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Forum: Road warriors 10-17-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3,876
Views: 443,603
Posted By Snapping Twig
+1 on the valve covers. Great bike and I...

+1 on the valve covers.

Great bike and I applaud them, but IMO the valve covers need to be a cast aluminum, perhaps with cooling ribs and a finish to match the motor - black and bare metal combo....
Forum: Road warriors 09-19-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1,237
Views: 111,307
Posted By Snapping Twig
My friend has an FJR 1300, it's a sweet ride. We...

My friend has an FJR 1300, it's a sweet ride. We took a road trip together and it was excellent!

If Yamaha made a version with the 900 triple and it lost the top heavy feel, I couldn't see how...
Forum: Road warriors 07-11-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By Snapping Twig
My friend just bought one in great shape and is...

My friend just bought one in great shape and is real happy with it.

I had a Virago 700 for a time and it was a stone ax.

Yamaha builds 'em right.
Forum: Road warriors 06-24-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By Snapping Twig
Nice ride! Pretty sure you're going to get...

Nice ride!

Pretty sure you're going to get the hang of the 1200r and in time find it handles really nice.

Here's mine on a trip to Northern California.
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-16-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
I like an expandable Cortek bag daily and in...

I like an expandable Cortek bag daily and in conjunction with the locking side cases it carries a large amount.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P6200035.jpg

Here's the bag as...
Forum: Road warriors 05-15-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 773
Views: 101,142
Posted By Snapping Twig
Wanted to add to the thread. Here's mine, or...

Wanted to add to the thread.

Here's mine, or WAS mine. First bike for me which I got late in life. I believe I was 52 when I got it.
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-08-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,702
Posted By Snapping Twig
Just my opinion, but here goes... Save the...

Just my opinion, but here goes...

Save the big outlay for a new or different bike and upgrade the suspension on the one you have.

That and...

Don't give in to twisting the fun lever so much!...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,261
Posted By Snapping Twig
If you rode a 1200RT and you liked it, why not...

If you rode a 1200RT and you liked it, why not look for a 1200?
They are lighter and have more power, handle better too.

I ride an R1200R, 2012 model and it is a far different bike than the 1150...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,318
Posted By Snapping Twig
Check out this FZ-09 review. ...

Check out this FZ-09 review.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUG1witLFmA

I ride an R1200R, but I found this and enjoyed it.

Hope this helps.
Forum: Road warriors 01-01-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
Happy New Year from California ...

Happy New Year from California

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/faring_zpsa87057f4.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 12-27-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
So true! I tossed my B-21 OEM's at 6k for a...

So true!

I tossed my B-21 OEM's at 6k for a set of PR3's.

Mine still had a few thousand left in them, but they never felt right and I didn't trust 'em.

PR3's are exponentially better and...
Forum: Road warriors 12-26-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
R1200R owner here. My valves were checked...

R1200R owner here.

My valves were checked and not in need of adjustment at 6K, this is common apparently.

You changed your oil and it's recommended to be changed every 6k, so that's good....
Forum: Road warriors 11-30-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
2012 R1200R CeeBailey sport screen for the...

2012 R1200R

CeeBailey sport screen for the frame your 1200 came with.

GS hand guards.

Wunderlich mirror extenders - got rid of the shake and improved the rear view angle.

I have a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-13-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,885
Posted By Snapping Twig
I believe the extra reservoir is a triple valve...

I believe the extra reservoir is a triple valve set-up.

Triple valve shocks let you adjust High and Low speed compression.

This means an extra level of control for your ride.

I went with...
Forum: Road warriors 09-04-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2,135
Views: 343,824
Posted By Snapping Twig
Probably a fuel strip issue. Go to a dealer...

Probably a fuel strip issue.

Go to a dealer and see if they can R&R it under warranty.

Pretty common.
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,860
Posted By Snapping Twig
Not just yes, hell yes! I've had the better...

Not just yes, hell yes!

I've had the better part of a year to make adjustments, even did some for the high and low speed compression on the rear.

High speed compression reduced by a couple...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
The differences between the standard and classic...

The differences between the standard and classic are:

Wheels

Paint

Chrome

Frame color
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 17,617
Posted By Snapping Twig
Thanks! Labor of love. Apparently I...

Thanks!

Labor of love.

Apparently I was not the first to learn to ride on it, or the second, etc. It taught a lot of people to ride, gave my FIL joy and after a refreshment and upgrade, it...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 17,617
Posted By Snapping Twig
Too bad you're not interested in the 700+...

Too bad you're not interested in the 700+ Viragos.

To answer your question,

The bike was bought new by my FIL, passed to his son, then to me.
When I got it, it was my first ever bike and it...
Forum: Road warriors 04-05-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 17,617
Posted By Snapping Twig
Here's where you want to go: ...

Here's where you want to go:

http://viragotechforum.com/ucp.php?mode=login&sid=f40b9337fd28127c3ddcf599c510cc04...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
Love to stop at that bakery myself! Great...

Love to stop at that bakery myself!

Great ride! I like to include Big Bend park in that loop.
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
Handguards are GS. I used some garden hose...

