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Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,925
Posted By Bob Southgate
I sold my R1200GS

And replaced it with a twin cam GSA. Eight years of ownership of the original with minimal issues. Easy to maintain, excellent handling, an engine with character. Comfortable two up, easily capable...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-18-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,222
Posted By Bob Southgate
I followed the instructions on how to convert a...

I followed the instructions on how to convert a GS to the GSA tank in the Halls of Wisdom back in 2007 and found it a straightforward conversion. On completion I had no issues whatsoever and ran my...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-17-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 45,051
Posted By Bob Southgate
It's all relative:D

It's all relative:D
Forum: Orange Crush 07-17-2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 45,051
Posted By Bob Southgate
I'm not so sure about that. I felt the heat on...

I'm not so sure about that. I felt the heat on the backs of my legs, especially the left, and whilst I accept it was a hot day when I rode the 1190 it was uncomfortable at town speeds. I use my...
Forum: Orange Crush 07-17-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 45,051
Posted By Bob Southgate
For those of you who have bought the 1190, how...

For those of you who have bought the 1190, how are you finding the level of heat from the rear of the engine? I had a test ride on one earlier this week and found the backs of my lower legs were...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,542
Posted By Bob Southgate
I was using the bike on a regular basis up to a...

I was using the bike on a regular basis up to a year ago so I didn't feel the need to charge it on a regular basis, but I have been using my optimate charger more often to keep it topped up.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-08-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,542
Posted By Bob Southgate
I bought my '05 brand new in July 2005 and it now...

I bought my '05 brand new in July 2005 and it now has just over 40000 miles on the clock. Whilst under warranty I had some cosmetic issues and also two sets of front discs replaced because of...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,870
Posted By Bob Southgate
I was going to get a new GSA next spring to...

I was going to get a new GSA next spring to replace my 2005 1200GS, but my dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse on a fully loaded triple black GSA. It saved me 1600 on list price or about...
Forum: Road warriors 10-22-2012, 03:45 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 48,500
Posted By Bob Southgate
Standard RT is 12695 and the RT-SE is 14055.

Standard RT is 12695 and the RT-SE is 14055.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-31-2011, 02:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,978
Posted By Bob Southgate
I tried a number of options including the...

I tried a number of options including the Wunderlich, Sargent and a couple of companies in the UK who claimed to cure "monkey butt" but the final solution for me was the Russell Day Long. It was so...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2010, 03:59 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 50,736
Posted By Bob Southgate
Sadly I got the opposite when paint was flaking...

Sadly I got the opposite when paint was flaking off several painted components on my second Sprint ST when it was less than a year old. The dealer backed my claim but the factory turned it down and...
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2010, 05:53 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 50,736
Posted By Bob Southgate
If only the cusotmer service from the factory...

If only the cusotmer service from the factory warranty department was on a par with the bikes, but sadly, in my experience, it is not.
Forum: Road warriors 11-08-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,302
Posted By Bob Southgate
I don't know about in the USA but in the UK the...

I don't know about in the USA but in the UK the SE spec includes ESA, heated seats, cruise control, chrome header pipes, heated grips and the trip computer and an additional power socket. The...
Forum: Road warriors 09-22-2010, 04:17 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,310
Posted By Bob Southgate
The two Triumphs that I owned (both 955 Sprint...

The two Triumphs that I owned (both 955 Sprint ST's) had far more problems over the 50000 miles I covered on them than I have had on the 8 BMW's I have owned combined over a total mileage of 135000...
Forum: Road warriors 09-20-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,815
Posted By Bob Southgate
One bike is hardly a history.

One bike is hardly a history.
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,868
Posted By Bob Southgate
Magma rot is magma red and I think it is the same...

Magma rot is magma red and I think it is the same colour that was available on the 2008/2009 R1200GSA's.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2010, 04:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By Bob Southgate
I'm 6'3 and 290 pounds. Wife is 5'5" and 180...

I'm 6'3 and 290 pounds. Wife is 5'5" and 180 pounds. I have the Russell seat on the front and the stock GS seat on the rear. No complaints of conflict with the Russell seat at all.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2010, 04:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 470
Posted By Bob Southgate
Ezy Mount Lightbars - Excellent Customer Service!

Back in 2007 I bought a Ezy Mount lightbar for my 1200GS. Last month I discovered one of the bar hangers that the lightbar clamps on to had fractured at the point where the hanger connects with the...
Forum: Road warriors 04-22-2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,404
Posted By Bob Southgate
Triumph build quality has declined over the...

Triumph build quality has declined over the years, and the attitude of the factory warranty department sucks arse big time. I had two Sprint ST's and the second one was poorly finished, with paint...
Forum: Road warriors 04-14-2010, 03:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 27,132
Posted By Bob Southgate
Bit of a typo by me Jim. Fingers too fast for the...

Bit of a typo by me Jim. Fingers too fast for the brain:D I have amended the post accordingly.
Forum: Road warriors 04-13-2010, 12:29 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 27,132
Posted By Bob Southgate
I bought a 2010 R1200RT SE a month ago. The new...

