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Forum: GS Boxers 10-14-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By lkchris
Cruise control is overrated. If you ever...

Cruise control is overrated.

If you ever ride more than seconds with your hand off the right grip--even on an Interstate slog--I'd be surprised. I don't when I do.

If you ride in any kind of...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,399
Posted By lkchris
I agree. IMHO aftermarket throttle locks...

I agree.

IMHO aftermarket throttle locks are simply overthinking the problem, require a learning period, and are potentially dangerous.

With the o-ring, all you have to do to decrease...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,804
Posted By lkchris
The kill switch is a little piece of plastic...

The kill switch is a little piece of plastic designed only for emergency use and never designed for frequent use.

It's frequent use was never an issue until the ego maniacs at MSF decided...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By lkchris
This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to...

This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to Integral ABS (whizzy) and would think you should keep them matched.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,804
Posted By lkchris
A great idea and much more intelligent than using...

A great idea and much more intelligent than using kill switch.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-18-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,309
Posted By lkchris
Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. ...

Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. If temp gauge doesn't show it simply means system is efficiently dumping the heat.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-17-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,390
Posted By lkchris
For RTs at least the first couple years was 5...

For RTs at least the first couple years was 5 amps. Now it's 10 amps.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-15-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,390
Posted By lkchris
Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from...

Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from MotoGP. Used my Slime pump with bike motor running off the rear CANBus socket and it worked fine. The chuck fit the TPMS valve fine, although it was...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,562
Posted By lkchris
Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with...

Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with headlight aimed too high.

Clearly headlight adjustment check is not listed in dealer uncrate/setup instructions.

Forum advice would be for...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,422
Posted By lkchris
The auto industry is obsessed with reducing...

The auto industry is obsessed with reducing vehicle weight.

This is one of the reasons for CANBus wiring.

This sort of electrical system really doesn't need heavy switches with big contacts.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-14-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,470
Posted By lkchris
If the manufacturer advertises long tread life,...

If the manufacturer advertises long tread life, that's not a winter tire.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,334
Posted By lkchris
Every tire change. How hard is that?

Every tire change.

How hard is that?
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,801
Posted By lkchris
Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced,...

Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced, didn't it?

Decades of hype from aftermarket ticky tacky marketers has "proven" manufacturers are "cheapskates," right?

If the factory thought...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,508
Posted By lkchris
The same tool is used to both install and remove...

The same tool is used to both install and remove Oetiker clamps, and it's really easy to use, but it appears a major stumbling block to so many to purchase one. These clamps are far superior to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-07-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By lkchris
Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW...

Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW car, a VW/Audi, or any other BMW bike going back 30 or more years and most of them would retain the main halogen bulb the same way with a similar clip...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
Posted By lkchris
Great source for TORX tools ...

Great source for TORX tools
http://wihatools.com/indexes/indxtorx.htm
Forum: GS Boxers 07-01-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
Posted By lkchris
M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded...

M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded shaft and do NOT indicate the wrench size.
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,740
Posted By lkchris
Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested...

Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested spline lube interval.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,612
Posted By lkchris
Well, if there's an airbag, this period will...

Well, if there's an airbag, this period will serve to eliminate stored charge in the capacitor.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,907
Posted By lkchris
BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making...

BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making "poor design" comments laughable.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,994
Posted By lkchris
Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new...

Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new motor oil will make the engine run quieter than it was just before you changed it. Less likely to hear this with watercooled motor, I'd think.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,994
Posted By lkchris
BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been...

BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been designed to be reusable for years and years, even Airheads. Just remember, no adhesive or other goop.
Forum: Equipment 05-19-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By lkchris
What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW...

What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW communicator or ??
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,436
Posted By lkchris
Using rear brake only is mistake

Using rear brake only is mistake
Forum: GS Boxers 04-27-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,133
Posted By lkchris
Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and...

Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and the official change interval is 12k miles versus 24k. Easy to assume quicker wear on smaller plug, as there's less to start with.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By lkchris
Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.

Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 712
Posted By lkchris
There's a big "nice" factor about new tires. ...

There's a big "nice" factor about new tires.

New rubber isn't as hard as old rubber and new tires always feel better.

Even half worn, a tire doesn't perform as well as a new one.

There...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By lkchris
Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels,...

Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels, too?

I know this was "announced" in conjunction with the GSW but that doesn't mean it isn't now also on the basic GS. It's on the new RTs, and it's...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,608
Posted By lkchris
Ain't psychology grand? Lots of posts "is...

Ain't psychology grand?

Lots of posts "is this part necessary?"

Lots of posts "is this procedure necessary?"

You wonder why BMW even bothers, as clearly its customer know more than they...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By lkchris
I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it...

I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it retrofitted twice to R1200RTs and memory is hazy but think it was more like $600. Can't imagine anything different about a GS. It's just software and a...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,792
Posted By lkchris
Just in case you want original equipment quality...

Just in case you want original equipment quality ...

http://beemershop.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BS&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=MAHLE
Forum: GS Boxers 03-10-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 971
Posted By lkchris
Parts for German vehicles, both cars and...

Parts for German vehicles, both cars and motorcycles, are not available at "local parts stores."

It will save you "a lot of time and trouble" if you simply obtain them from BMW sources or from...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By lkchris
Treat the disease and not just the symptom. ...

Treat the disease and not just the symptom.

Don't overtighten the filter when installing.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,907
Posted By lkchris
So people like you that don't understand...

So people like you that don't understand engineering are protected by those that do.

Did you know that the failure of the modified P-51 Mustang that augered in at the Reno Air Races a couple...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-26-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,788
Posted By lkchris
Yes, and he also meant "its pampered garage" and...

Yes, and he also meant "its pampered garage" and not "it's pampered garage" because "it's" means it is.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-25-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,779
Posted By lkchris
No, most BMW people do not feel the same way. ...

No, most BMW people do not feel the same way.

Resale value is for sure going to be of little consequence but I'd still rather have a dealer-serviced bike than a shadetree-serviced bike.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-13-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,242
Posted By lkchris
IMHO online forums are great but are 2nd place to...

IMHO online forums are great but are 2nd place to your local BMW club.

Most BMW clubs have at least one guy that's really an expert on most and maybe even exactly your BMW. Might even be an...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-10-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,467
Posted By lkchris
Despite lots of wishful thinking, fact is gear...

Despite lots of wishful thinking, fact is gear oils are NOT generic. SAF XO is a unique formulation and there is no equivalent from another supplier unless that supplier specifically states so.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-01-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,191
Posted By lkchris
From the BMW UK website: Also, it...

From the BMW UK website:



Also, it would be a good idea to not get so excited about "BMW oil" sold at BMW dealers.

USA is the only country in the world (well, maybe Canada, don't know)...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-29-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,069
Posted By lkchris
Remember that on the liquid cooled GS the motor...

Remember that on the liquid cooled GS the motor oil is in the clutch, too.

Use the specified oil.
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