do. Most likely will be the weekend before I can perform the tests, I'll update this thread with my findings.

Thank you,
B.
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