I bought a 2010 R1200RT SE a month ago. The new twin cam engine gives a much better response below 3000rpm than the earlier engines and would satisfy the OP's demand for low end power. The handling...
Forum: Road warriors 07-05-2009, 03:45 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,541
Posted By Bob Southgate
Such a shame that the guy who owns/runs that...

Such a shame that the guy who owns/runs that forum is a total arsewipe with no personality.
Forum: Road warriors 06-17-2009, 05:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,190
Posted By Bob Southgate
The current generation has only been around for 4...

The current generation has only been around for 4 years and the R1100/1150RT first hit the market round about 1996, with the update to the 1150 in 2001. So there could be a revision in the next year...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-14-2009, 03:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 710
Posted By Bob Southgate
Russell Day Long - A UK Perspective

Like many, I found the standard seat on the 1200GS to be inadequate. The dreaded numb bum would set in after a mere 30 minutes. So the search began to find an alternative. Here are the ones I tried:-...
Forum: Road warriors 01-27-2009, 03:28 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 18,618
Posted By Bob Southgate
416 miles is the most I have managed on my...

416 miles is the most I have managed on my R1200GS with the GSA tank fitted. I figure it counts as I have used BMW parts:D

My original (1999) Triumph Sprint ST could do some good mileages too. ...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 48,931
Posted By Bob Southgate
1983 Laverda Mirage 1200TTS. Top heavy, vibrated...

1983 Laverda Mirage 1200TTS. Top heavy, vibrated badly above 4000rpm, poor back up from the UK importer and worst of all, thanks to a known defect with the valve springs, it needed a top end rebuild...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-05-2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,840
Posted By Bob Southgate
I did the conversion nearly 2 years ago on my '05...

I did the conversion nearly 2 years ago on my '05 GS. I love the extra range and I have got used to the way the fuel gauge now works. I wouldn't go back to the standard size tank.
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2009, 01:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,461
Posted By Bob Southgate
One other thing to factor in on Triumphs is the...

One other thing to factor in on Triumphs is the decline in their build quality. I went from a 1999 Sprint ST (bought new in May '99) to a new 2004 Sprint ST in April 2004. The later model was not as...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-15-2008, 10:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,504
Posted By Bob Southgate
The 955 and 1050 triples are great engines, but...

The 955 and 1050 triples are great engines, but it's a shame that Triumph build quality has deteriorated over the last 5-6 years. That could be lived with but not the crap attitude from the factory...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 11:01 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 102,265
Posted By Bob Southgate
I will, rest assured:1drink

I will, rest assured:1drink
Forum: GS Boxers 08-01-2008, 10:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,231
Posted By Bob Southgate
I hear Dr ABS Brake went for a circumcision the...

I hear Dr ABS Brake went for a circumcision the other day and the surgeon said "I'm afraid I can't operate, there is no end to this prick!":D
Forum: Road warriors 07-31-2008, 12:46 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 48,975
Posted By Bob Southgate
A Kawasaki GPZ900R ( I think it was the Ninja 900...

A Kawasaki GPZ900R ( I think it was the Ninja 900 in the US) which I bought in 1985. Kept it for almost 8 years and clocked up 75000 miles on it. An exceptional motorcycle (for its time).
Forum: GS Boxers 07-31-2008, 12:43 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 102,265
Posted By Bob Southgate
I'm flying out to the US in early October and...

I'm flying out to the US in early October and will landing at San francisco to do a 2 week tour around the Pacific North West. I have got my seat booked in with Russells to convert while I am on...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-30-2008, 10:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,713
Posted By Bob Southgate
I find that surprising. I have both the K1200S...

I find that surprising. I have both the K1200S and the R1200GS and the GS is 8-10% more econimical than the S.

But if I had to sell one of my bikes it would be the K that would go. The GS is a...
Forum: Road warriors 07-29-2007, 03:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,387
Posted By Bob Southgate
So you are saying the through the gears...

So you are saying the through the gears acceleration from 65 to 140mph is only 3.5 seconds? I think you might need to check the accuracy of your stop watch.
Forum: Road warriors 07-19-2007, 10:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,835
Posted By Bob Southgate
You get both with the K1200S:D And you can carry...

You get both with the K1200S:D And you can carry a pillion too!!:1drink
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2007, 02:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,462
Posted By Bob Southgate
I toured several times with a friend who had a...

I toured several times with a friend who had a K1200RS. His low fuel light would come on about the 150-160 mile mark. I would be getting 220-230 miles before the appearance of the low light in the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-17-2007, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
Posted By Bob Southgate
I've had a couple of trips to India and ridden...

I've had a couple of trips to India and ridden them around for a couple of weeks at a time. They work very well in Indian road conditions, but traffic rarely gets above 45-50mph. In European or US...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-30-2007, 01:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By Bob Southgate
My seat of the pants dyno showed that performance...

My seat of the pants dyno showed that performance below 3000rpm improved noticeably after fitting the Remus header pipes.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-25-2007, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,122
Posted By Bob Southgate
I added the Adv tank (got one off fleabay for a...

I added the Adv tank (got one off fleabay for a very good price) and also the screen (another fleabay bargain) to my standard 1200GS. It worked out a huge saving over chopping my 1200GS in for an...
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