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Forum: GS Boxers 08-18-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By ben.thomas
For what it is worth, it was indeed the battery!!...

For what it is worth, it was indeed the battery!! I have been riding it for 5,000+ km now, without any such issues.

That is, until I encountered the following: http://adventurous-life.net/?p=6070
Forum: GS Boxers 08-16-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 850
Posted By ben.thomas
The reason I was looking at changing gearbox AND...

The reason I was looking at changing gearbox AND final drive, is because some posts suggest that there has been a change in the size of the spline for late model gearboxes. The pre 2008 final drives...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-16-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 850
Posted By ben.thomas
Thanks Jim. So will, for example, a 2010 GSA...

Thanks Jim.

So will, for example, a 2010 GSA Gearbox with Final Drive be a straight fit into a 2006 GS? Or will I need to make other alterations? From reading the forums, it sounds like the final...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-16-2012, 09:39 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,361
Posted By ben.thomas
I have purchased 3 Garmin GPS over the years, but...

I have purchased 3 Garmin GPS over the years, but have stopped buying Garmin for this very reason.

My zumo 550 is now getting very old - and it doesn't have features like lane assistance or...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-16-2012, 09:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 850
Posted By ben.thomas
Gearbox Replacement

Last week, while starting an adventure in taking a R1200GS to a places no-one has taken one before, my gearbox had a major failure (see Papua New Guinea, Highlands trip ends 20 minutes after it...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-20-2010, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By ben.thomas
Revs Up

I'll check that out.

But wouldn't the alternator provide sufficient power to keep the bike running once the revs are up?
Forum: GS Boxers 09-20-2010, 03:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By ben.thomas
Full shutdown under hard acceleration

Help!! What could be the cause of full system shutdown under hard acceleration? Once at about 7250 RPM, and another time at around 4000 RPM. The engine dies, the speedometer returns to zero...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2007, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By ben.thomas
Bluhduh Thank You

Thanks Jim - I appreciate your common sense approach to these bikes.

For what it is worth, I bought your DVD about 3 months ago, as I am moving to Papua New Guinea, and there aren't any BMW...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By ben.thomas
Sorry

Sorry, it did preview correctly. Not sure what happened, but I have resubmitted the link to the photo - it appears to work. Thanks.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2007, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By ben.thomas
Rear Axle - Critical or not

I am currently touring Thailand, and have developed the following:
http://biz29.inmotionhosting.com/~advent6/wheel.jpg

Should I be concerned and truck the bike to the next service center, or is...
Forum: Ride reports 12-03-2007, 08:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,219
Posted By ben.thomas
Updated Link

Sorry, I had a typo in the link. Here is the correct one: http://adventurous-life.spaces.live.com.

Regarding Queensland, my only concern is the police. They are so strict these days - you...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2007, 04:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,219
Posted By ben.thomas
1600km in 12 hours

Great report!! I'm planning to do the same trip in the next few years. My wife is from Brisbane, and my parents and sisters live there. I have lived in Singapore for the past 5 years and New Zealand...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,323
Posted By ben.thomas
Thinking inside the box

This is another example of why there are so many deaths on the roads in the US. Drivers "own" (have a legal right) to the lane they are in, and if someone does something that is against the "legal...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2007, 06:22 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,323
Posted By ben.thomas
Lanesplitting on Goldwing

Yes, the lanes in LA are very wide. The best place to ride was between the car pool lane and the normal lanes - all lanes (inc car pool) where basically at a standstill most of the time.

What I...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2007, 08:39 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,323
Posted By ben.thomas
Get the bike you like and be careful

Here is my biking career (in order):

2 days on a 110cc scooter (Thailand - Koh Samui)
1 day 250cc Honda Phantom (Thailand - Koh Samui)
1 day 400cc Honda Steed (Thailand - Koh Samui)
5 days...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-08-2007, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,634
Posted By ben.thomas
ROX Anti-Vibration Risers

Does anyone konw if these (2R-AV2PP - http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/cart/showitems.cgi?subcat_id=254) will work on a 2004 R1200GS? I want to get some risers, and having anti-vibration would be a...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2007, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,150
Posted By ben.thomas
1200GS no problem

Last week I rode through Bangkok in stop/start traffic for an hour, and had no problem at all on a 1200GS. It was about 42 degrees Celcius (108 F), and I was stopped a lot of the time. I realised the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-01-2007, 05:17 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 127,599
Posted By ben.thomas
Strange Noises

Yep, I notice the strange noises as soon as I fitted my Aeroflow screen. It was a bit disconcerting for the first few hundred kms, but now I have gotten use to it.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-21-2007, 05:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,680
Posted By ben.thomas
In Vientiane (Laos)

Here is as 12GS in open foyer of a guest house in Vientiane, Laos. Directly behind the bike is the living area of the owners, and the guest rooms are upstairs. I had to ride up a few steps to get...
Forum: Australia 01-31-2007, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 663
Posted By ben.thomas
I'd love the airbag on my bike because ...

I have a friend who had a car take his right of way across an intersection, and he hit him so hard side on (yes, he was doing over 60mph :cry ) that the car rolled. He was in hospital for many...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-11-2007, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,951
Posted By ben.thomas
Family's worth

Only three times?? Many of the villages I have passed through in South East Asia have families who can't even afford a cow. My bike has a net worth that is 100's of times more than the families net...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-10-2007, 01:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,050
Posted By ben.thomas
Ride through South East Asia

I have just done a trip from Singapore through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, and the 1200 is perfect for the job. There are some excellent roads, and some very poor roads (er tracks). But...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-10-2007, 12:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,468
Posted By ben.thomas
Beach Riding

I would go for the 1200 if you plan to take it to beaches a lot. The reduced weight will make it much easier, especially in places like the creek where you exit 90 mile beach on the northern end.
Forum: GS Boxers 01-09-2007, 07:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,951
Posted By ben.thomas
Misconception

I guess there are a lot of misconceptions around what a 3rd world country is. I have just completed my second tour of Cambodia and first tour of Laos. Do they qualify for 3rd world country status?...
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2006, 06:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 795
Posted By ben.thomas
Anyone?

Is anyone able to run a multimeter across their cable and e-mail me the pinouts?

Thanks.
Forum: Equipment 12-10-2006, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 795
Posted By ben.thomas
J&M Integratr IV - Cell Phone Cable

Could someone please let me know how the cell phone cable is wired? Pinout diagram would be great! That is for the 3.5mm plug 4c to 3c. What are the pinouts on the cell phone plug of the Integratr...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2006, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By ben.thomas
I should have mentioned that I have a R1200GS. ...

I should have mentioned that I have a R1200GS.

Thanks.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2006, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By ben.thomas
Aeroflow and Hepco & Becker Tank Protectors

I am thinking of purchasing the Aeroflow Tall, but have the Hepco & Becker engine and tank protector bars installed. Will they interfere with the Aeroflow?

Thanks for your help.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2006, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4,753
Views: 1,645,109
Posted By ben.thomas
Heated seats of no value

Thanks Bob - I have no idea what it is like on a bike in those temperatures. I have drove up to Nordkap (northern most point of Europe) for the Winter Solstice last year, and that was great - but it...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2006, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4,753
Views: 1,645,109
Posted By ben.thomas
Great GS!

SafetyBob! Your bike doesn't suck:D . I love the seats. Where did you get them?

Thanks

Ben
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