Handguards are GS. I used some garden hose washers and large stainless washers to make them fit, using the original bar end screws.

The hugger is Ilmberger....
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 373,364
Posted By Snapping Twig
Picked up a 2012 R1200R in April of last year....

Picked up a 2012 R1200R in April of last year. First new bike, hell, first bike I ever bought. Last bike was a hand-me-down. It was also my first ever bike.

So after a shake down or two, I went...
Forum: Road warriors 09-18-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 21,253
Posted By Snapping Twig
I'm a fan! Oddly enough, it's the second...

I'm a fan!

Oddly enough, it's the second least popular BMW, but not to me. IMO, it's the do all, be all.

I can take it anywhere from the twisties to the highway to off the highway. I spent a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-17-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 15,668
Posted By Snapping Twig
Thanks! I agree, they had a finished, yet...

Thanks!

I agree, they had a finished, yet bad boy look and good paint.

Forgot to mention I had to replace the forks too. The stansions were pitted, so I scoured Ebay and got a nice set,...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2012, 10:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 15,668
Posted By Snapping Twig
Here's mine, it's an 85 700. ...

Here's mine, it's an 85 700.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P5110002.jpg

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P4280043.jpg

I got it as a hand-me-down....
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By Snapping Twig
Ted at The Beemer Shop provided the shocks custom...

Ted at The Beemer Shop provided the shocks custom for me. He weighed me, oversaw the sag and preload personally too.

The rebound is the only thing left and that's something I have to do, so based...
Forum: Road warriors 08-18-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By Snapping Twig
Suspension Setting Questions

I recently upgraded my suspension to fully adjustable from OEM on my 2012 R1200R.

Proper sag and preload were dialed in at that time with a set of shocks that were custom produced for me.

I...
Forum: Road warriors 08-13-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By Snapping Twig
WORKS Performance is a good value. I had a set...

WORKS Performance is a good value. I had a set made for my 85 Virago 700 and they really made the world of difference.

For the forks, consider RaceTech springs and emulator valves. Low cost way...
Forum: Road warriors 08-10-2012, 06:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,860
Posted By Snapping Twig
Thought I'd add a postscript to this thread based...

Thought I'd add a postscript to this thread based on the end result of the suspension upgrade, but for all the interest so far, I'll post anyway...

With the rebound set to zero from install the...
Forum: Road warriors 08-09-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,860
Posted By Snapping Twig
Got 'em! Here's a shot of the rear. ...

Got 'em!

Here's a shot of the rear.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P8070012.jpg

Another

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P8070002.jpg
Forum: GS Boxers 07-12-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,588
Posted By Snapping Twig
I would like ESA with an aftermarket shock in...

I would like ESA with an aftermarket shock in place of the OEM.

That said, I bought my 2012 R12R without ESA simply because there were no ESA models available with the options I was interested...
Forum: Road warriors 07-04-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,860
Posted By Snapping Twig
Yacugar Suspension R1200R

Who's heard of 'em?

Ohlins, Wilbers and Yacugar all spring from the same fountain, in fact people transition from each company to the other, so they're all the same chip of wood.

Each has their...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 534
Views: 117,654
Posted By Snapping Twig
Mine's an R1200R. Here she is in all her naked...

Mine's an R1200R. Here she is in all her naked glory on top of Mt. Lassen in California about this time last week.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/LassenPeak.jpg

'Scuse the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 654
Posted By Snapping Twig
Snapping Twig's Big Adventure

Got a friend that likes to take moto trips. Got a new ride that can do such things and the friend asked me to join him on this summer's outing.

The plan was to get up to Tulelake to see the lava...
Forum: Old's Cool 06-17-2012, 10:52 AM
Replies: 8,227
Views: 3,243,379
Posted By Snapping Twig
Here's my old girl. She's a 1985 Yamaha Virago...

Here's my old girl. She's a 1985 Yamaha Virago 700.

My father in law bought her new.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/SnappingTwig1/P5110002.jpg

She found herself in the posession of...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-12-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,065
Posted By Snapping Twig
Interesting topic. On my previous bike, a...

Interesting topic.

On my previous bike, a 700cc UJM V Twin, I used to blip the throttle on a downshift. Worked great, in fact it was damn near sublime.

With my new-to-me R1200R (same drive...
Forum: Vendors 06-11-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 638
Views: 82,124
Posted By Snapping Twig
Yesterday evening I stumbled across this thread...

Yesterday evening I stumbled across this thread and realized that this product is exactly what I've been looking for. I have a trip through northern California scheduled for next week and truth be...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-26-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,149
Posted By Snapping Twig
Wonderlich for the mirror extenders. They also...

Wonderlich for the mirror extenders. They also stopped the vibration, so not only can I see what's directly behind me, I can actually SEE what's behind me.

I walked into S. F. BMW and asked for...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-25-2012, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,149
Posted By Snapping Twig
Thanks! I also installed a booster plug...

Thanks!

I also installed a booster plug last week, but we've had so much wind out here I haven't given it a real ride - but I plan to make ammends tomorrow.

We'll see how the farkels work...
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